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Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Gunners’ new faces fail to impact as Reds run rampant

Dominant Liverpool put forth a stunning display at jumping Anfield as they strolled past Arsenal 3-1 to stretch their winning streak in the Premier League to 12.

The matchday 3 of the Premier League saw Liverpool going toe to toe with Arsenal at Anfield, which promised to be a mouthwatering clash between two attacking units. Anfield has turned out to be a nightmare for Arsenal in the recent past as they witnessed a sheer humiliation in their recent trips to the Red Half of Merseyside. With an eye-catching business in the transfer window, Arsenal were seeking a positive result after recent catastrophes against The Reds.

However, it didn’t turn out be an outing their twelfth man had hoped for.

Liverpool, with their sheer class, quality and attacking proficiency were capable of achieving a grip on the game from very early stages. Full-backs Alexander-Arnold and Robertson were under constant spotlight, turning the game into a crossing session in the first half.

Liverpool’s error did hand gunners with some really good chances of scoring but they couldn’t capitalise on them. At last in the dying moments of the first 45, a breakthrough came. It was Reds’ defender Joel Matip who put Reds in front and their all hard work of the first half was paid off. It was more of psychological relief.

Neither of the two made the changes in the half time. The start of the second period was electric for Reds and David Luiz’s blunder of pulling Mohamed Salah’s shirt offered Liverpool to double their lead from the spot. The Egyptian, with a sublime penalty, fired Liverpool to a two goal lead and it started feeling like Arsenal’s past trips to Anfield are going to be repeated.

The tie had swiftly turned into the favor of hosts. The European Champions were in complete control and looked to cause Arsenal more of problems. On the 58th minute mark, Salah yet again fired Liverpool to a three-goal lead. But this time, the goal was sumptuous. With a sublime turn, he nullified David Luiz and then struck a well taken shot to the left bottom corner. Liverpool 3- 0 Arsenal.

Lucas Torreira scored a late consolation goal for arsenal which injected small unrest in the stands of Anfield. However, it ended as Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal.

Liverpool have started yet another season on a big high while Arsenal’s 100% start in the Premier League season has been broken. However, despite the result, there are some positives for Arsenal. Nicolas Pepe showed glimpses of what he can do while Torreira’s impact after coming from the bench is also a positive.

Player Ratings:

Liverpool:

Adrian (7), Van Dijk (8), Matip (9), Robertson (7), Alexander Arnold (7), Wijnaldum (6), Henderson (7), Fabinho (8), Mane (7), salah (9), Firmino(8).

Subs: Milner (6), Oxlade chamberlain (6), Lallana (N/A).

Arsenal:

Leno (6), Luiz (4), Sokratis (6), Monreal (5), Maitland Niles (6), Xhaka (6), Guendouzi (6), Willock (6), Ceballos (6), Aubameyang (5), Pepe (6).

Subs

Torreira (7), Lacazette (N/A).

 What Next?

Liverpool face Burnley in matchday 4 at Turf Moor, while another tough clash awaits for Arsenal as they face arch-rivals Tottenham next week.

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REYES : FORMER ARSENAL PLAYER DIES IN CAR CRASH

Jose Antonio Reyes, Who was part of Arsenal’s historic ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04, has died in a car accident aged just 35, Spanish club Sevilla have announced. Reyes who was with Spanish second division Extremadura for whom he played for just 2 weeks ago represented his boyhood club Sevilla 250 times scoring 40 Goals. He has also played for great names including Real and Atletico Madrid. A minute’s silence will be observed at Saturday’s Champions League final as a mark of respect to Reyes, who was the first Spaniard to win the Premier League.

Reyes signed for Arsenal during the January transfer window of the 2003–04 campaign for £10.5 million, he played 21 times and scored 5 goals in the remainder of that season including two in the penultimate two games of the season that helped keep as undefeated Arsenal won the title without losing. He played for the gunners for another 2 seasons winning the FA Cup: (2004–05) FA Community Shield (2004) and reaching the UEFA Champions League Final in 2005–06. In 2004–05 he managed to score in each of the first six games. He was named as the Premier League Player of the Month for August. Reyes featured heavily in the Gunners’ 2005–06 Champions League run, against, among others, Real Madrid, Juventus F.C. and Villarreal CF, coming on as a substitute in the final against FC Barcelona, which Arsenal lost 1–2. In total he played 110 times for the gunners scoring 23 Goals playing alongside greats including Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabreges who are among many people who paid tribute to Reyes.

Henry, called him a “wonderful player, superb team-mate and exceptional human being”. “I wish his family and friends continued strength and courage to get through this difficult time. #takenfartoosoon”, he added on Twitter

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas called Reyes his “first great friend in the world of professional football”, and added “Our connection in the field was also special.”I always say that you have been one of the greatest talents in our football and I know that I am not wrong. “Two days ago I was talking about you in an interview, it might be a sign, who knows, to remember you, my great friend.

Current Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who Reyes played under at Sevilla, paid tribute by saying: “Deeply sad and speechless after knowing this tragic news. I’ll never forget your magic and your smile.

After leaving Arsenal Reyes joined Giants Real Madrid on loan where he scored 7 goals in 38 appearances wining the la liga title, he then joined Real’s neighbours Atletico where he spent the next 4 seasons winning 2 UEFA Europa Leagues (2009–10, 2011–12) UEFA Super Cup (2010) UEFA Intertoto Cup (2007) and was a Copa del Rey runner-up in 2009–10.

He had a loan spell with Benfica whilst at Atletico before returning home to Sevilla in 2012 where he was part of the side managed by Emery that won 3 back to back Ueafa Europa Leagues and in the 2013-14 campaign scored in the second leg of their last-16 win over city rivals Betis. , in the final of the following season’s tournament, reportedly his final game for the club, he captained and assisted Carlos Bacca’s first of two goals as the team came from behind to defeat FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3–2 in Warsaw. However, he remained, starting as skipper in the ensuing Super Cup against Barcelona in Tbilisi and scoring a goal as his side came from 1–4 down to take the game to extra time, but lose nonetheless.

Reyes won his first full cap for Spain on 6 September 2003, coming on as a half-time substitute during a 3–0 friendly win against Portugal in Guimarães.[64] On 11 October, again coming from the bench, this time for Vicente, he scored twice in the final three minutes of a 4–0 win in Armenia for the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers,[65] but was left out of Iñaki Sáez’s final squad.

Two years later, Reyes was picked for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but only appeared once in four matches – the 1–0 group stage win against Saudi Arabia, with Spain already qualified in first place.[66] He was again overlooked for the victorious Euro 2008 tournament, as manager Luis Aragonés preferred the likes of David Silva and Santi Cazorla on the wings.

Spurs: Will Their New Stadium Benefit Them

Finally, after months of preparation, Spurs are going to be opening their new stadium, so that they can play their home matches there.

Built at a cost of 1billion pounds, and that you can see through the video below, showing the time lapse build.

 

Which in part explains why there were so many delays and hiccups with it, it finally hosted its first football match last weekend, when Spurs U18s hosted Southampton U18s.

It has been suggested that the Arsenal Clock end and Spurs new stand look eerily similar, prompting Arsenal Fans to suggest that Spurs are obsessed with Arsenal.

Either way the new stadium looks good and with the extra capacity it can now hold, this will surely benefit Spurs, who like Arsenal, are and have been for a number of years, building a squad and bringing through home grown talent.

Under the Ownership of Daniel Levy, who it is rumoured drives a very hard bargain, Spurs are now, on an equal footing, stadium wise with Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd when it comes to the numbers they will now be able to get into the stadium.

TalkSport commentator Ian Abraham, rates the new stadium as one of the best he has seen in Europe, however, while that may be true in his eyes, this will no doubt upset Arsenal Fans, who will see their impressive stadium, as being easier on the eye and with more space all around.

So will Spurs benefit from the new stadium?

The answer to that is yes in the Long run, as long as they can qualify for the champions league each year, then the extra revenue, generated means that they can invest in the right type of players for the first team squad, so that they can mount a serious challenge for the premiership title, which, right now, is just beyond them, compared to the riches held at Liverpool and Man City.

So all in all, Spurs will benefit from the new stadium ?

 

4 signings that could turn the fortune for Manchester United next season

Since Solskjaer took over as caretaker Manager at Old Trafford, United have looked a totally different side in contrast to what they were under Jose Mourinho , playing the brand of football that was always associated with Manchester United. Even though they have had a slump off late against Arsenal and against Wolves in the FA Cup, it is still believed that Solsjkaer is the front runner to take over the permanent job in the summer. The heroics against PSG in the Champions League adding more positives to his claim to take over the Job.
However, the recent loses against Arsenal and Wolves have indicated there are certain departments that need reinforcements and here we look at Four players who could change the fortune next season for the club if Ole was to sign them:

  1. Adrien Rabiot :

United need a Central defensive midfielder as Matic is already in his 30’s and in Rabiot , they can have someone having quite similar traits and who plays in a quite similar position for PSG which Ole has been opting regularly for United. He can even act like a deep lying playmaker, allowing the likes of Herrera and Pogba to play higher up the field.
Rabiot is a top class talent and very young, however the only problem with him could be his attitude, shown by his rejection to play for France and also a fractured relationship with PSG. But, knowing how Solsjkaer nurses young talent, this could be a fresh start for the young Frenchmen, and with his contract running out his summer, it could be a bargain for United.

2. Alex Grimaldo :

     The la Masia graduate, currently playing for Benfica , may have struggled to get into Barcelona first team, but he has now developed into one of the best young left backs in the continent. He is a versatile, technically gifted full back who can be deployed in midfield as well like David Alaba or Joshua Kimmich. Manchester United need a left back to cover up Luke Shaw , because in Ashley Young they don’t really have a specialist to compete with Shaw in the position and Grimaldo could be another astute signing for the Red Devils.

3.    Jadon Sancho :

    United have failed to have a natural right winger for many years now , with both Mata and Lingard  having tendencies to play more off the middle and drift inside. In Jadon Sancho they could have a long term solution for this problem. He has been absolutely brilliant for Borussia Dortmund this year and United could utilize the width he provides on the right side for their attacking play.
He might not come cheap, but with his immense talent and age, United could be ready to pull the trigger in the transfer market for this young English sensation. 

4. Kalidou Koulibaly :

One of the primary problems that United have failed to rectify is a world class player in defense and koulibaly could prove to be just the player they need to sort out all defensive fragilities. Considered as one of the best ball-playing center-backs in Europe, his raw pace and power make him a daunting player to go up against. He is a natural leader, always vocal on the field and can contribute in improving other players playing around him in the defensive line. At 27, he will be entering his peak years and with his experience and leadership qualities, he could prove to be an inspired United signing.

Why have so many players withdrawn from the England Squad

Within hours of the latest England Squad being named for this weekends European Championship qualifiers, there were almost immediate withdrawals from

John Stones and Fabian Delph of Manchester City

Luke Shaw of Manchester United

Ruben Loftus Cheek of Chelsea

These were joined by, Trent Alexander Arnold of Liverpool, yesterday, with a back injury.

Now at face value, withdrawals from International Squads are not uncommon at all, but what makes these withdrawals so interesting, is that all the players that have, all played for their clubs, the previous weekend, either in the Premier League or the FA Cup

At a time when, the feel good factor, is well and truly back with supporters for the national team, compared to previous  times, when due to the management in charge at the time, you almost expected withdrawals to happen, to get so many so quickly in these circumstances is, surprising to say the least

What makes it even more surprising is the fact that in all bar Trent Alexander Arnold’s case, the injuries are described as Injuries, which is vague at best. With Alexander Arnold, it is known he has had a back injury since March 10th and has tried hard to get it better, joining up with England in the hope it would speed the recovery up.

It has to be said Loftus Cheeks withdrawal was a surprise, given that he played for Chelsea at the Weekend and had a decent game, looking fit and sharp and not like someone who was carrying an injury.

The same is true of Luke Shaw, who played in Man Utds FA Cup defeat to Wolves, but again looked fit and sharp and had a relatively decent game, which is on top of his coming back from injury previously to regain his England Shirt.

So what prompts these withdrawals, is it because the matches scheduled are not deemed important enough in relation to what is happening at their clubs.

For example Chelsea are battling it out for a top 4 finish.

Manchester City are well on course for a quadruple and it is well known if you lose your place in that team, its very hard work to get it back.

The speculation will continue, but as the door shuts this time through the withdrawals for some, it opens up for others to showcase their talents such as James Ward Prowse, the Under rated star of Southampton.