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Watch Arsenal star Mustafi’s ‘worst slide tackle ever’ as he spectacularly fails to get ball off Kane in Tottenham loss



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SHKODRAN MUSTAFI’S odd challenge against Tottenham has been dubbed “worst slide tackle ever” by fans.

The error prone centre-half lunged at Harry Kane during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at their North London rivals but he was nowhere near the ball or the player.

Shkodran Mustafi's challenge on Harry Kane has been dubbed 'the worst slide tackle ever'


Shkodran Mustafi’s challenge on Harry Kane has been dubbed ‘the worst slide tackle ever’
The German was nowhere near the ball as he lunged at the Spurs forward during his team's 2-1 defeat at their bitter rivals


The German was nowhere near the ball as he lunged at the Spurs forward during his team’s 2-1 defeat at their bitter rivals

Kane was running with the ball down the left channel and as he broke into the box, Mustafi launched into a slide tackle despite being five yards away from the England ace.

Unsurprisingly Kane skipped past Mustafi and luckily for the German nothing came of it.

But supporters on Twitter were quick to slam the peculiar lunge and laid into the 28-year-old.

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One wrote: “Mustafi just did the worst slide tackle I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Another tweeted: “That’s probably the worst attempt at a tackle I’ve ever seen from Mustafi.”

And another said: “Mustafi with the worst slide tackle attempt I think I’ve ever seen.”

Even Labour MP David Lammy chipped in and hilariously quipped: “Mustafi eyesight second only to Dominic Cummings. #TOTARS.”

Despite this latest gaffe, Mustafi has significantly improved under Mikel Arteta and is likely to have earned himself a new contract.

The German defender has been testing Gunners fans’ patience virtually from the day he was signed by Arsene Wenger back in 2016.

Yet just when they were preparing to cast him into the pit of eternal damnation, it seems Mustafi has finally seen the error of his ways.

And suddenly all the Arsenal chat is about handing their prodigal son a new Emirates contract.

For the past three summers Mustafi appeared to be on his way out as first Wenger and then Unai Emery opened the door to his departure.

Yet no one was prepared to pay even a fraction of the £34.85million which Arsenal had shelled out to buy the enigmatic defender from Valencia.

Which meant he was still lingering like a bad smell when Arteta took charge in December looking for ways to stop the Arsenal rot.

Mustafi, who had managed just 90 minutes of Premier League action all season prior to Arteta’s arrival, certainly was not the new manager’s immediate solution to the problem.

But over the past five months he has gradually won his new manager over with his commitment, attitude and dedication to the cause.

Arteta recently said: “We try to help every player to improve, first of all by making them feel that we trust them.

“Everyone can make mistakes, of course, but if they are willing to keep trying then they will get rewarded.

“Musti’s attitude, the way he is training, attention levels, the questions he is asking and how much he wants to help everybody has been really good since I joined.”

Mikel Arteta apologises to fans after Arsenal fall victim to more defensive issues in the North London derby

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THE transfer window rolls on for Manchester United.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kick off their season this weekend, hosting Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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Football betting tips: Bruno Fernandes goal, Arsenal to see off West Ham and Werner to net – Premier League predictions




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WE’VE another bumper set of Premier League fixtures to get our teeth into this week after the top-flight returned in style.

New-look Chelsea did the business at Brighton on Monday Night Football, Liverpool were pushed all the way by Leeds and Arsenal were ruthless as they swatted aside new-boys Fulham.

 It was a winning start for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win at Fulham


It was a winning start for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win at FulhamCredit: Getty

This weekend we’ve selections for you from three big matches, starting at the Theatre of Dreams…

Man Utd vs Crystal Palace, Saturday 5.30pm (Sky Sports)

They’re a week late to the party, but will Man Utd be worth the wait?

Expectations are high at Old Trafford after Ole’s men stormed into the Premier League top four with a superb run of form post-lockdown.

We’re not going to read too much into the friendly defeat to Aston Villa last weekend – although plenty of fans did – but do keep in mind that Solskjaer might be without ELEVEN players.

Palace were absolutely dismal in the post-lockdown world but Roy Hodgson, calm as ever, refused to panic.

His patience was rewarded last weekend as the Eagles began the new season with three points, beating Southampton 1-0 at Selhurst Park.

The visitors have great memories of a shock victory last time they came to Old Trafford – but we’re not backing them to repeat the trick.

United are a measly 1/3 to win the game and that’s a low price for a side who might be rusty after such a bizarre pre-season.

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But Palace drew a blank in four-straight Premier League games between June and July, going down to Liverpool, Leicester, Aston Villa and Wolves without landing a blow.

And on six of their last seven visits to this ground, they’ve failed to score –  we just don’t fancy them to do the business.

Everything points to a comfortable afternoon for United – injuries aside – with a win to nil for the home side a tasty 23/20.

We’re also a big fan of United/United on the half-time/full-time market at evens.

You could get 3/1 on Bruno Fernandes netting on his United debut against Wolves earlier on this year.

The bookies aren’t daft and now the Portuguese star is just a 6/5 shot for a goal in this opening fixture after finding the net 12 times since that cold February evening.

With the Red Devils winning penalties for fun, their resident 12-yard specialist really should be an odds-on shout anytime to score – so don’t miss out.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Man Utd to win to nil: 23/20 (BET HERE)
  • Red Devils to be winning at half time and full time: EVENS (BET HERE)
  • Bruno Fernandes on the scoresheet again: 6/5 (BET HERE)
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Arsenal vs West Ham, Saturday 8pm (Sky Sports)

An early-season London derby at the Emirates – and a chance to make a few bob on West Ham‘s struggles.

On paper this is the home-banker of the weekend, with the Hammers in an absolute state and the Gunners buoyed by an excellent opening day win over Fulham.

Willian was particularly impressive in that 3-0 victory, while Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng has now put pen-to-paper on a bumper three year contract.

That could be the biggest signing of the summer for Arsenal, who have kept hold of their prize asset while strengthening in weaker areas.

Usually a recipe for success – and the complete opposite to West Ham.

Fans and players alike were up in arms at the decision to sell Grady Diangana to West Brom and morale is at an all-time low in East London.

And that definitely showed on the pitch in the 2-0 loss to Newcastle last week, where the Hammers failed to get our of first gear.

 Arsenal would have been locked in a relegation battle without Aubameyang in 2019-20


Arsenal would have been locked in a relegation battle without Aubameyang in 2019-20

They’re a basket case on and off the pitch at the moment – and we reckon 1/2 on an Arsenal win should be jumped on before it goes.

We can see that price shortening before kick-off and considering the Hammers have won just one of their last 13 meetings with Arsenal in the North of the capital – losing the last five in a row – it looks a cracker.

We can see the Gunners flying out of the gate, straight on the offensive.

That makes the price of 10/11 on Arsenal to score first in the opening 45 minutes a brilliant price.

There’s plenty of positivity around the Emirates after last week’s performance and the hard work that’s gone into this transfer window.

But Willian could be potentially the bargain of the summer if he continues to pull the strings as he did at Fulham.

Aubameyang will get a lot of attention from punters to score – and is odds-on as a result – but we like the Brazilian to open his account with a home debut goal.

Priced up at 23/10, that’s the value.

SunSport’s best bets

  • Arsenal to beat West Ham: 8/13 (BET HERE)
  • Gunners to net first in opening 45 minutes: 10/11 (BET HERE)
  • Willian on scoresheet for new club: 23/10 (BET HERE)

Chelsea vs Liverpool, Sunday 4.30pm (Sky Sports)

How about this for a Sunday treat?

New-look Chelsea host the champions in the first big heavyweight tussle of the new season.

And this one really has potential to be a stormer.

Liverpool were all over the place at the back against Leeds last weekend, conceding three goals despite the West Yorkshire side mustering just three shots on target.

Frank Lampard will have studied that game and will hope his expensively-assembled frontline can do similar damage.

It wasn’t quite as comfortable for the Blues down at Brighton as the scoreline suggested, but Lampard will take every hard-fought victory no matter how it comes.

New-boy Kai Havertz had a baptism of fire and didn’t quite look up to speed, at one point pinging a cross-field ball straight into the posh seats under no pressure at all.

And there are doubts over Timo Werner’s fitness after he picked up a knock.

We said in our preview last week that this Chelsea experiment will take time – and we’re leaving along the 21/10 on a home win as a result.



That’s a massive price and some will be tempted, but we’d much prefer to play this one safe and back goals.

We went for over 3.5 goals in the Leeds match and that had won before 35 minutes, with the price on lightning striking twice a very tempting 6/4.

It might be the history books swaying this one a bit, but only one H2H between the clubs here at the Bridge has featured four or more goals since 2015.

At that price though – and with these players on show – we say go for it.

Three of Liverpool‘s five away matches in the post-lockdown schedule saw over 3.5 goals win, while nine of Chelsea’s 19 home matches saw a goal frenzy.

With both sides going for early season bragging rights, it definitely won’t be dull.

Especially with Chelsea’s goalkeeper situation still up in the air.



If Kepa starts, you back the Blues to concede, it’s that simple.

The Spaniard has let in nine goals from the last 13 shots on target he’s faced in the Premier League. Pretty grim stuff.

Klopp will have his men shoot on sight and we don’t see how the home side can escape with a clean sheet – so back Chelsea to concede two or more against the champions.

Werner’s injury situation is one to monitor but the German is expected to feature in Sunday’s showdown.

He showed flashes of brilliance in the Brighton win but didn’t get a guilt-edged chance to showcase his lethal finishing.

If Werner starts, you’re backing him to score at 6/4 anytime which is a monster price.

And for those of you feeling brave, 4/1 on the former RB Leipzig man to net the opener is tempting too.

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Man Utd ‘irritated by social media transfer claims over failed Bale pursuit and fear negativity could impact team’




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MANCHESTER UNITED are irritated by a social media frenzy over their lack of transfer activity and fear it will negatively impact the team, according to reports.

The Red Devils have been heavily criticised by many of the club’s supporters in recent weeks.

Manchester United are worried the negative atmosphere among fans on social media could impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side


Manchester United are worried the negative atmosphere among fans on social media could impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sideCredit: Splash News
Gareth Bale is the latest transfer target to stay clear of Old Trafford this summer as he rejoins Tottenham


Gareth Bale is the latest transfer target to stay clear of Old Trafford this summer as he rejoins TottenhamCredit: Reuters

Fans are desperate to see new signings come in and have been venting their frustration.

And according to ESPN, the club are well aware of the mood and fear it may have consequences on the pitch as well as off it if the anger at Ed Woodward and the board affects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

So far in this transfer window, United have extended the loan deal of Odion Ighalo and signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £39million.

But the summer has been dominated by targets the club have seemingly missed out on, although the report adds United are surprised by these claims.

Jadon Sancho was the No1 priority but a deal could not be agreed with Borussia Dortmund to land the Three Lions winger, who looks on course to stay in Germany at least for another year.

United were also heavily linked with Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon.

Talks were held with both players’ representatives but sources claim that is as far as negotiations went.

Now they are on the verge of completing deals to join Tottenham instead.

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Bale, a long-term United target, will sign on loan for the season with Spurs picking up around 50 per cent of his £650,000-a-week wages.

Left-back Reguilon, meanwhile, is set to complete a permanent switch to White Hart Lane with United backing out of a deal because Real insisted on a buy-back clause.

The duo flew from Spain into Luton on Friday – on board a private jet provided by Tottenham – before Bale was given a hero’s welcome by supporters on his return.

Sergio Reguilon flew with Bale on Friday morning to complete his Spurs switch


Sergio Reguilon flew with Bale on Friday morning to complete his Spurs switch
Donny van de Beek is Manchester United's only new arrival this summer so far


Donny van de Beek is Manchester United’s only new arrival this summer so farCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Man Utd boss Solskjaer tells his thoughts on new signing Donny van de Beek

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