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 […]

The “narrowed gap” widens again

Make believe versus real life You know how it is – third round league cup game and you’ve got one eye on Europe or getting promotion.  You put a couple of squad players in, play your expensive reserve striker, give your backup keeper a game, put the highly rated 19 year old winger in the […]

Gallas is not a serial killer

I’m usually quite grounded when it comes to the tribal nature of football.  Crossing the Merseyside divide, traversing the North London battle lines or exchanging colours in Glasgow will usually earn you abuse from your former employer’s fans as well as a proportion of your new supporters. As a Tottenham fan, having a former Arsenal […]

Almuniating comments

Monday 2nd August I don’t need to convince anybody – I just do my job.  I have a couple more years on my contract and that’s it, I’m an Arsenal player. – Manuel Almunia: Sunday 15th August Monday 16th August To be honest, it is so difficult to concentrate because Arsenal is a big club […]

Five things: Schism, Jamie, James, Tony, Robbie

1. Rafa creates a schism Rafa Benitez is not going through anything right now that his peers haven’t already endured.  An historical look through the message boards and football websites will show many calls for the heads of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger during their teams leaner days.  Manchester United went three seasons without a title […]

Five things: County, Sol, Wiley, Rafa, FIFA

Luvfooty brings you what we hope will be at least a new weekly feature where we make a brief analysis of five current football stories out there.  We’re good like that. 1. Notts County reveal the man who wasn’t there Pakistani businessman Anwar Shafi has denied any involvement with League Two side Notts County in […]

Premier League Preview 2009/10 [Part 1]

As is traditional – sometimes – here is part one of a rundown of how I see the Premier League panning out this year. 1st Liverpool Last season: 2nd Transfers in: Glen Johnson (£18m, Portsmouth), Alberto Aquilani (£20m. Roma) Transfers out: Sebastian Leto (£1.3m, Panathinaikos), Jermaine Pennant (free, Zaragoza), Sami Hyppia (free, Bayer Leverkusen), Alvaro […]

Watching the Premier League Bizarro World

Although we are only midway through the off-season, the Premier League’s big guns are definitely feeling the pressure. While not quite asset-stripping, between them they may have lost the services of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, John Terry, Xabi Alonso and Emanuel Adebayor within the next two weeks – with very little quality going the other […]

2009/10 Premier League favourites: Liverpool?

I know the Internet is full of trolls – people who deliberately post inciting messages just to get attention and a reaction. Usually these messages contain outrageous claims and opinions that are clearly extremist for the shock value.  But sometimes, while obvously still troll-esque, they contain opinions that have a mainstream following and do have […]