Author Archives: Purav Patel

Purav is a passionate Arsenal supporter, Watford season ticket holder and an all-round football enthusiast from north-west London. Currently studying History at the University of Southampton, Purav hopes to one day get into the field of journalism – with his interests lying in both politics and sports. An avid watcher of the English Premier League and Championship, Purav also pays close attention to the leagues of Spain and Italy, and recently has begun to follow the German Bundesliga.

The Danny Welbeck Paradox


‘Arsenal fans – nothing is going to happen’. That was the message propelled by several news outlets for the first fifteen hours of transfer deadline day, much to the anguish of supporters. An injury to Olivier Giroud left the majority of them convinced that the addition of a new striker was pivotal to Arsenal’s hopes this season, with Sanogo clearly ... Read More »

Belgium 2-1 USA

Tim Howard

‘I’m not sure, the USA have pace and Tim Howard in goal – you never know,’ – the words I spoke in reply to my dad’s pre-match prediction that Belgium would walk all over the Americans. Modest, as I so often am, I said nothing after the game, but we both retired to our rooms in the knowledge that I ... Read More »

Suarez’s Feeding Frenzy


‘He’s a reformed character’, they said. Yet here we are; Luis Suarez has sunk his teeth into an opponent on the football pitch for the third time, with Giorgio Chiellini the latest victim. Social media sites are inundated with chuckle-worthy remarks and videos from all over the world, mostly condemning the actions of the Liverpool striker. But in one corner ... Read More »

World Cup 2014 Preview – Group D


The infamous ‘Group of Death’: the publication of the FIFA rankings labelled Group D as the toughest out of all those in Brazil 2014. England, Italy and Uruguay all face a stern test to qualify from their group – with no clear pair out of the group sure to succeed. Costa Rica have the potential to cause an upset, though ... Read More »



Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to relinquish the reins at St. Mary’s, in favour of the role at Tottenham, is an intriguing development to the new football season. His appointment before the World Cup, so early in the close season, means he will be afforded plenty of time to mould the current Spurs squad into his preferred consistency; from the perspective of ... Read More »

The Ashley Cole Role


After watching Ozil and Alaba miss penalties, a friend suggested to me that Ashley Cole was a great penalty taker. Soon, the question arose as to whether or not he should go to the World Cup with England. I really, really, really don’t like Ashley Cole. Ask any Arsenal fan, any of them, and they’ll tell you the same thing. ... Read More »

Arsenal 0 – 2 FC Bayern Munich


It was something of a master-class in how to play against 10 men; something that teams of Pep Guardolia have become famous for. Arsenal found themselves defeated with ease at the hands of Bayern Munich, – yet, for Arsenal fans, many were left dreaming of what might have been. Prior to kick-off, talk was dominated by the confirmation that 21 ... Read More »

United’s Derby Blues

Something happened today that doesn’t happen very often (and no, for the moment, I’m not referring to Manchester City’s 4-1 demolition of their Manchester and title rivals): I doubted myself. Anyone who knows me will understand what a rare occurrence this is, but here’s why I was brought to such soul-searching, self-questioning existence. Whilst writing this, I was wondering whether ... Read More »

Forget the title, it’s all about qualification!


With Manchester United wrapping up the Premier League title with five games left to play, the most exhilarating viewing for the final stretch of the season was found in the race for the coveted fourth Champions League spot. Similarly, the forthcoming season promises to be just as stimulating. So who are the protagonists for the last Champions League spots this ... Read More »

What’s Happened to the 4-4-2?

Mike Bassett

By Purav Patel – “Ladies and Gentlemen, England will be playing four-four-f*cking-two”. The eloquent words of the fictitious England football manager, Mike Bassett, resonate deeply with those who have watched the 2001 film. Mike Bassett, played by Ricky Tomlinson, represents the homogenous English football fan of just over a decade ago; the traditionalist – the tough-tackle loving, diver-hating, no-nonsense, short ... Read More »

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