Perhaps, with hindsight, we should have paid more attention to the title of Mauro Icardi’s new autobiography: Sempre Avanti – Always Ahead. For as long as he has been in the public consciousness, the striker has always carried an air of impatience, the manner of someone who is eager to skip forward to the next chapter.
Son Heung-min is remembered at Bayer Leverkusen as an authentic global star; a player who scored important goals and fired Champions League qualifications and one who brought additional clout on the commercial front. Unfortunately for Son, who returns to his former club with Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday night, the manner of his departure remains fresh in the memory, too.
Neymar will this week sign a five-year contract with Barcelona that will keep the Brazil forward at the Camp Nou until 2021.
Didier Drogba refused to play for Montreal Impact in their 2-2 draw with Toronto FC because he didn’t appreciate being named as a substitute, coach Mauro Biello confirmed after the game.
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Following the international break, we look at three Arsenal players who need to step up their game coming back into club football.
The Celtic hitman is struggling to get game time for Scotland.
Wigan Athletic will face Leeds United in the Championship on Tuesday.
“Players end up fearing they’ll never win away again,” Jorge Sampaoli said and you could see why. Sevilla hadn’t won on the road since 2015 – you know, back when there was hope.
José Mourinho was so enamoured of the surface here he declared: “If you don’t play on it, go home.” So to witness this limp surrender from Manchester United did not please the manager.
Two England caps, two hat-tricks, both against Estonia but 12 months apart: the Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has not been injured in the meantime but had failed until Thursday night to convince the head coach, Mark Sampson, that she should be in his team. Perhaps that will change after another sharp-shooting display.
A trip to De Kuip was never going to be easy but Manchester United certainly made it a lot more difficult than it needed to be on Thursday night.