Even more cynical, greedy, and short-sighted

If you pay any scant attention to the news, it won’t have escaped you that we’re living in a time when many people feel like they can get away with all kinds of things – especially at a political level. I don’t need to go into details, and I know corruption, back-handers, and looking after your friends/donors/vested interests is not new. However, it feels like an era in which people are emboldened to be as brazen as they like because they see that consequences these days are basically hit and miss (with much more miss than hit).

What’s that? There’s a tender out to produce £200m worth of PPE for medical professionals during a worldwide pandemic. Who should we give this massive contract to? The company which has been doing this kind of work for years and years and has experience, professionalism, employees and a track record? Or, Honest Bob’s … Read the rest

What Man United teammates truly think about Pogba's flirtation with Madrid

Manchester United star Paul Pogba was in the spotlight for the media following his comments on Real Madrid.

The French superstar publicly admitted that playing for the Spanish champions would be a dream come true.

It’s now the second time Pogba talked about Madrid so openly and fans are certainly sick of hearing about it.

In fairness to the World Cup winner, he did reveal United haven’t offered him a new deal and did state his desire to fight for his current club.

Perhaps the former Juventus man was trying to scare those at Old Trafford into action but it still rubbed off supporters the wrong way but apparently not his colleagues.

According to Manchester Evening News, Pogba’s teammates don’t think of him any less for openly flirting with Madrid and instead they still support him, believing he’s the Red Devils’ best player at the moment.

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Liverpool & United branded ‘absolutely vile’ by Ian Holloway for Project Big Picture

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway has criticised Project Big Picture – the proposed shakeup of English football led by the American owners of Liverpool and Manchester United.

The plans, which have been long in the making, would scrap the League Cup, cut the Premier League to 18 sides and provide more power regarding decisions to the Big Six – who create the most profit the game in the country.

Money would also be distributed down the pyramid, but all in all, it’s been received as an opportunistic power grab by most clubs outside England’s biggest.

Holloway branded it ‘absolutely vile,’ and purely a sign of ‘greed’ in a radio rant which has since gone viral.

We actually think there’s some good things in the proposals, especially trying to cut the number of meaningless games played – but reckon the timing of the announcement is a little crass – with multiple … Read the rest

What Mikel Arteta told Thomas Partey in first conversation after Arsenal transfer

Thomas Partey has opened up on the first thing that Mikel Arteta told him after he joined Arsenal on transfer Deadline Day in a press conference with the media today.

The BBC’s George Cummings posed the question to the 27-year-old in the star’s first experience with the English media.

As per the Independent, Arsenal’s hierarchy approved the move to trigger the midfielder’s £45m (€50m) release clause at Atletico Madrid after a personal request from Arteta.

Partey, who has returned to London following Ghana’s 5-1 win against Qatar yesterday, admitted that Arteta believes he can do the same thing for the Gunners that he did for Atleti.

The central midfielder reiterated that Arteta told him that he’s ‘seen him play’, with the Spaniard aware of what Partey can ‘give’ to the Arsenal team.

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Juventus have to win the Champions League, they can only underachieve for so long

Juventus have been unlucky sometimes and they have been embarrassing at other times when it comes to winning the Champions League.

However, excuses only work for so long and if one wants to get lucky then a visit to Online casino Canada is probably the better route because it will take more than luck to win the Champions League.

The Bianconeri came close to ending their wait for the coveted European trophy twice under Max Allegri, but each time they fell short.

They were beaten by Barcelona in the 2014/15 final and by Real Madrid in the 2016/17 final.

These have been the closest that they have come to winning the trophy since they last won it in 1996.

They signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid where he had won the competition on multiple occasions because they are desperate to win it, yet they were eliminated from the round of … Read the rest

Arsecast Extra Episode 377 – 12.10.2020

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog.

On this Interlull episode of the Arsecast Extra, James has to deal with bits of himself literally falling out of his own body, before we discuss the big story of the weekend – the Project Give All The Money To The Big Clubs. Are there potential benefits to the game, or is this a piece of rank, cynical opportunism? We also chat about the decision to charge £14.95 for pay-per-view games on Sky Sports and BT Sports, the absence of William Saliba from our Europa League squad, Arsene Wenger’s upcoming book, Edu’s interview with the official site and lots more.

Remember, you can send us questions via which we’ll try and get to each week. Send them to either @arseblog or @Gunnerblog (or both) using the hashtag #arsecastextra. Best to send them Monday morning so … Read the rest

All smiles: New Man United signing pictured in training kit

Manchester United fans are plenty excited to see their new signing Facundo Pellistri in action and it seems he’s equally thrilled to be at the club.

The young winger arrived from Peñarol on deadline day as a relative unknown but supporters are looking forward to his debut nonetheless.

Pellistri comes with a host of recommendations and praise, appearing to fit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer policy perfectly.

There are question marks over whether he’s ready for the first-team right away but supporters are willing to give him a chance to shine.

Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard have all played in the right-wing spot over various periods but it certainly is a position Pellistri can make his own.

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Wary Everton boss Ancelotti makes Liverpool declaration ahead of Merseyside Derby

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti isn’t reading too much into Liverpool’s 7-2 loss at the hands of Aston Villa, and is wary ahead of the Merseyside Derby.

The Reds were (there is no other way to put it) destroyed at Villa park before the international break, and the players have been left to lick their wounds.

A handful of Liverpool stars have been away on international duty over the last fortnight, but will be headed back to Melwood before the weekend.

The Merseyside Derby is up next for the Reds and the Blues – and Ancelotti is refusing to get cocky ahead of the champions’ trip over Stanley Park.

We are confident,” the Italian told Evertonfc.com. “It doesn’t matter what happened last week, they are still a fantastic team with a fantastic manager. It will be a difficult game but we have confidence.

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‘He is a Scouser at heart’ – Former Liverpool chief exec compares Klopp to Shankly

Liverpool continue to go from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp.

In the five years since the German has been at the helm, they’ve lost a League Cup final, a Europa League final and a Champions League final.

However, they’ve also won a Champions League final and then followed it up with their first Premier League in 30 years.

Even the fact that they qualified for the finals they lost can be seen as a pattern. Klopp is a serial finalist and even if he doesn’t always win, it’s not for the want of trying.

The Reds supporters have taken him firmly to their hearts already, his mixture of genuine warmth, personality and charisma, a winning combination.

It’s not only the fans who have appreciated what the German has done for them in a relatively short space of time either.

“There is no facade with Jurgen. There is no show … Read the rest

These two ‘important teams’ can challenge Inter & Juve for title

Dino Zoff names Juventus and Inter Milan as the stand-out favourites for the Serie A title, but is refusing to rule out either of Atalanta or Napoli from mounting a challenge.

The Italian division has started in spectacular fashion this season, with a huge influx of goals at this early point in the campaign.

Much of the attention however has been on the testing of players, with a substantial amount of positive results, and with certain matches having been postponed.

The situation has attracted further attention last weekend when Napoli failed to turn up for their scheduled clash in Turin against Juventus, with the club claiming that they were not permitted to travel despite having the plane waiting for them.

We are still awaiting confirmation on whether La Lega will stick to their principles having demanded that the fixture go ahead despite the request to postpone, although a rearrangement appears … Read the rest