Responding to FIFA’s threats to sanction players who planned to wear ‘One Love’ armbands to show support for the LGBTI community, Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Head of Economic and Social Justice, said:

“Last minute threats to sanction players for wearing messages in support of human rights and equality is the latest example of FIFA failing to fully uphold its own values and responsibilities. Sport does not happen in a vacuum and these are issues on which FIFA should be leading, not cracking down on.

“Agreements on armbands, and better protections for LGBT communities, should have been reached a long time ago.

“We applaud the courage of teams and players who have spoken out about human rights and we hope they continue to do so. Fans, players and FAs want to ensure that football can be a vehicle to promote human rights, and FIFA needs to heed these calls quickly. It must not only encourage messages of equality, but take proactive action to ensure LGBTI people are protected.

“And let’s not forget the migrant workers who made the tournament possible. They must be compensated in full for the unspeakable abuse they suffered.”

Where Did Three Lions on the Shirt Come From?

Three Lions on the Shirt: From Henry II to Skinner and Baddiel (summary as follows):

Every couple of years, at the dawn of every international tournament, a curious ritual begins to take place in England, heralding the imminent arrival of the World Cup or European Championships. Frank Skinner and David Baddiel’s 1996 anthem “Three Lions,” produced in tandem with Liverpudlian rock band the Lightning Seeds, seems to become the de facto national anthem, blasting through car windows, home stereos and even nightclub soundsystems.

The title of the song refers, of course, to the England football team’s badge, adorned with three lions. Instantly recognisable, the England badge is memorable, boasts incredible longevity and invokes a sense of national pride for many, making it a great example of strong design and brand choices.

But what are the badge’s origins? How did we come to be represented by three lions? And how has the design endured as a symbol of English identity? Branding expert takes a look at the history behind our most famous footballing symbol.

Key Findings: 

  • England’s Royal Family was first represented by three lions as early as 1198, when Richard I chose three lions to adorn his heraldry
  • When the Football Association (FA) was formed during the 19th century, they adopted the three lions as their logo.
  • For the first official international game between England and Scotland in 1872, the England players wore white shirts with three lions beneath a crown.
  • The 1996 anthem ‘Three Lions’ by Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds further drove home the association between English football and the three lions iconography.

The newest England Anthem will help the hungry eat over Christmas

 For the first time in history, the World Cup is happening over the Christmas period, and what better way to cheer on England than with a football anthem that parodies one of the greatest Christmas bangers of all time. The festive parody, aptly named ‘So here he is, Jordan Pickford’ and sung to the tune of Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas everybody’, combines what us Brits love most about football and Christmas – singing our hearts out to cheesy, catchy anthems.

Filmed in a karaoke-style video, perfect for learning all the lines, and in the catchy melody of Slade’s biggest Christmas hit – So here he is, Jordan Pickford is sure to captivate football fans across the nation this winter, with a chorus lovingly dedicated to the nation’s favourite keeper and his small but mighty arms. In true anthem style, it’s not just the memorable chorus that’ll get you singing either, each verse features different players from the team, including the likes of: Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, John Stones, Jack Grealish, and even England legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

No charity song would be complete without a worthy cause, and this one is helping to spread the Christmas spirit by asking for donations to FareShare, the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste, backed by England striker Marcus Rashford. Rashford’s support of FareShare over the pandemic helped the charity more than double its food provision, helping to redistribute more the equivalent of 132 million meals to vulnerable children, families and individuals. That’s an average of four meals per second.

Christmas is a time for joy and most importantly, enjoying food with the ones you love, but, this year, more than ever, families will be struggling to put food on the table. Donations to FareShare will help them fight hunger across the UK and redistribute good-to-eat surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, to nearly 9,500 frontline charities nationwide. These charities aren’t just food banks, as most of them help provide wraparound services that tackle the root causes of poverty including homelessness, domestic violence, family break up, and dependency.

Throughout the ages, anthems have gone hand in hand with football tournaments, but with ‘Three Lions’ not providing us much luck in the men’s Euros (lest we forget), So here he is, Jordan Pickford gives us a new, fun way to back the boys in Qatar, with a Christmas twist!

So here he is, Jordan Pickford will be released in November, via YouTube: 

Donations to FareShare can be made directly via Sweet Carol Rhymes Just Giving Page:

Arsenal refused sale option for young summer loanee

Nuno Tavares is enjoying his life on loan at Olympique Marseille, and the Arsenal loanee has revealed he wanted his temporary move to have an option of a permanent stay.

The left-back moved to Arsenal last season as a deputy to the often-injured Kieran Tierney.

He had more than enough chances to play, but he was not very convincing, and the Gunners signed Oleksandr Zinchenko in this campaign.

The Ukrainian and Tierney are ahead of him on the pecking order, and several clubs wanted to take him on loan.

OM won the race, and he has been in splendid form for the French side so far.

Speaking about remaining in France, he said, as quoted by The Sun:

“At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney, but for me, that’s not even the point.

“I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn’t.”

Although he did badly in the last campaign, Tavares is clearly talented, and it makes little sense to give up on him so soon.

This is why we have refused to include a buy option in his move to France.

We expect him to return to the club at the end of this season to fight for his place at the Emirates.

Could Chelsea superstar be good for Arsenal?

Arsenal make shock approach for Chelsea midfielder

According to British news outlet The Daily Star, Arsenal are interested in landing Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.

The highly coveted midfielder is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in 12 months’ time, and according to the report, the Gunners believe they might be able to prize him away from their London rivals.

The 31-year-old has made 259 appearances for Chelsea while also racking up an impressive 53 for his national team France.

Despite being a crucial part in Thomas Tuchel’s side, the contractual situation of the player, aided by him being the highest paid player, plus the injury issues he faced last season, The Blues might be tempted to cash in on him in the current transfer window.

Manchester United is another club who have shown admiring glances at the midfielder, but new boss Erik Ten Hag’s priority remains Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

Arsenal have also shown interest in whole host of names such as Youri Tielemans, Sergej Milinković-Savić and more recently Lucas Paquetá.

The story about Kante coming all of a sudden does raise eyebrows regarding the reliability of the report.

At 31 years, the Chelsea man will not fit into what we are trying to build at the Emirates Stadium under manager Mikel Arteta.

After recruiting young and developing players last summer, this window’s main focus was crystal clear: adding established players into the squad.

The arrival of Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira plus chasing the likes of Raphinha and Lisandro Martinez is a testament of the strategy of the club.

Kante is not a player who falls under the criteria, as his peak years are well past him. Some might argue that he can still perform at the highest level, but we should not be chasing those kinds of players, surely?

Willian was Chelsea’s Player of the Season when Arsenal came knocking on his door. Everybody knows how his stay at North London went.

We can’t be tempted to sign players who are on a decline and will have no resale value. Despite being an amazing player, I won’t give my nod to Kante’s signing.

What are your thoughts regarding it? Drop them down in the comments section below… we would love to hear your opinions.

Yash Bisht

Arsenal defender looking for new club after deal falls through

Arsenal defender’s move falls through

Young Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard’s move to the Championship side Burnley has fallen through, The Athletic reports.

The Northern Ireland international was in the city for his medical, however terms between the club could not be agreed.

That will be a blow to new manager Vincent Kompany who was a pivotal figure in convincing the 22-year-old to make a switch to Lancashire.

Even though the Gunners would have hoped for the defender to join Burnley, a defensively robust side, with former center back Kompany their new manager, they won’t be too fussed about the failed move.

Many clubs are believed to be interested in landing Ballard, who’s had two impressive loans at Blackpool and Millwall.

While out on loan, he was an instrumental figure at Blackpool, who got promoted to the Championship in the season he joined. He also tried to push Millwall to the Championship play-off rounds.

Despite not playing a single game for the senior squad of Arsenal, Ballard made an impressive 10 appearances for his national team.

Some fans have high hopes for him

Where the center-back will be plying his trade looks unclear. But one thing is certain, he won’t be staying around at Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta already has Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, the incoming William Saliba and Rob Holding in his trusted books.

Not to mention Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, who Arsenal are pushing to sign in the current transfer window.

Whichever club he ends up joining, I’m sure the club’s faithful will wish him all the best for his future.

Yash Bisht

Arsenal need to change their yearly calendars!

Should Arsenal change the way they promote and sell certain products?

If I take a look in my memorabilia box I will come across so many things from over the years that I have been lucky enough to get and I have kept, some even in their original state.

Items such as scarves, hats, Arsenal membership packs and shirts to name a few. But along with that comes things that have ex-Arsenal players on. And although it is nice to look back and remember, when it comes to Arsenal annual calendars, should they stop being produced or the way they are produced changed?

Every time the calendars are put together and put on the shelves, it is with current players in the squad however when we get to the end of the year, how many of those players on the calendar are actually still at the club?

Why am I saying this you will ask, well as a buyer of Arsenal calendars over the years I have become increasingly frustrated at the fact that we cannot go through one season and not have every single player that may have a place in the calendar at the time of production, remain at the club for that year.

Look at this seasons calendar for example, the players we had at the time were Alex Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and throughout the season these two players are now no longer at the club. Laca recently left us on a free and we all know what happened with Auba.

There are also players that look to be on the way out in the shapes of Bernd Leno and possibly Nicolas Pepe.

When it comes to the calendar, Laca is in February, Auba in June, Leno in January and Pepe in November and I know two of the months have passed but I feel as though it is a waste for fans to even take a look back at the calendar knowing players have left. And for value of money all you pay for is the name and the player not anything else. And I know people will say don’t buy it but we all know what calendars are used for and it is not just to stare at the pictures.

Although most of the players for now are still present at the club, we still have to come to terms with the fact that some players are not at the club anymore

As nice as it is to look back on the calendars and see the players who we have had at the club, surely the calendars would be more informative to the fans if it had pieces of our history, ex-players such as legends, alongside memories and achievements throughout the years to look back on.

Maybe a calendar that would inform the young fans and just fans in general of important dates and moments that have occurred in and around our club with people that have graced our club from years gone by and their importance in making the club what it is, rather than just current players.

After all Arsenal is a big club and is all about history and the older generation well some of them, do complain that the younger generation is only focused on the here, now and the present and know nothing about the history so it would be good to have something that generations of all ages and genders can look at and take in.

And if this does ever happen it would be something to look at over the years and if it helps people learn from it then it would help even the younger generation and the older generation to remember and to realise what Arsenal were and how much Arsenal have gone through to get to where they are today.

Now I know some people will moan and say “but your saying you don’t want current players on there because there’s no guarantee they will stay for the whole season the calendar is in production yet you want ex-players on who have left” and yes that is true but I want history, key dates, achievements, ex legends, those that were and are proud to have worn the Arsenal shirt over the years.

Not those that have come in, earned a wage acted like Arsenal meant something to them yet stabbed them in the back when they left or left because things turned sour or for better/more money!

Like the history books are produced and videos and films are made of our seasons gone by, all of this should be put into a calendar each season.

Something that fans will want to buy not knowing what they will get each season. Unlike the players who are easy to guess.

Like articles are produced, Arsenal should think about creating calendars with our history, legendary players and iconic and historical moments from 1886 until now and with each season that passes to add more as it happens.

Very few players are loyal to clubs, but history is something that can never and will never be erased and maybe we should be using our amazing history to teach all Arsenal fans about where the club came from and where it all began to where it is now!

Just a thought!


Shenel Osman


Let’s celebrate Arsenal returning to Europe at least

So, Mikel Arteta’s young Arsenal team has taken the Gunners back into Europe after a short hiatus, whatever the result today against Everton in the last game of the season.

Yes we may still miss out on the Champions League, but to be honest, do you think this new, inexperienced young team is really ready to go and mix it up with the big boys at the very elite level?

But being in the Europa is much more winnable, and will also give Arteta the chance to rotate his youngsters and give them invaluable experience that they wouldn’t get sitting on the bench or in the U23s.

And it shouldn’t affect our transfer window that much, as we would need a much bigger squad whether we are in the ECL or the Europa, and I am sure Edu and Arteta are busy lining up Arsenal’s targets as we speak. As Arteta said yesterday: “So we are back in Europe. We don’t know where, it will be decided. Hopefully, it will be Champions League. I believe that we’re going to do what we have to do. We are going to be cheering for Norwich to do what they can do, for sure, and after that, we want to take the club to the next level.

“That’s the ambition. In order to do that we have a very clear plan again, how we want to do it and execute it, and there are no secrets. We need resources and we need to increase the quality and the depth of the squad as long we maintain in the same way who we are as a club and the people that we have next to us.”

I can’t hide the fact that I am really excited about this summers transfer window, and once we see the incoming targets, I will also look forward to further improvement next season.

Believe in the Project!

Facts you need to know before the North London derby

Facts you need to know before the North London derby

Mikel Arteta takes his young Arsenal team to the Totten*am Hotspur Stadium on Thursday evening knowing that a win would guarantee their ticket to the Champions League.

With just three games to play for, the Gunners find themselves four points clear of their arch-rivals. Even if they lose, they will still have the destiny of finishing in the Champions League spot in their own hands.

But losing against Antonio Conte’s men won’t be in the minds of the club’s faithful. Majority of them must be looking forward to slicing their throats in their own garden.

Here are some facts that are worth knowing ahead of the blockbuster clash:

  • Antonio Conte has won just one of his eight meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (Drawn 4, Lost 3).
  • Spu*s have won just one of their past four league matches (Drawn 2, Lost 1)
  • Arsenal can complete a first league double over their North London rivals since the 2013/14 campaign.
  • A win will secure our highest position in the Premier League since 2015/16, when we finished second.

  • Totten*am are unbeaten in their last seven home games against the Gunners (Won 5, Drawn 2)

Talking about current form, Mikel Arteta’s men find themselves positioned slightly better, as they have claimed 12 points from the last 16. Totten*am’s points tally from the last 16 stands at 11.

Arsenal have won the league at Spu*s’ old stadium twice, first in 1971 and then again in their Invincible season in 2004.

Maybe it’s time to win a Champions League ticket in 2022. COYG!

Xhaka proud of Jose Mourinho links

The Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been tipped to leave Arsenal this summer, and there have been numerous rumours that Jose Mourinho is very keen to leave the Emirates to play under him in Serie A with Roma next season.

The Swiss captain has certainly had a rollercoaster career at Arsenal with his relationship with the notoriously fickle Arsenal fans often being in the spotlight, and he was hotly tipped to be leaving before Mikel Arteta took over the reins when Unai Emery was dismissed 18 months ago.

But the Spaniard persuaded Xhaka to stay and it must be said that he has put in many solid performances this season but I still don’t think he has won over many of the Arsenal faithful.

H is currently with the Switzerland national team ahead of the rescheduled Euro2020 coming up, and has been talking to the media about the links with Roma and Jose Mourinho.

Xhaka told Blick: “Of course I read [about the interest]. But now I’m one 100 per cent focused on the national team here,” the 28-year-old told Blick as he prepares to compete at Euro 2020 with Switzerland.

“That’s more important than Arsenal or rumours right now. I have another two years on my contract in London and Arsenal they know what they have in me. When the time comes to talk about a transfer, I’ll be here.”

“To be honest, I didn’t hear what Mourinho has said about me. But that makes you proud. Everyone knows Mourinho, knows what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win titles.

“You can now see what work I have done over the past few years.”