Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta slammed for Gabriel Martinelli decision in Olympiakos loss

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been slammed for failing to bring on Gabriel Martinelli early enough in the Gunners’ Europa League exit against Olympiacos. Arsenal lost 2-1 at the Emirates thanks to a last-gasp Youssef El-Arabi goal. Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League at the Round of 32 stage after a poor display at the Emirates. Having taken a 1-0 lead into the game from the first-leg, Arsenal were

Arsenal offered Aubameyang and Lacazette contract hope because pair are 'very, very happy'

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette appear “very, very happy” at Arsenal and the friendship between the pair could be crucial to the club’s hopes of keeping them long term. That’s the belief of former Arsenal striker John Hartson, who thinks the club should pay however much it takes to tie them down to new deals. Aubameyang has less than 18 months left on his contract in north London but the

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Bournemouth – Pulisic injury confusion

Chelsea have a number of injury concerns as they prepare to return to Premier League action against Bournemouth this weekend. Frank Lampard is expected to make a number of changes after the humiliating 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in midweek. However, the Chelsea manager’s options are limited with Tammy Abraham still struggling to reach full fitness. The Blues’ top scorer has been sidelined with an ankle injury in recent weeks

Tyson Fury: What happened in the final hours of the mission to bring home the belt?

Tyson Fury’s flight home was delayed by a thunderstorm leading to a boozy wait in a random airport – it was the only thing to go wrong in an otherwise perfect assault on Las Vegas. The 48-hour stretch from before to after his destruction of Deontay Wilder veered from a calculated calm to wild celebration and ended with Fury’s inner-circle sat in an airport pub wondering when they could go

Jack Grealish on how he shed bad-boy image to become Aston Villa's shining star

Jack Grealish goes into Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City as Aston Villa’s captain and golden boy. But it has not always been that way. No-one would ever question the 24-year-old’s talent, but, while showing flashes of his mercurial talent in his breakthrough days at Villa Park, it was far from guaranteed he would go on to become the player he is today. Grealish was still a teenager when

Deontay Wilder told not to be 'selfish' and let Tyson Fury face Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder has been told he could land his biggest ever payday if he lets Tyson Fury fight Anthony Joshua instead of insisting on a rematch. The Bronze Bomber lost his WBC heavyweight title to a dominant Fury on Saturday, and is set to refuse an offer from the Gypsy King to skip the trilogy fight he is entitled to under his contract. But Wilder has been warned it would

'Cyborg' Barlow a key player as United look to upset Kings

Sydney Kings great Jason Smith still remembers a teenage David Barlow as a 'cyborg'. Smith was the grand final MVP and one of Barlow's mentors in the Sydney club's last championship win in 2004-2005 and as an established Australian Boomers and NBL leader, Smith knew Barlow was set for a long career based on his two-way play and his dedication to his craft. Few times were more telling than when

Remarkable group 1 strike-rate puts Te Akau trainer on elite footing

New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards is racing towards 200 wins in his first two seasons in charge of Te Akau stables, but where he excels is group 1 racing. It helps to have the power of New Zealand’s biggest racing brand behind him and the likes of Melody Belle, Te Akau Shark and Probabeel in the stable, but they don’t give away group 1s. Jamie Richards on his favourite, Melody

'I'll be more persuasive': Bellamy to hook Cameron Smith when he can

Craig Bellamy has seen no signs of Cameron Smith slowing down as he enters a mind-boggling 19th season in the NRL, but the Melbourne coach will make a conscious effort to cut back the champion hooker's game time whenever possible to help preserve his mind and body. Smith has been the only player brave enough to ignore Bellamy's order to come from the field in the past, but the Storm

Salvachua needs to break A-League duck to keep Victory season alive

Melbourne Victory's season is on the line on Saturday night when they face Adelaide United at Marvel Stadium – and for coach Carlos Salvachua, there would never be a better time for his team to break his A-League duck. Salvachua has presided over a successful Asian Champions League campaign, with three wins in four games, but since he replaced Marco Kurz in mid-January he has not been able to get