When Manchester City splashed out £50 million on Raheem Sterling in the summer, it seemed that the footballing world was there for the taking. It was an astronomical fee for a seemingly incredibly gifted teenage sensation but ever since Luis Suarez left Liverpool (bear with me on this one); Raheem Sterling has seen his progress stall… Continue reading “What has happened to Raheem Sterling?”
Sunderland vs. Manchester City, Match Preview 2-02-16
Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Kone, van Aanholt, Catermole, M’Vila, Johnson, N’Doye, Borini, Defoe
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Otadmendi, Demichellis, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Touré, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero
And there we have it, the worse kept managerial appointment has been confirmed and it is the sign of the magnitude of such an appointment that even once official it still shocked. Manchester City love a Deadline Day announcement. In 2008, Thaksin Shinawatra sold the club to the Abu Dhabi Group and consequently brought Robinho in from Real Madrid for a then British transfer record. Oh, it was crazy! Deadline has never been the same since. Regardless how many times Jim White check his phone, the January window can never match such drama. Yet Manchester City’s announcement of Guardiola appointment certainly overshadows Alex Pritchard’s loan move to West Brom. Continue reading “Can Transfers save Sunderland against City?”
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerín, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Touré, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Aguero
It was Arsenal’s away trip to the Etihad last year where this latest incarnation of Wenger’s Arsenal announced themselves as potential title challengers for this coming season. Arsenal sat back, they absorbed the pressure and left Manchester with 3 points from a thoroughly un-Arsenal like performance. Whilst this fixture may be at Emirates, the arrival of Pellegrini and co. to north London on Monday night could well be the yet another signifier that this Arsenal team have the psychological strength to go on and win the title in one of the Premier League’s most open of seasons.