Author Archives: Matt Heath-Smith


Unai Emery says Arsenal have ‘total belief’ in Nicolas Pepe as £72m sub’s free-kick double saves boss’s bacon

By | 24th October 2019

UNAI EMERY declared his faith in Nicolas Pepe as Arsenal’s record signing saved his Europa League bacon. The £72million man came off the bench to score two late free-kicks to clinch a stoppage-time victory over Vitoria. Gunners manager Emery said: “Nicolas is a very good player and we believe in him totally. “Every player needs […]


Jamie Carragher apologises to ex-Man Utd foe Patrice Evra for Liverpool’s T-shirt supporting Luis Suarez in racism row

By | 22nd October 2019

JAMIE CARRAGHER issued a grovelling apology to Patrice Evra for wearing a t-shirt in support of Luis Suarez after their race row. Ex-Liverpool striker Suarez was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Evra in December 2011. Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 before his Liverpool team-mates […]


Harry Kane says Czech loss is ‘wake-up call’ as he slams ‘sloppy’ England team-mates

By | 11th October 2019

HARRY KANE slammed his team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in TEN YEARS. Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions. England’s previous loss in a qualifier came against Ukraine in October 2009. Kane fumed: “It was […]

Chelsea blow as N’Golo Kante suffers hamstring injury in warm-up for France’s clash with Iceland

By | 11th October 2019

N’GOLO KANTE has handed Chelsea a huge fitness scare after suffering a hamstring injury before France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland. The midfielder was due to start for Didier Deschamps’ side but pulled up in the warm-up. He was replaced by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko in the starting line-up. Kante, 28, had been remarkably durable in […]

Crystal Palace hunt culprits as Wilfried Zaha is again racially abused on social media

By | 9th October 2019

WILFRIED ZAHA wants the strongest possible action after being racially abused again on social media. Crystal Palace have reported the bigot to the police and Instagram chiefs. In defence of Zaha, the club said in a statement: “Crystal Palace Football Club has taken action after one of our players has again been subjected to racist […]

Man Utd 1 Arsenal 1: It is little wonder Solskjaer wants a new striker… Marcus Rashford is clearly NOT the answer

By | 1st October 2019

MARCUS RASHFORD will never forget his first game against Arsenal. This one, not so much. It was February 2016 when he made his Premier League debut against the Gunners. He scored twice and provided the assist in a 3-2 win. It followed on from his late call-up for the Europa League game at home to […]

Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka branded a ‘coward’ as he appears to DUCK under Scott McTominay’s opener for Man Utd

By | 30th September 2019

ARSENAL fans slammed new captain Granit Xhaka for appearing to duck underneath Scott McTominay’s opener for Manchester United. The Red Devils midfielder lashed in from outside the box at the end of a turgid first half in the Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Arsenal eventually equalised in a 1-1 draw lacking quality, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang […]

Lascelles faces Bruce grilling after catching train to London without permission after Newcastle’s drubbing vs Leicester

By | 30th September 2019

TOON skipper Jamaal Lascelles will be grilled today after catching a train to London following their thrashing at Leicester. Boss Steve Bruce was under the impression Lascelles was heading to Nottingham after asking for permission to spend some time with his family. Instead, he arrived at London St Pancras just hours after Newcastle’s pitiful surrender. […]

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1: Aubameyang’s equaliser given by VAR in scrappy clash at wet and windy Old Trafford

By | 30th September 2019

STANDING 6ft 4ins and weighing in at 100kg, Harry Maguire is hard to miss. Assistant referee Scott Ledger somehow did, mistakenly raising his flag for offside with Manchester United’s £85m defender right in front of him. Oops. Arsenal played to the whistle, slicing through the empty spaces in Manchester United’s defence to merrily score the […]

Pochettino admits he is ‘suffering’ at Spurs… because ‘football is about glory and winning’

By | 26th September 2019

MAURICIO POCHETTINO admits he is “suffering”. The Spurs boss vowed to fight on after Tuesday’s Carabao Cup loss to Colchester but said: “Of course I am suffering. Football is about glory, it is about winning. Poch, 47, took Spurs to the Champions League final last season and is on the radar of both Manchester United […]