Mourinho needs to STOP with Lukaku talk, Arsenal defender should win award, more

In our newest feature ‘at the end of the day’ Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool feature.

In this Premier League focused ‘at the end of the day’, Stephen Pickering takes a look at football's biggest talking points.

Chelsea's main news yesterday was based around Jose Mourinho's press conference. The handbags were out once more as the Portuguese manager couldn't help but offer a fresh jibe at  the 20-year-old Belgian international Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku had recently told BBC Sport that if Everton reached the Champions League, he would consider sticking around at Goodison Park.

Despite the comment being nothing more than a meaningless gesture of good will towards the club that gave him a platform to play regular first-team football, Mourinho decided to snipe back as he continues a war of words with a player...

'Maybe there is a new rule in football that when the season finishes every player is able to decide their own future?'

I can't be the only person that thinks opening this can of worms with a player still contracted to the club is ludicrous, especially a player who they SHOULD want to stick around for years to come.

I feel Mourinho should stop trying to assert his dominance over the player in the public eye and leave snide comments like this in his mind. Ever the show man, Mourinho has shown he doesn't mind upsetting one of Europe's most promising strikers for doing very little wrong... unless there really is something the world should know about.


The November player of the month has been a large talking point in the last couple of days and particularly today, as we await the nominees and the eventual winner.

For me the winner should definitely be coming from one of the impeccable Arsenal centre-backs in light of their near perfect defensive month. Now, I can understand why Wayne Rooney will be the hottest tipped player for award, and I do agree that it is because of his instrumental form that Manchester United aren't further down the league table. However, with just ONE goal conceded this month - you have to give the credit to the Arsenal defence.

I personally back Per Mertesacker for the award, the German has actually had the perfect month for Arsenal in November as he missed the game where Manchester United won 1-0 through injury.

The German has gone a long way proving the doubters wrong this season, and is now (rightly) considered one of the best centre-backs in the division.

Staying on Arsenal, earlier this week it was reported that they had agreed a loan deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The claims were later been dismissed and for me Arsenal fans should be thankful.

I have seen Morata play on a few occasions and his quality is undeniable. I have very few doubts he will go on to become a true superstar in years to come. However, this is Arsenal's first chance of a Premier League title for years and relying on a kid to fill the void that an injured Giroud would leave is crazy!

Everyone is in full agreement that Arsenal need a striker this January. I feel that they need an experienced competitor, someone that can call on previous experiences in this situation to get them over the line, not an inexperienced sub from another club.


And finally, a look at the criticism of Liverpool fans towards Brendan Rodgers and his signings.

I am a fan of Brendan Rodgers and believe that no matter how far or wide you look, you will not find a club without some critics of their manager - even Ferguson had his at United.

I do agree with Liverpool fans in their judgement that enough hasn't been done in the transfer market with the money he has had available. He has made so great signings in the form of Coutinho and Sturridge, but there have been too many bad ones. Allen, Aspas, Assaidi, Borini,..etc these have all cost some kind of money, perhaps not earth shattering but it all adds up and they have simply come up short.

I don't believe Rodgers can be upset if he doesn't get a war chest in January. For me, he needs to prove the players he has already spent money on aren't duds and are worth what he paid - before being allowed to make the same mistake again.

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