According to a report by Football Insider, Ollie Watkins is the subject of interest from Everton over a possible move in the ongoing transfer window. Aston Villa might be open to letting the 26-year-old attacker depart from Villa Park this summer amid uneasy relations between him and manager Steven Gerrard.
A makeshift Arsenal team suffered pre-season for the first time this summer with the 2-1 defeat to London rivals Brentford at the club’s London Colney training ground on Wednesday. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta named a weak team for the Brentford game as several of his first-team players missed the game. The likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey and William Saliba were absent from the squad.
Manchester United have been perfect in pre-season friendlies this summer until they faced Aston Villa at the Optus Stadium in Burswood, Australia. The Red Devils were looking to make it four wins from four games when they faced Villa on Saturday. However, they were unable to reach the said target after fellow Premier League team Villa came from behind to secure an impressive 2-2 draw.
Erik Ten Hag and his Manchester United players began pre-season this summer with a very good friendly win over Liverpool. The Red Devils thrashed their arch rivals 4-0 thanks to the goals from Jadon Sancho, Fred, Anthony Martial and second half substitute FacundoPellestri. Manchester United made it two friendly wins from two outings with the 4-1 comeback victory over Melbourne Victory of Australia. Martial was one of the United goalscorers against the Australian A-league outfit. Manchester United secured their third straight win in pre-season friendly games this summer with the 3-1 victory over fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace. Martial made it three goals in three matches with one of the goals against the London club. Read more
United States of America (USA) international shot stopper Matt Turner will complete his transfer to Premier League side Arsenal this week according to journalist Ryan Taylor who works with English publication Daily Express. He has been speaking about the American goalkeeper and his transfer to Arsenal on his YouTube channel.
Major League Soccer (MLS) side New England Revolution revealed in February that they have agreed a deal with the Gunners for Turner, but the Premier League giants are yet to make the move official. Turner has been vocal about his move to Arsenal, but there has not been an official announcement from the North London club.
Manchester United have confirmed that Paul Pogba will depart from Old Trafford as a free agent when his contract expires on June 30. Manchester United have made an official statement to confirm that Paul Pogba’s time at the club has ended for a second time. The French international will depart from Old Trafford as a free agent when his contract expires on June 30.
The curtains will fall on Paul Pogba’s second stint with Manchester United next month, with the spell arguably being underwhelming for both parties. While Pogba blew hot and cold throughout the six-year stay at Old Trafford after returning with a then world-record €100 million move, the instability at Manchester United did not help the player’s case either. Read more
Chelsea have already sealed their place in the Champions League next season and they can go one better by securing third spot on the league table if they see off Leicester City in their rescheduled game on Thursday night. Ahead of the game, Chelsea are favourites to take the three points at stake.
Manager Thomas Tuchel is expected to make some changes to his starting XI for the Leicester City game in comparison to the one that started the FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Liverpool. Tuchel would be hoping that his team can bounce back from losing to Liverpool in the FA Cup on Saturday by picking up the three points at stake at the expense of Leicester City to secure third position. Read more
New research has emerged which means Premier League goalkeepers can now be ranked from best to worst on their ability to produce a save in 1v1 scenarios. Did you know 33% of all goals scored are from 1v1 situations? When a striker is running in on goal, or has an uncontested opportunity to shoot from close range, the odds tend to be stacked in the attacker’s favour.
After all, the goalposts on a football pitch are 7.32 metres wide and the average Premier League goalkeeper is 1.9 metres tall. That is a distinct advantage for the attacker and it means that on the occasion a commentator brings out the classic line – ‘The keeper had absolutely no chance with that!’ – he’s right, he most likely didn’t. Therefore finding an exceptional shot-stopper is a big prize for a football club, especially one that excels in 1v1 situations. But which club has the best keeper?
Arsenal succumbed to a wretched 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace. The loss leaves the Gunners level on points with Tottenham Hotspur in 4th, with the Lilywhites having played a game more, but with a superior goal difference and a vital North London derby on the horizon. Nothing seemed to click for Arsenal on Monday night, but why? Was it a hangover from the international break?
There have been a number of disjointed performances after players have returned from national team duty. It has been pinpointed on this platform that this might be a potential obstacle for Arsenal. What in particular from this game did we learn? Here are three key takeaways from the match. Read more
Tottenham could be set to sell Dutch international winger Steven Bergwijn to Premier League top four rivals Arsenal this summer, according to an eye-opening report. The Gunners are said to have shown an interest in signing Bergwijn from Spurs ahead of next season, with the 24-year-old’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looking doubtful after another underwhelming season.
And despite the bitter hostilities between the two clubs, there remains a chance that a deal could be struck for Antonio Conte ’s player to switch allegiances in North London and complete a move to the Emirates Stadium in search of a career kickstart.
Liverpool have been tipped to start looking for ways to sign replacements for their players who are already nearing the end of their careers. They have also been tasked with the responsibility of letting go of players who want to leave the club, while also having at the back of their mind that they would need to sign replacements for such players as well. One of the players who fits into this category is Belgium international striker Divock Origi. With the striker out of contract this summer, it’s possible Liverpool will be looking to acquire a forward who won’t mind if they don’t feature as often as the Reds’ more illustrious forwards.
The obvious strategy would be to sign a young player who can learn from the world class players at the club and continue to develop over the next year or two. Whether this is Liverpool’s plan or not, they have been linked with Czech striker Adam Hlozek and not for the first time. The 19-year-old was reported to be of interest to the Reds around 12 months ago, though obviously nothing came of the speculation at the time. Read more