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Should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Be Starting More Games For Arsenal

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After an impressive start to his Arsenal career, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to be pushing for a place in Arsenal’s starting XI, Arsene Wenger however seems keen to bring the young English winger through the ranks at a steady pace.

Two goals in his first 3 games for the club and Oxlade-Chamberlain is the name on everyone’s lips, but is the 19 year old ready to be starting week in week out for the gunners? He certainly seems to have the physical attributes and raw talent to unsettle defenders, something Blackburn Rovers fans will be all too aware of after he bagged an impressive brave against them last month.

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England 2 – 3 Holland – Lessons Learned

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Stuart Pearce’s first game as England manager ended in a last minute loss that was anything but unjust.

Arjen Robben struck twice and Klaas Jan Huntelaar headed the other as the Dutch looked comfortable in their unfamiliar black shirts.

What did we learn?

England’s once solid defence is no more

The Dutch found it far too easy to penetrate England’s defence. The central defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill is a long way short of the partnership that Rio Ferdinand and John Terry had for many years. (more…)

Why Roy Hodgson Should Be The Next England Manager

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While the FA play it safe in their search for the next England manager, the ideal candidate goes about his business in an understated way, setting about turning another team into a solid unit that plays well above their station. Harry Redknapp is the front runner and many expect nailed on certainty to be the next man in charge, but when you really assess his record, is he the right man for the job? (more…)

The Football Banter Podcast – 28 Feb 2012

We’re back. This week we’re discussing England’s chances against Holland, the best dressed manager in the Premier League, Mario Balotelli’s love of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and take a look at all the major results from the last week of football.

Chelsea Manager Stats Infographic – The Abramovich Years

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is on a par with Alan Sugar when it comes to sackings. Here’s a look at all the managers that have worked under Abramovich and look who comes out on top. None other than Butch Wilkins!

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Liverpool Fan Pokes Himself In The Eye

You’ve got to give it to this kid, even though he pokes himself in the eye – he carries on anyway!

Why Balotelli Is Brilliant

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Whether you love or hate him, it’s impossible not to have an opinion on Manchester City’s Italian striker. Here are just some of the reasons why we think Balotelli is brilliant…

  • He’s had over £10,000 in parking fines
  • When stopped by police and asked why he had £25,000 in cash with him, replied “Because I am rich”
  • While under contract with Inter Milan could often be seen wearing an AC Milan shirt
  • Incapable of putting his own training bib on
  • Picked a fight with Micah Richards. Have you seen the size of Micah Richards??
  • When filling up a petrol station decided to buy everyone’s petrol
  • Had a fireworks display in his own bathroom
  • Threw a dart at a youth team player because he was bored. No one likes youth team players.
  • Went into a university to use their toilets and stayed for 20 minutes chatting to the students
  • Won £25,000 in a casino and gave £1,000 to a tramp outside
  • Took his younger brother to a women’s prison to ‘have a look around’

The Torres Mystery Goes On

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It appears that it isn’t just André Villas-Boas and everyone else in England that think Fernando Torres is bang out of form, Vicente Del Bosque, manager of the Spanish national team has left Torres out of his latest squad too. With Euro 2012 just months away El Niño might want to think about booking himself an extended summer holiday, because anything less than a miraculous return to form wont be enough to book his place in the squad.

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Will England’s Management Crisis Affect Their Euro 2012 Performance?

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After their dismal performance in the 2010 World Cup, the pressure is on the England team to lift their game for Euro 2012. But the sudden departure of Fabio Capello has thrown their preparations in to disarray. The question on the lips of every England fan is – can a new manager slot in to place and boost England’s chances of a successful tournament or does Fabio’s departure sound the death knell for England’s Euro 2012 prospects?

Despite being slated by the media following England’s lacklustre showing in South Africa, Capello had turned the England team around. From failing to qualify for Euro 2008, England was undefeated in Euro 2012 qualification, under Capello’s leadership. His unexpected resignation followed his public clash with the FA over their removal of the captaincy from John Terry. His departure was greeted with messages of disbelief and support from his players. Despite occasional clashes when he had to impose discipline, Capello was clearly respected and well-liked, making him a hard act to follow. (more…)

Michael Owen Puts Piers Morgan In His Place

Manchester United striker Michael Owen gave Piers Morgan a taste of his own medicine last week. Morgan attacked Owen on Twitter calling him a pretend footballer, Owen however was quick to respond and took a photo of his trophy cabinet and tweeted it back…