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How Arsenal should approach next year’s Europa League.

Arsenal fans it’s just time to accept our fate, we’re going to be playing on the dreaded Thursday nights next season. For a club of Arsenal’s stature, the Europa League is not where we want to be competing. We’d rather be in the Champions League getting spanked 10-2 by Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Read More »

Can fixture congestion actually be beneficial?

The generally accepted consensus in football is that fewer fixtures is always of benefit. It’s partly behind the calls for England to introduce a winter break and it’s why many teams choose to play ‘weakened’ sides in cup matches, either to give players a rest or because they don’t really mind going out of the cup as they can focus ... Read More »

St Etienne fans don’t care for the score; they sing when they’re losing

Manchester’s two football halves each played European matches midweek, sky blue portion at home Tuesday, red contingent away Wednesday. Both sides won their matches, one ensuring progress to their competition’s next stage, the other going some way towards the same goal in theirs. Both sides also played French clubs, yet their opponents’ attitudes towards the fixtures were surprisingly polarized. Read More »

5 Talking points from Manchester United’s Europa League win

Manchester United clinched a first-leg win against French side St. Etienne to all but end the tie and guarantee progression into the next round of the Europa League. Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged his first hat-trick in a United shirt, whilst the Pogba brothers (Paul and Florentin) squared up against one another for the first time in their careers.  Read More »

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