Daniel Taylor

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This is the one decision nobody is saying Arsène Wenger has got wrong | Daniel Taylor

His spellbinding peak is too long ago for anyone to still be in denial but as the Frenchman heads to the Arsenal exit it is time to cherish his best yearsThe saddest thing, perhaps, is that of all the thousands upon thousands of words that have been de…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/apr/21/arsene-wenger-arsenal-exit

Manchester City have ‘wow’ factor but they need Houdini-style escape

Liverpool will be in the box seat in the Champions League second leg, with only seven teams in 126 having overturned a 3-0 deficitThey tell a story at Manchester City, going back to the days when European Cup quarter‑finals were for other clubs, about …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/09/champions-league-manchester-city-liverpool-preview

Paul Pogba left exposed by Mino Raiola’s war of words with Pep Guardiola | Daniel Taylor

Offering Paul Pogba to his club’s rivals is a classic, aggressive Mino Raiola trick. But does this join up some of the dots when it comes to the deterioration in the player’s form?The first time Zlatan Ibrahimovic met Mino Raiola, the agent who has loo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/apr/07/paul-pogba-mino-raiola-pep-guardiola

Liverpool and Manchester City set for battle in front of Anfield wall of noise

The home crowd will play its part in a hotly anticipated first leg where neither manager will compromise his attacking beliefBefore the cameras started rolling, Jürgen Klopp could be found in a quieter moment, leaning against the wall inside the tunnel…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/03/liverpool-manchester-city-anfield-jurgen-klopp-pep-guardiola

Chelsea racism claims could be just the tip of the iceberg

Gwyn Williams and Graham Rix facing legal action but solicitor says there might be ‘potentially hundreds, if not thousands, of young people’ who experienced racial abuseAfter all the alleged failures, all the specific allegations that boys in their car…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/24/chelsea-racism-claims-tip-of-iceberg

Uefa shows bite to Besiktas but is a pussycat over Danny Welbeck dive | Daniel Taylor

A feline invader merits a Uefa inquiry, while Danny Welbeck showcased with impunity the English talent for deception also displayed by Sterling, Vardy and of course Dele AlliPresumably, everyone is up to speed by now about the reassuring news from Uefa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/mar/17/uefa-pussycat-danny-welbeck-dive-besiktas

Brave Rhian Brewster gave Uefa a kick up the backside

One way or another, the 17-year-old’s stand did prompt Uefa to investigate properly the claims that Spartak Moscow’s Leonid Mironov racially abused the Liverpool youth playerIt seemed to get lost, amid the news from Uefa that one of the players accused…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/10/rhian-brewster-uefa-spartak-moscow

The least Arsène Wenger deserves is a royal Arsenal send-off | Daniel Taylor

It is never easy planning a long goodbye but that is what Arsenal must do now and how much might the mood shift at the Emirates if everyone knows for sure this is his last season?Take a walk around the Emirates Stadium and it is difficult to think of a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/03/arsene-wenger-royal-arsenal-send-off

Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?

Mark Hazeldine was a star of the Manchester City youth set-up but his behaviour changed dramatically after he went on a trip to Spain alone with Bennell. In 2006 he took his own lifeIt doesn’t take long, listening to the stories about Mark Hazeldine, t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/16/barry-bennell-manchester-city-mark-hazeldine-killed-himself

Barry Bennell: the predatory Pied Piper who made stars and shattered lives

The former Manchester City and Crewe coach exploited his status to abuse potentially hundreds of boys, employing gifts, a sheep’s head and haunted houses to subject his victims to unspeakable horrorsAndy Woodward, one of the boys lost and brutalised du…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/15/barry-bennell-abuse-manchester-city-crewe