FOOTBALL’ s current model is unsustainable, of that there can be little doubt. The fans claim they despise the modern game’s over-emphasis on money and the focus on balance sheet over the romantic vision of the sport. Although the European … Continue reading Without billionaires, football could flounder – so what’s next?
DAVID HEPWORTH is a fine journalist and an excellent chronicler of popular culture. His highly readable book, 1971: Never a Dull Moment, accurately recalls the year … Continue reading For Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea, 1971 wasn’t half bad
WILL football fans ever be able to trust the people running their clubs? Although the battle has been won for the time being, how long until … Continue reading The Grey Neutral: Will we learn to trust football again?
MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal made it through to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, very comfortably. This came just after Manchester City and Chelsea reached the last four of the UEFA Champions League. There is a reasonable chance that … Continue reading Premier clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal should always be Europa favourites
ARSENAL, once the standard bearers for conservatism and prudence in football, posted their second successive annual loss in 2019-20, but there could be worse to follow. Covid-19 aside – the club revealed £ 35 million of losses were attributable to … Continue reading Arsenal loss adds to the malaise
LONDON clubs may not be setting the world alight at the moment, but the UK’s capital still provides 30% of the Premier League’s constitution, a figure that compares favourably with its counterparts around Europe. There are six London clubs in … Continue reading The status of London football
ARSENAL are having a tortuous 2020-21, a season that could end with inexperienced coach Mikel Arteta being sacked after little over a year in charge at the Emirates. Arsenal’s decline started long before Arteta was given the job, the club’s … Continue reading Win rates, goals and placings: Liverpool up, Arsenal down
MIKEL Arteta comes across as an earnest, decent sort of fellow, one that may not, ultimately, be successful but will get the benefit of the doubt longer than some less popular characters in the management game. After Arsenal were beaten … Continue reading Arsenal are in a turnaround project – Arteta needs time
WELL IT’S back and although some of the big hitters have yet to kick-off, it’s clear that the song remains the same for some football people. All three newly-promoted teams were beaten, two comfortably and one pushing the reigning champions … Continue reading Premier League Opening Weekend: Tough on new boys and rusty defenders