1. Weighing Up Manchester United's Midfield Options This Summer

    With Manchester United chasing a late equaliser against West Ham United , and desperately short of a creative spark, Louis van Gaal overlooked his two most inventive midfielders...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 15,645 reads 63 comments

  2. Are Arsenal Genuine Champions League Contenders This Season?

    It’s little wonder the Champions League hasn’t become a tedious exploit for Arsenal and their fans. Their progress in the competition’s follows a perennially similar pattern...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 15,198 reads 123 comments

  3. Liverpool and Tottenham Would Be Wise to Make Europa League a Priority

    When the Europa League final is contested in Warsaw on 27 May there will be more than just a shimmering trinket on offer for the winning team...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 7,691 reads 29 comments

  4. What Would Champions League Qualification Mean for Southampton?

    The Champions League is something of a closed circle. Like a U2 tour, it only tends to visit Europe’s biggest cities, packing stadiums with promise of spectacle and bombastic prestige...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 19,833 reads 29 comments

  5. Louis van Gaal Needs FA Cup Success to Prove Manchester United Progress

    Manchester United were a very different club the last time they lifted the most iconic trophy in English football...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 6,736 reads 21 comments

  6. Title Clash Between Chelsea and Man City Could Decide Premier League Season

    It’s a matchup that has come to define the Premier League over the past decade or so. Chelsea and Manchester City are the new order, taking the places of traditional superpowers like Arsenal and Manchester United ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 16,707 reads 32 comments

  7. Liverpool Must Forget About Giving Steven Gerrard the Perfect Send-off

    Sentimentality is a powerful motivator. Ask the unfancied France team that made it all the way to the 2006 World Cup in an effort to give Zinedine Zidane a fitting send-off (in the end he got a different kind of send-off)...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 7,418 reads 13 comments

  8. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal Are Targeting the Wrong Players

    It was somewhat jarring to see Arsenal camped on the edge of their own box for so much of Sunday’s game against Manchester City . If the "Arsenal way" exists anymore, this certainly wasn’t it...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 23,357 reads 79 comments

  9. 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 7 months ago 13,362 reads 44 comments

  10. 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 7 months ago 11,063 reads 38 comments

  11. 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 8 months ago 9,515 reads 68 comments

  12. 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 8 months ago 10,281 reads 63 comments

  13. 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 8 months ago 877 reads 2 comments

  14. 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 8 months ago 4,150 reads 14 comments

  15. 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 8 months ago 22,558 reads 53 comments

  16. 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 8 months ago 4,531 reads 9 comments

  17. 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 8 months ago 7,220 reads 19 comments

  18. 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 8 months ago 1,907 reads 5 comments

  19. 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 8 months ago 8,386 reads 53 comments

  20. 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 9 months ago 10,227 reads 43 comments

  21. 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 9 months ago 17,836 reads 56 comments

  22. 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 9 months ago 3,943 reads 7 comments

  23. 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 9 months ago 9,703 reads 31 comments

  24. 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 9 months ago 29,356 reads 69 comments

  25. 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 9 months ago 8,726 reads 33 comments