EA SPORTS reveal the top 10 dribblers in FIFA 18: Cristiano Ronaldo in 5th

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off v Real Madrid

FIFA 18 ratings continue to be revealed

In the build up to the release of the biggest football simulation game of the year, EA Sports continue to produce their ratings for the new game.

There has already been much consternation regarding the ratings that have already been revealed.

It seems almost certain that there will be much discussion about the ratings over the next year or so until FIFA 19.

Indeed, if Benjamin Mendy has anything to do with it, he will be Tweeting EA Sports after every one of Manchester City’s big wins!

Read: Benjamin Mendy brilliantly trolls EA Sports again after Man City 6-0 win at Watford.

The top 10 dribblers in FIFA 18

It will come as no surprise who is rated as the top dribbler on FIFA 18.

However, whilst the whole world certainly agrees on Leo Messi’s brilliance with the ball, there could be plenty more to discuss.

No doubt, many of you will wonder why Cristiano Ronaldo even made this list, since he is not quite the dribbler he used to be.

Where is Isco?!

And, some will ask why Cristiano Ronaldo is not top dog, like he is overall in the game.

Other surprises include three Bayern Munich players. And, there are just two players from the Premier League.

Finally, where is Isco? Arguably the greatest dribbler in the game right now. Sure, Isco’s game has changed but class is permanent…

#10 – Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Bernardo Silva FIFA 18 card
Bernardo Silva FIFA 18 card

#9 – Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Franck Ribery FIFA 18 card
Franck Ribery FIFA 18 card

#8 – Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

Arjen Robben FIFA 18 card
Arjen Robben FIFA 18 card

#7 – Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Andres Iniesta FIFA 18 card
Andres Iniesta FIFA 18 card

#6 – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)

Thiago Alcantara FIFA 18 card
Thiago Alcantara FIFA 18 card

#5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 card
Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 card

#4 – Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Paulo Dybala FIFA 18 card
Paulo Dybala FIFA 18 card

#3 – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Eden Hazard FIFA 18 card
Eden Hazard FIFA 18 card

#2 – Neymar (PSG)

Neymar FIFA 18 card
Neymar FIFA 18 card

#1 – Leo Messi (Barcelona)

Leo Messi FIFA 18 card
Leo Messi FIFA 18 card

Related: Fastest players on FIFA 18 revealed by EA Sports.

Incredible Arjen Robben stat emerges after goal for Bayern Munich versus Mainz

Arjen Robben

A remarkable statistic regarding Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been unearthed following his strike versus Mainz this afternoon.

German top-flight

The two sides went head-to-head in a Bundesliga matchup at the Allianz Arena, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men keen to put a surprise 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim last weekend firmly behind them.

The Bavarians got off to the perfect start, with an 11th minute Thomas Muller strike from the edge of the box deflecting off Robben to leave Rene Adler helpless in the Mainz goal.

The strike was originally credited to Robben, but was later awarded to Muller for his original effort.

Doubled

However, there was no doubt about the scorer of the game’s second goal, with Robben getting his name firmly on the scoresheet this time.

A perfectly-timed pass from Joshua Kimmich sent the Dutch flyer through on goal, though he surprised the masses with his choice of finish.

Rather than use his trusty left foot, for which he has become so famous, the veteran instead chose to dink a gorgeous lob over the onrushing Adler…. with his right foot.

The strike marked an incredible statistic, in that it was the first goal Robben has netted with his right foot in the Bundesliga since the 14th of February 2015, or, two and a half years ago.

Ex-Chelsea boss linked with shock Arsenal move

Premier League club ready to bring Arjen Robben back to England

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could turn his attentions to the signing of Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben should he fail to land Inter’s Ivan Perisic.

Winger being targeted

It is clear that Jose Mourinho is looking to bring in a winger to Old Trafford this summer.

The likes of Gareth Bale and Ivan Perisic have been mentioned, but now a new name has come about.

That name being Arjen Robben.

At age 33, Robben would bring both experience and the class which he can still produce to Manchester.

Should Robben he’d be reunited with Mourinho following their time together at Chelsea.

Only a stop-gap

It is understood that if Manchester United sign Arjen Robben it would only be temporary.

Mourinho is looking to sign a young winger but will look to Robeen in the meantime.

Robben would be available for a cut-price fee he enters the final year of his contract with the German Champions.

 

 

 

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are not wanted in China

Bayern Munich logo

Speaking to BILD Sport, technical director of Shanghai SIPG Mads Davidsen claims that Bayern Munich duo Ribery and Robben are not wanted by the Chinese Super League.

Bayern veterans

Arjen Robben, 33, and Franck Ribery, 34, are said to be too old for the Chinese Super League, as neither fit the profile for Chinese clubs, according to Shanghai SIPG director.

Davidsen, recently appointed into his new role as technical director at Shanghai SIPG is frustrated at the misconception of the Super League being a place for ageing super stars.

“It’s a misconception that makes me really angry when players in Europe believe they can freely choose the time to move to China. This was the situation three or four years ago but those times are over,” he said.

Mads Davidsen revealed that Franck Ribery had the opportunity to join the Chinese Super League three years ago, although that no longer would be the case.

Davidsen added, “If Ribery had an offer two or three years ago from China then that was his chance but an ambitious Chinese team like Shanghai SIPG wouldn’t sign him or Robben now.

Ribery and Robben have missed the chance if they had wanted to play in China. We no longer want these players.”

Davidsen: “We have our top players”

Mads Davidsen claims that Germany’s top flight clubs don’t need to worry about losing players to China, as he is not considering any of their players.

“We have our top players like Oscar, Hulk, Lavezzi, Witsel. People in Europe forget that teams here can only field three foreign players.

That means we will not be signing any more expensive stars. The Bundesliga doesn’t need to worry that the best players will move here.”

Big blow for Bayern Munich as star player out through injury

Bayern Munich logo

Calf injury

Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has suffered a pre-season setback as he looks set to miss the tour of Asia after a calf injury while playing tennis.

The Dutch winger was due to go on the pre-season tour of both China and Singapore but he will now remain in Munich.

Robben’s important international tie with the Netherlands could also now be in doubt, with the side set to face a World Cup qualifier against France on 31 August.

That could now be in serious doubt with the start of Bayern’s season also possibly in doubt.

It is supposedly not yet known how serious the calf injury is but there is certainly some cause for concern in Munich.

Bayern start their Bundesliga season on the 18th August against Bayer Leverkusen.

James sends classy goodbye message to Madrid

Following his move to the German giants, Colombian James Rodriguez has penned a heartfelt goodbye to Madrid.

The midfielder joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy.

Find out what Rodriguez said about Madrid here. 

Arjen Robben names club he wants to return to after Bayern Munich

Arjen Robben celebrates v Arsenal

Still world class

Arjen Robben is looking as sprightly as ever despite being 33-years-old. To us, he’s poetry in motion with the ball. Le Cut Inside Man can still be one of the most devastating attackers around. That’s when he’s fit, of course.

Robben averaged a goal every 136 minutes in all competitions last season but spent a great deal of time sidelined. That might be why he’s turning his attention to retirement. He spoke to Kicker recently about what’s next.

Next club

With his Bayern Munich deal expiring in 2018, it looks as though Robben might retire soon.

However, there is one former club that he wants to return to in some capacity: Groningen.

He said: “I am quite relaxed, do not see what could be in 2018. I concentrate more on the here and now. I want to look at the situation for a whole year, to be away from football, to do nothing at all, I’m sure that I will return to Holland, to Groningen, I still have close contacts with my home club find something.”

Robben started off at the lowly Dutch club before signing for PSV Eindhoven and moving on to better things.

He’s not the only Dutch legend who wants to get back to his roots.

Lewandowski & Robben on why it was impossible for Bayern to beat Real Madrid (Videos)

Robert Lewandowski after losing to Real Madrid

Real Madrid are back in the semifinals

Bayern Munich are out of the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side put in a tremendous performance at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night as the Bavarians rallied from a 2-1 first leg defeat against Real Madrid.

Goals from Robert Lewandowski and a Sergio Ramos own goal saw Bayern win the 90 minutes in Spain 2-1, however when the game moved into extra time Real eventually won the tie 6-3 on aggregate.

Lewandowski & Robben post match interviews

After the game, Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben both gave interviews in English to Jan Aage Fjortoft.

Both Bayern stars were convinced about why Bayern lost in Madrid: it was all down to horrible refereeing decisions from Victor Kassai.

Lewandowski claimed the ref made it “impossible” for Munich to reach the final four.

Examples of the ref’s terrible calls included the decision to send off Arturo Vidal when the Chilean arguably made a superb tackle, plus the two offside goals from Cristiano Ronaldo which the officials completely missed.

Aside from Lewandowski and Robben, Carlo Ancelotti also singled out the ref for making big mistakes in Madrid.

Franck Ribery, meanwhile, vented his frustrations on social media.

Watch the post match Bayern interviews below.

Bayern stars laugh at Arjen Robben after his tantrum v Gladbach (Video)

Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben wasn’t happy

Bayern Munich’s seemingly unstoppable march towards the Bundesliga title continued on Sunday, as the Bavarians picked up maximum points away at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Thomas Muller scored the only goal of the game for Carlo Ancelotti’s men midway through the second half.

However, one the big post game talking points centred on Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who threw a tantrum after he was subbed.

Bayern stars laugh at him

Robben refused to shake Ancelotti’s hand after he was pulled from the game – instead he slapped it away.

Then, after taking a few sips of water, Robben threw away his bottle in anger while he shook his head.

Robben’s Bayern team mates found the whole episode rather funny.

Arjen Robben talks about why he was effectively forced out of Real Madrid

Arjen Robben at Real Madrid

Balancing the books

In his own words, Arjen Robben is Bayern Munich ‘through and through’. The veteran winger spoke about his allegiance to the Bayern cause in an interview with Fox Sports.

He also revealed how reluctant he was to join Bayern back in 2009. Robben was at Real Madrid and coming off what he reckons was the best pre-season of his career. However, there were huge changes happening at the club. Florentino Perez returned to the club and brought his Galactico policy with him.

In came Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema in one transfer window. To cover this spending spree, players had to be sold and Madrid wanted the €25 million Bayern were offering for Robben.

‘A step backwards’

Robben recalls the events leading to his departure: “We were told that the club could make some money by selling me, but I really didn’t want to go. I looked back at what had probably been the best pre-season of my career, but I still wasn’t given a chance, so I had to make a decision. In the end, I signed on because the club did everything within their power to convince me. Even (then Bayern coach) Louis van Gaal was a reason.”

Despite the success he’s enjoyed at Bayern in the eight years since he joined, Robben admits he considered the move a step backwards: “There had been contact with Bayern, but it was a difficult decision to take.

“It was the most difficult decision of my life. Bayern were not one of Europe’s top teams back then, unlike today, and so it was a step backwards for me.”

Player from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea has best Premier League win percentage

Mourinho’s Chelsea were relentless in their winning

Robben, Carvalho, Terry, Ferreira, Drogba and Cole
Robben, Carvalho, Terry, Ferreira, Drogba and Cole

How to measure success?

Credit to the Mirror for coming up with this barometer for measuring the most successful ever Premier League players.

But how do you measure success? On winning matches? Trophies? Individual stats relevant to the players’ position? Longevity?

The Mirror have gone for the sole measurement of win percentage, and while it’s obviously an imperfect way of measuring a player’s success, it’a an interesting one nonetheless.

And players from Jose Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea feature heavily in the top 10; surprisingly, only 2 Manchester United players feature in the top 10.

Chelsea were a winning machine in Mourinho’s first two years at Chelsea, breaking the 100 point barrier as they won back-to-back Premier League tities.

Arjen Robben, best win percentage

Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho and Claude Makelee feature on the top 10, but top of the pile is Arjen Robben.

The flying Dutch winger achieved an incredible 82.1% win rate at Chelsea – winning 55 of his 67 games played for the Blues.

Arjen Robben’s dream XI includes Chelsea heroes, an ex Man United striker & lots of Bayern stars

Arjen Robben's dream XI
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben’s dream XI

Arjen Robben has named his dream XI, and the Dutch star has largely picked his group of players from pros who have played for either Chelsea, Bayern Munich or the Dutch national team.

Starting with the defence, three of the stars come from the Allianz Arena.

German number one Manuel Neuer was his pick in goal, while the full-back positions have gone to Philipp Lahm and Austrian captain David Alaba.

As for the centre-half pairing, Spanish star Sergio Ramos was selected alongside Chelsea stalwart John Terry.

Robben picked a holding midfielder: Dutch hardman Mark van Bommel.

The front five

Moving further up the pitch, Robben included Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard in his midfield.

He was joined by Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder in the middle of the park, while the two flank roles when to Bayern duo Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery.

Former Man United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was finally picked to spearhead the attack.

Arjen Robben's dream XI
Arjen Robben’s dream XI

Bayern’s Arjen Robben awesome gesture to the PSV fans (Video)

Arjen Robben & PSV
Arjen Robben & PSV
Arjen Robben & PSV

Arjen Robben & PSV

Dutch legend Arjen Robben doesn’t forget.

Now 32, the last club Robben played for in Holland was PSV, before the Dutch winger was snapped up by Chelsea in 2004.

At PSV, Robben scored 18 goals in 56 games. He also won the Dutch title in 2002-3.

A Champions League return

Bayern Munich picked up a 2-1 away win at PSV on Tuesday night, but away from the action on the pitch there was a clear bond between Robben and his former club.

Fans held up banners for Dutch legend, while after the game Robben travelled the length of the pitch to remove his shirt and hand it to a fan behind the goal.

Watch the footage below.

Holland suffer injury blow: Arjen Robben ruled out of both WC Qualifiers

Robben in action for Holland
Robben in action for Holland

Holland in need of leaders

Having missed out on qualification for Euro 2016, Holland’s current young generation is in need of leaders.

There’s a bit of a generation gap in Dutch football, and the young crop coming through need as much guidance as they can get from the old heads, namely Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben (Robin van Persie is no longer being selected by manager Danny Blind).

But this young Holland group will now have to do without their main leader and attacking focal point for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Robben out of Belarus and France games

That’s after the Dutch FA KNVB have confirmed that Arjen Robben has been ruled out of the games against Belarus and France.

With 88 caps to his name, Robben is the most senior attacker in the squad, and his absence will be badly felt.

Holland could only draw their opening game of the campaign, and the game against France in particular now looks like a real test without Robben.

Robben’s injury woes have been well documented at this stage; the 32-year-old’s career has been plagued with injuries, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to overcome them any time soon, unfortunately.

Arjen Robben opens up about his injury struggles at Bayern Munich (Video)

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Arjen Robben opened up about his injury troubles at Bayern Munich

World Class Robben

It’s sad to see a player of Arjen Robben’s quality spend so much time on the sidelines. The Dutch winger was only improving with age as his 30th birthday loomed close in 2013, stepping up to help Bayern Munich win a treble. He scored the winning goal in the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

His exploits for Holland didn’t go unnoticed either. He destroyed Spain at the 2014 World Cup and appeared to confirm a theory that he was getting faster with every passing year.

How his country need him now. He’s their best player by a considerable distance.

Injury hell

Unfortunately, he’s been tormented by injuries over the last few years. Currently out with a pulled hamstring, muscle problems have plagued him. Since that treble-winning campaign, Robben has been unavailable for 68 Bayern games because of injury. He wasn’t exactly injury-free before that period either.

Little wonder then that he isn’t getting carried away by his latest comeback. Interviewed after his first training session back with the team, Robben said: “I’ve had quite a few injuries in the past but this one was tough. Initially, you lose motivation, you lose your strength and energy, and you need to sort that out first. But then we came up with a schedule and everyone was helpful. I am very happy with the current situation and hope things continue to develop this way.”

He added: “Today was very good but we’ll see how I cope with the strain. Tomorrow work continues and then we have a lot of games coming up in quick succession.

“Most importantly I need to integrate fully into team training.

“That’s what I need now. At the end of the day, you can train really hard individually. I have done that extensively in the past and worked hard but team training is a different matter altogether.”

Bayern fans display a banner attacking Arjen Robben for his son training with 1860 Munich

Arjen Robben at 1860 Munich
Arjen Robben at 1860 Munich
Arjen Robben at 1860 Munich

Bayern Munich fans v Arjen Robben

Last week a set of photos did the rounds in Germany featuring Arjen Robben.

Robben’s son seven year old Luka last week began training with 1860 Munich, and the Dutch winger watched from the sidelines as his boy went through his paces.

Although 1860 Munich haven’t been on a par with Bayern for many a year, the rivalry between the sides remains fierce, especially with supporters.

Robben watches his son Luka in action
Robben watches his son Luka in action

Accordingly, the sight of seeing Arjen Robben at Bayern’s biggest local rivals ticked off a group of Bavarian diehards.

The fans made their feelings known in the first round of the Bundesliga, as Bayern trounced Werder Bremen 6-0 on Friday night.

Banner aimed at Robben

During the Werder game, Bayern fans held up a banner which read:

There’s only one team in Munich, Arjen!

Robben wasn’t involved in the match versus Bremen as the Dutch international is still on the sidelines with an injury.

Bayern fans v Robben
Bayern fans v Robben

Bayern’s Arjen Robben is out for 6 weeks with adductor injury

Bayern's Arjen Robben out for 6 weeks
Bayern's Arjen Robben out for 6 weeks
Bayern’s Arjen Robben out for 6 weeks

Arjen Robben’s latest injury

Bayern Munich won their opening pre-season match of the summer on Saturday, however Carlo Ancelotti’s side suffered a blow in the friendly.

Arjen Robben, who missed the majority of last season with injuries, was forced off the pitch after just 35 minutes in the game against Lippstadt.

Robben had fired Bayern 2-up in the match before he was taken off.

On Sunday, Bayern have confirmed that Robben is out for 6 weeks with adductor injury.

Considering the timeframe, and how long Robben will need to train to get back to match fitness, it’s almost certain that the Dutch international will miss the start of the season for Bayern.

Lippstadt 3 – Bayern Munich 4

Bayern raced into a 4-0 lead in the match.

The Bundesliga champs marched into a 3-0 goal first half lead through Julian Green, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

An own goal from Marvin Joswig put Bayern 4-up, before they conceded three late goals.

Terrible news for Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben injured for Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben injured for Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben injured for Bayern Munich

Arjen Robben gets injured in Bayern’s first pre-season game

Now 32, Arjen Robben would be forgiven for fearing the worst about the rest of his career.

On Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti watched Bayern compete in their first pre-season game of the summer, but it came at a cost.

The Bavarians beat Lippstadt 4-3, but Robben got injured during the game.

The Dutch winger left the pitch after just 35 minutes with a hamstring problem. He had scored earlier in the game.

Robben missed almost the entirety of the 2015-16 season with injuries.

The extent of the injury is still unknown, however it’s more than just a knock.

Lippstadt 3 – Bayern Munich 4

Bayern raced into a 4-0 lead in the match.

The Bundesliga champs marched into a 3-0 goal first half lead through Julian Green, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

An own goal from Marvin Joswig put Bayern 4-up, before they conceded three late goals.

Terrible news for Bayern Munich as Arjen Robben is injured again

It’s as if Arjen Robben is made of glass.

The injury-hit Dutch winger is a truly world-class player when fit, however staying healthy is proving a real problem for the 32-year-old.

The Holland captain Arjen Robben pulled out of his team’s friendly matches against France and England with what was originally labelled a thigh injury.

On Wednesday it’s been announced that the problem isn’t going away, and Robben is now out for another five weeks.

Robben is now said to have an adductor injury.

The winger will now miss Bayern’s Champions League quarterfinal tie with Benfica, and possibly many more games too in the final chapter of the campaign.

One suspects that Kingsley Coman will be the big beneficiary from Robben’s bad luck.

Bayern are top of the Bundesliga, with a five point lead over Borussia Dortmund with nine rounds of the season remaining.

Also see: Sorry Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski is signing a new deal with Bayern Munich [Bild]

Arjen Robben pulls out of Bayern v Juventus due to virus [Bild]

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Bayern Munich have been dealt a blow ahead of their second leg Champions League clash with Juventus this evening.

Arjen Robben was rested against Werder Bremen on Saturday but Pep Guardiola’s plans have been nixed by a virus picked up by the Dutch winger.

According to Bild, Robben did not train with the Bayern Munich first team squad on Tuesday and has not travelled with the German champions to their team hotel.

Luckily for Bayern, they are not short of high class wingers with Kingsley Coman, Franck Ribery and Douglas Costa all available.

If Coman plays, the French winger would appear against his parent club having made the loan move to Bayern from Turin.

The good news for Bayern is that Javi Martinez has made a surprise return to training but is not expected to play this evening.

Arjen Robben scored a trademark left-footed curler in the first leg against Juventus, see it on the video below.

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Arjen Robben faces fresh diving claims, Bochum coach says ‘I’m Dutch & ashamed’ (Video)

Is Arjen Robben a diver?

Some people may reply ‘is the sky blue?’

Robben is in trouble this midweek after he was accused of diving to win Bayern Munich a penalty at Bochum in the German Cup.

The incident just before halftime led to Bochum’s Jan Simunek being shown a red card.

After the game Robben tried to defend himself saying:

He was the last man, it was a clear foul. These are the rules and afterwards the match was decided.

Bochum’s Dutch coach Gertjan Verbeek didn’t see eye to eye with his countryman:

For me that was a dive. The ball was played, he was looking for his leg. I’m Dutch and I’m ashamed. But we know Robben is like this from the national team.

See the incident and the interviews (in Dutch) below.

Nou, wie heeft er gelijk? Arjen of Gertjan?

Posted by FOX Sports NL on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Aubameyang as Spiderman & Calhanoglu as Silver Surfer (Videos)

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After a lengthy winter break, the Bundesliga returns this weekend!

Bayern Munich hold an 8-point lead over Borussia Dortmund whilst the chase for the top four spots should be fascinating.

This weekend, Bayern’s visit to Hamburg and Borussia Monchengladbach hosting Borussia Dortmund are the stand out games.

To mark the return of the Bundesliga, Germany’s Sky Sport have put together three promos involving Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakan Calhanoglu of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich superstar Arjen Robben.

All three players have chosen the superheroes they would most like to be.

So Aubameyang becomes Spiderman. Calhanoglu Silver Surfer. And, Robben is Ironman.

Cue jokes about how the Dutch flyer could do with the suit that Ironman wears to protect him from all those injuries…

And, surely this was the perfect opportunity to make more of the Aubameyang/Reus – Batman & Robin partnership!

See all three videos below…

Arjen Robben features in Bundesliga’s Top 5 Worst Goal Celebrations Ever (Video)

This is a cool video from the Bundesliga as part of their Advent calendar feature, as they list the top 5 worst celebrations in the history of the league.

Bayern man Arjen Robben features at number 5 – and would you believe, it involves the Dutchman struggling with his balance.

Record World Cup goalscorer Miroslave Klose also features with a clumsy piece of acrobatics which could have ended a lot worse.

Watch all the way to number 1; you won’t be disappointed.

Sport Witness unravel game of Chinese Whispers linking Arjen Robben with Man Utd move

The guys at Sport Witness do a great job of unpacking transfer stories; of separating the truth from the semi-truth, and the semi-truth from the bullshit.

And their unraveling of the recent story linking Arjen Robben with a January move to Manchester United proves yet again just how much nonsense gets printed on transfers.

The Daily Express printed an article yesterday claiming that Arjen Robben had ‘agreed’ a move to United in January, which at first glance sounded like a serious embellishment.

And that’s what it proved to be: the story started out with unreliable site Fichajes taking a bite from a Sunday Mirror story about Robben feeling ‘unsettled’.

A glorified game of Chinese Whispers then ensued, which saw Robben go from being ‘unsettled’ to ‘agreeing’ a move as the story was embellished gradually through the following chain: Sunday Mirror – Fichajes – The Daily Mirror – The Daily Express/The Metro.

Ah, the meticulous and rigorous work of the press!

Arjen Robben scores most Arjen Robben goal ever v Wales (Videos)

Dribbles down the right, cuts inside onto his left,dribbles a defender….

dribbles a defender…

dribbles another defender….

shoots, scores.

Not many players have a signature goal, but Arjen Robben is one of them.

Now a veteran with the Dutch national team, the Bayern man scored his classic favourite type of goal against Wales tonight.

Knowing he’s going to do it is one thing; stopping him is another.

Arjen Robben believes ‘struggling’ Memphis Depay will be a success at Man United [Telegraaf]

Dutch daily Telegraaf today relay quotes from Dutch star Arjen Robben about Manchester United’s Memphis Depay.

Depay has been a constant topic of conversation during the international break, after the Man United forward gave a couple of interesting interviews earlier in the week.

Memphis has revealed he’s finding life tough at Man United, whilst also disclosing that he’s added five kilos of muscle since he moved to Old Trafford, while he’s batted away accusations he’s been distracted by stardom.

Robben has now spoken about Depay saying:

Of course I will give him advice. We try to help each other as players and the team to make steps. He is a talented player in a difficult situation. I can give him advice but the player has to cope with it, show strength and the right mentality.

It is important in your development as a player. It is not always sunshine and you have difficult periods, especially when you are young.

He has a long way ahead and if he shows the right mentality, the talent is there. If he keeps working hard I am sure he can succeed.

Trouble at Bayern between ‘selfish’ Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski [Bild]

They are arguably the best team in the world at the moment, their results on the pitch have been phenomenal so far, and yet trouble is reportedly brewing between teammates at Bayern Munich.

The front page of Sport Bild on Wednesday flags up tension between Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski and Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

Robben stands accused of being too “selfish”.

According to chief Bild reporter Christian Falk, Lewandowski has “openly raged” at Robben on the pitch, but when the Pole was asked for comments afterwards he’s said “I don’t want to say anything… You have seen it already for yourself”.

Bild also note that Robben has only assisted Lewandowski three times the last 25 league games.

The German daily also spoke to Matthias Sammer, sporting director at Bayern Munich, about the supposed quarrel between the stars. Sammer responded:

If a player get angry sometimes, I have no problem with that. Think about how many times I was angry in my career?!

Fan footage of Arjen Robben’s lightning fast Bayern goal after coming on as sub v Arsenal

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Arjen Robben made a hugely dramatic entrance to Bayern Munich’s 5-1 rout of Arsenal on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

On 55 minutes, the Dutch flyer replaced Frenchman Kingsley Coman for Bayern.

37 seconds later it was 4-0 Bayern with Robben scoring with his first touch of the ball.

It was the fastest goal by a Bayern substitute in a Champions League game. Unsurprisingly!

See how Robben’s opening 37 seconds played out in a fast forward fan cam below.

Robben pulls off classy elastico before Alonso does a gorgeous rainbow flick in Bayern training (Video)

robben elastico, nov 2015

Arsenal fans who are feeling confident ahead of the Champions League match against Bayern Munich tonight might feel differently after watching this video.

It shows Bayern in training and they look like they’re in the mood to put on a show.

Arjen Robben will be available after missing the first leg, he could seen fooling Kingsley Coman with a classy elastico while Xabi Alonso demonstrated a brilliant rainbow flick variation.

See the Bayern stars show off their skills in the video below.

You’re a bit old for that: Arjen Robben’s embarrassing dive for Bayern v Frankfurt (Video)

Arjen Robben’s struggle with gravity goes on.

Having missed the start of the season through injury, the flying Dutch winger was back in the Bayern side for their trip to Eintracht Frankfurt last night, which ended in a stalemate.

With Bayern struggling to break the deadlock, Robben decided to take matters into his own hands, and went for an embarrassing dive in the Frankfurt box after the slightest touch on the shoulder.

The ref was wise to his ways, and booked an incredulous Robben.

At 31, he’s a bit old for this carry-on!

Arjen Robben hails Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger but still takes issue with diving claims [Telegraph]

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has hailed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as being of of the greatest coaches ever, but insists he still takes issue with the Frenchman’s acquisition that the former Chelsea player is ‘a very good diver’.

The Dutch winger was talking ahead of his side’s upcoming Champions League meeting against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side on Tuesday night, a fixture which has had its share fare of controversy as far as Arjen Robben is concerend.

Over the last two years the two sides have met on four occasions, with the German side proving to be a formidable opponent for the Gunners, with Arjen Robben particularly in sparkling form. But despite defeat it’s the player’s apparent play acting which has in the past left a soured taste in Arsene Wenger’s mouth.

After losing to Bayern in a two legged affair back in 2014, the French coach once labelled Arjen Robben one of the greatest players of this generation but also a ‘very good diver’ after the 65-year-old felt the Dutchman had play acted on several occasions.

Despite, these accusations, the 31-year-old holds no bad feelings towards the reds boss, but still denies any claims of cheating.

“I met him in Brazil.  It was not a problem at all. No hard feelings. I’m quite easy that way.” the Daily Telegraph quotes Robben as saying

“If they lose some managers are disappointed and not always fair and realistic,” 

“Maybe one week after, they say: ‘OK, maybe it was wrong what I said.’ But I haven’t got a problem. I think he’s unique. To be there for such a long time you are doing a lot of things very, very well. See the players who became better.

Look at the way Arsenal has developed. In Holland or Germany, they always talk positive about Arsenal. Why? The way they play, no negative football, always positive technical football, wanting to make the game. I think that is big credit to him.”

Arjen Robben, who will miss Tuesday night’s clash as he is still yet to return from injury has warned his players of complacency against an Arsenal side who he think could be very successful this season.

“I think they have got enough quality,” says Robben.

“I thought last season they did very well. They won prizes; the FA Cup and the Community Shield. They looked very stable and this year they look very strong. I was really surprised to see them lose two Champions League games but, on their good day, I think they can beat any team and we have to be aware.”

Despite Arjen Robben’s concerns, it is Arsenal who are the most worried going into tomorrow night’s fixture. The Gunners need to get a result over the next two meetings with Bayern, in order to stand any chance of reaching the knockout phase of this year’s competition. Two defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Greek side Olympiakos have left Arsene Wenger’s side on the brink of elimination and now needing a win against an inform Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski to stay alive in Europe this season.

Tough ask indeed.