JUST ANOTHER QUIET
It was a game that could have gone either way and while the Football Daily jury is still out on whether Sunday’s game between Arsenal and Manchester United was of particularly good quality or not, it was extremely entertaining and met all requirements. At the start, conspiracy theorists from both sides were allowed to rip each other off, above all a certain Dutchman with an aluminum hat and aluminum hat. “I thought we played a very good game, but everything went against us,” groaned Erik ten Hag in his post-game interview. “It wasn’t offside; It was the wrong angle. It was a penalty for (Rasmus) Højlund, then we conceded a goal which was a foul on Jonny Evans – no doubt about it.” While Ten Hag was somewhat right about the fouls on his players, we assume he was would have whistled differently if they had committed the same offenses in identical situations. Besides, he was doing himself a disservice by not mentioning the most outrageous decision of the afternoon; A VAR consultation resulted in a penalty against his team being overturned, despite there not being a shred of evidence that the original decision to award it had been AClearn And apparently Mistake.
Elsewhere, the cheer police also had a chance to speak their minds, engaging in plenty of ugly chatter, while Arsenal’s players endured a wildly wild finale, feeling victorious in the digestive tract of defeat against their bitter rivals had fought . While early indications are that it will be Manchester City’s players and staff who will be celebrating in triumph when the Premier League champions are officially crowned in May, the Gooners can be forgiven for bouncing back from what has been a nerve-wracking journey get great fun. And no, it doesn’t take a stealthy internet buzz killer to point out that they did exactly the same after their last-second win over Bournemouth in March and look what happened afterwards.
It’s Arsenal, then, going into the international break with a surge of confidence, so much so that it’s been claimed a young man appeared to have tried to screw Roy Keane in a stadium corridor after the game. Video footage of the incident shows the alleged attacker being held at a door by Keane’s burly fellow pundit Micah Richards who, according to the duo’s employer Sky Sports, was “trying to defuse the situation”. As Richards sweated over whether to cut the red or blue wire, police were called and a 42-year-old man was arrested. Thankfully, Keane didn’t appear to have sustained any serious physical damage, although the hammer blow to his ego when he was rescued by a colleague 17 years his junior is a wound that could take time to heal.
On further aftermath after the game, which could have long-term repercussions, United’s Jadon Sancho was quick to speak out when his manager told reporters he had not included the winger in his squad because his “performance in training” was not up to date had been. In a notable social media subscription TwiXer post, which we suspect is not from those responsible for the club’s fan sentiment charts, Sancho said he believes there are “other reasons for this matter, on which I won’t go into detail,” adding that he had been “a scapegoat for a long time.” A more private exchange of views between player and manager is now expected in the coming days, with Sancho likely to be invited to either vacate the air or his locker at the training ground.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I was very happy about the year he had but at the same time very sad because he has lived both sides of the coin, he has gone to heaven with the Argentine team, has won everything in recent years and has with Paris he went through hell.” We went through hell, both he and I. We’re upset because we’re not there for nothing, we’re there to do our best, to be champions, to try to make history… unfortunately we didn’t make it” – Neymar admits that his 200 million -Pound’s move to PSG might not have been the best career choice for him and Lionel Messi after all.
Brighton fans excited by the unexpected loanee of Barcelona prodigy Ansu Fati, given the club’s high ethical standards, have to hope his name change doesn’t turn out to be a Faustian bargain indeed” – Graham Stevens.
Not to mention footballer names trigger songs (Football Daily letters passim). Everton’s James Tarkowski always reminds me of the homophonically named Russian director whose films are known for their slow pacing and lengthy takes. Football fans could certainly identify with the title of one of his films, “Nostalgia.” – Gill Newman.
Oh dear, as I hit send I knew the gulf between Lancashire and Yorkshire in the Brigadoon-like qualities of homicide was about to widen (Football Daily letters for Friday). As I recall, the club in question was in Cornholme, a suburb of the vast metropolis of Death. Definitely Lancashire back then. The River Calder, which runs under Burnley Road, formed the boundary with the Lancashire cricket ground and the rest of the Yorkshire town. Parky stressed the importance of knowing which side of the river you were born on. Long ago the border was moved to accommodate John Myles and his outraged entourage. And we had to decide whether it should be Old Trafford or Turf Moor. And to Nick Shimmin, let’s have a Denis Law meetup at my local Blackheath cafe ‘Hounslow’ which is called that because that’s the original name of the village. Now I’ll disappear into the Scottish fog with a cry of ‘enough’” – Bruce Ellis (and others).
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