Arsenal and Chelsea have had very different seasons. After a bit of a rocky start, Chelsea surged to the top of the Premier League and never looked back, while Arsenal were inconsistent the entire year, and missed qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the Wenger era. Chelsea’s season really turned around when they switched to a back three late in their 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September. Arsenal also adopted a back three late in the year, and this has also given them a boost, although it was too little too late to save their season. Michael Cox of ESPNFC looks at how the tactical matchup between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte will break down.
The Cascadia clash between Portland and Seattle, the Cali Clasico with San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy, and Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas for the rights to El Capitan. All these great rivalry matchups are taking place over this Memorial Day Weekend. Matt Doylr breaks down these and the rest of week 13’s games in MLS.
The U-20 World Cup has started off well for the US, with a win and a draw in their first two games. It hasn’t all been good news though, as Gedion Zelalem tore his ACL, and he will be out for at least 6 months. This is terrible timing for Zelalem, as not only will he miss the rest of the U-20 World Cup, but he is out of contract with Arsenal this summer, and will be looking for a new team coming off a major injury, which is never easy. Hopefully Zelalem is able to fuly recover and come back strong from this injury.
In this week’s edition of weird soccer news, at a funeral convention in Spain a new coffin was debuted, one that is modeled after the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid. Hardcore fans of Real Madrid can now continue the support of their team even into the afterlife.
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