November 26, 2022

ARSENAL winger Bukayo Saka was the pick of the bunch for England in their 6-2 win over Iran at the World Cup.
The talented youngster netted twice and looked dangerous throughout after earning a start on the right wing.
And Gooners across the globe were calling for the Arsenal hierachy to recruit Jude Bellingham after seeing the Borussia Dortmund midfield maestro open the scoring.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on England boss Gareth Southgate.
The Frenchman has credited the manager for his tactics against Iran after the historic win.
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England players could meet their families after Friday’s United States match – but it depends on Covid rates in Qatar.
Manager Gareth Southgate is hoping that the 26-man squad could have a proper catch-up with their partners, children and parents after arriving in Doha eight days ago.
Some players, such as Jack Grealish, saw their girlfriends on the pitch after the final whistle of their amazing 6-2 win over Iran.
Southgate insists – providing Covid rates remain low – they will be allowed at the team hotel.
During the women’s Euros, England’s players were forced to remain in a bubble due to Covid.
Southgate said: “I think towards the end, the women’s team had to batten that down a bit more because they had a few positive cases so we're going to have to monitor it throughout.
“There's this balance of the spirit and happiness of the group and the medical line of zero risk, and sometimes if you're going to take zero risks, it can kill it for everybody, so we've got to try and find that balance.
“We're going to see how the next few days go and we've talked about maybe looking at something after the second game but we've got to monitor what the rates are out here as much as anything else.”
Burnley manager Vincent Kompany hilariously rejected Cristiano Ronaldo live on the BBC by suggesting he can no longer run.
Manchester United confirmed they had terminated the Portuguese superstar's contract with "immediate effect" on Tuesday evening.
And he is now in search of a new club as he becomes a free agent for the first time in his career.
Presenter Gary Lineker brought up the topic of Ronaldo during the BBC's coverage of the World Cup game between France and Australia.
All the pundits had their say, with Kompany giving his thoughts after Alan Shearer and Didier Drogba.
He said: "I think in the end everybody loses apart from perhaps the Manchester United manager. I think it's a problem that's resolved and he'll move on from it, I'm sure."
But the major talking point came when Lineker then cheekily asked him: "Take him at Burnley?"
To which the former Manchester City skipper bluntly replied: "We need players who can run." Lineker, Shearer and Drogba were left in fits of laughter following the dig.
Arsenal will reportedly back Mikel Arteta over two major January signings.
The board want to show their faith after Arteta guided the Gunners to a five-point lead in the Premeir League before the World Cup break.
Two summer recruits from champions Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, have helped transform Arsenal.
And Fabio Vieira’s arrival from Porto plus William Saliba’s emergence in central defence after multiple loan spells have also led pundits to suggest the Gunners are not in a false position.
Now Arteta is said to have persuaded club chiefs that a another double investment can sustain the title challenge.
Keeper Hugo Lloris hailed two-goal Olivier Giroud, 36, for replacing World Cup absentee Karim Benzema so brilliantly
Giroud's double took him to 51 international goals, level with fellow ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on the French record of 51.
Spurs star Lloris said: "Unfortunately we lost Karim Benzema to injury and we were all very sad, but Olivier deserves a lot of credit because he is an example in football because he never gives up. 
"In the last few months he was in, then out of the national team but in the end you can always count on him. 
“It's a big achievement to equal Thierry Henry’s record and hopefully now he will go ahead.
"For all the team it's a good start and for a striker it's always good to start with two goals. He's going to be full of confidence.”
Olivier Giroud’s double led this flowing French feast after Craig Goodwin thumped an early opener for the Aussies.
Adrien Rabiot and main menace Kylian Mbappe netted the first and fourth of France’s goals as they matched England’s attacking quality from yesterday.
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Ex-Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has so far bagged a double in France's convincing comeback against Australia.
That means the AC Milan and former Chelsea star, 36, has equalled the France goal record of 51 held by Gunners' legend Thierry Henry.
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Bukayo Saka's two-goal star man show for England against shouldn't stop him signing a new Arsenal contract.
That's the verdict of transfer guru Fabrizio Romano amid speculation top clubs will target the winger.
has sought to reassure Arsenal fans that a superb campaign in Qatar won’t affect his club situation.
Romano wrote on CaughtOffside: “What a performance from Bukayo Saka as England beat Iran yesterday!
“Both goals were of the highest quality, but could a strong World Cup affect his situation at Arsenal? “From what I’m told – no.
“He was already considered one of their most important players and talks are ongoing over a new deal.”
Gor blimey, Bukayo's good
Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is a huge Bukayo Saka fan after his fantastic season for club and country.
The Swede told Midnite: “Bukayo Saka is doing great things for Arsenal. One-on-one he is fantastic to watch and he can score goals so he’s getting better and better.
“It was good to see that every goalscorer was a young player in this young England team. Saka is fantastic.”
Grealish gets Saka back
After Bukayo Saka posted a photo of Jack Grealish with an Instagram filter making it look like he was crying, the Man City ace got his own back on the 21-year-old.
Grealish also took to Instagram to upload a snap of Saka with an edited dodgy haircut.
Fans loved the banter saying: “The Grealish and Saka bromance is so underrated.”
Piers Morgan has urged Arsenal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after he was axed by Manchester United.
The Red Devils announced that the Portuguese star will leave the club with immediate effect after his damning interview with Morgan.
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During the TalkTV interview, Ronaldo slammed the club for not progressing since he originally left the club for Real Madrid in 2009.
The 37-year-old also revealed that he did not respect manager Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo’s play time had been cut dramatically this season as the dutch manager changed the club’s play style, despite him being the club’s top scorer last season.
He also suggested the club did not believe him regarding his daughter’s ill health over the summer.
Arsenal's January hunt for Danilo will be even more intense – as Ajax and Monaco are also being linked with the Palmeiras whizkid.
ESPN say Dutch champions Ajax are lining up a formal offer for the uncapped Brazilian, 21.
And third-placed Ligue 1 outfit Monaco are also said to have "serious interest".
Arsenal are considering a January move for Palmeiras star Danilo to keep their title tilt on track.
The Gunners will be top of the Premier League at Christmas for the first time since 2007, and the north Londoners want to give Mikel Arteta all he needs to stay there.
Arteta, 40, has relied on a small group of key players across all competitions this season, with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Granit Xhaka playing almost every minute.
After a big spending summer, Arsenal are ready to go again in January and are considering acting on their longstanding interest in Danilo.
The Brazilian defensive midfielder, 21, has long been on the radar of European clubs and has been thoroughly scouted by Arsenal as they look to add cover for Xhaka and Thomas Partey in midfield.
Arteta tried to add fellow Brazil man Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa in the summer window, with three deadline day bids rejected by the Midlands club.
Arsenal will reportedly back Mikel Arteta over two major January signings.
The board want to show their faith after Arteta guided the Gunners to a five-point lead in the Premeir League before the World Cup break.
Two summer recruits from champions Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, have helped tranform Arsenal.
And Fabio Vieira's arrival from Porto plus William Saliba's emergence in central defence after multiple loan spells have also led pundits to suggest the Gunners are not in a false position.
Now Arteta is said to have persuaded club chiefs that a another double investment can sustain the title challenge.
Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised England saying they are a threat for the World Cup.
Wenger has hailed the young Three Lions as the players that could make a difference. “England definitely have the potential to go far. Gareth Southgate’s team has always finished in the last four in previous tournaments. This is certainly no coincidence.
“With Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and so on, England have plenty of young talent in their ranks.”
Arsenal and Ajax set for transfer battle
Arsenal are set to face a transfer war with Ajax and Monaco for Palmeiras ace Danilo, according to ESPN.
It could cost £22million to sign the 21-year-old midfielder.
Arsenal enquired before but the Brazilian side said no but it is believed that they have weakened their stance.
Arsenal youngsters studying Rice
Jack Wilshere has told SunSport that his Arsenal Under-18 side study Declan Rice.
The ex-Gunners star wrote: "The way he [Rice] breaks play up and organises the transition from defence to attack is different class.
"I was sitting with my Arsenal Under-18 team and telling them to study Dec and how he organises what I call a "resting defence" and gets everyone moving once we have the ball.
"There are few players in the world — if any — who do it as well as he does."
Wilshere heaped praise on Rice saying he is the unsung hero of the England team and is vital to their success.
Sven impressed with Saka
Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is a huge Bukayo Saka fan after his fantastic season for club and country.
The Swede told Midnite: "Bukayo Saka is doing great things for Arsenal. One-on-one he is fantastic to watch and he can score goals so he's getting better and better.
"It was good to see that every goalscorer was a young player in this young England team. Saka is fantastic."
Wilshere's love for Saka
Ex-Arsenal star Jack Wilshere told The Sun before the World Cup started that Bukayo Saka was a special player.
And after his two goals Wilshere has again sung his praises.
He writes: "His performance against Iran was exactly what I expected from him, creating and scoring goals in what was a superb team display.
"Bukayo has improved his finishing over the last couple of seasons — he now instinctively knows the right time to shoot.
"It’s not necessarily immediately when he gets into the box when some others might rush the chance.
"He waits if he has to, shifts the ball across the area and picks out the right moment to deliver the strike on goal."
Grealish gets Saka back
After Bukayo Saka posted a photo of Jack Grealish with an Instagram filter making it look like he was crying, the Man City ace got his own back on the 21-year-old.
Grealish also took to Instagram to upload a snap of Saka with an edited dodgy haircut.
Fans loved the banter saying: "The Grealish and Saka bromance is so underrated."
Saka makes fun of Grealish
Bukayo Saka made fun of Jack Grealish on Instagram after the pair were both on the scoresheet in England's opening 6-2 victory over Iran.
Saka got one over on him by posting him with an Instagram filter on which made the Manchester City playmaker look like he was about to burst into tears.
He captioned the post: "Cheer up bro you scored."
Tomiyasu left stunned in interview
Arsenal and Japan ace Takehiro Tomiyasu has been left in shock during an interview ahead of the World Cup.
His side face Germany tomorrow before playing against Costa Rica and Spain.
Tomiyasu was asked to name his favourite player in the Spain squad to which he replied ex-Bayern Munich and now Liverpool star Thiago.
A visibly confused Tomiyasu was informed Thiago isn't even in the Spain squad for this tournament.
He replied in disbelief: "He's not coming? Sorry, I didn't know that."
Disaster start for ex-Gunner
Argentina have been beaten by Saudi Arabia 1-2 in their opening World Cup game.
Lionel Messi put his side ahead but the Saudis fought back and it means ex-Arsenal star Emiliano Martinez has his name in the history books for the wrong reason.
Martinez got his hand to Salem Al-Dawsari’s incredible winning goal but could not tip it wide of the post as it went into the back of the net to secure a win that shocks the world.
Saka's shinpad secret
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka made sure he had a lucky charm from his club during his stunning two-goal performance against Iran.
Saka netted his side's second goal with a superb volley before firing in the Three Lions' fourth in the Doha rout.
And, after the starlet's man-of-the-match showing, pictures revealed he was wearing his Arsenal shin pads for his Three Lions heroics.
Fans loved his secret token saying: "This just makes me love him more!"
Another tweeted: "Saka is wearing Arsenal shin pads for today's game. Tears in my eyes."
Wenger praises England
Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised England saying they are a threat for the World Cup.
Wenger has hailed the young Three Lions as the players that could make a difference. "England definitely have the potential to go far. Gareth Southgate’s team has always finished in the last four in previous tournaments. This is certainly no coincidence.
“With Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and so on, England have plenty of young talent in their ranks."
Wenger on France's chances
Arsene Wenger believes France will win the World Cup and he claims that some of the issues they face regarding injuries could actually help them.
They are also a little out of form coming into the tournament and did not have a good Nations League campaign.
Wenger said: "When you’re the reigning world champion, the biggest danger is not having any worries.
"The teams that take it easy and aren’t focused enough on their task almost always get a nasty surprise and don’t stay in the race for long.
“To be honest, I even consider it good news that the French national team has work to do.
"As a result, we had to renew a few things and I am now firmly assuming that this can only have a positive effect on the performance in Doha, because Didier Deschamps’ team will be even more focused as a result.”
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