Prior to joining the writing team at World Soccer Talk in the summer of 2014, Chris was a freelancer for the Yahoo Contributor Network. While at Yahoo, he published over 100 soccer-related articles and was a regular in the website’s monthly “Hot 100” list.
Chris also wrote Baltimore Orioles minor league reports and game recaps for the Maryland Sports Blog during the 2014 season.
Earlier in the week, Arsenal finally officially announced that they are partnering with Adidas following the completion of the current campaign. The five-year deal with the German sportswear manufacturer is reportedly worth £300 million ($391 million), which would be the third largest annual kit contract in world football (only behind Barcelona and Manchester United). The Gunners previously partnered with Adidas from 1986 to 1994. During this stretch, Arsenal had some of their most iconic kits. Most notably were the away uniforms from when the Gunners won the league at Anfield in 1989 and the ever-popular ‘bruised banana’ kits from 1991-1993. ... Read more
Arsenal have a history of leaving potential contract expirations late in recent years. Important players such as Robin van Persie, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, and Jack Wilshere all entered the final year of their contracts with the club before ultimately deciding on their future. Some were eventually sold, one re-signed with Arsenal, and one was allowed to make a free transfer to another team at the end of their deal. The next player to follow suit in this trend with the Gunners is Aaron Ramsey. Reports surfaced on Thursday that despite the fact that a deal was thought to be ... Read more
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka has been one of the more scrutinized players in the Premier League since he joined the Gunners in 2016. Decision making and lack of discipline from the Swiss international appear to be the biggest issues for fans around the world. Despite these supposed problems, it seems as if every manager that Xhaka has played for has rated him fairly highly. Heiko Vogel, Lucien Favre, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Vladimir Petkovic, Arsene Wenger, and now Unai Emery have all stuck by the midfielder. So why does Xhaka turn off so many fans? Looking into the numbers, the Arsenal midfielder has ... Read more
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is quite the polarizing player. Even is own team’s fanbase is fairly split on whether or not the Spaniard is a top player. In fact, audible groans from inside the Emirates can be heard over televisions all over the world whenever the 23-year-old defender makes even the slightest mistake on the pitch. This discernible disapproval by some accomplishes little and even constrains the player’s confidence before everyone’s eyes. Despite this criticism, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has made it a point to run much of his offense through his talented defender. While it may be odd to some ... Read more
With quite a few talented Premier League players currently in the final year of their contracts, teams around Europe will be vying to potentially bring in quality players for free next summer. Though this list is long, there are five players in particular that stick out the most when discussing value. Before we continue, it must be said that David de Gea, Toby Alderweireld, and Anthony Martial would certainly all be on this list under normal circumstances. While all three of these players do technically have one year remaining on their current contracts, they all also have club options for ... Read more
Beginning a season with consecutive defeats is never a good thing. Being six points behind fellow top four favorites right off the bat immediately puts unwanted pressure on a club. This is especially the case when a new manager is at the helm. All of these things apply to Arsenal at the moment. Despite these early concerns, context does, however, need to be included when discussing the north London club’s weak start to the current campaign. Unai Emery’s Arsenal failed to record a single point against Manchester City and away to Chelsea. City, the reigning Premier League champions, are widely ... Read more
The Unai Emery era began on Sunday with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City. The defending Premier League champions seemed sharp, especially for the opening match of the season. It was clearly evident, however, that the Gunners were playing their first competitive game in nearly three months. Arsenal’s front line squandered solid scoring chances throughout the match and the distribution from defense was noticeably shaky. While the ending result was fairly predictable, it was interesting to catch a glimpse of what Emery is bringing to his new team. The former PSG boss deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Granit Xhaka and ... Read more
Transfer deadline day is always a big moment for Premier League fans. It’s the final day in which teams can strengthen their squad via transfers, but it also concludes the end of wild rumors for a while as well. Although Arsenal were not particularly busy on the day, the north London outfit did, however, utilize the final day of the summer transfer period to offload Lucas Perez. The 29-year-old striker was sold to West Ham for a fee of around £5 million. Though Perez did not garner a massive transfer fee, Arsenal did manage to trim the somewhat hefty squad ... Read more