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Keown says Mikel Arteta “doesn't like Gabriel Martinelli” in astonishing claim

Author: [email protected] (Colin Millar)
This post originally appeared on Mirror – Football

It was another frustrating night for Arsenal as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

First half goals from Manuel Trigueros and Raul Albiol had put this Spanish side in full control, while a red card early in the second period for Dani Ceballos threatened to make it a nightmare evening for the Gunners.

However, a Nicolas Pepe penalty and subsequent sending off of Villarreal midfielder Etienne Capoue helped restore some pride and hope for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Despite the tie hanging in the balance, it was another bad night for the Gunners – with a spate of changes in the second half, including Gabriel Martinelli replacing Martin Odegaard.

Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli
Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli

Martin Keown, a studio pundit in BT Sport’s coverage of the game, made an astonishing claim about Arteta’s treatment of the Brazilian striker.

Martinelli has started just five Premier League games so far this campaign and is yet to be included in a starting line-up during the club’s European journey this season.

Keown said on the coverage, when speaking of Martinelli: “I’ve been concerned as to why that player is not playing.”

When pushed for an answer why, Keown responded: “Because the manager doesn’t like him. It’s as simple as that.

“I’m not there everyday, I’m not on the training ground. I thought it was very interesting Odegaard had gone internationally and said ‘this is the best young player I’ve ever seen’.

“And he’s from Real Madrid!

“So now it’s time to let him fly. Let’s look at the positives. Let’s support him. When he came into the team I thought he did a great job. Not only was he making runs down the middle but he was coming back.

“He was like a Duracell battery.

“Keep him in the team. Play him. You’ve seen what you’ve done with Smith Rowe and Saka. Support him.”

Rafael van der Vaart launches astonishing attack on “blind horse” Timo Werner

Tottenham hero Rafael van der Vaart launched into a bizarre attack on Chelsea forward Timo Werner, claiming the £53million man has been playing like a “blind horse” during his first year at the club.

Werner has struggled to settle at Chelsea since joining from RB Leipzig last year.

The German striker signed after the Blues triggered his release clause in order to pip Liverpool to his signature.

Since signing, however, Werner has managed just five goals in 29 Premier League appearances, and has struggled to fit in at Stamford Bridge.

And Van der Vaart tore into the German during a rant over Chelsea’s current playing squad.

Chelsea star Timo Werner has struggled in his debut season at the club
Chelsea star Timo Werner has struggled in his debut season at the club
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Discussing Chelsea’s attacking options, he expressed that he feels Mason Mount needs to “take a step up”, and that Hakim Ziyech is the best of Chelsea’s playmakers.

Ziyech, like Werner, has struggled to settle and has been used as a bit-part player under Thomas Tuchel.

But Van der Vaart saved the strongest of his criticisms for Werner, who he claimed has been “a blind horse” since his days in the Bundesliga.

Rafael van der Vaart heaped praise on Hakim Ziyech
Rafael van der Vaart heaped praise on Hakim Ziyech

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“I would always play Ziyech because he is the best,” he said, as reported by Sport Witness.

“Ziyech comes inside and also gives the cross, just like Mount. Giroud needs that.

“He [Werner] is super-fast, and that might be nice in an away game when you’re under pressure, but it’s just putting your head down and running around.

“Mount is a great footballer, who I do think needs to make a step up.

“I compare him a bit to Calvin Stengs: you have to become a bloke.

“Werner is really a blind horse. He has already proven that in Germany.”

[email protected] (Daniel Blackham)
This article originally appeared on Mirror – Football

Gogglebox Jenny's astonishing prediction on royal baby Archie

Jenny shocked fans when she accurately predicted the name of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby way before his name was made official.

On a 2019 Gogglebox episode, the stars were watching the ITV News coverage when Archie was born. As they all cooed over the newborn, Jenny said: “I think they might call him Archie. I think Archie would suit him lovely.”

She then said: “Aww I think it’s lovely. It’s brilliant isn’t it, absolutely brilliant.”

Lee said: “This is the news you’ve been wanting Jenny. I wonder if they wanted a boy?

“Diana would have been proud of Harry.”

He then begged Jenny not to start crying, but it was too late as she was already bawling her eyes out.

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Viewers were blown away that she managed to predict Archie’s name before the official news had broken.

Gogglebox’s creator, Tania Alexander, took to Twitter to confirm that she made the astonishing guess before the news was revealed.

She said: “I would like to confirm that our Jenny did genuinely guess the name Archie before it was announced.”

Fans were astounded. One replied: “Well done Jenny for guess the baby’s name … and take no notice of Lee, I was the same. Just so happy that Harry has his little family.”

Twitter was in hysterics at the comparison and a whopping 32,000 people have liked the tweet since it was posted last week.

One person said: “Can’t stop thinking about that tweet that said Keir Starmer looks like he is trying to be both Jenny and Lee off Gogglebox at the same time.”

Another commented: “Hahaha I can’t unsee that now!”

Jenny and Lee joined Gogglebox in 2014 and have been fan favourites ever since.

WATCH: Russian freestyle skier Maxim Burov’s astonishing mid-air acrobatics strike gold again with World Championships win (VIDEO)

Russian freestyle skier Maxim Burov has used his remarkable aerial talent to take his second world title, twisting through the sky for ski acrobatics gold at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in Kazakhstan.

The 22-year-old edged out his US opponent, Christopher Lillis, who had to settle for silver, losing to the Russian champion by just 1.5 points.

Another representative of Russia, Pavel Krotov, took bronze in the same event, while Burov’s elder brother, Ilya, was also among the top five skiers at the global tournament.

Burov confirmed his status as the strongest skier in acrobatics, successfully defending the world title he scooped in 2019.

I’m really happy and satisfied with my result,” Burov said after his win.

“I was nervous before the event, but I managed to cope with the anxiety and deliver a great result.”
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