Sports | Anorak - Part 41

Sports Category

Sports news, commentary and scores with wit and added value. We compare and contrast the best and worst sports reporting in the mainstream press, blogs, TV and online. We love the English Premier League (Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester United and Manchester City) and all things football but we cover cricket, rugby, the Olympics, tennis, golf, F1 and highlights of the sporting year.

Paul Tisdale giving Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp a present is just one one of the nicest things ever

Paul Tisdale giving Jurgen Klopp a present before the start of FA Cup match between Exeter City and Liverpool “is just one one of the nicest things ever”, says George Caulkin.

And it is.

Posted: 8th, January 2016 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Hazard £65m To Manchester United Or £100m to Real Madrid

hazard man united transferTransfer balls: Is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard heading to Manchester United? The Daily Star seems to think he might be. The fee? £65m.

Of course, not so long ago (it was yesterday), Manchester United were buying Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. The Star explains the sudden shift in targets: “New target as Bale deal is off.”

Was it ever on?

The Star says United will “battle” PSG and Bayern Munich for Hazard. The Daily Mail says Real Madrid want him. But the Star is sticking with Hazard to United, saying the club’s owners have approved a bid and £250,000-a-week wages for the Belgian.

But hold on a moment. The Express leads with news that Chelsea are “banking on  Didier Drogba’s arrival as coach being the key to keeping Eden Hazard”.

hazard didierWhy? Well, Drogba “persuaded” Hazard to join a winning Chelsea side from lowly Lille for £35m and a massive pay hike in 2012. Drogba is some negotiator.

The Express reasons that Drogba will now persuade Hazard to remain at Chelsea and turn down a massive signing on fee and more wages at a bigger club.

The Mail quotes a Chelsea “insider” saying of Hazard: “In his head he has already left. It would take some U-turn to keep him.”

Champions’ League football would help – which makes you wonder why Hazard would join a struggling Manchester United when he’s good enough to play at Madrid or Barcelona.

Finally, the Independent has a few words on Hazard’s worth.

The Belgian, 24, is ranked ahead of current Balon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo, who is fourth, with a current market value of €130.5million (£95.77m), according to football think-tank the CIES Football Observatory.


The value means that Hazard, who has been linked with a £100m move to Real Madrid in the January window, trails only Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Such are the facts.


Posted: 8th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chelsea shock: Oscar tackles player, Costa hurts hair, players exchange handbags

oscar costa fightChelsea players have been in a “row” says the Daily Mail. Diego Costa and Oscar squared up in a “fracas” during training.

In the great pantheon of sporting fights this one is in the bargain basement, tossed in a bin below compilation tapes of Audley Harrison’s best bouts.

The Mail says Oscar and Costa fought after two “hefty” tackles. The mind’s eyes sees Oscar shouting ‘boo!’ and tickling Costa with a feather duster, followed by Costa pinching his attacker on the legs and tumbling to the floor clutching his face, heart and hair.

The Mirror says the pair “clashed furiously” after “X-rated tackles”. Over two pages we read of “Fear and Loathing in SW6”. That’s the London postcode for Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

The Sun calls it a “dust up”. It says the players had to be pulled apart. No punches were thrown, says the Mirror. The Sun says they might have been.

Oscar did go in with a knee-high challenge on his teammate, says the Sun. Chelsea players were “shocked by the ferosity of the challenge”. Well, they’ve seen Oscar play. Any challenge from him is a bit of a surprise. The Times says the players “clashed repeatedly” during the session.

And then? Well, the Sun quotes Oscar, who says he and Costa are “very good friends” and have “no issues whatsoever”.

And that’s the story of “fear and loathing” at the modern, sanitised version of Chelsea FC.


Posted: 8th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Ezequiel Lavezzi beats Arsenal, wants Spurs, joins Barcelona

Transfer balls: a look at terrible football reporting. The Daily Telegraph has news for Arsenal and Spurs fans:

In case you thought the bitter north London rivalry needed anything else to ramp it up, it has been reported that both Arsenal and Tottenham are after the same man – and the team in white are going to win.

They are? Who is this player? And who picks Spurs over the Gunners?

Arsenal have long shown an interest in Ezequeil Lavezzi, reportedly failing to agree a fee for the Paris Saint-Germain winger last summer.

The piece ends:

The former Napoli man is out of contract in the summer and Spurs will be able to seal the deal for a knock-down price.

Number of sources linked to: nil.

Number of people quoted: nil.

But we can quote a source who seems to know all about Lavezzi.

Chelsea ready to pursue deal for PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi – May 2014

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gunners suffer blow in bid to sign PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi -PSG winger Ezequiel Lavezzi is unlikely join either Arsenal in January, according to his agent. – Dec 31, 2015

You can read those stories in the Daily Telegraph.

In other Lavezzi news:

lavezzi liverpool
And Gazzetta dello Sport says that Tottenham are not fighting Arsenal for the player – it’s Barcelona and Internazionale they need to beat. Best of luck with that. 

Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer Balls: Ronaldo and Bale to Man United, Messi to Man City, Pep to Chelsea

bale ronaldo united manchester


Transfer balls: The British Press is obsessed with Real Madrid. The latest news is that Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely leave Real Madrid in the summer, with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain keen to sign the 30-year-old Portugal forward. So says the Telegraph.

This will trigger a new wave of spending by Real Madrid, who will fight PSG for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The 24-year-old Belgium forward is certain to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, says the Daily Mail.

And there is Gareth Bale, the 26-year-old Real Madrid player who will follow Ronaldo out of the Spanish capital, heading to join Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or PSG. Unless he elects to stay in Spain, says the Sun.

Should Bale head to Manchester United he will hook up with that club’s next manager. Yeah, it’s 56-year-old Carlo Ancelotti, who was approached by United’s king maker’s last November. Back then the Italian rejected the chance to replace Louis van Gaal because he wants to manage Bayern Munich, says the Daily Mail. But he’s yet to be offered that job. So it might be United for him.

Bayern, of course, are waving goodbye to their manager, Pep Guardiola. The Manchester Evening News wonders if Pep, 44, is to be United’s next boss. News is that he won’t be. Apparently United feel he’s already set his mind on bossing Manchester City, where, says the Sun, he will attempt to buy Lionel Messi from Barcelona. The Catalans will then attempt to buy Hazard.

Unless the London Evening Standard is right and Pep is going to receive an offer from Chelsea he cannot refuse. In which case, Hazard will stay at Chelsea, Bale will stay at Real and Ronaldo will cancel his flight to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile…at Arsenal….



Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Gareth Bale to Chelsea, Hazard to Real, tabloids to guessing

Transfer balls: It’s going to be a month of Gareth Bale this and Gareth Bale that.

The Daily Mail says Bale will head to Manchester United for £75m. There he will hook up with Ryan Giggs, forming a Welsh dream team not seen since Tom Jones pulled on his pulling knickers. 

The Guardian says Bale is not leaving Real. He’s going to see if he can make a fist of it.

But if Real do sell Bale this January – which they won’t do – who will replace him in Spain? The Daily Star knows. The paper says Real will invest £100m in ‘tired’ Eden Hazard. 

The Daily Mirror, speculates, that could mean Bale heading to Chelsea in a swap deal.


Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer news: Newcastle fan tosses his shirt in Jamie Vardy’s garden

Transfer news now, and with it the story of the Newcastle United fan baiting Leicester City wonder striker Jamie Vardy. The Magpies fan has attempted to seduce Vardy from high-flying Leicester to struggling Newcastle by tossing his replica shit into the player’s back garden.

Vardy’s bemused girlfriend tweeted a photo of the shirt draped in the shrubbery.


Vardy shirt newcastle fan


If you see a topless Newcastle United fan, ask him why he did it? On second thoughts, don’t bother. Going topless is the default Newcastle fan’s look.



Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Liverpool ‘get’ Grujic, chase Gundogan, Sane and Aubameyang

Klopp transfers liverpoolLiverpool manger Jurgen Klopp “may be forced into the transfer market”, reports the BBC. During Liverpool’s 1-0 League Cup semi-final first-leg win at Stoke, Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren were forced from the field with hamstring injuries. At the final whistle, Kolo Toure looked to be struggling.

With Martin Skrtel already injured, Liverpool have no fit central defenders.

“This is something we have to think about,” said Klopp after the match when asked if he was now looking for new players.  Two weeks ago we had three centre-backs, which is a good situation, and the season started with five – but now it is zero. It is a strange feeling because on one side it is very, very good then we have these injuries.”

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Kevin Kilbane, blames Klopp for the injuries:

“I’ve seen it at some clubs before. Perhaps it’s down to the change in training methods. Under Jurgen Klopp they’ll train much harder day in, day out. The amount of medical attention footballers get at football clubs now – and also the physical work which is put in – this shouldn’t be happening. I put down the various hamstring injuries down to Klopp’s change in style.”

Does Klopp agree? “Maybe I could look at our training methods but we don’t train – we only recover. There is no training,” he says. “I’m responsible for these things and if you want to make me responsible for our hamstring strains, then OK.”

On the matter of what players Liverpool should buy, the Press is full of guessing.

The Liverpool Echo links Liverpool to Ilkay Gundogan yesterday ,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Joel Matip and Leroy Sane.

The Express says “Marko Grujic looks set to be unveiled as Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool boss today”.

The Star says Toni Kroos is on his way to Anfield – maybe.

The Metro declares: “Liverpool transfer news: Kamil Grabara deal, Max Meyer eyed, Kylian Mbappe targeted.”

Such are the facts.


Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Arsenal ‘targets’ Elneny and Aubameyang are ‘missing’

Transfer balls: For Arsenal the news is about who is missing. Mohamed Elneny has been missing from Basle training. The 23-year-old Egyptian midfielder has passed his Arsenal medial, which he took in Paris last month.

Rumours abound that a fee of £7.4 million has been agreed.

The other missing player is Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, of Borussia Dortmund. He missed training at the German club for “personal reasons”.

He’s been linked with a £42m move to Arsenal. Surely that’s too high for the Gunners in January.

Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Manchester United: Bentley for losers

The car’s the star in the tabloids. Manchester United players love a Bentley.

Daily Mail: “Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal arrives at favourite restaurant in a Bentley”

The car’s value is not stated.

Daily Mail, December 21: “Defender Chris Smalling rolls into Carrington in his sporty Bentley following United’s 2-1 defeat by Norwich on Saturday”

Not before the defeat. After it.

Daily Mirror, January 3: “Memphis Depay spotted in £250,000 Rolls Royce – hours after being slammed by Ruud Gullit”

Make the link. Can you? The Mirror seems to be suggesting that Depay is so upset at what Gullit said about him he’s downgraded his car. Depay risks being mocked by his Manchester United teammates for looking cheap. Right?

In other team news:

Daily Mail, January 5: “Like many of the most gifted players, Arnautovic is a mixture of raw ability, eccentricity and insecurity. He arrives at Stoke’s training ground from his Cheshire home every day in a personalised Bentley.”

A Bentley has very secure locks.

If it’s craptastic cars you want…

Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Money, Sports, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chelsea v Dr Eva Carneiro kicks off soon

"Has he gone yet?"

“Has he gone yet?”

After the Premier League has wound down for the summer – and Chelsea are calling Avram Grant to manage the team- Dr Eva Carneiro will give testimony in her constructive dismissal case against Chelsea.

The case will begin tomorrow at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon. The judge will set a timetable for the case.

The Guardian says the date for a full hearing “could be fixed for some time in June but there may be another preliminary hearing arranged before that takes place. The parties may also agree to a settlement before the case is heard.”

The good doctor is also taking a personal legal action against Chelsea’s former manager José Mourinho for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

The 42-year-old doctor was dropped from first-team duties after Mourinho criticised her and the first-team physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of the season.

The action meant Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea and Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn ”impulsive and naive”. Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and later parted company with the club.

Only Fearn remains at the club. Come June, and judging by the way Roman Abramovich goes through staff, he could be managing it…


Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal join Man City, Chelsea and Man United in chase for Pep Guardiola

june 30 wengerPep Guardiola will manage Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal. He’s leaving Bayern Munich in the close season so he can manage in England.

He told the Press:

“I need a new challenge and I want to use that chance to be a manager in England. I want to experience the atmosphere in England and I look forward to the stadiums there. I am 44 and it is the right time. There are offers but I haven’t signed for anyone yet. When I have a new club I will let everyone know.”


So where for Guardiola? Well, when at Barcelona he worked with Ferran Soriano, now Manchester City’s chief executive, and Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director

But United and Chelsea both want him.  Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich loves Pep.

But surely the best fit is for Pep to join Arsenal. Pep to replace Wenger… It makes sense.


Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chris Gayle fined for asking weak, pathetic woman out on a date

gayle sex


Jamaican Chris Gayle plays cricket. He’s pretty good at it. He’s a big wham-bam thank you, ma’am sort of player. He attempts to obliterate the ball in the Big Bash T20. During a match in Hobart, Tasmania, on Monday, Gayle asked sports reporter Mel McLaughlin out. That he did this during a live interview shows us that Gayle is brave. But, then, he is man who wears brightly coloured pyjamas to work. He is always bed ready.

“To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink afterwards. Don’t blush, baby,” said Chris. McLaughlin moved on. Gayle tried again. The interview ended.

Poor Chris struck out. He did not – ouch! – bowl the maiden over.

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland was aghast. He said Gayle’s actions were a form of harassment. Stuart Coventry, chief executive of Gayle’s team the Melbourne Renegades, called the player’s words “completely inappropriate and disrespectful”.

Oh, gawd. ‘Inappropriate’ is the dread word of our age. It smacks of prudes and censors. We are living the Mary Whitehouse experience. Purse your lips. Breathe in. Never exhale.

Gayle was fined AU$10,000. The cash will be donated to a breast-cancer charity – why?. McLaughlin’s bosses at Network Ten say Gayle will no longer be given an on-field microphone or helmet-cam during live broadcasts.

Gayle says it was all a “joke”, a form of “entertainment”.

You might laugh at this. “What really disappoints me,” says Fox Sports journalist Neroli Meadows, “is the fact that people still laugh and the fact that when somebody like myself or Mel says it’s not okay… It happens, situations likes that, 10 times a day when you’re a female in this sports industry and that’s just a fact.”

She called it “the sports industry”. We’ve heard enough from her.

Over to McLaughlin, then, who says she feels “nothing but respect” for Gayle. Yeah, she took it in her stride. She did not cry foul. It turns out that – get this – an adult woman can take being asked out by a cricketer on the telly and not call in lawyers and therapists.

Who knew?

Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Arsenal want Watford captain Troy Deeney for £20m

“EXCLUSIVE,” says the Daily Star. “Arsenal eye shock move for Watford captain Troy Deeney.”

They are? And, yeah, it would be a shock. It would also be insane.

We’re not not told how this rumour came about. But we do learn that “Watford are extremely unlikely to sell their skipper”.

But Wenger is in the market for a hitman, knowing adding a ready-made striker to his squad could be key to the club winning their first title for 12 years.


express balls


The Express says Arsenal are readying a £20m bid for Deeney.

This is, of course, complete tosh. but it doesn’t stop the Telegraph adding Deeny to the journalism-by-numbers list “10 strikers Arsene Wenger could sign.”

Or could not.




Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Manchester United ready huge bid for ‘disappointed’ Bale

Transfer balls: Manchester United are all set to splash a year’s worth of Adidas cash on a £75m bid for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.

The Daily Mirror, The Times and Daily Mail all agree this will happen.

But what will Bale do? The Press haven’t got the foggiest:

The Times says that Rafa Benitez’s sacking as Real manager has left the Wales player “intensely disappointed”.

But on the BBC, former Real Madrid coach John Toshack says of Rafa’s sacking: “I don’t see it affecting Gareth at all. I don’t see that as a problem.”

Such are the facts.

Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Manchester United unveil new Adidas kit designs

The BBC’s headline is interesting: “Man Utd’s playing style ‘not exactly what Adidas want to see’.”

Adidas make sporting goods. They also sponsor Manchester United for – get this –  £75m-a-year. The idea is simple: you see Wayne Rooney wiping his nose on an Adidas top and think, “I’d look as good as he does in that clobber.”


But it’s not going to plan. Manchester United are not winning every match. Herbert Hainer, the Adidas chief exec, tells Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung:

“…the actual way of playing of United is not exactly what we want to see.”

Surely the fault is with adidas, who should see United’s moribund playing style as a call to try a new design. Look beyond those go-ahead three stripes, the Adidas signature, and opt for other linear configurations, like this one:




This design perfectly reflects United’s approach to the opposition’s goal mouth.

And for the away kit, this is pretty ideal:



Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal things: Wenger zips, Wilshere injured, Newcastle nil

Five Things We Learnt. It’s the made-for-internet football story that enables jobbing hacks to conjure clicks from what has already been reported many times over.

Let’s look at how the mainstream media responded to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United. These are things the pundits expert in football ‘learnt’ from the match:

Daily Telegraph: “Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0, five things we learnt”

3. Wenger has a bigger wardrobe than we realised.

Arsene Wenger wore a tracksuit.

Daily Mirror: “Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: 5 things we learned as Laurent Koscielny saves sluggish Gunners”

2. Arsenal have injuries.

With so many players out injured – Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and so on – the biggest problem is that they have got nothing on the bench to change a game when needed.

Arsenal had those injuries before the match.

Newcastle Chronicle: “Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Five things we learned as struggling Magpies come up short again”

2. It is now 322 minutes with a league goal… and counting

The Sun: “Five things we learnt as Laurent Koscielny goal puts Arsenal two points clear at the top of the Premier League”

1 – ARSENE WENGER does not normally wear a tracksuit – and he should keep it that way. The Arsenal manager looked ridiculous in his ill-fitting garment and should keep his big coat on – even though he struggles with the zip.

Five Things We Learnt about Football Journalism: counting is easy.

Posted: 4th, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: De Gea announces Manchester United departure

de-gea-facebookIt’s January. Football’s transfer window is open. Manchester United goalie David De Gea has a new Facebook profile photo.

Did you join the dots?

The Telegraph, did. It takes the updated photo as a sign that De Gea is preparing to leave Manchester United, causing “mild panic” to spread among the club’s supporters.

Why all the fuss? Well, chiefly because there’s no United badge on De Gea’s shirt.

De Gea is communicating in code.

But has the Telegraph missed a trick? Our pals at Pies have rotated the De Gea symbol 90 degrees…




Posted: 4th, January 2016 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Aubameyang wants to play for Arsenal (or Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United)

arsenal Transfer balls: Arsenal are all set to offer £42m for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says the Sun.

Aubameyang has scored 24 goals in 23 appearances this season.

He has “told friends” he wants to leave Germany and play in the Premier League.

The paper says an Arsenal rep is in Germany talking with Dortmund.


A source then pops up to tell us:

“An intermediary has made contact with Dortmund about Pierre-Emerick making a move to Arsenal. Wenger knows the fee is very high — yet this is a striker who can make a massive difference for him and help win the title for the first time in 12 years. But there is a lot of interest in him.”

So says the source, who sounds a helluva lot like a PR rep.

The Sun then notes:

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked with making a move for the Gabon ace, 26.

They have?

Arsenal have the cash to meet Dortmund’s valuation this month and are in a strong bargaining position.

They are?

In July, the player singed a new contract at Dortmund. The Mail wrote:

Aubameyang, who wore a bow tie and sharp grey blazer as he put pen to paper, had been linked with a possible switch to the Premier League, but the new deal – which ties the 26-year-old to Dortmund until July 2020 – ends any such speculation surrounding his future.

Or not.


Posted: 3rd, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: £35m Isco £64m to Arsenal, £25m to Man City, £29m to Juventus

Isco arsenalEvery transfer window a player occupies the media. This January its Isco.

The Mirror says Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 23, is hoping to engineer a £25m move to Manchester City.

Is h? We don’t know. The Mirror’s scoop contains not as single source.

Also today the Express says Isco is heading to Juventus.


Isco Arsenal


On 15 Dec 2015, Metro said Arsenal have been placed “on red alert” for Isco, who had fallen out with Real’s management.

On December 3, Metro said Liverpool also want Isco.

On December 1, the trusty Metro said Arsenal are “ready to pay £35million asking price to seal transfer of Real Madrid star Isco”.

Isco’s price is fluctuating.

On October 15, Metro said “Arsenal are working on a £22million deal to sign Isco from Real Madrid.”

But hold the back page because Arsenal were ready to splash out – get this – £64m for Isco.


Isco Arsenal


It’s almost as if they don’t have the foggiest…



Posted: 2nd, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal balls: Newcastle cut up rough

The Sun says that Newcastle United manger Steve McClaren has “ordered  Newcastle to rough up” Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil when the teams meet this afternoon. Are the Magpies really going to kick Arsenal’s best player out of the game? Is that the game plan?


Ozil Newcastle


No. Of course not.

McClaren merely said his side must show a “certain amount  of aggression” to keep Arsenal within reach. Which seems an entirely reasonable position.



Posted: 2nd, January 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer Balls: Bournemouth sign Roma winger

Iturbe Bournemouth


Transfer news: Bournemouth have signed Roma winger Juan Iturbe, 22, on loan for the rest of this season. If Argentine Iturbe plays well, Bournemouth have an option to sign him in the summer.

Iturbe joined Roma on a five-year contract from Verona in July 2014 for £17.4m.

Is he any good? Well, in april, the Telegraph said Arsenal were set to offer £22m for his services.

442 magazine says former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tried to tempt Iturbe to Old Trafford back in 2011.


Posted: 1st, January 2016 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer balls: Arsenal in for Ben Chilwell, get Elneny, disappoint fans

Arsenal “will look to sign new players in January”. So says the Mail, which picks up Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s words to the Press. “I’ll be busy, that’s for sure,’ Wenger said. “I am already busy and I said already one month ago, we are a bit short to deal with all the competitions we face, especially in midfield. We will be busy, yes.”

The Mirror says busy does not mean buying. The Mirror says Arsenal fans will be left “disappointed”. The paper says Arsenal will buy only one player this January: Mohamed Elneny. The Metro says he’s “confirmed he’s undergone a medical and agreed terms to join Arsenal from FC Basel”.

A done deal? No. Wenger adds: “Unfortunately we cannot announce anything at the moment about this player because nothing has been concluded.”

The Times says “Elneny will provide cover in the short term, but Wenger believes that there will be greater value for money in the summer when he will be looking to sign a heavyweight defensive midfielder. Southampton have told Arsenal that Victor Wanyama is not for sale until the summer, when he will have one year left on his deal.”

The Sun says Arsenal are in for Leicester City left back Ben Chilwell. He “could be an Arsenal player next week”.

Or maybe not.

Posted: 31st, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal transfers: Javier Hernandez, Jese, Nolito and Elneny all in

Arsenal transfer news round-up.

Daily Star:  Arsenal are chasing former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. The Mexican, 27, has hit 19 goals in 21 games for Bayer Leverkusen since leaving Old Trafford. (Top work getting rid of him, Louis Van Gaal!)

Don BalonArsenal are keen to offload unconvincing Joel Campbell, 23. They’re ready to roll him into a swap deal for Celta Vigo’s Nolito.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal are due to sign 23-year-old midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basel. The Egyptian will do the work of the Gunners’ creaking Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, 33, and Tomas Rosicky, 35.

The Guardian says Arsenal also want Real Madrid’s 22-year-old substitute Jesé.

Posted: 28th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Manchester United love rat Giggs makes up with cheated brother

ryan giggs sexRyan Giggs, the Manchester United coach, wants to make up with his brother Rhodri. You might recall that Ryan was shagging Rhodri’s wife, Natasha Giggs, behind his brother’s back.

You may wonder why news that Ryan has invited his bother to a “bash” arrives at time when the current Man United manager is said to be on the “brink” of the sack.

Surely loveable Ryan Giggs isn’t using the Sun, (“Giggs in effort to make up with bro”), to bury his sordid past and make a pitch for the top job at Old Trafford?




Posted: 28th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0