‘Lightweights’ – Former PL legend launches attack on Arsenal following Man United victory – Opinion

Former Premier League marksman Stan Collymore has had his say on Arsenal following their narrow victory over Manchester United last week.

The Gunners overcame their fierce rivals with a dominant performance, however, it wasn’t enough to win over the former Liverpool man, who voiced his disapproval over the outfit ahead of the remainder of the season.

In his column for the Daily Mirror (via HITC), the Englishman labelled both the north London side and the Red Devils as ‘lightweights’.

He said: “Sunday’s clash between Manchester United and Arsenal was a clash of the lightweights.”

“Both will suck their fans into believing they can achieve something, but both have the spine and bottle of a jellyfish.”

With Arsenal, it’s a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If the club were to play badly, Collymore would surely have pointed out the club’s horrendous run of form away to fellow ‘big six’ clubs.

However, they didn’t play badly, as a matter of fact, Mikel Arteta’s men were in sensational form, defending and attacking well as they earnt a thoroughly deserved win. And it seems as though, the 49-year-old can’t build up the courage to praise the team.

Criticism will always fly the way of Arsenal given how far the club has fallen since the early 2000s. It remains crucial that the Spaniard ensures the team remain focused in their pursuit of top four, rather than on the thoughts of so-called ‘experts’.

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£37.8m-rated Arsenal ace is far too crucial to be dropped by Mikel Arteta – Opinion

Amid all the attention for Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey, it’s easy to forget there are some real gems already in the Arsenal squad.

Whilst the two have strengthened the spine considerably, it’s a man that plays further forward who is being cast into the shadows.

Alexandre Lacazette has done his best to revive his Gunners career which looked almost dead following a mixture of poor form last season and Juventus’ reported interest in the Frenchman, as per Fabrizio Romano.

He started the campaign on fire and scored in the opening three games to make him the club’s top scorer. However, he has since drawn a blank, however, his ability to bring teammates into play, link with his fellow forwards and defend from the front is the strongest among his teammates.

During the 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City, Lacazette was far from his best in front of goal, failing to score from a few yards out.

But he still led the line well, drawing in four fouls and playing the joint-second most fouls. It was a display which earnt him praise from Arteta, who claimed the former Lyon man was sharp.

He then followed up that performance was a sensational outing at Old Trafford, where he was in phenomenal form. Lacazette won two aerial battles and made four tackles as he sacrificed his desire to score a goal to help defend from the front.

The 28-year-old was crucial alongside Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in pressing the Manchester United defence as Arteta’s men suffocated the Red Devils.

Has Lacazette proven to be the most clinical forward? Not exactly, but, for a team who has turned their defensive fortunes around, it’s easy to see why the £37.8m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, France international is a key part of the team.

Sunday’s performance against United showed just how crucial the press from the forwards has been to the club in a season where they currently have the best defence.

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Alternative Premier League table has Arsenal finish TWELFTH

Arsenal would finish in twelfth place if the Premier League used the same formula devised by L’Equipe for Ligue for working out final Premier League table.

Paris Saint-Germain were awarded the Ligue 1 title yesterday, which is no surprise given the odds on Portugese betting portal online-betting.org, after it was announced the season would not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Amiens and Toulouse will be relegated from Ligue 1. Meanwhile, Lyon – who were fifth a week before the last match day, but finished seventh – said they might appeal against the verdict.

It uses all of the matches – and therefore data – available, but does away with the ‘injustice’ of how the fixture list has fallen for a given team.

A single result against a team stands. But playing a club twice leads to different outcomes, as explained in the methodology. 

Your points taken from results against clubs you have played twice are halved.

A pair of wins results in three points, a win and a draw in two and a win and a loss in 1.5 points. Similarly, two draws equals a point, a draw and a loss is worth 0.5 and, unsurprisingly, two defeats is worth nothing.

The Mail, working with Opta Sports using a method devised by L’Equipe, have predicted how the final Premier League table will look if the season does not resume amid the coronavirus crisis.

Liverpool would be clear winners, whilst Watford, Villa and Norwich would go down. Arsenal would drop three places to finish in the bottom half of the table.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright did not hold back in ruthless response to Dave Kitson’s PFA bid

Arsenal hero Ian Wright reacted angrily to the news former Premier League forward Dave  has put together a plan to become the new chief of the Professional Footballers’ Association but he has received widespread criticism

The striker, who represented the likes of Stoke Portsmouth and Sheffield United respectively, this week announced his intentions to oust current PFA chief Gordon Taylor by putting together his own blueprint for how he would lead the organisation.

Speaking in December 2018 regarding the abuse Sterling received from Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge, he said the Man City player had brought the abuse on himself.

“I do believe that players make themselves a target. Why Raheem Sterling? There are other black players on the pitch, every single week.

“I just think that we have a duty of care to ourselves as footballers, to be a little bit careful with social media, and the way we portray ourselves.

“Jealousy is an awful thing amongst the human race.

“I trawled through Raheem Sterling’s Instagram feed this morning to find that a lot of what he put on in his early days has now been deleted, and it was, ‘look at my cars, look at my house, look at this bathroom, look at this, look at that, look at me.’ And that’s going to antagonise people.

“Now that is no excuse whatsoever for racially abusing somebody, but you sow a seed amongst people who are not racist, not to like that particular person, because they don’t want to see that in their faces every day.

“Now, when you go on to Raheem Sterling’s Instagram it’s ‘here’s a goal I scored last week, here’s me in a kids hospital.’ So someone’s got hold of him and said, ‘look, you can’t do that anymore. But that seed has already been planted in people’s heads.”

Kitson claimed Raheen Sterling brought the racist abuse on himself

Immediately after those comments were made, Tyrone Mings, who was due to appear on the show, announced he would refuse to speak to the radio station.

Kitson had also posted a picture on Instragram of a black man working at Tesco with the comment: “Breaking news: Danny Welbeck completes his move to my local Tesco.” And another surrounded by two luxury sports cars with the caption ‘starting to get bored’.

Former England and Sunderland player Michael Gray tweeted: “Dave Kitson…. chief executive..no thanks..!”

Gary Neville liked and retweeted the comment to show his approval of what Gray said.

Former Blackburn winger Steven Reid, now assistant coach at Scotland, also made his feelings known.

And so too did former Chelsea man Frank Sinclair, who said: “If Dave Kitson gets any role in the union I won’t be using them at all #fact”

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Arsenal struggling to reach agreement with Bukayo Saka over new deal

Arsenal are yet to tie Bukayo Saka to a new deal at The Emirates.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed an impressive 2019-20 campaign in an unfamiliar left-back position at the Emirates, registering three goals and nine assists across all competitions.

Saka has attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool with Arsenal’s Premier League rivals for the 18-year-old if he does not extend his stay.

The England Under-19 international’s current £3,000-per-week deal is set to expire in the summer of 2021.

According to 90 min, Arsenal are prepared to offer him a five-year deal and increase his wages significantly following his breakthrough season at the Emirates.

Saka has made an impressive 10 assists and scored three goals in 29 appearances across all competitions this term.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly resigned to losing club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for as little as £30m this summer.

The forward has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona.

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