Hatem Ben Arfa is an enigma, wrapped up in a conundrum - to some Newcastle United fans that is, not to me though. He doesn't fool me. Ever since he first broke on to the scene as an enigmatic teenage wunderkind, there has been many who followed his career with great interest.
The Premier League title race is incredibly different to those we've seen before and the absence of Manchester United is the biggest factor behind this. Liverpool are also having a very different season to last and are real contenders for the title, although they face stiff competition from Manchester City and Chelsea.
The battle for the Premier League title will be nothing short of action-packed this season, but cast your eyes a little lower down the table and you will find an equally-as-interesting situation. Could this be the most exciting relegation battle we've ever seen? Or have there been even closer fights to avoid the drop?
Daniel Sturridge and George Boyd are only two examples of this ongoing problem and unless retro-active punishments are enforced consistently, the Premier League will continue to encounter these problems and teams will suffer at the hands of a weak judicial system.
As I detailed in my last blog, when I first heard that there was to be a unified anti rebrand protest march backed by all of the main supporters bodies, I was genuinely pleased but also found it difficult to suppress a degree of cynicism...
As Newcastle United head into yet another irrelevant fixture (for NUFC at least) I find myself posing a question that has been on my mind and lips ever since our grossly premature cup exit at the hands of Cardiff in early January - what is the point?
Today, the Premier League's financial might is clear for all to see and one just has to take a look at Wayne Rooney's £300,000 per week contract or Chelsea's mammoth £50million transfer fee for Fernando Torres to see this. That being said, there is a huge disparity in the financial power of Premier League sides.
Entering the final quarter of the 2013/14 season, the Premier League's top four teams have broken away from the rest and are separated by just a few points at the top of the table. It is one of the closest title races in years and certainly the most widely contested...
After watching his side systematically dismantled at home to Liverpool at the weekend, David Moyes must be wondering if his tenure at Old Trafford could be any worse. Unfortunately for him, come Thursday morning, it definitely could - and it likely will. As United lick their wounds following that 3-0 humiliation inflicted by their fierce rivals, their Champions League status also hangs finely in the balance.
The Premier League title race took another twist at the weekend, but a win for table footers Fulham closed the gap between themselves and 14th placed Swansea. Just five points separate seven teams at the bottom of England's top tier, with the battle to stave off relegation expected to go down to the wire.
Averaging a successful dribble every 25.9 minutes, Oxlade ranks in the top 10 in the Premier League this season, and third amongst English players, though he has significantly more to offer in terms of final ball than either of the two players above him, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha.
How do the two greats compare statistics-wise? Despite United had to replace arguably the greatest manager in history of British football and Liverp...
No whinging, no agent flyers in the press... and no recent late night parties with model and TV-presenter girlfriend Polly Parsons. Throughout a difficult season, Thomas Vermaelen has been the consummate professional.
Tony Pulis can call Luis Suarez an embarrassment for diving all he wants, but his Stoke City team finished dead last in the Premier League Fair Play table last year. It smacks of hypocrisy to complain about one rule being broken whilst lauding your players for "playing hard" beyond the rules.
In recent years, the Premier League's rather bashful self-proclaimed title of 'best league in the world' seems to have transformed somewhat quietly into 'most competitive league in the world'. The change is a subtle one, but was inevitable as there are few who can now make a convincing case to suggest that the world's strongest club sides currently come from England...
The Premier League is the greatest league in the world. We hear it week in, week out and considering the number of top players that arrive every year, it's hard to argue differently. Despite this, is the Premier League good value for money when it comes to paying to see your team?