David Rudin

Per Mertesacker and the joys of awkwardly tall footballers

It’s all gone Per shaped Per Mertesacker, the Arsenal defender who had played 37 minutes of competitive football in the last 13 months before starting and winning the FA Cup, celebrated by sharing an ungainly hug with a fan. It was Peak Per™: at once winning and awkward; the jolly German giant. Among Arsenal fans, Mertesacker is …

How Shakespearean is Craig Shakespeare?

A literary investigation, with apologies to my high school English teachers Leicester City’s new manager is named Shakespeare, and as you would expect soccer scribes are proving pathologically incapable of resisting such low-hanging fruit. “Like his famous namesake, English playwright and poet William Shakespeare, Leicester City’s manager Craig Shakespeare is hoping he can add a few …