In Arteta We Trust – Part Two: Arsenal Tactical Analysis

If you haven’t already, we recommend you read part one of this segment: In Arteta We Trust - Part One: The Making of a Modern Day Head Coach. In the previous article we looked into the early days of Mikel Arteta’s career right up to his big breakthrough at Everton and FA Cup successes with Arsenal. We also touched on how his knowledge and experiences led him to become Pep Guardiola’s No. 2 at Manchester City. All of this helped…

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In Arteta We Trust – Part One: The Making of a Modern Day Head Coach

On 31st August 2011, Arsenal completed a surprising FOUR deadline day signings. It was a busy day for the North London club, with many pundits and fans claiming that these were ‘panic buys’ as Arsene Wenger frantically looked for reinforcements. It was a summer of change at The Emirates stadium. There were notable departures including club icon Cesc Fàbregas, who returned home to Barcelona, and both Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri moving up north to Manchester City. Cesc Fabregas carried…

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S.S. Lazio – Genuine Title Contenders

Last Sunday’s Supercoppa Italiana marked the half way point of the Serie A season, with last years league winners Juventus facing Lazio, the current holders of the Coppa Italia.  After 17 rounds of scintillating football, the Serie A season comes to a halt as we enter the winter break. There was plenty of anticipation at the start of the season, with new coaches at Juventus, Inter Milan, Roma and AC Milan respectively.  Despite a disappointing season by their standards in…

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Tactical Analysis of Pep Guardiola

Introduction On his arrival at Manchester City, Pep had a few doubters about whether his style would work in the world’s “toughest league”. Could his possession hungry style work in the fast paced Premier League? This tactical analysis of Pep Guardiola will discuss the issues he faced, and how he turned it around. If you watched his Manchester City side in his first season (2016/17), you might have thought they had a point. At the start of his Barcelona tenure,…

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Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal’s Main Man

A New Chapter: Becoming Arsenal’s No. 9 A name known to many football fans across Europe, Alexandre Lacazette made the switch to the Premier League in the summer of 2017 when he swapped his hometown club Lyon, for the red and white of Arsenal. Having been linked with a host of clubs across Europe, Arsenal perhaps got a little lucky as his almost inevitable move to Atletico Madrid, where he would have linked up with compatriot and close friend Antoine…

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Nicolò Zaniolo – Stats: Roma’s ‘One to Watch’

Nicolò Zaniolo is a name that not many would have heard until his remarkable two-goal performance against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League last 16. The 19 year old became the youngest Italian player to score two goals in a UCL match - ever. He’s also the youngest player to score in a UCL knockout tie since Kylian Mbappe in May 2017, and the second youngest ever to score a brace, once again after Mbappe (April 2017). Zaniolo also…

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