Exclusive – Arsenal need three more signings to challenge for the title, claims former Gunners captain

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Frank McLintock believes the club are three players short of a Premier League title push.The Gunners have already signed Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina this summer, as they look to improve on their fourth place finish last campaign.Defender Thomas Vermaelen is set for the exit door though, with both Manchester United and Barcelona interested in the Belgian’s services, while Arsene Wenger was forced to rely heavily on French striker Olivier Giroud last year.And McLintock, who skippered the north London club to the double in 1971, claims his former side must dip in to the transfer market again.“Arsenal need three more players to be serious Premier League title contenders,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “They need a centre-half, especially if Thomas Vermaelen is going, a big central midfielder and a centre forward.“They were in a prime position last year to push on and win it [the title]. Giroud scored 22 goals last season, which is not bad at all, but he’s not a top centre forward. He did a good job but he was exhausted towards the end of the season. Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott are not centre forwards.“We also need a big central midfielder. There’s a lack of height in Arsenal’s team and they always seem vulnerable at free-kicks and corners. Arsenal need a big Patrick Vieira type.”last_img read more

‘Conquered England? Someone wanna tell Zlatan it’s a Mickey Mouse cup!’ Reaction

first_img1 Back in January, Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed it had only taken him three months to conquer English football.Then, following his winning goal in the EFL Cup final, the Swede was not shy to sing his own praises again.“After seven months I have two trophies with this club,” said Ibrahimovic.“There are other clubs that didn’t win for 10 years. I’ve won what they won in 10 years, so I’m happy with that.”But while Ibrahimovic is scoring freely for United, not everyone is convinced by his ‘conquering’ of the EFL Cup and Community Shield… Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored winning goals in the EFL Cup final and Community Shield last_img read more

‘What Wembley curse?’ – Spurs fans react to Champions League win over Dortmund

first_imgTottenham lifted their Wembley curse by securing a memorable 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.Spurs have struggled for form at their temporary home, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men put all negative chat to one side to gain a potentially crucial three points in Group H.READ MORE: Tottenham 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Spurs stars rated and slatedHarry Kane stole the show on the night as he announced himself on European football’s biggest stage with a fine brace of strikes.Tottenham face consecutive away trips to APOEL and Real Madrid in their next round of Champions League fixtures.And it is for that exact reason why fans feel this result could be the start of something special.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… 1last_img read more

Tottenham give 6,000 season ticket holders access to new stadium at fan event

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Today we host our fan familiarisation event at #SpursNewStadium, where 6,000 Season Ticket Holders will be exploring the South Stand and podium areas. pic.twitter.com/5qVqMNBcLp— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2018The lucky season ticket holders would be exploring the south stand and podium areas.There have been several delays to the opening of the stadium on the site of the old White Hart Lane.And on Wednesday Tottenham announced their Premier League game against Manchester United on January 13 would be another held at Wembley, where they have been playing home fixtures since leaving their old ground at the end of the 2016-17 season.The club also said in that statement they were expecting an update from contractors in the week commencing January 7. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card punished Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Tottenham have held a “fan familiarisation event” at their new home on Sunday giving 6,000 season ticket holders a chance to see the project.The club’s Twitter account posted four images of the ground on Sunday morning ahead of the event. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won #THFC’s new stadium looks great 👏[ 📸 via @PatCoughlan_] pic.twitter.com/ZypXnF9QsE— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 16, 2018 no dice Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ View from my seat 🤩🤩 #THFC #SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/UefRjH4SUk— TomBytner (@TomBytner) December 16, 2018 gameday cracker This place is AMAZING! Can’t wait to come home 💙💙💙💙💙 #COYS #SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/rewJzQHeSw— ♚ Suzy (@SuzyLilywhite) December 16, 2018 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas targets REVEALED REVEALED OFF Wow wow wow #SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/cr60LpVmhM— Glenn Atkins (@GlennAtkinsIET) December 16, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT My son has been been waking up every morning and logging straight into the webcams ever since it was just a building site – today he gets to look around 😍 #SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/E5n86LLJCp— Lily🎄Mrs.O⭐️ (@uberlily) December 16, 2018 “The past few months have been spent rectifying issues with the critical safety systems,” Tottenham said in Wednesday’s update for fans on their official website.“We are pleased to report that progress has been steady and we are now into the integrated testing and commissioning phases that take place ahead of the application for a stadium safety certificate.“Testing is being conducted both during the day and night and our contractors will continue to work during the Christmas period. Barring no further significant issues we should then be in a position to schedule test events.“This does mean therefore that we need to confirm that our Premier League home game against Manchester United will take place at Wembley.“We shall receive a status report from our contractors in the week commencing 7 January 2019 and will update you thereafter.”However, despite the delays, the fans who were given the chance to have a look at the new home seemed very pleased with the nearly finished project. Below you can see some of the best tweets from these Spurs fans. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Tottenham Hotspur News BIG PRESENTS UP TOP last_img read more

Charlton’s Lyle Taylor has more goals than Premier League big guns in 2019

first_imgIf Taylor continues his red-hot form, he is bound to attract interest from rival clubs in the January transfer window, and with less than a year left on his contract, Charlton boss Bowyer admits it will be impossible to keep him. Addicks fans will also have a right to feel concerned after Duchatelet sold then-top scorer Karlan Grant to Huddersfield for £2million last January.Grant, similarly to Taylor now, was in the final year of his contract.The Charlton faithful will hope Duchatelet does not cash in on Taylor, and instead, offers him a contract which reflects his vital contribution to the team. Lyle Taylor has been in superb form in 2019 Getty Images – Getty ⏱️ Losing 2-1 away from home with only a minute on the clock.🥅 Penalty awarded, step up @lyletaylor90.😎 The @CAFCofficial man is cooler than the other side of the pillow. #CAFC pic.twitter.com/t4etLnMJmj— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) August 18, 2019Taylor’s form in 2019 has been so good that he is up there with some of the Premier League’s most lethal forwards.Since the turn of the year, Taylor has scored more league goals than Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Only Norwich’s Teemu Pukki has more league goals this year, with his hat-trick against Newcastle last weekend taking his league tally in 2019 to 18.Taylor may be playing in a lower league than all the big-name strikers, but it’s a highly impressive statistic nonetheless – particularly considering he was turning out for Falkirk in the Scottish third tier only six years ago. Getty Images – Getty But Bowyer does not seem too optimistic.On Wednesday, he said: “I think it will be impossible to keep him.“We started discussions (about a new deal) before the deadline, but it’s tough when you have other clubs offering what they do in this division.“How can we compete? We can’t. That’s the reality of it. But we have him at the moment and he’s scored four in four. I’m just going to enjoy working with him while I can. 3 How Lyle Taylor’s league goals compare to the Premier League’s deadliest strikers in 2019 Taylor netted for Charlton against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night in a 1-1 draw Lyle Taylor (Charlton) – 16 goalsSergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 15 goalsSadio Mane (Liverpool) – 15 goalsRaheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 12 goalsPierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 11 goalsMohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 10 goals LIVE on talkSPORTcenter_img Lee Bowyer guided Charlton back to the Championship last season 3 3 Charlton’s Lyle Taylor is the hottest striker outside the Premier League at the moment.The 29-year-old has scored in four successive games as the Addicks remain unbeaten in the Championship this season. Getty Images – Getty Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 “That’s the nature of the game, if he goes and scores ten goals between now and January, someone will obviously come in with probably more than what they offered in the summer.“For me, he’s a 20-goal-a-season striker no matter what division. The way we play suits him because it isn’t just his goals. His physicality, he holds the ball up.“He’s got everything. We’re going to try and sign him but it’s going to be hard. It’s a difficult situation.“It’s a difficult one, because he’s a very good striker and everyone wants good strikers.“I’m just thankful we’ve got him now because the owner did us a favour and turned down a big bid for him. He can only keep scoring.” One of the bookmakers’ favourites to go down, Charlton sit in fifth place after four games – largely thanks to Taylor’s prowess.It could have been so different for Lee Bowyer’s side had Taylor left for Brentford on transfer deadline day earlier this month. Unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet finally did something positive for Charlton fans as he rejected a series of bids from Brentford – the latest worth around £4million – for their talisman.A free transfer signing from AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2018, Taylor scored 21 goals in his debut campaign at the Valley as Charlton won promotion to the Championship.And the step up to the second tier has not fazed the Greenwich-born Montserrat international, who has netted against Blackburn, Stoke, Barnsley and Nottingham Forest already this season.His penalty kicks have also become the stuff of legend at The Valley. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week last_img read more