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, 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.


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 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”


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.


Recalling the Incredible Legacy Left Behind by Thierry Henry at Arsenal

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Thierry Henry celebrates against north London rivals Tottenham | Ian Walton/Getty Images

It’s been 21 years since the Highbury turf was graced by a fresh-faced Thierry Henry, proudly holding aloft the number 14 shirt and wearing a smile as wide as the Clock End.

The Frenchman enjoyed eight trophy-laden years at Arsenal (plus a seven-game cameo in 2012 while on loan from New York Red Bulls), and the legacy he left behind is still as fondly remembered by Gunners fans as it was the day he departed for Barcelona.

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Henry signed for Arsenal 21 years ago | SINEAD LYNCH/Getty Images

Henry arrived at Arsenal from Juventus just a year after being crowned a World Cup winner at France’s home tournament.

Having spent the majority of his fledgling career as a left winger, the 21-year-old was deployed a striker by Arsène Wenger, a man who knew all about the youngster’s prodigious talent having worked together at Monaco.

12 games into Henry’s Gunners career and questions were already beginning to be asked by the Highbury faithful, with the former Juve man notching just once in his opening Premier League outings.

However, 16 goals in his next 19 league games laid the foundations for an illustrious spell in north London, with Henry going on to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer after his 226 goals in 369 games eclipsed the record set by Ian Wright.

Undoubtedly the finest moment of the Frenchman’s time in England came during his fifth season at Arsenal, as the club were crowned ‘Invincibles’ having gone the full 38-game league season unbeaten.

While gooey-eyed Arsenal fans will regularly reminisce over the 2003/04 side – with Patrick Vieira’s drive, Sol Campbell’s steel and Robert Pires’ wing wizardry all high on the list of things to gush over in the pub – the undeniable brilliance of the club’s spearhead will forever be top of the agenda.

Every now and again a team is graced with sheer brilliance, and those tasked with following in the footsteps of said brilliance are constantly weighed down by the expectancy of reaching similar heights (take any Newcastle striker who wears the number nine shirt for example).

Henry’s departure from Arsenal weighed heavy on a number of strikers tasked with shouldering the burden of becoming the Gunners’ main man, with a whole host falling to the wayside.

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The Frenchman became the club’s all-time leading scorer in his time in north London | ODD ANDERSEN/Getty Images

The Frenchman’s signature finish of opening up his body and effortlessly curling the ball out of the goalkeeper’s reach and into the bottom corner will forever be synonymous with his time in the capital.

Such was the legacy left by the frontman. A poll on Arsenal’s official club website in 2008 saw Henry voted their greatest ever player, beating Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams to the top spot.

The villain-status that has been placed upon the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fàbregas since their Arsenal departures is further testament to the impact Henry had on the Gunners faithful.

There was no ill-feeling towards the Frenchman – a sentiment even Wenger wasn’t afforded by some sections of their fan base – and he was welcomed back with open arms in January 2012 during MLS’s offseason, before once again being given a hero’s farewell.

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The statue outside the Emirates Stadium will forever be a constant reminder of just how influential Henry’s time at the club was. However, no Gunners fan needs reminding of the Frenchman’s time on these shores.

He’s Arsenal’s greatest ever player and arguably the Premier League’s greatest ever player.


Willian ‘Rejects’ Latest Chelsea Contract Offer – Arsenal Move Edges Closer

Willian looks set for a Chelsea exit when his deal expires | Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea winger Willian looks increasingly likely to leave the club this summer, having rejected the club’s most recent effort to retain his services until 2022.

Having impressed with his consistency and professionalism this season, Willian’s injury-enforced absence from the FA Cup final on Saturday was touted as a contributing factor to their heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.

His importance to the team has been underlined by how keen Frank Lampard and the Blues hierarchy have been to keep him beyond the end of his current deal, which expires at the end of the season. The Chelsea boss said at the end of June that the two parties remained in talks over an extension, but the player has stood firm on his demands for a three-year deal – something the board are unwilling to offer.

The Guardian say that this impasse is unlikely to be resolved, and with Chelsea’s Champions League last 16 tie at Bayern on Saturday likely to be their final match of the season (they trail 3-0 from the first leg, play the odds), it’s thought Willian could announce his departure from the club shortly after.

Arsenal are believed to be very keen to sign the 31-year-old, and may be willing to give him the three-year contract that he claims is a deal-breaker no matter where he goes next.

They are believed to be one of two Premier League clubs who have made offers, after the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian confirmed he has five options on the table – with two clubs in Europe and one in MLS giving him plenty to think on.

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Willian in what could prove to be his final Chelsea game | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Barcelona aren’t likely to be one despite their prior interest, while claim that David Beckham’s Inter Miami – still on the lookout for one designated player – are the Stateside club in the frame.