Seeing “Karim Benzema” and “Arsenal” in the same sentence is nothing new; the French striker has been linked with a move to the Gunners for a number of years, mainly due to his nationality. However, this recent bit of Instagram activity links the Madrid man to Arsenal in a different manner.
Benzema hasn’t gotten a call up for the national side in a long time, mainly due to a legal case still pending against him. However, an argument could be made that his on field exploits at club level should be the reason for his call-ups, not anything off the field. It’s a sentiment Benzema seems to share.
This is because Benzema recently liked a picture that seemed to insinuate that he is a winner of trophies whilst Olivier Giroud, the current preferred option for the national side, is more concerned with haircuts. Either that or Benzema is really jealous of what a looker Giroud is, and who could blame him if that was the case?
The discussion now centres on whether or not there should be stricter punishment for the kind of reckless challenge that left the right-back with a horribly broken leg.
And whilst support has poured in from all quarters for the Everton man, this might just be the sweetest form of support yet expressed.
A young Evertonian took the effort of writing out a letter to Coleman, talking about how the defender is his favourite player. There is also a somewhat hilarious line regarding the timing of his injury, which rather than make the letter seem offensive, almost adds to the charm of the youngster’s wishes.
Celtic have always been a powerhouse as far as Scottish football goes, and that is something that hasn’t changed much under the management of Brendan Rodgers. The former Liverpool manager has overseen a pretty successful first season at the club and the sky currently seems like the limit for the side.
He’s also been pretty successful at integrating talented young players into the side. Mousa Dembele has been the biggest success story at the club, but another young talent who’s been quietly making a name for himself is Stuart Armstrong, who recently made his full international debut against Slovenia.
The young midfielder did quite well on his first outing for his country. In fact, his debut performance was so impressive that Twitter couldn’t stop gushing over how good he looked, with both fans and pundits alike sending positive tweets about the young midfielder’s ability.
Liverpool’s season hasn’t quite ended as well they would have hoped. Despite looking like legitimate title contenders towards the end of 2016, a slump in form has left them battling it out for the top 4 spots currently. Their title race might be over, but they will need to pull out all the stops to even make the top 4 at this point.
But whilst this season might not yet be over, planning for its final stages has already begun. Jurgen Klopp is known as a meticulous person who always wants what is best for his players, both on and off the field. His need for the best apparently extends to hotel rooms as well.
The club have made their way to Tenerife, Spain for a mini-camp of sorts before the Premier League action resumes next week. Whilst over there, the Reds will be staying in the 5-star Bahia Del Duque, a stunning resort located near the beach with rooms costing up to a thousand euros per night.
With March drawing to an end, the Premier League title race might not be over in mathematical terms, but no one expects any other side except Chelsea to win the title. Such has been the dominance of Antonio Conte’s men that even 2nd placed Tottenham are 10 points behind them.
However, it speaks to the quality present in the Premier League sides that in WhoScored’s recently released “Premier League Team of 2017” that not a single Chelsea player is in the side, despite how dominant they have been as a unit. Rather, the team is filled with players from clubs outside the top 4 as well.
Aside from the presence of Calum Chambers, Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Kolarov, the team is dominated by players from three sides: Spurs, Everton and Manchester United. Amazingly, it is Everton who have the most number of representations with three whilst United and Spurs have two each.
See the full team of the new calendar year so far here:
In a world where social media is more omnipresent in our lives than ever before, it is no surprise that it has affected even the world of football. Players, clubs, managers and even fanbases getting trolled by attention-seeking is the norm in today’s times, rather than the exception.
Thus, when Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was trolled about his recent injury with some jibes at his chequered history with his philandering ways, no one was surprised. The fact that it was a Rangers fan doing the trolling was even less shocking. What was amazing, though, was his comeback.
Rather than make any personal remarks, the striker simply brushed it off with a laugh and made a simple statement that showcased two things: his underrated trolling ability as well as the gulf in class between the two Old Firm rivals this season, something that sticks in the craw of Rangers fans.
The international break is a time for even club managers to unwind a little. Whilst they will continue to take regular training alongside the players who aren’t away on international duty, they can afford to take it a little easy because there is no game to build to, at least not on this weekend.
However, when Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was spotted in the Croatian city of Zagreb, many thought he was there to get a head start on any summer transfer dealings for his side. The fact that he was spotted constantly talking on his mobile phone only added fuel to the fire.
But the man himself spoke to the Croatian press recently and he clearly stated that he not there for any transfer dealings. Rather he wanted to some time off from his schedule, meet some of his friends and simply enjoy the sunny weather of Croatia as he preferred it to the rainy weather of Manchester.
See the translated quotes from the man himself here:
I do not have a hidden objective, I came here to enjoy the time off. Visit some good friends like Mijatovic and Suker. I know everyone thinks that I came just to look at some players, but in today’s football you do not need to travel somewhere to see some players, I know them all already. I’m just here as someone who wants to relax in the sunshine, not rain as in Manchester
In recent seasons, Tottenham’s form has largely been dependent on how well Harry Kane has done for them upfront. And whilst the side is collectively much better now, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still reliant on the goals of the England frontman to get them out of a few tight spots sometimes.
His recent rise in form has seen him shoot up the Premier League goal-scoring charts and he’s currently behind only Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot. Which makes his recent injury, suffered a few days ago, all the harder to bear. He’s also set to miss out on international duty this week.
But Spurs fans can take a sigh of relief and hope for a quick comeback after Kane was spotted in his full training kit, watching his national team-mates train at Spurs’ training facilities.
It’s been a stellar season for Newcastle United in the second division of English football. Currently sitting atop the table of the Championship, the Toon are primed to win the tournament and make the jump back to the Premier League, a place that their fans feel they truly belong to.
In an effort to give back to the fans, the club recently sent some players to read questions for a quiz hosted by Gallowgate Flags, a Newcastle fan club run exclusively by the fans, which is a good way to get in touch with fans. However, what should have been a regular task turned into a massive comedy of errors.
A number of Newcastle players, including the likes of Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi and Achraf Lazaar struggled to pronounce the names of the teams, players and even the show itself in Lazaar’s case. Still, the event did provide a nice way for fans to see their idols in a more light hearted setting.
See the video posted by Newcastle’s official Twitter account below:
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s career at Manchester United has finally begun to reach the heights that it did during his time at Borussia Dortmund. The Armenian winger was a key member of the German side yet during his initial few months at Old Trafford, he struggled for both form and game time.
This isn’t the case any longer, and whilst he is yet to become a regular under Jose Mourinho so far, that is to be expected given his injury and the amount of competition for wingers in the current United side. However, that hasn’t stopped him from achieving some levels of success, both for the team and himself.
The winger has already won the EFL Cup this season and recently also bagged the award of the Armenian Player of the Year. Whilst football is a team sport, winning individual honours is never a bad thing and this trophy will serve as validation for his efforts as well as his decision to move to Manchester.