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Souness praises Arsenal’s attackers but says the rest of the team were average in West Ham win

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Graeme Souness praised Arsenal‘s front-line after their victory against West Ham, but warned the Gunners the rest of the team could cost them this season.

Mikel Arteta’s side worked hard to snatch a 2-1 victory thanks to a late goal from Eddie Nketiah. 

However it was a tough game for the Arsenal who were outperformed by the Hammers during spells of the game.

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal's fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal's fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal’s fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Following the game, Sky Sports pundit Souness warned that Arsenal’s team behind their front-three could dampen their chances of success this season.

He said:  ‘Arsenal got away with one tonight. I think it showed that Arsenal have got genuine creativity and real fire-power up front. 

‘I thought the rest of the team looked average and that might cost them as the season goes on. 

‘But when you’ve got special creative players and players that can finish them chances, that’s what the difference was tonight. 

‘At the top end Arsenal are very good, rest of it not so sure but we’ll find that out over the next nine months.’

With their victory, Arsenal have started the season with two wins out of two and sit second in the table behind Everton on goal difference.

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

Arsenal have improved massively since Arteta was appointed manager.

Souness said: ‘Arsenal were in a pretty sorry state when Arteta joined,  but they are playing with a bit of swagger right now and tails are up. 

‘They’ll watch the game back and realise they got away with it and were lucky. West Ham were spirited tonight, Arsenal were average but they’ve got these special players up front and West Ham will be feeling hard done by.’

Souness added that Arsenal will have to improve their levels of performance if they are to take a result at Anfield against champions Liverpool next weekend.

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Portugal legend Luis Figo claims new European Premier League ‘will DESTROY football as we know it’

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Portugal legend Luis Figo has slammed the idea of a new £4.6billion European Premier League by claiming that it would ‘destroy football as we know it’.

The 47-year-old took to Twitter to ask ‘everyone’ in football to oppose the proposals following the news of the latest attempts to re-shape the face of European football.

According to Sky News, the new tournament is backed by FIFA and Wall Street giant JP Morgan, who are assembling a £4.6billion funding package.

Luis Figo says new European Premier League proposals would 'destroy football as we know it'

Luis Figo says new European Premier League proposals would 'destroy football as we know it'

Luis Figo says new European Premier League proposals would ‘destroy football as we know it’

The Portugal legend took to Twitter to slam the 'greedy' elite clubs that are said to be involved

The Portugal legend took to Twitter to slam the 'greedy' elite clubs that are said to be involved

The Portugal legend took to Twitter to slam the ‘greedy’ elite clubs that are said to be involved

United and Liverpool are among more than a dozen teams from England, France, Germany and Italy in negotiations about becoming founder members of a competition that could start as early as 2022. 

Figo took aim at the elite clubs proposing the idea, labelling them as ‘greedy’ before insisting that it would ‘kill other clubs and leagues that fans love’.

‘What I read about this Super League idea will destroy football as we know it,’ Figo tweeted on Wednesday

‘It’s all about greed and keeping the game for a few elite clubs, while killing the other clubs and leagues that fans love. Football should unite! Everyone should oppose it!’ 

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly key players in talks over the new competition

Figo has joined both Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in condemning the idea, who voiced their disapproval shortly after the news was announced on Tuesday.

Carragher tweeted ‘Oh f*** off’ in response to the idea before United legend Neville called for an ‘independent regulator’ within football, later linking to a petition.

The European Premier League would reportedly have 18 teams and involve fixtures played during the regular European season with the top-ranked sides advancing to a knockout format.

Prize money worth hundreds of millions of pounds would be on offer each year.

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville reacted with dismay to the news

Carragher led the social media backlash against the proposals of a European Premier League

Carragher led the social media backlash against the proposals of a European Premier League

Carragher led the social media backlash against the proposals of a European Premier League

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also weighed in instantly to call for an independent regulator

The news comes as a fresh bombshell after Liverpool and United were the driving force behind the radical Project Big Picture proposals that emerged last week.

That would have seen the number of teams in the Premier League reduced from 20 to 18, the scrapping of the EFL Cup and Community Shield, and power concentrated in the hands of the so-called ‘Big Six.’

The plans were abandoned last week after a vote of Premier League clubs and condemnation by the Government. They had gained the support of the EFL because they included a £250million rescue package for cash-strapped league clubs.

The latest plans for a European league also drew criticism from fans on social media.

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Real Madrid are expected to make up part of the Spanish contingent in the new competition

Lionel Messi's Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe's elite teams

Lionel Messi's Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe's elite teams

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona would join them in a competition among Europe’s elite teams

The Football Supporters' Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news

The Football Supporters' Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news

The Football Supporters’ Association led a chorus of discontent from fans at the news 

The Football Supporters’ Association tweeted: ‘Seriously, if you’re a club owner or football financier who thinks a global health crisis is the perfect opportunity to rip up and reshape football to suit billionaires… you have no idea how much fans detest your concept. It will not go how you think.’

One fan wrote: ‘Greed must be the driver, would it be any different from the Champions League.’

Another user tweeted: ‘There’s literally no point in a European Premier League. What makes the Champions League so special is that you get multiple big teams that rarely play each other which makes every match a special occasion. Seeing them play each other twice a season takes that away.’

Another comment said: ‘A European Premier League would absolutely kill football off. Worth 6 billion with the winner getting hundreds of millions in prize money meanwhile small clubs and non league teams are struggling to stay afloat. The game is completely ruined.’

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Celtic star Nir Bitton says he couldn’t even STAND as he opens up on Covid-19 hell that left him fearing for his health

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NIR BITTON has told of his Covid-19 hell and revealed: I couldn’t even stand up.

The Celtic star picked up the deadly coronavirus while away on international duty with Israel.

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Nir Bitton has opened up on his recent Covid-19 hellCredit: PA:Press Association

Bitton admits he underestimated the disease and called for urgent talks to limit who can be involved in next month’s international fixtures.

He said: “I went through some hard days with this virus. It wasn’t easy at all. Before I got the disease I underestimated it, but it was not pleasant.

“I had headaches, my muscles ached and I could not stand up. I had to sit.

“You do not know what you are heading towards. Everyone knows how the disease starts, but not how it ends.

“If it affected me, a young and athletic guy, I do not know how it affects older people.

“We see deaths and I need to say to people, watch out. Stay at home and look after your relatives. This is not an easy disease.

“I am still without taste and smell, but I hope it will come back soon and that the hardships are behind me.”

Bitton is now allowed out of isolation from his Glasgow home but faces a host of tests before he can make a Celtic return.

The experienced Hoops defender insists his club’s Covid-19 regime is watertight, with players all following orders.

But Bitton reckons it’s no coincidence that there was a flurry of positive tests during the international break.

Israel team-mate Hatem Elhamed and Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard caught the bug and missed Saturday’s derby defeat to Rangers.

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Ryan Christie was also forced to isolate for 14 days after Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong tested positive.

Bitton insists any player from a club with a recent outbreak shouldn’t be allowed to play international football.

He said: “At Celtic we have been in a regime for four months since I returned from Israel.

“No families, no restaurants, no friends and almost no leisure life. We take care of ourselves.

“Then you go to the national team and suddenly there is a sick player.

“You find out after a few days and you know there will probably be more patients.

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“There is no solution. The only solution is to cancel the squad meetings and it will not happen.

“If a team suddenly has some positives, sometimes you should not take a risk.

“You have to keep players in an environment that is comfortable and sterile.

“If that means not inviting players from a team that has had an outbreak, then that’s what it should be.”

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Valencia fans hire a MARIACHI BAND to follow unpopular club directors as they protest against owners

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Valencia fans protested against the ownership of their club by hiring a mariachi band to follow their directors around the city. 

Supporters are not able to vent their anger in stadiums due to current Covid-19 restrictions but found a unique way of getting their message across on Monday.

In pictures and videos posted by Libertad VCF on Twitter, a mariachi band can be seen playing music while directors Kim Koh and Joey Lim sat a cafe. The officials tried to lose the musicians but were followed all the way into Valencia’s offices.

Valencia hired Valencia mariachi band to follow their unpopular directors around the city

Valencia hired Valencia mariachi band to follow their unpopular directors around the city

Valencia hired Valencia mariachi band to follow their unpopular directors around the city

The band started playing music while directors Joey Lim and Kim Koh sat at an outside cafe

The band started playing music while directors Joey Lim and Kim Koh sat at an outside cafe

The band started playing music while directors Joey Lim and Kim Koh sat at an outside cafe

Supporters hired the band to protest the running of the club with fans unable to attend games

Supporters hired the band to protest the running of the club with fans unable to attend games

Supporters hired the band to protest the running of the club with fans unable to attend games

Fans have become increasingly disenchanted with the running of the club since Lim took over in 2015.

The LaLiga side sold key players including Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin who went to Villarreal while Rodrigo Moreno joined Leeds and Ferran Torres signed for Manchester City. The four sales brought in around £54million. 

Javi Gracia, who is Lim’s seventh manager in five years, went public on the this not being the project he signed up for. In September, he said: ‘I can see the squad just as everybody else can. It’s been weakened because of the departures. I have the hope that the reinforcements that were promised to me will come but no one has arrived.’

Peter Lim bought the LaLiga side in 2015 and is already on his seventh manager in five yers

Peter Lim bought the LaLiga side in 2015 and is already on his seventh manager in five yers

Peter Lim bought the LaLiga side in 2015 and is already on his seventh manager in five yers

But despite promises of replacements for the players sold, Garcia did not see any new arrivals on deadline day. 

Gracia remained in charge after a meeting with club president Anil Murthy at the start of the month but Murthy has also come in for criticism. 

Midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia launched an extraordinary attack on the president last week, claiming he has ‘destroyed the club.’

‘Having already destroyed an ambitious project, you had to deceive your coach and, finally, me. Thank you, Anil Murthy,’ Kondogbia posted to his Instagram stories.

Ferran Torres was one of four key players that was sold during the summer transfer window

Ferran Torres was one of four key players that was sold during the summer transfer window

Ferran Torres was one of four key players that was sold during the summer transfer window

Javi Gracia has publicly aired his concerns at the club's inability to replace the sold players

Javi Gracia has publicly aired his concerns at the club's inability to replace the sold players

Javi Gracia has publicly aired his concerns at the club’s inability to replace the sold players

Valencia had three different managers last season and finished well short of the Europa League spot which would have eased some of the financial pressures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The club won the Copa del Rey just 16 months ago and qualified for the Champions League before the 2019-2020 season under the management of Marcelino.

But he was sacked in September last season after disagreements with Lim after the coach asking for more autonomy.

The series of events has left Valencia supporters increasingly frustrated and with fans set to be away from football stadiums for the foreseeable future, they may look for more novel ways of venting their anger. 

Geoffrey Kondogbia launched an attack on club president Anil Murthy for 'destroying' the club

Geoffrey Kondogbia launched an attack on club president Anil Murthy for 'destroying' the club

Geoffrey Kondogbia launched an attack on club president Anil Murthy for ‘destroying’ the club

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