Who Is Arsenal’s Target Ciprian Marica ?

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Marica’s agent Ioan Becali has described the Romanian free agent as ‘a really great striker who has already got experience in western European football’ and this may be true in a number of areas of his game but it does not appear to be in the key department of goal-scoring, an area that, say Giroud picks up an injury, Arsenal will struggle in.

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Raphael Varane: future world’s best?

Raphael-VaraneThe former Lens academy graduate has broken onto the first team scene this year at Real Madrid, possibly the most competitive club in the world to make a name at, and has shown maturity far beyond his mere 19 years this season. He produced an assured, man-of-the-match performance in his first ever appearance in the world’s biggest club fixture, El Classico, and looks set to enjoy a long relationship with Madrid if he continues to produce performances such as the one he produced only 2 weeks ago. Continue reading

The Milanese Triumvirate: Balotelli, El Shaarawy and Niang.

article-2272132-17452D5B000005DC-230_634x389The signing of Balotelli in this year’s January transfer window represented much more than the return of an old fan of the club. It represented the completion of what is a conglomerate of the three hottest talents in Serie A at this time, all playing as one beautiful combination of devastating pace, panache, flair and power. Continue reading

Could Christian Benteke be the Missing Link in Belgium’s Starting Line-up?

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Plucked from obscurity for the at the time seemingly excessive fee of £7 million, the former Genk 22 year-old has lit up the Premier League this season for Aston Villa and has been the only spark of light in a struggling team and these performances have seen him implanted firmly in the Belgium starting XI. Continue reading

From Welling United to Arsenal, the meteoric rise of Carl Jenkinson.

Jenkinson playing for Welling United.

Jenkinson playing for Welling United.

Three years ago, Carl Jenkinson was playing non-league football for Welling United. Now he has been capped by England in the recent friendly against Sweden and until recently, with the return of Sagna from injury, held the Arsenal right-back spot as his own. A full-back that is good defensively, but also good in the attack, Jenkinson has the potential to remain in the England set-up for years to come. Continue reading

Udinese. Feeder club to the world?

Made In Udine.

Made In Udine.

The publicity surrounding Udinese’s clearly superb scouting network has clearly grown since the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona for the princely sum of £23 million. This figure is all the more impressive when you consider that the Zebrette originally bought him for a pittance, a mere £100,000. The management and nous that they showed to turn him from a raw and inconsistent fledgling into one of the best wingers in the world sets an example to other clubs in the modern game. The recent return to Chile of Eduardo Vargas, supposedly one of South America’s top talents, is a depressing example of mismanagement. He joined Napoli for a large fee which definitely placed him under far more pressure than he was used to, and instead of simply loaning him back to South America straight away, he was left to sit on the bench, his first-team action hard to come by due to the burgeoning talents of Cavani, Hamsik and Lavezzi. Continue reading