1. Is Raheem Sterling the Player to Help Man City Break Europe's Elite Teams?

    With Raheem Sterling 's first touch for his new club, it appeared Manchester City had spent £49 million on a Steven Gerrard impersonator...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 days ago 26,181 reads 101 comments

  2. Will Tottenham Hotspur Ever Become the Club They Want to Be?

    There was something contrived about the way Tottenham Hotspur greeted the finalisation of their plans for a new stadium...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 14 days ago 38,017 reads 121 comments

  3. Manchester United Should Target Morgan Schneiderlin over Bastian Schweinsteiger

    An image has circulated around social media recently, satirising Manchester United ’s summer transfer window strategy. It shows the Old Trafford club’s predicted lineup were every player linked with them to end up there next season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 21 days ago 13,335 reads 36 comments

  4. Liverpool Have Learned Lessons from Error-Strewn 2014 Summer Transfer Window

    The exit of Luis Suarez was always likely to hurt Liverpool . As the Premier League’s top scorer in his final season at Anfield, the Uruguayan’s exit last summer was to the Reds’ obvious detriment...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 28 days ago 41,159 reads 73 comments

  5. It's Time Manchester United Finally Stood Up to Real Madrid in Transfer Market

    It’s tempting to put the allure of Real Madrid to David De Gea down as an illustration of how far down the food chain Manchester United are in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson age...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 53,166 reads 148 comments

  6. Arsenal Need Midfield Reinforcements to Sustain Premier League Challenge

    Arsene Wenger ’s stubbornness is both his best and his worst quality. The faith he shows in his players pays off just as often as it doesn ’t...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 15,482 reads 102 comments

  7. This Time It's for Real: Arsenal Can Win the Premier League Next Season

    We’ ve been here before. Arsenal over the past decade have become the epitome of consistency, but with that they have also become the most tedious club in European football...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 29,621 reads 172 comments

  8. The Revival of Dani Alves from Has-Been to Best Right-Back in Europe

    Luis Enrique wasn’t the only one at Barcelona who looked as good as gone just a few months ago. With the Camp Nou club in turmoil on and off the pitch, the cost was already being counted in terms of who would be leaving Catalonia this summer...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 13,107 reads 33 comments

  9. Why FA Cup Final Success Should Not Be Enough to Satisfy Arsenal

    With the last Premier League game of the season comfortably won, Arsenal fans took great delight in proclaiming—60,000 united in song at the Emirates Stadium—that they are off to Wembley on Saturday...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 5,769 reads 93 comments

  10. Arsene Wenger Is Wrong and Must Target Top-Tier Defenders This Summer

    Arsene Wenger has changed, perhaps not as a person but as a coach over the past two years. While the Frenchman still maintains his footballing principles, he has started to ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 12,129 reads 112 comments

  11. Could Juventus' Andrea Pirlo Realistically Thrive in the Premier League?

    There’s a picture of Andrea Pirlo that often does the rounds on social media. It depicts the Italian midfielder sat in a vineyard, legs crossed in relaxation, wine glass in hand...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 11,197 reads 31 comments

  12. Brendan Rodgers Has Been Excellent and Liverpool Would Be Foolish to Sack Him

    There have been times this season when Brendan Rodgers probably wanted to look anywhere other than the Anfield pitch, such have been the troubles faced by Liverpool over the past year...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 9,544 reads 88 comments

  13. Why Manchester United Should Bring Javier Hernandez Back from the Wilderness

    There was a compelling contrast to be made between the performances of two on-loan strikers—one at Manchester United , the other at Real Madrid —last weekend...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 27,141 reads 107 comments

  14. Raheem Sterling Is Priceless to Liverpool, but Not for Other Clubs

    Whether with dignity or not, Raheem Sterling had given himself the perfect negotiating platform. After a week of intense speculation concerning his future at Liverpool —in ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 17,755 reads 50 comments

  15. Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez Should Not Be Considered Player of the Year Material

    Alexis Sanchez isn’t your archetypal Arsenal player. Sure, the Chilean is technically adept and dynamic on the ball, but while the Gunners are comprised of considered football-thinkers, Sanchez is restless and instinctive, at times irrepressible...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 20,192 reads 97 comments

  16. Luke Shaw Has Disappointed Just as Much as Other Man Utd Summer Signings

    Whether by design or not, Louis van Gaal has finally found a shape and lineup that suits Manchester United ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 29,116 reads 98 comments

  17. Why Mesut Ozil Is Absolutely Pivotal to Arsenal's Top-4 Push

    By swapping shirts with an opponent at half-time—an unforgivable cardinal sin in the modern game—Mesut Ozil set himself up as a convenient scapegoat for Arsenal ’s ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 17,933 reads 73 comments

  18. Why Liverpool Have Found Their New Talisman in Philippe Coutinho

    Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United shouldn’t diminish what Brendan Rodgers has achieved in salvaging Liverpool ’s season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 8,268 reads 16 comments

  19. Arsenal Stuck in Awkward No-Man's Land Between Europe's Best and the Rest

    There was to be no miracle in Monaco. Arsenal might have played with the poise and bold swagger demanded of them in recent years, but the outcome of Tuesday’s defeat on away ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 10,916 reads 60 comments

  20. Liverpool Cannot Afford Another Transfer Window Like Last Summer's

    Liverpool ’s 1-0 home win over Stoke City earlier this season, in November to be precise, might have seemed unremarkable on the face of it, but it provided a bold statement on the Anfield club’s transfer policy...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 19,317 reads 71 comments

  21. 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 5 months ago 15,642 reads 63 comments

  22. 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 5 months ago 15,195 reads 123 comments

  23. 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 5 months ago 7,689 reads 29 comments

  24. 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 6 months ago 19,824 reads 29 comments

  25. 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 6 months ago 6,735 reads 21 comments