Is it fair to blame Arsene and his kind for England’s decline?

THIS weekend, Arsenal and Chelsea meet in what is sure to be another chapter in the simmering rivalry between the two London giants. Thankfully, there will be no tiresome Wenger v Mourinho debate to dominate the headlines, but Arsenal are celebrating 20 years of Le Professeur – the man that brought the club great success […]

Wenger has most staying power among big five leagues

DESPITE the ongoing debate about Arsene Wenger’s future as Arsenal manager, the Frenchman stands out across the premier European football leagues for his durability. According to the latest report from CIES Football Observatory, Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal for 233 months. Nobody gets close to this figure – Wenger’s length of service is […]

The principle of good enough: Wenger and Arsenal

THERE is something slightly undignified about a man of Arsene Wenger’s stature having to defend himself in the media. As he rightly suggests, his record speaks for itself. Not only has Wenger outperformed Arsenal’s recent managerial incumbents such as George Graham, but he has also achieved more than the legendary Herbert Chapman. He’s won more titles than […]

Cup defeat a reminder of United’s long way back….

It was once the clash of the titans, two footballing supertankers. Great minds battling against each other. A high-octane clash, never more graphically captured than when Martin Keown screamed his delight at Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Dutchman had missed a late penalty. Schadenfreude at its best, or a scene from Planet of the Apes. […]