Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has not had the best 48 hours of his life. Xhaka, 24, was sent off for the ninth time in his career on Sunday for a two-footed lunge in Arsenal’s dramatic 2-1 win against Burnley. It has new been reported by the Telegraph that Granit Xhaka has been accused of racially abusing a member of staff at Heathrow Airport on Monday, just over 24 hours after being sent off. The Swiss midfielder, who joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach for $43.8 million in the summer, was reported by a third party for abusing the staff member as he dropped off a friend at Heathrow airport but they were then refused entry to security after turning up late for the flight. Xhaka is
It may seem unimportant at first blush, but Chelsea’s backup goalkeeper situation may be in a state of flux right now. That means the Blues’ very strong title hopes are only a Thibaut Courtois injury away from making it matter a whole bunch more. Eddie Howe wants Chelsea No. 2 Asmir Begovic to head down south to join Bournemouth, and the keeper seems interested in a move. Chelsea’s current No. 3 is Portuguese national teamer Eduardo. The Blues could wait to sell Begovic until summer, but The Express thinks the move is on. AC Milan backup backstop Diego Lopez is in the frame for Chelsea, according to that report, but a more intriguing name is Newcastle ‘keep Tim Krul. The Dutchman is on loan
European clubs Inter Milan, Aston Villa and Sochaux have had a high turnover of managers since Chinese takeovers, sparking fears that their trigger-happy new owners have little patience and no strategy. "Many buyouts are irrational and defy the laws of the market," Zhou Jiming, a football analyst and director at the official China Sports Journal, told AFP. Xia spent 38 million euros ($40 million) to hire Roberto Di Matteo as manager, hoping the 2012 Champions League winner would be able to lift Villa's flagging fortunes.