Then two came along. After years of mockery, of jokes about trophyless seasons, Arsenal has now seen the FA Cup in succession. There seems to be a change in mood and atmosphere. Arsenal is now buzzing, the Emirates stadium a place that is once more being conditioned to the habit of winning. Pre-season trophies such as the Barclays Asia Trophy and the Emirates Cup are adding to this, while just like the FA Cup, the traditional English season curtain -raiser — the Community Shield — has been won back to back.
It thus begs the question, can the Premier League title be conquered?
It is a question that invariably points towards Read the rest of this entry
A deceiving telephone conversation would become a convincing one. Graeme Souness took the bait. In 1996, on the recommendation of George Weah, he would sign Senegalese star Ali Dia.
But George Weah was in fact “George Weah” and there was no star in Ali Dia. In training, he looked off. When given his chance, he proved just how awful he was. That spurned that famous quote from Matt Le Tissier, “He ran around the pitch like Bambi on ice; it was very embarrassing to watch.”
Southampton had been embarrassingly hoaxed.
Not now however. They have just acquired the services of Read the rest of this entry