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Those of you who watched yesterdays Carling Cup Final between Arsenal and Birmingham will have at times been stunned at the state of Arsenal’s defensive prowess (or lack of). A lot has been said in the media about the result and how it came about. I would like to initially focus on what Birmingham did well during the match, as I think this has not been recognised as much as it should. The focus however will be on what The Gunners are lacking  at this stage and the effect it …

Birmingham’s great win may have captured most of the Monday papers’ back pages, but it’s the result at Upton Park which perhaps carries greater significance, both in its score line and the way in which it was played.
Fight, passion and spirit, all words which Liverpool fans thought they would be seeing from the new-look Reds under King Kenny’s guidance. But the truth is that they were outperformed in all these areas by Uncle Avi’s West Ham, a team who had been accused of lacking these qualities all season. Spurred on …

With the FIFA presidency election looming, Sepp Blatter thought he had all but won the vote already. With his supposed closest challenger Qatar’s Mohammed Bin Hammam not stated his intention to run, it looked as Sepp Blatter would win the elections. However, step forward Grant Wahl, a 37 year old American sports journalist most famous for his book, The Beckham Experiment. Just over a week ago, he stated his desire to be FIFA president and displace the person who has brought corruption and unfairness into the game.
After he replaced the …

It was an excellent Sunday afternoon of football today, as West Ham deservedly beat Liverpool 3-1, Birmingham stole the Carling Cup with an injury time winner from Obafemi Martins and Manchester City drew 1-1 with Fulham. However instead of talking about teams and matches, two players really stole the show this Sunday and both of them are English. When it comes to Scott Parker and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere it’s most definitely a contrast in ages, but both of them have the same style of play. The midfield pair both like …

Another Man Utd game passes and despite a resounding 4-0 crushing of Wigan, what I took from the game was that Wayne Rooney continues to behave like a thug on the football field. An off the ball incident is again the talking point; one that needs little discussion when you see it! Why is it that Wayne Rooney (given his almost dyer performances earlier in the season) continues to act like a angry little juvenile when he knows there are 20 camera’s focusing on him for 90 minutes?
The incident itself …

21st May 2005,  was the last time Arsenal won a trophy, nearly six years ago.  It is a long time without silverware for one of England’s most successful clubs. In that time Arsenal fans have watched Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and fierce rivals Tottenham all win trophies.
In what has been a very unusual Premier League season Arsenal have their best chance since the ‘invincible’ season of 2003-04 to win the championship. An excellent performance against Barcelona, in which they rode their luck a little, has given Arsenal a decent chance at knocking …

Being labelled a child prodigy must be a considerable burden to bear, just ask Joe Cole. But it is surely harder to handle that expectation and turn the burgeoning talent into the finished article, again, ask Joe Cole. Which brings us neatly to the point in question, is Joe Cole this country’s most enigmatic footballer?
On the 19th July his move to Merseyside caused a positive stir amongst the Liverpool fraternity, with both former and current players hailing the club’s standing, as both one moving in the right direction but more …

England seem to really struggle for players. They needed a striker so they ended up calling upon a Championship player. In Spain for example this would never occur, they would rely on one of the big clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona to have a good youth striker. For example like Pedro or Bojan.
In England this doesn’t happen. I feel Sturridge would have been able to have done the same job that Bothroyd did yet he wasn’t even given a look in. Anderlecht gave Lukaku a chance from the …

It’s not the Economy – it’s the Culture Stupid!
The repercussions of England v Germany in the last World Cup rumble on.  Shortly afterwards, in one of our most respected broadsheets, four of its ablest sports writers were asked to lend their collective wisdom to solving the question thrown into sharp relief by the events in South Africa and then dominating, in one form or another, every radio or tv talkshow – how to save the national game? 
The journalists’ solutions, which mirrored the majority of the nation’s radio callers’ remedies – …

DISAPPOINTING seems to be the word of the month for Southampton. Disappointing in their results when they are playing, and disappointing in the inability to play when they’re not. The weekend postponement of the away trip to Rochdale left many with little to do but hope for generous results for the surrounding teams  equally seeking promotion from the third tier of English football. Victory at mid-table Hartlepool therefore, seemed a necessity for a team desperate to secure an automatic spot and take advantage of the two games in hand over …