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.
Arsenal came away with a point from Stamford Bridge thanks to some shrewd defending on display on Sunday. Gunners were uncharacteristically dirty in their defensive actions, racking up fouls to stop the home side from building momentum.
Having been guilty of using a conservative approach at the back in the past, this Arsenal side surprised everyone with the aggressiveness in their tackling. Clearly a ploy to negate Chelsea’s counter attacking prowess, the away side worked hard off the ball, even if it involved getting booked to stop them from mounting an attack.
Arsenal fans seemed to enjoy their teams new found tactical awareness with many praising their team’s street smartness in order to stop Chelsea from getting up the pitch.
Check out a compilation of all the tactical fouling from Arsenal below –
Anthony Martial may not have started for Manchester United against Everton but he sure made to make the most out of his five-minute cameo when he came on to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 88th minute.
The former Monaco player sent the United faithful into meltdown when he dribbled past three Everton players before winning a penalty in the dying moments of the game.
The Frenchman dribbled past Cuco Martina, Leighton Baines and put Morgan Schneiderlin on the floor in a scintillating run that eventually resulted in United’s 4th goal of the match.
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 was hailed as a masterstroke when Jurgen Klopp signed Naby Keita from RB Leipzig for next season. And the Guinean duly justified his reputation this weekend when he delivered a fantastic assist for his team against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Keita received the ball in a deeper position and drove forward with intent. Spotting a teammate in space, the number 8 picked out the perfect through ball to beat the offside trap leading to a goal
Keita will join what is already a devastating attacking line up at Anfield and if his recent form is anything to go by, he looks to be the perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Absolutely disgraceful crowd management at Wembley
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse for Tottenham fans at Wembley, it did. During their match against Swansea, an unexpected event took place when stewards at the national team stadium took down a Spurs fan for standing up.
The seat occupant was dragged away from scene by ground units and ousted from the stadium. The surrounding home section appealed to the authorities for their dismal behaviour but their complaints fell on deaf ears.
Football often seems to get the better of spectators with emotions overflowing at every sharp turn of events but to mitigate them with an iron hand is surely unwarranted, especially at Wembley which is regarded as one of the best places to watch the game.
Newcastle recorded their third win on the trot, beating Stoke City 2-1, thanks to some world class reflexes from their goalkeeper.
The Magpies led through Christian Atsu’s first half strike only to be pegged back by Stoke. With the contest poised at 1-1, Xherdan Shaqiri delivered in a wicked cross towards the unmarked Diouf.
The former Manchester United forward duly obliged with a cracking header, only to be denied by a strong right hand from Rob Elliot.
The Irish international stretched to parry away what looked to be certain goal by the away side. In the end it proved to be an extremely crucial moment as Newcastle collected all three points against the Potters.
Millwall ended Leeds United’s unbeaten streak in the Championship on Saturday, registering a 1-0 victory against the league leaders.
Leeds went into the match knowing that a defeat won’t change their position at the helm and it showed in their supporters enjoying the occasion. One fan in particular was caught by cameras, throwing all kinds of shapes to the song being played out by the stadium speakers.
A hilarious display of some not-so-subtle footballing passion, the Leeds fan made the most of his time in the spotlight. Check out the clip 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 –