Arsenal’s trip to Olympiakos has familiar feel but needs an unfamiliar ending

Arsenal have been here before. Goodness knows they have been here before, and not only to the raucous Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens, home of Olympiakos, for the final tie of a Champions League group. The club’s recent history in Europe’s premier competition has been marked by the demand to atone for disastrous first-leg performances, […]

Olivier Giroud thanks ‘hand of destiny’ after Arsenal see off Bayern Munich

Olivier Giroud spoke of having enjoyed a “helping hand from destiny” after his bundled goal, which appeared to come off his hand, set Arsenal fair for a famous2-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium. The striker was introduced as a 74th minute substitute and, moments later, he capitalised on an error […]

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

1) Liverpool should not expect an instant akloppalypse Has any Premier League managerial appointment ever generated such hyperbole? Part-hipster, part-everyman, Jürgen Klopp’s arrival sent the media into overdrive this week. Man turns up for work! Man goes out for drink! Klopp may have arrived on Merseyside with a smile and a wink but everything he […]

José Mourinho says Arsenal ditched attacking philosophy to beat Chelsea

There was no sign of any thawing in José Mourinho’s and Arsène Wenger’s relationship after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield. The pair sparked the season’s first handshake controversy by failing to acknowledge each other on the pitch after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal earned Wenger his first win over Mourinho at the 14th […]

Former England captain Sol Campbell to stand for election as London mayor

Former England captain Sol Campbell has confirmed he will stand for election to replace Boris Johnson as London’s mayor next year. Campbell, who officially retired from football in 2012 having been released by Newcastle, will appear at a hustings with the rest of the Conservative party’s candidates on 4 July after revealing his intention to […]

Champions League: UEFA drops charges against Arsenal

UEFA has dropped charges against Arsenal Arsenal will face no UEFA action following an incident during their Champions League game against Galatasaray on October 1. Several flares were thrown onto the pitch towards the end of the first half from the section where the 3,000 away supporters were located, causing the Group D match to be briefly halted. Metropolitan […]