What would you do – if you were Bayern boo boy Arjen Robben?

Silence the haters? Avenge that final loss? Or find a new home?


Arjen Robben’s future appeared to have been resolved in early May when he scribbled his name down on a two-year contract extension, then the Champions League final happened.

His one meeting with the Bayern Munich fans since was in the sort of exhibition match usually reserved for FIFA gamers, in which Holland met Bayern and [...]

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Revealed: the real reason behind Arsenal’s dramatic recent revival

How announcer learning players’ surnames saved Arsenal’s season


There are several theories as to why Arsenal have gone from sailing along in summer holiday mode to sudden favourites for fourth with a decent chance of overhauling Tottenham.

Some will link it to the absence of Aaron Ramsey, as anonymous as Robin van Persie has been brilliant in recent months. Others will point to [...]

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The return of the Champions League is less than a week away!

Forget the flowers, spend February 14 with Graeme Souness and co


February 14. An expensive seat at a posh venue, painstakingly but thoughtfully prepared montages and a bit of spine-chilling orchestra music to accompany the dulcet tweet of Howard Webb’s whistle. It can only mean one thing: the return of the Champions League.

That’s right, the scrap for that cup with the Gary Lineker-esque ears resumes [...]

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Arsenal chairman: “A Champions League spot would be nice”

And if that Messi chap asked to join us, wouldn’t that be super too?


With Garry Cook no longer at large, it feels fair to generalise that most football club suits favour a policy of either taking out restraining orders on microphones or only stepping in front of them to deliver cautious sound bites about “improving the global visibility of the brand going forwards”.

One exception to this trend, [...]

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Calling Arsenal, Newcastle, anyone – don’t let Berbatov leave

Can you imagine a Berba-free Premier League? If so, shame on you!


While Sir Alex Ferguson always seems slightly sceptical no matter how many goals his record signing scores, most Manchester United fans appear to love them some Dimitar Berbatov. And what’s not to love?

Having been treated to the likes of Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo, they are perhaps the one set of British supporters trained [...]

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Henry return not certain to get the goals flowing at the Emirates

Championship guests and Henry won’t bring back Arsenal’s swagger


Arsenal fans used to hand over their life savings for an Emirates season-tickets knowing what they were getting: four-goal strolls past Blackburn and Wigan and chastening defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea.

Things are a bit harder to call down at the home of Gunnersaurus nowadays but in a rare example of how unpredictability doesn’t [...]

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The Spoiler’s Summer Awards – Part Two

Aurelio De Laurentiis and Gokhan Inler

The star turn of the summer, joined by his new glamour signing…

There’s adulation for a Serie A club’s president, criticism of Arsenal’s impatient fans and Lyon’s lack of transfer activity in the second part of our pre-season review…

Most Entertaining Off-field Personality – Aurelio De Laurentiis Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov made a late bid [...]

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The Spoiler’s Summer Awards – Part One

And the award for most unnecessary caps in a headline goes to…

Joey Barton and Cesc Fabregas

Apologies once again for the lack of activity on The Spoiler this summer. To compensate – or punish further, depending on your view – we’ve crammed about seven stories [...]

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