Amidst the spotlight of an exciting 3-3 draw between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park was the feeling of infinite refreshment. This was not the fragile Newcastle, lacking in character and mental courage to challenge the top dogs and to pull themselves out of a relegation dogfight. This too was not Manchester United, boring staid possession, sideways passing and Read the rest of this entry
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
Two weeks ago, Arsenal finished fourth, and rightly so, qualified for the Champions League, (much to Tottenham’s chagrin). Meanwhile, the red half of Manchester was revelling in an umpteenth 20th Premier League title. It was oh so heartbreaking to see their manager of 20-odd years, Sir Alex Ferguson retire. Glowing tributes, gushing international Read the rest of this entry
The excitement surrounding the final day drama hinges on that great illusion that everything comes down to one game.
Indeed, when much is at stake coming into the final game, the idea that a whole league season will be determined by one game does not seem all that unlikely. Relegation dogfights, title races, and of late, European positions when stretched as far as the final day bring that all encapsulating feeling that one game will determine everything.
Of course, that is not the entire truth. As Arsene wenger alluded to before his side Read the rest of this entry
The knight has decided to call it a day.
The time has come and Sir Alex Ferguson is going. In years to come, tales will be told about this Scottish manager who has so transformed the game of football. Some of those tales will be true, some will be false, and some will very much border on the mythological.
Because wherever you look, Sir Alex’s achievements seem unbelievable. Not just the sheer quantity of them, but also the longevity. Success is a nebulous quarry, and few achieve it for Read the rest of this entry