After netting just four Premier League goals and putting in a number of inept performances last year, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was a shadow of the player who romped to the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Blues’ Player of the Year the season before. However, with Antonio Conte taking over the managerial reins
After wrapping up the transfer of Granit Xhaka in late May, Arsenal zeroed in on Jamie Vardy and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, Manchester United’s spending capacity and the Vardy’s commitment to Leicester City coupled with injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista ensured signing a defender became Arsenal’s priority this summer. Despite the Gunners scouting truckloads
From the outrageous to the bloody unthinkable, the transfer market went mad this summer. But away from the limelight, there were meaningful and shrewd signings that didn’t receive as much credit. Here are the top 5 bargains of the summer. Loris Karius – Liverpool Age- 23 Position – Goalkeeper Transfer Fee – £4.7 –
The debut installment of a brand new column about everything Chelsea-related titled “The Mind of Conte” by Charles Codo. Following much excitement, speculation, and anticipation, Antonio Conte has finally coached his first games in the English Premier League, home against West Ham and away to Watford. Following last season’s horror start, Chelsea fans will have
Thierry Henry. Dennis Bergkamp. Cliff Bastin. Ian Wright. Just some of the names of Arsenal’s finest goalscorers throughout their history. Can you name the top scorer of Arsenal Football Club in each season since the end of World War 2? Created by Sporcle Check out their website for more fascinating quizzes Follow them
Spare a thought for Marcus Rashford. The teenager who burst onto the scene last season dramatically enough to salvage a shred of credibility from the dying embers of Luis Van Gaal’s regime and claim a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad has so far sat on the side-lines of Jose Mourinho’s bright new dawn. So
George Camsell. 345 goals in 453 appearances. Never forget the name: George Camsell. Created by Jon Rogers and taken from his long-time project: Heroes, Legends and Greats of the Football League Check out more of his superb graphic work on his personal website, Homework Follow Jon on Twitter @jonrogershmwrk Like O-Posts on Facebook
In the summer of 2007, Liverpool signed Fernando Torres for £25 million, a fee not including the move of Luis Garcia in the opposite direction. Torres had scored 91 goals across five seasons in La Liga for his boyhood club Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, looking for a goal-scorer to fire a title challenge after reaching
After weeks of speculation, Liverpool have finally accepted an offer for Christian Benteke and it is said to be in the region of £27 million from Crystal Palace. The Belgian would be a massive coup for the Eagles in a deal that would smash their transfer record and while it might not necessarily be the
Arsenal and Man United. Two of the biggest rivalries not only in England, but in Europe as well. Heightened and intensified during the Wenger-Ferguson era with in-match fights and animosity a norm. Can you name the players who have played for both Arsenal and Man United? Created by Sporcle Check out their website
It has been woeful few years at Aston Villa but finally there is some light on the horizon in the shape of a new owner, new manager and new-look team that is already starting to look stronger than the one that dropped out of the Premier League last season. That wouldn’t be hard in all
Adam’s latest “The Championship Corner” column. Aston Villa were heading for a second home win in a week when goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini lined up a clearance with four minutes to go. However, they did not foresee Huddersfield defender Michael Hefele charging the kick down to deflect it in from 30 yards for a freak equaliser.
Arsenal faithful booed the players off the field after the Gunners’ humiliating 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Emirates Stadium last Sunday. However, it is a truism that more fans were frustrated than they were shocked. They never saw the loss coming; they had not failed to see it coming, either. They knew
Arsenal and Tottenham. Two of England’s biggest rivals, and possibly in Europe as well. Both situated in North London and among the most intense rivalries around, especially in recent times. Can you name the players that have played for both Arsenal and Tottenham? Created by Sporcle Check out their website for more fascinating
The English football league is now underway, But why was Gary Lineker wearing his underpants to present Match of The Day? He wore them for a bet, because his team won the league, His beloved Leicester City – they caused mass intrigue! And what about the mighty Liverpool – playing Arsenal, What a cracking game
There was an amusing moment after Manchester United’s 1-3 win at Bournemouth on Sunday when, cramped inside one of the Dean Court stands, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Wayne Rooney were asked to present an odd-looking Man of the Match award to defender Eric Bailly. The Ivorian won all of his headers and won possession back nine
When Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sign for a club, it is not surprising to see someone like Eric Bailly go under the radar. And yet, after the game against Leicester and Bournemouth, Eric Bailly has emerged as a huge attraction for fans. It would probably be erroneous to call Bailly a small
Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Arsenal succumbed to a humiliating 4-3 home defeat to Liverpool in their Premier League opener. Although their season is far from over — at least for now — heading into the second league game in the wake of a victory would have catastrophically boosted their confidence. Having said that,
Chelsea have been associated with heavy spending ever since Abramovich took over the club in 2003. Such massive outlays helped propel the Blues to the pinnacle of European club football and are now considered among the continent’s elite sides. Can you name each and every Chelsea signing from their 2014/15 campaign? Created by Sporcle
With Game of Thrones now a month off our screens, I am sure many of you are getting withdrawal symptoms just as I am. Thankfully, we have the start of the new football season to fill the gap. But it got me thinking, in a bizarre Game of Thrones football crossover, who would play who?
The debut installment of a column about everything Man United titled “The Manchester Musings” by our very own Vishakh Chandrasekhar. Three- the number of managers since Sir Alex Ferguson. Three- also the number of goals Manchester United scored at Bournemouth to kickstart the new 2016/2017 Premier League season. Coincidence? Probably. United fans have been looking
Despite being relegated with Aston Villa last season, Idrissa Gana Gueye was signed on a four-year deal by new Everton manager Ronald Koeman in the summer. Although the Senegal international huffed and puffed in the heart of a sorry Villa midfield last term, the 26-year-old failed to help the Villains stay in the Premier League.
It’s probably fair to say that Jese Rodriguez’s move from Real Madrid to PSG caught a few people by surprise. The 23 year old has been on the fringes of the first team for a while now at the Santiago Bernabeu, so it’s not a great shock that he has finally moved on but the
Antonio Conte joined Chelsea with the idea to use a variation of the 4-4-2 formation, which he had previously adopted at Siena and Bari. Last month, Oscar revealed the following in an interview with the Mail Online: “The idea is to play 4-2-4. We tried this every day in training – we’re getting better.” Indeed,
For the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, there is real optimism amongst Manchester United fans going into the new season. They have one of the most successful managers in the world at the helm and have signed one of the best players in Paul Pogba. Mourinho has had plenty of success
After the absolute roller-coaster that has been the season of 15/16, the first week of Premier League is quickly approaching and it already looks very promising. The vice-champions Arsenal are going to face Klopp‘s determined squad, and we can only hope the match will be half as stunning as the Gunners’ last year’s debut horror.
Ahead of their much-anticipated clash — the Premier League’s biggest opening weekend match-up, can you name the players who have represented both Arsenal and Liverpool? Created by Sporcle Check out their website for more fascinating quizzes Follow them on Twitter @sporcle Like O-Posts on Facebook You can also follow O-Posts on Twitter @OPosts
West Ham United fans who enjoy soccer betting online have reason to be optimistic. Not only did the Hammers have their best finish since returning to the Premier League in 2012-13, but a few new arrivals could propel the team into improving their 7th place from last season. The 2016-17 batch of transfers is headlined
It still surprises me to this day that some people don’t rate Daniel Sturridge highly. Goal-scoring machine It only took Daniel Sturridge 87 games to reach his 50th goal for Liverpool. Sturridge has scored 44 goals in 67 premier league games for Liverpool, if that isn’t world class, I don’t know what is? Last
Tottenham come into the new campaign following their best ever Premier League finish. The disappointment of missing out on the title to Leicester should now have vanished and they should be able to look forward to building on what are some very solid foundations. Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t need to make any radical tweaks to his