Fulham showing what's right in football can't hide dark clouds over the Premier League

The League maintains a huge divide between the haves and have-nots, exacerbated by the influence of government-funded ownership models. (Author: Gardener)

LeagueLeaving Putney Bridge Station, up Ranelagh Gardens, through the underpass, through Bishops Park with the Thames on your left and the sun above your head, past rows of immaculate Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses and towards Craven Cottage, which is actually in the middle undergoing major renovation remains a beautifully picturesque sports venue. There really is nothing quite like driving to Fulham on a summer's day. And so it was on Saturday as the club hosted the Premier League for the first time since winning the league title last season. Liverpool being in town meant being back in the big time and it was impossible not to be swept up in all the shiny happy supporters of both clubs as they made their way to the ground. [Klopp says Liverpool's season-opening tie at Fulham felt like defeat after Mitrovic's double] ] Because once you step back a little, throw out the preview inserts, delete the sponsored podcasts and ignore the weather for a moment, you can hard to deny The Premier League seems to be in pretty bad shape right now. Speaking of which, this is also Newcastle's first full season under Saudi rule, a takeover which, let's not forget, was described by Amnesty International as "an extremely bitter blow to human rights defenders" when it was waved through last October. Then there's growing concern over fan behavior, the continued ubiquity of gambling companies, problems with racial slurs on social media, and of course a World Cup taking place in the middle of an election campaign that's as disruptive as it is uncomfortable given where it's going to be held. The World Cup also meant that 'football' came back sooner than it should - let's face it, we could have had at least another week off. Three decades after the founding of the Premier League, it can so often feel like we're in the second act of a dystopian thriller when the murderous machines have taken over and everyone is waiting for a hero to save the day. But football is football, there are regular moments that remind you that for all its mistakes and failures it remains an extremely compelling sport. And Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage was just such an opportunity, and not just because of the route there. Showing no fear of opponents destined to tear them apart, Fulham displayed organization, aggression and determination from the start, taking the lead twice through goals from the outstanding Aleksandar Mitrovic: the first, a powerful, towering header; the second, a wicked penalty he fought his way through a fast run that resulted in the rarest of things, fooling Virgil van Dijk. Poor, sloppy in defense and lackluster in attack, Liverpool were poor and even Jurgen Klopp, the most loyal of managers, could not contain his criticism of his players, going so far as to question their attitude. "The performance needs to be massively improved," he said. "We can play much better," said the midfielder. "We're disappointed with the performance." To the visitors' credit, they showed the character and quality needed to salvage a point, equalizing first through a beautiful heel finish from the enormously impressive Darwin Núñez and then an instinctive close-in shot from Mohamed Salah , the Egyptian's sixth straight opening weekend goal and eighth overall, a joint Premier League record. It was breathless stuff played in a rough atmosphere, something that, with all due respect to Fulham fans, can't often be said about games at Craven Cottage. [Michael Walker: Geopolitics has never been more prominent as the Premier League turns 30] This was English football at its best: the setting, the noise, the action, the underdog bloodying the nose of the bigger boy, and while it would be naïve to portray Fulham as an antidote to all the bad in sport, as they remain a wealthy, business-minded club that vies with their own fans over ticket prices, their return to the top flight feels particularly good given the persistence from Marco Silva after Saturday's game that they will continue to take the fight to their opponents, regardless of their status. "We have our philosophy, something we build and create from last season," said the Fulham manager. "The most important thing for us is to play with commitment and desire and a lot of ambition to get three points." Bournemouth won on Saturday and it would have been a hat-trick of positive results for the newly promoted had Nottingham Forest gotten something at Newcastle. But, to use the summeriest of words, the early season "vibes" are positive and that's something to appreciate. Because winter is about to come with a paradoxical mix of crushing predictability and unintentional chaos – the rise of the rich to the top and Qatar's moment in the hot sun leave a bitter taste in the mouth while disrupting all plans at the same time.


Everton sign Belgium international Amadou Onana from Lille for £34million

Onana was in the stands to watch Everton's opening game against Chelsea and follows the arrival of defenders James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre and Conor Coady and striker Dwight McNeil. (Author: Gardener)

OnanaEverton have signed Belgium international Amadou Onana from Lille for an undisclosed fee of up to £34million, agreeing a five-year deal. The 20-year-old central midfielder, who is regarded as one of Europe's most exciting talents, was ready to join West Ham until Everton stepped in to honor his offer last week. Onana was in the stands to watch Everton's opening game against Chelsea and will become their fifth signing of the summer after the additions of defenders James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre and Conor Coady and striker Dwight McNeil. Everton have signed Belgium international Amadou Onana from Lille for a fee of £34million. Strong, quick, technical and with the ability to be deployed in a range of central midfield roles, Onana revealed the chance to play for manager Frank Lampard, passionate supporters and 'one of the biggest clubs in England' were key for his long-term future at Everton. "It feels great to move to Everton. I know it's a big, big club, one of the biggest in England," Onana told evertontv. “It's something I want to be a part of for many years. "Everyone here has shown they really want me and have a plan for me so I really appreciated talking to the manager and director of football [Kevin Thelwell]. They told me how they wanted me to play and I enjoyed it. “The manager was one of the main reasons. He played at the highest level, won a lot of things and was also a midfielder. The highly rated midfielder, who is just 20 years old, has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park. I saw their support last season and that's also one of the reasons why I chose Everton. Born in the Senegalese capital Dakar, Onana's path to Goodison was via Brussels, where he played for Anderlecht, RWS Bruxelles and Zulte Waregem in his youth before signing for German club Hoffenheim in July 2018. Onana was ready to join West Ham until Everton stepped in. The talented youngster made eight appearances in the Champions League for Lille last season. After impressing there and for a season with Hamburg, Everton's new number eight joined Lille last summer and drew attention in France, where he made 42 appearances in total, including eight in the Champions League. Having progressed through all of Belgium's age groups - including captaining the Under-21s - Onana's progress saw him earn his senior cap against the Netherlands in June. "I think I can play any position in central midfield, whether it's a defensive midfielder or an eighth from box to box. That means wherever the manager needs me, I'll play there," Onana added. “I chose the number eight shirt because I'm a big Kobe Bryant fan. Onana made his international debut for Belgium against the Netherlands in June Everton director of football Kevin Thelwell said: "We are delighted to complete the signing of Amadou and dedicate him to Everton for his long-term future. “He is one of the most sought-after young midfielders in Europe for good reason and has many qualities that our squad will benefit from. Manager Lampard added: "Amadou is a player we really wanted to bring to Everton. He has a lot of great qualities to strengthen our midfield and at just 20 years old has huge potential to get even better. "I spoke to him about why Everton is the right club for him and we are all looking forward to him showing what he can bring to the team."


Tasha admits she slept with Andrew

Love Island's Tasha admitted she finally slept with boyfriend Andrew when the couple appeared at the series reunion on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

IslandLove Island's Tasha admitted she finally slept with boyfriend Andrew when the pair appeared at the series reunion on Sunday - as co-star Coco looked on awkwardly after sharing an intimate moment with Andrew during Casa Amor. Real estate agent Andrew caused controversy when he became very close with Coco while he was broken up with Tasha earlier in the series, but he and Tasha finished fourth in last week's finale after Andrew clarified his actions to Tasha. Referring to the Islanders' beauty salon code of conduct for sexual relations at the villa, presenter Laura Whitmore asked, "Has the salon been particularly busy since you got home?" She added to Tasha, "I wouldn't ask that but yours will Dad mentioned it there that it's open 24 hours, so I think I can ask that question." The dancer replied, "It's fair to say the full set is complete," to which an enthusiastic Laura asked, "Are you happy with your day at the spa?" Turning to Andrew, Laura asked, "Do you have the full one too Got treatment?” While Coco was not asked to comment as Laura chatted with Tasha and Andrew, she put on an awkward expression as she sat in the audience before applauding the pair after learning they had slept together. Love Island fans quickly took to Twitter to share their take on Tasha and Andrew's news. When asked why Coco wasn't more involved in the chat given her previous interactions with Andrew, one viewer tweeted, "Wait why didn't Coco ask questions to Tasha and Andrew during the section? Another fan remarked, "If this was an earlier season Coco would have sat on the sofa with Tasha and Andrew and made havoc! I love her #LoveIsland.' Meanwhile, not all fans were impressed with Laura's way of questioning, with some calling for her not to question the couple on private matters. One person wrote: "Why is Laura asking about Andrew and Tasha's salon business???? Mind your business baby #LoveIslandReunion. Another shared: "The worst question was asking Tasha and Andrew if the post villa salon is open. Ffs, they're not kids and we're not kids, we don't need those spasmodic questions about sex and all the giggling at the word #loveislandreunion #LoveIsland. Another viewer wrote, "Laura is obsessed with the salon talk Tasha and Andrew make such a cute couple she looks so gorgeous #LoveIsland #LoveIslandReunion." Laura asks Tasha and Andrew if the 'salon' is is very gross idk #LoveIsland,” wrote another fan. Tasha fumed last month after Coco revealed she had sexual contact with Andrew during Casa Amor, leading him to claim he forgot about the incident. Coco couldn't keep to himself that Andrew had told her he wanted to "ruin" her as he kissed her breast in the pool after she entered the main villa while his former partner Tasha was at Casa Amor. Tasha yelled at Andrew from the other side of the villa after learning of his actions, branding him a liar and telling him he screwed up. After telling Tasha what happened, Coco added: "A lot touching, a lot of things were said. When asked by Tasha if anything else happened, Coco continued, "After he sucked my tits and told me he wanted to ruin me? At the beach shack, Tasha said, "He showed me what he would be like in the outside world, and that's not what I'm here for... Coco later apologized to Tasha, saying, 'I feel like I kept that in.' I." don't want to cry but I feel guilty.' She was then seen taking Andrew aside to tell him that she had disclosed the situation to the group, to which he asked, "You told her everything?" Coco said, "It may have slipped out apologetically," to which Andrew replied, "It's fine, it is what it is." After Tasha pulled Andrew aside to confront him, he told her, "So Coco , obviously we kissed in bed or whatever. I didn't think there was much more to it but she was telling the guys that I kissed her tits or whatever, sucked her tits or whatever. "What do you mean you don't remember?!" asked a shocked Tasha. "A lot of shit went through my head," he told her. Earlier in the evening, Coco pulled Tasha into a girl-on-girl chat about what happened at Casa Amor. Of her time with Andrew, Coco told Tasha, "I don't think you would be happy with some of the things that were said or done." Did you kiss a lot? Coco replied: "He obviously only fed me bulls. He hugged and kissed me in the pool. It was just really intense for like a day.' However, Tasha and Andrew later put their differences aside after he apologized and they became close again before finishing fourth in last Monday's final.


Pique puts pressure on De Jong as Barcelona race against the clock

Barcelona are yet to register their five signings and two contract extensions ahead of this weekend's La Liga opener, but Gerard Pique has now agreed to a pay cut (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona are yet to register their five signings and two contract extensions ahead of this weekend's La Liga opener, but Gerard Pique has now agreed to a pay cut. Barcelona set to sell Frenkie de Jong this month Defender Gerard Pique faces a race against time to register signings and is increasing the pressure on Frenkie de Jong to do the same. The Catalan giants failed to register their five signings and two contract renewals with La Liga this summer and have been urged to scale back their financial spending. Meetings were held with Pique and Sergio Busquets last week to persuade them to cut their salaries. The Catalan club have a four-day deadline - as their La Liga season starts against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday - for a possible transfer of Netherlands international De Jong, with both Manchester United and Chelsea aspiring to a deal. While United have an initial fee with the Catalan club on a transfer that would reunite De Jong with his former Ajax boss Ten Hag, there is no definitive agreement on a move just yet. With negotiations on this transfer now stretching over three months, Chelsea have expressed an interest in exploring a move. The player's agents Ali Dursun and Hasan Centikaya met with Barca bosses on Wednesday last week and urged the Dutch midfielder to push for the payment of the monies owed to him. Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde have all joined Barca this summer but none will be available until La Liga tell them their contracts are viable with the club's financial situation. The same registration issue applies to Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, both of whom signed new deals after their previous deals expired. Who will De Jong play for this season - Barcelona, ​​Man Utd or Chelsea? Frenkie de Jong continues to be linked with a move to Man Utd and Chelsea Pique, and his agent Arturo Canales met with Barcelona club president Joan Laporta and sporting director Mateu Alemany at a chic restaurant in the Catalan capital to lay the groundwork for one agreed salary reduction. Last summer, Pique took a pay cut to allow then-new signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to register with La Liga, before Busquets and Jordi Alba accepted pay cuts to allow Sergio Aguero to register. In January, Samuel Umtiti accepted a pay cut - spread over a longer-term contract - to allow the club to sign Ferran Torres. Barcelona's board - led by club president Laporta - took some drastic steps to raise funds this summer by approving the sale of some of the club's key assets. However, this was still not enough to put the club in a sufficiently healthy economic situation ahead of the new season, which led to them selling a 25 per cent stake in Barça Studio to for a fee of around €100m . The combined sale of club assets raised the club €767m - and they had hoped to use those sales to register their new arrivals. That wasn't enough and Barca are now ready to sell up to 49 percent of Barcelona studios. De Jong recently liked an Instagram post criticizing Barcelona's treatment of him this summer as the club continue to make a string of high-profile signings while still owing him money under contract.


Yeremy Pino's price tag and Youri Tielemans' latest

Arsenal are still looking for recruits in midfield and higher up the pitch, despite having started the Premier League season in style with a win over Crystal Palace (Author: Gardener)

Yeremy Pino'sArsenal are still looking for recruits in midfield and higher up the pitch, despite having started the Premier League season in style with a win over Crystal Palace. It's been an exciting summer transfer window for Arsenal and their deal paid off on Friday night as they defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 to open the Premier League season in style. The good news for the Gunners continues and Edu have generated a healthy windfall by selling an absent midfielder in the form of Lucas Torreira. This could help fund a transfer for Leicester's Youri Tielemans, who remains the main midfield target for the north London club. Elsewhere, there is interesting news about Villarreal's youngster Yeremy Pino, who scored seven goals last season and is highly regarded in Spain. Without further ado, keep it here for the latest Emirati transfer news and gossip. That's all for today! Thank you for tuning in to another day of Arsenal live coverage here with Mirror Football. That's all the updates we have for you today, but we'll be back bright and early for more of this on Tuesday. See you soon! Arsenal have netted £5.9million from the sale of Lucas Torreira to Galatasaray, strengthening their coffers as they aim to get deals for Yeremy Pino and Youri Tielemans over the line with the Gunners throughout the summer. The reported interest in Pino is relatively new and, as previously claimed, it will cost over £50m to sign the winger. Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal on a permanent transfer to join Turkish giants Galatasaray, making 89 total appearances for the Gunners and was once considered the future of midfield before falling out of favor under Mikel Arteta. He spent the last two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina. and is now completing a permanent move from North London. Arsenal's forgotten goalkeeper Alex Runarsson is on loan to Turkish club Alanyaspor for the season, according to TuttoMercatoWeb, according to the Gunners since the 2020/21 season. At the age of 27, the shot-stopper seems unlikely to have a long-term future at the Emirates. Arsenal defender Gabriel declared that William Saliba is among the "best" defenders in the Premier League and gave a glowing review of his debutant team-mate. Saliba, 21, made his first competitive appearance for the Gunners in Friday night's impressive 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The France international assisted Gabriel at center-back while Benjamin White stepped in at right-back and helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet against the Eagles. It was the kind of commanding performance that proved Saliba is ready to flourish in England three years after arriving from £27million Saint-Etienne. Gunners fans have been patiently waiting to see the three-loan player in action and Gabriel summed up their jubilant mood with his comments on the youngster's debut. Arsenal's stadium is getting a facelift ahead of Saturday's Premier League home game against Leicester, footage shared on Twitter has shown. It remains to be seen how much work will be done at the Emirates, but fans will be delighted to see the steps being taken as the ground has looked increasingly worn in recent years. The Gunners take on the Foxes at 3 p.m. Some more details about Yeremy Pino and the Premier League clubs interested in him are starting to trickle out of the Spanish transfer rumor mill. AS claim the young winger, reportedly a target for Arsenal and Liverpool, has a €80m (£67.6m) release clause. The report adds that Pino is regarded as 'one of the jewels in the yellow crown' and sees Villarreal as the best place for him to continue his development. Arsenal centre-back Gabriel welcomed fellow defender William Saliba after making his long-awaited competitive debut for the Gunners. Saliba helped Mikel Arteta's side keep a clean sheet in Friday night's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. "He's very young, very promising and a very good player." Gabriel told Standard Sport about his 21-year-old team-mate. He has now started in the Premier League and was as good a 19-year-old winger for €60m (£51m). Arsenal Women to play second North London derby at Emirates Arsenal Women have announced they have already sold over 20,000 tickets for the North London derby against Tottenham on September 24th. It is the second time the game has been played at the Emirates Stadium and comes after England's Lionesses captured the nation's imagination with their run to Euro 2022. The Emirates will also host November's game against Manchester United and January's game against Chelsea, which are also Women's Super League fixtures. Norton-Cuffy 'not far away' from first-team Brooke Norton-Cuffy says he feels moved not far from Arsenal's first-team after a superb loan spell at Lincoln last season. As a representative As reported earlier (see 12:39pm), the 18-year-old right-back is said to have signed a new Arsenal contract and could be loaned to the Championship. However, Norton-Cuffy is aiming for a place in Mikel Arteta's squad. "It's impossible to tell how close you are," the England Under-19 international told Scouted Football. But I don't feel far from knocking on the door - let's put it that way. “When you see players that have gone all the way through Hale End it definitely gives you extra motivation because you can see yourself in that position. “Villarreal have received more than one interest in winger Yeremy Pino this summer, according to Spanish outlet AS. While no names are given, Arsenal are known to be looking to sign a new winger this summer. Pino, 19, reportedly has a €80million (£67million) release clause, but given Villarreal's negotiations for Tottenham's Giovani Lo Celso, could they be eager for some money?Nuno Tavares has had a great start in life Loan at Marseille and scored a stunning goal in the 4-1 win over Reims. The Arsenal loanee heaved back onto his weaker right foot and placed his shot in the bottom corner. And while fellow Arsenal player Folarin netted Balogun for the opposition, Marseille emerged as the clear winner, prompting midfielder - and former marksman - Matteo Guendouzi to congratulate Tavares on Twitter... Four wingers in picture Arsenal want a winger before the transfer window in September closes 1 - that much is clear. But who could they choose? Mirror Football played through four of the contenders: Cody Gakpo, Moussa Diaby, Leroy Sane and Pedro Neto. Gakpo and Diaby are known to be long-term targets for the Gunners, while Neto has admirers at the club - although Wolves are unlikely to want to sell. Then there's Sane, who was the subject of a surprise request from Arsenal last week. Youngster loaned out on new contract Brooke Norton-Cuffy has signed a new contract with Arsenal, according to The Athletic. The 18-year-old right-back had entered the final year of his current contract and attracted interest from elsewhere after a successful League One loan spell with Lincoln last season. his pals Marcelo Flores (Real Oviedo) and Omar Rekik (Sparta Rotterdam) on a loan deal, with Championship clubs interested. Former Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez is set to join Marseille after his contract with Inter Milan was terminated a year earlier. Sanchez's career has faltered Since leaving Arsenal in 2018, his stints at Manchester United and Inter have not been particularly exciting. The 33-year-old will join Gunners on loan Nuno Tavares and ex-midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in France. Arsenal will find it difficult to sign long-term transfer target Moussa Diaby this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Gunners have been looking to add a versatile winger to their roster all summer. They missed out on Raphinha, who joined Barcelona from Leeds, while PSV Eindhoven's Cody Gakpo remains a possibility. Diaby recently surfaced as another target, and Romano says he's been on Edu's radar for a long time. However, Bayer Leverkusen have no plans to sell the 23-year-old Frenchman this summer, which shows Newcastle's failure in negotiations.Gunners miss RuizArsenal target Fabian Ruiz is on the verge of a move from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain. According to reports in Italy, Ruiz has now agreed personal terms with PSG, meaning Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus stand little chance of hijacking the deal. That's still a possibility if they move fast, however, as PSG are offering just €20m plus €5m add-ons - an offer that's just under Napoli's asking price of €30m (£25m). So rumors abound Here's something concrete: Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are still working on transfers. "We'll try," Arteta said after the win at Crystal Palace. We're already in the middle of the season.” Torreira exit close to official capture Arsenal are making some progress in their efforts to sell their unwanted fringe players, with Lucas Torreira's move to Galatasaray close to being officially announced. Torreira is earmarked for a move throughout the summer and after many reports linking him with Italian clubs, he is now ready to join Turkish giants Galatasaray. The Uruguayan midfielder was photographed in Istanbul on Saturday with Dries Mertens, who joined from Napoli. Lucas Torreira was in Istanbul with Dries Mertens on Saturday. Arsenal have identified RC Lens midfielder Seko Fofana as an alternative to Youri Tielemans. Fofana has also been linked with AC Milan and Lens have responded by putting a £40m price tag on his head, which is considerably more than Arsenal would pay for the Premier League-proven Tielemans. Fofana recently admitted he could be open to a summer transfer. You can tell yourself you're staying or you're leaving, you don't really know." Arsenal and Newcastle are reportedly interested in Seko Fofana Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Neto as Wolves are close to winning Valencia- Signing striker Goncalo Guedes. The Gunners have long been linked with Neto, whose versatility and age make him the right profile for Mikel Arteta. Wolves have agreed a £27.5m deal for Guedes with Valencia and the move could encourage them to sell Neto. Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal despite his £60m asking price. Football Insider reports that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has given the green light for the transfer. Diaby, 23, has contributed 35 goals and 38 assists in 126 Leverkusen games and is seen as an alternative to PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo. Diaby has previously been of interest to Newcastle and has recently expressed his desire to stay in Germany for another season. He said: "I've made my decision and I'll be back for Bayer Leverkusen next season." Hello and welcome to another day of Arsenal transfer news. Keep this tab open throughout Monday for the latest Gunners news and rumours.


Tips for managing stress, mild anxiety and mild depression

I think it's safe to say that we are definitely living in uncertain times. From soaring food prices to high gas prices and rising costs everywhere in between, and many of us not only feel the hardship (no matter how we try to make ends meet), but we also feel more stressed […] (Author: Gardener)

I think it's safe to say that we are definitely living in uncertain times. From the rising cost of groceries to high gas prices and rising costs everywhere in between, and not only do many of us feel the hardship (no matter how we try to make ends meet), but we also feel more stressed, anxious, or depressed every day, what can make you feel unproductive, unmotivated, or lost. With all that said, I think it's very important that we take care of our mental health (just as it's very important to take care of our physical health), so I've found some simple tips that can help helped me deal with the daily stress (although I still have the odd day or two where I do just the bare minimum or nothing at all and that's okay but I don't allow myself to stay like that for long) that you put into your Integrate life TODAY to feel a little bit better (because you need to take care of yourself first before you can take care of family and life issues) and start feeling less stressed and more motivated and productive. So on to the tips, starting first thing in the morning... Get outside and get some fresh air first thing in the morning. Taking the time to do this can calm your troubled mind before moving on with the rest of your day. This way you will feel like you have accomplished something, which in turn might make you want to take care of other things that need your attention. Clean up your kitchen every night There is nothing like waking up and going to your kitchen to make coffee and your kitchen will be cleaned up from the night before. If you do this every night before bed, you won't wake up with anxiety because the kitchen needs to be cleaned up before your first cup of coffee. Check Your Calendar for the Next Day When you check your calendar for the next day, make a to-do list of things that need to be done so that you are prepared when you wake up in the morning. Also, keep a notepad and pen by your bedside to jot down random thoughts that can also keep you up at night. If You Need Professional Help Well, these tips are small things you can do to relieve some of the stress, anxiety, or mild depression you may be feeling, but if you think you need more professional help, do Please don't hesitate to get this!! If your health insurance covers mental health providers, you're in luck and should take advantage of them! If not, please see Better Help. This service offers licensed online mental health providers per state (therapy sessions cost between $90 and $120 per week and are billed every 4 weeks). If this service is not within your budget, you can use a free service (via SMS using your smartphone) called Crisis Text Line. It doesn't matter what you're dealing with or what situation you're in, if you need to speak, please consider using this free service. Dial 988 then press 1, live chat or text 838255. This service provides free and confidential assistance to all veterans (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and those who support them and you need to Not enrolled in VA or other healthcare benefits Use this free service. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). This service provides free and confidential support for people dealing with a suicidal crisis or emotional distress. I know this blog post is long, but I'm someone who has dealt with mental health issues for most of my adult life, and I believe that to this day, mental health is still something that's not really talked about and it is there simply aren't enough resources to access when it comes to taking care of our mental health. So if you're struggling with mild stress, anxiety, or low spirits, I hope the tips I've talked about will help you get back on track. But if you (or someone you know) need more help, I hope you'll consider using one of the available services I've mentioned in this post so you can keep your sanity in check with that You can live your life again and until Wednesday, be happy, healthy and beautiful! *I am not a mental health expert and the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own based on my experience of dealing with mental health issues for most of my life. Also, this blog post is not sponsored. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-TALK (8255), text “Help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741- 741 or go to If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-TALK (8255), text “Help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741- 741 or go to


Chelsea face a ticking time bomb despite the stability of experienced defenders

Chelsea face ticking time bomb despite stability of experienced defenders - A safe performance from Chelsea's 100-year-old defense at Goodison Park came with a warning from Thomas Tuchel that a 'new generation' is also needed (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaThe man of the match was the old man of the match. Thomas Tuchel was asked if Thiago Silva was the fittest player of his age he had ever managed. Silva was born in a season where Everton won the league, and not even the last. He is closer in age to Alan Shearer than Kai Havertz, closer in age to Jacob Rees-Mogg than Armando Broja. He is the timeless oldtimer. Two decades into his career, Silva seems to be Chelsea's rock of ages, or timeless rock. The victory at Goodison Park was credited by a back three with a combined age of 100 years. Chelsea spent the summer tying two players down for six years. A few days after signing a two-season deal that will see him on the brink of his 35th birthday, Cesar Azpilicueta returned to terrain where his mistake had resulted in defeat three months earlier and he was reassuring solid. Bought on a four-year deal, Kalidou Koulibaly made a promising debut, crowned by the incisive pass that resulted in Ben Chilwell earning the penalty for Jorginho's decision. The battle was between opposing forces, Everton's three young, quick and nimble wingers in attack versus Chelsea's back three. "Maybe it's a different age, there's a lot of experience and they have their quality and they know what they're doing," said Tuchel. Tuchel dropped a reference to Chelsea's pursuit of Wesley Fofana (Getty Images). Chelsea have prioritized short-termism in some of their defensive trades this summer but there has been a warning. "We also have to make sure that we can take over a new generation," said Tuchel. “The game is very physical and demands a lot. Azpi is the legend he is, Thiago is still very important for us at the moment and when we had the chance to sign Kalidou we did it because we think he has some years ahead of him but in general it's the fact that the goalkeeper and the six-six are in their thirties.” This is the 31st season of the Premier League and Edouard Mendy, Jorginho and N'Golo Kante, like the three centre-backs, were all born before its inception. The rest can feel like Chelsea's ticking time bomb. There could have been a change of identity with the £62million signing of Marc Cucurella, although the price tag defies logic and finding a place for him on the side requires either Koulibaly to move to the right of the back three, or Ben Chilwell on the bench is set. Silva and Azpilicueta remain an integral part of Chelsea's squad (Getty Images) Perhaps Tuchel gave a hint that Chelsea are pursuing Wesley Fofana for a fee that's still higher than Cucurella's and a player who's around 16 years old is younger than Silva. As he reflected on Antonio Rüdiger's departure, he certainly highlighted one of the German's greatest assets. "He's been at top speed for the last two seasons," he said. “Pace is an issue and speed is an issue. That's the claim of the game with all signings, that you can play one-on-one, that you can defend the area with high-speed runs if necessary.” Silva actually prevailed in a one-on-two on Saturday, cutting Demarai Grays Ball off when he should have sent Anthony Gordon on goal. Rather than defending one-on-one and serving as a sprinter in races, the veteran is instead the back-up, making it necessary to play three centre-backs when Tuchel ideally only wants two. Rüdiger was at times the youngest in the three-man chain last season, which shows how the question of succession was screwed up. Koulibaly made a safe debut at Goodison Park (Getty Images). Chelsea's chances of keeping Rudiger and Andreas Christensen vanished as they remained in limbo awaiting a new owner, but perhaps they should have agreed new deals with both sooner. They may regret their decision to sell Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi, the potential centre-back partnership for England at the 2026 World Cup, in 2021, and not just because they used the fees to fund Romelu Lukaku's signing. They've missed their younger centre-back goals this summer, whether it's Jules Kounde or Matthijs de Ligt. They could have been perfectly positioned for much of the 2020s, with a contingent built around academy products Guehi, Tomori and Christensen, complemented by quality signings with longevity. But while younger centre-backs have struggled to oust Silva, opposing strikers have found it just as difficult to defeat him as he repels both forwards and forwards.


Torreira agrees terms with Galatasaray

All the latest Arsenal transfer news, rumors and gossip... (Author: Gardener)

GalatasarayArsenal transfer news, rumors and gossip round-up in the 2022 summer window. Arteta on more signings: We'll try Following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the opening day of the 2022/23 Premier League season, Mikel Arteta revealed that the club are still hoping to make more signings before the transfer window closes. He told Sky Sports: "We'll try. Fulham have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Arsenal on a three-year deal worth up to £8million. Arsenal have announced that left-back Nuno Tavares will join Marseille for a season The left-back joined the Gunners from Benfica last summer and made 28 appearances last season. Mikel Arteta signed Oleksandr Zinchenko to compete with Kieran Tierney at left-back this summer The club are on the verge of sacking 11 players who did not travel around the United States on the club's pre-season tour, The Sun reports. First-team regulars Hector Bellerin, Nicolas Pepe, Pablo Mari, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are there Arsenal technical director Edu said there was "much to do" for the club in the transfer market do” give. The Gunners signed Porto's Fabio Vieira before signing Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus and this week Oleksandr Zinchenko became Mikel Arteta's latest high-profile signing. Edu said: "There's still work to be done, we're in the middle of the transfer window and it can happen. Arsenal sign Zinchenko from Manchester City for £32m Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko for £32m The Gunners have paid £30m upfront, with £2m in fringe benefits, with the Ukraine international on a long-term contract at the Emirates signed. Coached by Mikel Arteta during Arsenal's tenure as assistant to Man City manager Pep Guardiola, the 25-year-old can fill a variety of positions including left-back and central midfield. It's understood that Arteta is excited at the prospect of working with Zinchenko again and appreciates his versatility as a player. Arteta: New Saka deal 'A matter of time' Mikel Arteta has hinted that Bukayo Saka is close to agreeing a new deal at Arsenal after the England winger scored in the 2-0 win over Everton in pre-season Arteta was asked if he would like to keep Saka beyond his current contract which expires in 2024. A rteta said: “We will try and we both have the same intention and it is a matter of time.” Youri Tielemans – Arsenal has got a boost in the pursuit of Youri Tielemans as Leicester City look to replace their sought-after midfielder with Lyon Houssem Aouar (Daily Mail 6 August) Leicester are expecting Arsenal to move to Tielemans but have no offers for the Belgian just yet Midfielder retained (Guardian, 2 August); Arsenal may now explore the idea of ​​using Bernd Leno as an emergency weight to lure midfielder Tielemans away from Leicester before the F window to close later this summer (Daily Mirror, July 28); Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in the Leicester midfielder and are confident £30m will be enough to secure the Belgium international's signature (The Sun, July 6); Arsenal's alleged interest in Tielemans has waned and now Manchester United have been placed on "high alert" over their unclear future (Daily Star Sunday 3 July). Victor Osimhen - Arsenal target Osimhen has revealed he will remain at Napoli despite transfer rumors keeping him away from the club (The Sun, July 27) Lucas Paqueta - Arsenal have admitted they are interested in attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta but said there were no current talks with Lyon about the Brazil international (The Times, July 25); Arsenal's hopes of signing Lyon star Lucas Paqueta have received a huge boost as the Ligue 1 side dropped their overblown claims (Daily Mirror, July 19); Arsenal have moved away from Houssem Aouar but one of his Lyon team-mates is of interest this summer. The Gunners, along with Newcastle and Roma, are chasing Lyon player Lucas Paqueta (Daily Mirror, July 14); Paqueta is yet to enter into negotiations with Arsenal but would be open to a Premier League move (Daily Mirror; July 13); Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed offers have been received for Paqueta, with the Brazil international being targeted by Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Newcastle United (Daily Express, July 11). Thomas Muller - The Germany international spared no time in denying Arsenal ties after Bayern Munich's 6-2 pre-season win over Wayne Rooney's DC United (Daily Mail, July 22). Arthur - Arsenal will soon make an offer for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, according to reports (Daily Express, July 21); Arsenal had an opportunity to secure long-term target Arthur's signature this summer (Daily Express, July 20); Arsenal are closely following developments with Juventus midfielder Arthur potentially eligible for a loan move (Daily Mail, July 19). Edmond Tapsoba - Arsenal are set to rekindle their interest in Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba amid uncertainty over William Saliba's future at the club (Daily Express, July 16). Kyle Walker-Peters - Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Walker-Peters (The Sun, July 13). Alex Grimaldo - Arsenal have reportedly backed Manchester City in the race to sign Benfica's Alex Grimaldo (The Sun, July 28); Arsenal have reportedly made a £6.4million offer for the Benfica left-back, with negotiations ongoing with the Portuguese club, according to reports (Daily Express, July 11); Grimaldo remains on Arsenal's radar and could be available for a reduced £6million price when his contract expires (The Sun; July 7). So on Sunday, July 3rd). Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - Arsenal are reportedly set to pay £55m for the Lazio midfielder (Daily Express, July 6). Transfer center LIVE!Paper TalkSummer transfer window datesArteta: We have a big squad, it has to happen Zinchenko is Arsenal's fifth recruit of the summer after losing Gabriel Jesus (£45m), Fabio Vieira (£34m) and Matt Turner (7, 5 million pounds) committed. and Marquinhos (£3m), while Alexandre Lacazette remains the only first-team departure. After a 3-1 win over Orlando City during the Gunners' pre-season tour of the United States, Arteta said, “We have a great roster. Latest players linked with Arsenal exit Lucas Torreira – Arsenal's Lucas Torreira has reached an agreement to join Turkish side Galatasaray on personal terms (Mail on Sunday, August 7); the Uruguay international has agreed to join Galatasaray, who will pay Arsenal between £5m and £6m (Fabrizio Romano, August 5); Arsenal are on the verge of selling Torreira to Galatasaray and making their long-awaited departure from the club (Daily Mirror, 2 August) Nicolas Pepe - Arsenal are set to sack eight players, including record-breaking new signing Nicolas Pepe, in order to play for their summer signature Paying Spree (The Sun, 4 August) Leeds are reportedly keen (The Sun, 16 July) to sign Nicolas Pepe to replace Raphinha, while Arsenal are aiming to sack seven more players, including the record-breaking new signing Pepe and former first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno to fund more moves in t The transfer market this summer. (The Sun; July 7) Arsenal are struggling to find a buyer for Pepe, who has signed the club-record £72million, and may have to allow him out on loan despite reportedly lowering his asking price by £25million (The Sun on Sunday 3 July). Bernd Leno - Fulham have agreed with Arsenal to sign Bernd Leno for a fee of around £8m (The Athletic, August 1); Bernd Leno is close to completing his protracted £8m move to Fulham after Arsenal dropped their £12m price tag for the goalkeeper (Daily Mail, July 26). William Saliba - Marseille are reportedly becoming more optimistic that they can complete a move for William Saliba, although Mikel Arteta has made it clear that the defender is part of his plans at Arsenal (L'Equipe, July 29); Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille are looking to sign William Saliba on a permanent basis, with the player set to seek a permanent transfer this summer if he is not guaranteed a place at Arsenal (The Independent, July 16); Arsenal intend to keep Saliba at the club next season and hope to tie the defender to a new contract (Daily Mirror, July 1). Nuno Tavares - Arsenal have agreed to loan Nuno Tavares to Marseille for this season (The Guardian, July 29); Atalanta are confident of securing a loan deal for Nuno Tavares with Arsenal but would like a permanent option included (The Times, July 25). Tavares will reportedly turn down a loan move to Marseille this summer as Arsenal are keen to sign the defender before the transfer window closes (Daily Mirror, July 19). Pablo Mari - Arsenal centre-back Pablo Mari could join Fenerbahce as the defender is keen to reunite with boss Jorge Jesus (The Sun, July 28); Mari has become a target for Turkish club Fenerbahce - with the defender not part of Mikel Arteta's plans this season (The Sun, July 17). Numerous – Arsenal face selling fees after flogging Omari Hutchinson and Matteo Guendouzi, reportedly (The Sun, July 28); Mikel Arteta has admitted he will have to sack a number of Arsenal players to bring his squad to a reasonable size ahead of the new season - with up to eight players to face the axe (Daily Mirror, July 22). Arthur Okonkwo - Arsenal goalkeeper Okonkwo will join Crewe Alexandra on a season-long loan (Fabrizio Romano, July 29). Gabriel Magalhaes - Juventus are reportedly planning a blockbuster bid for Arsenal centre-back Gabriel as they desperately try to land the Brazilian (Daily Mail, July 15); Juventus consider Arsenal ace Gabriel as possible replacement for Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt (The Sun, July 5); Arsenal are poised for increased interest in Juventus' Gabriel should the Turin club sell De Ligt to the Gunners' London rivals Chelsea (Daily Mirror, July 2); Gabriel remains a target for Juventus but Arsenal remain unlikely to sell the defender this summer (Daily Mirror, July 1). Omari Hutchinson - Arsenal youngster Omari Hutchinson is reportedly close to a move to Chelsea (Daily Mirror 16 July) Hector Bellerin - Real Betis' Borja Iglesias has revealed that Bellerin wants to return to the Spanish club and joked that he has a crowdfunding would launch to secure the arsenal right back (The Sun, July 23); Question marks remain over Bellerin's Arsenal future after he returned to training with the Premier League club on Thursday. Atletico Madrid and AS Roma are interested in Bellerin but he would prefer a return to Real Betis after a successful loan in 2021/22 (Daily Star, July 1). Bukayo Saka - Arsenal have offered Saka a new long-term deal that would make him one of the club's highest-paid players (Daily Mail, July 23); Arsenal are set to speed up their attempts to tie Saka to a new contract amid fears Man City see their youngster as Raheem Sterling's dream replacement (Daily Mail, July 16). Eddie Nketiah has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, with the striker receiving Thierry Henry's iconic No 14 shirt in the process. Nketiah believes he can play alongside new signing from Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus (The Athletic, July 22). Mohamed Elneny has signed a new one-year contract with Arsenal, keeping him at the club until next summer (25 May). Arsenal signings confirmedArsenial departures confirmedFollow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports Who will be on the road this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1? Keep up to date with the latest transfer news and rumors on our dedicated Transfer Center blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms.


Emma Raducanu's struggles before defending her title at the US Open

Emma Raducanu's struggles before defending her title at the US Open (Author: Gardener)

Emma Raducanu'sEmma Raducanu's loss to world No. 60 at the Citi Open rounded off another disappointing week for the US Open champion. So how can the Brit get her season going again ahead of her Grand Slam title defense in New York? Raducanu's loss to world no. Liudmila Samsonova in Washington DC was just her most recent loss to much lower-ranked players. Despite a brilliant start, the 19-year-old gambled away a 5-2 lead in the first set tiebreak, losing 8-6 – and then things started to get out of hand. Flawful groundstrokes and inconsistent serve cost Raducanu the second set 6-1. With just 22 days to go before the US Open, where she will defend her title, Britain's No. 1 tennis player - and the 10th best tennis player in the world on paper - has plenty of problems to deal with solve. Last September in New York she beat five top 50 opponents on her way to the title. A 6-4, 6-4 loss to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek showed Raducanu can compete with the best and it's not their overall performance that's in question. Since New York, however, she has played in 16 tournaments and has been knocked out 14 times by a lower-ranked player. Emma Raducanu - What Emma Raducanu needs to do next as troubles mount for injured US Open champion - EPA Emma Raducanu - What Emma Raducanu needs to do next as troubles mount for injured US Open champion - EPA Despite her age, questions are beginning to be asked of Raducanu's endurance. During her run at the US Open, she beat 10 opponents in 17 days without dropping a set. Of the 19 lower-level pro tournaments she played leading up to 2021, Raducanu has retired from four. Since winning the US Open, she has retired from three of her 29 matches. In three-set matches, she has lost six straight out of ten and retired injured in another. The Citi Open in Washington DC saw the return of blisters. A blister on her racquet hand hampered her efforts at the Australian Open earlier in the year, while a blister on her right foot hampered her movement during her straight-set loss to Marketa Vondrousova in the Billie Jean King Cup in April. Managing the load on her right hand ahead of New York will be crucial. She has since hired and fired two other coaches and is now "temporarily" working with Dmitry Tursunov - a former player who helped Russia to Davis Cup glory in 2006. Raducanu is now at the center of a political maelstrom after it surfaced Tursunov appeared barred from entering Britain this summer while he was coaching world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit. Telegraph Sport has been told that any Russian or Belarusian coach attending Wimbledon and warm-up events in the UK must sign a statement denouncing the government-guided invasion of Ukraine. Tursunov, who appears not to have commented publicly on the invasion, parted ways with Konveit at the start of the UK grass season. Raducanu travels to Canada for the National Bank Open in Toronto followed by the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Then it's the US Open, which starts on August 29th. The ranking system runs on a rolling 12-month basis and means New York will drop 2,040 points from Raducanu's total, with 2,000 of that coming from her US Open win. Currently, Raducanu has just 2,772 points, losing 2,040 of those would see her drop to just 732 ranking points. That would put her in 85th place in the world in the current rankings – level with her compatriot Harriet Dart. "There's no pressure," she said in June. If anything, the pressure is on those who haven't.”


Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus shine

Gabriel Martinelli's header and a Marc Guehi own goal gave Arsenal victory at Crystal Palace but it was the performances of William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus that will have fans dreaming as Gary Neville compares Saliba to a young Rio Ferdinand.. . (Author: Gardener)

William SalibaArsenal justified the pre-season excitement over their potential improvement with a deserved 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Two signings and a long-awaited Premier League debut will only add to the excitement. Arsenal's summer appears to have been an exercise in increasing the pressure. A late season slip that allowed their rivals to secure Champions League football ahead of them was followed by a documentary chronicling in detail how those events played out. Throw in transfer spending of over £100m which seems to have addressed key weaknesses. Add to that an impressive pre-season form that included victories over Chelsea and Sevilla. That mix left Arsenal supporters hoping for much, much more. Arsenal started strong and proved too quick and skillful for a Palace side that should look sluggish by comparison. When the pressure came in the second half, they held on before scoring a second goal. This is the second straight season that the Gunners have started their Premier League season under the Friday night lights. More recently, an even more emphatic defeat was inflicted on Arsenal's last trip to Selhurst Park in April. Mikel Arteta's side missed a chance to move up to fourth place in the table with a game in hand, ahead of Tottenham. "It's time to accept the criticism, raise your hand and apologize because this performance wasn't good enough for this club," Arteta said at the time. Seven of the starting line-ups for that game were the same, but it's the identities of the newcomers that helped change the mood. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus have an obvious pedigree as Premier League champions. “We come here full of optimism. The signings have brought more energy, quality, leadership and knowledge of how to win football games," Aaron Ramsdale told Sky Sports ahead of time. Winning transfer windows and winning games are obviously not the same, but the signings of City and returning Saliba all played a crucial part in that win. It's already clear that they can help Arsenal become a better team this time around. The left-back was a problem position for Arsenal last season due to Kieran Tierney's fitness problems. In fact, the Ukraine international could change Arsenal's build-up game a little more as he is no ordinary left-back. His penchant for coming inside to control possession was a trait of his game at Manchester City and there were signs of it here too. "It's really interesting to watch Zinchenko," said Jamie Carragher, covering the game for Sky Sports at Selhurst Park. "He takes the positions inside that he had at Man City. There's a great mix in his game." It was Zinchenko's positioning that led to the opening goal. Ben White's decision to go to the edge of the box for an attacking corner distracted Wilfried Zaha and gave Zinchenko the space to head the ball to Martinelli, who scored from close range. Martinelli should have scored by then, but that chance was all about Jesus' brilliance. The fourth minute play embodied his game - he recovered the ball high up on the pitch before wriggling free to create the chance. Jesus was electric and his movement off the ball seems to make everyone around him better. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette lacked this willingness to run without the ball at times last season. "It's what he'll bring to this team, which they didn't have last season," said Carragher. He looks like he has something to prove. Every time he puts the ball around the box it looks like something is going to happen and he didn't disappoint with a commanding performance in difficult circumstances. Pushed to right-back to accommodate the France international, Ben White struggled to contain Zaha. But when White was beaten, there was Saliba. His inside tackle early in the second half was expertly timed and absolutely essential. When the ball had to be headed away, he was there. No Arsenal player has made as many clarifications as he has. "He was very impressive," Carragher said. "Even before you see him play, he looks like a player, he looks like that. They're just looking for signs of that and at such a young age how he's handled that second half, helping Ben White and balls into the box a couple of times. He had to be good as Palace didn't take it easy and pressed hard for the equalizer before Marc Guehi's unfortunate own goal. Arsenal survived all of that. Another encouraging sign. And so, Arteta's words leading up to the game proved prophetic. "We're much closer now," he told Sky Sports. "The most important thing for young players in general is to play football," Gary Neville told Sky Sports. "We see a lot of players getting stuck between the first team and the reserves and they don't get football." Saliba has football in him and I was very impressed with him. At 21, he's still such a young central defender. “Crystal Palace away, that's a tough away game in the Premier League because they throw everything at you. The strikers at Palace challenge you one on one, they drive at you all the time and they never give you a moment's rest.” It's a big night for Saliba who makes his debut with such a strong performance. "The goal conceded, which came in that second half when Arsenal were perhaps not at their best for that part of the game, was the nicest thing for Mikel Arteta tonight." "It was tough but we're happy to win today," Saliba said after his performance as Sky Sports' man-of-the-match. "We conceded a few chances but we were strong and solid. "It's the first game. We knew it was going to be tough here so we stayed compact and strong and that's good for the team. It's important to win for confidence.” After signing for Arsenal in 2019, Saliba was loaned back to Saint-Etienne and has since had two more seasons in his native France, most recently at Marseille last season. “I've waited a long time for this moment and I'm happy to start my first game with a win and a goal. "It helped me to spend two years on loan in France because I'm young and I have to play. Now I'm back and I hope we can have a good season."