Unai Emery v Mikel Arteta: An Argument With Few Winners

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If you are a football fan with any sort of access to the internet, it is likely that you will have seen the Unai Emery v Mikel Arteta debate come up on a number of occasions. This could have included anything from arbitrary statistics, tangential talk of ‘philosophy’, or using either of these facets to […] READ MORE


Arsene Wenger’s Automated Offside Decision System Explained

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Arsene Wenger is hopeful that an automated offside decision system will be ready for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Wenger, who has been FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development since 2019, is pushing for the automatic system to be developed, which would alert the assistant referee when a player is offside. Automated Offside Decision […] READ MORE


Returning Players: Robin van Persie

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Welcome to Last Word on Football’s ‘Returning Players’ series. In this edition, we take a look at Dutchman Robin van Persie. The striker began and finished his senior career with Feyenoord in the Netherlands, and also enjoyed spells at Arsenal, Manchester United and Fenerbahçe. Returning Players – Robin van Persie First Spell at Feyenoord Rotterdam-based […] READ MORE


Returning Players: Cesc Fabregas

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Welcome to Last Word on Football’s ‘Returning Players’ Series. In this edition, we take a look at Cesc Fabregas. Born in Barcelona, Fabregas came through the famous La Masia academy but left to join Arsenal’s youth setup at the age of just 16. The Spaniard enjoyed nine years in North London but made a return […] READ MORE


Returning Players: Sol Campbell

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Welcome to Last Word on Football’s ‘Returning Players’ series. In this edition, we take a look at Sol Campbell. Campbell turned out for Arsenal 197 times in his first spell at the club, after making the scarcely believable move from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in 2001. Having left the Gunners in 2006, he […] READ MORE


Mesut Özil: A Modern Icon of the Emirates Era

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Since joining Arsenal in September 2013, Mesut Özil has staked his claim as one of, if not the very best, players of the Emirates era. Despite having been met with criticism from some quarters in the media on work rate and big-match influence, history will likely side with Özil when the dust settles. Mesut Özil […] READ MORE


Mesut Ozil’s Agent Calls Out Mikel Arteta Over Squad Omissions

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Mesut Ozil‘s agent, Erkut Sogut, has claimed the Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has not been truthful as to why the player has been cast out of the squad. The 32-year-old has not played since March and was this week omitted from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads. After the announcement, the Arsenal manager said […] READ MORE


Gareth Southgate: Five Natural Successors for the England Job

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Gareth Southgate has led England through a World Cup and a UEFA Nations League tournament since taking the reigns for his national team and has given his side their best finishes in major tournaments for years. A fourth-place finish at the 2018 World Cup was the best showing from an England team at a major […] READ MORE



Alexis Sanchez Completes Permanent Inter Milan Transfer

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Alexis Sanchez has completed a permanent switch to Inter Milan, where he spent the 2019/20 season on loan from Manchester United. The move was confirmed yesterday by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the Red Devils’ win over LASK Linz in the Europa League. The Norwegian manager told BT Sport: “We have agreed [the deal]. He has […] READ MORE