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Christopher Samba – a rock at the heart of the Blackburn defence

January 31, 2010

If Sam Allardyce had a footballer-making machine, and wanted to create a centre-back, you get the feeling he’d produce something along the lines of Christopher Samba. 6′4, brave, consistent, unfussy and completely dominant in the air. Quietly, Blackburn have crept into the top half of the table, although they do have a very bad defensive...
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If you don’t buy a ticket, you don’t win the lottery…

January 27, 2010

…and by the same token, if you don’t get shots on target in football games, you don’t score goals. You don’t really need chalkboard analysis to describe how bad Liverpool are, but here is some evidence for you. In their past two away games, Liverpool have had a grand total of two shots on target. One...
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The woes of Michael Owen detailed

January 23, 2010

When will we get to the point where no-one will bother questioning Michael Owen’s omission from the England squad? For many, that point has long passed, although certain media pundits insist that Owen deserves his place in Capello’s 23. The reason Owen deserves to be considered, apparently, is that he is England’s best ‘natural born...
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Eduardo’s excellent link-up play against Bolton key to Arsenal victory

January 17, 2010
Eduardo’s excellent link-up play against Bolton key to Arsenal victory

It’s often been said that Eduardo da Silva is purely a goalscorer – the insinuation being that he’s lacking technically in other areas. In recent weeks, Arsene Wenger has deployed Andrei Arshavin as the lone striker, with Eduardo on the left-hand side, but against Bolton Eduardo played through the middle as a lone central striker, and he...
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With Alex Song away, can Arsenal rely on Denilson to get the tackles in?

January 11, 2010

The general consensus amongst Arsenal fans seems to be that Alex Song has been the club’s best (or at least, most important) player so far this season, sitting in front of the back four in the holding role, and winning the ball in the centre of the park. But Song has departed for a month...
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