Mitchell Agg

MLS: Who is the Best Forward in America?

on June 29 2012 8:57 AM
MLS: Who is the Best Forward in America?

Forwards in any team are vital. Without goals, you can't win games. I once heard one commentator state "no one comes to a football match to watch defenders". So to pay homage to the players that win matches, I will determine who the best forward in the MLS is.

Thierry Henry

Probably the most well-known forward in MLS, Henry has had a glistening career in Europe prior to his American debut. He started his career in the principality of Monaco where he spent five years playing in Ligue 1 before he moved to Juventus. However Arsenal came knocking and he quickly swapped Serie A for the Barclays Premier League. Part of the invincible team that took the Premier by storm, Henry became Arsenal's all-time top goal scorer. But Henry left his beloved Arsenal in 2007 for Barcelona and won the UEFA Champions League. "Mr va va voom" joined the Red Bulls in 2010, has since become an ambassador of the sport in America and has scored 25 goals since 2010, Henry hasn't played every game. However his influence on the pitch is second to only David Beckham. He has achieved cult status in fewer than three years.

Robbie Keane

Arsenal: Possible Premier League Contenders?

on June 28 2012 8:41 AM
Arsenal: Possible Premier League Contenders?

Arsene Wenger has made two outstanding purchases this summer so far. Firstly, acquiring Lukas Podolski from Koln was a coup afer Koln was relegated from the German Bundesliga last season. His second signing was the Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner and Montpellier front man Oliver Giroud. Those were two astute signings by Wenger and two players that have an eye for goal.

But does this mean Arsenal can contest for the Premier League title next season?

To really challenge for the title, a team must have four top quality front men. The signings of Giroud and Podolski give Arsenal an attacking force to rival Manchester City. They accompany last season's top scorer Robin van Persie, Gervinho and Theo Walcott can play through the middle. This is before one even mentions the forwards that will return to the Emirates after loan spells. (Bendtner, Vela and Arshavin) Plus the likes of Park and Chamakh sat on the bench for most of last season. Arsenal now has an attacking force that any team in the Premier League would want.

Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Juan Manuel Vargas

on June 27 2012 7:57 AM
Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Juan Manuel Vargas

With Liverpool now under the management of Brendan Rodgers, it's was clear from the outset that he'd sign one or two wingers for Liverpool. His philosophy at Swansea depended on pacey wingers to accompany the slick passing game.

Although not as pacey as most wingers, Vargas could bring something different to Liverpool, something that they've been missing. If one asks a Liverpool fan to name a winger that has graced Anfield in the past few years, they will find it impossible. Players such as Downing, Babel and Riera have failed to pull up trees whilst playing in the famous red of Liverpool.

Vargas is linked with big clubs every year. Not least AC Milan and Real Madrid in the past few seasons. His agent has clearly stated that Liverpool is an option and Vargas could leave this summer. However he has also stated Malaga's interest in Vargas and as they are in the Champions League next season, this might be the "better" option for Vargas.

Manchester United: The Illustrious No. 7

on June 26 2012 7:40 AM
Manchester United: The Illustrious No. 7

The No. 7 shirt at Manchester United is probably the most iconic shirt number in the World. It's been glittered with stars upon stars but it now remains undesignated after Michael Owen's departure.

The first major star to wear the No. 7 for Manchester United was the one and only George Best. "The Beautiful Boy" joined the red half of Manchester in 1963. He had a memorable 11 year spell at Old Trafford winning Manchester United's first ever European Cup. However, many probably think he won more than he actually did.

Only two league titles and two charity shields accompanied the European success. This doesn't take anything away from his goal scoring prowess. He scored 137 league goals for United and he is a legend of the British game. He also remains the only player to win the Ballon d'Or from Northern Ireland.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Wenger’s Targets

on June 25 2012 6:41 AM
Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Wenger’s Targets

 

As a team Arsenal aren't known for splashing the cash. The reasoning behind this is twofold. Wenger likes to look for bargains in a France and he puts an emphasis in youth. The Frenchman thinks it's very important to promote from within however it isn't necessarily successful all the time. This summer, Wenger has looked for bargains in France once again.

Olivier Giroud

Last season for Montpellier, Giroud won Ligue 1 golden boot award. Known as a classic English centre forward, Giroud is very different to any French striker. Giroud was instantly linked with a move to Arsenal and the rumours seemed to have come true. Although Wenger doesn't usually go for a powerful player, he seems to like Giroud's finishing ability. However Giroud has also been linked with a move to Borussia Monchengladbach which may hinder Wenger's plans. Giroud has expressed his opinions and he has said that he would welcome a move to England over Germany.

Yann M'Vila

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