FOOTBALL fans are certain Martin Atkinson wants Manchester City to win the league for allowing Sergio Aguero's third goal to stand despite allegations of handball. The Argentian striker scored a hat-trick against the Gunners in a 3-1 win to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to just two points. Aguero's tenth Premier League hat-trick helped City bounce back from their shock defeat at Newcastle, with the first of his strikes coming after just 48 seconds. Arsenal hit back through Laurent Koscielny before Aguero restored the Citizen's advantage minutes before half-time. However, it was the Argentine's third strike that saw the ball hit his arm on its way into the goal saw football fans incensed at referee Martin Atkinson for failing to rule it out. Twitter user Kashaveli_ wrote: "Can Martin Atkinson make it any more obvious that he wants City to win the league, I've had enough." User Maaz Kidwai agreed with that post, writing: "Last season it was offside Silva goal this … [Read more...] about Football fans certain Martin Atkinson wants Man City to win the league for allowing Aguero’s third goal
Arsenal to win the league
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can win the Premier League title in new manager Unai Emery's first season in charge. Wenger ended his 22-year reign in the summer with his final seasons littered with protests against his employment as the club slide down the table. His last campaign at the helm concluded with a worst-ever finish of sixth. Arsenal lost their opening two games under Emery, against Manchester City and Chelsea, but won 11 on the trot until Sunday's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. The Gunners sit four points off league-leaders City after 10 games and when asked by talkSPORT if they could win it, Wenger replied "Why not? "When you look at last season at home we won 15, drew two and lost two - it's away we were not good enough. "But overall the quality's there. They have a chance - but at the moment we have some other teams who look very strong as well." Arsenal have not won the title since 2004 but Wenger won the FA Cup in three of his last four seasons. He told Sky Sports: … [Read more...] about Wenger backs Arsenal to win Premier League title this season
Petr Cech has blamed Arsenal’s recent failure to win the Premier League on how Arsène Wenger’s philosophy sometimes came before simply winning and says that the club has become “much more demanding” following the arrival of new head coach Unai Emery. Arsenal made it five wins a in a row with their 2-0 victory against Everton on Sunday and, after Santi Cazorla had on Saturday claimed that a lack of belief was behind the 13-year wait for a Premier League title, Cech pinpointed a failure to “win ugly”. He also likened Arsenal to golfer Tiger Woods who, despite winning his first tournament on Sunday for five years, won the last of his 14 major titles back in 2008. “What we lacked in the past?” said Cech. “I would say 'the Arsenal Way' was more important than getting the points sometimes and this is not sometimes how you win the league. Sometimes you need to make sure you win an ugly game, when you are not playing completely … [Read more...] about Arsenal forgot how to win ugly under Wenger – that’s what must be done to win the league, says Petr Cech
Paddy Power have PAID OUT on Celtic to win the Scottish Premier League after one game BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Paddy Power have paid out on Celtic winning this season's Scottish Premier League title - after only one round of fixtures. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/scottish/celtic/paddy-power-have-paid-out-on-celtic-to-win-the-scottish-premier-league-after-one-game-37189379.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article35998720.ece/8f925/AUTOCROP/h342/P60.rodgers.jpg Email Paddy Power have paid out on Celtic winning this season's Scottish Premier League title - after only one round of fixtures. The Hoops aren't even top of the table but the bookies have already seen enough to declare the Glasgow side champions elect. Brendan Rodgers' side are going for their eighth title on the trot and began the quest with a routine 3-1 win over Livingston on Saturday. Meanwhile, their Glasgow rivals Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by last season's runners-up … [Read more...] about Paddy Power have PAID OUT on Celtic to win the Scottish Premier League after one game
Diego Costa certainly helped Chelsea this season with his 20 league goals, but how important are 20-goal-a-season players for Premier League success? Well, if your aim is just to get into the Champions League then such players are not particularly important. Only 46 per cent (26) of Premier League sides to finish in the top four since 2001-02, when four Champions League places were awarded to England, have had a player who scored 20 or more league goals during the campaign. On average, the top scorer of the side finishing in fourth scores 16.6 league goals in the season. The top scorer of the side finishing in third averages 17.6 goals, the one in second 20.4 and the one in first 22.3. In fact, sides finishing in fourth have had top scorers with as little as 11 goals to their name at the end of the season - Tim Cahill for Everton in 2004-05 and Robin van Persie for Arsenal in both 2006-07 and 2008-09. If your team is wanting to win the league though a 20-goal-a-season man is a bit more … [Read more...] about Do you need a 20-goal striker to win the Premier League?