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Friday, 19 April 2013

Premier League: Has Aston Villa's Brad Guzan been the best keeper this season?

Readings Alex McCarthy was in the form of his life against Liverpool at the weekend. The Royals shot-stopper denied the Reds at every opportunity with a string of world class saves. This got me thinking, who has been the best goalkeeper this season in the Premier League? Manchester Citys Joe Hart w...

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 32

Another exciting week of Premier League and FA Cup football saw Manchester City and Wigan make a date at Wembly, Reading hold Liverpool, Arsenal beat Norwich City and Sunderland outclass Newcastle. But who made it into our Squarefootball Team of the Week? Heres Mitch Waddons best XI from the w...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Arsenal v Everton: Wenger hopes to end the Toffees' top four dream

Everton have only taken away six points from visits to the red half of north London during the Premier League era. Thats a shocking return for a team with hopes of making a late charge for a place in the top four, but could tonight be the night they record their first win at Arsenal since 1996? Ars...

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Arsenal: Fabianski or Szczesny - who is your number one?

Szczesny or Fabianksi? The big question. They’re both Polish, they’re both young, and ultimately they’re both a bit above mediocre. But mediocrity seems to be the norm with Arsenal keepers. So without any alternatives (Mannone isn’t an alternative), which one is better? Szczesny The bo...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Millwall, Chiles and Aguero ensure unedifying scenes all round, but let’s keep the One Direction boys out of it

It was a weekend of football in which the seamier, more ugly side of the game sprang forth. A dispiriting reminder of a time we’d hoped had passed; a nightmarish collage of unedifying horror and depressing folly. Yep, Adrian Chiles was fronting the FA Cup again. Obviously, the game on Saturd...

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Arsenal v Norwich City: Can Wenger avoid getting in a flap against the Canaries?

With Chelsea facing Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday and Spurs having a week off, Arsenal have the perfect opportunity of moving up to third in the Premier League, but first they must get past Chris Hughtons Canaries. The boys from Carrow Road have been a real thorn in the side of...

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Predict the Premier League: QPR, Spurs and Arsenal lead the way

Its been a good fortnight for the three London clubs - well off the pitch any way - with QPRs John Jaycock and Tottenhams Adam Crawford picking up 19 points, with Arsenals Josh Ben Moshe on 18. Its not been so good for Stoke City, Southampton or Norwich City, with the sides occupying the bottom thr...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland edge ahead of Wigan

Sunderland may only have six games left to save their Premier League status but Black Cat Tony Ratton is edging slightly closer to Predict the Premier League title glory. Mr Ratton, who has been favourite for the title for the majority of the season, has moved one point clear of his nearest rival W...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs: Who will miss out on the top four?

Just two points separate Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs in the battle for a Champions League spot and the riches that come with it. But with only two places available one of them is going to miss out, but who? Arsenal have finally found their feet and won seven of their past nine league outings. They h...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Di Canio attempts to form his first impression while West Ham’s Brady dispels hers

Fascist, egotistical, divisive, authoritarian, plain bonkers; these words are ringing around all our ears right now thanks to a recent media storm it’s been impossible to escape from. No, not the death of a former Prime Minister yesterday, although I can see why you’d think that. Instead it i...

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Saturday, 06 April 2013

Premier League: Where has all the excitement gone?

ThePremier Leagueseason should be coming to the boil, but for me its been strictly alukewarm affair.The last nine months have had an air of inevitability about them. Manchester United havebreezed to their 20th top flight title and even Sky have struggled to sell this title race. From them...

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West Brom v Arsenal: Gunners target fourth win on the bounce?

The Gods appear to be smiling on Arsenal. Both Chelsea and Tottenham have dropped points in recent weeks and Spurs look like missing their main man Gareth Bale for a few weeks through injury. Victory today will see the Gunners climb above Chelsea and move to within a point of Spurs, who face a trick...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 31

Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Southampton, Wigan and West Ham all picked up three points in a weekend that produced a whopping 23 goals - five of which came at the Emirates. There was a number of outstanding individual performances at the weekend, but who has done enough to win...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Sunderland swap experience for explosive as all eyes focus on Wearside

On the day the new bombastic series of Doctor Who crash landed on to the screens of the BBC, there was the cataclysmic beginnings of a regeneration of a different kind in the otherworldly realms of the North East. That’s right, Martin O’Neill, football’s very own wide-eyed madcap enigma was u...

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Arsenal v Reading: Will Arsenal give Reading another Royal beating?

New Reading boss Nigel Adkins has the chance to become an instant hero this afternoon and write his name in the Royals folklore, as the men from the Madejski Stadium have never taken anything from Arsenal apart from a good hiding. In five previous league meetings, all in the top flight, Arsenal hav...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Gazza’s running out of chances while England run riot in San Marino

Let’s face it, there’s an awful lot of guff on TV isn’t there? In the ever-burgeoning crevasse of broadcasting channels, the sheer volume of half-baked tripe and lightweight, hollowed-out husks of regurgitated twaddle leaves the average viewer starved of visual stimulation and viewing conten...

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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Premier League: Have Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Man United lost their sparkle in Europe?

Arsene Wengers Arsenal heroically bowed out of the Champions League against Bayern Munich meaning no Premier League side would feature in the last eight for the first time in 17 years. The French boss believes the English sides have suffered as the rest of Europe has finally caught up with them, but...

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Predict the Premier League: Liverpool are on top of the pile

Its been almost a month since the scores for Squarefootballs Predict the Premier League were last updated, so without further ado lets get cracking. Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0 The Reds were braced for a tough game against the Capital One Cup finalists, but Michael Laudrups mind was already focused...

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Predict the Premier League: Sunderland and Wigan remain neck and neck

Sunderlands Tony Ratton was the man to beat in our Predict the Premier League competition, but since the turn of the year Wigan Athletic fan Jimmy Shine and even Manchester Citys Callum Rothwell have both taken over top spot. However, today, as we update the league for the first team in a month, the...

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Arsenal: Can the Gunners end the season unbeaten?

The past weekend was a great one for Arsenal Football Club. Not only did they overcome the potential banana skin of playing Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, but their arch rivals Spurs were turned over at home by Fulham. The Gunners now go into the final nine games of the season just four p...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 30

Arsenal gave their Champions League hopes a huge boost at the weekend by beating Swansea City. Tottenhams shock defeat at home to Fulham gave Gooners even more reasons to cheer, but the biggest reaction at full time definitely came at Villa Park as Aston Villa saw off QPR in a five-goal thriller...

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Arsenal: Valdes or Reina - Who would you rather sign?

Every great team has a great goalkeeper. Once upon a time Arsenal had one of the best in David Seaman. Old safe hands could be called upon time and time again to save the Gunners. But since he left a decade ago Arsenal have only really had one man who could get close to him, and even he ...

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Swansea City v Arsenal: Defeat is not an option for the Gunners

Arsenal restored some pride in midweek with a couraegous victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but it wasnt enough to stop the Gunners from bowing out of the competition on away goals. Today they take on League Cup winners Swansea City knowing that defeat is simply not an option. Arse...

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Friday, 15 March 2013

Arsenal: Do Vermaelen and Szczesny deserve the boot?

It has been reported this morning that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has lost faith with his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and captain Thomas Vermaelen and that the pair could be booted out of the Emirates in the summer, but are there not more deserving players to be shown the door? Both Szczesny a...

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Bale, Michu, RVP or Suarez: Who is your Player of the Season?

There have been some outstanding performers in the Premier League this season. Gareth Bales stunning goals and man of the match displays have helped Tottenhams top four dreams, Luis Suarez is currently topping the leagues scoring charts, Robin van Persies arrival at Old Trafford has all but wrestled...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Arsenal: Does Arsene Wenger deserve one more year in charge?

Arsenal are Britains sole representatives in this seasons Champions League but they are going to need a miracle if that is to remain the case this evening in Munich. The Gunners enter the Allianz Arena 3-1 down from the first leg and Bayern Munich have only lost once at home to an English side in Eu...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Munich is top of United’s problems but Nani ain’t one

Last week saw a big few days for Manchester United. Prodigal son and spray tan admirer Cristiano Ronaldo sauntered back into town with the same cocksure swagger and over-preened sense of self-worth he left with four years ago, and along with his slightly misfiring team broke the hearts of his...

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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Arsenal: Could Xabi Alonso be on his way to the Emirates?

Reports in the media over the weekend suggest that the Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso is stalling over a contract at Real Madrid and that Liverpool may be interested in bringing him back to these shores, but could Arsenal convince him that his future rests with them in the capital? Theres no doubt ...

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Thursday, 07 March 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week

Arsenal lost the crunch north London derby while Liverpool and Manchester United went goal crazy, QPR gave their survival hopes a boost with victory over Southampton and West Ham became only the second side this season to win at the Britannia, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Here i...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Comical Colin losing his seat could mean Match Of The Day 2 losing much much more

It could be argued that watching football on television has become a full-time endeavour. Well obviously for me it is because each week I force my rambling and churlish thoughts on the subject on to your computer screens in a senseless demonstration of puerile envy. But for all of us now, it ...

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Sunday, 03 March 2013

Tottenham v Arsenal: Will Arsenal put Spurs in their place at the Lane?

The big day is finally here. Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane to take on their nearest and dearest in a battle that could go some way to determining who will be playing Champions League football next season. Spurs enter the day four points clear of Arsenal. Victory today will see them extend that ...

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Saturday, 02 March 2013

Bale or Wilshere: Who would you rather have in your side?

Arsenals Jack Wilshere and Tottenhams Gareth Bale have lit up the football world with their all-action displays this season. Wilshere has been Arsenals main driving force and recently dominated the midfield for England against the samba kings of Brazil, while Bale has been Tottenhams main goal threa...

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Friday, 01 March 2013

Spurs v Arsenal: Can the Gunners beat Tottenham?

Third place Spurs entertain north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday with the Gunners four points behind their old foes. Arsene Wenger has seen his side dumped out of the FA Cup and needing a miracle to stay in the Champions League, but can they beat Gareth Bale and co to keep alive their top four hope...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 28

Arsenal and Spurs picked up three points at the weekend to put the pressure on Rafa Benitez and Chelsea. Spurs are now two points clear of Chelsea in third place with Arsenal just two behind the Blues, but with the north London giants squaring up to each other this weekend, Chelsea may have the op...

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Spurs v Arsenal: Are Spurs now the most dominant force in north London?

Tottenham star Gareth Bale lit the blue touch paper at the weekend ahead of this Sundays mammoth north London derby by stating that Spurs are now a better team than Arsenal. After years of being overshadowed by the all-conquering Arsenal, Spurs have now established themselves as a consistent top f...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A lack of fanfare for the Final but Swansea make worthy champions nevertheless

There was a time in football, about six or seven years ago when it all became a bit tedious. Mourinho’s Chelsea and Fergie’s United were so far ahead of everybody else that those two goliaths monopolised the English game completely. It seemed as though every piece of silverware was theirs to ...

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Birmingham City 2 Arseanl 1 2011

This was the day when Arsenal were widely expected to end their trophy drought. Unfortunately Birmingham City never read the script. This afternoon Premier League Swansea City clash with League Two Bradford City in the final of the Capital One Cup and the Welsh side will have to be careful not to b...

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Luton Town 3 Arsenal 2 1988

Bradford City and Swansea City lock horns at Wembley on Sunday to claim the first major piece of silverware of the season. Swansea City will enter the game as favourites, but this competition has a habit of causing upsets in the final. Here Squarefootballs Steve Coulter takes a look back at the day...

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Arsenal v Aston Villa: Can Arsenal get back to winning ways?

Arsenal have had a week from hell. Dumped out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers, the Gunners were then embarrassed at home by the German giants of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, if Arsenal fans think theyve got it bad they should spare a thought for their opponents this afternoon. ...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Swindon 3 Arsenal 1 1969

Bradford City entertain Swansea City at Wembley in the final of the Capital One Cup this weekend, but Squarefootballs Steve Coulter has taken a look back at some of the competitions biggest finals. This years competition has had more shocks than a night on Albert Square, but the League Cup has al...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Schmeichel talks us through United’s trip to Madrid while Piers talks down to Owen

For me this past weekend’s football was filled to the brim with acute annoyances and irksome irritations. To start with it was FA Cup Fifth Round and all the best games were on ESPN, and as I’m still too cheap to upgrade it means I had to go without. On top of that, my beloved Leicester didn’...

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Arsenal: Can Arsenal beat Bayern Munich?

Arsenal havent had much luck in cup football against teams that start with the letter B this season. League Two Bradford City dumped them out of the Capital One Cup, Blackburn sent them packing from the FA Cup on Saturday and this evening they take on the German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions...

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Arsenal: Why history is against victory over Bayern Munich

Arsenals preparation ahead of Tuesdays Champions League clash with Bayern Munich couldnt have been any worse. Exiting the FA Cup at home to Blackburn Rovers is pure embarrassing. The FA Cup was the one trophy that Arsenal could realistically win this season to end their eight-year drought withou...

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Predict the Premier League: Man City on top with Wigan and Sunderland in close pursuit

Manchester City may have blown their Premier League chances following their defeat at Southampton but Citys Callum Rothwell could be about to continue the clubs push for honours in our Predict the Premier League competition. Mr Rothwell, a former winner of this competition, has put his disappointme...

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Friday, 15 February 2013

Arsenal: How can they beat Bayern Munich?

Arsenal may be preparing for this weekends FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers, but they will definitely have one eye firm focused on Tuesday nights Champions League match with German giants Bayern Munich. Yes Arsenal have the daunting task of taking on arguably the best team in the world at the...

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 26

Manchester Uniteds victory over Everton at the weekend combined with Citys defeat at Southampton has put Fergies men 12 points clear of their rivals and the title looks to be heading back to Old Trafford. City just werent at the races and were duly punished by the Saints and United made sure the...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Should Sky help Man United and Arsenal in Europe?

The Champions League returns from tonight with Manchester United and Arsenal the only English sides flying the flag for the Premier League. United take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday while Arsenal host German giants Bayern Munich on February 19 and theres every chance that both Premier ...

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Saturday, 09 February 2013

Sunderland v Arsenal: Can the Gunners tame the Black Cats?

Arsenal made ground on their top four rivals last weekend thanks to their narrow 1-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates and with 13 games left to play Arsene Wenger knows he can not afford any costly mistakes. Today the Gunners head to Wearside to face a Sunderland side that also makes it hard for Ars...

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Friday, 08 February 2013

Arsenal: How much would Jack Wilshere be worth in today's market?

Arsenals Jack Wilshere put in a man-of-the-match performance against Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday night and every Englishman is pinning their World Cup hopes on his young shoulders. Arsenal fans know only too well how good Wilshere is. He made his league debut for the club at the age of 16 - the ...

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Why Royal Mail's Dream Team fails to deliver the goods

Royal Mail has assembled its Home Nations dream team to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. Legends of the game like Bobby Moore, George Best and Denis Law all feature in the special stamp collection, but eyebrows have been raised at some of the names who have missed out. H...

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