Posts Tagged ‘ tackling ’

When will John Obi Mikel get the credit he deserves?

February 8, 2010

John Obi Mikel always starts against Arsenal – despite not always being a fixture in the first team, he has started home and away against Arsene Wenger’s side both this season and last. He’s a tremendous physical presence in front of the back four, he reads the game well, he keeps possession and passes calmly,...
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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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John Terry hits back with a superb all-round display for Chelsea at Burnley

February 1, 2010
John Terry hits back with a superb all-round display for Chelsea at Burnley

After the whole John Terry / Wayne Bridge / Vanessa Perroncel storm of last week, this was exactly what the current England captain needed. Chelsea didn’t play well at Turf Moor, and it was a poor game overall, but Terry turned in a terrific performance. In a way, it was precisely the kind of game Terry...
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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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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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