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FA Cup: A look ahead to the quarter-finals

A place at Wembley is at stake for the eight clubs left standing in this season’s FA Cup. The quarter-finals take place over the next several days and will witness non-league side, Lincoln City make the journey to the Emirates, as well as the collision between two powerhouses of English football, Chelsea and Manchester United. 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 »

FA Cup Fifth Round: Who did Arsenal really beat?

Arsenal successfully navigated the fifth round of the FA Cup by picking up a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sutton United. But who did Arsenal really beat? Who is Sutton United and how large is the gap between them and the famed pride of London, Arsenal?  Read More »

Irrepressible Ibrahimovic continues to show fellow pros that there is life after 30

Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his scintillating goalscoring form against Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers on Sunday afternoon, as the 35-year-old’s sumptuous second-half finish sealed Manchester United’s passage to the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup. Read More »

Sutton United’s ‘roll poly goalie’ could be in serious trouble after Arsenal loss

Well, unfortunately, Sutton United’s dream run in the FA Cup is over. The non-league side didn’t embarrass themselves in the 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal, but the game itself was seen a side-note after some sideline antics from the man they call the ‘roly poly goalie’. Read More »

Marvin Emnes Offers Another Glimpse of What Might Have Been

As seasons go, 2008-09 was among the best for the Premier League. Manchester United won the competition, which is always a good thing for me. Liverpool finished second, also a good thing. Great heroes require villains nearly their match. Rafa Benítez knew how to be a villain. His notorious “facts” rant in January 2009, when Sir Alex Ferguson took a few verbal jabs ... Read More »

FA Cup Saturday: Underdog Day

The FA Cup fifth round Saturday was the reason the competition exists. It was exciting, enthralling and wholly unpredictable. It was Underdog Day. Read More »

Chelsea and Manchester United to pick their strongest sides

The FA Cup has introduced clubs the opportunity to play many of the youth and fringe players throughout the competition, thus sparking a lot of debate on whether this is the right thing to do. Read More »

Pressure for success at Arsenal

Arsenal approach their FA cup 5th round tie with nothing to win and everything to lose, even a comprehensive victory over Non-League giant-killing Sutton United will not change the mood of the gunners faithful. Read More »

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