Dave Smith

Virgil Van Dijk: the perfect defensive partner for John Stones – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola agrees

Virgil Van Dijk: the perfect defensive partner for John Stones – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola agrees

WE have said many times here on zapsportz that Virgil Van Dijk, potentially, has the chance to become one of the best central defenders to grace the Premier League. We stand by that. Better than Rio Ferdinand? Stronger than John Terry? More...read more »

Cristiano Ronaldo is the two-goal hero – and Gareth Bale gets a look-in as Real Madrid triumph again

Cristiano Ronaldo is the two-goal hero – and Gareth Bale gets a look-in as Real Madrid triumph again

PUT your voting pads away – end the debate now....Cristiano Ronaldo IS the greatest goal-scorer of all time. Six hundred goals for club and country; the stats do not lie. But, by the same token, they don’t tell the whole truth...read more »

Arsene Wenger needs to ensure French hero Olivier Giroud will be an Arsenal player next season

Arsene Wenger needs to ensure French hero Olivier Giroud will be an Arsenal player next season

  OLIVIER Giroud might not have been first choice at Arsenal for much of the last season, but he is certainly ‘numero un’ in his French homeland. Giroud's future at the Emirates remains shrouded in doubt, but whilst Arsene Wenger is around –...read more »

Best of British: George Best, Kenny Dalglish, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Moore, Stanley Matthews – and that’s just for starters

Best of British: George Best, Kenny Dalglish, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Moore, Stanley Matthews – and that’s just for starters

  FORMER England international and goalscorer extraordinaire Gary Lineker reckons Gareth Bale is one of the top ten British players of all-time. As the countdown continues to the Champions League Final between Bale’s Real Madrid and Juventus, the BBC and BT Sport...read more »

Arsene Wenger signs new Arsenal deal – now let’s see who he’s likely to sign in the summer window

Arsene Wenger signs new Arsenal deal – now let’s see who he’s likely to sign in the summer window

  AFTER 21 years, 162 players, £700million spent and 16 trophies won, Arsene Wenger predictably dominates the column inches in today’s papers as he agrees to extend his stay as Arsenal boss for another two years. At least. He’s already not ruled...read more »

My advice to Wayne Rooney: tell Jose Mourinho and Gareth Southgate – enough’s enough

My advice to Wayne Rooney: tell Jose Mourinho and Gareth Southgate – enough’s enough

IF I was Wayne Rooney, I would be tempted to tell Gareth Southgate to stick his opinions about his England future where the sun doesn’t shine. Already treated like a leper by Jose Mourinho at club level, Rooney has now been...read more »

Manchester City will not sell Sergio Aguero – but may sign Alexis Sanchez …to play alongside him

Manchester City will not sell Sergio Aguero – but may sign Alexis Sanchez …to play alongside him

  THE future of Sergio Aguero was never an issue and he will remain a Manchester City player – the message from the club’s board is loud and clear. That’s music to the ears of City fans who have taken ‘one of...read more »

The ‘Jurgen Klopp of the Championship’ is now David Wagner of the Premier League

The ‘Jurgen Klopp of the Championship’ is now David Wagner of the Premier League

WAGNER the coach was the composer of the greatest Championship story in history. Not a rhapsody in blue for Reading – but a symphony in yellow for Huddersfield. Terriers boss David, who honed his managerial and coaching skills under Jurgen Klopp at...read more »

Glenn Hoddle’s last game as Swindon player-boss was a moment to savour: play-off final classics

Glenn Hoddle’s last game as Swindon player-boss was a moment to savour: play-off final classics

THE Championship play-off finals have produced some of the most dramatic moments of an action-packed football calendar year. Without exception. And this year’s showdown between Huddersfield and Reading promises to be no different. Especially with a reported £170million at stake –...read more »

FA Cup masters Arsenal do it again – time for Arsene Wenger to celebrate a magnificent seven

FA Cup masters Arsenal do it again – time for Arsene Wenger to celebrate a magnificent seven

CHELSEA failed to complete the league and cup double and if Arsene Wenger is to bow out as Gunners manager - which we doubt -what better way to go? The Arsenal boss rejoiced in his seventh FA Cup success before announcing...read more »