Apart from once being the world’s most expensive player, another big thing Paul Pogba’s name is synonymous with is his style of celebrating goals. The Frenchman started a trend of sorts after he started dishing dabs out after each goal.
So powerful was its influence that even teammate Jesse Lingard fell prey to it, and before fans could realize it, both Pogba and Lingard made it a routine to celebrate goals this way, together.
In fact, the (in)famous “double dab” can now even be found adorned in the walls of Manchester United’s academy.
Needless to say, the verdict is still out as far as fan support for this picture is concerned; a few supporters said they can live with it, while most wanted to burn it down.
Via @utdreport, check out the double dab on display at Carrington below –
Jack Wilshere’s persistent injury issues might have seen him out of action for most parts of last season, but his return to the Emirates was nothing short of remarkable.
The 25-year-old wore an Arsenal shirt for the first time since August 2016 when they faced German side FC Koln in the Europa League encounter on Thursday.
Coming on for Alex Iwobi in the 68th minute, Wilshere provided some much-needed flair to Arsenal’s attacking endeavors, especially when his clever dummy proved instrumental in Bellerin’s late goal.
Several rumours doing rounds in the media currently suggest that the midfielder could be sold by Arsenal soon, possibly in the January transfer window itself.
But a look at Wilshere’s overall performance along with one particularly brilliant flick during a moment in the game proves just why Arsene Wenger should be patient with his recovery.
Needless to say, Arsenal fans loved every bit of the skill on display from the Englishman. Watch Jack Wilshere’s filthy backheel slide-pass below –
Come Sunday, fans will be treated to yet another highly sought-after and exciting clash as the Blues will host the Gunners at Stamford Bridge.
Relegation to the Europa League and a poor start to the current season shows just how badly Arsenal fares when compared to defending champions Chelsea, and the same sentiments were expressed by Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, when he came up with his version of a combined XI team ahead of the match.
The former Arsenal midfielder managed to fit in just ONE player from Arsene Wenger’s squad, citing the manager’s current predicaments as justification for the same.
With just Alexis Sanchez making the cut, Merson subjected his ex-club to heavy criticism and heaped praise on Chelsea players.
Check out Paul Merson’s combined (read, Chelsea) XI for Sky Sports –
Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier proclaimed his love for Manchester United during a TV interview in France recently.
When asked about the team he chooses while playing FIFA ahead of the game’s official launch, Meunier replied, “Manchester. The real one, Man United. Because I’ve always been a fan.”
The 26-year old has previously been vocal about his desire to play in the Premier League some day and with Antonio Valencia touching 33 next year, it looks like United certainly have a potential replacement in Meunier, especially considering his views as a staunch Red Devil.
Check out the bit from his interview (in French) below –
Few would have imagined that Spurs would one day occupy Wembley as haunted tenants. Fans were visibly shaken when they were told that the national stadium would be their home until their new ground is fully constructed.
And with just three wins to their name from the last thirteen games played at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium, one can see just where fans’ concerns came from.
In fact, when Tottenham managed to beat Borussia Dortmund during Wednesday’s Champions League encounter there, the larger narrative was dominated by suggestions that the club has finally managed to tame the Wembley curse.
A sentiment reflected quite hilariously by a Swedish TV channel. Watch Poch & co. channel their inner Ghostbusters below –
Celtic’s European dreams did not kick off quite as they expected, as they were subjected to a harsh 5-0 hammering at the hands of Paris Saint Germain last night.
“We played like under-12s at times,” said manager Brendan Rodgers, whose men were defeated by strikes from Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani and a Mikael Lustig own-goal.
Despite the rout, the Hoops cannot be accused of failing to put their heart and soul into the game, and displaying maximum enthusiasm in this regard was Anthony Ralston.
The 18-year old, playing only his sixth senior game as a Celtic player, was given the massive job of man-marking the world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar.
Apart from performing that herculean task beautifully, the right-back also displayed typical Celtic aggression in the second half while leading a solo attack for his team, albeit unsuccessfully.
Unfazed by his effort being thwarted, Ralston simply rallied back into the game to crush PSG defender Thiago Motta’s foot during their immediate counter-attack.
Instead of apologizing to the referee for being booked, Ralston instead cheered up the crowd and sought even greater support from them.
Watch the entire incident below –
Andrea Radrizzani, who became the club’s sole owner earlier this year, has become a cult figure of sorts with the Leeds United faithful.
Apart from infusing a fresh lease of life with much-needed monetary support, many of Radrizzani’s achievements as Leeds owner have impressed fans greatly.
His quick decision to appoint Thomas Christiansen as manager following Garry Monk’s exit and all the new signings made this summer have turned the club into potential title-contenders yet again.
One specific achievement that struck a personal chord with supporters was Radrizzani’s successful attempt at bringing Elland Road back into the club’s ownership for the first time since 2004.
And when thanked by a Leeds fan for doing so much for the club, Radrizzani won over many hearts with an amazing response.
Check out what the Leeds owner said to @Madmouth31 below –
Every aspect of Saturday’s Elland Road encounter went in favour of Leeds United as they managed to rout Burton 5-0.
A Pierre-Michel Lasogga brace and goals from Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez & Kemar Roofe ensured that the Peacocks were five goals up even before the hour mark struck.
Leeds players were having the time of their lives on the pitch, as Samu Saiz was spotted literally toying with a Burton player during the latter stages of the game.
Check out this neat trick move from new signing Samu Saiz below –
With the kind of massive overhaul that Rangers seem to have undergone under manager Pedro Caixinha this season, one underrated player whose contribution deserves special mention is Wes Foderingham.
The goalkeeper has been absolutely instrumental in helping his club keeping their tally of goals conceded quite low, thus ensuring that their goal difference is below only that of leaders Celtic.
Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Dundee was Foderingham’s 100th game as Rangers number 1, and his performance proved just why the Gers must do everything they can to keep him at Ibrox for at least 100 more caps.
The 8th minute of the game saw the keeper catching a Dundee free-kick in his box, before displaying supreme vision in playing the ball all the way to the half line to find Daniel Candeias.
Watch Foderingham’s superb pass below –
Danny Welbeck scored twice and Alexandre Lacazette notched up a goal for himself as Arsenal went back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth yesterday.
Fans were particularly excited to see record signing Lacazette scoring his second Premier League goal. The Frenchman found the target in the 27th minute after firing away a superb strike right from the edge of the box, leaving Asmir Begovic dumbfounded and helpless.
But while Arsenal players and fans were busy celebrating their second goal, what went largely unnoticed was a gem of a moment from Welbeck, when the Englishman missed an absolute sitter while trying to hit the rebound ball inside the net.
Luckily for him, not many people noticed it flying right into the crowd! Watch the hilarious moment Danny Welbeck failed to hit the goal from a yard out yesterday –