At this midway juncture of a truly fascinating Premier League Season, Arsenal would look to give their fans some holiday cheer with an emphatic victory over newly-promoted Bournemouth. The Gunners were destroyed clinically by Southampton on Boxing Day and, with no team in the Premier League displaying the consistency Title winners require, would look to get back to winning ways.

FC Barcelona V AS Roma Camp Nou, Barcelona Tuesday, 24th October, 20.45 CET *** AS Roma travel to the Nou Camp in what is sure to be, a pivotal game in their Champions League campaign against the reigning Champions, FC Barcelona on Tuesday night. With Barcelona having virtually qualified from the Group Stage, the onus would be on Rudi Garcia to elicit an inspired victory for his men. Both teams come into this fixture with contrasting momentum and differing ambitions. FC Barcelona were the undisputed winners at the El Clasico on Saturday, having trounced a hapless Real Madrid 4-0 at the Bernabeau in a masterful, comprehensive performance that painfully highlighted the difference between Spain’s top two teams. With Luis Suarez scoring twice and Iniesta in scintillating form, the prospect of facing Le Blaugrana would make most teams shiver and tremble in fright. Topping the League table and their Champions League group, it would be interesting to predict Barcelona’s ambitions for […]

With Angel Di Maria’s sale and the impending exit of Victor Valdes, Louis Van Gaal’s man-management has once again been called into question. We explore the Dutch tactician’s track record and grade his managing of players while implementing his ‘Philosophy’. Manchester United confirmed the sale of their record signing Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain last week in what was merely the final act of a transfer saga that began when United signed Di Maria in 2014. Despite Di Mariaa s fickleness and lack of perseverance, pundits and a expertsa were quick to paint Louis Van Gaala s willingness and indeed, readiness to permit Di Mariaa s exodus as a sign of his failure. A lack of careful management was the reason, they claimed, for Di Mariaa s poor showing in his one year at Old Trafford. He was often played out of position, regularly dropped and even substituted after only 45 minutes. Di Mariaa s off-pitch problems including the […]

The Paris Saint-Germain charm offensive continues as they look to announce the imminent signing of Manchester Uniteda s Angel Di Maria. Javier Pastore is the latest member of Laurent Blanca s squad to praise Di Maria and has even admitted that Di Maria revealed his desire to join PSG . Javier Pastore followed in the footsteps of his teammates and coach earlier today when he praised his compatriot Angel Di Maria ahead of his widely-expected transfer from Manchester United to PSG. A fellow Argentinian, Pastore and Di Maria found themselves in close contact over the summer in their countrya s run to the final of the Copa America 2015, where they were defeated by hosts Chile. Di Maria has been a source of great speculation over the past few weeks, with the United record-signing even declining to report for pre-season. Manchester United have subsequently slapped Di Maria with a two-week fine as he failed to join his team on July […]

With the imminent approach of a new season in European Football, we take a look at the coaches whose performances and leadership are going to suffer strict scrutiny this season. Football Management is an unforgiving job. Being in favour one month and on the verge of the sack in the next are all too common as the modern game eats up Managerial posts like no other. Here, we at Hardtackle take a birds-eye view of the managers who need to silence their detractors and what they need to do to ensure they have a paycheck at the end of the season. Rafa Benitez Almost an inevitability, this. Every Real Madrid manager is under constant pressure to deliver, as Carlos Ancelloti found out to his misfortune. Winning the coveted La Decima and the Copa Del Rey in his first season did not save him from a trophy-less second. The ravenous Madridistas demand constant achievement, not to mention entertainment while youa re […]

. With the United Striker putting the finishing touches on a move to Fenerbahce, we take a look at the impact the Flying Dutchman left behind in England. When one thinks of Robin Van Persie, a few terms come to mind; Genius, Maestro, Predator, Game-changer and Winner. Or if youa re an Arsenal fan, the words would most likely be replaced with Traitor, Sell-out, Turncoat, Defector and Scoundrel. For better or worse, Robin Van Persiea s memory in England will always be viewed through the prism of his move from Arsenal to Manchester United. To give a recap of his controversial transfer, the story went something like this. Once upon a time, a Little Boy came to England from a Dutch Football Club to sign for one of the Top clubs in the Country, the team that had just won the English Premier League without losing a single game and been dubbed a The Invinciblesa . He had displayed prodigious […]