Eddie Howe dodged tricky questions about Newcastle United’s recent Saudi Arabian-led takeover given its appalling human rights record, telling a packed media room that “for me it was a football decision. I’m absolutely delighted to be here. My focus is football – that’s all I’m going to concern myself with."
Jurgen Klopp has been forced to concede that he needs to sign defensive cover for his floundering Liverpool side decimated by injuries particularly in defence and multiple reports now suggest they 'have made contact with former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos'.
Bookmakers have slashed the odds on manager Mikel Arteta (38) being sacked by Arsenal before the end of the season. Defeat to Tottenham at the weekend saw his odds shorten to 6/4. Six-time Serie A winner Massimiliano Allegri is now the current favourite at 2/1 to replace Arteta.
The choruses of disapproval at Arsenal continue to grow louder with the latest being legend Paul Merson branding his former club a 'mid-table team' and hammering star-striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for bringing nothing to table since signing his lucrative contract.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has again put the boot in and will probably annoy Manchester United after saying representing France has provided a "breath of fresh air" away from the most difficult period of his career.
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