William Barns-Graham
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Recently graduated from Oxford University having studied Philosophy and Theology and now properly begin life as a writer. Particularly interested in Sports, Music and Film writing but keen to write in as many different areas as possible. I have just begun two blogs: one a sports blog and one a music blog.

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Despite Mourinho's 'Special' Allure, Wenger Is Still the Pragmatic Option for Arsenal

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2014 | (00:00)

Following Chelsea's relatively (but not completely) comfortable 2-0 win at home to Arsenal at the weekend, there have been various articles and pundits making the argument that if Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger swapped jobs, it could be Arsenal at the top strolling to an inevitable title win, and Chelsea...

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Ominously Like 2005 All Over Again

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (07:44)

A family friend who once took me to Arsenal matches when I was younger once said that you can't gauge a feel for a season until you've reached the 10-match mark. In most seasons he was absolutely right, especially given Sir Alex Ferguson-era Man Utd's tendency to launch a Christmas-onwards...

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Ozil Feeling the Heat as Arsenal Look to Spice Things Up?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (00:00)

A 2-2 draw, that felt simultaneously like a point saved and points dropped for both Arsenal and City, proved also to be a pulsating spectacle for fans. It was probably even more enjoyable for Chelsea fans on another weekend of continued Diego Costa brilliance and rivals dropping points, adding to...

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Uncapped Ambition - Pulis Throws His Hat Out of the Palace

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2014 | (20:56)

The first sacking of the season came - 2 days into the season, as Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace in the lurch going into their first game. The Palace display against Arsenal bore all the marks of the solidity and organisation that Pulis injected into the side last season, saving...

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Chelsea the Favourites, But Not Without Hazard

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (15:41)

Following Arsenal's impressive victory against a distinctly preseason looking Man City, the start of the season proper is now upon us. While the Community Shield rarely gives substantial clues to the destiny of the coming season's Premier League title, it usually does give an impression of how prepared two of...

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Sensationalist Talk About Diving as a Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (12:06)

So diving is a cancer in football. The other thing that's cancerous is stupid sensationalist responses to diving. There are two counts of this: firstly there's the lacking perspective angle of the likes of Tony Pulis who thinks that a yellow card offence is worthy of a 3 match ban,...

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The xx - Coexist

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2012 | (11:26)

When the xx breezed into all our lives as if riding a gust of murky ambience in 2009, they somehow created a brand of music that seemed unique and distinguished despite holding few innovations and owing plenty to the swathes of trip hop, RnB, soul and early dubstep that dallied...

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Ride - Two Great Albums During a Great Period for Music

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2012 | (15:21)

Blur 21 and Parklive (gig and the CD release) have created a wave of nostalgia among the music press the last couple of weeks. Questions about whether Blur are no more - allowing Alex James to continue his life in the countraayyyy, as Damon would say - have provided a...

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The Long Throws of Stoke or the Possession of Swansea?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 August 2012 | (15:07)

So it's back. The Premier League resumes its normal service of thrills and spills with Fulham, Swansea and West Brom thrilling and Liverpool, Norwich and QPR spilling. The annual analysis of who's going to challenge for the title and who's going to be relegated, based on just 90 minutes of...

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What Are the Motivations of Top Level Footballers?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 August 2012 | (16:49)

Amid Robin van Persie's transfer from Arsenal to Man Utd and Luka Modric's imminent move away from Spurs to Real Madrid, questions are again to be raised over what exactly motivates footballers and the choices they make. The life of a top level footballer seems pretty surreal - taken out...

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Quarantine The Past, Your Generation Didn't Die

(0) Comments | Posted 16 August 2012 | (16:47)

Hearing the The Who close the London Olympics closing ceremony last week singing "I hope I die before I get old" I couldn't help but cringe and imagine several millions of people watching wittily remark - "well, that's ironic". But with this strange irony, Paul McCartney's weakening voice and the...

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Has Pearce Shown Hodgson the Way Or is the Way Welsh?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2012 | (11:32)

I read Paul Little on F365 today (http://www.football365.com/f365-says/7957498/F365-Says) bemoan Roy Hodgson's conservativeness at Euro 2012 in comparison to Pearce's more extravagant GB team at the Olympics. The argument was that if Pearce could make a quickly assembled team play winning attractive football, why was Hodgson so adamant that fear induced...

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Why Brazil Need the Champions League to Become Champions of the World

(0) Comments | Posted 27 July 2012 | (12:06)

No European team has won the World Cup on South American soil. Argentina and Brazil tend to enjoy home advantage and Brazil will certainly hope to take advantage come 2014. But if any team is going to be able to overturn this historical situation, this current Spain team seems to...

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The Era of Tiki-Taka Ticker Tape

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2012 | (13:15)

Even had they lost last night, I don't think anyone would have denied that the last 5 years have been dominated by the Spanish. Even if they completely fluffed their lines in Poland and Ukraine, Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup coupled with Barcelona's three Champions League victories in...

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