Fans hail ‘pure genius’ Arsene Wenger after incredible Manchester United prediction against Paris Saint-Germain comes true

7 Mar

Arsene Wenger was called a ‘genius’ by fans after identifying Presnel Kimpembe as Paris Saint-Germain’s weak point against Manchester United.

What is even more remarkable is that he made the incredible call THREE weeks before the sensational 3-1 win on Wednesday night.

Arsene Wenger is proving to be a fantastic pundit

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surely wrapped up the full-time job by overseeing United’s jaw-dropping win at PSG at the Parc des Princes.

After suffering a 2-0 home loss to the big-spending Ligue 1 champions, the visitors upset the odds to seal progress from this last-16 clash in remarkable fashion.

Romelu Lukaku scored either side of Juan Bernat’s effort in a frantic first half that made way for an edgy second period at the Parc des Princes, where the video assistant referee’s late intervention proved the catalyst to a remarkable win.

Marcus Rashford slammed home a stoppage-time spot-kick after referee Damir Skomina adjudged Kimpembe to have handled a Diogo Dalot shot as United progressed to the quarter-finals on away goals after it ended 3-3 on aggregate.

Marcus Rashford slams home the winning penalty in the rain

Kimpembe looked nervous throughout the second leg and Wenger’s incredible prediction proved to be remarkably accurate, as you can see from the beIN SPORTS footage below!

While the decision to award the controversial penalty in the dying embers of the game has caused controversy amongst fans and pundits alike, there is no denying Kimpembe struggled for the Ligue 1 champions.

The 23-year-old was unsure in possession and failed to contain Lukaku all night.

After the final whistle, the Belgian striker was praised for consoling the youngster as he lay on the turf, but Wenger’s eerily close prediction had already been proved correct.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United: Likely line-up for PSG in Champions League second leg

5 Mar

It will require nothing short of a spectacular effort from Manchester United to knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men go to the second leg – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – of their last-16 tie at the Parc-des-Prince trailing 2-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford.

Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe (right) inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Red Devils

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And to make matters even more difficult, United have a number of players unavailable for the game with Paul Pogba suspended, while Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia are all injured.

PSG have absentees too, with Neymar still recovering from a foot injury. Edinson Cavani has returned to training following a hip injury but is not expected to start the game.

However, Thomas Tuchel still has a wealth of talent to choose from to finish off the job and French daily Le Parisien have predicted how PSG may line-up which you can see below.

Tuchel may opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation for United’s visit

Yes, Le Parisien has predicted the same XI from the first leg and why would Tuchel change a formula that worked so well?

Mbappe is up top on his own but will be supported by the likes of Angel di Maria and Dani Alves and Julian Draxler going forward.

Meanwhile, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos kept Paul Pogba quiet in the first game and because the Frenchman was sent off in the first leg and is thus ineligible, their job is set to be so much easier.

The back four picks itself with experienced Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks. This is PSG’s to lose.

The 31 highest earning players in Ligue 1, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Memphis Depay

8 Feb

One of the top five divisions in Europe, Ligue 1 has a lot going for it.

It’s a breeding ground for top young talents like Kylian Mbappe, Anthony Martial, Ousmane Dembele, and Thomas Lemar, while a number of established stars are also beginning to move over.

Paredes is estimated to be on £133,412 per week

Neymar and Gianluigi Buffon are just two such players, while Leandro Paredes opted for the French capital over a move to Chelsea.

And this may be partly down to clubs across the Channel, Paris Saint-Germain in particular, are now able to compete financially with other top European club and offer big wages.

But who are the top earners in Ligue 1? L’Equipe have announced the estimated salaries and you can see the top 31 below.

30= Kamil Glik (Monaco) – €72,500 per week (£63,425)

30= Bertrand Traore (Lyon) – €72,500 per week (£63,425)

26= Adil Rami (Marseille) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

26= Nabil Fekir (Lyon) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

Lyon ace Fekir could have moved to the Premier League last summer.

26= Moussa Dembele (Lyon) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

26= Houssem Auoaur (Lyon) – €75,000 per week (£65,612)

25. Valerie Germain (Marseille) – €82,500 per week (£72,174)

23= Steve Mandanda (Lyon) – €90,000 per week (£78,735)

23= Memphis Depay (Lyon) – €90,000 per week (£78,735)

Depay has performed well for Lyon since joining in 2017

22. Hatem Ben Arfa (Rennes) – €100,000 per week (£87,484)

21. Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – €105,500 per week (£92,295)

20. Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain) – €115,000 per week (£100,606)

16= Luiz Gustavo (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

16= Dimitri Payet (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

Payet is now captain at Marseille.

16= Kevin Strootman (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

16= Mario Balotelli (Marseille) – €125,000 per week (£109,355)

13= Cesc Fabregas (Monaco) – €150,000 per week (£131,225)

Fabregas left Chelsea earlier this month to join Monaco

13= Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) – €150,000 per week (£131,225)

13= Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain) – €150,000 per week (£131,225)

12. Leonardo Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain) – €152,500 per week (£133,412)

11. Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €167,500 per week (£146,535)

Kimpembe is still only 23-years-old.

8= Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – €175,000 per week (£153,096)

8= Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain) – €175,000 per week (£153,096)

8= Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain) – €175,000 per week (£153,096)

6= Radamel Falcao (Monaco) – €187,500 per week (£164,031)

Falcao celebrates scoring for Monaco

6= Gianluigi Buffon (Paris Saint-Germain) – €187,500 per week (£164,031)

Buffon has done well since joining PSG.

5. Angel di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – €275,000 per week (£240,580)

Di Maria joined from Manchester United in 2015

4. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – €290,000 per week (£253,702)

3. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – €375,000 per week (£328,063)

Edinson Cavani is still doing the business for Paris Saint-Germain.

2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – €432,500 per week (£378,366)

Kylian Mbappe is one of the world’s best young talents

1. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – €765,000 per week (£669,250)

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Chelsea star Olivier Giroud set for role in Spider-Man New Generation film alongside World Cup winner Presnel Kimpembe

14 Nov

Olivier Giroud has managed to land himself a role as the Green Goblin in the newest Hollywood blockbuster ‘Spider-Man New Generation’.

The Chelsea star will lend his voice to the iconic villain for the animated film, due for release on December 12 in cinemas.

Giroud celebrates scoring against BATE Borisov in the Champions League

Confirming the news on Twitter, the 32-year-old wrote: “I am very happy to announce that I will be lending my voice to the Green Goblin in the film , December 12th at the cinema!”

Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe is also set to feature in the French-speaking version of the film as Scorpion – another villain.

The World Cup winner also confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: “Spider-Man New Generation coming soon!!! Watch out for Scorpion (it’s me). RV December 12”

Giroud will be hoping to take inspiration from his clinical character onto the pitch, having scored just once this season.

The forward has played second fiddle to Alvaro Morata up front this season and has featured heavily in the Europa League instead.

However, he is still part of the France squad due to a succession of injuries forcing Didier Deschamps to cull up the striker, who failed to make a single shot on target in 546 minutes of World Cup action this summer.

Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette pulled out with an injury, shortly after being called up to replace Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

The France national team tweeted: “Alex Lacazette will not be able to respond to his summons. This decision was made following an exchange between Dr Franck Le Gall and his Arsenal counterparts.”