Premier League tie could be postponed after COVID outbreak

According to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie, Aston Villa v Newcastle United, due to take place on Friday, could be set for postponement. Sky Sports posted a report which revealed that there had been a coronavirus outbreak at the Magpies’ training ground. While the identities of those affected have not yet been revealed, the report notes that the club have not been able to train this week ahead of their clash with Aston Villa on Friday. That’s hardly the ideal way to prepare for what could prove to be an…

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Solskjaer on Cavani Instagram blunder

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to the controversy surrounding Edinson Cavani’s Instagram post. The Uruguay international had a superb game for United against Southampton at the weekend, scoring twice and setting up another in a 3-2 win at the St Mary’s Stadium. After the game, however, Cavani made a major social media blunder as he replied to a friend’s message on Instagram with “Gracias n*****” – the same word notably used by fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez when he was charged with racial abuse of Patrice Evra back…

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Emi Buendia eyed from Norwich

Arsenal have reportedly added Norwich City attacking midfielder Emi Buendia to their list of transfer targets in that area of the pitch. The 23-year-old caught the eye in the Premier League last season and is continuing to shine for Norwich in the Championship this term, which could yet earn him a big move. According to football.london, Arsenal are now considering Buendia alongside a number of other similar players, including Christian Eriksen, Houssem Aouar and Dominik Szoboszlai. Most Gooners would probably rather one of those other three, who are undoubtedly bigger…

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Martin O’Neill the new favourite for Celtic manager’s job

It seems as though Celtic have already identified a replacement for Neil Lennon if, as expected, the current managerial incumbent is sacked in the coming days. Although Sky Sports note that the club continue to back Lennon, it’s believed that he’s only been given a short stay of execution because of the furore over supporter protests outside Celtic Park at the weekend, and the board not willing to bow to ‘mob rule.’ The truth is that it’s only a matter of time before Lennon is relieved of his duties, and…

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Houssem Aouar sends clear message to Arsenal over potential transfer

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has sent a clear message to Arsenal over his future amid ongoing transfer gossip linking him with a move to the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners could undoubtedly benefit from a new signing in the creative midfield department, with Mikel Arteta for some reason freezing Mesut Ozil out this season. This looks to have backfired, though in fairness the German playmaker has also looked in decline for some time, and a top young talent like Aouar could be an ideal long-term successor. The Frenchman, however, has made…

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Video: Frank Lampard reveals Chelsea star’s response to difficult conversation amid transfer interest from CL giants

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed Callum Hudson-Odoi’s response to being left out of his squad to play in the big game against Tottenham at the weekend. The Blues boss admits it wasn’t an easy conversation to have, but that Hudson-Odoi took it well and has responded well in training… Frank Lampard responds to questions about leaving Callum Hudson-Odoi out of his squad amid interest from Bayern Munich… pic.twitter.com/zb3ES7ybOM — CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) December 1, 2020 Lampard said this in response to a question about Hudson-Odoi being publicly targeted by Bayern…

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Liverpool’s Andy Robertson has the perfect solution for VAR

After having been part of the footballing landscape for roughly 18 months now, it does appear that VAR, or Video Assistant Referee to give it its full title, is here to stay. If we wind back to the days before the technology was introduced, it’s comical to recall just how badly those within the game, and supporters, wanted VAR. Ever since it’s been implemented, entirely the reverse reaction has been the most usual one. Clearly, that’s because the technology just doesn’t appear to be working in its current form. Offside…

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Man United news: Wan-Bissaka criticism by Chadwick

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been told he needs to improve the attacking side of his game by former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick. The right-back has had a mixed start to life at Old Trafford since joining from Crystal Palace last season, and Chadwick admits it’s a different demand playing full-back for a club like Palace compared to a big name like Man Utd. Although Chadwick is a big fan of Wan-Bissaka for the defensive side of his game, he admits the 23-year-old has a “responsibility” to provide an attacking threat…

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Liverpool boosted by Matip return for Ajax test

Liverpool supporters should be buoyed by the news that one of their centre-backs will return for the Champions League test against Ajax. With injuries decimating the Reds this season, Jurgen Klopp has somehow managed to get the absolute maximum out of the players that have been able to turn out for the club this season, and they remain competitive both domestically and in Europe. However, when Joel Matip wasn’t in the line-up for the weekend match at Brighton, it appeared that Liverpool’s injury curse had struck again. There was no…

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