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Ramsey wants starting role

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Arsenal centre midfielder Aaron Ramsey has stated today he is ready for a starting role in the Arsenal 11. The young Welshman has been in the form of his life this season, and with Alex song gone to the African Cup Of Nations and Fabregas out for 10 days, he might get his chance.

Arsenal have never been short of talented young players, but I have to admit, Ramsey looks like a keeper. After watching him play last night against Portsmouth it's hard to believe he is only 19 years old. He look a lot more experienced than he really is, and capped off a fine performance with a beautiful goal.

The Arsenal squad is already full of youth, with Gallas, Arshavin and Almunia the most experienced players. I would love to see Ramsey starting more games in the Arsenal jersey, and Wenger would be foolish not to give him a shot.

Back to business

Monday, December 28, 2009

After a nice few days of relaxation, its time to get back to business. Firstly, a quite interesting weekend of football. St. Stephens day (Boxing day) saw Roberto Mancini in his first game in charge of Man City. It proved to be a successful start for the Italian, with City coming out on top with a 2-0 victory over Stoke.

League leaders Chelsea were also held to a 0-0 draw against in-form Birmingham. Chelsea are in a bad run of form at the moment, only one win in seven, and with the likes of Kalou, Essien and Drogba all leaving for the African Cup of Nation, Ancelotti's side better get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

Their nearest rivals Manchester United were able to field a back line of defenders for the first time in several weeks. Rafael, Vidic, Brown and Evra were enough to limit Hull to one goal, with Wayne Rooney and CO scoring three, with Ronney scoring one and heavily involved in the rest. Meanwhile, Liverpool were back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Wolves, with Alberto Aquilani making his first Premier League start.

Arsenal sent out a message to their rivals with a fantastic 3-0 victory over in-form Aston Villa. The victory was inspired by a 27 minute cameo by Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder came off the bench to devastating effect, scoring a free-kick and a second goal, injuring himself in the process.

The other results were wins for West Ham, actually West Ham were the only other team to win, every other team drawing. There is plenty more football to come over the next few days, here are the fixtures and my predictions.
Fixtures and my predictions
Tottenham v West Ham (12.45) - Tottenham are currently winning, so I'll go for them.
Blackburn v Sunderland (3.00) - Sunderland win
Chelsea Fulham (3.00) - Chelsea win
Everton v Burnley (3.00) - Everton win
Stoke v Birminham (3.00) - Draw
Wolves v Man City (7.45) - Man City win

Aston Villa v Liverpool (7.45) - Liverpool win
Bolton v Hull (8.00) - Draw

Portsmouth v Arsenal (7.45) - Arsenal win
Manchester United v Wigan (8.00) - Manchester United win

Henry heading to City?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

You can almost guarantee that Manchester City are going to be the most talked about club during the January transfer window, and the rumours are already underway, with World Cup cheat Thierry Henry linked with a move to the City Of Manchester Stadium.

According to The Mirror, Barcelona are willing to let the French captain move in January. The know they will get a bigger fee for Henry if they offload him in January, but it's not only Manchester City who are interested, MLS club New York Red Bulls are also keen on securing Henry's services.

Its been a hard few months for Henry. Bad form and injuries has seen him dropped from the Barcelona squad as a regular player. As well as this, the infamous hand ball that seen France knock-out Ireland for a spot in the World Cup had seen him turn from hero to zero. Would City keeper Shay Given welcome Henry?

Needless to say, I won't be posting for the next few days, I'll probably be back on Sunday, maybe Monday depending on how the Holidays go. Merry Christmas

Were City right to sack Hughes?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Its been one of the most talked about stories of the season so far, making the front page in many Newspapers. Mark Hughes was, as you all know by now, sacked by Manchester City after their 4-3 against Blackburn on Sunday and was replaced by Roberto Mancini.

Personally, I didn't see it coming, not yet anyway. Manchester City are basically a new team and before the season even started I couldn't see them hitting top form until after Christmas. However, it is true that the amount of money spent was bound to lead to high expectations from the City board and fans.

In my opinion I don't think Hughes should have been sacked. He didn't make very much high profile mistakes, the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor for £25 million was a real waste but he was once a top striker. He also showed his loyalty by paying £250,000 out of his own pocket for Craig Bellamy, whom proved to be a huge success. In my opinion, the first thing the new coach has to do is ship out Adebayor, and unless his mood changes, Robinho. If your team is to have success, bad characters in the dressing room will hinder any chance of it.

Manchester United and Liverpool (again) lose, plus Mark Hughes set to leave Manchester City

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's been some weekend of football so far.

Fulham produced one of their performances over the past few years to stun Manchester United player, staff and fans. 3-0 was the final result, with Bobby Zamora scoring two and was Fulham's best player. A surprise call up for the England World Cup squad? He can also play for Trinidad & Tobago in case you were wondering.

Also a great day for bottom club Portsmouth who got a fantastic result at home to Liverpool. the final score was 2-0, with Belhadj and Piquionne got the goals in what dented Liverpool's hopes to make the top four, with both Tottenham (0-2) and Aston Villa(1-0) winning against Blackburn and Stoke.

Along with this, it has just been confirmed that Mark Hughes has left Manchester City, to be replaced by Roberto Mancini. An interesting day so far? I love Christmas.

Can Aston Villa break the top four?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Is it finally time for the 'top four' to be broken? After Aston Villa beat Sunderland 0-2 away last night, it is looking increasingly likely. In recent years it has always been Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool who have occupied the top four position but this year there is a strong chance that trend could be broken.

Aston Villa have has fantastic start to the season, beating Liverpool and Manchester United and they currently lie in third position. The win last night was also a feat which Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have failed to do by beating Sunderland.

Aston Villa had a similar start to the season last year but faded of after Christmas. However, this season is different. I don't think Aston Villa will finish above Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, however, with Liverpool's current form I see know reason to why they can't break the 'top four'.

How long before Benitez gets the boot

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rafael Benitez has come under much scrutiny in recent weeks, and I'm surprised something hasn't been done already. Liverpool are currently in the worst form they have showed for years, as well as being out of the Champions League and already out of the running for the Premier League, the question has to be asked, how long will Rafa last?

Its hard to say really. The Liverpool board have not given Benitez a vote of confidence, but as of yet they have made no indication of sacking him. After all, this is the man who lead Liverpool to one of their most famous nights in history when they came back from 3-0 in a Champions League final to win on penalties.

I think you will have to agree though that this season Rafa has lost his touch. Maybe it's bad luck, Torres and Gerrard both spent time on the sidelines but good managers should find a way out of these situations, or at least not let things go as badly as they have. So back to the question, how long will Rafa last? I don't think anyone knows, but surely if this current form continues he won't be at Anfield for much longer.

Premier League Preview

Friday, December 11, 2009
I know I haven't done this in a while, truth be told, I found it a little boring. Anyway here's the fixtures for this weekends Premier League games.

Fixtures and my predictions
Stoke v Wigan (12.45) - Stoke win
Birmingham v West Ham (3.00) - Draw
Bolton v Manchester City (3.00) - Manchester City win
Burnley v Fulham (3.00) - Burnley win
Chelsea v Everton (3.00) - Chelsea win
Hull v Blackburn (3.00) - Draw
Sunderland v Portsmouth (3.00) - Sunderland win
Tottenham v Wolves (3.00) - Tottenham win
Manchester United v Aston Villa (5.30) - Manchester United win

Liverpool v Arsenal (4.00) - Liverpool/draw

Goal of the week
I'll give it to the young Irish man Darren Gibson. A great strike from, in my opinion, a great prospect. Special mention to Ronaldo's free kick midweek in the Champions League against Marseille. If you haven't seen it, watch it.

If you fancy a pop at making some serious cash, stick a tenner on all the results I have picked ( bar the Liverpool v Arsenal one, I couldn't make my mind up ). You will get 4507.87 return, but its a very long shot in fairness.

Manchester United preparing shock move for ex Arsenal defender

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Manchester United are apparently preparing to make a move for ex Arsenal and Spurs defender Sol Campbell. The former England international had been at Notts County but left just weeks after signing and is now training by himself.

United have somewhat of an injury crisis at the moment, missing many regular players and this was shown last night. The United back four had only one regular and the rest were makeshift defenders in Park, Fletcher and Carrick. Despite this they did beat Wolfsburg 1-3 thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trick.

However, I'm sure Fergie will be keen to add Campbell even if his depleted side did beat the German champions. Personally, I think he would be a good acquisition to United. He may be 35 but with age comes experience. Some Arsenal fans may not be happy, but Sol will be used to switching to rival clubs after his move from Spurs to Arsenal in 2001.

Gerrard afraid time is running out

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had admitted he is worried he is running out of time to win the Premier League with Liverpool. In his time at Liverpool Gerrard has won the Champions League, the Uefa Cup, 2 FA Cups and 2 League Cups.

But the one trophy Gerrard so desperately wants to win is that of the Premier League trophy. Gerrard is 29 years old now so time is running out to win the Premier League title and it doesn't look like the Reds will win it this season either, they already lie 12 points behind Chelsea and are in seventh place. One think is for sure, I wouldn't be tipping them to win it.

''It would mean everything to win the Premier League. Its frustrating not to have already - I've come close on a couple of occasions''.

I, unfortunately, was at the Liverpool versus Blackburn match last Saturday and judging by their performance they are nowhere near ready to win the Premier League. Gerrard didn't look his usual self and they had little or no attacking threat without Torres. As for the midfield, I'm not sure how Lucas has kept his place in the centre as he was just woeful. I think its fair to say, at this moment in time, Liverpool are a two man team. I'm sure many of you will disagree.

Manchester United enter Dzeko race

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Premier League Champions Manchester United have entered the race to sign one of Europe's most wanted players, Edin Dzeko. They join AC Milan, Manchester City, Arsenal plus other clubs around Europe in a bid to sign the Wolfsburg striker.

''He appeals because he is tall and skillful and in many ways he is an ideal player for England. He has stature, good feet and produces very good performances.''- Mike Phelan

Dzeko is still on 23, and has a very good goal record. 36 goals last season, and already had 13 in 17 appearances. I would love to see Dzeko move to England, and since Arsenal rarely splash the cash, I would think United or City will be the two main contenders for Dzeko's signature.

Wenger wants Dzeko to save Arsenal

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is apparently chasing Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko in a bid to rekindle their title hopes. Wenger's striker force has been lacking goals since the injury to key striker Robin Van Persie and Wenger will be keen to add Dzeko to his ranks.

Dzeko is currently one of the most wanted strikers in Europe. He scored and impressive 36 goals for Wolfsburg last season and already this season he has 13 goals to his name. It seems Wenger will have to smash the clubs transfer record thought, as it is thought Dzeko will not leave for anything less than £17.5 million.

Dzeko isn't Wenger's only target thought. Bordeaux strike Marouane Chamakh is a known target of Wenger's and he is likely to bid for one of the two. Meanwhile, want-away defender Phillipe Senderos is set to leave to club and head for Spain to link up with Athletico Madrid in a fee in and around £4 million.

Personally, I would love to see Dzeko at Arsenal. At 6ft, hes exactly what Arsenal need. Strong in the air and scores goals for fun, exactly what Arsenal lack at the moment.