11 10, 2016

Captains are club custodians – that’s it – learn from Arsenal, England

By |2017-05-19T20:08:05+01:00October 11th, 2016|Arsenal FC, gooners, Gunners, History, internationals, Rant|0 Comments

Honestly, have you ever seen as much fuss being made, as the whole 'Wayne Rooney dropped' saga that's being played out in the media. I don't remember any other captain getting the same level of treatment and attention when they were no longer England captain. It's just, well, weird if you ask me. He's 30 [...]

8 10, 2015

Walcott ends Rooney’s England career? Arsenal karma?

By |2015-10-08T08:03:41+01:00October 8th, 2015|Arsenal FC, Attack, gooners, Gunners, History, Internationals|2 Comments

Yesterday evening I wrote a bit of a flippant tweet that a year ago nobody would have expected Theo Walcott to be on the verge of ending Wayne Rooney's England career, but having heard from the man himself in the afternoon at the England training camp, I do wonder if he's got that outcome in [...]

17 05, 2015

United preview: play with width and stretch an average back four

By |2017-05-19T20:12:15+01:00May 17th, 2015|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, Attack, Formation, Match Preview, midfield|6 Comments

United at Old Trafford. A game in which historically has had extreme significance, but in very recent times has not been as intense as the early Arsene Wenger years. Neither side is competing for the league for one thing, which inevitably results in a reduction of the pressure, but at least both teams have something [...]

17 02, 2015

When a 'dive' becomes 'evasive', plus the worst possible draw

By |2017-05-19T21:35:37+01:00February 17th, 2015|analogy, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, FA Cup, gooners, Gunners, Rant|0 Comments

I've got a bit of a bee in my bonnet this morning and no, it isn't because we're away to United (although that is severe Sucksville, but more on that in a bit) in the FA Cup, but it's about media narrative and rhetoric around diving and English players. In August 2009 a penalty awarded [...]

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