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 Arsenal pays Mesut Ozil loyalty bonus

When players in a team have dropped down the pecking order for a manager, we see them be, at least, involved in matches like a League Cup or a match against a small team. But that isn't the case with Mesut Ozil in Mikel Arteta's team. The German midfielder has not

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Arsenal Season Report | 2018/2019

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Change was called for at The Emirates and after one his first season in charge; Did Unai Emery deliver? There was a fresh wave of optimism at The Emirates going into the 2018-19 season. Flanked by Ivan Gazidis and with one of Europe’s best sporting directors in Sven Mislintat bringing in

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Big Match Preview & Team News

15 years ago, we would have looked at this game as a title decider. But how times change! Post-2005, Arsenal have never looked the same and gradually descended from title challengers to top 4 challengers. On the other hand, Manchester United, under Sir Alex went from strength to strength, winning 5

Arsenal’s Unbeaten Streak decoded – What Has Emery Done Right This Season?

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After two successive defeats to begin their season, Arsenal have well and truly found their feet and turned things around. The 13 games following their defeat at the hands of Chelsea have given the footballing community a glimpse of what can be expected from Emery-ball. There has been no looking

Future Foundations: Defenders Arsenal Should Target To Replace Their Old Guard 

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Arsenal have begun their first season under Unai Emery showing the same defensive frailties that plagued them during Arsene Wenger’s final campaign. They attempted to address this issue with the summer signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and while the Greek international has so far looked a marginal upgrade

Iconic Match Reviews – Arsenal vs Tottenham 2011-2012

Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur – 26th February 2012 The 2011-12 season was a roller-coaster ride for many an Arsenal fan. From the rock-bottom lows of the 4-0 defeat to AC Milan and the unforgettable 8-2 disaster at United to some pretty impressive wins away at Chelsea(5-3) and Liverpool(2-1), fans were kept

Manchester City Fire Early Title Warning Shots After Resounding Win Over Arsenal

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It was business as usual for Manchester City as they swatted away a lacklustre Arsenal side in a solid, if not spectacular 2-0 victory at the Emirates. While an acid test of the magnitude of facing the Premier League’s one and only centurions is daunting enough, the newly appointed Unai Emery’s

Arsenal Season Preview: Moving Forward With Emery

After what has undoubtedly been a World Cup for the ages, pundits and fans are geared up for what promises to be another enthralling season of Premier League football. Heralded as the most captivating competition on the planet, all eyes will turn towards one mouthwatering contest in particular as Arsenal

The case against the Defence : Arsenal

The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for Arsenal fans. Arsene Wenger is finally leaving. Depending on which side of the "#WengerOut" debate you are on, that could either make you feel wretched or relieved. Regardless of what people might think of Arsene Wenger, there is one

The very best of Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal have produced some riveting games against each other in the Premier league era. Let us have a look at five of the best games these two London rivals have played against each other – Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 22nd 2014) Referee sends off Gibbs wrongly for mistaken identity despite

The Arsenal Monthly: August

Its been a gloomy month for Arsenal. From transfers to on field performances to a shattered dressing room without any leaders, Arsenal are in crisis. There were 3 matches played this month vs Leicester, Stoke and Liverpool. Arsenal won 1 and lost 2. Now, they are languishing in 16th place.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Match Review

This fixture never fails to disappoint. Over the years, Liverpool vs Arsenal has been an action packed fixture filled with mesmerizing attacking play. This stems from the fact that both teams attack better than they defend. This time though, Liverpool’s attack absolutely dismantled the Arsenal defense whereas the Arsenal attack

Arsenal vs Leicester: Match Review

It’s been an exhilarating first weekend to the Premier League which has had everything, red cards, poor defending, great attacking, controversial decisions and of course, goals. All this kicked off on Friday night when Arsenal faced of Leicester. As usual, there was a sense of optimism around the Emirates, but as

Arsenal : It’s Time.

It’s been a long while since Arsenal last lifted the Premier League trophy and in every season since then Arsenal always seem to be 3–4 players away from a major trophy. Last season though, they finished 5th and didn’t even qualify for the Champions League and although that looks extremely

PSG Need To Watch Their Back: Lille OSC Have Begun The Hunt

Ligue 1 is rarely a place for excitement at the top of the table, as PSG have been consistently dominant. It is unusual to find themselves tied top of the league, especially 8 games in. Yet that is where they find themselves, as Lille OSC are behind just on goals

Arsene Wenger wants Euros and World Cup held every two years

Football as it already has a wide range of matches being played daily. Now former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced his suggestion for the UEFA Nations League to be discarded and the FIFA World Cup and Euro tournaments to be taking place every other year in a bid to adapt

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  Premier League: Two Biggest signings on Deadline Day

With the 2020 summer transfer window has come to a close last week, we've witnessed the completion of many deals. As some signings could have been written off as insignificant, there are also some that could be said to be one of the best and to watch out for. After the

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Brugge, Olympiacos, Ferencvaros: The UCL Outsiders That Could Surprise Us All

Every year when UEFA run the draw for the Champions League Group Stage, we try to pinpoint the ‘dark horses. Infact, we generally categorise teams into the ‘Favourites’, ‘Dark Horses’, ‘Underdogs’, and then, more loosely, the ‘write offs’. The teams that consider being in the prestigious competition an achievement on

New Signings to look out for in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign

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Just 48 days after the 2019/20 Premier League season was completed, we are all back and ready for another exciting season of football ahead. Traditionally, by the second week of September, we would be a few weeks into the season, and things would be shaping up nicely. However, there has

Comparing Manchester City’s centurions to Klopp’s juggernaut – Why weren’t Liverpool able to break the 100 points barrier?

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Usually, the break preceding the commencement of a new season is filled with football fans on social media complaining about the lack of football and whining about their club’s inactivity in the transfer window - but this year is different. Following the resumption of football after the lockdown, matches have

Podcast Episode 7 – FPL 20/21 launch – Initial pricing reactions

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FPL's new player price values have been released for the upcoming Premier League season and our in-house FPL experts Anirudh Shenoy and Samson Baretto shared their first reactions to the newly released figures. Listen in as they crunch the numbers and give their predictions for the forthcoming season! Club rundown - Arsenal

Could 20/21 be the most difficult Premier League ever?

Could 20/21 be the most difficult Premier League ever?

With Liverpool's stunning runaway victory of the Premier League title last season, some pundits and fans wondered if England had become more like France or Germany. Were we now seeing a separation between the league's best teams and those around them? The gap between 2nd placed Manchester City, and 6th placed

Looking back at the career & life of one Africa’s most divisive players – Emmanuel Adebayor

Looking back at the career & life of one Africa’s most divisive players - Emmanuel Adebayor

For many, Emmanuel Adebayor represents the epitome of a modern-day mercenary in the world of football. And maybe that is understandable, considering the Togolese 36-year old has represented 11 different clubs since the beginning of the 2000s, three of them alone within the borders of London. Always with an exceptionally

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Le Professeur’s last impactful signing

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The human brain is designed to work in a way where we associate certain people with certain words, based on our exposure and experience with the person in a specific context. When football enthusiasts hear the name ‘Aubameyang’, they think of the word ‘goals’. The Arsenal superstar is best known

Neymar and the power of choice – Deconstructing the PSG star’s psyche (and career) in an interview with Money Heist’s Denver

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In an October 2019 interview with Money Heist actor Jaime Lorente, who played Denver, Neymar Jr. ended their conversation with the following words: “Choosing is difficult, but in life you have to choose, otherwise you’ll never be happy.” Moments before, he ruminated on his career and how he had evolved as

Assessing low-budget options for Southampton to target in the transfer window

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After finishing 11th, Southampton can applaud themselves on a solid league season. In Ralph Hasenhüttl's first full campaign in charge, the club have risen in the table since their early 9-0 defeat to Leicester City. "You can see the team is learning quickly," Hasenhüttl told reporters following their 3-1 win over Sheffield

Analysing what the future could hold for the big three London clubs

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There is new hope, enthusiasm and anticipation about proceedings at Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues over-achieved in Frank Lampard's first season and their new signings make Chelsea hot property for next season. The Gunners believe that they have a tactical genius in Mikel Arteta, who has also impressed

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KICKING OFF WITH EADF - THE OFFICIAL PODCAST OF EL ARTE DEL FUTBOL Episode 9 - More than a Messi affair With all the chaos and turmoil surrounding FC Barcelona on and off the pitch, Ritwik Sarkar and Aaryan Parasnis address the issues that have been plaguing the club behind the scenes

Ronaldo – The story of a starry-eyed boy from Madeira

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In 2004, a devastating Tsunami destroyed millions of homes and killed innumerable people all-over South-East Asia. World Television footage of the tsunami focused on the image of a seven-year-old survivor named Martunis wearing 'Rui Costa' 'Number 10' Portuguese football jersey. He had been stranded for 19 days after watching his

Wolves: The Major Lesson Learned from 19/20

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One month into the 19/20 season, EADF published an article recognising the battle Wolverhampton Wanderers were facing. Questions were being asked of the club’s form, as Wolves had drawn 3 and lost 2 of their opening 5 games, and they had to contend with the Europa League in upcoming months

Roger Schmidt to PSV: The Next Chapter in the Ascension of Dutch Football

This season, we have seen Wout Weghorst tear up the Bundesliga with over 16 goals, Frenkie De Jong delight the Nou Camp, Kasper Dolberg lead Angel Di Maria for goals scored in France, and Steven Bergwijn score goals against Manchester City & United.  All these players have come from a league

‘Finished’ they said, Clueless.

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There are very few players in the world that generate a deluge of emotions from the fans and pundits quite like Wayne Rooney. Often considered as the 'guy who never fulfilled his potential' Wayne has gone through a lot. The top scorer for both United and England returned to Everton following a

In Focus – Evaluating Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s permanent signings

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has made four permanent first-team signings for Manchester United over the course of the last two transfer windows. In this article, we take a look at how each one of them has fared so far at United, what their strengths are, how their skills can be optimised and

FPL Scout Report 26 – Which teams to target?

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FPL is back in less than 36 hours and given that we've had a 3-month hiatus, form and stats essentially go out of the window. As a result, we've tried to compile a set of teams to target based on their fixtures and motivation. First off, teams returning from a 3-month

FPL Scout Report 25 – Double-gameweek 30+ Chip Strategies

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With the announcement of Project Restart and FPL providing unlimited transfers to managers, there’s a dilemma around how to efficiently utilize the chips as to get maximum output in terms of points. Let’s have a quick look at some of the chip strategies you can adapt according to your team and

FPL Scout Report 24 – Players to consider for double-gameweek 30

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With just two days remaining for the GW30+ deadline following Project Restart, we start off with a Double Gameweek with rearranged fixtures for Manchester City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa. The fixtures in GW 30 for these teams are as follows – Manchester City – Arsenal (H) Burnley (H) Arsenal – Manchester

From Kirkby to Anfield – What’s going on at Liverpool’s academy?

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Liverpool FC. European Champions. World Champions. Premier League champions-elect. Over the last few seasons, the Reds have gone from strength to strength in all departments and are now challenging for trophies consistently. The first-team squad has settled very well, as is seen by the absence of any major signings over

1 point since October and death threats – The devastating 19/20 season at Toulouse

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Ligue 1 has often been an under-covered league in football writing and journalism, however here at EADF, one club’s performance this year has shocked us both on and off the pitch. Despite finishing bottom, Toulouse would have been thankful when the LFP (The Ligue de Football Professionnel) decided to put

The race for Champions League Qualification spots in La Liga

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La Liga is well poised to resume action behind closed doors from the eleventh of June; with matches scheduled almost every day, the thirst of the fans for Spanish football will be quenched soon. Straying away from the usual template of the big three teams automatically qualifying for Champions League

Solving the Pogba and Fernandes puzzle – A welcome headache for Solskjær

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There is much to look forward to when the Premier League returns. On the 19th of June, Tottenham Hotspur will be facing Manchester United in one of the highly-anticipated ties. Champions League places will determine much of what the future holds for both sides, two managers who seem perenially confined

FIFA’s stance on racism and politics

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When we talk about our society and culture, we cannot ignore the impact it has on the world of sports. Throughout history, sports have gone hand in hand with society and the sporting world often reflected the changes that were happening around them in society, be it the increasing number

Bastian Schweinsteiger – A career drenched in glory

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By Karan Tejwani | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on November 7, 2019. 19 May 2012. Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich, playing at their prestigious home, the Allianz Arena, were aiming to beat Chelsea and win the Champions League for the first time since 2001. After a one-sided affair that

Wes Brown – More Than A Mere Passenger

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Role players who feature for perennial contenders often do not receive their just due. Our obsession with superstars has conditioned us to think of these players as mere passengers who were launched to the promised land by the "big names". Wesley Brown is one amongst many Red Devils from their

Eden Hazard – The journey so far

These days the term 'generational' is bandied about a bit too often. There are several players, who with all due respect, on the basis of a few performances get anointed with this term when they are probably not exactly of that level. However, when it comes to Eden Hazard, there

The making of Leroy Sané – The German speedster coming of age

"I don't have any problem with criticism. It's an incentive to refine myself." - Leroy Sané. One of Europe's most talented wingers, 'The Wattenscheider Robben', has been ripping apart defences with his blistering pace and a wand of a left foot for quite a while now. Still only 24, Leroy Sané

“Geisterspiel”…and all you need to know about the Bundesliga return

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It has been almost two months since world football came to a standstill amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Only in recent weeks have the National FA’s of major European nations shed some light on the outcomes of their respective leagues. Many associations like those in France and Belgium have voided the

Odsonne Edouard – A prodigious talent at just 22

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As ever, it’s an exciting time in Scottish football. Despite a lack of action on the pitch, there is plenty going on off it, and the controversy looks set to continue in the coming weeks. The current situation in Scotland perhaps epitomises another topsy-turvy campaign, one with the customary ups

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Laying the foundations for a special future

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When Romelu Lukaku made the switch from Merseyside to Manchester in the summer of 2017, Everton were left with a big hole in their squad up top. The Belgian was one of Everton’s key players, and his departure left a considerable goalscoring void at the club. Massive recruitment followed. Everton

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