Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- Despite what the managers tell us – the balance of power has shifted in the North London Derby.

For as long as most of Arsenal fans can remember, the natural order of things within the North London football world has been clear: one team is more successful, part of the elite of the Premier League, playing in the Champions League on an annual basis, while the other perennially endeavours to play catch-up, living […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – FA Cup win secures Wenger’s future while all eyes focus on Cardiff for the final game of the season.

I approached the FA Cup Final this season in a resigned fashion, utterly convinced of the inevitably of Chelsea winning and completing their second double. However that simple acceptance meant that I was just going to approach the game with a more relaxed attitude and the intention of just enjoying the day as an event, […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – Arsenal condemned to Thursday night football while Manchester United and Ajax show two different approaches to building a team.

In the end, seemingly comfortable victories for Manchester City and Liverpool, finally condemned Arsène Wenger and Arsenal to the Europa League as they missed out on the Champions League gravy train for the first time in 20 years. So often over past seasons qualification for a place at European’s top table has been something of […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – Arsenal ride their luck while Spurs and Feyenoord feel the pressure.

Well that wasn’t how I thought last weekend was going to turn out at all! As I wrote on these very pages last week (https://football-nerd.org/2017/05/05/football-nerd-weekly-ramblings-abject-arsenal-plumb-new-depths-while-feyenoord-could-make-the-dream-a-reality-this-weekend/), I thoroughly expected Tottenham to keep the pressure up on table-toppers Chelsea, but instead their single goal defeat at the London Stadium saw them virtually hand Antonio Conte’s side the […]