Football writer, author of Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, Anatomy of England, Nobody Ever Says Thank You and The Outsider; editor of The Blizzard.

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Issue Three of The Blizzard

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Arsenal had Aston Villa locked up completely in FA Cup final anti-climax

thenational.ae — LONDON // By the end, the game was being played at walking pace. So complete was Arsenal's domination that the final half-hour felt like little more than the prelude to the presentation. Arsenal's win could hardly have been more emphatic.

Tim Sherwood has added a little joy to Aston Villa as Arsenal stand in way of FA Cup triumph

thenational.ae — It took a while, but gradually Tim Sherwood's qualities as a coach are beginning to emerge from beneath the obfuscatory cloud of his touchline antics. He is a strange mix, funny and self-mocking in some ways, distractingly over the top in others, but the impact he has had with Aston Villa has been startling.

Carlos Bacca inspires Sevilla to record fourth Europa League title

thenational.ae — The scenes at the end felt very familiar as Sevilla cavorted on the pitch. They became the first club to win the Europa League four times - remarkably, it's only nine years since they won the competition for the first time.

Myron Markevych leads Dnipro into Europa League final carrying the hopes of Ukraine

thenational.ae — "Football and politics probably don't go together well," said Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's 33-year-old captain, Ruslan Rotan. "At least that's my opinion. Football is a holiday for the people primarily. The trophy is the most important thing. With the war in the east, people are deprived of emotions.

What Man City, Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Tottenham need to do this summer to catch Chelsea

thenational.ae — Following a season that saw Chelsea dominate the entire campaign, Jonathan Wilson looks at what their rivals need to do to catch up with the Premier League champions. Manchester City City were simply never consistent enough to mount a sustained challenge.

Chelsea ran away in 2014/15, but do not mistake England for Europe - it is tight at the top

thenational.ae — That Chelsea were champions was confirmed with the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on the first weekend of May. In the first half of the season, Jose Mourinho's side were the best attacking team in the division and in the second half of the season, they were the best defensive side.

Jose Mourinho still has what it takes and young English talent does exist

thenational.ae — There was a theory that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho had been badly scarred by his rejection at Real Madrid, when players turned against him, and that he had lost some of his ruthlessness as a result.

Premier League reactions: What a remarkable turnaround it has been for Leicester City to stay up

thenational.ae — SUNDERLAND // At the final whistle, Leicester City's players gathered at the edge of the box in front of the North Stand and applauded their fans, accommodated high up in the third tier. Their fans celebrated the completion of an extraordinary escape and it is a mark of what Leicester have done that they were warmly clapped by the Sunderland fans as well.
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