Thanks to first half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal secured a much needed 2-0 win against arch rivals Tottenham on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil turned up in style for the Gunners with a relentless performance, however, his neat piece of deception went relatively unnoticed until recently.
In the build up to the second goal, Ozil made an initial movement that indicated he was about to make a run for goal. Noticing this, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen planted his feet in order to block Ozil instead of following the ball.
His brief indecision left Alexandre Lacazette unmarked, which was cleverly exploited by Hector Bellerin’s through ball. Lacazette then proceeded to assist Sanchez with the goal.
Arsenal supporters were clearly enthralled by the German playmaker’s presence of mind and ingenuity, and will be hoping he continues to display such sublime skills in future games.
Also check out the video of the goal below –
New summer signing Mohamed Salah’s Wikipedia page was subjected to a facelift recently by an over-enthusiastic Liverpool fan.
The edits included “King Mohamed Salah” as the page title, exaggerated titles such as “The King of Liverpool” and “The Last surviving Pharaoh of Egypt” to Salah’s introduction, and to top that, the fan even substituted the official Wikipedia picture with a photoshopped image of Salah wearing a traditional crown, akin to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
Liverpool fans worldwide would argue that the edits are justified considering the fine form that the 25-year-old forward is in.
He is currently the leading scorer of the Premier League with nine goals in twelve matches. His fourteen goals for the Anfield side in eighteen games across competitions is also the highest by any Liverpool player at the current stage of the season.
Check out the fantastic edit below –
Sheffield United found themselves just two points adrift of EFL Championship table toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers, after securing a 3-1 victory against Burton Albion on Saturday night.
The highlight of the victory was the Blades’ captain Billy Sharp’s second goal of the match, thanks to a brilliant assist from American centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The 19-year-old Carter-Vickers is a product of Tottenham’s youth academy system, and is currently on loan at Sheffield United.
The Spurs loan man exquisitely placed a through ball from the halfway line to beat the open Burton defence and found Sharp near the penalty box, who proceeded to tuck it past the goalkeeper for the team’s second goal in the 34th minute.
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Needless to say that Leeds fans were impatient for a win after seven defeats in nine games in the EFL Championship.
The drought ended last night as the Whites prevailed over Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough in a much needed win, thanks to goals from Pablo Hernández and Ezgjan Alioski.
The cameras went straight to manager Thomas Christiansen (TC) and owner Andrea Radrizzani (Radz) sharing a poignant and relieved hug at the full time whistle in Elland Road.
The looks on their faces during the embrace showed how much the win meant to them and the team’s promotion prospects.
The fans, too, must be breathing a huge sigh of relief of their own, and they will be hoping that this triumph will be one of many more to come.
Check out the warm embrace between the two below –
Following the brutal 2-0 loss against arch rivals Arsenal yesterday, Spurs fans has something to look forward to on Sunday as famous rapper and seven time Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar was spotted sporting a Nike shirt with the Tottenham logo emblazoned on it.
The world famous rapper chose to wear the outfit while attending the Variety Hitmakers Luncheon in California.
The question remains whether the rapper is actually a fan of the club or his choice of attire has something to do with the fact that his sponsors Nike also happen to be the new kit manufacturers for the North London side.
While the general connotation is that soccer loving Americans prefer more famous football teams such as Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid, knowing that the “greatest rapper alive” is a fan of Tottenham would surely elate their supporters.
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Amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Football Factory at Legends Bar offers something that few Americans care to enjoy: a place to enjoy football or, as the Americans call it, soccer matches with fellow footy fans.
Saturday’s match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion saw the bar being graced by the presence of none other than the Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Local Chelsea fans, who have dubbed themselves the New York Blues, were thrilled to watch the game with the man who owns their favourite team, and took turns clicking photographs with him.
Chelsea beating West Brom by a whopping 4-0 margin turned out to be the perfect icing on the cake for The Blues fans gathered for the event.
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Star striker Alvaro Morata has had his fair share of detractors since his arrival at Chelsea, but he let his feet do all the talking during the 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion earlier today.
After opening the scoring for the Blues early in the first half, he was involved in Eden Hazard’s second goal with a brilliant assist.
Cesc Fàbregas’ powerful pass found Morata’s feet, who, with the deftest of touches, flicked the ball backwards onto a rushing Hazard’s path, who slotted it past the goalkeeper before the defenders even realised what was happening.
Football at its best, check out the assist from Morata below –
It is highly advised for a referee to almost always remain inconspicuous in the game of football. Emphasis on the word ‘almost,’ because one small but potentially game-changing mistake, and a referee could soon become one of the most hated people in the world.
Mike Dean, the referee during Arsenal’s 2-0 win v Tottenham earlier today, would have definitely preferred to remain inconspicuous. The referee faced the wrath of Spurs fans as both the Arsenal goals looked a tad offisde.
And not just the fans, even Tottenham assistant boss Jesús Pérez waited for Dean in the tunnel at half-time to give him a piece of his mind.
Check out the incident below –
Predicting football match results is a fervent pursuit for some, a monetary endeavour for others, and just plain old fun for many. Some, however, take this enterprise into the realms of hyperbole, such as Hollywood star and effervescent comedian Will Ferrell in this week’s Premier League predictions.
A known Chelsea fan, Ferrell has made his predictions known for this week’s upcoming Premier League matches for BBC Sport, alongside expert Mark Lawrenson.
His 5-5 prediction for Burnley vs. Swansea might seem a tad far-fetched to many, especially considering the kind of football both the teams play. While predicting a Leicester win over high flying Manchester City would surely set tongues wagging if the result ever comes to fruition.
But a prediction that would set many a Magpie fan heart aflutter would be his bombastic 10-0 for Newcastle over perennial favourites Manchester United.
The Newcastle supporters would be nothing short of euphoric if they manage to win against the Red Devils by any margin, but a 10-0 scoreline would unquestionably establish bragging rights for eons to come.
Check out all the predictions from Will Ferrell below –
With intolerance and racism on the rise and becoming the new norm rather than a rarity, football is no exception to it either.
Hot on the heels of Colombian midfielder Edwin Cardona’s racist gesture towards South Korean players in a recent international friendly, another South Korean footballer, namely Heung-Min Son, found himself to be the latest in an ever growing list of victims of racial abuse.
A self-proclaimed West Ham United fan hurled racial abuse at the Tottenham winger while waiting at a traffic signal recently, and even proceeded to upload the video online, where it quickly faced brickbats from footy fans for its insensitivity and gall.
Such blatant bigotry has been growing steadily in the past few years, and no amount of criticism or sanction seems to stem the outflow, thereby leaving a black mark on a distinguished sport.
Check out the video below –