Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:45 PM

World Cup fantasy football: 7 players in red-hot form going into Russia

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World Cup fantasy football: 7 players in red-hot form going into Russia

The World Cup is just a couple of weeks away now and you can feel the excitement building among fantasy football aficionados.

And Dream Team have you covered, officially launching the Dream Team World Cup game on June 1but you can pre register for the game now.

DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP Click here to pre-register for this summer’s brilliant game
Dream Team World Cup

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Colombia’s James Rodriguez was the breakout star last summer

Like all top managers, you want to be one step ahead of the game and have every advantage over your opposition.

having your finger on the pulse of who’s hot and who’s not going into this summer’s tournament is crucial.

Just imagine if you had stumbled across Rodriguez before the 2014 World Cup?

Here are our picks for the players whose impressive club form might have passed you by

1 Iago Aspas

Getty - Contributor We didn’t see much of this during his time in the Premier League[/caption]

Aspas has been a shadow of the player we all once saw struggling to take corners at Anfield.

The former Liverpool flop netted 22 times and assisted five goals for Celta Vigo in 34 La Liga appearances last season, and is a huge favourite in Spain.

He was the top Spanish scorer in Europe this season and could actually be preferred to pantomime villain Diego Costa.

2 Edinson Cavani

AFP or licensors We’ll be seeing this a fair bit in Russia[/caption]

Despite the big-name arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at PSG last summer, the added competition actually brought out the best in Cavani.

The Uruguayan scored 40 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions for the French champions, chipping in with a handy 12 assists too.

Cavani is expected to partner Luis Suarez in a deadly two pronged attack this summer, with the PSG forward the more inform of the pair having outscored the Barcelona man.

3 Nabil Fekir

Getty - Contributor Could we be seeing this man in the Premier League next season?[/caption]

Fekir has been one of the best No10s in Europe this season, racking up 18 goals and seven assists in 30 league appearances for Lyon.

The exciting playmaker has been heavily linked with a transfer to Liverpool and will play a key part in France’s attempts to be crowned world champions.

Fekir scored in Le Bleus 2-0 friendly victory over the Republic of Ireland on Monday, further cementing his claim for a starting spot in Russia this summer.

4 Robert Lewandowski

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Lewandowski will captain his country and the hopes of a nation will rest on his shoulders.

The Bayern man is up to task though and has been in red-hot form, scoring 41 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season.

With rumours of uncertainty over his future, an excellent World Cup will put Lewandowski in the shop window.

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5 Radamel Falcao

AFP or licensors This could be his final ever World Cup[/caption]

Despite a questionable spell in England with Man United and Chelsea, the Colombian striker has been a prolific striker.

Falcao has continued his impressive record, scoring 24 times and picking up four assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.

At 32-years-old, it’s likely be Falcao’s final world cup and he’s guaranteed to want to bow out in style.

6 Raheem Sterling

AP:Associated Press The Man City man has the speed to trouble the world’s best defences[/caption]

Sterling has been a man reborn under Pep Guardiola and is one of England’s brightest sparks going into the tournament.

The winger had his best scoring season to date, netting 18 times and assisting 15 in 33 Premier League appearances.

If Sterling can carry over his outstanding club form into Russia, then Gareth Southgate will have one of the tournament’s most inform players at his disposal.

7 Timo Werner

Getty - Contributor Werner has been compared to a German Jamie Vardy[/caption]

Werner will have much expectation placed upon him at just 22-years-old, with the striker likely to start as Germany’s lone striker.

The lightening quick forward scored 21 goals and got ten assists in 45 games in all competitions last season for Stuttgart.

Werner represented Germany throughout all their youth levels and has impressed in his 12 caps for Joachim Low’s senior side, scoring seven goals.

See you in Russia.

Dream Team World Cup has landed!

The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.

That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.

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Can Messi finally achieve glory internationally?

The game officially launches on June 1but you can pre-register for the game now.

If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:

Download the Dream Team app Create an account Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions

From Russia with a whole lot of love.

Messi targets Pele's crown as South America's top scorer

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Messi targets Pele's crown as South America's top scorer
Messi targets Pele's crown as South America's top scorer

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:21 AM

​Lampard wants Chelsea U18 manager Morris to join him at Derby

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​Lampard wants Chelsea U18 manager Morris to join him at Derby
​Lampard wants Chelsea U18 manager Morris to join him at Derby

Derby County are close to appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager, according to the Sky Sports.

The Chelsea icon is expected to start his career as a manager at Pride Park, although they are still to agree upon all the contract clauses.

Read more on Tribal Football

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 3:57 PM

Fifa 18 World Cup FUT update down: Xbox, PS4, PC and Switch stores hit by problems as players try to download special mode

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Fifa 18 World Cup FUT update down: Xbox, PS4, PC and Switch stores hit by problems as players try to download special mode
Fifa 18 World Cup FUT update down: Xbox, PS4, PC and Switch stores hit by problems as players try to download special mode
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Monday, May 28, 2018 10:00 PM

Man Utd midfielder McTominay confident Mourinho will keep backing him

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Man Utd midfielder McTominay confident Mourinho will keep backing him
Man Utd midfielder McTominay confident Mourinho will keep backing him

Scott McTominay feels he will continue to develop at Manchester United.

The Scotland midfielder is confident United boss Jose Mourinho will back him if he continues to work hard.

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Why is Dion Dublin presenting Homes Under The Hammer on the BBC? How former Premier League footballer became a property professional

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Why is Dion Dublin presenting Homes Under The Hammer on the BBC? How former Premier League footballer became a property professional

DION Dublin had a great career as a footballer, playing for England and turning out for several clubs including Manchester United, Aston Villa and Coventry .

But in recent years he has turned his attention to property, helping to host Homes Under The Hammer on BBC One with Martin Roberts and Martel Maxwell.

Dion Dublin is a scorer of 111 Premier League goals for numerous clubsDion Dublin is a scorer of 111 Premier League goals for numerous clubsNews Group Newspapers Ltd Isn’t Dion Dublin meant to be a footballer?

He is! Well, he was anyway until 2008 when he retired – he is 48 now.

In a superb career at the top level of English football, he earned a move to Manchester United in 1992 from lowly Cambridge United.

A broken leg meant a scuppered time under Sir Alex Ferguson during which time the club signed the one and only Eric Cantona, so a move to Coventry followed in 1994.

A prolific spell there followed, and then he moved to Aston Villa in 1998 in a year he won four England caps under Glenn Hoddle.

In 2004 he moved to Leicester, by which time he was often playing in defence rather than attack – and spells at Celtic and Norwich followed before his career finished having scored 111 Premier League goals.

Dublin won four England caps under Glenn HoddleDublin (left) won four England caps under Glenn HoddleTimes Newspapers Ltd So why is he presenting Homes Under the Hammer?

After playing football, Dublin worked in the media as a pundit, commentator and football phone-in presenter on Sky and the BBC.

But in 2015, he became the beneficiary of a BBC Diversity Creative Talent Fund grant for training up promising future TV presenters and began presenting Homes Under the Hammer that year, alongside Martin Roberts and then-host Lucy Alexander.

And now he is a property presenter on Homes Under the Hammer on BBCAnd now he is a property presenter on Homes Under the Hammer on BBC

Alexander was replaced in May 2017 by former Sun journalist Martel Maxwell.

Dublin received training for his new role, worth up to £50,000, from a BBC fund to boost ethnic minorities — despite his big-money football career.

Homes Under The Hammer hosts Martin Roberts, Martel Maxwell and Dion DublinPA:Press Association Has he encountered any criticism for his performances on the property show?

He began his presenting career in 2015 to mixed reviews.

Many viewers were just confused that he was fronting the show – which sees investors buy homes at auction before renovating them.

While he did receive some strong reviews, one woman even wrote to the BBC to complain, while Dublin himself tweeted at the time that he will “try and do better”.

But two years on, it seems Dublin is right at home now on Homes Under the Hammer.

Doesn’t he also play an instrument?

He did not just play one, he invented one called The Dube.

The likes of Stevie Wonder, One Direction’s drummer and the Official England Supporters Band all have one of the ex-Premier League player’s percussion instruments.

Dublin said he was always a percussionist, which inspired him to create the wooden box which comes in all different shapes and sizes.

He said: “One day I decided to go to a hardware store – I picked up six pieces of wood, a hammer and nails, and built a box.

“It probably sounded useless at the time but it’s taken me to where I am today.”

Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:51 AM

It was not the moment for Cristiano Ronaldo to verbalise his anger

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It was not the moment for Cristiano Ronaldo to verbalise his anger
It was not the moment for Cristiano Ronaldo to verbalise his anger

Saturday, May 26, 2018 4:01 PM

Man City fullback Kyle Walker: England go to World Cup with new mentality

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Man City fullback Kyle Walker: England go to World Cup with new mentality
Man City fullback Kyle Walker: England go to World Cup with new mentality

Manchester City fullback Kyle Walker says England's players must buy into coach Gareth Southgate's approach.

Walker insists they now have a new mentality going into the World Cup.

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Friday, May 25, 2018 9:24 PM

When And Where Is The Champions League Final?

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When And Where Is The Champions League Final?

Make sure you know all the details on the Champions league Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid

When And Where Is The Champions League Final?Liverpool vs Real Madrid. Klopp vs Zidane. Who Will Win? (Getty Images) Make sure you know all the details on the Champions league Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid

Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham latest plus gossip and done deals

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Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham latest plus gossip and done deals
Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham latest plus gossip and done deals
All the latest Premier League transfer news plus gossip, rumours and deals

Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:34 AM

Poorly kept secret: Iniesta joins Japanese club Vissel Kobe

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Poorly kept secret: Iniesta joins Japanese club Vissel Kobe
Poorly kept secret: Iniesta joins Japanese club Vissel Kobe

TOKYO — Andres Iniesta is, finally, a member of Japanese club Vissel Kobe. The former Barcelona great appeared at a packed news conference at a central Tokyo hotel on Thursday along with billionaire Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani. It was hardly a surprise. Iniesta tweeted a photo of himself and Mikitani on his new boss’ private […]

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:39 PM

The Gento generation

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The Gento generation
The Gento generation

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 9:39 PM

Ceres has eyes on lead

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Ceres has eyes on lead

Defending champion Ceres-Negros and Davao Aguilas seek to bounce back when they clash on Wednesday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

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Mutamangira hails de Villiers influence

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Mutamangira hails de Villiers influence

SABLES captain Denford Mutamangira has hailed former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers for instilling a new sense of self-belief in the Zimbabwe senior rugby squad as they prepare for next […]

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Monday, May 21, 2018 7:54 AM

Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Mikel Arteta set for Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea latest

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Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Mikel Arteta set for Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea latest
Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Mikel Arteta set for Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea latest
All the latest Premier League transfer news plus gossip, rumours and done deals

Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:36 PM

Ex-nat’l powers squad to Ceres Cup title

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Ex-nat’l powers squad to Ceres Cup title

Former national team star Norman Fegidero summoned his vintage form to lead Bacolod United to the men’s 40-above division crown in the 5th Ceres Cup on Saturday in Bacolod City.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:18 PM

Luca Zidane: When I play I'm Luca, not Zidane

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Luca Zidane: When I play I'm Luca, not Zidane
Luca Zidane: When I play I'm Luca, not Zidane

No stone unturned

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No stone unturned

The Philippine Azkals will leave no stone unturned in preparing for two major tournaments in the next eight months.

The post No stone unturned appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

Friday, May 18, 2018 8:06 AM

Darren Moore named West Brom manager on a permanent deal despite Premier League relegation

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Darren Moore named West Brom manager on a permanent deal despite Premier League relegation
Darren Moore named West Brom manager on a permanent deal despite Premier League relegation
Darren Moore has been appointed the permanent West Bromwich Albion manager despite their relegation to the Championship, with the club rewarding him with the full-time role after their upturn in form under his guidance.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:42 PM

TRIBAL SPECIAL: See who made our 2017/18 Premier League Team of the Season

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TRIBAL SPECIAL: See who made our 2017/18 Premier League Team of the Season
TRIBAL SPECIAL: See who made our 2017/18 Premier League Team of the Season

Although the major Premier League awards were already revealed last month, including who won the Player of the Award and who was nominated for the Team of the Season, it's time to look at who deserved a place in our 2017-18 Premier League XI. The side is placed within a 4-3-3 system, with players playing in their natural positions.

With no further ado, here is Tribal's 2017/18 Premier League Team of the Season

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:51 PM

Do away goals count in the EFL play-offs and are penalties and extra time played in Football League semi-final matches?

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Do away goals count in the EFL play-offs and are penalties and extra time played in Football League semi-final matches?

THE away goals rule has become the most common way of deciding a football match which is tied after two legs.

It was introduced by Uefa in 1965 and has been a feature of tournaments ever since. And below is everything you need to know about a rule that changed football.

Ryan Sessegnon's Fulham are taking on DerbyRyan Sessegnon’s Fulham are taking on DerbyGetty Images - Getty What is the away goals rule?

The away goals rule is the most commonly used way of deciding football matches played over two legs.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes at home and 90 minutes away then, rather than go to penalties, the team that scored most goals in the away game goes through.

The idea is to reward away teams who choose to play attacking football.

Do away goals count in the Football League play-offs?

Away goals do not count double in the EFL play-offs.

The Football League did use the rule but chose to abolish it in 1999.

This decision was made after an initiative by then-Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks.

Sheepshanks’ Tractor Boys lost via the rule in 1997 and 1999 despite finishing higher than their opponents in the league on both occasions.

Do away goals really count double?

That expression is supposed to be the law, but it’s really more of a figure of speech.

It simply means that away goals are the first decider for a tied two-leg match.

If anything, it is like an extra half a goal for the team that scored more away from home.

Which competitions use the away goals rule?

The Champions League and the Europa League, as well as all South American competitions, use the away goals rule to decide ties that are level after two legs.

The League Cup uses a modification of the rule in its two-leg semi-finals.

Rather than imposing the rule after 180 minutes, the teams play extra time before away goals come into play.

An example would be the 2014 semi-final between Manchester United and Sunderland.

United lost 2-1 at the Stadium of Light but were 1-0 up at the full time whistle at Old Trafford.

Under UEFA rules that would have meant they won on away goals.

If United had held on throughout extra-time, away goals would have applied and they would have gone through, but instead both teams scored and Sunderland won a penalty shootout.

The Football League play-offs no longer use the away goals rule, as of 1999.

18th UEFA Elite Club Coaches ForumKEYSTONE Sir Alex Ferguson is a prominent critic of the rule[/caption]

Is the away goals rule popular?

The rule has survived for 51 years by generally being seen as the fairest way to decide a two-leg match.

But it has prominent critics such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Sepp Blatter, who say it was designed for a different age.

They believe the rule was only appropriate for the longer away trips of decades ago, where games would be played on dreadful pitches and playing at home was a key advantage.

The Uefa version of the rule is also believed, by some, to be unfair because the team that plays away second can get 30 minutes more to score an away goal than the home team if the tie goes to extra-time.

Occasionally, there is even the bizarre scenario of two matches at the same stadium being decided on away goals, for example when AC Milan knocked Inter out of the Champions League in 2003.

The first leg at the San Siro, when AC Milan were technically at home, finished 0-0.

And the second leg finished 1-1 at the same venue, which meant AC qualified.

England World Cup squad - LIVE: Latest updates as Gareth Southgate names his 23-man selection for Russia

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England World Cup squad - LIVE: Latest updates as Gareth Southgate names his 23-man selection for Russia
England World Cup squad - LIVE: Latest updates as Gareth Southgate names his 23-man selection for Russia
Latest updates ahead of the official announcement

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:24 AM

Zidane: I wish Marseille the best of luck for the Europa League final

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Zidane: I wish Marseille the best of luck for the Europa League final
Zidane: I wish Marseille the best of luck for the Europa League final

Monday, May 14, 2018 12:09 PM

Barcelona suspend almost 3,000 tickets that were falsified for El Clasico

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Barcelona suspend almost 3,000 tickets that were falsified for El Clasico
Barcelona suspend almost 3,000 tickets that were falsified for El Clasico

Sunday, May 13, 2018 6:42 PM

Do away goals count in the Football League play-offs and do EFL semi-final ties go to penalties and extra time?

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Do away goals count in the Football League play-offs and do EFL semi-final ties go to penalties and extra time?

THE away goals rule has become the most common way of deciding a football match which is tied after two legs.

It was introduced by Uefa in 1965 and has been a feature of tournaments ever since. And below is everything you need to know about a rule that changed football.

Ryan Sessegnon's Fulham are taking on DerbyRyan Sessegnon’s Fulham are taking on DerbyGetty Images - Getty What is the away goals rule?

The away goals rule is the most commonly used way of deciding football matches played over two legs.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes at home and 90 minutes away then, rather than go to penalties, the team that scored most goals in the away game goes through.

The idea is to reward away teams who choose to play attacking football.

Do away goals count in the Football League play-offs?

Away goals do not count double in the EFL play-offs.

The Football League did use the rule but chose to abolish it in 1999.

This decision was made after an initiative by then-Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks.

Sheepshanks’ Tractor Boys lost via the rule in 1997 and 1999 despite finishing higher than their opponents in the league on both occasions.

Do away goals really count double?

That expression is supposed to be the law, but it’s really more of a figure of speech.

It simply means that away goals are the first decider for a tied two-leg match.

If anything, it is like an extra half a goal for the team that scored more away from home.

Which competitions use the away goals rule?

The Champions League and the Europa League, as well as all South American competitions, use the away goals rule to decide ties that are level after two legs.

The League Cup uses a modification of the rule in its two-leg semi-finals.

Rather than imposing the rule after 180 minutes, the teams play extra time before away goals come into play.

An example would be the 2014 semi-final between Manchester United and Sunderland.

United lost 2-1 at the Stadium of Light but were 1-0 up at the full time whistle at Old Trafford.

Under UEFA rules that would have meant they won on away goals.

If United had held on throughout extra-time, away goals would have applied and they would have gone through, but instead both teams scored and Sunderland won a penalty shootout.

The Football League play-offs no longer use the away goals rule, as of 1999.

18th UEFA Elite Club Coaches ForumKEYSTONE Sir Alex Ferguson is a prominent critic of the rule[/caption]

Is the away goals rule popular?

The rule has survived for 51 years by generally being seen as the fairest way to decide a two-leg match.

But it has prominent critics such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Sepp Blatter, who say it was designed for a different age.

They believe the rule was only appropriate for the longer away trips of decades ago, where games would be played on dreadful pitches and playing at home was a key advantage.

The Uefa version of the rule is also believed, by some, to be unfair because the team that plays away second can get 30 minutes more to score an away goal than the home team if the tie goes to extra-time.

Occasionally, there is even the bizarre scenario of two matches at the same stadium being decided on away goals, for example when AC Milan knocked Inter out of the Champions League in 2003.

The first leg at the San Siro, when AC Milan were technically at home, finished 0-0.

And the second leg finished 1-1 at the same venue, which meant AC qualified.

Neymar still has fears over foot injury ahead of World Cup

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Neymar still has fears over foot injury ahead of World Cup
Neymar still has fears over foot injury ahead of World Cup

SAO PAULO — Neymar still has fears weeks out from the World Cup in Russia about the right foot he broke. In an interview published on Friday, the Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker said treatment has worked “but there is always that fear of it (the injury) coming back.” “I need to lose that fear […]

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:24 AM

Is Arsene Wenger right to say 2006-2015 were his best years at Arsenal?

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Is Arsene Wenger right to say 2006-2015 were his best years at Arsenal?

We have finally reached the end of Arsene Wenger top four jokes.

The Frenchman will say “au revoir” to Arsenal this weekend after Sunday’s match away at Huddersfield.

Many Arsenal fans split Wenger’s tenure at the club into two spells; the trophy laden period at Highbury, in stark contrast to the barren years at the Emirates Stadium.

*Sobs uncontrollably*Getty - Contributor

Wenger himself draws a distinction during his period with the Gunners.

The departing manager recently declared that the spell after 2006, when he consistently got the club into the top four, were the years in which he did his best job.

“I would say personally from 2006 to 2015 it was certainly the period where I needed to be the strongest and did the best job,” said Wenger.

“I personally feel I did my best job in that period. Not the most glamorous maybe, but the most difficult.

Reuters The beginning of the end[/caption]

“I signed for five years accepting it will be more limited resources. When you have that you have less good players.”

It has been well documented how Arsenal were under severe financial restrictions following the move to the Emirates.

Wenger’s transfer budgets, or “war chests” if you’re into that, in the immediate years after the stadium move took a big hit as the club had debts to pay.

The financial oasis of Champions League qualification soon became invaluable to the club, with Wenger having to put his faith in a string of punts, bargains, and young players to keep the club ticking over.

Action Images - Reuters Jack Wilshere reaped the rewards of Wenger’s faith in young players[/caption]

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According to Club Director Ken Friar, Wenger’s temperament over the transfer budgets assigned to him during the financially constrained years was admirable,

“Whether that was £5million or £50million he would say ‘fine, that’s great, now I know what I can work with,” Friar told Arsenal’s Official Website.

“He was not screaming and shouting, asking how he could do this on £5million. Everything he did was reasoned and he was a very sensible chap.”

Arsene Wenger, a very sensible chapEPA

Arsenal actually had a transfer budget of £5million one year then…

The lack of change in pockets meant Arsenal fans had to put up with a series of signings who were bang average, but memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Allow us to briefly refresh your memory on a few of those gems

Mikael Silvestre 2008 – £500,000 from Manchester United

AP:Associated Press No, they didn’t sign Messi! It’s the other bloke[/caption]

Sol Campbell 2009 – Free transfer 

AP:Associated Press He was actually quite good when he came back[/caption]

Marouane Chamakh 2010 – Free transfer

News Group Newspapers Ltd Absolute state of his barnet[/caption]

Sebastien Squilaci 2010 – £4million from Sevilla

Action Images Genuinely the worst defender I’ve ever seen at Arsenal[/caption]

We could go on, but we’ll stop there for the sake of Arsenal fans’ sanity 

The move to the Emirates left the Frenchman with his hands-tied in the transfer market for over half a decade, that is until the signing of Mesut Ozil in September 2013.

Getty - Contributor The signing that renounced Arsenal as a world-force… sort of[/caption]

The German’s arrival at the club signalled the end of the penny-pinching era at the Emirates.

Arsenal did however sign Yaya Sanogo in the same transfer window as Ozil, so…

Reuters We’ll never forget his Emirates Cup antics[/caption]

The Gunners used to be mocked for their consistent top four finishes, with it viewed as unambitious by many.

When you look back at the squads assembled in that time, you can make an argument for Arsenal overachieving.

The man got top four with Gervinho on the wing FFSAlan Walter - The Times

This season has shown more than ever how the top six clubs all desperately covet Champions League qualification.

It’s now viewed as a benchmark of success for the likes of Spurs and Liverpool, when for years it was a badge of underachievement for Arsenal.

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It is probably an exaggeration to label those years as Wenger’s “best” at the club, with the ‘Invincibles’ era surely his pinacle at the club.

“Feel like pure s**t, just want them back”AFP

It is however almost certainly a period which is massively underappreciated.

We might never know completely just how tight the purse-strings were in that time, but Wenger’s squad management (albeit with the odd shocker) during the period should be remembered as a great achievement.

Actually, maybe finishing 4th with Chamakh upfront is better than going a whole season unbeaten?

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