1. 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 21 hours ago 3,532 reads 4 comments

  2. 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 4 days ago 6,678 reads 19 comments

  3. 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 9 days ago 1,883 reads 5 comments

  4. 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 11 days ago 8,042 reads 53 comments

  5. 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 15 days ago 10,135 reads 47 comments

  6. 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 18 days ago 17,280 reads 56 comments

  7. 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 23 days ago 3,875 reads 7 comments

  8. 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 25 days ago 9,675 reads 31 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 29,276 reads 69 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 8,673 reads 33 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 6,409 reads 9 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 11,226 reads 25 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 27,744 reads 90 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 10,108 reads 45 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 11,773 reads 20 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 9,398 reads 46 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 13,178 reads 44 comments

  18. 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 2 months ago 27,882 reads 171 comments

  19. 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 2 months ago 12,452 reads 78 comments

  20. 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 2 months ago 5,640 reads 22 comments

  21. 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 2 months ago 9,165 reads 20 comments

  22. 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 2 months ago 6,753 reads 63 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 2,945 reads 10 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 20,429 reads 85 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 14,917 reads 29 comments