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Name Matthew Upson
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Upson joined Arsenal from Luton Town in 1997 as a highly rated defender, but Tony Adams and Martin Keown blocked his path into the first team. The centre-back was sold in 2003 and went on to make over 250 appearances in the Premier League.while winning 21 caps for England. He announced his retirement in 2016 and rejoined former side West Ham in a coaching capacity to help out with the academy players


Org England National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Luton Town

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Matthew Upson says Unai Emery has been left in limbo at Arsenal by mismanagement and poor recruitment calls] [A loss to Southampton] leaves [Emery] in real limbo because I think he’s struggling. I was at Leicester and I saw a really poor performance from Arsenal [in the 2-0 defeat]. It was almost like they tried to cater to not get beat at Leicester who were on top form, and this is Arsenal, and never really got any kind of grip of the game

[When asked if certain players have given up on the current coach amid regular calls for change] Maybe, maybe that’s the case, maybe there’s already a loss of belief or whatever it may be in the manager. He came to the club Emery and he tried to change things, he tried to be more disciplined. Again you have to look at the recruitment don’t you. To spend what they have spent on an attacking wide player, with the other issues that need to be addressed in the team. I thought he had a decent first season. At the end of last season, you thought ‘[You’ve got] this summer now but you have to make progress this season’ and I don’t think they have

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Matthew Upson says Carlo Ancelotti has a ridiculous CV but will he want Arsenal?] When you rattle out the list of names from Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea and Real Madrid and you can go on and on. The Champions Leagues he’s won, the league titles won across three, four different leagues - his CV is ridiculous. But when he comes into those clubs they’re never normally suffering too much. He’s taken over from a relatively positive reign and the team is in quite good health, shall we say, and I think this [managing Everton or Arsenal] would be very much a different challenge

[Pressed on whether Ancelotti would embrace the challenges of managing Arsenal] Only he can answer that question. But he hasn’t really looked to take on that challenge before. Now whether or not that’s because he hasn’t had to is a different matter. Maybe the timings of things has been perfect, he always waited and said ‘all right, that one’. It’s meticulous the way he’s gone about the clubs and the success he’s had from one to the other, the condition he’s taken them over in and the condition he’s left them in. It’s been such a polished career so far - is he going to change it for a different challenge? Perhaps he wants that. Perhaps his touch will get the best out of that current group of players

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Arsenal player Matthew Upson – who joined #AFC in 1997 as an 18-year-old, one year after Arsene Wenger started] It just blew my mind what Arsene Wenger brought to me