Premier League Football
Joe Hart essentially has a 10-month long audition during his loan at West Ham. Success will not be joining the Hammers permanently, rather this season will determine how the rest of his career unfolds as he looks to return to the highest level. It is very much 'make or break'.
Wenger may have lost his winning mentality, but he is by no means deluded or clueless as some have stated. He is by far one of the smartest men in football and whilst Arsenal fans reserve the right to protest, the team's manager does not deserve to be so regularly insulted by those he has served so loyally for two decades.
When the significance of the game is brought to the fore, we become humans again. Football, as a form of escapism, is perfect way for fans to distract themselves from the realities of life, but the necessity to switch is something that throws us off guard. Sport, unfortunately, has the trouble of encountering tragedy frequently. That said, it can be content in the knowledge that its community will always preserve its human instincts; there are things more important in life.
Sometimes players who spent their careers at the top aren't necessarily cut out for a life at the top in management. At present Giggs' future foray into management could easily go either way - we just don't know. But what is certain is that it's a mistake to automatically assume that he'll be a success.
The Premier League is highly regarded for its competitiveness, where anyone can genuinely beat anyone else on a given day - that kind of thing rarely happens in Spain and other European countries. There is no mystique or aura for defending English champions and it all means that when the naivety kicks in, as it has done in recent years, giants will always fall.
They're fifth favourites for the tournament at the moment, just behind Belgium, and if they perform as well as they can then a semi-final shouldn't be out of reach. From that point onwards, anything's possible. If Rooney plays like Rooney, England could just do it.
If it was naive to think that Chelsea were automatically favourites to win a second successive Premier League title ahead of the 2015/16 season - and it most certainly was - it's even more naive to think that now. Quite simply, Jose Mourinho's team have been left behind by their competitors and a terrible transfer window has now left them playing catch-up.
Close the window before the season, they said. Having it four games in is unfair, apparently, as it unsettles players, creates start of season uncertainty, leaves managers unable to build a solid plan for the season as they don't know who they'll have on hand... This is an argument I disagree with entirely.
What exactly is his crime? Turning down a lucrative contract offer because he wasn't happy with his general situation at the club? Not being quite as guarded with his media comments as he should've been? He's 20 years old. Show me a 20-year-old who hasn't said something ill-advised when frustrated and I'll show you a liar.
Maybe a few years ago, this would have been a squad that was only capable of breaking the top four, but at a time that Manchester City are in transition and a time when Chelsea's squad looks surprisingly thin beyond their stellar first XI, maybe it is finally Arsenal's time to have another crack at the Premier League title.
Steven Gerrard is a student of the game. He took in everything that could help him become a better player. Like all the great players, he had class and he wanted to learn more and more every day and work at his game. He was the first to give his all, no matter whether it was in training or a match. He's a totally committed leader with superb technique and an exceptional amount of mental and physical energy. It was a pleasure to coach a player like that. There are three words that describe him: classy, combative, captain.
If the Reds are to climb back into the top four next season they can't be afraid to take a few risks, though concluding their business quietly and effectively - the way United did with Depay - is paramount. Liverpool shouting their mouths off is likely to get them nowhere and, as history shows, usually ends in disappointment.
Pearson, by his own admission may not win any popularity contests, but he should be applauded for his ability to stay strong when the world seems to be against him. This kind of resilience and unbreakable character is symptomatic of the Foxes' surge in form.
Wednesday night, Manchester United took on Newcastle at Tyneside, and bagged all the three points after a smash-and-grab victory in the final minute. Here are four key points from the game.
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