1. 2015/16 Is Shaping Up to Be Another Groundhog Day for Arsenal

    There is a moment—much beloved of Aaron Sorkin, who has referenced it at least twice—in the 1968 film The Lion in Winter when the princes Richard and Geoffrey, imprisoned ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 days ago 34,740 reads 108 comments

  2. Manchester United's Lack of Fluency Down to Van Gaal's Ethos and Fading Rooney

    There was a moment in the second half of Manchester’s United’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday when Luke Shaw, in chasing down a loose ball after defending a corner, found himself with space in front of him on the right wing...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 12 days ago 27,113 reads 67 comments

  3. Talk of Manchester City Revival Is Premature but Yaya Toure Looks Revitalised

    It’s one game, and only one game. And it was against a side whose manager, Tony Pulis, was unsparing in his self-excoriation, admitting he’d got his tactics wrong...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 19 days ago 11,194 reads 27 comments

  4. Christian Benteke's Liverpool Move Puts Brendan Rodgers' System in the Spotlight

    Sometimes the fixture list can seem to have a mischievous sense of humour. Liverpool start their new campaign at Stoke City , where they ended last season with a 6-1 defeat...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 26 days ago 27,928 reads 38 comments

  5. Arsenal Need an Olivier Giroud Upgrade If They Are to Win the Premier League

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks a title challenge is possible this season, although he admitted in a press conference last week that it won't be easy with the current squad...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 36,413 reads 135 comments

  6. Louis van Gaal Reverting to Type to Take Manchester United Back to the Top

    It’s never wise to read too much into pre-season friendlies, but it’s hard not to see significance in the fact Louis van Gaal selected the same side for both of Manchester United ’s first two games in the International Champions Cup...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 46,992 reads 67 comments

  7. Breaking Down How Juventus' Arturo Vidal Will Fit in at Bayern Munich

    It looks increasingly as though Arturo Vidal will join Bayern Munich from Juventus for a fee of around £26 million plus £2 million in add-ons...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 47,430 reads 48 comments

  8. Lionel Messi Can Be Compared to Diego Maradona, but in the Correct Way

    There was something baffling about the reaction to Lionel Messi ’s performance in last Saturday’s Copa America final, which Argentina lost on penalties to Chile...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 36,546 reads 225 comments

  9. Sergio Ramos Is the True Defender Manchester United Are Desperate For

    At this stage it would probably be wrong to read too much into the reports linking Sergio Ramos with a move to Manchester United ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 15,170 reads 41 comments

  10. Roberto Firmino's Rise Is Remarkable, but Where Will He Fit in at Liverpool?

    It was the British writer Kitty Muggeridge, speaking of the television presenter David Frost, who said he had "risen without trace...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 35,658 reads 93 comments

  11. Radamel Falcao's Copa America Form Questions Logic of Chelsea Move

    On the one hand, Jose Mourinho ’s apparent desire to sign Radamel Falcao is readily understandable...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 55,675 reads 102 comments

  12. Rafa Benitez Must Deliver Style and Substance or Face Fury at Real Madrid

    The contrast between Rafa Benitez’s tears at being appointed Real Madrid coach and the widespread skepticism from just about everybody else was almost painful...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 8,977 reads 36 comments

  13. Barcelona Evolution Means Stopping Lionel Messi Might Not Be Enough for Juventus

    How on earth do you stop Lionel Messi? Last Saturday’s Copa del Rey final, during which he spun away from three Athletic Bilbao players who were surrounding him and then ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 29,350 reads 119 comments

  14. The Rise and Rise of Sevilla's Carlos Bacca Is Truly Inspirational

    Man of the Match awards can be curious things. Sevilla's Ever Banega in many ways was a worthy winner of the award after Wednesday’s 3-2 Europa League final win over Dnipro in Warsaw, Poland...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 30,116 reads 49 comments

  15. Arsenal Again Demonstrate That Possession Is No Indicator of Success

    Against Sunderland on Wednesday, Arsenal had 74 per cent possession. Against Swansea City the previous week, they had 67.8 per cent . At home against Chelsea at the end of April, they had 58...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 17,235 reads 34 comments

  16. Real Madrid Malaise Lies in Transfer Policy, Not Gareth Bale and Carlo Ancelotti

    The age of the super clubs is upon us, but there remains at least one comfort for those outside the elite, which is that those with the most money so often seem to have so little idea how to spend it wisely...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 34,861 reads 124 comments

  17. Perfect Punchline: The Genius of Lionel Messi's 2nd Goal Against Bayern

    Wayne Rooney has spoken of how when he watched Lionel Messi lead Barcelona’s 5-0 deconstruction of Real Madrid in November 2010, he found himself on his feet applauding in his living room...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 48,541 reads 92 comments

  18. Mourinho's Mastery: How Chelsea Keep on Finding a Way to Win

    By Jose Mourinho’s own acknowledgement, Chelsea haven’t quite been themselves since Christmas...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 11,421 reads 33 comments

  19. Pep Guardiola Tears Strips off Porto in Bayern Munich's Champions League Triumph

    How could we ever have doubted Pep Guardiola ? Perhaps the most telling moment of Bayern Munich’s demolition of Porto on Tuesday came midway through the second half...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 8,845 reads 34 comments

  20. Curse of the Super-Club: Guardiola's Bayern Exposed by Porto's Pace

    Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of Bayern Munich’s 3-1 defeat away to Porto on Wednesday was the sense of familiarity...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 24,163 reads 122 comments

  21. Liverpool's Dilemma: Has Brendan Rodgers' 3-4-2-1 Had Its Day?

    Against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, Liverpool played a back four. Five months after it made its first appearance, the 3-4-2-1 that sustained Brendan Rodgers ’ side through ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 17,671 reads 45 comments

  22. Diamond Frights: How Change of Shape Unsettled England in Italy

    The problem with international friendlies, at least in terms of assessing the development of a team, is that they encourage managers to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily consider...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 12,061 reads 9 comments

  23. Dunga Maintains Core as Brazil Rehabilitation Goes on with France Friendly

    Slowly, Dunga’s rebuilding work continues. Perhaps there weren’t a great number of alternatives, but at least part of the reason Dunga was appointed as Brazil coach after ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 5,665 reads 4 comments

  24. Manchester City Need Rethink as Age Saps Yaya Toure

    As Barcelona swept through Manchester City again and again on Wednesday evening, particularly in the 20 minutes up to half-time, two thoughts occurred...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 9,241 reads 14 comments

  25. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea's Exit and the Absence of Ruthlessness

    You look at John Terry and Gary Cahill—or Kurt Zouma, for that matter—and you see big, powerful men who are good in the air. You look at Thibaut Courtois and see a confident goalkeeper who commands his box...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 15,615 reads 69 comments