Liverpool’s last-gasp winner at Villa Park prompted great scenes in the BT Sport studios, while Arsenal’s decision to send Unai Emery a ‘happy birthday’ tweet was hijacked by disgruntled supporters – all in this week’s Social Shots.
In our weekly feature, we take a look at the best social media posts from across the world of football over the weekend. Football and social media can go hand in hand, but not everyone gets it right. Here, we celebrate those that do, highlighting the posts that have made us chuckle, the videos of wonder goals that we’ve just had to watch again, or just anything we felt simply had to be shared…
Losing his rag
This fella on the trumpet had a stinker prior to Bournemouth v Manchester United on Saturday, with his efforts setting the tone for what ended up being an instantly forgettable encounter between two teams struggling for Premier League goals.
Classic Bournemouth v Man U trumpet pic.twitter.com/nAdM7C0ana
— Amazing_Abby (@Amazing_Abby) November 2, 2019
Ahead of Saturday’s game at the Vitality, some pretty stunning stats regarding Manchester United’s win record when Anthony Martial starts and when he doesn’t. For the giggles Opta, fancy giving us Fred’s?
65% – @ManUtd have won 65% of their games in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjær when Anthony Martial starts (11/17) compared to 41% when he doesn't (11/27). Stimulant. pic.twitter.com/Tht4ItIJog
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 2, 2019
Be careful what you wish for, Ole
Another weekend. Another defeat for Manchester United. Another Serie A goal for Romelu Lukaku.
League goals since the beginning of September:
• Romelu Lukaku – 8
• Man United – 6
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 5, 2019
VAR – The pits of the world?
The smelliest offside decision of the season? Bobby Firmino’s armpit adjudged to have been offside against Aston Villa on Saturday. Yes you read that right. His armpit.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino was flagged offside before putting the ball in the net against Aston Villa and the decision was confirmed by VAR
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 2, 2019
Savage blow for the Villa
Liverpool left it late against Aston Villa at the weekend and Robbie Savage’s real time reaction to Sadio Mane’s winner is certainly worth another look. Oh this evidence the Welshman might be decent craic on Gogglebox.
"Jurgen Klopp is right so about in what he says about Liverpool…"
"Mentality monsters!" 💪
Sadio Mané comes up with a goal that could be HUGE in the title race!
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) November 2, 2019
When Craig Dawson is booked for this you have to wonder what the future holds for the noble art of the 50-50 challenge? Legendary enforcer Terry Hurlock would no doubt be turning in his grave, save for the fact he’s very much alive and well.
Craig Dawson of Watford booked for a perfect tackle. Not even a foul! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/V9ttKtpHe2
— Mark Carter (@markcarter1986) November 2, 2019
More filth from Jorginho
Chelsea are absolutely flying under Super Frankie Lampard. That’s seven away wins on the spin now, a new club record. By the way, Jorginho’s pass is one of the best assists you’re going to see all season.
Seven away wins on the bounce! 🔥
Good morning, Blues! 😄 pic.twitter.com/4cHounhRbw
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 3, 2019
Let there be Ligt
This goal from big summer signing Matthijs De Ligt was enough to settle the Derby della Mole as Juventus edged past Torino on Saturday night – and we reckon the young man rather enjoyed it!
⚽ Matthijs De Ligt scores his first goal for Juve and what a time to get it!
⚫⚪ The Bianconeri lead Torino 1-0 in the Turin Derby! pic.twitter.com/JsM2wSe5sG
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) November 2, 2019
Vardy does the Prancing Bird
Jamie Vardy became the first player to reach 10 Premier League goals this season on Sunday. 33 years old and still banging them in. Judging by this celebration however he’s still got some work to do before the producers of Strictly Come Dancing come knocking…
Mocking the Eagles with the Prancing Bird is ****housery at its finest!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 3, 2019
Arsenal’s Unai Emery birthday wish backfires
He turned 48 on Sunday, but it was unlikely to be a happy birthday as Arsenal fans jumped all over the club’s tweet with a few amusing replies of their own. Oh to be a football manager; you can’t even enjoy your birthday!
— We all follow the Arsenal, over land and sea (@JoseMourinhoAFC) November 3, 2019
— harry (@mufcxharry) November 3, 2019
Hopefully arsenal give him a birthday card today with a cheque inside to pay off his contract and get him as far away from this club as possible pic.twitter.com/5oWohQQDSc
— GoonerMartin🔴⚪AFC (@GUNNERFORCE15) November 3, 2019
— Ahmed (@Ahmed91Gooner) November 3, 2019
Super Mario Stands Tall
Mario Balotelli stormed off the pitch after being racially abused by the Verona fans on Sunday. Eventually he returned, then scored a worldie right in front of the same fans who had abused him. The perfect response.
Mario Balotelli responded to the racist chants by kicking the ball into the stands.
His teammates and match officials convinced the striker to remain on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/vvzuY7oBHZ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 3, 2019
The dirty dozen
Everton’s last-gasp leveller at Goodison means Tottenham’s wait for a Premier League win away from north London goes on. 12 games now and Mauricio Pochettino must surely be feeling the pressure with Spurs languishing in the bottom half of the table?
✈️ Tottenham's away form in the @premierleague since February:
This is their longest run without an away league win since a club-record 1⃣4⃣ games under George Graham between 2000-01 pic.twitter.com/mKFXAUHlY8
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 3, 2019
On this Day
On this very day 27 years ago the irascible Brian Moore told the story of the ‘Battle of Britain’ as Rangers proved too good for Leeds in Europe, winning 2-0 at Elland Road. We still miss you Brian!
27 years ago today Mark Hateley and Ally McCoist stun Elland Road in the ‘Battle of Britain’.
So much to appreciate here:
– Mark Hateley’s magnificent mullet
– That Rangers kit
– Brian Moore’s commentary
– The classic big/little man strike partners
— Proper Football (@sid_lambert) November 4, 2019