Showing posts with label Wayne Rooney. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wayne Rooney. Show all posts

Monday, 23 October 2017

LaPercy Review: Everton vs Arsenal


The matchday 9 ended with a big morale boosting 5-2 victory for Arsenal at Everton's home, Goodison Park. Among the goalscorers were Wayne Rooney, Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alex Lacazzette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez. This was a big win for the Gunners as they escaped with a difficult 1-0 win thanks to an amazing strike by Olivier Giroud in their last game in Austria as part of their Europa League campaign which is about to get a lot tougher in the Round of 32 than it's previous editions because of inclusion of Dortmund,Atletico and many other heavyweights because of their lacklustre showing in the Champions League group stage.
                The scoring started as Wayne Rooney put Everton in front in the 12th minute. Arsenal until then were completely in charge, but it was Everton who took the lead. Gueye dispossessed Xhaka high up the pitch with an excellent tackle that sent the ball into Rooney's path. Rooney took a touch and then bent one perfectly into the top corner. Wayne Rooney did the same 15 years in 2002 with Everton and he did his job again. Arsenal started like a lit rocket but since the goal they fizzled out. The home side were well on top and looked the more likely to grab the second goal. Jordan Pickford was brilliant when called upon so far. A trio of excellent early saves had kept Everton in this but Pickford could not save Monreal who hadn't scored since 2013 before this season from making the score even before the half time in the 40th minute as Arsenal's constant application of pressure bore fruit on the Everton defence as Monreal hammered home on the rebound after Xhaka's strike was saved. The Toffees were unable to stem the tide of attacks from the visitors and space opened up for Xhaka to strike. Pickford sent his effort away, but Monreal was the first to react and he hammered a low strike into the bottom corner, beating the reactions of the Everton keeper. It was all square at the break at Goodison Park. Wayne Rooney's strike from distance had put Everton ahead, but Nacho Monreal's effort five minutes before half-time brought Arsenal level. The Gunners have been the better side, but their frailties at the back were exposed by Idrissa Gueye and Rooney to take the lead. Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that his side can reaffirm their control of the match in the second half and avoid the critical mistakes but the man who was declared the criminal was Granit Xhaka. He wasn’t a popular man after last weekend’s defeat to Watford and things haven’t exactly got any better for Granit Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder failed to track Tom Cleverley for the goal that won the Hornets that game at Vicarage Road and he was at it again against Everton at Goodison Park

  But Arsenal did not choke this time as Ozil showed the world once again what he can do if he's 100% fit. Ozil put Arsenal ahead as he scored in the minute as Everton collapsed because of a quick counter down the left, which was finished by the German as he headed past Pickford from close range. Sanchez broke down the left and put in a pinpoint cross into the box for Ozil to attack. The midfielder drifted between Keane and Jagielka and simply guided the ball past Pickford, who had no chance of saving that shot. In the 74th minute, Arsenal scored their third because of a well deserved assist by Ozil as a clinical counter from the visitors on this occasion as Sanchez released Ozil down the right flank. He pulled the ball back to Lacazette unmarked in the box and the Frenchman finished in style striking the ball into the top corner. The game changed in favor of the Gunners in the 78th minute because of introduction of Jack Wilshere, who came on for Lacazette to make his first Arsenal appearance in the Premier League for 14 months. Ramsey who was equally important part in Arsenal's win alongside made it 4 in the 90th minute as he was awarded for ooking for a goal all game, and finally Ramsey was on the scoresheet. Wilshere did brilliantly to create the chance with a pin-point through ball, before Ramsey took a touch and passed the ball home at Pickford's near post. It was all over for Everton but Niasse saved some humiliation by scoring in the 93rd minute which was because of horrendous defending by Arsenal.  Monreal played his backpass short to Cech and Niasse closed down the keeper. The ball bounced favourably for the forward and he slotted it into an empty net. But Arsenal scored again in the 95th minute, courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's goal as Ramsey flicked the ball beautifully into Sanchez's pass, and the striker sidestepped his way past a few limp challenges before firing a brilliant low shot into the far corner.

Author's Comment: It was a great win for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger chose not to play his best eleven all season until his birthday. The man of the match was definitely Ozil as he entered Premier League's history books by becoming the 1st player to create 8 goal scoring chances in a single game which prompted Arsene Wenger to say that it was difficult for him to believe that Ozil talked about Arsenal's exit. It was a great day for the Gooners as Arsenal played how every football team's fan think they would play but Arsenal have to become more focussed as they need to keep this winning run going on for quite some time to have a chance at the title or a top 4 finish and Wenger has to find a solution for Xhaka as the time will come again when they have to pay dearly for Xhaka's error. 
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Monday, 26 May 2014

Coleen and Wayne Rooney's son Kai seems more interested in becoming a dancer than a footballer

Tiny dancer: Kai Rooney, pictured with dad Wayne and mum Coleen, seems to prefer the dance floor to the football pitch

Wayne Rooney's son Kai is already showing signs of some nifty footwork…but not with a ball.
Instead the four-year-old seems more interested in becoming a dancer than a
striker, according to mum Coleen.
Manchester United and England hero Wayne, 28, has paraded Kai on the Old Trafford pitch and was seen larking around with the youngster, above, at an England training session in Portugal last week.
But Coleen admits: "Kai isn't much into sports at the moment, although he is always running around and likes to try new things.
"I know Wayne is looking to spot a few football skills in him, but at the moment he's mainly into his dancing.
"At least it's an active household.”
In a previous interview Coleen, 28, who gave birth to second son Klay last May, told how Kai loves music and getting up on stage and performing.
She said: "Everyone asks if we'd like him  to be a footballer, but so far he hasn't
shown any interest at all.
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Cautious England put faith in Rooney and youth

England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London. (AP Photo) -
After chastening experiences at the last two World Cups, England go to the finals in Brazil with a new wave of youth supporting Wayne Rooney.

But there is much more caution around this squad than for the 'Golden Generation' that went to the 2006 World Cup in Germany and lost on penalties to Portugal in the last eight.

Four years later, things had regressed further as a side coached by Fabio Capello struggled through a straightforward group before crashing 4-1 to Germany in the last 16.

England's 1966 World Cup success frames the country's perception of its place in the global pecking order, and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke had to backtrack after suggesting last September that the team stood no chance of winning in Brazil.

Manager Roy Hodgson, who succeeded Capello shortly before Euro 2012 - where England reached the quarter-finals - has been obliged to toe a line between pragmatism and cheery optimism.

"We won't fear anybody and in the same way we will respect everybody. The players will be desperate to do well," he said.

"We all know the result everybody wants and that's to repeat 1966. We all know that's not going to be easy, but it's great to be there trying to do it."

Hodgson has named a 23 man squad, with seven players on standby if any of those named are injured prior to the June 2 deadline, with veterans Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard included.

But it is also marked by the arrival of teenagers Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling and 20-year-old Ross Barkley.

Only six players have previous World Cup experience. Out have gone the likes of Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand, rocks of the defence over the past decade.

England qualified as the unbeaten winners of UEFA qualifying Group H, but they were given a reality check in November when losses to Chile and Germany at Wembley saw them register back-to-back home defeats for the first time in 36 years.

December's World Cup draw only served to further dampen expectations. England were paired with Italy and Uruguay, both of whom are currently above them in the Fifa rankings, and Costa Rica, prompting 'Group of Death' headlines in British tabloids.

Hodgson has been eager to improve England's control of possession - a historic weakness - but pace in forward areas remains their key asset.

They were dominated in possession terms by both Chile and Germany, while Hodgson suggested after a 0-0 draw in Ukraine last September that England would abandon attempts to play out from the back against teams who press high up the pitch.

England's most recent friendly, a 1-0 win over Denmark in March, saw Hodgson attempt to harness the momentum generated by Liverpool's impressive domestic form.

His starting XI contained no fewer than five Liverpool players, although the positional fluidity characteristic of Brendan Rodgers's side was not apparent.

Hodgson can nonetheless draw solace from the fact that his two key players, Gerrard and Rooney, are in top form.

A prolific campaign with Liverpool has seen Daniel Sturridge emerge as the clear choice to partner Rooney, while goalkeeper Joe Hart has overcome a mid-season wobble that momentarily cost him his place in the Manchester City team.

In defence, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill have established themselves as Hodgson's first-choice centre-back pairing.

In midfield Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has recovered from the hairline foot fracture he suffered against Denmark, while the emergence of young midfielders such as Adam Lallana, Barkley and Sterling has softened the absence through injury of Theo Walcott.
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