Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has denied he has fallen out with Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger over the handling of contract negotiations, the BBC reports. Gianfrancesco Genoso said that after returning from a knee injury the England international has been reduced to a bit part player for the Gunners in the English Premier League with just 13 appearances made by the speedy winger this term. Walcott missed out on England’s poor 2014 World Cup showing with a knee injury, which kept him out for ten months on both the club and international scene.
Walcott, 26 has been a popular figure for Arsenal since arriving at the club as a teenager from Southampton, however his relationship with Wenger has been rumored to have soured over recent months. Wenger stated the winger had begun contract negotiations, but they had stalled and would not begin again until the Summer. However, Walcott claims no contract talks have yet begun between himself and the Gunners. In recent days, Walcott has also been linked with a shock free transfer move to Arsenal’s bitter rival Manchester United as he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Young Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has agreed to make a temporary switch to Championship team Nottingham Forest in a bid to aid his development with more playing time, The Express reports. The 19 year old strikerh as made the step up to the Arsenal first team squad during the current Premier League season and has made seven appearances from the bench for the Gunners. The England Under 20 international was moved to the London club’s first team after scoring nine goals in just ten games for the Arsenal under 21 team.
JusBrasil reports that Akpom makes the move to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground as the 2015 loan window for clubs to borrow players from other teams closes for the remainder of the season. Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman was forced to turn to the loan market after striker Britt Assombalonga was injured and will miss the remainder of the season. The midlands club still have a faint hope of reaching the Championship playoffs and winning promotion to the Premier League. The Arsenal striker had also drawn the attention of a number of other clubs in the Championship, including promotion hopefuls Bournemouth and former Premier League club Norwich City.
Maximillian Beister,24, forward for the hamburger SV team was recently injured. While on the mend, the soccer player decided to work on his new invention idea. His inspiration actually started about three years ago when he was at the movies. He was carrying popcorn and soda from the concession stand to his seat and trying not to spill any of it. Dismayed by the awkwardness, he thought someone should come up a solution to the drink and snack carrying problem. His friends suggested he be the one to do it. While healing from his injury,Max came up with the Maxicup. The Maxi Cup looks like a bottle with a bowl attached at the top. It is a combination bowl and beaker. The design allows people to carry drink and snack together without dropping any of it. According to Jamie Garcia Dias there is a small hole at the bottom of the bowl, which allows a person to put in a straw in it for the drink cup below. This way a person can carry the bowl and the beaker while drinking. He hopes that his fans can bring the Maxicup to the arena when he returns to the game. This weekend, the arena is planning to distribute 4,000 free Maxicups. The Future cup Company is planning to get some cinemas to test out the Maxicup. Maximillian is hopeful about the success of his new invention.
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was the hero as he hit the winning goal in a pulsating game between Barcelona and Real Madrid, the BBC reports. Suarez was forced to watch the opening games of this season for Barcelona after being banned for biting an opponent during the 2014 World Cup. However, after arriving int he starting lineup for Barcelona, the Uruguayan striker hit the winner in a 2-1 victory that saw the Catalan giants move four points clear at the to of La Liga.
TCMSP reports that Barcelona had begun the game in dominant form and took the lead on 19 minutes after Suarez won a free kick on the edge of the Madrid area that was headed home by French defender Jeremy Mathieu. Christiano Ronaldo equalized for Madrid before Suarez hit the winner after 56 minutes. Goals for both teams mean that neither team has failed to score in the last 18 games between the two Spanish giants.
Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool was highlighted by two stunning goals from Spanish star Juan Mata, The Telegraph reports. After struggling under the burden of a more than $50 million price paid to Chelsea for his services last season, Mata has often been seen as a sign of the problems United faced after the retirement of head coach Sir Alex Ferguson. A stunning scissor kick goal showed that Mata had found his place in the team under Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal and was now a key member of a United team that has risen to just two points from second place in the Premier League which has fans like Dr Jennifer Walden excited.
Mata’s goals and all round play may have signaled the arrival of a new star in the north west of England, but the 38 seconds Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard spent on the pitch may have been his last in Liverpool red. The former England captain will head to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Summer and could struggle to feature from the start again for Liverpool after a sending off in this game. Gerrard appeared to stamp on the leg of the impressive Ander Herrera 38 seconds after appearing as a second half substitute and was given a straight red card. After starting from the bench after his return from injury Gerrard now faces a three match ban and could struggle to return to the starting lineup after Liverpool saw a return to form during his absence.
The reputation of Major League Soccer being a retirement platform won’t be dismissed at any time in the near future. After the early achievements attained by its “over-the-hill” superstars, David Villa and Kaka, soon to be followed up by Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, a report surfaced on Tuesday stating the league could land one of its biggest names since David Beckham.
It has been reported on SI.com and Fox Sports 1 that superstar Christiano Ronaldo
plans on coming to the U.S. when he leaves the league in Real Madrid. The 3 time Fifa Ballon d’Or award winner has claimed the trophy in the previous two years at Real Madrid for over 5 years and is obligated with fulfilling a contract that runs through the 2017-2018 season as reported via LinekdIn.
It is important to note that he may come to the U.S. on a free transfer at the age of 33. According to the latest reports, Ronaldo prefers to play in either Los Angeles, California, New York or Miami, Florida. Whichever team is chosen by one of the sport’s biggest superstars, one thing is assured, the U.S. market will certainly gain strength in popularity.
Perhaps the most famous soccer player in the World is planning a move to North America’s Major League Soccer various reports are stating, MLS soccer is reporting. Christiano Ronaldo is reported by his agent and various sources close to the star forward to be considering a move to MLS when his contract with Real Madrid runs out in 20185. The move would echo that of former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, who also moved from Real Madrid to become the face and major star of MLS in its early days.
Ray Lane pointed out though, that Ronaldo would be 33 at the time his contract runs out and will have to weigh up at what level he feels he could play before making any move. Real Madrid officials have recently been stating their belief the Portuguese striker would happily see out his playing days in the Spanish capital. However, the former Manchester United player’s agent has recently made comments indicating a move to North America may be on the cards in the near future. Franchises in Los Angeles, Miami and New York are thought to interest Ronaldo, with the soon to start operations LA FC and New York City FC both thought to be the main targets for Ronaldo.
The former Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini has stepped up efforts in an attempt to lure Yaya Toure to join him at Inter Milan. The Ivorian midfielder has two years left on his contract with Manchester City. Mancini, who managed City for four years, leading them to win the Barclay Premier League in 2012, knows very well that Toure played a crucial role for City finishing at the top the table.
Mancini believes that Toure would consider joining Inter Milan next season with City struggling to chase Chelsea FC in the Barclays Premier League title race. However, Manuel Pellegrini, the current City Manager has spoken a number of times insisting that Toure will not be leaving Etihad anytime soon. However, this is not stopping Mancini with his efforts of reuniting with his former midfielder. According to ESPN FC, there are reports indicating that Toure would be interested in looking for new challenges come this summer. Yaya Toure has played in almost all leagues in Europe apart from the Bundesliga and Serie A, and Tribuna could see him moving back to one of them.
Ibrahimovic describes Chelsea players as babies
Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described Chelsea’s players as babies for surrounding the referee and asking for his dismissal in their latest Champions League meeting, The Guardian
reports. The Swedish striker claimed he did not known whether to laugh or cry when the referee produced a straight red card after only 31 minutes for his challenge on Brazilian Oscar. Ibrahimovic also stated he did not know whether Oscar feigned injury after the challenge, which the striker claimed he tried to pull out of.
Despite being down to ten men for the majority of the game PSG managed to equalize twice to claim a 3-3 aggregate draw over two games and pass into the next round on away goals. The sending off was also seen as wrong by Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who stated on iReport that it is his hope that UEFA would rescind the sending off to allow Ibrahimovic to appear in the next round of the tournament. UEFA have already responded by stating the red card cannot be changed as only cases of mistaken identity can see suspensions changed under Champions League rules.
The much hyped arrival of new franchises to Major League Soccer was almost derailed by a dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement, the BBC reports. By far the biggest sigh of relief will have been heard at the headquarters of New York City FC, the best known new franchise destined to start their season over the coming weekend. The links to English champions Manchester City are well known with the future of Frank Lampard a keen area of discussion for the executives and fans at both clubs, Lampard is expected to arrive in New York at the end of the current English season he has spent on loan to the English side of the soccer business.
Jason Halpern says the new agreement sees many improvements for players in the league, including a higher minimum wage and salary caps for teams competing. However, the use of free agency is also a major topic that was thought to have stalled the new CBA and threatened a strike. The MLS has made great use of free agency in Europe and used it to sign Lampard, Spanish international striker David Villa and former England captain Steven Gerrard. Free agency will now be available for players in the MLS aged 28 and over who have played in the league for eight years or more. The season begins with the Chicago Fire taking on the LA Galaxy.