Is it Walcott’s time? A look at history

It might seem premature to write this when contract negotiations are still up in the air, but if Arsenal history is anything to go by, when one star leaves another unlikely one usually steps up from within the ranks to surprise everyone. I’ve been one of his biggest critics over the years so I can […]

There’s a talented player in there somewhere

I have to admit that I naively raised an eyebrow yesterday when Roberto Mancini, chasing a much-needed win at Newcastle, took off attacking midfielder Samir Nasri for defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong. In the end, this turned out to be the masterstroke that won City the game, and possibly the league title. Having been largely […]

Where are the defenders?

I think it would be fair to say if you were to ask most people to people look back at what has set this Premier League season apart from others the answer you’d get would have to be: high-scoring games. For a slightly more pessimistic view: bad defending. It is in the big games where […]