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While Arsenal’s Emirates Cup game against AC Milan did not tell us too much we didn’t already know there are a couple of lessons to be learned from the 1-1 draw.
Wenger appears to have abandoned the 4-3-3 formation which, inspired by the success Barcelona enjoyed with a similar system, he adopted last season. Against AC Milan his side lined up in a more conventional 4-4-2 formation with new signing Marouane Chamakh leading the line alongside Andrei Arshavin. The Russian playmaker was the slightly more withdrawn of the two forwards, sitting …

Honduras striker Georgie Welcome will join Rangers on trial next week, but manager Walter Smith revealed he will not be able to play in next week’s friendlies with Clyde and Newcastle due to work permit regulations.

The 25-year-old has 17 caps for Honduras, including appearances in the 2010 World Cup, scoring three goals. His goal record at club level with 23 goals in 64 games for Montagua and previously scoring 18 goals for Arsenal in 22 games, not the English Arsenal of course.
Assistant manager Ally McCoist was impressed by Welcome in …

Rangers ended their tour of Australia in defeat after a 1-0 loss to AEK Athens in the Sydney Festival of Football.
Walter Smith decided to bring back Madjid Bougherra and Allan McGregor into the squad for Andy Webster and Neil Alexander. Smith has sore memories of the Greek side as they knocked Rangers out of the Champions League back in the 90s as part of a horrific start to the season losing to AEK, Celtic and Falkirk.

The SPL Champions started well in their new look 4-3-3 formation with the midfield partnership …

It is strange to feel optimism around London Road again. A memory may last a lifetime but a feeling, an emotion, can be forgotten within weeks. No Peterborough fan, at home, or indeed present at the Weston Homes Community Stadium will ever forget the clubs promotion to the Championship, at Colchester, on the 25th April 2009, it was a quite remarkable day in Peterborough United’s history. But that feeling of thousands of Posh fans sharing unrestrained joy has been forgotten, or at least it feels longer than a year ago …

For keen followers of the Championship, Andy Carroll has already shown his huge potential but for football fans whose interests lie mainly in the riches and the glamour of the Premier League, Carroll is an unknown quantity. Premier League fans saw glimpses of Carroll during Newcastle’s relegation dogfight in the 2008/2009 season when he scored on his full debut against West Ham at St. James’ Park. He went on to score a further two goals including a vital equaliser at Stoke a few weeks before Newcastle were relegated.

Newcastle’s relegation was disastrous for the …

For the first time in years, Liverpool will start the Premier League season without the feeling that this could finally be their year.
Yes, the new manager, Roy Hodgson has swept into Anfield and installed a little bit of confidence and belief back into the players and fans and yes, the arrival of Joe Cole has shown that despite the lack of Champions League football, Liverpool is still an attractive destination for top-class players but after last season, expectations have definitely dropped.
Jamie Carragher has already outlined that Liverpool are not aiming for …

Mexico’s World Cup may have been dissapointing but British managers did recognise some of the brighter aspects of their tournament. Three players have already crossed the atlantic from the Primera Division De Mexico and a few more may follow.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez had already moved from Chivas Guadalajara to Manchester United before leaving for South Africa and his displays in the tournament auger well for the Old Trafford masses. The striker scored twice against France and Argentina despite being criminally underused by his national coach and he made a scoring debut …

Scotland have release the away kit to be worn for the coming European qualification campaign under the banner;

“Be Stronger, Be Scotland”.

Scotland’s James McFadden
The shirt will be yellow with blue Adidas tri-stripes on the arms. The national crest is emblazoned, large upon the chest in a darker shade of yellow and a smaller crest and Adidas logo are situated on the left and right sides respectively. The long shorts are dark blue in colour again with the adidas stripes and the socks yellow, alike the shirt.
The goalkeeping kit will be all …

England’s performance in South Africa was in many respects very disappointing, but it shouldn’t have been completely unexpected. Since being knocked out of the World Cup by West Germany in 1970, England’s World Cup and European Championship performances have been the standard of an average world side who will qualify most of the time but rarely go much further than the early knock-out stages. It is only the customary unrealistic expectation that makes our ultimate tournament fate a disappointment.

The question of course is why do we not do better, and …

Despite the almost total absence of investment over the summer Newcastle United still look in good shape for their return to the Premiership. Chris Hughton may not have a multi million pound budget at his disposal but the nucleus of the squad which played in the Premiership last time is still intact.

Furthermore a number of Newcastle United players who had previously underachieved for the club in the Premiership have had productive seasons in the Championship. Kevin Nolan looked the latest in a long line of disappointing Newcastle signings when he …