1. 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 2 days ago 7,799 reads 32 comments

  2. 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 7 days ago 6,280 reads 9 comments

  3. 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 9 days ago 11,007 reads 23 comments

  4. 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 14 days ago 27,308 reads 90 comments

  5. 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 16 days ago 10,053 reads 45 comments

  6. 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 21 days ago 11,729 reads 20 comments

  7. 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 23 days ago 9,305 reads 46 comments

  8. 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 28 days ago 13,144 reads 44 comments

  9. 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 30 days ago 27,731 reads 171 comments

  10. Manchester United Can Win the Premier League Title, but They Must Beat Chelsea

    Not so much a darling of the media, but a protagonist, Louis van Gaal has already said a few things at  Manchester United he probably regrets. Take his assertion that it would take three months for results to come this season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 12,364 reads 78 comments

  11. Liverpool Should Target Saido Berahino to Solve Their Attacking Problems

    Brendan Rodgers has much to ponder at the moment. As if Sunday’s lawless win over Queens Park Rangers didn ’t pose enough questions of Liverpool ’s true credentials this season, now they face Real Madrid in the Champions League...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 5,589 reads 22 comments

  12. Manchester United Must Give David De Gea the Contract He Deserves

    A good goalkeeper will win a team just as many points as a good striker. David de Gea proved that much in his now-storied performance against Everton...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 9,045 reads 20 comments

  13. Arsenal Must Start Looking for Arsene Wenger's Replacement Now

    The "In Arsene We Trust" banner that is often raised at the Emirates Stadium isn’t fluttering as valiantly as it once was, but Arsene Wenger still embodies Arsenal as a club...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 6,703 reads 63 comments

  14. Roy Hodgson Will Be Judged on Whether He Can Add Style to Substance

    Games against San Marino are judged in a way no other games can be judged. It is a fixture that cannot be measured in points, but in goals...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 2,931 reads 10 comments

  15. Could Robin Van Persie Lose His First-Team Place at Manchester United?

    At a time when there was little to smile about, a smirk spread across Robin van Persie ’s face. “Trust me, we’ll be back,” he said when a reporter asked ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 20,349 reads 85 comments

  16. Why Are Europe's Biggest Clubs Stockpiling Top-Quality Goalkeepers?

    Those who can’t do, teach; those who can’t teach, teach gym. And those who can’t play football are goalkeepers. Anyone who has ever played a five-a-side football game knows how the position of goalkeeper is sorted out...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 14,864 reads 29 comments

  17. Why Man Utd's Plan to Play Midweek Friendly Games Is a Stupid Idea

    While Europe’s biggest and best stadiums welcomed the Champions League for another visit, Old Trafford sat empty...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 12,248 reads 24 comments

  18. Could Raheem Sterling Be the Solution to Liverpool's Attacking Problems?

    Something is amiss at Liverpool . Some will point to the loss of Luis Suarez over the summer, and of course the sale of the Uruguayan striker to Barcelona has hit the Reds hard...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 4,609 reads 11 comments

  19. Despite Their Dismal Start Van Gaal's Man Utd Side Is Still Better Than Moyes'

    With an hour played against Leicester City , Manchester United had turned the corner so emphatically that some were already plotting the path straight to the Premier League title...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 15,742 reads 120 comments

  20. Man Utd Can Correct the Glazers' Biggest Mistake by Re-Signing Cristiano Ronaldo

    Muted celebrations—when a player refuses to celebrate having scored against a former club—so often come across as forced. As if prompted through fear of supporter backlash rather than genuine sentiment...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 47,476 reads 73 comments

  21. Despite Dortmund Defeat Arsenal Can Still Make a Champions League Impression

    It was a result that had perhaps been a year in coming. For the second successive season Arsenal have been paired with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 13,761 reads 67 comments

  22. What Chance Does Man Utd's Angel Di Maria Stand of Winning the Ballon D'Or?

    Manchester United' s £60 million signing of Angel Di Maria was symbolic of the club's newly revised transfer strategy...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 23,834 reads 138 comments

  23. Danny Welbeck Showed Against Switzerland That He Can Be a No. 9

    In every sense, Danny Welbeck was England’s No. 9 against Switzerland on Monday night. Never before had so much been asked of the 23-year-old striker, and never before had he delivered so much...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 2,917 reads 2 comments

  24. The Time Has Come for Jack Wilshere to Step Up for Arsenal and England

    Every so often Jack Wilshere must cast an envious glance at his Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey. As the Welshman matured into his 20s, Ramsey has become one of the finest central midfielders in Europe...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 6,346 reads 17 comments

  25. Danny Welbeck's Arrival at Arsenal Will Help Unleash Arsene Wenger's Attack

    At one point, it seemed like Danny Welbeck was about to become the Peter Odemwingie of Monday’s transfer deadline...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 9,536 reads 11 comments