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 By Michael Cox

Arsenal's opponents Atletico Madrid provide possible direction for Wenger-less future

Arsene Wenger promises to continue working after he departs Arsenal at the end of the season.
Aaron Ramsey delivers a heartfelt message to Arsene Wenger after the Gunners' four-goal haul against West Ham.
With the Arsenal managerial job now available, the FC crew assess the possible successors to Arsene Wenger and the challenges they will face.
The FC panel believe Arsene Wenger could leave a bad taste in mouths of Arsenal fans if he doesn't handle his departure the right way.

It would be overly dramatic to suggest that 22 years and over 1,000 matches comes down to a two-legged Europa League tie, but Arsenal's performance over the next week against Atletico Madrid will play a significant role in shaping the mood at the Emirates upon Arsene Wenger's departure.

Win, and Arsenal will start the Europa League final as favourites, with an opportunity to claim Wenger's first-ever European trophy and reclaim their position in the Champions League for next season. Lose, and...

 By Michael Cox

Tottenham don't 'need' FA Cup glory but they do deserve it

The ESPN FC panel look ahead to the FA Cup semi-final matchups and debate whether Man United or Tottenham have a more dire need to win.
ESPN FC's Adrian Healey and Paul Mariner make their picks for the weekend's English league and cup action.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted the FA Cup won't take Tottenham to the next level and to do that they must win either the Premier League or Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino plays down the idea that Tottenham will benefit in their FA Cup semifinal from having played at Wembley all season.

The further Tottenham progress through this season's FA Cup, the more the debate will continue about whether or not Mauricio Pochettino and the club "need" to win a trophy.

"Need" implies that there's some specific reason why a trophy is required and the explanation tends to vary: to keep players, to keep Pochettino, to act as a springboard to further success. You sometimes wonder whether winning trophies these days is actually ever considered a worthwhile achievement in itself or whether it's...

 By Michael Cox

Man United need a big game from Alexis Sanchez vs. Man City

The ESPN FC panel question if Jose Mourinho's tactics will result in Alexis Sanchez not fulfilling his potential at Manchester United.
Manchester City can clinch the Premier League title against Man United, but Craig Burley explains why Saturday's Manchester derby has lost some of its shine.
The critics are already out on Man United's latest big money signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled as of yet to make a splash at his new club.
Pep Guardiola hints he is ready to rest players against Manchester United, despite the possibility of wrapping up the Premier League title on Saturday.

Alexis Sanchez's January transfer to Manchester United was, on paper, among the most dramatic moves in Premier League history.

There were three major factors to it. The first was the novelty of a genuine, real-life swap deal between Arsenal and United, two of the Premier League's biggest clubs. It was exciting simply because for all the tabloid rumours, such exchange deals barely ever actually come to fruition. But this time everything went through, and two high-profile footballers suddenly...

 By Michael Cox

Might Raheem Sterling be the key to Man City vs. Liverpool?

ESPN's Jonathan Smith and Glenn Price discuss whether the atmosphere at Anfield can be the decisive factor in who reaches the Champions League semi-finals.
The ESPN FC guys look ahead to the Champions League quarterfinal first leg between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Ordinarily, for a fixture like this week's clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, you want both sides to have full-strength squads, managers able to play their strongest hand and for the game to be influenced by top-class attacking talents.

This time around, however, the absence of Sergio Aguero might prompt a more complex, unpredictable game.

Aguero remains an exceptional striker, boasting a mixture of acceleration and clinical finishing that few others in Europe can match. But he's...

 By Michael Cox

Sanchez, Kane, De Bruyne, Salah: Top players must have the ball to lose it

Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes take a look at the European Golden Shoe race and debate whether Mo Salah will win it over Leo Messi.
The FC panel answer your tweets on why Alexis Sanchez has been so poor for Manchester United, if Jose Mourinho is the second best manager in the Premier League and more.

Football has always been about statistics. The concept of a top scorer, for example, has been established for decades and yet is essentially a statistical irrelevance, given it almost always has no bearing upon the destination of a league title. That example, though, proves the statistics debate is nuanced.

It's not about whether or not you use figures, but about what you record and how you interpret the numbers. Even the now-established idea of the assist was only formally defined in the 1990s...

 By Michael Cox

Mourinho not finished at Man United, but not proven, either

Throughout his first two seasons at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has regularly faced criticism for being too defensive. Although it's an issue that's dogged him throughout his career, it's arguably only been problematic at two clubs, Real Madrid and Manchester United, whose supporters believe their club boasts a proud tradition of playing attack-minded football.

At Porto, Chelsea and Inter, Mourinho often played defensive football without much dissent from fans largely because he led them...