Arsenal’s record in going a league season unbeaten is intact. Chelsea lost at Newcastle United in the Premier League.
They say a week is loing time in politics, but football tusn in a moment.
Thursday December 4:
Sunday December 7:
As for the blame, Jose Mouinho says:
“We wanted to play a lot more football but that was not possible because of things that I thought didn’t belong in top level football any more. The ball goes out, it doesn’t come back and the ball boys run away. But no complaints.”
Good. The ball boys might be the only youths in the ground who can still watch football without an adult accompanying them to the expensive seats.
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Chelsea Reject Reus, Who Agreed To Join Barcelona, Manchester United And Real Madrid
The Daily Express says Mrco Reus is heading to the Premier League. He’s coming to Liverpool. No, Arsenal. No, wait, Manchester United. He’s not going to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have no first refusal option over Marco Reus, leaving the door wide open for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder to move to the Premier League.
Odd. Because the Express has previously told readers that…
Reus is off to Real Madrid. Arsenal and Manchester United can forget it…
Reus is off to Barcelona. Manchester United have lost out…
Reus is staying at Dortmund. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are crushed…
But Chelsea were delighted…
Reus was then snubbed by Chelsea…
And then on December 1, the Express said the Chelsea move was on…
Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea have been handed a timely boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.
And Manchester United are going to buy Reus in the summer…
Such are the fact in the Daily Express…
Jamie Redknapp writes for the Daily Mail. Frank Lampard’s cousin says of Frank Lampard, now with Manchester City:
Who wouldn’t want the greatest goalscoring midfielder in Premier League history in their squad?
And be in doubt that Chelsea did not want Lampard to stay at the club. As the player said:
“I would have obviously stayed if Chelsea had offered me another year. There was no reason for me to leave… If Chelsea had given me a new contract it would have been mad not to take it at the time… I had a chat with Jose Mourinho and both he and the club were always great with me. The decision was made – and I don’t know who made it.”
Redknapp then states that Lampard would like to win the league with Manchester City.
More Jamie Redknapp insight every week…
FC BARCELONA have been the modern equivalent of The Beatles, with just about everyone heaping praise on them, apart from sneering hipsters who don’t like anything successful, so they heap praise on Borussia Dortmund instead.
One of the happiest marriages was that between the Camp Nou outfit and Lionel Messi.
However, it looks like all is not rosy in Barcelona as the the Argentine megastar has suggested that his future lies elsewhere because, in his own words, “a lot changes in football.”
Transfer Balls: A look at rumour being presented as fact. Today we ask: are Chelsea selling Petr Cech? Are Arsenal buying Petr Chech?
Daily Mail, Nov 21: “Arsenal lead chase for Petr Cech with Chelsea keeper available for just £7m…”
Arsenal get Cech!
Daily Express, Nov 21: “EXCLUSIVE: AC Milan steal lead over Arsenal in race for Chelsea legend Petr Cech”
Ac Milan get Cech!
YOU can only describe Didier Drogba’s career as a rollercoaster. He’s been sulky, wayward, stopped a civil war, been brilliant and of course, scored loads of ace goals. He’s also had rather suspect hair since forever, but we’ll let him off.
And now, Didier has dropped a hint that this season could be his last.
Transfer Balls: Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool And Arsenal Do The OK Koke For Manchester United Star
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express says “Barcelona ready to beat Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool with a summer bid for Koke”.
As ever, the Express aims to get as many big clubs as possible into its story. The aim – the fabled Full House – is to link a player with the top five English clubs.
Footy expert Bruce Archer tells readers:
…reports in Spain say Koke, along with Lars Bender, is Barcelona’s priority for the summer.
IN London: The Information Capital by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, the academics plotted London’s football clubs by popularity on Twitter for the 2013/14 season.
Each square represents 500m x 500m – and its colour indicates the football club with the most-tweeted hashtag in that area.
THE Premier League is good fun this season. Only Chelsea, of the so-called top clubs, play with any cohesion. Arsenal only go backwards to pull the bal from their net; Manchester United spray money at problems; Spurs are always building; Manchester City can’t defend; and Liverpool got lucky with Luis Saurez, whose departure exposed a batch of medicore, expensive individuals.
Paul Hayward is right:
No Premier League behemoth can say they have bought major defensive ballast, or supplemented individual world-class talent to the back line. City signed Eliaquim Mangala but after a bright start he developed culture shock. The less glamorous clubs can now see that Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal and United are no longer hard to score against. Swansea (who are fifth), the so-called mini-Arsenal, made a policy decision to be tougher in their own third of the field, because they saw how much they could gain with a better balance between defence and attack…
The pressure to spray-spend £100m each summer is not yielding good results. It brings problems of balance and integration. It turns the heat on managers if the first 10 results are underwhelming.
And it plays to a delusion English football is increasingly falling prey to. The paranoia is that unless games are emotionally exhausting and aesthetically thrilling, rotten tomatoes will be lobbed by fans and pundits.
At the summit, Mourinho is showing Premier League clubs how to advance and retreat as a single fighting force. Chelsea are in another galaxy to the rest. Premier League campaigns are not meant to be over by Christmas, but this one threatens to be…
Looking at high-flying Southampton, what it adds up to is that the manager earns his corn. Would fans of Arsenal swap Wenger for Klopp, Liverpool fans exchange Rodgers for Koeman, Manchester United’s legions swap Van Gaal for Guardiola and Pelligrini for Everton’s Martinez?
WERE Liverpool cheated as they went down 2-1 to Chelsea in the Premier League? Let’s see what the local papers say:
The London Evening Standard: nothing. Not one word on the penalty not given.
They should have had a penalty in the 88 minute when Cahill stopped a Gerrard shot with his arm.
Such are the facts in the papers of record..
LIVERPOOL have been beaten by high-flying Chelsea 1-2 in the Premier League. Matt Law says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will never manage Chelsea. Well, that much should be obvious: back-to-back home league defeats against his former club have hardly made Rodgers look like Mourinho’s successor.
CHELSEA manager Jose Mouinho says the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge is like”Playing here is like playing in an empty stadium”.
He’s right. The modern Chelsea fan is a rugby-loving, glory-hunter for whom the match is a theatrical distraction between courses and ski trips. Young Henry and his banker dad are not alone. It’s like this at Arsenal, Manchester United, Spurs and more. The teenage fans who used to sing and go nuts can no longer afford to get in. Rocking up the match with a group of your mates is no longer an option. You arrived early to get your pitch. The atmosphere built as kick-off approached. Lost in the crowd, you sang. You all sang. Now the seats are empty as the middle-aged knobs queue for buns and souvenirs. Only the weathy or those die-hard adults who spend all they’ve got on the tickets can get in.
TO Chelsea, where, as the Sun reprots, “JOHN TERRY vows this week to speak to Chelsea’s board of directors about the sky-high ticket prices at his club.”
Good old JT, sticking up for the fans.
But the Chelsea players are hoovering up all that cash – “69 per cent of it [income] went on wages.”
THE Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything features a face familiar to fans of Chelsea FC.
The doctor is played by none other than Frank Leboeuf, star of such hits as Taking Sides (2001) and Le foot fait son cinéma (2003).
He tells the Radio Times:
In France I can’t audition because they still think I’m a footballer and don’t take me seriously. But in England they’ve given me the opportunity. I shot two movies here last year, Allies and The Theory of Everything. They give me a chance to show my new skill, and I’m thankful for that. People said very stupid things: they say, “Oh, every football player wants to act.” But there are only three really: Vinnie Jones, Eric Cantona and myself.
TRANSFER Balls: Anorak’s look at football speculation passed off as sensation and fact. Let’s see ehat the mesi has been saying about Sami Khedira and his move from Real Madrid to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City or anywhere else.
It sesm that Arsenal need Khedira most, with former Gunner Perry Groves (he of the Perry Groves world) quoted in the Evening Standard:
“If Arsenal can get their injured players back while making sure the gap to the top doesn’t get too big with Chelsea and City then they have a chance to challenge for the title. If they can get to within six or seven points by the time the January transfer window opens and then sign Khedira, they could win it.”
THE Daily Mail has campaign. It wants readers to:
Join Sportsmail’s Hands Off In The Box campaign by parading the logo at matches.
You can just see football fans holding up the Daily Mail’s logo with pride. To date, the only newspaper referenced at football matches is the Sun. Liverpool fans upset over the Sun’s Hillsborough coverage ask fellow fans not to buy it.
WHOEVER could Crystal Palace fans be talking about as their side hosted Chelsea in the Premier League?
The Palace fans’ banner declared:
‘Romans dirty money is a disease that has plagued our game’
TRANSFER Balls: Much talk about Sami Khedira, the Real Madrid and Germany player linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Mirror has news:
Chelsea have stormed ahead of Arsenal in the race for Sami Khedira – after it emerged that Real Madrid are looking to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech despite being linked with Manchester United’s David De Gea.
That entire story is based on the Daily Express. Yes, we know. The Mirror suipplies no link to the Express.
Transfer Balls: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba Dreams Of Arsenal, Wants Chelsea, Hunted By Liverpool But Moves To Manchester City
TRANSFER Balls: Is Paul Pogba heading to Manchester City. The Times says City are weighing up a move for the former Manchester United player, now with Juventus.
And he’s heading to the Etihad. Well, maybe:
Pogba, 21, has established himself as one of the top young players in Europe since leaving Manchester United for Turin two years ago and City are understood to have identified him as one of a number of possible midfield targets.
Ross Barkley is another option being considered by City, who inquired in June about the prospect of signing the Everton and England midfielder, only to be quoted a £50 million fee.
TRANSFER Balls: A look at utter drivel being passed off as football news in the mainstream media. The Daily Express has a question:
Chelsea lining up sensational £48m bid for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling?
The cunning is to make a statement and end it with a question mark. But what to drive-by Liverpool and Chelsea fans actually learn?
The 19-year-old midfielder is currently negotiating a new deal with Brendan Rodgers’ side, but it is believed that the two parties are far from close to agreeing terms.
BY now you’ll be wondering what former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has been up. How’s the anger? Are the dogs well?
TRANSFER Balls: Can it be that the Gunners are going to buy Edison Cavani?
The Daily Express tells its readers today:
Arsenal are working on a deal to try and sign Edinson Cavani.
ARSENAL manager Arsène Wenger spoke to the Arsenal website after his side’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea. This is what he had to say:
Yes, a point was in it. It was down to us not to make defensive mistakes and use the dangerous situations we had and I think we were a bit short on both sides. We made a defensive mistake at the moment when we couldn’t afford to do it, and also when it was 1-0 and we were all over them I felt it was important not to concede a second goal. We did produce a good performance and both keepers had no saves to make.
Well, sort of. The Arsenal goalkeeper had two saves to make, but, we guess, he decided against making them…
ARSENAL manger Arsene Wenger looked like he’d strike a blow for everyone who values sport over gamesmanship and win-at-all-costs when he menaced Chelsea’s charmless manager Jose Mourinho.
The newspaper react:
Arsene Wenger is hardly contrite about intimidating Mourinho.
No, what is there to regret after that? I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me in between without any sign of welcome… B was Alexis, to see how badly he was injured…
I trust that you will teach me all the moral lessons over the next three weeks and I can accept that. But I’ve been in the game long enough to give it the right weight…
I can try to push you and when [I do] you will see what my [pushes are really like]. It was a little one…
The Mirror goes overbaord:
Oh, puh-lease. We all loved it, including one former Daily Mirroe editor.