Some people have a knack for being at the right place and the right time to capture pictures of extremely weird things, and Alex Iwobi also did something along these lines recently.
The Arsenal striker, on board a flight from Shanghai to Beijing during the club’s pre-season tour of China, caught fellow team-member Emiliano Martinez hanging an air freshener right on his ear. Yes, you read it right.
The duo seem to have struck a good friendship playing alongside each other. Earlier in the day, both Iwobi and Martinez emerged a heroes for their club during their win over Bayern Munich in Shanghai.
Iwobi scored a last-minute 1-1 equalizer to ensure that the game went to penalties, which is when Martinez stepped up to make two brilliant saves that helped Arsenal win 3-2.
Check out Iwobi’s picture showing Martinez flaunting an air freshener ear ring below –
All football players, once they retire, are remembered for some quality that fans can attribute to their personalities, and Mesut Ozil, undoubtedly, will be described in the future as the king of assists.
The midfielder routinely dishes out soul-satisfying assists that leave fans in awe of his effortless ability to do so. So much so that the entire act of assisting in any aspect of life has become synonymous with Mesut Ozil.
In fact, Arsenal fans now believe that the German midfielder has started applying his skills in assisting the club’s board as well.
It all happened when Ozil tagged fellow team-member Alexis Sanchez in a tweet admiring a bunch of adorable dogs. Gooners were quick to attribute Ozil’s actions as a clever means to exploit the Chilean striker’s love for dogs in order to cajole him into staying at the club even longer.
Check out Ozil’s supposed “contractual assist” to Arsenal’s board in flattering Alexis Sanchez to stay on at the club –
Liverpool fans have been facing repeated breakdowns every time they come across news relating to hot target Naby Keita, who is said to have dominated the Reds’ shopping list for several weeks now.
Media reports have only taken the midfielder away from Merseyside, taking along with them all the patience fans’ could muster in hopes of his transfer.
Things turned from bad to worse recently when RB Leipzig’s owner virtually killed chances of Keita’s move to Anfield by declaring: “We don’t sell any of our players just to get money. Lately we got a €75m offer for Naby Keïta. No way! He has a contract and he will accomplish it.”
Another imminent outcry from Reds supporters is understandable, but perhaps they would be assured to know how their manager has been handling all these issues lately.
Beautifully articulated by @AnfieldRd96, here’s Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the news of Nabi Keita’s bid being rejected yet again. Maybe the Liverpool fans need to take a leaf from his book –
Leeds United had to make do with a hastily-arranged training match with Turkish side Bursaspor at a very short notice after a pre-arranged clash against Germany’s FC Ingolstadt was cancelled at the last moment on Sunday.
Blame it on lack of an opportunity to study their opponents at the eleventh hour, or simply accept the fact that the Peacocks were under prepared: Leeds were humbled with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bursaspor in their first pre-season under Thomas Christiansen.
Despite good performances from veterans as well as new signings, the loss only went on to raise questions on Leeds’ preparations and fitness levels. But there was one moment in the game that will make fans believe in their club’s potential again.
Defender Liam Cooper produced a sublime pass right from the half line that went on to find Dallas Stuart perfectly, although it was ruled off-side by the referee eventually.
Check out Cooper’s stunning pass below –
One can always expect die-hard football fans to have posters of their favourite clubs and players take precedence over pictures of their families when it comes to personalizing their workstations in offices.
But for those employed by Leeds United, every part of their office is a dream work place, as the club’s registered corporate office at Elland Road has been named as one of the best workspaces in the country.
Compiled by advertising company Agent, the list of 10 best workspaces in the northern part of England featured Leeds office for focusing on fan involvement and making it look absolutely swanky.
Complete with a little Astroturf pitch as a carpet in the visitors’ lounge, the club crest emblazoned on walls and windows, and a mural of Elland Road, the office resembles a shrine for all fans to drop by at least once in their lifetimes.
Check out a picture of Leeds United’s office below –
With a ticket back to the Champions League and a great summer transfer break, Liverpool have a lot to look forward to next season.
The Reds, despite some big odds stacked against them, managed to hang on to the last top-four spot after the culmination of a very successful 2016/17 campaign, and there is a general sense of optimism amongst fans, who expect their club to finally bring some much needed silverware now.
Riding on this wave of optimism is also Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who actually seems to be basking on some particularly well-fought glories from the last season as well.
While giving his thoughts on Crystal Palaces’ season opener at the Emirates on the 12th next month, Klopp said it could be relatively easy for the visitors, as even his own club did not have to work that hard when they faced Arsenal away last season.
Check out Klopp’s dig at Arsenal during an interview in Hong Kong below –
Anthony Martial might not be very generous when it comes to flashing smiles, but a ghastly pass from a team-mate never hurt anyone (or maybe it did, if you ask a Manchester United photographer).
For the uninitiated who have absolutely no clue about what that sentence meant, there is a meme doing rounds on social media these days depicting a grim Martial as somebody who shows the same serious expression for every emotion known to mankind.
But it all changed and Martial cracked up when comrade Marouane Fellaini produced a hideous pass that ended up hitting a poor photographer who was busy capturing the Red Devils’ training session on his camera.
While an embarrassed Fellaini swallowed his pride and went back into the drill unfazed amidst orders from a coach to continue passing, he deserves a pat on his back for making Martial smile on camera.
Finally! Check out Martial’s light moment during United training below –
Just hours after Liverpool revealed their orange third kits for 2017-18 in Hong Kong earlier today, official kit suppliers New Balance have put on sale an entire range of the Reds’ training kits now.
The shirts and jackets for training come in an array of different colours (red and black versions seem to be the most popular till date), while New Balance have also released polo shirts, track pants and performance wear along with the entire range.
Complimenting Liverpool’s match strips for the upcoming season, these training kits also feature a specially designed club crest commemorating their 125th anniversary that falls this year.
Liverpool’s official online store lists their striking black training jacket (worn by James Milner in the picture below) as a best seller, along with a grey long-sleeve training jersey.
Check out a glimpse of kits that Liverpool players will be seen wearing during training sessions next season –
The game of football is replete with fierce domestic rivalries, the most notable ones of which is played out in the northern part of London, where you love either Arsenal or Tottenham, and fence-sitters are simply not tolerated.
With a history dating back more than a hundred years, the North London Derby is seeped in tradition and is keenly awaited by football fans all around the world.
A small event evidencing the international popularity that the rivalry boasts of was on display during Arsenal’s ongoing pre-season tour in Australia recently.
During the Gunners’ encounter against West Sydney Wanderers, a lone Tottenham fan found himself surrounded by a sea of Arsenal supporters.
As expected, cops had to step in and take him away (for his own safety, probably) amidst wild chants of “We won the league at White Hart Lane!” while the lone ranger roused up sentiments by reminding the crowd about Arsenal’s position on the table last season.
Foolish or brave? Decide for yourself after watching the video below –
Kyle Bartley made many Swansea City supporters smile by scoring a goal during the club’s 2-2 draw against American outfit Philadelphia Union, but the larger narrative over him was dominated by his future at Liberty Stadium.
The defender has been employed by Swansea ever since he signed for them in 2012, but he has spent all these five years either on the bench mostly or out on loan at other clubs.
Things changed drastically when Bartley got a chance to prove his mettle at Elland Road after Leeds United secured his services for a year-long deal that culminated this summer.
An eventful 2016-17 season saw the 26-year old be a consistently crucial member of the team, also making him a fan favourite overnight. That is perhaps why Bartley posed with couple of supporters clad in Leeds shirts after the match last night.
All Peacocks supporters would definitely hope that the two fans convinced Bartey to shed his Swansea shirt and don the Leeds kit again next season after watching this picture below –