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August 2014

A number of Premier League teams look set to embrace the 3-5-2 once again after its success at the World Cup

The World Cup has a long tradition of sparking innovation. The Miracle of Berne may have prevented Hungary lifting the trophy in 1954 but the Magnificent Magyars and their 3-2-3-2 discovered the way to outfox the WM formation.

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice against Newcastle and showed the variety he brings to their attack

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice against Newcastle and showed the variety he brings to their attack

“We have Giroud back, we have Walcott back. Slowly they will integrate into the team again and give us different options.” Giroud didn’t take too long to emphasise the point with a fine goal within 15 minutes of his return against Manchester United just days after these comments by Arsene Wenger.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is playing to his strengths since leaving Tottenham from Swansea and it’s reaping results

Gylfi Sigurdsson is playing to his strengths since leaving Tottenham from Swansea and it’s reaping results

Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing game isn’t for everyone. There have been recent signs that his Tottenham team have been getting to grips with the new way of doing things. But for every step forwards there’s another one back. Emmanuel Adebayor’s outburst last month continues to ring true.

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