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Manchester United Fans Want Smalling To Be Sold: Twitter Reacts After The 1-0 loss

Manchester United fans took to Micro Blogging site Twitter to vent their frustration towards defender Chris Smalling who got sent off in the Manchester derby. The English International picked up a needless first yellow for blocking Joe Hart’s kick minutes before he barged into James Milner in what an absolute cynical and rash challenge. Manager Louis Van Gaal hailed the incident as ‘stupid’ in his press match conference while fans across the Globe were disheartened to see such a childish give away to let your team down.  United will also be without Maroc Rojo for their next weekend’s encounter against Crystal Palace, the Argentine who dislocated his shoulder and was stretchered off in the second half.

Here are some of the best Twitter Reactions:

McDonalds would be proud!

He will be back soon!

Crabby is clearly not impressed, wait, or is he?

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Yes, send him!!!

Vintage Chris Smalling

I have one

Okay, Good Night

Arsenal receive massive boost to sign Chelsea target

Sami Khedira’s career might be finally over at Real Madrid. The German World Cup winner has played on just a handful number of times for the Spanish giants since the summer when he was linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. Khedira had asked Madrid for an improved wage packet citing his performances in Brazil but club President Florentine Perez immediately squashed such claims. It is now believed that Real are closing in to sign Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva. The 21-year-old midfielder, who has been one of the stars of Brazilian football over the last 12 months has been recommended by Carlo Ancelotti’s scout and former AC Milan star Serginho. The Cruzeiro star is growing in reputation at his homeland and might soon switch loyalties to move to the Spanish capital.


This certainly means Khedira is leave Real in January. The German’s contract expires next summer and the reigning Champiosn league winners wouldn’t be willing to lose of their good player on a free. Thus they would be inclined to sell at a much lower price in the upcoming winter transfer window. The reports from English Media Outlet DAILY EXPRESS claims that Arsenal will now go for the jugular to sign the World Cup winner.

Chelsea too are interested in Khedira thanks to Mourinho’s reign at Real. The current Chelsea manager had reportedly phone called teh player to stay put at Madrid for this season and join the Stamford Bridge outfit for a free next summer. However Arsenal, who are in dire need of a central defensive midfielder in their squad are sure to move in the transfer window.

Khedira would be an excellent addition for the Gunners who have only Mathieu Falmini and the error prone Mikel Arteta as the two specialized players in the position. the German would easily fit into the North London side and given they are in a strong position over the deal, a potential bargain is on the cards. However, this only hold true if Manchester United don’t move late to acquire the services of the 27 year old.

(PICTURE): Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez celebrates brilliant performance in Twitter with a Selfie

Arsenal beat relegation threatened Burnley by 3-0 in the lunch time kick off at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Chilean Alexis Sanchez was again at his very best and broke Burnley’s tough resistance after 70 minutes.  Sanchez added his second of the game in injury time to cap off a fine win in front of the home fans. The midfielder signed from Barcelona has been a revelation for the Arsenal since joining from Barcelona and is already living up to his price tag.

Sanchez celebrated the win by uploading his selfie in Twitter.


Sanchez single handedly ran the Burnley rugged throughout the 90 minutes and showed why he is a real work horse by his ability to cover every inch of grass on the pitch. Manager ArseneWenger hailed Sanchez for the “top performance” and also seemed delighted with the return of Theo Walcott after a lengthy injury absence.

Arsenal close to the signing of the ‘Next Gareth Bale’ for just £1m

Over the past few years, there has always been the search for the New Messi, the Next Ronaldo or the Spaniash Ronaldinho. Such is the audacity of the Rumour Mill, that it doesn’t stop itself from flirting like a voluptuous young damsel. Arsenal are a club which get their name automatically dragged to several players who can make an impact in their already impressive squad. Today, we come up with yet another such kind of a story, this time though its from Turkey.

If reports from English Media outlet, Daily Star are to be believed, then the Gunners are reportedly close to sign the youngster dubbed as the Next Gareth Bale. He comes by the name of Batuhan Yayikci and the 18 year old is currently plying his trade at Fenerbache. Arsene Wenger is well reputed to scout youngsters and mould them into future legends.


Not much is known about the left sided full back but its is reported that his superlative performances from last season has drawn envious glances and there have been comparisons with Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who currently plays for Spanish Giants Real Madrid.

Turkish sources indicate the left-sided player was one of the key performances for Fenerbahce’s academy side last season and the Super Lig club are thought to be eager to keep the Turkish Under-19 international. However it would be difficult fro the player himself to reject the prospect of featuring at one of the greatest Football clubs in the World. It would also come as a great future investment for the Gunners who can offer him a contract ans ask him to develop his skills before getting a chance later to feature for the first team.

Arsene Wenger bought the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Danny Welbeck, David Opsina and Mathieu Debuchy in the summer and is also keen at getting Sami khedira and Mats Hummels in January. Maybe Batuhan Yayikci is also on his list.

(Picture): Mario Balotelli keeps other 21 players waiting during start of 2nd half between Liverpool and Newcastle United

A rejuvenated Newcastle United picked up their fourth straight win in a row and their third successive win in the Premier League to beat a struggling Liverpool side by a 1-0 scoreline at St James Park. Substitute Ayoze Perez scored the winner from close range to send the Magpies fans to sheer jubilation. Liverpool though struggled on thw whole and the Reds are set to face further misery when they travel to Stantiago Bernabeu and then Chelsea in their upcoming clashes withing 7 days time.

Striker Mario Balotelli though isn’t concerned. The Italian was kept under heavy scrutiny by the Newcastle defenders and wasn’t given any inch of space to run at. Balotelli though kept other 21 players waiting during start of second half and we have a picture of that for our readers courtesy 101 Great Goals.

balo sideline

The kickoff was delayed for quite some seconds as Balotelli strolled out late. The former AC Milan striker might have been receiving some last moment instruction from manager Brendan Rodgers. However, we didn’t see any application on the pitch.

Arsenal and Chelsea receive transfer boost as target open to move

Mattia Destro is currently unhappy at Italian side Roma. The striker has been linked  with Arsenal and Chelsea over the past few months and reports from Daily Express have claimed that the forward might quit Roma for more game time elsewhere. Destro was courted by both Arsenal and Chelsea in the summer but opted to stay in the Italian capital. However, chances have been hard to come by as Roma manager Rudi Garcia has preferred club legend Francesco Totti to lead the line alongside Gervinho. Destro though has given a good account of himself and has already scored 4 Serie A goals this season, showing he is ready for the challenge when called into action.

Destro thus claimed,  “I can only do my talking on the pitch. Some people speak with their voice, I speak on the field. I try to score goals when I have the opportunity. [Should I be given] more opportunities by the coach? That’s up to the coach. I think with my head, I make decisions with my head. So we’ll see.”


Arsenal could well do with another striker despite the fact that the Gunners signed Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on the summer transfer window’s deadline day. With Olivier Giroud injured, Destro would easily fit in Arsene Wenger’s side and is capable of leading the line to great effect. For Chelsea, the situation seems different. Despite manager Jose Mourinho being an admirer of Destro, a move would not suit the Blues. They already have Diego Costa to lead the line with Loic Remy and Didier Drogba too has shown in the past week that he can be still counted upon.

Real Madrid were also interested in the former Genoa star in the summer. But if Destro is looking for more game time, Bernabeu doesn’t seem to be the ideal destination.

Report: Manchester United Set To Complete £50m Star Signing

According to reports from English tabloid Independent, Manchester United have reportedly agreed to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal. The Red Devils had earlier paid a £6m fee on the transfer deadline day in the summer to secure the Colombian’s services for a season long loan deal. Despite there weren’t any guarantees to sign Falcao on a permanent deal, reports now have claimed that the Old Trafford outfit have managed to do so.

Thus United will now pay a further £44m to confirm Falcao’s stay at Manchester on a long term deal. It looks like a great piece of business from Louis Van Gaal given Robin van Persie is getting older with every passing day and might not be able to carry on for more than two seasons. However, the price might draw some glance given Falcao is already 28. His fitness too comes as a major worry, it has been seen that Falcao is yet to recuperate from the injury that saw him miss the World Cup in Brazil.


The former Porto and Atletico star earns a hefty wage packet of £240,000-a-week. It is believed that Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes has been a big factor in getting the deal signed and complete. Mendes has a great relationship with United for a long time given that he brought Angel di Maria to Old Trafford from real Madrid in the summer. Falcao’s wages, costing around £12.5m a year with a long-term contract would take his acquisition close to £100m.

Falcao though has only scored once in five outings for United. He was dropped to the bench in the 2-2 draw with West Brom and missed the 1-1 draw with Chelsea through injury last weekend. However, he is expected to return for this Sunday’s lip-smacking Manchester derby.

(Picture): Arsenal have now sold an entire team in the past few years

Arsenal have been branded as a selling club over the past few years and the tag doesn’t come as a surprise. We have figured out a picture of an entire team of Arsenal players who have been sole by Arsene Wenger in the past few years. Regardless to say, the Gunners would have been fighting for the Premier League had they could have kept the players.



Wenger should be repentant as the above picture shows, Fabianski is now away at fellow Premier League side Swansea while the trio of Clichy, Sagna and Samir Nasri ply their trade at Manchester City. Thomas Vermaelen was allowed to leave this summer to Barcelona while Cesc Fabregas now plays his football at fierce rivals Chelsea. Gervinho too has been in red hot form at Italian side Roma and Robin Van Persie is now a Old Trafford Darling.

Talking of this season, the North London side have had too many draws in their opening 9 games and do not look to challenge for teh title as of yet.