We need to talk about Abou: how good was Diaby?

By Andrew Misra

Injured. Probably the word most football fans would use to describe Abou Diaby’s career. He’s now announced his retirement at the age of 32. Diaby made just 198 club appearances in total during a 14-year career, and had been without a club since being released by Marseille in 2017. Continue reading “We need to talk about Abou: how good was Diaby?”

Advent Day 17 – David Trezeguet, ‘Trezegol’

By Andrew Misra

Seventeen is not a number that many players will rush to have assigned to them. Indeed, you may find yourself scratching your head and racking your brains to even think of elite players who have adorned the number. Perhaps Pedro at Barcelona, or his former teammate Alexis Sanchez in his first two seasons at The Gunners.

Loyal fans of Juventus, however, are the exception. Arguably their most cherished foreign player wore the number 17 shirt with distinction for eleven seasons. That player is David Trezeguet. Continue reading “Advent Day 17 – David Trezeguet, ‘Trezegol’”

Nice to meet you: Assessing Patrick Vieira’s early years in management

By Joe Davies

This summer, Patrick Vieira was tipped for the Arsenal job by none other than Arsène Wenger. His history with the club, success in relative obscurity with New York City, and knowledge of the inner workings of a modern Premier League giant in Manchester City, gained while working for their Elite Development Squad, meant for many fans he represented a worthy candidate. As it transpired, the gig went to Unai Emery, who has hit the ground running at The Emirates, and Vieira ended up at Ligue 1 club Nice, who finished eighth last year.

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