Gareth Bale and a new meme sweeping Twitter both gave us prime noughteens football nostalgia this weekend. Plus, Fernando Torres as you’ve never seen him before.
1. Gareth Bale renaissance?
2. Tributes for Glenn Roeder
There were tributes from across football for former Newcastle United, West Ham United, Watford and Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder, who died aged 65 on Sunday.
None seem to better illustrate why he was loved than this story from one of his former players at West Ham, Don Hutchison.
3. Arsenal keep their heads
Arsenal had a good day at the office on Sunday, beating Leicester 3-1. It came at a cost though, Emile Smith Rowe having to be substituted – though not with as serious an injury as that tweet might suggest.
Willian impressed, with a lovely cross for the first goal and involvement in the third too – leading to some less-than-enthusiastic followers to change their mind at least temporarily.
4. Gunners firing on all cylinders
Arsenal got back on track in the Women’s Super League too, with a comfortable 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
The pick of the bunch was a thunderbolt from Katie McCabe.
Reading keeper Grace Maloney was pleased not to be in the firing line.
5. Classic kit
We often talk about a shirt weighing heavily on a player and this was arguably the case when Dion Dublin got his big move to Manchester United from Cambridge United in 1992 – but how much exactly did this shirt weigh, we wonder?
6. We miss away days
The away-day experience sadly currently boils down to watching from another part of the house. What we’d give for a rail replacement service and an obstructed view.
7. Playing the hits
It’s fair to say Manchester United’s fixtures against the other so-called ‘big six’ have not delivered much in the way of entertainment this season and Sunday’s goalless draw with Chelsea was no different.
The most entertaining moment of the game was probably the decision by Stuart Attwell not to award a penalty for a handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
8. Brighton on the rocks
Brighton suffered a bizarre defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, missing two penalties and having a goal disallowed in an incident which Gary Lineker said he had never witnessed before in 40 years of watching football.
9. One of the gang
You create, write and direct a hit Netflix comedy series and this is the credit you get.
10. Manchester City can’t stop winning
City continued their imperious form with a 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday and John Stones contributed his fourth goal of the season.
11. Sheffield United can’t stop losing
At the other end of the table, the Blades, who lost 2-0 to Liverpool on Sunday, continue to be blunt in front of goal.
12. Vicious cyclist
Roy Keane continues to spread positivity on Instagram, while communicating a mixed message about safe cycling.
13. Not so much ‘El Nino’ anymore
Fernando Torres’ body transformation since retiring from football is probably the most remarkable such development since Craig David got hench.
14. Actually, we were there. For all of it
And, finally, there’s a new meme on Twitter to make us feel nostalgic about things that don’t feel like they happened that long ago.