Arsenal transfers: Jorginho and Trossard not first choices but needed for title bid

It’s fair to say that, at the beginning of this transfer window, Arsenal would not have expected their three additions to include a 28-year-old and a 31-year-old. But the signings of Leandro Trossard and Jorginho reflect Arsenal’s position. They are more short-term moves, with a very short-term goal in mind: the prospect of a Premier … Read more

Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea and why this is a British transfer record like no other

As Enzo Fernandez completed his €121 million (£106m, $131m) move to Chelsea from Benfica on deadline day, Jack Grealish handed over the baton. At the age of 22, Fernandez is at the center of a British record transfer, making him the most expensive player in the Premier League and placing him under a spotlight that … Read more

How Weston McKennie will fit in at Leeds

There’s a convenient shortcut one can use to assess Weston McKennie’s fit at Leeds United: an increasingly strong connective tissue colored red, white, and blue. His coach at Elland Road is fellow American Jesse Marsch, who could also commiserate with McKennie about their respective stays in the German Bundesliga. He’ll join a midfield including their … Read more

Arsenal v Man United — the big questions: Will Trossard play? And lessons learned from Old Trafford

Arsenal’s next game of this critical January period sees them host in-form Manchester United. The pressure will be on, partly because a quirk of the fixture list means Manchester City could be just two points behind by the time Arsenal kick off at the Emirates Stadium – albeit with the Gunners holding an extra two … Read more

Leandro Trossard move: Why Arsenal switched from youth policy and how he’d fit the team

In some respects, Arsenal would be a surprising destination for Leandro Trossard. Mikel Arteta’s project has largely been built around youth and potential. Trossard does not fit the profile: the Belgium international turned 28 in December. He is already a known quantity in the Premier League. For Arsenal, on this occasion, that is part of … Read more

Mykhailo Mudryk dealt a blow but Arsenal returned to the transfer market in a position of strength

Arsenal were engaged in two London derbies this weekend: one on the pitch, and one in the transfer market. They lost out in the first, with Chelsea winning the battle for Mykhailo Mudryk’s signature. As Arsenal prepared to face Tottenham, the €100 million (£88.7m; $108m) winger they had so prized was paraded at Stamford Bridge. … Read more

How Napoli produced the best team performance of the season against Juventus

We’re less than halfway through the 2022-23 European league season — thanks to the unusual timing of the World Cup 2022 — but it seems likely we’ve seen the most memorable team performance of the campaign. On Friday night, top-of-the-table Napoli hosted a resurgent Juventus. Max Allegri’s side were sitting in eighth place in mid-October, … Read more

Man Utd beat Man City: ‘Offside’ row, rampant Rashford and Haaland muzzled

Manchester United sent out a statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League with a dramatic comeback victory against Manchester City. A local derby which was already rich in sub-plots delivered plenty of drama, especially in the second half when Jack Grealish’s opener was overturned by Bruno Fernandes’ controversial equalizer and then Marcus … Read more

Why was Bruno Fernandes’ goal allowed to stand against Manchester City?

Bruno Fernandes equalized for Manchester United against Manchester City on Saturday – but there was an element of controversy to the goal. The goal was initially flagged as offside, with the decision then being overturned after referee Stuart Attwell spoke to assistant referee Darren Cann. The Athletic explains why the goal stood below. What happened? … Read more