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Sunderland boss 'not impressed' with shisha photo

Moyes is a not a fan of the shisha pipe. Credit: PA

Sunderland boss David Moyes is "not impressed" after defender Patrick van Aanholt was photographed apparently smoking a shisha pipe.

The 26-year-old Dutchman woke on Friday morning to see the pictures in a national newspaper just days after he was withdrawn from the team to face Tottenham because of a heart scare.

Moyes was less than impressed and has spoken to the player about his off-the-field activities, and while the incident took place during the closed-season, he is not expecting a repeat.

The Scot said: "I don't expect a player to do that, I don't expect a player playing for me to do that. I have had a word with him. I am not impressed.

"But I have got to also say it's a picture that comes out maybe six weeks ago, it was in his off-time, it wasn't during the season.

"But just let me make sure, in no way do I condone it at all. I think it's a bad thing for us to show our younger children and for supporters who follow the players. I don't think it's a good thing, I don't think it's a good thing at all."


Man City confirm Kompany has suffered a groin injury

Kompany has been plagued by injury problems since joining Man City. Credit: PA

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is facing another lay-off after the club confirmed the Belgian has suffered a groin injury.

Kompany felt pain late in Wednesday's EFL Cup third-round win at Swansea, which had been his first appearance of the season, and left the field moments before full-time.

The club are still to learn the full extent of the problem and no date has been put on the 30-year-old's potential return.

There is some good news in that the injury is not connected to the calf complaints which blighted Kompany's 2015-16 campaign, but it is the latest in a long line of setbacks to have hampered his career.

The influential centre-back has now suffered 34 injuries since joining City in 2008.

His most recent absence came after he sustained a thigh injury in the Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid in May. He missed the final two games of last season and the first eight of the new campaign.

Stats: Alexis Sanchez on fire for Arsenal in 2016/17

Sanchez has started the season on fire for the Gunners. Credit: Oulala

Ahead of Saturday's London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea, Oulala have highlighted just how important Alexis Sanchez has been to the Gunners this season.

Already the main source of inspiration for Arsene Wenger's side, the former Barcelona forward has upped his performances in the Premier League even further this season.

After five league appearances, Sanchez has a better pass completion, take-on success rate, shot accuracy, conversion rate, minutes-per-goal and minutes-per-goal or assist rate than he had in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Captain John Terry ruled out of Chelsea trip to Arsenal

John Terry will remain sidelined for Chelsea's Premier League fixture with Arsenal after failing to recover in time from an ankle injury.

Terry has not recovered in time to play Arsenal. Credit: PA

The captain and central defender's absence due to an ankle injury proved significant last Friday against Liverpool when they suffered their first defeat of the season.

Terry has also been crucial in Chelsea being undefeated against Arsenal in their past nine league meetings and instrumental in them not conceding during the last six of those.

Arsenal's poor run against their rivals means Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be expected to inspire a reaction after losing to Liverpool.

There had been reports that Terry, who suffered the injury in the draw at Swansea on September 11, but Blues boss Antonio Conte said:

John hasn't recovered from his injury. He's working, working, but he hasn't recovered for the game against Arsenal. I don't know (when he will be back). In this case it's important what the player feels, the pain he feels.

It's normal (that Terry wants to play). In the team and the squad we have three central defenders. It's normal to make a choice. It's normal when you are in a team like Chelsea to have this problem, but I don't see any problem in this situation.

– Chelsea manager Antonio Conte


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