After their Champions League victory last year, Liverpool have become near impenetrable, not having lost a single game throughout all of this season.
This has allowed them to open a commanding twenty five point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City, with it being a certainty that the title is theirs for the taking.
With nothing to troll for when it comes to the footballing side of the Reds, rival fans have often taken to internet with claims that newly-introduced VAR has been a major factor in Liverpool being so dominant in the league.
A conspiracy theory well & truly put to to bed by Sky Sports few days ago –
Despite the study from Sky Sports, the allegations have increased so much that at this point it is basically a meme, with names like “LiVARpool” being bandied about by fans of other PL clubs.
Which is why the internet exploded when a VAR monitor was spotted being placed on the Liverpool bench during their 1-0 win against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Football fans on Twitter quipped on about how VAR had now stopped being discreet about its allegiance and even Liverpool fans joined in on the action because why not –
Tottenham have had, by their own standards, a very sluggish season. Their campaign has been mired with false starts and encouraging wins that have only served as false dawns and failed to get the momentum going. This led to them being in the unfamiliar land that is the middle of the table, and ultimately became Pochettino’s downfall.
Now, while his replacement Jose Mourinho hasn’t exactly brought the team back to its best, the signs of recuperation are encouraging.
Spurs have now has consistently collected points in their past few matches, and yesterday’s thrilling match against Aston Villa will be a massive shot in the arm.
The match started off in the most horrendous fashion for Spurs, with defender Toby Alderweireld unfortunately conceding an own goal in the ninth minute.
However, the Belgian made up for it eighteen minutes later with a goal at the other side. Son Heung-min put them into the lead late in the first half, but Villa’s Bjorn Engels equalised early in the second. At that point the match was very evenly poised.
With pressure mounting on both sides, Spurs were searching desperately for a breakthrough. They needed a win here to even be in contention for the Champions League spot. And finally, deep into extra time, Son struck again, sending the packed away end at Villa Park into raptures.
As Tottenham players mobbed the South Korean near the away end, Serge Aurier, Spurs’ right back, got too involved with the celebrations and decided to jump into the stands.
This proved to be rather unfortunate for the stewards standing pitchside as they were simply pushed away by the player like they were nothing.
Nothing best describes Newcastle as much as the word paradox. The club has, throughout all of the last decade and a half, taken a tremendous fall from grace as it is no longer the behemoth it once used to be.
Yet, it still enjoys unprecedented levels of support from the Toon, and is very much part of top flight heritage despite the ignominy of the relegations it has been subjected to.
Now, there is a sense of optimism mixed with unease among the Newcastle faithful, and for good reason. While overall, they have had a quite alright season, the board has not inspired any confidence at all in recent years, not having any budget to sign players, firing the experienced Rafa Benitez and instead hiring relative pariah Steve Bruce as manager.
And while Bruce has been respectable so far, Newcastle fans only got a glimmer of hope when they somehow managed to land full-back Danny Rose this winter transfer window.
The England player, arriving from beleaguered Tottenham, has shown that he has buckets of ability, but is yet to fire on all cylinders. He has had a slow start and was caught unawares in yesterday’s match against Arsenal, where the Magpies were hammered 4-0.
Now, fans returning from the game were rather surprised to see some unexpected people in their train – specifically Rose and his teammates Allan Saint-Maximin, Nabil Bentaleb and Christian Atsu.
At first the fans were quite friendly, asking for the usual selfies and autographs. But then a few among them started riling and taking the piss out of the players, needling them over their dubious performance against the Gunners. Rose, not one to take insults lying down, got up immediately and had a minor scuffle with a few people.
The issue was, however, resorted quickly and the impromptu meet and greet session had no further interruption. (Alternate reports later emerged that the fight happened after Rose declined to take a photo with a ten year old fan. The motive remains unclear.)
Steven Gerrard is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players of his generation. He is an automatic lock on the list of Liverpool legends, and is still regarded as one of the greatest captains of all time.
Stevie G, as he is fondly known among the Anfield faithful, had a career at the club that was undeniably spectacular and glittered with success.
Indeed, millions dream of single-handedly leading their team to Champions League glory the way he did against AC Milan back in 2005. Or maybe they aspire to be the sort of player he was when his incredible brace won the game for Liverpool in what is considered one of the greatest FA Cup finals against West Ham back in 2006.
Either way, the man was a conqueror. Everything he touched turned to gold, with one painful exception: the Premier League trophy.
Indeed, throughout his seventeen years at the club, Gerrard failed to lift the league trophy even once, having come second four times.
What he’ll remember, however, is the horror 2013-14 season, were the Reds were in the driving seat throughout the campaign, only to have a shock loss at home to Chelsea, helping Manchester City get to the league title.
More humiliating for Gerrard was that it was a ridiculous slip up, literally, from him that allowed the Blues to win, as the Merseyside club kept waiting for a PL cup to adorn their trophy shelf.
Now, having hung up his boots, Stevie G has had an excellent beginning to his managerial career, coaching Scottish club Rangers with care and shepherding them to second place in their league.
While they are ten points adrift of toppers Celtic, the long-standing rivalry is still very much alive, and reared its head again yesterday.
The incident occurred as Celtic cruised to a regulation 2-1 victory over third placed Aberdeen. Deep into injury time, once the result was confirmed as an absolute certainty, Celtic fans started belting a humorous tune, going along the lines of “have you ever seen Gerrard win the league, have you f**k”, clearly referencing both Gerrard’s failures with Liverpool as well as this year’s title race in the Scottish Premier League. Pure sh*thousery.
The tune was taken up by large sections of the fans and was turned into a rousing cry. It is almost certain to play on the minds of the Rangers faithful, if not Gerrard himself.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle that footballers are regularly embroiled in, fans find it very easy to forget that their favourite players can have other hobbies as well.
Take Everton, for example. The club has had a very mediocre season thus far, only collecting thirty six points from twenty five league games so far. This has seriously dented their Champions League hopes, currently being five points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea after playing an extra game. They have, however, had a mini resurgence of sorts, with their big name signings finally beginning to justify their price tag.
One man who has impressed throughout the season, by contrast, is home grown player Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Sheffield-born lad has played at a high level consistently, collecting eleven goals and an assist in his role as a forward so far.
Occasionally providing him support in midfield is Everton youth academy recruit Tom Davies. While the twenty-one-year-old hasn’t had quite the spectacular season, he is certainly very solid in the middle and is one to watch for the future.
Now, off the pitch, one would assume that these two have not a lot in common, but that’s where one would be terribly wrong. The pair have a rather singular passion shared among them, which is fashion.
Indeed, the two of them have been known to keep up their appearances, and have been described as being very prim and proper when it comes to their dressing style.
In such a high profile job, a distinctive passion like this is bound to be noticed sooner or later. And would you know it, the pair, now on a deserved winter break, have been spotted around in the streets of New York City even as they attend one of the biggest annual fashion events in the world, New York Fashion Week.
Fashion outlet The Cut, in particular, decided to feature them in its list of stylish people seen around the NYFW, with a short piece from both players describing their philosophy on fashion.
Their assembly of outfits have garnered widespread praise from both media outlets and netizens online, with several Twitter users commending them on having a “pure” dressing philosophy and being so open about their interests.
While it is undeniable these two players give their all in the matches they play and most definitely prioritise the game first, it is heartwarming to see them indulge in what excites them so freely.
The Bilbao International Football Summit (BIFS) is an annual gathering of footballing talents and executives from the Basque region.
It acts as a showcase for Athletic Bilbao’s ever present philosophy (the club is known to only have Basque players on its teams). The event has only grown in stature throughout the years, and yesterday, at BIFS 20, it decided to honour one of its most famous natives – Ernesto Valverde.
Now, Valverde is nothing short of a legend in Athletic, having played a hundred and seventy league games for the club and having scored forty four goals for them.
The man played a big role in the club being a sizable threat throughout his time at the club from 1990-96. Therefore, even with his dubious managerial tactics during his tenure at Barcelona, his legacy as a player alone makes it completely understandable that the summit would award him for his services to football.
What piqued the curiosity of a lot of people, however, was the other, arguably just as famous Basque resident invited to the function.
That man was Unai Emery, recently having undergone the ignominy of being sacked by Arsenal and now a managerial pariah in the world of football.
They even managed to meet and have a friendly conversation, both being in a unique position where they can actually empathize with the other’s misfortune. The meeting was not a formal occasion, just one that happened at the spur of the moment on the sidelines.
While at the summit, however, the two gave out rather contrasting statements to journalists about their time at their former clubs.
Valverde was calm and measured, looking upon it as a great experience and refusing to focus on the negatives such as the allegations that he was not treated well.
He instead looked forward to his next job that he claims will be “off the beaten path” and something very unique.
Emery, on the other hand, has been far more vociferous in recent times about his fate at both Arsenal and Paris St Germain.
The Spaniard has insisted on fending off criticism about his tactics, instead claiming that he was stifled by the clubs’ boards.
In an interview with France Football, Emery claimed that Arsenal were “already on a downward slope” before he came in and refused to take any of the blame for their abysmal performances.
It remains to be seen how the managers go about rebuilding their shattered careers from here on out, but their statements provide an adequate signal about their intent; one man looks at the future while another dwells in the past.
The most underrated aspect of sport, perhaps, lies in how it brings together folks from around the world, irrespective of their nationality amd creed.
And, of all sports known to mankind, it is safe to say that football is the most popular of them all. A truly global game, it is played at a national level in over a hundred and ninety countries, and the clubs at the playing at the highest level have highly dedicated fans in every nook and cranny.
One of those fans decided to make his loyalties very clear a few days ago. This caught a lot of attention because this man is quite famous and is a representative of another very famous sport in his home country, which has brought him a lot of fans.
We are, of course, talking about Josh Jacobs, star rookie for the American football team Las Vegas Raiders (also known as the Oakland Raiders) in the National Football League. The talented running back, who turned 22 on the eleventh of February, decided to show some love for his favourite football club – Tottenham Hotspur.
The lad wore a custom-made Spurs Nike home kit for the current season, with his surname and the number 28 (which otherwise belongs to Spurs’ Tanguy Ndombele) etched across the back. Having worn it on his birthday, it was clear the club meant a lot to him.
Of course, the Alabama native, whose state has a lot of Tottenham supporters, has a lot of good memories linked to the North London side, the most recent being a one off match between the Raiders and Chicago Bears in October last year at the new Tottenham stadium.
Jacobs played a starring role in the game, and that would only have made his experience as a Spurs supporter better.
Needless to say Spurs fans loved the display of support from one of the hottest properties in American football right now.
Former striker and a Gooner through & through, Ian Wright could do nothing but admire as the Arsenal legend attended an event at Spurs’ brand spanking new stadium yesterday.
Appearing on behalf of Football Beyond Borders, an educational charity for underprivileged youth, Wright took some time interacting with budding footballers before taking a look around in the massive arena.
Even as an Arsenal man, he had to admit that it was absolutely “magnificent”.
Three grudging admiration was justified, considering he was given a view of the beautiful stadium when it was fully lit at night.
The man was, of course having a hard time admitting that Spurs now had a home ground on par, if not better than the Emirates.
It was quite refreshing, honestly, to see a former player sticking to his loyalties yet being light hearted and keeping his opinions blunt and matter-of-fact.
👀 @IanWright0 reacts to seeing Tottenham’s brand new stadium for the first time:
Among the more memorable moments of last year from the world of football, one that stands out was Ajax’s dominant run Europe’s biggest stage, the Champions League.
A bright team comprised of starlets destined for greatness like Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek helped the Dutch side storm into the semi-finals, where they eventually lost to Tottenham Hotspur.
Of course, all of this brilliance in the middle and the back would only have paid off had there been a striker of some calibre up front, and thankfully for the Godenzonen, they had the services of one of the most lethal attackers on the planet at the moment in Hakim Ziyech.
The Moroccan player usually plays as an attacking midfielder for the Dutch giants, netting a fair few amount of goals that are overshadowed by his sheer prolificacy when it comes to providing assists: last season, he scored a staggering sixteen goals and provided thirteen assists in twenty nine league games, and this season he already has six goals and twelve assists from eighteen.
That brings him to a mightily impressive statistic of having a goal contribution in every single game he’s played, a feat very rarely achieved by anyone who’s not a world class player.
Plus, the man just has a natural hunger for goals that perfectly suits his skillset, which includes a left foot to die for:
This, of course, has brought many potential suitors at his door, with Chelsea seemingly having gotten his signature on the dotted line already.
With various reports emerging that Ziyech is almost certainly joining the Blues this summer, the news only became more of a foregone conclusion when the Stamford Bridge faithful noticed this under 433s official Instagram page:
Yes, that was indeed Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham’s official Instagram account hitting the heart icon on the post.
Why wouldn’t he? After all, with Ziyech’s arrival, he would be the most to gain from those pinpoint crosses. Eventually, it turned out that Antoine Rüdiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi have also like that very same post, only fuelling a fan frenzy over the Moroccan playmaker.
It remains to be seen whether Hakim will manage to adapt to the rigors of Premier League and eventually manage to thrive here, but it goes without saying that he definitely has all the tools in his arsenal to do so.
Now, with the “backing” of his various future teammates, Ziyech is sure to be welcomed with open arms and fans will be definitely watching out for more explosive action from the in-form player.
Arsenal have come a long way from the days of the Invincibles, when a combination of sporting talent, solid work ethic and masterful managerial strategy from Arsene Wenger produced an absolutely stunning season where they went completely unbeaten back in 2003-04.
Studded with absolute gems like Bergkamp and Henry up front, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg marshalling the midfield and Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure making up the backline, it struck fear into the hearts of every Premier League team then. Yes, even Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team.
Yet, even this assortment of superstars would have failed miserably had it not been for the sheer cohesive force that is Patrick Vieira.
The Frenchman, playing as a holding midfielder, captained the team with decisiveness to glory. It absolutely did not hurt that he had a fantastic set of skills as well, an acute defensive mind being one of them.
In the present, however, the Gunners are anything but invincible, having fallen prey to a lackadaisical managerial board along with gaffers who had the wrong sort of vision for the team.
This has led to a massive slide in quality till the present, where they are now stuck all the way down in middle of the league table. Yet there seems to be signs of sustained recovery under Mikel Arteta, the former Gunner sparing no expense and scouting out players that he believes might fit the Arsenal philosophy.
Lately, it seems that he might have found his muse: Pape Gueye.
Now, Pape Gueye is far from a finished product: he is barely twenty one years of age. While he has not played a minute of top flight football, having been a midfielder with AC Le Havre, his style of play has earned him many plaudits from scouts around France.
The fact that he comes from the same club academy that produced stars like Paul Pogba and Dmitri Payet only proves as a point in his favour.
In fact, there are quite a few who draw similarities between his game and the great Vieira’s, which could only serve to excite Arsenal fans even more.
Now, with there being an almost-confirmed bid from the Gunners of £5 million, an atmosphere of anticipation seems to be building for the arrival of this guaranteed future star.
Things got even more exciting when fans of Arsenal midfielder and compatriot Matteo Guendouzi found that Gueye had posted a comment of appreciation under his latest Instagram post.
Now, it remains to be seen if Gueye can have even remotely as much of an impact as someone like Vieira had, if the lad decides to make the Emirates Stadium his home.
There is, however, no arguing over the fact that he definitely has a touch of class about him and would definitely be a handy inclusion in the Londoners’ rebuilding process.
If there is one lasting legacy still remaining from Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal, apart from his stingy ways in acquiring players for the club, is the amount of emphasis he put on his wards’ off-field regimen.
Yes, there were full time coaching staff and trainers that took care of players long before his reign, but the level of intensity and the amount of money and time invested into developing players stands out. Indeed, one could say Wenger modernized training regimen tactics.
And now, though his time at the club is but in memory, his methods are hardly forgotten, continuing to find new takers, more staff that take inspiration from his ideology and make sure that the players are, physically at least, on par if not better than those from the rest of the league.
This ideology was made very clear when twitter user @afcevan posted a compilation of sorts on Twitter. Presented in a before-and-after style format, it shows photos of players like Martinelli, Tierney, Nicolas Pepe and Willock from about six months ago compared to how they are now. And oh boy, there is a stark difference alright.
As one user quipped in the comments, all of them seem to be on that (Wolves player Adama) Traore juice. Considering how much the players have gained in the past half year, it would be hard to disagree with that statement.
Of course, full credit must go to Shad Forsythe, long time head fitness coach for the Gunners and all the staff under him. The man has stuck to his mentor’s philosophy and the results pretty much speak for themselves.
Now, the amount of bulking up that they have done will surely go hand in hand with an increased physicality and presence on the field.
Hopefully it leads to more favourable results for the Londoners in the coming days, and fans get something more to cheer about.
Dynamic positional play, breathtaking counter-attacks and ruthless finishing have been the standard of Liverpool’s deadly attack.
Jurgen Klopp expects nothing less than workmen like displays from his team, week in and week out.
With the lightning-quick attack consisting of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, a sturdy midfield and a rock-solid defence, this Liverpool side already appears to be top-notch in its current shape.
However, the club’s scouts are always on the lookout for the best of talents around the globe in order to reinforce the squad.
Having already procured the signing of midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, Klopp might once again be eyeing the Bundesliga club to bolster up his squad.
Liverpool fans are hot on the heels of the new rumour as the reliable German news reporter, Christian Falk from SportBild reported today about Liverpool’s interest in Timo Werner.
According to the report, the Leipzig striker has a release clause of about 60m euros, a fee that would certainly feel like a bargain for a player of his calibre, especially considering today’s inflated market.
Werner has amassed a staggering 20 goals in the current Bundesliga season, lagging only two goals behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski for the Torjägerkanone (top-scorers trophy).
Thanks to his contribution, Leipzig are just one point behind Bayern in a fiercely contested title race. With quite a bit of pace and top-notch finishing in his locker, Werner seems to tick all the boxes for Liverpool.
His understanding with Naby Keita can also be something which might have attracted Klopp’s interest as a clip of the dynamic duo ripping apart Bundesliga defences for fun back in their Leipzig days has been making rounds on the internet –
Liverpool seems to be the name on everyone’s lips lately, with the club going on an incredible twenty five matches unbeaten in the Premier League this season.
One of the main reasons for this, apart from possessing a defence that just refuses to budge, is a lethal, almost otherworldly front trio comprised of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Of the three, Salah might possess the most flair, and Mane might have vision fit for gods, but it is Bobby Firmino who impresses the footballing world most, with his technical brilliance and tireless consistency day in and day out.
And the results speak for themselves; he’s scored eight goals and provided seven assists in the league already this season, with an immeasurable presence on the pitch to boot.
It is no secret, therefore, that all the top clubs would part with an arm and a limb to acquire the services of any of these three, Firmino in particular.
And what do you know: news has come trickling in from the BBC that none other than Bayern Munich are preparing a £75 million bid for the Brazilian centre forward.
While acquiring Firmino is just one step of the Bavarians’ grand plans, which include having Leroy Sane up front, it might turn out that they will get neither of the two.
Firmino, especially, has expressed his love for the Merseyside club over and over again, and the fans believe that there is no chance of a transfer happening.
Now, even professional footballers have chimed in with their opinion, concurring completely with what the fans have to say. Charlie Austin, in particular, is one to have tweeted about the issue. The West Bromwich Albion player believes that there is no chance of that bid ever being allowed.
Echoing his sentiments was former Liverpool man and current Reading midfielder Charlie Adam. Austin’s namesake was of the opinion that Bayern would need to breach the 100 million pounds mark to even have a credible bid. Charile Austin replied to this, agreeing wholeheartedly and contending that he rated Firmino even more highly than Salah and Mane.
There could be nothing but praise for Bobby Firmino!
Underrated for large swathes of his career, the Liverpool forward finally seems to be finding the respect – and price tag – that he has more than earned now. His supporters could not be more delighted.
Leeds United don’t have much to look forward to these days, apparently.
This once great club, its storied legacy chock full of icons like Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton and Eddie Gray, have now taken quite a drop in stature. The club, once a regular in the top flight and famous for having been a ruthless force in the sixties and seventies, now finds itself in the ignominious position of having to battle it out for promotion from the Championship.
And while they are currently at second place, the Peacocks have had a terrible run of form, having won just two of their last ten league games with only five separating them from seventh position. Grim times, without a doubt
Yet, fans will gladly take their current position any day, considering that the team was stuck in the doldrums of mid-table football just about two seasons ago.
Indeed, whatever meagre achievements the team currently possesses has all been made possible through the vision and dedication of one man: Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa is a unique breed of manager, in the sense that he has garnered a massive reputation for himself without ever having managed a big name club. How, you ask? Well, his modus operandi is quite simple; he takes charge of a relatively insignificant club, and by sheer force of will and revolutionary tactics, extracts far more out of the club than anyone could ever have imagined (Athletic Bilbao’s 2011-12 season is a shining example).
No wonder then, that the man is respected across the footballing world and is adored by the Leeds faithful for whipping them in to shape. Believe in Bielsa, as the adage goes.
It was only natural then, that fans would find comfort in something even remotely related to Bielsa during this period of hardship.
In a widely shared clip on Twitter, a man who seems to have an uncanny resemblance to the gaffer can be seen absolutely plastered in a bar. He is, along with other revelers, completely enjoying himself, singing and dancing wildly to Jon Bon Jovi’s classic Livin’ on a Prayer with his hands in the air. Twitter users absolutely loved the video, with some amazed at how this man was the “spitting image” of Bielsa.
Others commented that it was completely understandable, considering the rough few weeks he’s had recently. And with the last two months now in hindsight, one really can’t disagree.
For now, with Leeds so precariously poised in the table, the extremely devout Bielsa really does seem to be livin’ on a prayer.
The resurgence of the Milan clubs has breathed new life into the Derby della Madonnina. The Milan derby was never short of emotions but has again started to be the centre of attention with the advent of iconic and revitalized players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku taking part in the contest.
Both were involved in the goals as Antonio Conte’s men completed an emphatic comeback after Zlatan put AC Milan 2 goals ahead with a goal just before half-time.
Former Manchester United frontman Romelu Lukaku took it to the celebration, suspected to be aimed at his former employers, to silence his critics after applying the finishing touch to the goal that put the match to bed.
The Belgian striker was a subject of heavy criticism from United fans, former players, the media as well as from the managerial staff for not delivering up to the expectations.
He expressed in an interview following his move to Inter that he didn’t feel ‘protected’ enough at Manchester and was made United’s scapegoat whenever the team struggled to get positive results.
Lukaku is putting in progressively better performances for the Milan side having already set a record for the Nerazzurri for becoming the fastest player in the club’s history to score 20 goals across all competitions.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are still struggling to sort out their problems in attack with Marcus Rashford out injured for a long spell and having signed Odion Ighalo in an attempt to steady the ship.
It is not exactly a secret that Manchester United are going through a bit of an injury crisis currently.
It’s a shame, to say the least, to see this once massive footballing institution reduced to being pegged back by a few injury concerns, but that’s just the status quo at the club now.
The team’s horrendous performance so far, by its own standards, has bogged the fans down, with some questioning United’s chance of qualifying for European football next season.
Now, it finally looks like it’s the Red Devils’ time to shine, with one of its very own, Scott McTominay, at last returning into the scheme of things. He’s joined the squad at a camp in Marbella, Spain, and is currently training hard to be fighting fit as soon as possible.
McTominay has certainly been one of the standout performers and a very rare bright spot in United’s otherwise blighted campaign this season.
Along with Pogba and a resurgent Fred in midfield, the Scot gave the fans something to cheer about, with crisp, energizing displays match after match in the first half of the season endearing him to the crowd and earning him the name of McSauce.
In a cruel twist of fate, however, both Pogba and McTominay were put out of action after the win over Newcastle the day after Christmas.
Nothing has gone right at Old Trafford ever since, with Matic and Fred being a mediocre pairing at best and with even Rashford having to be taken off after a mishap against Wolves three weeks later.
The fans now believe there is a return to form on the cards, with Pogba posting an update on Instagram claiming that he was progressing well with his recovery, and Bruno Fernandes arriving at the club as well.
Yet, it is old McTominator that Old Trafford faithful adore most, having gone through the youth ranks and now being a crucial player for the side. With the lad showing an incredible work ethic, as always, he’s worked his socks off to get fit again, and it shows.
His return is sure to be a massive shot in the arm for the team, considering that they have a crucial Premier League clash with Chelsea coming up, and fans have been abuzz with anticipation.
McTominay is most certainly a class act for United, and along with Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Tahith Chong, is being heavily tipped as the future of the club.
Here’s to hoping that McTominay comes back soon and does what he does best – being a thorn in opposition defences.
Ever had a low-quality stream, your team scores and you aren’t able to identify who did? We have all been there as football fans.
Although, when it comes to officiating, cases of mistaken identity are few and far between in football.
One of the rare instances of mistaken identity involved the infamous sending off of Kieran Gibbs for a handball committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the 2013-14 Premier League season.
The bogus decision from the referee Andre Marriner came in Arsenal’s match against Chelsea as the Blues downed the Gunners to a 6-0 defeat which proved to be costly for Arsenal in the title race.
Arsenal fans are recovering the shades of those memories as new signing Pablo Mari and Ceballos look eerily similar.
Although the loan signing from Flamengo is yet to play a game for the Gunners, fans around the globe got to catch a glimpse of him at one of Arsenal’s open training sessions.
Consequently, the spectators were left deceived by the looks of the new signing Pablo Mari and Dani Ceballos with only the kit numbers being helpful to differentiate between the two.
Many fans on Twitter have pointed out the same.
Some suspect that a similar mishap as in 2014 might repeat itself, this time involving the two Arsenal loanees but the possibilities are rather slim with the advent of VAR in the Premier League, which is specifically involved if there is a case of mistaken identity.
However, considering many erroneous decisions from VAR throughout the season, nothing can be excluded.
Also, it’s going to be one hell of a task for the Arsenal followers to recognise the two of them through their TV screens and from the back of the stands if Mikel Arteta decides to put both of them on the pitch together.
The chance to prove himself might come sooner for Pablo Mari, as Mikel Arteta eases the centre-back into the team during the winter break and deems him ready to get going against Newcastle United.