MEN uses tragedy as click bait
The football world was in mourning this weekend after Fiorentina captain Davide Astori sadly passed away aged 31. Heartfelt messages from colleges were published on social media for the Italian international, including one from Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon.
The Manchester Evening News however decided to use Astori’s death as click bait. Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian was a former teammate of Astori and the paper used the headline ‘Matteo Darmian woke up to some terrible news’.
The paper received backlash on social media for their actions.
Henry says ‘yes’ to managing Arsenal
Thierry Henry admitted he would be willing to manage Arsenal if the club asked him to.
However, the Frenchman continued to support Arsene Wenger in the role but said he had never shied away from a challenge and if the club and Wenger wanted him to coach, he would be willing to step up to the task.
“Listen, I’m a competitor, you don’t back down from a challenge,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“We are hypothetically speaking before people jump ahead of everything, [but] I have never backed down from a challenge since I was young.”
Pipe bomb from Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte branded Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville ‘stupid’ after they described Chelsea’s display against Manchester City as ‘anti-football’.
Informed of the comments, Conte said: “The pundit has to use the head to understand when you speak about tactics. I think you must have knowledge to speak about tactics and not only to speak in a stupid way. You have to accept every criticism but I am not so stupid to play against Manchester City open and to lose 3-0 or 4-0.
Maybe if Conte’s side showed as much fight as their manager they would be challenging for the title instead of trying to secure a spot in the top four.
Burnley 2-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth
Southampton 0-0 Stoke
Swansea 4-1 West Ham
Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield
Watford 1-0 West Brom
Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea
Brighton 2-1 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson Award
The Sir Alex Ferguson of the week is awarded to the best-performed team of the week.
Swansea moved out of the relegation zone following their big win over West Ham. The Swans looked relegation bound at the end of 2017, but the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal has changed the fortunes of the Welsh club.
The Swans have won four of their eight games in 2018 to ignite the hopes of an unlikely relegation survival.
The victory over West Ham saw Swansea jump up to 13th on the table, three points above 17th place Crystal Palace.
Jordan Ayew, Andy King, Ki Sung-yueng and Mike van der Hoorn all found the back of the net in the victory. Van der Hoorn’s goal was his first for the club.
Continued performances like this will see the Swans avoid relegation and could see Carvalhal named manager of the season.
Bebe of the week
Bebe is widely considered Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst ever signing. The Bebe award is given to the most disappointing team from the week.
The last time I wrote one of these articles, Arsenal had just beaten Everton and were my Sir Alex Ferguson of the week. Four consecutive defeats in all competitions have changed the entire dynamic of the club and the ‘Wenger Out’ movement has reached a level never seen before.
The Gunner’s latest defeat to Brighton leaves them in sixth position, 13 points behind fourth place Tottenham.
Arsenal’s only chance of qualifying for next years Champions League is by winning the Europa League, which will not be an easy feat. The Gunners will face AC Milan in the round of 16, which will not be an easy task given Milan have not lost a game in 2018.
Some Arsenal fans, such as Troopz from Arsenal Fan TV believe the club will sack Wenger if they are knocked out by Milan in the Europa League.
As Troopz said in his recent video on Arsenal Fan TV, “Every story has an ending and for Wenger his story ended five years ago.”
Player of the Week
Son is pushing his claim to be regarded Tottenham’s second best players behind Harry Kane.
The South Korean netted both goals in the Spurs 2-0 victory over Huddersfield on the weekend. Both goals showed off Son’s array of abilities, with the first being a fine shot with this left food and the second being a header from distance.
Son has now scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, making him the Spurs second highest scorer, behind Kane.
Sportdot goal of the week
A 96 minute equaliser from a free kick is the perfect way to get back into the fans good books. Mahrez’s sublime curling free kick was his first goal for Leicester since the closure of the January transfer window.
Mahrez’s was said to have sooked it up after his transfer to Manchester City was blocked. But by his celebration after the goal against Bournemouth, it appears he is happy to be at the club for the remainder of the season.
Premier League launch advert 1992
This is Sky Sports launch advert for the Premier League. Check out the bad haircuts and try naming some of the players.