Wenger claims Gunners have best title chance in years, Leverkusen boss banned for nutcase jibe at rival and MLS player booked for twerking


1. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club have the “best chance in several years” of ending their Premier League title drought this season. Wenger last guided the Gunners to the trophy in 2004, when they went unbeaten for the entire campaign.

2. Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt has been banned and given a fine after calling Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann “a nutcase” during the game between the two sides which ended in a 3-0 home defeat for Leverkusen.

3. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims he didn’t mock Manchester United whilst speaking to Jose Mourinho immediately after the crushing 4-0 defeat suffered by the Red Devils in the meeting of the two sides at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.

4. Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been included amongst six Premier League players nominated for the Ballon d’Or award. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale also feature on the list, as does Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

5. A deal which could be worth in the region of £1bn giving overseas broadcasters the rights to show FA Cup matches from the 2018/19 season has been described as “hugely significant” by FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn.

6. Not many referees will ever know the joy of scoring a goal as very few of them would be good enough to make it as a professional footballer. Maybe that explains why one ref booked former Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara for twerking whilst celebrating his goal for New England Revolution (ESPNFC).

7. Ludogorets aren’t having the best of times recently. Firstly they were thrashed 6-0 at Arsenal in the Champions League and now their keeper, Nikolay Bankov, has been outwitted by a duck which found its way on to the pitch during a league game this weekend (Mirror).

8. Coventry fans protested at the way their club is being run by owners SISU by turning up at the Ricoh Arena for their team’s game against Rochdale but refusing to go into the stadium. Most of the boycotting supporters were from the local area, however, Stewart Craner spent £1000 to fly 5000 miles from Portland, Oregon to join in the protest (Goal.com).

9. It’s fair to say this French commentator rather enjoyed his countryman Moussa Dembele’s winning goal in Celtic’s 1-0 win over arch rivals Rangers in their Scottish Cup semi-final (DailyRecord).

10. And finally…Gary Neville was at Anfield over the weekend and took the opportunity to have a swipe at the Liverpool, specifically a slogan emblazoned on a wall at the famous ground (WhoAteAllThePies).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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