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The all-inclusive format of the FA Cup means that football’s oldest surviving tournament has seen countless giant-killings in its history, as lower-ranked Davids slay the Goliaths above them. Non-league Hereford United’s victory over Newcastle in 1972, prompted by the now famous long-range effort from Ronnie Radford, is woven into the competition’s folklore, along with John Motson’s fevered reaction. More recently, Wrexham, who in 1991 had finished bottom of the football league, beat English champions Arsenal 2-1 the next season, and Third Division Shrewsbury defeated Everton in 2003. No team is …

As Arsène Wenger might say, tonight saw Arsenal playing with the handbrake off. The Gunners put on a spectacular show, with superb link-up play, incisive runs and clinical finishing bringing four goals in the space of ten second-half minutes. The front four of Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud and Walcott were rampant, ripping through West Ham’s defence almost at will to record the Hammers’ heaviest defeat of the season. This sparkling exhibition of free-flowing football will have reminded Arsenal fans of the halcyon days of Pires, Ljungberg, Bergkamp and Henry, who exuded …

Football fans had been anticipating January eagerly as the transfer window was re- opening, preparing for mesmerizing speculation and ‘knee-jerk’ decisions, seeing which new players were bought into their club and observing who departed. So who would have thought that the biggest talking point so far in January, would be a managerial one, the decision of the sought after Pep Guardiola to take over at Bayern Munich in the summer.
I first heard the news, when I received a message by a good friend of mine who works for a leading broadcast …

Results went both ways for the Gunners and the Blues in mid-week. When Stamford Bridge seems bringing no luck to Benitez’s side, Arsenal’s confidence ran high, banking on their 5-3 victory last season at Chelsea’s ground, although Robin Van Persie, the hat-trick hero that afternoon, is no longer at Arsenal.
Scoreline may suggest it was a tight contest. Realistically, Arsenal endured a horrible first half, which in a league of this standard, could be very costly. As suggested by Wenger’s expression, it was a disgusting performance and may have undone the …

Arsenal’s latest defeat at the hands of a top four rival was greeted by Arsene Wenger in very much the same manner as the previous ones.
“Unlucky” was one adjective Wenger used, but was it really?
The first-half was embarrassingly one-sided and a more clinical Chelsea could’ve easily doubled the two-goal advantage they eventually held at the break.
Truthfully the first half had nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with the perpetual, underlying problems this Arsenal team has.
The ease at which Mata, Hazard and Oscar confounded the Arsenal back four …

Ferguson 26 years and counting at United and Wenger a decade behind at Arsenal. These two clubs found the perfect manager and stuck with him. And how they have reaped the rewards.
But why have so few others stuck around with them?
Sir Alex Ferguson has sat in the throne at the helm of English football management for the lifetime of the Premier League, watching a merry go round of managers at his rivals. However, Ferguson’s tenure dates back further to 1986, seven years before lifting the very first Premier League trophy. …

One of the most ridiculous decisions of a madcap Premier League season, (one in which a manager decided to have a stack up with a star striker, a Champions League winner was ousted three months into the new campaign and a west London club waited until January to realise Kieran Dyer was never going to regain full fitness) was made on the south coast this week, that being the dismissal of Nigel Adkins as manager of Southampton. One of the most ridiculous and possibly one of the most damaging also.
Nigel …

The story of this transfer window and no doubt the summer window if it isn’t sorted out is Theo Walcott’s contract or lack of a new one. Much like last season’s Robin van Persie saga the story remains the same; top Arsenal player’s contract is close to expiring, player is reluctant to sign on the dotted line. Walcott’s contribution to an Arsenal side who have had less than an inspired start to the season and now sit sixth in table is undeniable, he scored a hat trick in the side’s …

Head in to any pub in the Red half of Merseyside and you would know why a certain Spaniard’s name is still reverberated in this Red half of Merseyside even though he is the interim manager of a fierce enemy.A man with vast Football knowledge who once claimed to have watched three matches simultaneously and take notes is a testimony of the fact of someone who wanted to learn and analyse the beautiful game,an appetite which will never diminish.As you see an old man,perhaps in his late seventies,opening  bottle of …

Lucky you! Well I think lucky anyway. You’ve found my new Weekly Football Blog. Each week I’ll be expressing my views on stories and the goings on from the wide world of football, bigging up the mighty Chelsea and generally laughing at Arsenal.  So let’s get this started!
There’s only one place to start really! You probably guessed it from the title of this blog. I’m of course talking about Arsenal’s hilarious Capital One Cup loss to Bradford at Valley Parade, which was seen as one of the biggest cup upsets in recent years. I …