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.
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 –
It seems everyone is having a dig at Arsenal these days!!
Arsenal fans have lately come under a lot of fire from different sections of the footballing world. From North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to Europa League opponents FC Cologne and now Chelsea, the Gooners just can’t seem to catch a break from being trolled over and over again.
In the latest incident, CFC TV host Sophie Rose went on a trolling spree around the Emirates asking the Arsenal fans just where Arsenal’s European Cup trophy was, prompting a series of blank puzzled responses from the Gooners. Arsenal for the record have never once won the European Cup or the Champions League as it is called now.
Needless to say, Rose, the brunette Chelsea superfan got close to savage as one possibly could with the incident. Check out the video below –
Matchday 5 of the English Premier League sees Arsenal take on Chelsea in what promises to be a fiercely contested derby between the two London giants at Stamford Bridge.
Despite Chelsea being labelled favourites for the tie, Wenger has overseen victories in the last two outings against Chelsea that delivered the FA Cup and the Community Shield and another victory could surely relieve the pressure that is beginning to build so early into the season.
For all the seriousness in the Arsenal camp, it seems like an entirely different story for Conte and Chelsea if their latest training drills are anything to go by.
In what can only be described as a most unusual training drill, the Chelsea players were spotted training (or rather playing) around with blue medicine balls and resistance bands with the likes of Alonso, Hazard, Kante and David Luiz all involved.
Despite comfortably winning 3-1 against German side FC Cologne, Arsenal’s Europa League campaign started in rather acrimonious circumstances following crowd trouble when nearly 20,000 Cologne fans showed up in London for the game on Thursday.
In a bid to unnerve their opponents in every way possible, the visiting fans apart from turning up in thousands and lighting flares also appeared to temporarily switch their allegiances to Arsenal’s arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Some fans of FC Cologne were seen cheekily taking a dig at their opponents on the night after being spotted with a Spurs flags outside the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Thursday night’s Europa League encounter between Arsenal and Cologne was by no means a dull affair, with the Cologne fans playing spoilsport to what was an otherwise very impressive performance from a second string Arsenal side.
Spectacular goals from Sead Kolasinac and Alexis Sanchez set Arsenal well en route for victory before fans were handed a treat when Jack Wilshere made his first start for the club in 13 months.
And Wilshere did not disappoint, playing a prominent role in the killer third goal for Arsenal. Wilshere took out not one but four Cologne players with a slick dummy that created space for Walcott to get his shot away.
The rebound was eventually tucked away by Bellerin to hand Arsenal all three points.
Defensive frailties once again got the better of Liverpool in the Champions League as they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Sevilla despite dominating large periods of the match at Anfield.
Much of the blame was pointed towards centre-back Dejan Lovren who had another horror showing in the middle of the defense. Lovren was in a large way responsible for both of Sevilla’s goal with his hesitation allowing both Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa to score for Sevilla. To further compound the defensive misery, Liverpool’s Joe Gomez was sent off in injury time.
And if things weren’t bad enough on the pitch, Gomez also got embroiled in a controversy off the pitch when he appeared to like a comment from a fan criticizing his team-mate Dejan Lovren. While it is granted that Lovren’s performance deserved the stick from the fans, the fact that his own team-mate joined the fray is a sign of things that all is not well with the Reds defense.
Tottenham finally put their Wembley woes behind as they secured a very impressive 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the national stadium on Wednesday.
Heung-Min Son scored the opener while in-form striker Harry Kane netted a brace to give Tottenham a crucial victory in what is expected to be one of the most tightly contested groups in the Champions League.
While the match saw Kane deservedly take the plaudits for his goal-scoring exploits, it was the performance of another Spurs player that had fans most buzzing.
Summer signing Serge Aurier, who made his debut, was the talk amongst the Spurs fans on social media when he pulled off a ridiculous move while defending inside his own half.
With a cross coming into the box, Aurier totally left Dortmund’s Pulisic for dead with a dummy move before beating yet another two Dortmund players in a Spurs counter.
Michail Antonio proved to be a revelation for West Ham United last summer with nine goals to his name and the winger seems to have continued his form, delivering a string of impressive performances despite Hammers’ poor start to the season.
Perhaps one indication of just how far Michail Antonio has come in football came to light during an instance in the West Ham-Huddersfield tie, when Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler celebrated after having pulled off a tackle on Antonio!!
The incident just goes on to show how much Antonio has developed as a player and the respect that he is starting to command from his peers.
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton’s apparent distaste for Rangers has been well documented with Sutton trolling and taking jibes at every opportune moment.
That said though, fans, as they are, can be notorious and as a footballing personality, it is most wise not to ruffle their feathers as Sutton recently found out.
A Rangers fan posted a hilarious incident involving himself cruelly trolling the former Celtic forward. It all starts with a simple innocent request from the Gers fan asking Sutton to follow him on Twitter. Sutton who unsuspectingly complies, gets trolled hard by the Gers fan with a reference to his bankruptcy years ago.
The entire episode ends with Sutton blocking the Gers fan. Check out the savage prank from the Rangers fan below: