It was always going to be dramatic, and the World Cup draw delivered with some superb matches and groups selected. The most eye catching, after all the talk and hype was over, was England being thrown into a group of death with Ururguay, Italy and Costa Rica. Not only are they tough matches, but the matches will take place in areas of Brazil with high humidty, meaning the Three Lions face a real challenge to go through. Spain, the were thrown in with Holland, Chile and Australia in a tricky contest that will throw up some exciting games early on.
It’s the question on every Arsenal fan’s lips, and no doubt on the players and staff’s minds too: can the Gunners hold their nerve and make it to the Champions’ League knockout stages?
Five points clear, a stellar midfield, in-form striker and a settled defence – this is the season to be cheerful for Gunners' fans. But ask pretty much any of them and they'll firmly shake their head when asked the question 'So Arsenal, going to win the league this season?' And that pessimism is backed up by the bookies. There are two main external reasons for all this doom and gloom, spelled C-H-E-L-S-E-A and M-A-N C-I-T-Y respectively. And there's an even larger internal one – Arsenal haven't looked like a title-winning side since Patr
Hackney Marshes is one of the most infamous parts of London – with its long history of being the breeding ground for some of English football's greatest ever players. David Beckham and Bobby Moore have both trained on the Marshes before going on to captain England, while countless other players have used the turf as a means of carving out a career. But Hackney Marshes could soon became famous for something else – after Mysterious Circles appeared in recent days. The giant spheres arrived earlier this week, along with hundreds of mini ones,
Star man: Aaron Ramsey
Arsene Wenger has been at the helm at Arsenal for an amazing 17 years now, and thanks to his team’s amazing performance is able to celebrate this landmark leading the Premier League. And the man behind the surge of brilliance is Aaron Ramsey, who has finally come back from his injuries and is proving Wenger was right to have such faith in him. Ramsey was beleaguered by a broken leg he sustained three years ago when being tackled by Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross. It’s taken a long time for the 22 year old midfielder from Wales to recover but
At the time of writing, you can have a go on the Gunners to land the title with the major bookies at around 8-1. That seems pretty good value. OK, you may be derisorily guffawing at the prospect; sad though that may be. But ask yourself who will win the Premier League if we don’t? Obviously, we have four major contenders – five if you dare to count those at the Lane whose name shall not be spoken. But here’s the thing; they’ve all got problems. First off, Chelsea are favourites but don’t like anything like the real deal of old as yet
There’s no shortage of celebrity admirers of the Arsenal; from legendary music performers Mick Jagger and Jay-Z, to sports stars including Lewis Hamilton and Ian Poulter. However, with an estimated 27,000,000 fans world-wide, there’s a few faces who we may have overlooked. Introducing 5 of our fellow Gooners you may not have known about: Hugh Laurie Although not as publically forth-coming in his love of the beautiful game as fellow Blackadder star Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, who git global celebrity status for his portrayal of the enigmatic D
It’s no secret that footballers need a mix of technical, tactical and physical skills. As well as good technique, endurance and speed are the key to good performance on the pitch. Players are expected to run for long durations, interspersed with small rapid sprints throughout a 90-minute period – or even longer if extra time is needed. Football can be a gruelling sport, with players afforded very few rest periods during the game. Their endurance is impressive – especially in comparison with other sports where there are plenty of opportuni
Class: Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil's late arrival at the Emirates was greeted with much relief and considerable joy by Gunners fans and players alike on transfer deadline day, but his capture must now be backed up by a much more structured transfer policy from the club in January. Everyone knows the story over the summer. Arsenal, we were (in the end correctly) told, had a stash of cash to spend on the right quality of player(s), that would potentially turn them from perennial top-four finishers into a side capable of being among the favourites in the Premier League t