There's no question that Arsenal's expected new recruit would carry a real threat to Wojciech Szczesny's starting spot, though it's competition that the Pole has needed and perhaps lacked since earning his first team status. Nevertheless, there's little doubt that the young stopper made significant waves last season.
Most of the press wanted to see van Gaal fail. You can only imagine how much Roy Hodgson would have been hounded if he had done something similar and failed. He would not be allowed back in the country, perceived as silly old man who shares the tactical nous of a barely trained ape.
Nearly everybody in Sweden knows the heroes of 1994 and I am very pleased to talk with one of the team-members - Thomas Ravelli.
With Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini finally making the decision to give under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart a place on the bench in favour of City's number two choice, Costel Pantillimon, it raised a particularly interesting question. When is the right time to drop a first-choice keeper if he continues to make errors?
Last night, while some of the home nations were playing world cup qualifiers, Oman was trying to secure a victory. During the international break, the Oman international team have taken the opportunity to play some challenging football.
With the bombshell dropped on English football last night by Fabio Capello's abrupt resignation, the internet has been abuzz
So often you hear about goalkeepers messing things up, letting balls roll between their legs and generally making fools of