First off we head to north London and the Emirates stadium, where the news couldn’t get any bleaker. Not only did Arsenal tumble out of the Champions League last night after failing to overturn a 2-0 deficit at Bayern Munich, but record signing Mesut Ozil also picked up an injury that could see ruled out for a number of weeks.
The German international failed to return to the field after half-time against Bayern, and is said to be having scans this morning on a potentially serious hamstring injury. With Arsenal’s charge for the Premier League title hinging on the next few games, fans will most definitely be bemoaning their bad luck.
And from one Champions League story to another, attentions will now surely turn to Manchester City, where they hope to defy the odds and beat Barcelona tonight to secure an unlikely passage to the quarter-finals.
The Citizens were beaten 2-0 at home by the Spanish champions last month, but captain Vincent Kompany remains confident that his side’s task isn’t an impossible one. Though admitting that it would be an uphill battle to defeat Lionel Messi and co. on their own turf, the Belgian international assured fans his side would do their very best.
Meanwhile the speculation surrounding the future of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie continues to rumble on, with Monaco and Barcelona now named in connection with purchasing him this summer.
Rumours persist in claiming that the Dutchman is unsettled at Old Trafford, and whilst David Moyes continues to show interest in Edinson Cavani, fans are unlikely to support the notion that Van Persie will stay. The player himself has yet to reveal his intentions for next term, but with his current club looking unlikely to be in the Champions League, he may just jump what could turn out to be a sinking ship.
And finally, Floyd Mayweather has offered a warning shot to those who believe his best years are behind him, claiming that he has yet to hit his peak in the ring.
The 37-year-old American is unbeaten in 45 professional bouts and could take that record to 46 if he overcomes Marco Maidana as expected on May 3rd, but he insisted that supporters have yet to see his A-game. Mayweather also took the time to defend his decision to fight Maidana, after some critics labelled the fight an uneven contest.