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Koscielny Departure Leaves A Nasty Taste At The Emitates After His Disrespectful Video Antics For Bordeaux.

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The surreal and unpleasant departure of Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal plunged to new depths yesterday, after it was announced that Arsenal had cut ties with their former captain for the tidy sum of £4.6m.

The sum was far more than I expected and seemed like a bounty fee for man who has gone from a low level hero to absolute zero by refusing to play for the North London club.

He had his reasons and all will be revealed no doubt as the Frenchman aims barbs at his former employers, because that’s how bad the relationship has got.

I’ve covered this story from the beginning and I’m personally relieved that Koscielny has gone. It closes a chapter and allows the club to look at newer, fresher, younger options.

Koscielny got what he wanted (nearly) he was homeward bound and free but then, perhaps out of relief/frustration or as part of his obligation to his new club, he took part in the most tasteless video to announce his arrival.

The Frenchman stood in an Arsenal shirt, there was a count down and at the end, he peeled the shirt off to reveal a Bordeaux shirt, dropping his former colours to the ground.

Social media lit up like a Christmas tree and the majority of fans turned on Koscielny for his apparent lack of respect. Words like ‘disgusting’ and ‘disgraceful’ were some of the less basic observations, with one fan stating “the most disrespectful s*** I’ve ever seen”.

The point may be lost on many, why should this be seen as the ultimate betrayal ? Look, fans pay a lot of money to support their teams, home and away. They pay money for the merchandise and some of that money goes into the pockets of the players, so to disrespect the shirt, inadvertently disrespects the fans.

it’s also a testimony to the flimsy integrity of the badge kissing professional footballer. Honouring the club and the fans one minute and then looking for a way to engineer a move just like former West Ham favourite Marko Arnautović.

Not so much sporting hero, more of a sporting prostitute with no scruples. The fact is that Koscielny was club captain and his behaviour since the end of the season has been dreadful.

Arsenal have had many worthy captains, far better than Koscielny on almost every level. None have behaved like the Frenchman and in a way, it has tarnished the position.

So, Koscielny is gone and everyone moves on but there was no message to the fans, no kind parting words for those that stuck by him and paid his wages in his absences.

Koscielny revealed his true colours yesterday and I’m not talking about his Bordeaux shirt.

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Transfer news LIVE: Mbappe to Chelsea, Real Madrid in Aubameyang talks, Man Utd, Liverpool

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Chelsea fans want Kylian Mbappe

Chelsea fans are desperate for Kylian Mbappe to join the club after their transfer ban was lifted.

One said: “He aint joining liverpool he’s joining chelsea if anything good luck signing mbappe tho”.

Another added: “Welcome Mbappe to Chelsea”.

“If we can we should go all out for mbappe, let Chelsea ruin football again, common it’s time to unleash.” a third explained.

A fourth said: “We have lost Hazard, who is a top 3 player in the world RN. so we must look for at least a top 5 player to replace him.

“When I say we must sign at least one out of Dybala and Mbappe most Chelsea fans reply to me that it’s just a dream and they will join Real Madrid.”

And another is convinced it is happening, exclaiming: “Chelsea is going after Mbappe. You heard it here first.”

Liverpool ace James Milner on Leeds return

Liverpool ace James Milner would love to return to Leeds before his career ends but has had no contact from the Championship club at the moment.

He told The Sportsman: “Well yes, but I am a Leeds lad and I want the team to do well, I’m a fan.

“I always follow the team and the results. So you can never say No or even Yes because just so much changes in football, you never know what happens.

“At the moment I’m a Champions League winner with Liverpool and this year we’re really going for the Premier League, but I don’t know what the future will hold.

“It would be amazing to play for Leeds again but no one from the club has ever contacted me about that.

“People talk about my age and that I’m getting on, and could I continue after Liverpool, but I don’t think I’m typical physically for my age.”

Jose Mourinho not concerned

Jose Mourinho is not worried about Chelsea’s transfer ban being lifted.

“I’m not worried with that,” he said. “First, I’m not looking to the distance from Chelsea.

“Between us and Chelsea [there are] still two or three teams, so we cannot look so high and so far.

“Second – even with the transfer ban lifted, it is not easy to get better players than they have. They have very good players.

“Even with the ban gone and a hypothetical multi-million budget, I’m not sure they can get much better players than they have.”

Man Utd get Erling Haaland boost

Manchester United’s hopes of signing Erling Braut Haaland have been given a huge boost. Bayern Munich have reportedly decided against making a move for the young striker.

Haaland has been linked with a host of teams throughout Europe, as he appears set to leave Red Bull Salzburg.

The 19-year-old has been on fire this season, having scored 15 goals in 13 league games.

Haaland played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, and therefore it was believed that the striker would favour a move to United so he could reunite with his old boss.

But United will face stiff competition for his signature, with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City all believed to be interested.

Real Madrid in talks with Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal are facing battle to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Real Madrid have opened talks with representatives of the Gabon international.

The Spanish giants are ready to offer the Gunners a swap deal involving Luka Jovic.

Transfer expert Duncan Castles has revealed all on the mega swap deal Real Madrid have planned.

He told the Transfer Window podcast: “There’s some information I have that Real Madrid have been looking at whether they can get Aubameyang out of Arsenal and have entered into discussions with his representatives to that effect.

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Premier League final table predicted by stats experts – Liverpool title fail, Arsenal doom

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Premier League favourites Liverpool are set to miss out on top spot to Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying Leicester. Stats experts have crunched the figures and tipped to Foxes to break the all-time points record to beat the Reds on goal difference.

Jurgen Klopp’s men missed out on title glory by a single point last season and have raced into an eight-point lead at the top after 15 fixtures this term.

Manchester City have slipped behind Leicester with Chelsea making up the top four as is stands, but that is not how the table is set to finish.

The experts have backed Watford to finish bottom with just nine points with Norwich and Southampton joining them in being relegated to the Championship.

Arsenal are set to finish all the way down in 16th with only West Ham separating them from the Saints.

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Liverpool have been tipped to score 81 goals in their total of 38 games, conceding 18 to leave their goal difference on +63 alongside their 102 points.

Leicester have been predicted to match that tally, but go on to finish first by scoring 77 goals and only conceding 10, working out as a difference of +67.

Rodgers was asked about the chances of the Foxes winning the Premier League title for a second time before his side’s test against Aston Villa on Saturday, and he refuse to enter the debate.

Rodgers said: “It’s still reasonably early. For us, it’s about our performance level.

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Premier League fixtures predicted – Bad news for Chelsea, Man City vs Man Utd and Arsenal

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Both Chelsea and Leicester are set to lose this weekend if BT Sport’s ‘The Script’ predictions are accurate for match day 16. Liverpool and Manchester City will suffer no such disappointment, with Arsenal failing to win yet again.

Frank Lampard’s Blues take on Everton in the lunch time kick-off on Saturday as they look to build on their 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday after defeat at home to West Ham the previous weekend.

However, Everton’s caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson is set to get off to a flying start after Marco Silva’s sacking with a 3-2 win at Goodison Park.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool show no signs of slowing down in the Premier League title race having only failed to win one of their outings so far this term, which will continue with a 1-0 win over Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are set to back on track with a 3-1 win over Burnley after their loss at Old Trafford, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t have the same luck.

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The Gunners themselves have been backed to fail to win a ninth game in a row with a 4-4 derby draw against West Ham on Monday, with Norwich and Watford continuing to flounder.

Norwich are due to draw 1-1 with Sheffield United at Carrow Road with Nigel Pearson’s Hornets only managing a 2-2 draw with Roy Hodgson’s resilient Crystal Palace.

Brendan Rodgers is another boss set to have a tough weekend despite his new contract being agreed in the week, with the Foxes losing 3-1 to Dean Smith’s Villa.

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