The summer of raised expectations

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In a few years people will probably look back on this summer and wonder what was different from previous years at Arsenal.
If and when Van Persie and Song are sold, the club will once again have sold two of their best players late in the transfer window.
But it has been a very different summer.

Shock: Robin Van Persie declines to renew contract

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This sums up the Gunners mood today

In a nightmare for Arsenal and its fans, Robin Van Persie declined to renew his contract leaving the club with no alternative other than to sell him to the highest bidder although he still has that final year of his contract to see out. This paves his path to the Etihad in a by now familiar pattern of exits.

Gongs with the win

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W.B.A. 2-3 Arsenal

We score an early goal, then we let two in, then we score two more before holding on for dear life for the win. And that, ladies and gentlemen, sums up Arsenal's strengths and weaknesses in one handy cut-out-and-keep sentence.

Ultimately though, despite pretty much three dicky patches, ten league defeats and a defence that shipped 49 goals, we have come third and made our summer all the more enjoyable in the process.

The bipolarity of Arsenal

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We had a bad day, AC Milan beat us 4-0; we had a good day, we beat AC Milan 3-0. This more or less sums up this Arsenal team at the moment.

In my preview I suspected that last night would be anything but the non-game that was expected. The cushion from the first leg meant Milan were in a daze in the first half at the Emirates.

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One of the tricks of the transfer rumour mills seems to be to find a big money potential signing and then follow that up with a cheaper alternative should the main target fall through.

Just like Eden Hazard, Omar El Kaddouri is 21 years old. He also plays in midfield and he is a Belgian international – albeit at under 21 level for now.

Words have power + Arsecast 227

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"Not good enough."

Three words used often by football fans to describe aspects of the club they support. They're used in relation to certain players, performances, the manager, the board, the price of a pint and a pie, how their club handles various communications, pretty much anything they've got the hump with for one reason or another.

The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: A Preview

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The African Cup of Nations' effect on Arsenal sums up the slightly oddball line-up for this year's tournament. That Alexandre Song could line out against Swansea was a huge boost (at least until his somewhat floundering performance on the day). That Marouane Chamakh could not was... well... a huge boost too.


Spurs veteran excited about U.S. tour

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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has expressed excitement about returning to his native United States for this month's pre-season tour.

The Spurs are set to take on MLS duo Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls over the course of their journey while also squaring off against Liverpool in Baltimore on July 28.

Why Roy Hodgson Is A Good Choice For England Manager

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Ever since it was announced by the FA that WBA manager Roy Hodgson was going for an interview for the England job on Monday morning I've heard a lot of negative feedback from the fans and media. Personally, I think Roy Hodgson would be a good choice for England manager. Here's why:

Roy Hodgson gets the best out of average players

Okay so it may hurt to say that, and it may be quite unfair on the players involved, but England aren't a team of world stars the sooner the fans and the media realise this, the better England will perform.

Young Liverpool fan pokes himself in the eye while celebrating Carling Cup win

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After a nervy 120 minutes ended 2-2, the Carling Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff went to a penalty shootout that proved just as manic as the rest of the match. Both sides failed to convert their first penalty and Liverpool also missed their second, but eventually won 3-2 when Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, put Cardiff's final penalty wide of the post.

Reina Fears Liverpool Years Away From Title Tilt

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Pepe Reina feels Liverpool are three years away from challenging for the title, with the keeper claiming they are paying the price for a lack of invention.
The Reds have spent huge sums in the past 12 months in a bid to make up ground on the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Mock the Weekend: Paul Scholes returning & Wayne Rooney’s badge-kissing sums up the madness of Manchester United

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Goal: Mock the Weekend: Paul Scholes returning & Wayne Rooney's badge-kissing sums up the madness of Manchester United

The veteran's return was just one bizarre and brilliant moment of a mad derby game, during which his controversial team-mate locked lips around the club's badge without shame

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Dalglish Wants Finishing Touch

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish called on his team to be more clinical after they were defeated 3-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The visitors enjoyed a large share of possession but again failed to make it count, which has been their Achilles heel for most of the season.
It was Liverpool's first game without Luis Suarez after the club decided against appealing his eight-game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

FC Barcelona

Milan transfer update (June 12): Thiago Silva move to PSG looking more likely every minute

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No, no, no, no. I think that about sums up what will be the reactions of Milan fans around the world if, or rather when, Thiago Silva's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain is confirmed. Monday has seen a fury of rumours, reports and speculation which at times made it hard to know what was going on. [...]

Barcelona Fiddle With Their Testes…An Awful Lot (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Pocket billiards: The Barcelona way Fiddle, fiddle, tiki, fiddle, fiddle, taka...

Obscene. The look on Clarence Seedorf's face just about sums it up.

Video: TV2 Sport


USMNT Win Over Antigua & Barbuda In World Cup Qualifying

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Article by Luke Lohr

Lackluster though it may have been, the US Men's National Team earned a victory over CONCACAF minnows Antigua and Barbuda by a score of 3-1.

The victory was unimpressive and uninspiring as the United States struggled to score in a wet match that proved far more difficult than it should have been.

JACOBS COLUMN: Strong Leaders Blend Tactics Into Strategy

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Evansville Courier & Press, April 8, 2012

"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."

This quote by ancient Chinese military general Sun Tzu — the author of "The Art of War" — sums up the need to be able to balance strategy with tactics to find success.


DC United 0-1 Sporting Kansas City.

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DC United lose late after substitute CJ Sapong heads home after losing his marker to ruin the opening day festivities for United fans.

The match started out with United being very direct. Hoofing balls to the forwards and bypassing the midfield, shooting themselves in the foot. Sporting Kansas City is deadly with the ball, and if it wasn't for Bill Hamid, Kansas City could've won the match several goals to none.

One day to go: 2012 Cup dream begins

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When this post pops into existence on these here Interwebs, it will be exactly one day before the Houston Dynamo kick off the 2012 season against the lesser of the Chivases at the Home Depot Center, 6 p.m. Sunday, May 11.

(What's that you say? Daylight Savings what? Sure, just screw my premise with the government intervention why dontchya?

The Rest

Man United Shirt Deal With Chevy Worth A Reported $559M

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Manchester United's new shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet is worth an "incredible" $559 million under its seven-year shirt sponsorship agreement.

Chevrolet takes over from the insurer Aon starting with the 2014-15 season. Manchester United said it will receive $70 million during the first season of the new deal.

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If Spurs are to bring Joao Moutinho to White Hart Lane then it seems as if £31.5m is the price to reunite the Portuguese with Andre Villas-Boas and according to the press, the Porto midfielder is the man upon whom AVB wants to build his new team.

Other reports suggest that Real Madrid are about to stump up £40m for Luka Modric and hence, there's the funding for the Moutinho deal.

‘Film Of The Day: Liar Liar’ – Rio Ferdinand Has A Not-So-Subtle Pop At John Terry On Twitter

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By Alan Duffy

Not really much to add really. It kind of sums up how the Ferdinand clan are feeling today I imagine, as JT gives evidence...

Euro 2012 Fashion Crimes: Scott Parker Wows Krakow With Audacious ‘Regatta Chic’ Ensemble (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Off for a wander around Krakow with Glen Johnson and the missuses the other day, Scott Parker opted for an outrageous 'yachting enthusiast' look to tour the old town; combining classic gentleman's knitwear (Dulux colour chart: Buttercup Sigh) with maritime chino shorts (Dulux colour chart: Mystic Azure Cavern) and a pair of dainty boating pumps.

A dark day for football

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Money can certainly buy trophies, but can it buy you class, respect and dignity? Â Not judging from Chelsea's performance tonight. Â Another extremely lucky result from a side that played some of the most dire and defensive football possible, and it must be remembered that Roman Abrahmovich has had to steal billions to finance this pathetic little racket.

On "fake turf" in Seattle, 2012 edition

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Message from editor: The grass v turf debate was sparked again. This take sums up positions I've stated many times, so rather than write more, I'll just frontpage this. Also, I have a computer again, so regular posting will return shortly. - Dave

Dear national soccer writer,

Thanks for weighing in with your opinion on the state of the pitch at Century Link Field.

Newin To The Rescue!

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Buriram United chairman Newin Chidchob has vowed to continue his bid to find out if there are financial irregularities in football management.

During a meeting of representatives of Thai Premier League clubs last month, Newin asked TPL chairman Vichit Yamboonruang about the broadcasting rights of TPL matches and other income but Vichit could not give an answer.

Farewell to Ruud, thanks for the memories...

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This pic sums up Van Nistelrooy: committed, strong-willed, successful and focused.

Yesterday, Bert van Marwijk did the decent thing. He called former Oranje striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. While every normal person in Holland is considering where to go on a summer's break, Bert knew Ruud was telling his kids they'd probably [read more]

Perth 4 Melbourne 2: Amateur hour

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The always honest Archie Thompson described last nights loss to Perth as "amateur hour". Sums it up really, doesn't it? Great! I guess thats all for today then. Back tomorrow as voting opens for the inaugural Victoryblog Awards. Cheers

"Camp Cupcake" Wins Two

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Last night the US Soccer's "Camp Cupcake" Team followed up Saturday night's 1-0 win over Venezuela with a 1-0 win over Panama. I admit that the "Camp Cupcake" moniker is not my favorite for the annual US Soccer winter camp that primarily gives numerous MLS players and some European journeymen an extended audition for the US National Team, but I think it's important to use this moniker in light of the apparent "every match is a live or die match" attitude that seems to dominate the most vocal of the US Soccer fan base.

A Norwich Retrospective

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It was, in short, a poor afternoon. Let's just say our trip to Spain couldn't have come at a better time. More, after the jump:

Begging for Mercy

I'm a hazy mess. Well, not a mess per se. But, disappointed by what was without a doubt a toothless display of our ineffective style that sums up our season.