DEAN SMITH MAKES MANAGER SHORTLIST

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has been named on a four-man shortlist for the Premier League Manager of the Month for December 2020. Dean Smith made the list after an impressive return of three wins and two draws from five league matches in the month of December.

Dean Smith has been able to lead Aston Villa into the top half of the table with 26 points from 15 league games this season. This is a significant improvement from last season as Dean Smith and Aston Villa narrowly escaped relegation from the division in their first season back with the big boys. Aston Villa are three points off the Champions League places as things stand with two games in hand.

Jamie Carragher praises Arsenal for their summer transfer business

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Arsenal for making quality additions to the squad during the summer transfer window. The Gunners have endured a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign and they are currently placed 15th on the table with only 13 points after 11 matches.

As such, they have been far from impressive as a collective unit, but they have been standout displays from summer signings Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes. Carragher has also been impressed with the duo and believes the hierarchy should stick with Arteta as the head coach.

He told Sky Sports: “Mikel Arteta brought in [Thomas] Partey and Gabriel [Magalhaes]. They look like Arsenal’s two best players at this moment. I think they've had four managers and three CEOs since 2018. Just stick with Arteta, but there's going to be a lot of pain for Arsenal.”

Adidas starts working on World Cup 2022 ball

FIFA and Adidas have already started working on the ball for the World Cup 2022.

The recent World Cup balls have attracted a lot of criticism. The recent FIFA World Cup 2018 ball, Telstar 18, received a lot of criticism from the goalkeepers especially during the group stages. This was followed by the Mechta ball, which was utilised during the knockout stages.

There are a lot of complaints from goalkeepers about the unpredictable flight of the ball, which may have been largely due to the air bladder construction. The air bladder was perfectly in sync with the outer area. As a result, striking the outer surface would almost be similar to striking the bladder.

SINCLAIR: ARSENAL FANS WANT WILSHERE RETURN

Trevor Sinclair was talking on talkSPORT where he said Arsenal fans will love the idea of former club player Jack Wilshere returning to the Emirates in the future.

Sinclair is now a pundit after hanging his boots ending a career that saw him play for Premier League clubs including West Ham United and Manchester City.

He said that it would be a good deal for Arsenal to sign their former star, especially on a contract that will see him get paid as he plays. Meanwhile, Wilshere would feel like he'd just won the jackpot at wish casinos, with a return to the club he supported as a boy, and led into the Champions League Final all those years ago.

EARLY ARSENAL TEAM NEWS AHEAD OF EVERTON CLASH

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal will be heading into the showdown against Everton on Saturday looking to bounce back from the draw against Southampton in midweek. Given their current form, the Gunners are already considered to be the underdogs ahead of the game, but they will be hoping to jump on their luck and earn a win.

The 1-1 draw against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium was a result that confirmed that they had ended a run of four straight home games all in losses.

Having found themselves in 15th place in the Premier League table after 13 games into the season, there is huge pressure mounting on Arteta to deliver positive results and he may end up facing the sack if he does not find a way to turn the tides in their favor pretty soon.

UNITED BANKING ON THIS PARTNERSHIP FOR CLASHES AGAINST LEIPZIG AND CITY

Manchester United have a big week of football on their hands, with a crucial and deciding tie away in Germany against Leipzig and then a Manchester derby which will be taking place at the weekend.

The Red Devils have not been consistent enough this season, suffering unexpected losses and winning matches one would readily imagine they would lose. United have beaten the likes of Paris Saint-Germain in Paris and RB Leipzig at Old Trafford (both in the Champions League) already this season but have had to suffer terrible defeats at home already in the League this season.

They continued their fine form on the road with another comeback win against West Ham United at the London Stadium, easing the upset PSG mounted on them following the French Champions' win at Old Trafford.

UNITED BANKING ON THIS PARTNERSHIP FOR CLASHES AGAINST LEIPZIG AND CITY

Manchester United have a big week of football on their hands, with a crucial and deciding tie away in Germany against Leipzig and then a Manchester derby which will be taking place at the weekend.

The Red Devils have not been consistent enough this season, suffering unexpected losses and winning matches one would readily imagine they would lose. United have beaten the likes of Paris Saint-Germain in Paris and RB Leipzig at Old Trafford (both in the Champions League) already this season but have had to suffer terrible defeats at home already in the League this season.

FERRAN TORRES SCORES HISTORIC TREBLE

New Manchester City player Ferran Torres enjoyed his best night ever after he scored an historic hattrick to condemn Germany to a heavy thumping at the hands of Spain. Ferran Torres netted three times during the UEFA Nations League A Group 4 encounter played at the home of Spanish La Liga giants Sevilla, the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.


Ferran Torres started his Manchester City career slowly on the back of his transfer from La Liga side Valencia in the summer but he has started to show his quality in recent weeks. The Citizens signed him for a paltry sum of around £22m and as the direct replacement for German international Leroy Sane who had signed for the reigning European champions Bayern Munich. Coincidentally, Ferran Torres and Leroy Sane lined up for Spain and Germany respectively during the game in Seville.

David Brooks keen to help Cherries back to the top flight

Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks says that he is quite determined to help the club get back to the Premier League. The cherries were relegated from the top division after a couple of years and they are now trying to find the way back to the top. However, there is a significant danger of losing all of their top players if they continue to stay in the Championship. The club has already sold the likes of Nathan Ake due to the preference of players to remain in the top division. Now, Brooks is coming to a decisive stage in his career with the Welsh international attracting a lot of interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.

Brooks was expected to leave Bournemouth during the summer but this never happened. The south coast outfit will face a tough task to retain the 23-year-old when the transfer window opens in January. At this moment, the club are in a competitive position in the Championship, as the fourth in the standings. However, things can go wrong pretty quickly in the second division with the competition quite intense between clubs like Reading, Norwich, Swansea, and Middlesbrough. All of these outfits have recent experience in the Championship apart from doing well in the Premier League. The same cannot be said about Bournemouth, who have spent the last few years the top division.

Dunne excited with the prospect of Messi and Aguero playing together

Manchester City legend Richard Dunne is excited by the prospect of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero sharing the playing field for Manchester City. The Barcelona superstar has recently handed in a transfer request and reports claim that the Catalan giants could consider his sale for around £200m with just 10 months remaining on his contract.

In a report covered by The Star, Dunne said that Messi could prove the perfect foil to compatriot Aguero at the Cityzens and he could take the club to the next level. Pep Guardiola’s side have no found no success in winning the Champions League and Dunne believes Messi would enhance their chances of lifting the European crown, which he has won four times during his career.

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