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Manchester United Defender Joins Real Madrid In Loan Deal

Manchester United’s young Uruguayan full back Guillermo Varela has joined Real Madrid on loan it has been confirmed by the club’s official website. The young full back is expected to link up with Real Madrid’s Castilla side under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane. The Uruguayan was David Moyes’s first signing after the full back impressed at the u20 World Cup …

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Arsenal Striker’s Agent Hits Out At Wenger

Arsenal’s Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell had been expected to seal a loan move Benfica but a transfer failed to go through and the 22-year-old’s agent has criticized Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Campbell’s agent Joaquim Botica spoke to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo about his client’s failed move away from the Gunners. “Benfica fought until the last minute to sign Campbell but …

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Former Manchester United Player Claims ‘Awful’ Rooney Must Be Dropped

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has stated that Louis Van Gaal should drop Wayne Rooney and the ex-Red Devil defender has been highly critical of the English captain’s performances this season. Rooney has featured in Manchester United’s opening three games and with United failing to win a game in the Premier League a number of players have been criticized. The …

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Why Romario Was Better Than Lionel Messi Will Ever Be

Our Brazilian football expert argues that Romario was a better player than Lionel Messi will ever be and discusses his rationale for selecting his compatriot.  Warning: May contain strong bias. Actuallly, a truckload of bias. Discussions on who is/was the best football player of all times are endless. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and the beauty of this sport is that there …

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Loic Remy & Chelsea – Will It Work?

Chelsea have finally reinforced their attacking options, bringing in Loic Remy to partner Diego Costa. The question on everyone’s mind however, is whether Remy can fit into Jose Mourinho’s style of play? Rob Lyons discusses. Initial perceptions as to where Remy may fit point to his main position being on the bench and as an alternative option to either Didier Drogba or Diego Costa. …

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Aston Villa Move Offers Manchester United Midfielder Huge Opportunity

Tom Cleverley’s loan move to Aston Villa has been approved by the Premier League, affording the midfielder the opportunity to reinvent his career. This news comes after weeks of speculation about Cleverley’s future lying elsewhere. Hull City as well as Everton were also linked with a move for the England international. This loan does not come as a surprise to …

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New Full Backs Add Extra Dimension To Liverpool

David Kennedy discusses the importance of full backs to Liverpool’s style of football, and that Brendan Rodgers may have acquired two gems in Moreno and Manquillo. Christian Ziege. Djimi Traoré. John Arne Riise. Stephen Warnock. Fabio Aurelio. Emiliano Insua. Andrea Dossena. Paul Konchesky. Jack Robinson. José Enrique. Aly Cissokho. The preceding is a list of left backs that have been …

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Premier League Transfer Deadline Winners and Losers

The transfer window has finally shut for another year. Let’s take one final look at the winners and losers from this year’s window before getting back to the football. Winners Chelsea Chelsea gave a little and got a lot. They signed Loic Remy from QPR for the tiny figure over £7.1 million. The small fee brought them in a big …

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Ronaldo, Quinn & Carragher Have Their Say On Manchester United Transfer

Radamel Falcao’s loan move to Manchester United was the most high profile transfer of deadline day and many of the game’s high profile figures have had their say on the Colombian’s move. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has approved of the deal that has seen Falcao move from Ligue 1 club Monaco to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United squad. Ronaldo was …

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The Offside Rule – A Brief History

Stephen Walsh takes a look at the origins of football’s much debated offside rule, a law which was adapted from the early codes of Cambridge University students. Author’s Note: Over my past few articles with Pundit Arena I have looked at the origins of various sports terms. Ideas for my articles have included curiosities such as Glenn Burke inventing the high five …

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On This Day – Liverpool Put Seven Past Spurs (1978)

This week’s edition of ‘On This Day’ looks back on Liverpool’s record 7-0 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur in 1978. Without a doubt for all of us Liverpool fans, we have been delighted with the style that Rodgers’ Red Army have been playing  since Christmas last season. Two results that stick in our minds since that transition have been our two games with Tottenham …

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Manchester United Will Use Daley Blind In Midfield Role

Manchester United completed the signing of the versatile Dutch international Daley Blind on Monday for £14m and Van Gaal is set to use former Ajax man in a  midfield role according to the 24-year-old’s agent, Rob Jansen. Blind’s agent has hinted that Van Gaal has told the 24-year-old that he will  play in a midfield role with speaking about his …

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Tactics: How Manchester United Will Line Up After Summer Splurge

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal kept the United faithful waiting all summer, with many having begun to lose faith in the Dutchman’s powers,  but in the end he delivered an impressive cohort of recruits to whet the appetite. The big names bagged, especially Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, send out a powerful message that United are a still …

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Daley Blind – Manchester United’s Best Signing?

The signing of Radamel Falcao clearly dominated the Manchester United headlines on Deadline Day, but could the acquisition of Daley Blind prove to be the greatest move of all? “I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there. Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, …

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Arsenal Attacking Analysis – Daniel Welbeck vs Olivier Giroud

Danny Welbeck finally wrapped up his £16 million move to Arsenal, as officials worked into the early hours to complete the paperwork, with the FA granting Arsenal an extension on the 11pm deadline to close the deal. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who was at a charity event in Rome on deadline, had constantly denied that Gunners needed a new striker,  but eventually …

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Ins And Outs: Liverpool Fill Suarez Gap With A Number Of Repalcements

Liverpool have recruited ten players but have done so without spending an exorbitant amount of money on any one player. So how has Brendan Rodgers done in this transfer window? Has this tactic been fruitful? Let’s discuss. _____ Ins Up front Brendan Rodgers has aimed to replace some of the talent of Luis Suarez by bringing in Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert …

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Ins & Outs: More Departures Than Arrivals For Manchester City

Here we take a quick look at Manchester City’s Ins and Outs from the summer transfer window.  Manchester City had an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window due to the imposition of FIFA fair play restrictions which limited boss Manuel Pellegrini to a net spend of £49 million, a mere snip compared with the millions splurged by their cross city rivals Manchester United. The …

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