“Special talent” – Liverpool ace earns huge praise from these Reds fans after performance vs Lincoln

Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones is earning big praise from fans as they react to his performance against Lincoln on Twitter.

The 19-year-old is yet to fully establish himself as a regular for the Liverpool first-team, but he announced himself with a memorable solo goal against Everton in the FA Cup last season.

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Since then, Jones has continued to impress when he’s managed to get on the pitch, and he had another eye-catching performance for Liverpool as they thrashed Lincoln City 7-2 in the Carabao Cup this evening.

The teenager scored twice, with both goals well-taken efforts to show once again why he’s such a big prospect and should have a very bright future at Anfield.

Carabao Cup rotation likely + Covid worries delay return of fans

Arsenal are in Carabao Cup action tonight, as we face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium later on.

With Liverpool coming up next in the Premier League, it’s an interesting one for Mikel Arteta. If the trip to Anfield were at the weekend, I suspect we’d see a side with no risks taken whatsoever. The fact that it’s Monday night means we have a couple of extra days to recover, so we might see some players involved who normally might sit this out – even if they’re on the bench.

There are players who could use this game to get some match fitness into their legs; there are players who haven’t featured at all this season, or indeed for some time, who will be looking at this game as some kind of signal regarding their own futures. If, for example, Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil don’t feature in this … Read the rest

“He’s a pressing monster” – Liverpool’s new signing earns big praise from Pep Lijnders

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has spoken about summer signing Diogo Jota and what role he can have in this squad after his move from Wolves.

The Portugal international has shone in his time in the Premier League and should be a useful purchase for the Reds, even if it’s not immediately clear that he’s likely to see much playing time.

MORE: Talks held: Liverpool discussing selling midfielder to Premier League club

There is huge competition for places in this Liverpool squad due to the quality in every area of the pitch, and Jota could have a hard time seeing as many starting opportunities as he’s used to.

Lijnders, however, has talked up his qualities and backed him to play a key role quite quickly, as he feels he’s already well suited to Liverpool’s style of play:

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Ice cold in Alex Runarsson

We made our third signing of the summer yesterday with the capture of Runar Alex Runarsson – now to be known as Alex Runarsson – from Dijon.

The signing of the £1.5 Icelandic international came just minutes before the man he’s replacing – Emi Martinez – saved a penalty on his debut for Aston Villa. I sense the ‘Look at what Emi did!’ thing is going run throughout this season, but how much attention you pay to that will be an individual thing. He wanted to go, we wanted £20m, sometimes that’s as much as there is to it.

Anyway, the arrival of Runarsson is interesting. First off, it absolutely and utterly cements Bernd Leno’s position as the number 1 keeper at the club. I know some people thought he was bad against West Ham, but I don’t really share that view. I loved Emi as much as the next … Read the rest

Demands set: Man Utd want £18m to green light exit with Euro giants set for scrap

Man Utd reportedly want £18m if they are to approve of an exit for Chris Smalling with Roma and Inter both said to be interested in the defensive ace.

The 30-year-old enjoyed a stellar loan spell with Roma last season as he firmly established himself as a permanent starter for the Giallorossi and a key figure in their bid to break into the top four in Serie A.

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With that deal coming to an end, he has faced an uncertain future this summer amid ongoing speculation linking him with a more permanent stint in the Italian capital, but it seems as though an agreement has yet to be reached between the two clubs.

As noted by The Sun, Man Utd want £18m to green light an exit for the centre-half, while it’s … Read the rest

Arsecast Extra Episode 373 – 21.09.2020

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

On this week’s show discuss the 2-1 win over West Ham in which the result was much better than the performance. We talk about Mikel Arteta pulling no punches about that after the game, why Kieran Tierney being so good has caused a bit of a problem, the contribution of Bukayo Saka, the need for midfield reinforcement even if Xhaka and Ceballos played their parts in the win, as well as some of the Premier League controversy over the weekend regarding handball and penalties. We then answer listener questions about the Carabao Cup team for Wednesday, whether Lucas Torreira going to Atletico Madrid should open the door for Thomas Partey’s arrival, Gabriel’s role in defence, Bernd Leno and Emi Martinez comparisons, Alexandre Lacazette’s contract/future, and lots more.

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BBC uncover Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s links to players of rival clubs

In what is likely to come as news to the Chelsea hierarchy, it’s been alleged that their owner, Roman Abramovich, held a financial interest in rival players, including one who played against the Blues.

BBC’s Panorama programme uncovered the findings, which is likely to send shock waves through the Premier League and beyond.

The Daily Star refer to leaked documents which apparently show that the Russian held rights in certain players.

Any financial aspects of his investment went through Leiston Holdings, a company that was based in the British Virgin Islands, however, the Daily Star report his spokeswomen as stressing that neither rules or regulations were broken.

Andre Carrillo played against the Blues in two Champions League games back in 2014, whilst at Sporting Lisbon.

According to the Daily Star, Leiston Holdings apparently secured 50 per cent of Carrillo’s ‘economic rights’ when they loaned Sporting approximately £850,000 back in 2011, … Read the rest

Arsenal 2-1 West Ham: Nketiah’s late goal gets sloppy Gunners out of jail

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As the final whistle blew last night, Mikel Arteta celebrated with a smile on his face, fists clenched in front of him, fully aware that the three points we’d taken against a resolute West Ham side came in spite of a pretty sub-standard performance for his team. Arsenal didn’t play well, the visitors were organised, hard working, and made it very difficult for us – as well as having some good chances themselves. But sometimes you have to win ugly, and the 2-1 win was no oil painting, that’s for sure.

We weren’t helped by a late change, Kieran Tierney pulled out just before kick-off with a tight hip, replaced by Sead Kolasinac. This game didn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know about the Bosnian international, he’s an extremely limited player and that was evident in his display. What it really … Read the rest

Chelsea agree deal to sign new goalkeeper but quarantine rules may come as a concern

It was pretty clear that Chelsea were going to sign a new keeper this summer, but Kepa did his best to ensure this would be the case with a poor start to the Premier League season.

The situation with Edouard Mendy has dragged on for a while now, but it appears that a fee has been agreed with Rennes and the transfer is now set to go through:

Obviously Chelsea fans will be desperate to see him go straight into the first team, but there may be some concern that he’ll need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival from France:

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West Ham preview: A bit more of the same?

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that ahead of our first home game of the season, so few of the questions asked of Mikel Arteta in his press conference yesterday were about football. Understandably – to an extent – there was a lot of focus on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he extended his contract in midweek, but quite what unspoken gem people were trying to elicit from the manager after his 9th or 10th question on the matter, I’m not sure.

There was a bit about David Moyes, West Ham manager and someone Arteta knows very well from his time at Everton:

Well they have many strengths and some weaknesses, like we all have. I know David, the manager, really well and I know what he will be trying to do tomorrow to hurt us as well. It will be a tough game and I am expecting a difficult battle

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