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.
Eight months ago, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made a big change to his team’s formation in an effort to finish the remainder of the 2016/17 season on a strong note. The move from a back four to a three-man central defense paid off. With the new defense, the Gunners won nine of the final 10 games of the campaign, including an upset victory FA Cup final against Chelsea. The results from the switch gave many Gooners hope that the 2017/18 season would begin with the same success. This, however, has not necessarily been the case. Arsenal are sitting seventh in ... Read more
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is quite the polarizing player. Many fans and pundits will acknowledge that the 26-year-old Wales international is certainly a talented player. The knock, however, is the fact that he has shown to be inconsistent at times during his career. At his best, Ramsey was the club’s most outstanding player during the 2013/14 campaign. His play and knack for scoring immense goals, most notably the match-winning goal in the FA Cup final that season, helped end Arsenal’s nine year trophy drought. Ramsey’s 2013/14 was what Arsenal fans were hoping to see out of the midfielder ever since ... Read more
The annual supposed shift of power from the Arsenal side of north London to Tottenham is currently on hold. Although many experts claimed that a so-called transfer of power between the clubs temporarily separated by 11 miles was in full effect, the Gunners find themselves above Spurs in the standings. Arsenal extended their lead over their bitter rivals to four points following their 5-0 demolishing of Huddersfield on Wednesday. While Spurs did finish above the Gunners last season for the first time in 22 years, it is going to take a lot more than one season to effectively take over ... Read more
Following Arsenal’s convincing 2-0 victory against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, the club’s Twitter account came under fire for a tweet directed at a Daily Mail journalist. The playful tweet was of Mesut Özil, the Man of the Match on Saturday, sipping a cup of tea à la Kermit the Frog. While the tweet was obviously not malicious in any way, the journalist took offense to the lighthearted reply. The journalist involved, Adam Crafton, posted a reply to the tweet claiming that the Arsenal reply opened him up to abuse. “Re this: I picked a team. Arsenal won. ... Read more
With two of their superstars currently in the last year of their contracts, Arsenal are heading into an intensely important period. Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez have both been smash hits since their arrivals to north London in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Nevertheless, the dynamic duo are most likely in the midst of their final season with the Gunners. The German international does have a bit of a chance to re-sign a new deal, but it remains to be seen if he will return or not. As both could very well leave the club either in January or after the ... Read more
Much has been said about the futures of Arsenal superstars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Both players are out of contract at the end of the season and talks have not progressed as well as some have hoped. Sanchez is already thought to have his sights set on a switch to Manchester City, with a January move possible. Ozil, on the other hand, does not have a clear-cut suitor. Although Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and even Besiktas are reportedly interesting in securing the German’s signature. While Sanchez leaving the Gunners is almost a certainty, a new Ozil deal is not ... Read more
With the Premier League match week 10 officially over, and the season more than 25% in the books, now is a good time to take a look back at some early surprises in the 2017/18 campaign. Some of these happenings are positive, and some are negative. While the ‘big six’ are currently about where they should be, let’s focus on four particularly surprising instances when looking at the table right now. 1. Everton’s Disappointing Start The Toffees are regularly the hipster pick to break into the top six in the Premier League table, and this season was no different. After ... Read more
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a history of giving young, talented players their shot to prove themselves on the pitch. This season appears to be no different. Although last year was a bit of an anomaly, with only one U23 player receiving a senior debut (Chris Willock), the Frenchman has already given six teenagers time on the pitch so far during the 2017/18 campaign. With so many new faces for Arsenal fans to learn, let’s take a look at each of the youngsters in this impressive class. Reiss Nelson Arguably Arsenal’s top teenage prospect, Nelson is an extremely skillful 17-year-old ... Read more