One of the better performers in the Arsenal team this season, Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac has impressed many upon his arrival on a free transfer from Schalke 04 this summer.
The 24-year-old who was part of the Bundesliga team of the year last season has seamlessly integrated into the Arsenal team adding brute strength and physicality to what was an otherwise fragile Arsenal team.
Against Chelsea on Sunday, Kolasinac was impressive yet again as he tormented the right side of Chelsea affording Moses and Pedro little space and time to work. Apart from intimidating David Luiz into committing a reckless challenge which earned the Brazilian a straight red, Kolasinac’s physicality also seemed to have intimidated not just the Chelsea players but also the referee Michael Oliver!
As Chelsea players protested the red card, Kolasinac strongly bumped into the referee but Michael Oliver, who in the past had sent off Di Maria for slightly pulling his shirt, could only look and walk away even appearing to apologize to Kolasinac for the contact.
Check out the moment below –
Tactical genius from Arsene Wenger’s men
Arsenal came away with a point from Stamford Bridge thanks to some shrewd defending on display on Sunday. Gunners were uncharacteristically dirty in their defensive actions, racking up fouls to stop the home side from building momentum.
Having been guilty of using a conservative approach at the back in the past, this Arsenal side surprised everyone with the aggressiveness in their tackling. Clearly a ploy to negate Chelsea’s counter attacking prowess, the away side worked hard off the ball, even if it involved getting booked to stop them from mounting an attack.
Arsenal fans seemed to enjoy their teams new found tactical awareness with many praising their team’s street smartness in order to stop Chelsea from getting up the pitch.
Check out a compilation of all the tactical fouling from Arsenal below –
Not the best of times to be mocking your rivals if you are an Everton player, but it seems Michael Keane did it anyway.
The defender, who was brought in by Ronald Koeman back in July in a £30m from Burnley, liked a tweet taking shots at Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Both Everton and Liverpool are not having the best of times on the pitch but that clearly hasn’t dented the rivalry one bit.
Could have been accidental but still cheeky nonetheless. Check out Michael Keane’s Twitter activity below –
Anthony Martial may not have started for Manchester United against Everton but he sure made to make the most out of his five-minute cameo when he came on to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 88th minute.
The former Monaco player sent the United faithful into meltdown when he dribbled past three Everton players before winning a penalty in the dying moments of the game.
The Frenchman dribbled past Cuco Martina, Leighton Baines and put Morgan Schneiderlin on the floor in a scintillating run that eventually resulted in United’s 4th goal of the match.
Just have a look at Anthony Martial go:
The Carabao Cup: Leicester City vs Liverpool
Leicester City takes on Liverpool at the King Power Stadium Tuesday night when the third round of the Carabao Cup resumes (The EFL Cup). Both the teams will be hoping for a turnaround in their form after having failed to register a win in any of their last three games.
The Foxes though will be the more confident side as they were able to score 4 goals past Sheffield United in the second round of the competition. Manager Craig Shakespeare is likely to rest striker Jamy Vardy and Matty James following their injuries. Shakespeare is also expected to hand a start to Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa, and Demarai Gray after doing so in the previous League Cup outing.
Liverpool is in middle of an extremely busy September and Jurgen Klopp is almost certain to rotate his side substantially for the mid-week game. Klopp already confirmed that Dany Ward, Marko Grujic, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to start, while Dominic Solanke is highly likely to get a chance on the squad.
The Probable Line-Ups:
GK: Ben Hamer
Defense: Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, Alexander Dragovic, Danny Simpson
Midfield: Mark Albrighton, Demarai Gray, Vicente Iborra, Riyad Mahrez
Striker: Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa
GK: Danny Wood
Defense: Andrew Robertson, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez
Midfield: Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Marko Grujic
Striker: Philippe Coutinho, Dominic Solanke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Match Kick-Off Timings:
UK: 19:45 PM
USA: 14:45 PM
Australia: 4:45 AM
India: 12:15 AM
Despite not having the natural flair and elegance associated with most wingers, Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has always more than made up for the lack of it with his sheer determination and application to the team’s cause.
It was evident yet again as Ritchie put in a man of the match performance in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday. But while Ritchie delivered both the assists on the evening to help Newcastle secure their third successive victory, it was his childlike antics during his own corner that became the talk of the town.
Having delivered the cross into the box, Ritchie was seen tracking the ball all the way to the box and then jumping and planting an imaginary header into the goal mimicking the actions of captain Jamaal Lascelles who actually scored the real goal.
Fans were quick to praise Ritchie’s adorable little show of passion at the corner. Check it out below –
The Reds have got a gem on their hands
It was hailed as a masterstroke when Jurgen Klopp signed Naby Keita from RB Leipzig for next season. And the Guinean duly justified his reputation this weekend when he delivered a fantastic assist for his team against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Keita received the ball in a deeper position and drove forward with intent. Spotting a teammate in space, the number 8 picked out the perfect through ball to beat the offside trap leading to a goal
Keita will join what is already a devastating attacking line up at Anfield and if his recent form is anything to go by, he looks to be the perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Check out the assist below –
Absolutely disgraceful crowd management at Wembley
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse for Tottenham fans at Wembley, it did. During their match against Swansea, an unexpected event took place when stewards at the national team stadium took down a Spurs fan for standing up.
The seat occupant was dragged away from scene by ground units and ousted from the stadium. The surrounding home section appealed to the authorities for their dismal behaviour but their complaints fell on deaf ears.
Football often seems to get the better of spectators with emotions overflowing at every sharp turn of events but to mitigate them with an iron hand is surely unwarranted, especially at Wembley which is regarded as one of the best places to watch the game.
Check out a video of the incident below –
Heroic save from the Newcastle stopper
Newcastle recorded their third win on the trot, beating Stoke City 2-1, thanks to some world class reflexes from their goalkeeper.
The Magpies led through Christian Atsu’s first half strike only to be pegged back by Stoke. With the contest poised at 1-1, Xherdan Shaqiri delivered in a wicked cross towards the unmarked Diouf.
The former Manchester United forward duly obliged with a cracking header, only to be denied by a strong right hand from Rob Elliot.
The Irish international stretched to parry away what looked to be certain goal by the away side. In the end it proved to be an extremely crucial moment as Newcastle collected all three points against the Potters.
Check out the save below –
Leeds man living in the moment
Millwall ended Leeds United’s unbeaten streak in the Championship on Saturday, registering a 1-0 victory against the league leaders.
Leeds went into the match knowing that a defeat won’t change their position at the helm and it showed in their supporters enjoying the occasion. One fan in particular was caught by cameras, throwing all kinds of shapes to the song being played out by the stadium speakers.
A hilarious display of some not-so-subtle footballing passion, the Leeds fan made the most of his time in the spotlight. Check out the clip below –