1. Man Utd Must Resist the Temptation to Swap David De Gea for Gareth Bale

    He’d made a string of astonishing saves, but one in particular defied all reasonable belief. Having stopped a first-half penalty and a number of seemingly goal-bound Everton ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 13,361 reads 44 comments

  2. Lazar Markovic's Improvement Bolsters Liverpool's Midfield Options

    When Brendan Rodgers was faced with the question of how Liverpool would cope without Luis Suarez this season, he might have been tempted to point to his most expensive signing ahead of the new campaign...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 11,055 reads 38 comments

  3. Is Tottenham's Harry Kane the Best English Striker in the Premier League?

    It might be a slightly forced and tongue-in-cheek analogy, but the way Spurs fans now refer to Harry Kane as Hurricane illustrates the force with which the striker’s emergence this season has been felt...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 9,464 reads 68 comments

  4. Liverpool Must Regret Choosing Mario Balotelli over Wilfried Bony

    Liverpool now have an additional footnote to accompany the question that has undermined them all the way through this season: Who will replace Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 10,279 reads 63 comments

  5. The FA Cup Has Lost Its Magic, but It Is at Least Important Again

    Apparently the magic of the FA Cup is like Santa Claus. Believe in it, and it exists. Or so goes the narrative in 2014. Of course, just like when it comes to Santa Claus, that’s not actually true...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 871 reads 2 comments

  6. Arsene Wenger Should Raid Southampton to Solve Arsenal's Midfield Issues

    Arsene Wenger ’s legend at Arsenal is fraying, just like the temperament of the club’s supporters...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 4,149 reads 14 comments

  7. Wayne Rooney Is Not the Solution to Man Utd's Central Midfield Problems

    It’s not long since Wayne Rooney seemed to be on his way out of Old Trafford . Had Sir Alex Ferguson not retired when he did, the striker likely would have been sold by Manchester United , with Chelsea keen suitors...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 22,548 reads 53 comments

  8. Roberto Martinez and Everton Need the Lingering Influence of David Moyes

    Roberto Martinez had lofty ambitions for this season. In fact, so successful had the Spaniard been in his debut campaign as Everton manager, he even talked up his side’s chances of challenging for the Premier League title this season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 4,528 reads 9 comments

  9. Could David Villa Make a Short-Term Loan Move to Manchester City?

    When Manchester City ’s teamsheet for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace came through, there was one tactical anomaly...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 7,211 reads 19 comments

  10. Shutting Down Raheem Sterling Is the Biggest Test for Arsenal's Defence

    If Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been devising a plan to deal with Raheem Sterling ahead of Sunday’s clash against Liverpool , their preparations probably haven’t been helped by the past week...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 1,906 reads 5 comments

  11. Why Thierry Henry Will Go Down as the Greatest Striker in Premier League History

    When Arsenal were deciding which pose to cast Thierry Henry ’s statue in — to be located outside the Emirates Stadium — they faced a problem...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 8,343 reads 53 comments

  12. Replacing Brendan Rodgers with Andre Villas-Boas Would Be a Huge Mistake

    Liverpool treasures their legendary managers. Bill Shankly , Kenny Dalglish , Bob Paisley; all three former leaders of the Reds are honoured at Anfield, and at times last season, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 10,222 reads 43 comments

  13. Louis Van Gaal Must Ditch His 3-5-2 Formation at Manchester United

    The arrival of Louis Van Gaal ’s famous 3-5-2 formation was anticipated almost as much as the arrival of the Dutchman himself...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 17,833 reads 56 comments

  14. Fraser Forster Is England's Best 'Keeper and Deserves a National Team Place

    Arsenal are a club that knows more than most about being invincible, but there was a point in their clash against Southampton on Wednesday when goalkeeper Fraser Forster seemed unbeatable...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 3,940 reads 7 comments

  15. Diego Costa Mustn't Lose the Volatility That Makes Him Great

    Diego Costa is a player who runs on chaos. It is the lifeblood with which he's become the Premier League’s best marksman this season and the player who defines Chelsea ’s title charge...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 9,699 reads 31 comments

  16. Marouane Fellaini's Selection over Juan Mata Shows Louis Van Gaal Has Changed

    Of all the Manchester United players likely to be anointed teacher’s pet under new manager Louis van Gaal, Marouane Fellaini was probably last on the list...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 29,353 reads 69 comments

  17. How Will Arsenal's Front Line Look with Olivier Giroud Back in the Team?

    It was a finish that reminded all watching of Olivier Giroud ’s importance at Arsenal . In the context of the result, it meant little, and David de Gea ’s outstretched arm may have sent it into the top corner...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 8,721 reads 33 comments

  18. Steven Gerrard's Critics Should Also Look at Struggling Jordan Henderson

    The Santiago Bernabeu crowd is notoriously difficult to please, but the Real Madrid support rose to acclaim Steven Gerrard as he was introduced as a second-half substitute...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 6,444 reads 9 comments

  19. It's Time for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to Ditch Abou Diaby

    Arsene Wenger called it an “assassin’s tackle,” and indeed the challenge that left Abou Diaby with a severe ankle fracture was an unsightly and malicious one...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 11,285 reads 26 comments

  20. Breaking Down the Battle Between Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale

    There’s a certain fascination with wingers in football. So many of the game’s greats have found themselves hugging the touchline, dribbling past defenders and slinging crosses into the box...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 29,636 reads 90 comments

  21. Brendan Rodgers Is Undoing All His Good Work at Liverpool

    If the Premier League truly is the most entertaining league in Europe, Anfield was its centre-stage last season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 10,121 reads 45 comments

  22. Manchester City's Failings Underline Just How Good Alex Ferguson Was

    There was something almost expected about Manchester City ’s Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 11,801 reads 20 comments

  23. Chelsea Are a Match for Bayern, Real Madrid and the Champions League Elite

    There’s something about Champions League group-stage nights at Stamford Bridge that seem to lack the glitter the competition sprinkles elsewhere. That’s not a criticism as such...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 9,457 reads 46 comments

  24. Manchester United Must Shake off Their Inferiority Complex Ahead of Derby Day

    Manchester United fans still take glee in taunting their rivals Manchester City , despite the Premier League power shift that has taken place in the northwest over the past five years or so...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 13,189 reads 44 comments

  25. Why Football Should Turn Its Back on the Meaningless Ballon D'Or

    Cristiano Ronaldo could hardly get his pre-prepared speech out for holding back tears. Standing in front of football’s great and good, assembled in Zurich, the Ballon d’Or, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 27,992 reads 171 comments