Bastian Schweinsteiger did not even have a peg in the first-team dressing room at Manchester United’s training ground three months ago, yet, this weekend he will be given one at Wembley for the EFL Cup Final against Southampton. It has been a story of perseverance and stubbornness, but should Schweinsteiger pick up a League Cup winner’s medal, he will give it a happy ending. One of the most decorated footballers of his generation has been insulted, ostracised, tossed aside and written off, yet Schweinsteiger refused to give up at Manchester United.
Samir Nasri believes Arsenal's current plight is the result of players under-performing and not the fault of Arsene Wenger, who he believes shouldn't be criticised. The Gunners have lost three of their last five matches, against Watford, Chelsea and a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and have pinned their hopes of silverware on the FA Cup. With Arsenal sitting 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and facing elimination from European competition, Wenger's future at the Emirates has been called into question.
Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading goal-scorer and arguably greatest ever player will be a special guest at Stamford Bridge this weekend. In addition to a commemorative matchday programme cover honoring the man who captained Chelsea in two European cup finals, Super Frank will be given a lap of honor during half-time as well. Wearing the iconic no.8 shirt, Lampard made 648 apperances for Chelsea. Here, Dan Levene recalls five moments that sealed his legend. Bolton 0-2 Chelsea, 30 April 2005 The date had been set: on this day in Lancashire, Chelsea would be Champions of England for the first time in half a century. But things weren't going to plan. The Blues looked sluggish and disjointed