Wenger only ever one game from crisis

An Arsenal title challenge has been long off the table but only the most pessimistic fan won’t have been buoyed by their emphatic thrashing of hopeless Blackburn.  I’m not sure I’d say it’s “been on the cards” but, at their best, Arsenal are the most fluid of the chasing pack.  Sadly they are rarely at […]


Unfortunate timing or consequence of action?

While it might seem unfortunate timing for Liverpool that one of their fans has been arrested over alleged racist abuse, there are bound to be arguments that the club’s behaviour over the past couple of months fueled the situation.  The staunch defence of Luis Suarez – a player who admitted to and was found guilty of […]

Who is United’s biggest asset?

Is Wayne Rooney set to join Paul McGrath, Norman Whiteside, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Roy Keane and Carlos Tevez in the discarded pile? That’s what today’s Independent is suggesting. It follows a difficult 15 months in his relationship with manager Alex Ferguson. Rooney flirted covertley with Manchester City in late 2010 following a reported fall […]

Better a nearly season than a nothing season

1986/87 – the David Pleat year, five in midfield, 49 goals for Clive, semi-finals, finals and replays, and Diamond Lights. But it all went wrong. Within a few months Pleat was gone (possibly off to start his degree in “Mispronouncing Footballer’s Names”) and Tottenham graduated to financial difficulty and 20 years of mediocrity. That was very […]

Transitional season ahead as Levy padlocks the purse

Maybe the HP Touchpad fire sale taught Daniel Levy something in the last week: if you have stuff that no one wants then you have to practically give it away.  If Alan Hutton is the 16 gigabyte version (only available in white) – demanding a mere 3 million pounds for his poor application ecosystem – then […]

Hey Luka, let’s take a walk

Hey Luka, let’s take a walk Bit embarrassing for Spurs to see the phrase ‘Levy threatened me’ in the headlines today.  Luka Modric insists that not only has Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reneged on an agreement to consider any bid from a “bigger club”, but he also “threatened” to leave Modric in the stands or […]

Media coverage of Arsenal is fair game

Arsenal fans are a bit sick and tired of being on the back pages it seems.  This morning’s Football365 mailbox page publishes a missive from Gary (from Ireland – shocker) lamenting the number of letters being published that relate to the Arsenal circus in the last week. The current state of play is that Gael Clichy […]

Tottenham may be out of Luk-a.

I’m a little surprised that Luka Modric has felt compelled to try and worm his way out of Tottenham.  All evidence suggests that he’s a decent little chap, not hugely motivated by money in a Carlos Tevez-type way and, at a still-relatively young age, has plenty of time to make his mark in world football. […]

Tottenham’s travails are no great surprise

About 12 months ago, in the wake of securing Champions League football for Tottenham, I made the declaration that it was time for Harry Redknapp to step down.  The reason?  Because it just could not get any better than where he was at. Of course it was never going to happen.  No other manager in […]

The eighth best player of all time

While I was relieved that Tottenham’s £25m bid for Newcastle’s Andy Carroll was rejected, I was still dismayed that Harry Redknapp could think that the striker was worth a punt at that money. Then along came Liverpool’s new owners, Fenway Sports Group, making demeaning ‘pfft’ sounds as they shoved ‘Arry out of the way and […]