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Author Archives: Dave Warner

Is It Theo Walcott’s Time At Arsenal?

Posted on by Dave Warner

When Arsene Wenger told the press he was in no hurry to spend Emmanuel Adebayor’s transfer fee and would replace him with “an internal player,” more than a few people probably had the same reaction: “Same old Wenger, always stingy.” … Continue reading

Is Mark Hughes Building a Barcelona Clone at Eastlands?

Posted on by Dave Warner

Say what you will about the obscene amount of money being spent by Manchester City this summer, but you have to admit that there’s a certain perverse pleasure in watching someone build a real-life club lineup in much the same … Continue reading

Your 2009 UEFA Champions League Final Liveblog

Posted on by Dave Warner

Some years, it seems like the UEFA Champions League is one part football, four parts money and twelve parts hype. This year, however, the hype surrounding the Champions League Final certainly seems justified. Manchester United v. Barcelona. Champions of England … Continue reading

How ESPN Could Get the Champions League Back — And Much More

Posted on by Dave Warner

Earlier this morning, our friend The Gaffer lamented that ESPN’s loss of the UEFA Champions League TV rights would be bad for soccer in America. After all, ESPN remains the primary vehicle for sporting culture in this country, and if … Continue reading

Is Arsenal Better Off Without Cesc Fabregas?

Posted on by Dave Warner

Here’s a statistic I had to look at twice and then verify before believing it: since star midfielder Cesc Fabregas went out with an injury last December, Arsenal hasn’t lost a match in the Premier League. This is not to … Continue reading

It’s Time to End Talk of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka Being Strike Partners

Posted on by Dave Warner

When Nicolas Anelka arrived at Stamford Bridge 13 months ago, pundits everywhere talked up the possibility of a devastating strike partnership between him and Didier Drogba. Even Drogba himself described the potential pairing as “terrifying.” One year later, however, it’s … Continue reading

Oasis Won’t Look Back in Anger at Kaká’s Snub

Posted on by Dave Warner

Noel and Liam Gallagher might be the most famous Manchester City fans on the planet. So when they found themselves performing in Milan on Monday night, it only made sense that they would dedicate a song to the most famous … Continue reading

In This Year’s Relegation Battle, No One Is Safe

Posted on by Dave Warner

The beauty of the Premier League is that there are always three distinct races within the table, and after 23 rounds of this Premier League season, none of those races are decided. In the race for first place, only two … Continue reading

For Martin O’Neill, Fourth Place Finish Is Bigger Prize Than Winning a Trophy

Posted on by Dave Warner

In a finer world, each football club would try to win every competition it entered. Only the biggest clubs, however, have that luxury, and managers of smaller clubs are forced to look at their fixture lists and determine what their … Continue reading