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Premier League social media wrap: Arsenal’s big gesture, Gray speaks out

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The Premier League and its players’ social media channels continue to get ready for the return of the season while keeping the anti-racism message front and center.

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Arsenal’s players donned special Black Lives Matter-themed shirts on the pitch Wednesday as they trained for June 17’s match against Manchester City.

The squad took a knee at midfield and there were several different slogans on show. Right back Hector Bellerin wore a shirt that read, “I’m not black but I stand with you.” Others said “I Can’t Breathe” or “Silence is Violence.”

Watford striker Andre Gray has been speaking out against racism on his social media platforms for some time.

The Hornets man upped the ante on Wednesday when he posted a photo from a recent protest, masked against coronavirus but marching in the streets.

The quote he shared is from Maya Angelou, pictured on his shirt, and the phrase “renders the present inaccessible” is a powerful one.

 

Sheffield United is celebrating two mainstays’ commitments to the club.

Defensive midfielder Oliver Norwood and longtime scorer Billy Sharp staged a socially-distanced celebration photo after signing new contracts with the club.

Full marks to Blades’ social media team on the emoji caption.

Let’s move onto something lighthearted to close.

Brighton defender Shane Duffy has already made this space for his training ground antics, as the Irishman turned a sprinkler on unwitting teammates.

On Wednesday he retweeted what has to be one of the best fantasy sports related burns you’ll see, as a fan who captained Duffy in fantasy wound up getting a tattoo as a punishment.

Duffy loves it.

Premier League social media: Grateful Maddison, hopeful Joelinton (video)

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The Premier League’s seen more on-field action as we’re within eight days of the season’s restart.

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Leicester City’s is defending its top four spot from several comers as the Premier League returns, the coronavirus pandemic pausing Brendan Rodgers’ impressive season at the King Power Stadium.

The pause has done something else, says Foxes star James Maddison.

The nine-goal, three-assist playmaker says the break has emboldened love for the sport for Maddison and his teammates.

“When you can’t do what you love every day and it gets taken away from you like it did, you realize how much you appreciate the life that we did,” he said.

Leicester meets Watford, Brighton, Chelsea, and Everton before the end of the day on July 1.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson continues to shed light on the fight against Batten disease, wearing an orange shirt to bring awareness to the problem.

According to Cheshire Live, Robertson learned of the disease from a mascot, as young Amelia Carroll led him out onto the pitch for a game against Man City last year.

Amelia and her brother Ollie suffer from the rare disease, “(CLN2) which affects a child’s speech, senses, mobility and can cause seizures.”

The family later met with Robertson and Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool’s Melwood training facility. They have helped bring awareness to the Carrolls’ fundraising after the government dropped funding for the expensive treatment that helped Amelia avoid many of the effects of the disease.

Newcastle United is hoping its big money summer buy of 2019 will be its big money summer scorer of 2020.

Joelinton scored the winning goal in a friendly against Championship neighbors Middlesbrough on Tuesday, completing a comeback after the Magpies went down 2-0.

Yoshinori Muto began the comeback and Miguel Almiron scored off a Allan Saint-Maximin pass as Newcastle came back for a 3-2 win.

The 23-year-old Joelinton arrived from Hoffenheim after scoring 11 times with nine assists last season but has just three goals and three assists in his first season on Tyneside.

Premier League social media: Villa’s McGinn honored, Yedlin speaks out

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Aston Villa playmaker John McGinn is showing off some hardware after being named the International Player of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association.

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McGinn had a wonderful season for Villa and his absence was keenly felt in a 10-match stretch before the coronavirus pause where Villa lost six including four in-a-row.

The 25-year-old scored three times with two assists in the PL this season, and has seven goals in 21 caps for Scotland.

The former Hibs man takes the award after Celtic players claimed it in 2018 (Leigh Griffiths) and 2019 (James Forrest).

It’s a bit of a surprise, as Liverpool’s Andy Robertson is having a tremendous year on and off the field, but McGinn is certainly a difference maker in his own right.

Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson has had a decent season on loan at Bournemouth, and he’s pumped that his parent club is letting him see it out.

Wilson’s seven Premier League goals are second amongst Cherries (Callum Wilson) and he could be a key part to Bournemouth’s hopes of getting out of the bottom three.

Bournemouth is one of three teams on 27 points, goal differential leaving it the lowest of the bunch in 18th.

Newcastle and USMNT right back DeAndre Yedlin propped up friend and Columbus Crew midfielder Darlington Nagbe’s post regarding race in America.

Nagbe wrote about being treated differently in public when he’s with his wife, who is white, than when he’s on his own and Yedlin echoed the sentiment.

Premier League social media wrap: Brighton, teqball, remembering Tiote

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Premier League sides are fully back in the flow of training with scheduled matches coming within a fortnight.

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So it’s no surprise that banter’s back, too.

That’s where we’ll start Friday, with Irish center back Shane Duffy making sure he’s keeping things light as Brighton and Hove Albion prepares to defend its Premier League place.

Duffy turned a sprinkler on his teammates at training, showing that, yes, your high school career has some things in common with Premier League footballers.

How about some skills as Manchester United gets ready for its return to the PL pitch?

Bruno Fernandes and Andreas Pereira tangled with Fred and Diogo Dalot in a match of Teqball.

You’ll have to watch to see who won.

There’s also a sad anniversary on this day.

It’s been three years since former Newcastle United wrecking ball Cheick Tiote passed away at age 30 after collapsing during a training session with Chinese side Beijing Enterprises, causing shock and grief around the Premier League.

His former teammates were remembering him on Friday, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner was definitely beloved and will always be remembered for his incredible goal to cap off Newcastle’s 4-4 comeback draw with Arsenal.

We’ll start with Norwich City backstop Tim Krul, who spent time with Tiote at Newcastle.

Former Magpies wizard Yohan Cabaye pinned an old memorial to his Twitter wall.

 

Premier League social media wrap: Antonio, Pereira urge unity

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The Premier League’s social media world was again focused on activism on Wednesday.

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West Ham forward Michail Antonio’s mind is understandably still on the racial issues which have gripped the world in a particularly strong way the past nine days.

A day after all 20 Premier League clubs and a large number of players and coaches spoke out against racism, Antonio wants to make sure that people don’t think one day of speaking up is enough to change a historical struggle.

He’ll appreciate another statement from Leicester City’s squad.

The Foxes gather center circle to take a knee, with Ricardo Pereira saying “humanity coms first” and echoing Weston McKennie’s “Enough is enough” video.

A huge number of Premier League players have donated shirts for a raffle to raise funds for the National Health Services’ charities as part of their #PlayersTogether campaign.

It’s a challenge to find more Premier League stars that have not posted about #ShirtsForHeroes than those that have, so we’ll choose should-be PFA Player of the Year midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

It must’ve been chilly in Manchester.

Odion Ighalo is clearly happy to be back with United through January after it looked like the Nigerian striker was going back to Shanghai Shenhua.

But, man, both Ighalo and Luke Shaw in the wool hats/toques/skullies/whatever you want to call them.

Christian Benteke was none-too-pleased with the hassle he got from teammate Jordan Ayew at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

The Belgian striker’s words were in jest, no doubt, after Palace gave him photos of the club’s leading scorer taking advantage of being allowed full contact in practice.

Benteke hasn’t been scoring and will always be judged by his price tag(s), but he’s been better this season as a hold-up man and pest up top. Let’s see if he can lead the Eagles onto something special.