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Author Archives: Brian Louie

Arsenal At The Top After Back-to-back Wins Against Bolton

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Belief is an oft-used word by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, as he has belief in his team’s abilities to vie for the league and perhaps more.  There’s unquestionably great technical skill at the Emirates, but more often, at crucial moments, … Continue reading

Arsenal Take Advantage of Stumbling Liverpool

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For once Arsene Wenger got angry. Or so at least say his players, as they point to his halftime talk as a motivator for coming from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield. Apparently, he told his players they didn’t deserve to wear the Arsenal shirt, which surprised them, as well as those familiar with the Frenchman’s tendency to coddle his players. Perhaps that’s simply his belief in their abilities, but lacking sharpness can’t always be the reason his side drop points.

And the Gunners did lack sharpness, as they have since the loss of Robin van Persie. They did not play well in the first half, and if Torres had a few games under his belt to regain full match fitness, it could’ve easily been 1-0 to the Reds in the first fifteen minutes. Actually, make that two goals, as the Reds also could have had a penalty after William Gallas upended Steven Gerrard in front of goal. Continue reading

Is This The Arsenal Side to Redeem Wenger?

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Gooners should be forgiven for indulging in optimism.  With 36 goals in 11 matches, talk of Arsene Wenger’s gun slinging side has done much to impress, and you can sense the Frenchman is a few wins away from making some … Continue reading

Ferguson Rages At Ben Foster

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The fallout of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland extended to the dressing room, as reports suggest Alex Ferguson and goalkeeper Ben Foster had a bit of an argument.  Foster made a poor decision coming out to catch Andy Reid’s … Continue reading

Arsenal Begin Campaign With Six Goal Stunner

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If there was an ideal start to a new season for Gooners around the world, this certainly was it.  With Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky (again), Johann Djourou and Abou Diaby on the injury list, it looked like Arsenal … Continue reading

Spain’s EPL Stars Shut Out In South Africa

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Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semifinal between the United States and Spain had David v. Goliath written all over it. Coasting to the semis with three wins out of three, it looked like Spain was about to teach the US a lesson … Continue reading

Makelele Blames Terry for Mourinho Exit

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Claude Makelele’s grit in Chelsea’s midfield and ability to play a quick pass made him the fitting example of the ‘Claude Makelele’ role, whatever that means.  It’s even been said that he’s managed to define the holding midfield position as … Continue reading

Deja Vu All Over Again At Arsenal

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After watching Arsene Wenger’s young guns humiliated at home for the second time in less than a week, the perennial questions surrounding Le Professeur’s philosphy and transfer window policy are being whipped about in earnest. The possibility of a waning … Continue reading

Arsenal Fail To Find A Way At Home

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Gooners and Nike execs are already familiar with the Cesc Fabregas Show.  Tonight at the Emirates, it was the Cristiano Ronaldo Experience. Though Ji-sung Park started off the scoring for Manchester United on a Kieran Gibbs mistake, it was Ronaldo … Continue reading

Has Wenger’s Thrift Kept Arsenal From Silver?

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Arsenal fans love to speak of Arsene Wenger’s shrewd and miserly eye for talent.  Up until a few years ago, Wenger’s net spending in the transfer market was something around ten million pounds, extraordinary when you consider the amount of … Continue reading

Benitez Body Language Irks Big Sam

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It’s quite rare to find myself defending Rafa Benitez in any respect, but I think the recent comments by Sam Allardyce are more than ridiculous.  After Liverpool’s 4-0 romp of his team, the Blackburn manager claims Benitez showed a “lack … Continue reading

John Terry Can’t Stop Crying Despite Chelsea Win

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We love a good midweek match now and then and Liverpool v. Chelsea was the record put on repeat as the Reds met up with the Blues for their requisite Champions League match for the season.  While not a league … Continue reading

Manchester United Hold Off Aston Villa To Stay Top

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This weekend’s premier match, Manchester United hosting Aston Villa, was seemingly alight with some very sensitive microphones.  I’m not sure if the press box was the culprit, or perhaps those huge foam-covered ones on the touchlines, but you could hear … Continue reading

Arsenal Maintain Their Grip on Fourth

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Thanks to a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor, Arsenal continue on their quest to retain Champions League play for next year.  With a vacuum of newsworthiness over the last weeks, at least in regard to the Premier League, speculation turned to … Continue reading

Manchester United and Aston Villa Wait For a Bounce Back

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What a time for an international break.  Despite perhaps one of the most exciting weekends in the Premier League this season, we now must endure the pomp and criticism surrounding the Three Lions as they take on Slovakia in a … Continue reading