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Premiership 'combines artistry with beef'

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The Premiership is often described as the most exciting football league in the world, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone to call it the most artistic. Despite the influx of foreign players, there's still an ingrained distrust in the British game of "fancy dan" footballers. That's been illustrated by the pressure on Arsene Wenger's Arsenal to adopt a more direct style after several seasons full of stylish displays. They have no trophies to show for them and a crushing defeat by Manchester United yesterday calls into question their title challenge. Sports journalist Mihir Bose ponders our national suspicion of artistry.

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