Arsenal have emerged as front runners to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. The highly rated French defender has less than a year left on his current deal and has yet to agree to a new deal with the club.
According to reports from Germany It is understood that the current situation facing Leipzig is close to a crisis. The player and club are far from agreeing on a new deal. Earlier in the week, RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff revealed the current options available for the club and player as they look to resolve the growing rift. Read More
The careers of top professional footballers are quite different, some players stay around for longer periods than the others. Some players stick around for a long time while others leave the game a bit too early. While we have the breeds of Kazuyoshi Miura who still has a professional contract at 52, and Hossam Elhadary who played at Fifa world Cup at 42, we also have the Mavericks who walk out on the game at their own time, without reaching the ‘retirement age’.
We look at some players that we feel left a bit too early.
Eric Cantona: The French midfielder retired at the age of 30in 1997. After four EPL titles, two FA cups and FWA player of the year. He is considered as one of the finest players to ever play in the English Premier league. A Manchester United icon, who also made the number 7 jersey number so popular in Old Trafford.
Jamie O’Hara recently talked about David Bentley as one of his favorite players as well as shared a story about a snowman and the former player. This occurred when Jamie, the midfielder from Tottenham started to give an interview with TalkSport. He talked about the years he played for Spurs as well as shared stories about the time spent at White Hart and the different players he interacted with.
In one of the tales, he talked about how teammates were snowballing David Bentley but then they also got a taste of the same. While Jermaine Jenas and others pelted snowballs at him, after the training session Jenas found a snowman sitting on the front seat of his car. It was hilarious how David knew exactly how to get back at Jermaine. Read More
Adrien Rabiot is one of the most sought after young player in Europe with his contract situation at PSG making him an attractive option for most teams. According to reports from news sources in England the 23-year-old has demanded a wage of £200,000 as well as a sign-on fee of £10 million to move to the club in the summer.
Rabiot had a public face-off with PSG over contract wrangling and has not made a single Ligue 1 appearance for the French side since December. He was touted as a possible signing for Barcelona but the recent acquisition of Dutch ace Frenkie De Jong means that other clubs can bid for the player. Read More
Former Arsenal forward David Bentley said that he has been impressed by the way that Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur. He said that Spurs was the favorite to win the game on current form and that the way that Arsenal has overpowered them showed that Unai Emery is doing a great job there.
He said that the match was an exciting game and with both sides refusing to give the other space and time on the ball. Read More
It may sound strange but there were instances in the past which made English football fans believe that David Bentley could be the next David Beckham. Bentley set up his reputation for the first time at Blackburn Rovers as a great England star. The England champion scored a hat trick in his very first match against Manchester United for Rovers post enrolling at the north-west outfit and playing a great role for Arsenal. It was indeed the best period for Bentley.
Steve McClaren, the former England boss said that the right foot of Bentley looks identical with David’s and also has a great feel and touch for the ball like him. However, he said there is a long way for the star to be compared with David as he needs to achieve a whole lot of things to be in par with David. After two months, he achieved his first goal in Wembley Stadium with a 3-3 draw against Under-21s. The England star made his debut as a senior in England in the year 2007. However, the following year, the career of Bentley came to a halt. He made his final appearance for the 7th time for Three Lions in the year 2008. It was in fact the same year when he exited from Blackburn to be a part of Tottenham. Bentley announced that he would take his retirement in 2014 and was only 29 years old. Thereafter, he was honest enough to admit that he had no interest in football. Read More
Former Arsenal forward David Bentley believes that the new Arsenal manager needs time to improve the team. He said that it is never easy to replace a manager such as Arsene Wenger and he believes that the Spanish manager should be given some more time to put his tactics in place.
He said that the team has been stalling for so long and that it will take time for the new manager to bring about some change. He said that it might take a whole season for him to get things right and it is important that the fans remain patient with him. Read More
Blackburn Rovers have a unique opportunity to close up the gap with Wigan Athletic with a victory over Northampton when they meet on Saturday. Rovers earned a late win at Fleetwood the last time. The 2-1 win extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in the league.
The Tony Mowbray led side are second in the league as they have better goal difference compared to Shrewsbury who follow closely. They are five points behind Wigan in the League One but this can reduce to just two if they can get the better over their opponents. Corry Evans, Marcus Antonsson and Peter Whittingham are set to miss the game at Fleetwood. This means Richie Smallwood and Elliott Bennett could partner while Jack Payne and Adam Armstrong could be handed their first start.
Danny Graham would be expected to play in attack and Darragh Lenihan could make a return from injury. Of course Harry Chapman remains sidelined with his long term injury. Northampton are 18th on the log, with 32 points after 28 league games. They won their last game against MK Dons 2-1. They have struggled with defending so far, having conceded 49 goals and scored just 27.
The Cobblers, led by Chelsea legend jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will likely ply the conservative route against Rovers. However, with the focus of closing the gap against Wigan, Mowbray should be able to steer his side to victory.