Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: We might not be anywhere near yet, but at least Mikel Arteta has got us all pulling in the same direction.

Given what has gone before: the dog days of Arsène’s reign, the confused tactics and communication of Unai Emery, the appointment of a rookie coach albeit one who could boast a pedigree apprenticeship under one of the most respected and revered managers in modern football, it would have been difficult to find any Gooner who […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Reflections on Liverpool’s dominance, VAR, Leeds United’s return, relegation and football without fans.

So that’s it! After more than eleven months, the most bizarre, surreal and frankly weirdest season that English football has ever known is all but done and dusted. With just the FA Cup Final tomorrow and the Championship Play-off Final next Tuesday to be decided before the campaign can be called complete, what have we […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – the FA Cup has lost a significant part of its lustre but the powers-that-be are actually making it worse.

It has become traditional at this time of year for anyone who comments upon, writes about, or simply watches English football to express a view on the world’s oldest cup competition, the FA Cup, and whether it has lost its ‘magic’? There are essentially two schools of thought at play: either that the Premier League […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: International break boredom, VAR creates an un-level playing field and Orient one step away from Wembley.

Interlull Tedium So here we are in the deepest darkest depths of another Interlull (© Arseblog), after the relative excitement generated by the fledgling Nations League, this one sees a return to the overwhelming tedium of qualification for Euro 2020. Back in 2016 when the Euros expanded to 24 teams, it was suggested that the […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – Back into the swing of football-watching. Part 1: Another Orient Away Day.

After the strange, vapid hinterland of another international break, this week has seen a relatively hectic return to football-watching form. It all started last Saturday when Mrs Football Nerd and I headed off to Maidstone for our second proper Leyton Orient away-day, to watch the O’s take on fellow National League side Maidstone United in […]