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Son Heung-min claims Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is 'misunderstood'

Son Heung-min claims Jose Mourinho is ‘misunderstood’ and the Tottenham manager’s ‘winning mentality’ can lead the club to a trophy

  • Jose Mourinho has fallen out with several players during his managerial career 
  • The All Or Nothing documentary showed him arguing with left-back Danny Rose 
  • But Son Heung-min insists Mourinho has brought a feel good factor to Spurs 
  • The South Korean also backed him to end their 12-year wait for some silverware 

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min believes boss Jose Mourinho is a misunderstood figure in the game and has backed the Portuguese boss to help the club end their 12-year trophy drought.

The All Or Nothing Amazon Prime Documentary showed Mourinho being brutally honest with stars such as Danny Rose, with the Portuguese boss having a history of falling out with players – including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas – during his career as a manager.

But Son insists Mourinho has revived the positive atmosphere at Spurs after he replaced Mauricio Pochettino as boss last year and can help his side win their first piece of silverware since 2008. 

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min believes current boss Jose Mourinho is misunderstood

Son has been a key figure for Mourinho and has scored score 18 goals under the Portuguese

‘Some people misunderstand the manager,’ Son told Goal.

‘Maybe they have a different opinion compared to what he really is, but we see him every day and it is a great atmosphere at the training ground.

‘We laugh and smile at training every day and you can see that in the Amazon video. He has a winning mentality and we all believe he can bring us success and take us to the next level.

‘He has been amazing with us and I will always remember how I felt when he first came to the club and became my manager.’

Mourinho has fallen out with players during his career including with left-back Danny Rose

The Portuguese also fell out with goalkeeper Iker Casillas (left) during his time at Real Madrid

Son could play under Mourinho for some time yet after Sportsmail revealed that the club are prioritising a new deal for the South Korean following an impressive run of form.

The 28-year-old has been a key player for Mourinho since his arrival last year, scoring 18 goals for the Portuguese. 

Son will enter the final two years of his contract at the end of this season and Tottenham are keen to avoid any uncertainty with Son following Christian Eriksen’s departure in January,  given his huge importance and the fact he is in the prime of his career.

He currently earns in the region of £150,000-per-week, but can expect a sharp increase as Spurs look to cement his position.

But Son insists he has only brought positivity and will help end Spurs’ 12-year trophy drought




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Tony Adams claims Arteta has 'problems' with Arsenal star after Man City loss

Tony Adams believes Mikel Arteta has ‘problems’ with Hector Bellerin and has urged the Arsenal manager to switch to a back four after the defeat to Manchester City.

The Gunners were beaten 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium as Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal was enough to secure victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Arteta opted to start with a 3-4-3 with David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney playing in a three-man defence.

Bellerin, meanwhile, played on the right flank but rarely got the opportunity to press forward as City dominated possession.

And Adams believes now is the time for Arteta to decide on a centre-back partner for Gabriel and move to a traditional four-man defence.

‘I think it’s time for a back four. I’ve been saying it since the start of the season,’ Adams told Premier League Productions.

‘It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles. If he wants to build for the future.

‘I think he’s got problems with Hector, I think his defending today wasn’t very good at all.

‘But I’d like him to go to a back four. They’ve got Gabriel now, get him a partnership.

‘They’ve been unlucky at the start with Holding going down but get them into a back four.

‘They look like they’ve a holding midfielder now who’s got a bit of presence and build for the future.’

Adams also believes Bellerin and goalkeeper Bernd Leno were at fault for Sterling’s goal in the 23rd minute.

‘Arsenal have pressed them and they’ve played around the press very well,’ said the former Arsenal captain.

‘Hector Bellerin again, and the goalkeeper, I always look at it defensively.

‘Man City were too good, they passed it around, he [Phil Foden] steps inside Hector too easy. The goalkeeper is pushing it into the danger zone, you’ve got to push it away out of the danger zone, and he’s [Sterling] had a tap-in, which is disappointing.’

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Peter Schmeichel claims David Seaman was England's last No 1 keeper

Peter Schmeichel takes aim at error-prone Jordan Pickford, benched Dean Henderson and rock-bottom Nick Pope – and claims Arsenal legend David Seaman, who retired 16 YEARS ago, was England’s last genuine No 1 keeper

  • Jordan Pickford’s position as England’s No 1 has come under scrutiny this season
  • Peter Schmeichel believes the Three Lions have never replaced David Seaman
  • The Arsenal legend won 75 caps for his country, the last of which came in 2002
  • Schmeichel is also unconvinced by challengers Nick Pope and Dean Henderson
  • The ex-Manchester United star thinks he knows why Pickford is making errors

Peter Schmeichel believes England have not had a proper No 1 goalkeeper since David Seaman last played for his country way back in 2002.

Jordan Pickford has been Gareth Southgate’s first choice for the last three years but his position has come under increased scrutiny following a number of errors for Everton at the start of the season.

Burnley’s Nick Pope and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson are also in contention for the Three Lions but Schmeichel, who earned 129 caps for Denmark, insists that England have missed Seaman’s authority in between the sticks for the last 18 years.

Peter Schmeichel claims that David Seaman (pictured) was England’s last genuine No 1 keeper

Jordan Pickford watches a shot go just wide of his post during England’s win over Belgium

Joe Hart, Paul Robinson, David James and Rob Green have all held the gloves at various points since the Arsenal legend retired from international football with 75 caps to his name, but none have had the same impact, according to Schmeichel. 

The former Manchester United goalkeeper told The Times: ‘What you’re talking about here is three goalkeepers: one [Pickford] has played for England for three years and made mistakes in the Premier League — those are your words — one [Henderson] is not playing at all, played last season for Sheffield United, you know; and the other [Pope] plays for Burnley, who are rock-bottom of the Premier League.’

Asked which of the three he would choose, Schmeichel replied: ‘When was the last time England had a No 1?

‘Joe Hart is still playing. Why is he not the No 1? Hart is only 33 years old. He’s probably in his prime. The question, for me, would probably be answered with David Seaman. He’s probably the last No 1 you had.’

Schmeichel has also questioned why Joe Hart isn’t still playing for England despite his decline

Pickford started Sunday’s 2-1 Nations League win over Belgium but he appears less safe in his position following a period of poor form for his club.

Schmeichel believes Everton’s No 1, who could start Wednesday’s clash with Denmark, has let mistakes creep into his game because there has been a lack of confidence in him.

Explaining why the former Sunderland star is prone to errors, Schmeichel added: ‘He probably feels like he’s got to show the world all the time that he is the best, and by trying to show the world, that’s where all the big mistakes come from: you’re trying to come for a cross you’ve got no chance of reaching.’

Pickford fails to stop a penalty from Romelu Lukaku during England’s Nations League clash




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Merson claims Man Utd should have signed Arsenal star on deadline day

Paul Merson admits he is unsure why Manchester United didn’t go in for Arsenal’s Thomas Partey on deadline day as the midfielder is superior to their current options.

The Red Devils had a relatively quiet window compared to their rivals in the Premier League, as they missed out on top target Jadon Sancho.

However, United did bring in £40 million midfielder Donny van de Beek, and on deadline day sealed deals for Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and youngsters Facundo Pellestri and Amad Diallo, with the latter set to arrive in January in a deal rising to £37m.

Their top-four rivals Arsenal made a late push to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid as they activated his £45m release clause, and Gunners legend Merson is unsure why United, or even Manchester City didn’t attempt to bring in the Ghana international.

He told the Daily Star: ‘I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well. And Partey is an unbelievable signing.

‘I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.’

United have struggled to click into gear so far this season, losing two out of their first three Premier League games.

Jose Mourinho returned to Old Trafford to inflict a humiliating 6-1 defeat on his former club last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will get the chance to bounce back when they face Newcastle United at St James’ Park after the international break.

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Paul Merson claims Mesut Ozil has embarrassed Arsenal in mascot row

‘Unbelievably shocking at the highest level’: Paul Merson SLAMS Arsenal for sacking club mascot Gunnnersaurus and claims Mesut Ozil has made the club look ‘absolutely stupid’ by offering to cover Jerry Quy’s wages

  • Arsenal club mascot Gunnersaurus was sacked by the Gunnners this week 
  • German star Mesut Ozil offered to pay the wages of the big green dinosaur
  • Jerry Quy had been the man inside the Gunnersaurus suit since 1993
  • Ex-Arsenal man Paul Merson believes Ozil has made the club look stupid 

Paul Merson has slammed Arsenal for sacking Gunnersaurus this week, amid Mesut Ozil’s offer to cover the club mascot’s wages until fans return to stadiums.

The Gunners made Jerry Quy, the man inside the large green dinosaur suit, redundant until fans can return, as the UK Government keeps Premier League supporters away from stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal exile Ozil announced he would support Quy in this difficult scenario and former Gunners midfielder Merson believes the north London club have been embarrassed by their German midfielder. 

Mesut Ozil offered to cover mascot Gunnersaurus’ wages after being let go by Arsenal

The Arsenal exile took to Twitter to let fans know that he will cover Gunnersauras’ wages

Merson told the Daily Star: ‘Mesut Ozil has made Arsenal look absolutely stupid by offering to pay for Gunnersaurus to keep his job.

‘But binning their mascot just shows how selfish and out of touch the people who run the club are these days. You cannot believe how angry I am about this. It is unbelievably shocking at the highest level.

‘Arsenal used to ooze class. I don’t think the owners even know what that word means any more. Whoever made the decision to get rid of the mascot needs to take a long hard look at themselves.’

Merson believes Arsenal have lacked class in the way they have sacked their club mascot

Quy has been the Arsenal mascot for 27 years and is often seen at matchdays for the games involving the Arsenal men’s, women’s and youth teams. 

His position was deemed no longer essential with games currently being played behind closed doors and no supporters to entertain. 

However Quy and Gunnersaurus were both hugely popular around the club, with Merson describing him as ‘an institution’. 

He added: ‘The guy in the suit, Jerry Quy – this bloke loves doing that. He was there when I played for Arsenal. 

Jerry Quy had been the main man inside the Gunnersaurus suit (right) for 27 years 

The club mascot was a popular figure at the Premier League giants but was made redundant

‘It absolutely does my head in that they’ve got rid of him just to save money. How many other clubs, ones in the lower leagues who are really struggling, have done that? 

‘Even if they bring him back when fans are allowed back in the stadium, it’s a disgrace.’

The sacking of Gunnersaurus just hours before Arsenal completed a £45million deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, a deal which included a healthy summer of negotiation for the north Londoners. 

The Gunners completed high-profile deals for winger Willian and defender Gabriel Maghalaes, while also tied down club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a multi-million pound contract.

News of Gunnersaurus’ sacking came just hours before Arsenal signed Thomas Partey (above)

Merson believes that the money used by Arsenal in the transfer window should have been used to keep Gunnersarus, or Quy, in a job.  

Merson claimed: ‘They’ve just signed Thomas Partey. If he’s on £150,000-a-week, are you telling me they couldn’t have offered £149,000 and given the rest to the dinosaur?

‘The club are putting money above the fans, above the things that are important. I can’t catch my breath if I’m being honest.’ 




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Conor McGregor claims he has accepted rematch with Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor could make stunning return to UFC after claiming he has accepted a rematch with Dustin Poirier… but insists the fight ‘must happen’ in 2020

  • Conor McGregor took to social media to detail his plans for his return to UFC
  • He claimed on Twitter that he has accepted UFC’s offer to fight Dustin Poirier
  • McGregor stopped Poirier in the opening round in Las Vegas back in 2014
  • McGregor had hung up his gloves for the third time in four years back in June

Conor McGregor has claimed that he has accepted UFC’s offer for a rematch against Dustin Poirier but insists the fight must take place this year.

McGregor once again hung up his gloves in June for the third time in four years, and he has since suggested that he is ready to return to the Octagon after taking to social media to reveal his plans.

After Poirier tweeted McGregor saying ‘Hey @TheNotoriousMMA what’s up’, the Irishman replied: ‘Hello Dustin! I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020.

Conor McGregor has claimed on social media he has accepted a rematch with Dustin Poirier

McGregor wrote on Twitter that the fight must happen in 2020 after replying to Poirier

‘I’m ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th. I’ll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation.’

In their one and only encounter so far back in 2014, McGregor eased to victory after stopping Poirier in the first round in Las Vegas to become a two-weight world champion.

Both McGregor and Poirier had discussed a charity bout to be held in December but they could now go head-to-head for a shot at the lightweight title. 

McGregor hinted at his UFC return in a series of tweets last month after revealing a number of screenshots between him and the sport’s chief, Dana White.

McGregor overcame Poirier back in 2014 after stopping his opponent in the first round

In the messages, it showed that the 32-year-old tried to finalise a return to the Octagon before talks came to a halt earlier this year.

He then sensationally claimed that he was going to fight Manny Pacquiao in his final tweet of his ramble on social media.

‘Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a f***. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East,’ claimed McGregor. 




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