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Richard Barrett is a Co-Founder and Head of Content at Pundit Arena. You can follow him on Twitter via @TheBoyBarrett .

Premier League Top 5 From Gameweek 23

Brian Darcy discusses the top five players that stood out during Gameweek 23 in the Premier League. 5. Manchester City V Tottenham Hotspur Starman – Vincent Kompany Manchester City. The Manchester City machine continued their remarkable goal scoring record last night against a reinvigorated Tottenham side under Tim Sherwood. Based on reason, it would not be criminal to mistake White …

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Five Michus equal a Matt Jarvis

West Ham paid £10million for Matt Jarvis. This valuation is evidence of the recent trend in which Premier League clubs find themselves paying inflated prices for home-grown players. Is this out of bias, a lazy approach to scouting or is it simply out of necessity? Without getting into a discussion about which league is more competitive, and having a basic …

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All Roads Lead to Cheltenham for Magnificent Fly

Hurricane Fly further enhanced his already phenomenal record on Sunday, where his gutsy performance landed him his fourth successive Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, writes Michael Dorgan. Following last week’s late scare where trainer Willie Mullins revealed the Champion Hurdler had suffered from a bruised foot and had worked “the worst he has ever worked”, the 10-year-old showed no ill …

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Anderson Silva vs Roy Jones Jr Makes More Sense Now Than Ever

 Anderson Silva wants to fight Roy Jones Jr. before returning to MMA, writes Padraig Martin. The former UFC middleweight champion said so himself during a chat with fans on his official Facebook page: “When I get better, that’s my biggest goal, especially because I won’t be able to fight MMA too soon. Fighting in boxing is in my plans, yes, …

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Julian Draxler on his way to Arsenal?

Julian Draxler is high on a  number of European clubs’ radars, but can Arsene Wenger lure the talented youngster to the Emirates? With the January transfer window in full swing and every team looking to strengthen their squad, attention has turned to Schalke’s prized youngster Julian Draxler. Draxler (20) has been in fine form this season scoring 5 times for …

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Cycling: The Importance of Money & Teams

Money is a precious commodity, and the ranks of the professional Peloton know that more than anyone else, writes Jerome Glavin. Sponsors invest vast amounts of money towards teams, expecting victories in return. When sponsors pull out or decide to put their money elsewhere, it leaves teams are left in precarious situations. In October 2013 it was announced that Euskatel-Euskadi, …

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PA Playing Styles: Norwich City FC

In the first of a new series of articles, Gavin Nolan dissects the playing styles of professional football clubs. In the 2011-2012 season not much was expected of Norwich. The Canaries were top flights regulars throughout the years and were original founding members of the Premier League back in 1992. They returned to the Premiership in the 2011-2012 season after …

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How can Sharapova overcome her Serenaphobia?

With the launch of the new WTA season just days away, excitement is building around Sharapova’s return to competition. Tina McCarthy discusses the big question surrounding her Serenaphobia. It is almost a decade since Sharapova recorded a win against Serena. The head-to-head is drastically one-sided: 14-2. Serena is laughing. Having achieved the rare feat of a career Grand Slam, for …

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Exclusive Interview With John Kavanagh of Straight Blast Gym

Pundit Arena caught up with John Kavanagh of Straight Blast Gym; a major player in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. SBG is home to the UFC’s Conor McGregor and Cathal Pendred among others and trainer John Kavanagh is the man behind all of the success. What a whirlwind twelve months it has been for John Kavanagh and Straight Blast …

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The Six Degrees of Nicolas Anelka

Richard Barrett discusses the ‘six degrees of separation theory’ and how it can be applied to Nicolas Anelka in a Premier League footballing context. Our world is both massive and tiny in equal measure. As paradoxical as that sentence may seem, it is most definitely true. The world population currently stands at just over seven billion; a humongous amount of …

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Irish football: Greatest fans in the world? Think again.

A new era has begun in Irish football, but the ghosts of seasons past are still rearing their ugly head in living rooms throughout Ireland. Irish football. A topic that divides opinion throughout our beloved Emerald Isle. Every Tom, Dick and Paddy has an opinion when it comes to the ‘Boys in Green’. The general consensus is that we have …

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Tale of The Tape: David Haye vs Tyson Fury Infographic

David Haye recently pulled out of his eagerly anticipated bout with Tyson Fury due to a cut the ‘Hayemaker’ sustained during sparring. The decision to postpone, and at one stage, cancel, the fight led to outrage in boxing circles with many suggesting that Haye was running scared. Fury was, for use of a better word, furious. However, the fight has …

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Catching up with Derval O’ Rourke

Richard Barrett recently caught up with Irish superstar Derval O’ Rourke to gain an insight into the life of an elite athlete. Derval O’ Rourke is one of Ireland’s greatest athletes and has been through it all. From winning gold at the World Indoor Games in 2006, to setting Irish records, dealing with funding cuts and preparing for a wedding …

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15 Years On, Dwight Yorke we salute you!

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Dwight Yorke’s arrival at Manchester United, and what a signing he turned out to be. On August 20th 1998, Dwight Yorke signed for Manchester United in a controversial deal worth £12.6 million. Aston Villa attempted to resist approaches from The Red Devils for their star man, but Yorke had his heart set on a …

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VIDEO: Conor McGregor’s Fight Preparations

Conor McGregor’s UFC star is on the rise, as the Irish fighter continues to make waves in the Octagon. The people at Fox Sports put together a superb video detailing McGregor’s life after his famous knockout on his UFC début and his preparations for the Max Holloway fight, which the Dubliner also won. It is a great video that shows …

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VIDEO: LA Lakers enter ‘The Dark World’

The 2013/14 season will represent a major struggle for the LA Lakers. However, as they enter this ‘Dark World’, the light at the end of the tunnel won’t be out of sight for too long. The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off the back of a season full of heartbreak, hardship and disappointment. A ‘Dwightmare’ for use of a better …

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Life after Bale is a beautiful thing

Richard Barrett explains why Tottenham fans should be delighted to say adiós to their Welsh winger, Gareth Bale. Tottenham have lived in the shadow of their North London neighbours for far too long. Despite posting a club-record seventy-two points during the 2012/13 season, they were cruelly pipped to the post by Arsene Wenger’s Gunners by the minimum. Spurs fans were distraught. Arsenal …

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David Haye vs Tyson Fury Infographic

What a year of British boxing 2013 is turning out to be. Boxing fans have been spoiled for choice and it is still only July. One of the marquee fights of the year, David Haye vs Tyson Fury, takes place on September 28th and the boxing media has gone into overdrive. Tyson Fury’s sponsors, Bodyfuel, the best for sports nutrition …

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