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Chelsea’s height advantage over Arsenal proves to be crucial

February 7, 2010
Chelsea’s height advantage over Arsenal proves to be crucial

It’s been the story of the last three or four seasons in Arsenal v Chelsea clashes – a difference in physique. Didier Drogba has long had the measure of the Arsenal defence, seemingly regardless of which centre-backs he’s up against, but all over the pitch Chelsea tower over Arsenal. Games between well-matched sides often comes...
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Did Manchester United deliberately target Gael Clichy?

February 2, 2010
Did Manchester United deliberately target Gael Clichy?

Gael Clichy’s form over the past 18 months has been a real cause for concern for Arsenal fans. When Ashley Cole left for Chelsea in 2006, the consensus amongst Gooners was that Arsenal hadn’t done too badly, because Clichy stepped into the first team and was playing consistently well. And indeed, better than Cole...
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Darren Fletcher on his best behaviour after Arsene Wenger criticism

February 1, 2010

After Arsenal’s 1-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger made a point of singling out Darren Fletcher for criticism: “There are other points that, for me, are more urgent – players who play only to make fouls, who make repeated fouls and are never punished. They get out of the game without...
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Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney brilliantly demonstrates the value of a ‘false nine’

January 31, 2010
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney brilliantly demonstrates the value of a ‘false nine’

It’s one thing to go out, play to your manager’s orders and get results. It’s an entirely separate thing to go out and score great goals. And when those two come together, you have perfect football. This doesn’t happen too often – playing to your manager’s orders is often associated with defensive, negative football –...
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How the 2000s changed tactics #8: Pace

January 22, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #8: Pace

There isn’t a great deal to say about this one – it pretty much does what it says on the tin. In the past ten years, pace has become arguably the most important quality for young footballers.
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