Three things we learned from Burnley – Arsenal


Burnley – Arsenal was a game full of wild moments at Turf Moor as the Clarets battled back to frustrate the Gunners.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a perfect start early on but after missing several glorious chances, Mikel Arteta’s boys then gifted Burnley a goal after Granit Xhaka’s horrendous error led to a goal for Chris Wood.

[ MORE: Arteta rues non-penalty call, missed chances ]

In the second half there was VAR drama galore, but Burnley held on for a big point in their battle against relegation. As for Arsenal, they lost more ground in their top six battle and it seems like they are now all in on the Europa League as this game summed up their season: a missed opportunity.


Three things we learned

1. VAR gets one right, one wrong: The system worked well to overturn a red card against Erik Pieters and a penalty kick, as VAR was used and you could see the ball hit his shoulder instead of his hand. So, that was one right. But there was a big decision that went against Arsenal. Nicolas Pepe dribbled at Pieters and there was a clear handball that VAR looked at but said was a penalty kick due to the proximity of Pieters to Pepe. VAR got that wrong. Fans, players, managers and everyone in-between continues to grapple with VAR.

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2. Europa League is now Arsenal’s priority: They are losing ground in the top four race and finishing in the top six is probably out of the question too, and they were their own worst enemies. Xhaka’s error which led to Burnley’s goal came from Arteta wanting them to play out of the back through Leno, and this will happen from time to time, but this was peak Arsenal. This season in games they have often created lots of chances, not taken them and then shot themselves in the foot. Arteta and Arsenal now have one priority: winning the Europa League. They play against Olympiakos in the last 16 and it seems like the only way Arsenal will be playing in Europe next season is if they win the Europa League this season. Arteta will now save his best players for that competition between now and May. That is their reality.

3. Battling Burnley hanging in there: This was a typical Burnley display and they should have probably won this game. Bernd Leno made a great save to deny Chris Wood and the Clarets were the better team for most of the second half. Sean Dyche’s boys are battling away and are seven points above the bottom three. They should have just enough to stay out of trouble this season.

Man of the Match: Ben Mee – Some brilliant blocks, especially late on, and his display summed up Burnley. 

The first attack of the game lead to the opener as Aubameyang cut inside and hit a low shot towards the corner which squirmed past Nick Pope and in.

Aubameyang caused all kinds of problems and Lowton and Pope did just enough to put off the Arsenal captain as he looked certain to score a second. Bukayo Saka then surged towards goal and a deflection set him clean through on goal, but he somehow clipped the post and sent his effort off target.

Saka had another chance on the break, while Thomas Partey fired just over as Arsenal threatened to run away with things. Then the Gunners shot themselves in the foot. Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka got themselves in a right mess and the latter hit a pass against Wood and it deflected into the net to gift Burnley an equalizer.

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Martin Odegaard forced Pope into a solid save down low, while at the other end Burnley whipped in some dangerous balls to test Leno.

Burnley dug deep to hold Arsenal back as Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe made an impact off the bench, and the latter should have won a penalty kick for a handball against Erik Pieters but VAR decided it wasn’t.

Pieters then looped a volley towards goal which Leno pushed over, and moments later he denied Wood he was played in brilliantly by Matej Vydra. Pepe then spurned a glorious chance to win it for Arsenal as he totally missed the ball when unmarked, just 10 yards out.

And late on a huge moment arrived as Pepe’s volley was deflected by Pieters onto the bar, and the referee awarded a penalty kick and sent off the Burnley substitute. However, VAR showed that Pieters had clearly used his shoulder to make the block and the decision was overturned.

Ben Mee and Burnley made several fine blocks late on to deny Arsenal a winner, while Dani Ceballos hit the post in stoppage time in a wild finish.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls time on remarkable playing career


There are very few unicorns in sports, but one of them announced their retirement on Sunday as Zlatan Ibrahimovic called time on a legendary playing career at the end of AC Milan’s season.

Ibrahimovic scored more than 500 goals between club and country, and had nearly as many headline-making moments with eyebrow-raising quotes and gestures.

Many of his comments were self-aggrandizing — he called himself “Benjamin Button” and “Indiana Jones” and “bigger than all of MLS“– and often viewed with humor, though he earned sincere criticism for speaking against athletes like LeBron James being involved in political discussions.

He was also involved in humanitarian efforts, raising money for hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and putting on temporary tattoos to raise awareness of childhood hunger.

[ MORE: Zlatan scores early, late as Man United win thrilling League Cup ]

Ibrahimovic, 41, was limited to just four games this season due to injuries to his knee, calf, and hamstring, scoring one goal over 144 minutes. His last appearance goes down as a 17-minute cameo for Sweden in a EURO qualifier loss to Belgium on March 24.

Nominated for 11 Ballons d’Or and finishing fourth once, Ibrahimovic was named to four UEFA Teams of the Year and was honored thrice as the Serie A Footballer of the Year and three more times as Ligue 1 Player of the Year. Ibrahimovic was four-times the Swedish Male Athlete of the Year.

He’s also the only player to score in the UEFA Champions League for six different teams, and the only player to win the Capocannoniere — Serie A’s Golden Boot — for two clubs (AC Milan and Inter Milan).

Ibrahimovic claimed trophies at virtually every stop of his career besides childhood club Malmo and Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, where he set the MLS single-season goals record with 30.

He won two Eredivisie crowns at Ajax, Serie A scudetti with Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan, a La Liga title with Barcelona, four Ligue 1 victories with PSG, and the League Cup and Europa League for Manchester United. He also scored the 25,000th goal in Premier League history.

Ibrahimovic retires a Swedish centurion, scoring 62 times in 122 caps including six goals in 13 EURO appearances. He failed to score in five appearances for Sweden between the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

His star lost some shine in Sweden when he purchased a stake in Hammarby, a rival to his boyhood club of Malmo: Fans sawed his statue off at the ankles.

Maybe now we’ll get the 10 “Rambo”-styled movies about Zlatan he once mentioned in a press conference.

Surely we’ll hear more from Ibra in the future.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

[ LIVE: Manchester City vs Inter Milan ]

The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

Premier League ins and outs: Summer signings, exits for all 20 clubs


Some Premier League mainstays have left their clubs and may even depart the league this summer, whether their choice or the desire of their teams.

Ashley Young, Lucas Moura, and Joao Moutinho are among the players who will not return to their clubs, and all this before June is more than a few days gone.

[ TRANSFER NEWS: Arsenal | Liverpool | Chelsea | Tottenham | Man City | Man United ]

Meanwhile, some new names are arriving in the Premier League, with Brentford purchasing a new keeper and Brighton raiding Watford for a star attacking talent.

As the summer goes on, this page will be consistently updated with the comings and goings around all 17 returning Premier League clubs and promoted sides Burnley, Sheffield United, and Luton Town.

See all signings, after the jump.

AFC Bournemouth

Hamed Traore (Sassuolo)

Jefferson Lerma (Released)
Jack Stacey (Norwich City)
Junior Stanislas (Released)



Aston Villa

Ashley Young (Released)


Mark Flekken (Freiburg)
Ethan Brierley (Rochdale)

Pontus Jansson (Malmo)
Saman Ghoddos (Released)
Tariqe Fosu (Released)
Joel Valencia (Released)

Brighton & Hove Albion

Joao Pedro (Watford)


Jordan Beyer (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Ashley Barnes (Norwich City)


Dujon Sterling (Rangers)

Crystal Palace

James McArthur (Released)
Luka Milivojevic (Released)


Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne)




Roberto Firmino (Released)
Naby Keita (Released)
James Milner (Released)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Released)

Luton Town


Manchester City


Manchester United

Ethan Galbraith
Phil Jones (Released)

Newcastle United


Nottingham Forest

Jack Colback (Released)
Will Swan (Mansfield Town)
Jordan Smith (Released)
Andre Ayew (Released)
Cafu (Released)
Jack Colback (Released)
Jesse Lingard (Released)
Jordan Smith (Released)
Lyle Taylor (Released)

Sheffield United


Tottenham Hotspur

Lucas Moura (Released)

West Ham United

Arthur Masuaku (Besiktas)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Jeong Sang-bin (Minnesota United)
Diego Costa (Released)
Joao Moutinho (Released)
Michael Agboola (Released)
Lee Harkin (Released)
Jack Hodnett (Released)
Luke Matheson (Released)
Taylor Perry (Released)
Jack Scott (Released)