Comment Mertens was annoyed Napoli were beaten by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at Napoli ensured they booked their place in the semi-final as Unai Emery aims to win his fourth Europa League.The Gunners take on Valencia in the final four and could qualify for the Champions League if they win the tournament.Chelsea too remain in the competition after beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge.The Blues won the tie 5-3 on aggregate and will face German side Eintracht Frankfurt after they knocked out Benfica.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Napoli were comfortably beaten by Arsenal over two legs (Picture: Getty)Dries Mertens believes Napoli failed to take their chances against an Arsenal side that is ‘not that good’.Arsenal dumped Napoli out of the Europa League on Thursday night thanks to a 1-0 win in Naples courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half freekick.Napoli created opportunities in both legs of the quarter-final tie and Mertens revealed that at half-time his team were convinced they could punish Arsenal.‘The first 10-15 minutes, we had a few chances to score and that would’ve changed everything,’ Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryFriday 19 Apr 2019 7:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link684Shares Dries Mertens bemoans missed chances against ‘not that good’ Arsenal Lacazette’s impressive free-kick gave Arsenal a win at Napoli (Picture: Getty)‘We conceded a goal and our heads dropped. We said in the locker room that we still believed, because Arsenal aren’t that good.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There isn’t a real gap between us. We got it very wrong at the Emirates and that ruined everything.‘We weren’t well set out, Arsenal took advantage and we tried everything to make up for it, but they defended well.’ Advertisement Advertisement
PFA Team of the Year revealed: Eden Hazard misses out but Paul Pogba gets picked Paul Pogba was the only non-Liverpool or Man City player to make the PFA Team of the YearPogba would be a surprise inclusion for many as his he struggled for form during the first half of the season under Jose Mourinho, although his performances drastically improved following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford in December.However, Pogba’s form has dipped once again in the last few weeks as United have slipped up in the top-four race with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.After United’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday evening, Pogba apologised to fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking before the Manchester derby, ex-Manchester United captain slammed Pogba and called him a ‘big problem’ for Solskjaer.‘The guy is a talented boy, but we’re saying the same things over and over again,’ said Keane.‘The number of times I’ve seen him in games where he’s not sprinting back or running back. He’s talking about body language, throwing his arms up in the air, he’s a big problem for United.‘I don’t know what he’s like around the training ground or when they travel, but he mentioned body language and pride, I don’t see it, I don’t see it in his performances. And my eyes don’t lie to me.‘I’m not disagreeing he’s a talented player, but you need more than just talent. We talk about the real top players, the great players, they make their team better and they make their teammates better. He doesn’t do that. He plays for himself.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Paul Pogba made the PFA Team of the Year but Eden Hazard missed out (Getty)Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been named in the PFA Team of the Year but Chelsea’s Eden Hazard misses out in a side which is dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City players.The team is set to be revealed on Thursday and is voted for by players in the Premier League.Four Liverpool players have made the cut, including Virgil van Dijk who has won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year ahead of Raheem Sterling.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second successive season, while Bernardo Silva is also included after his brilliant season for the Premier League champions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHazard, meanwhile, misses out for the second year running despite being on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Apr 2019 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement
Mesut Ozil will be the subject of discussions between Arsenal and DC United (Picture: Getty Images)DC United are set to hold talks with Arsenal over a possible move for Mesut Ozil as the MLS side look for a replacement for Wayne Rooney.The former England captain is set to leave America in January, taking up a player-coach role at Championship side Derby County.The Washington side are looking for a big name replacement to replace Rooney and Ozil has been identified as a possible contender.The Mirror reports that representatives from the Premier League and MLS outfits will meet in Washington next week for the first stage of discussions over a potential deal.However, Ozil’s enormous £350,000-a-week wages may prove prohibitive to any deal taking him to DC United, or any other club.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityRooney reportedly only earned around £85,000-a-week in Washington, so it is far from a straight swap to replace his wages with Ozil’s.The Germany international is contracted at Arsenal until 2021, so would still have 18 months left on his contract at the Emirates when DC would be looking to do a deal in January 2020, when Rooney departs.Ozil is unlikely to accept an enormous wage decrease to move to America with a year-and-a-half left on his contract in north London.Also being considered by the MLS outfit is former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, who is currently without a club.The Italian left Marseille at the end of last season but is yet to find a new team, despite scoring eight goals in just 12 appearances for his last club.The latest reports on Balotelli’s future suggest that he has been in talks with Brazilian side Flamengo, with the club’s president saying have been positive.‘Balotelli is a great player,’ Rodolfo Landim told Ferj via Globo Esporte. ‘During the period that Marcos Braz and Bruno Spindel were doing their trip [in Europe], they came into contact with Balotelli, who showed a real interest in playing at Flamengo and said he would like to.‘It has been nothing beyond that so far. It was a quick talk they had, that’s what they told me.’MORE: Arsenal remain focused on signing centre-back amid Philippe Coutinho speculationMORE: Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona Arsenal and DC United to meet over potential Mesut Ozil move to MLS Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 10:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Advertisement
Pollen + Grace Mango and Tumeric Chia PotLaunched: November 2017Manufacturer: Pollen + GraceRSP: £3.99To keep up with all the plant-based innovations hitting shelves, this trendy granola pot got a makeover to switch the honey out for vegan alternative, rice malt syrup. The pot is also now “a little crunchier” and lower in fructose to aid digestion and maintain good gut health, according to the brand. Available from Simply Fresh, Planet Organic, Selfridges and As Nature Intended. Sugar, new flavours and on the go: breakfast cereals category report 2018 Mornflake Scottish Superfast OatsLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: MornflakeRSP: £1.29/600gWith porridge to thank for the solid performance of hot cereals, Mornflake has added to its Superfast range of porridge oats with a Scottish offering. Exclusively grown, milled and packed in Scotland, the oats are cut into three before being rolled so they absorb water and milk quicker and cooking time is reduced. Special K Protein cereal barsLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: Kellogg’sRSP: £2.99/4 pack or 89p eachWith protein and nut butters trending in cereals, Kellogg’s has expanded its Special K brand into protein bars as part of what it calls its ‘better-for-you’ snack offering. The bars are made of plant-based ingredients and feature blackcurrant, pumpkin seeds and almond butter with 124 calories and 14% protein per bar. Huel GranolaLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: HuelRSP: £4.75/420gAvailable in two variants, Original and Berry, the NPD was “the world’s first nutritionally complete cereal” claimed Huel, meaning it contained “all the proteins, carbs and fats you need”. Huel Granola’s launch came because “breakfast isn’t what it used to be” said the brand. “Today, people demand a healthy alternative to sugar-laden options on the shelves.” According to our latest category report, supermarkets have sold 14 fewer tonnes of cereal in the last year but brands can improve their chances of survival by making the most of demand for healthy options, new flavours and on the go formats. Here’s our pick of the most innovative breakfast options arriving in stores.,Moma Almond Butter & Salted Caramel SachetsLaunched: February 2018Manufacturer: MomaRSP: £2.99/5-packBritish porridge brand Moma’s new almond butter & salted caramel flavour porridge pots proved so successful following launch in Tesco in October that the brand is putting the flavour into sachets. Boxes of five ‘speedy sachets’ of the gluten and dairy-free porridge will hit Tesco on 15 February, the first of “plenty” of NPD the brand plans in 2018. Moma says brand value sales are up 144% year on year thanks to more shoppers buying into Moma and buying more when they do. Weetabix Additions Red BerriesLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: WeetabixRSP: £2.99/24 biscuitsWeetabix is adding to its Weetabix Additions range of fruit-enhanced wheat biscuits, first launched a year ago, with a new red berries flavour. The new variant joins Apple & Raisin and Coconut & Raisin Weetabix Additions, which are high in fibre, low in salt and fortified with vitamins and minerals. Rude Health Puffed SpeltLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: Rude HealthRSP: £1.79/125gPuffed spelt is the latest addition to Rude Health’s breakfast offering, featuring 100% spelt and nothing else. With no added salt the ancient whole grain is high in fibre and serving suggestions include doused in milk, sprinkled over a smoothie or straight from the box. Puffed spelt is Rude Health’s second breakfast launch so far in 2018: Naked Barley Porridge, the brand’s ‘raunchiest’ launch yet, contains 100% naked. barley flakes. The puffed spelt is available through Waitrose and Ocado and the naked barley porridge is available through Ocado and Wholefoods. Deliciously Ella Oat BarsLaunched: September 2017Manufacturer: Deliciously EllaRSP: 99p/50g or £2.75/3 packAfter entering the breakfast market with a three-strong range of granola and muesli in July 2017 food writer and Instagram star Ella Mills aka Deliciously Ella is back with an oat bar range. Packed with fruit, oats and fibre the three-strong range of bars come in cacao & almond, apricot & coconut and apple, raisin & cinnamon flavours. Exclusive to Tesco, the bars are all gluten free and vegan friendly. Ella, who runs Deliciously Ella with her business partner husband Matthew Mills, says the breakfast range was created following the success of recipes on her blog, app and books. Lizi’s Adventurers GranolaLaunched: November 2017Manufacturer: Lizi’s GranolaRSP: £3.69/400gAimed at kids aged five to 13-years-old Lizi’s Adventurers Granola comes in strawberry and banana flavours and is designed to appeal to parents looking for lower sugar breakfast options for their kids. With 10g of fibre per 100g and just 3.5g of sugar per 30g serving the granola promises to keep kids fuller for longer. The brand is partnering with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in an on-pack promotion encouraging parents to visit the brand’s website for a chance for a chance to win a Bear Grylls Survival Academy experience for themselves. The NPD launched in Waitrose and will roll out to other major retailers at the end of January Troo GranolaLaunched: November 2017Manufacturer: TrooFoodsRSP: £4.49/350gDubbed ‘probably the healthiest granola in the world’ Troo Granola contains less than 3% sugar, the same amount of protein as an egg and 25% of the recommended daily dose of fibre per serving. A blend of British jumbo oats, nuts and seeds the granola () is sweetened with the chicory root fibre inulin and comes in super seedy, chocolate and nicely nutty flavours. The brand is one of the first cereals to be packaged in 100% compostable, recyclable and plastic free pouches and stockists include Planet Organic and Harvey Nichols. The brand will enter Ocado in March.
Source: FunkinFunkin ‘Nitro’ CocktailsRTD stalwart Funkin has added a new range of ‘nitro cocktails’ that are infused with nitrogen – which it claims gives them a ‘smooth finish’. It covers four supremely trendy cocktails (all 5% abv): Espresso Martini, Passion Fruit Martini, Amaretto Sour and Gin Fizz, due to hit Asda and Sainsbury’s in the lead-up to summer (rsp: £2.29/200ml).The brand says it wants to “deliver bar-quality serves in a convenient format” as Brits’ love of posh cocktails surges.And it certainly isn’t the only one investing in improving the ‘experiential’ element of its RTDs: Pernod Ricard claims its Kahlúa Espresso Martini cans, which rolled out last August, were the first to utilise nitrogen in this way.In any case, given the traction upmarket RTDs have gained over the past year, we wouldn’t be surprised to see further investment from big brands into making on-the-go boozing feel a bit more special. It will roll out from 29 April (rsp: £39/70cl). Alternatively, it is already available for pre-order on Amazon, making it the latest in a series of Diageo releases to offer first dibs through the online giant. Source: The UncommonThe UncommonIt wouldn’t be a Grocer NPD roundup without some canned wine. The Uncommon was the first English wine brand to launch into the format when it made its debut last year, and it has now unveiled its second vintage, with a “bubbly” white and new rosé variant.The brand is unashamedly upmarket (the duo are launching exclusively into Selfridges at £4.99 and £5.99 respectively for a month before rolling into Waitrose from 20 May) and sells itself firmly on its sustainability credentials: the cans are 100% recyclable and lightweight, which it claims delivers “a carbon footprint that’s 80% lighter than glass and a solution to help combat oceanic wine wastage in the UK” – with the added bonus that less packaging means they chill faster for on-the-go consumption.Elsewhere, this month saw the entrance of Barefoot into the canned wine market. That the E&J Gallo brand (currently the UK’s second-biggest wine brand) has taken such a punt on the format is a likely indicator of things to come.And the timing is just right: wine has, for some time now, been the problem child of BWS, with volumes beginning to turn downwards and value sales kept in the black by price increases and premiumisation alone. Wine is long overdue some genuine innovation. Watch this space. Source: Hinch DistilleryHinch DistilleryJameson may still absolutely dominate the Irish whiskey market, but past years have seen a steady trickle of fledgling craft brands begin to make headway.The latest, Hinch Distillery, has just signed a distribution deal with Marussia Beverages UK, which will see its drinks become available to the UK on and off-trade for the first time.Its range includes five whiskeys, including 5yo and 10yo variants, aged in a variety of casks and one peated Irish single malt, as well as a ‘Ninth Wave’ small batch gin. Every month The Grocer takes a deep dive into the hottest booze launches on their way to UK retailers’ shelves. This time around we’ve got a new flavour from Cîroc and (surprise, surprise) more canned wine.,Source: Diageo ReserveCîroc WatermelonDiageo has boosted its insanely popular posh vodka brand Cîroc with yet another limited-edition flavour designed for summer cocktails (how many are there now?).The latest addition (37.5% abv) comes in a bright red and white bottle. Diageo claims watermelon is one of “2019’s trending flavours” – vegans are touting ‘watermelon ham’ as an alternative to a proper roast, for instance. Source: Innis & GunnTropic Like It’s HopThe latest launch from Scottish craft beer stalwarts Innis & Gunn, Tropic Like It’s Hop is a 4.4% passionfruit pale ale made with Mosaic and Citra hops.The brand calls it “a crisp, refreshing pale ale” that’s “brimming with tropical character”. It hit Morrisons this month and will roll into Asda from mid-May (rsp: £1.80/330ml).It comes as Innis & Gunn has announced plans to build a massive new 400,000 hectolitre brewery in Edinburgh, which it says would create up to 30 new jobs. Its current brewery in Perthshire will then be used to focus on small-scale experimentation and limited-edition barrel-aged beers. Source: SipsmithSipsmith G&T cansSpeak of the devil: Sipsmith is moving into canned premixes for the first time. The insanely popular craft gin brand is launching two SKUs, a London Dry gin & tonic and a lighter variant for the more health-conscious of drinkers (both 7.3% abv).They have launched into Ocado and The Co-op, and will be making their debut in Tesco and Waitrose from early May. Source: Berry Bros. & RuddHigh CoastUpmarket indie retailer Berry Bros & Rudd has netted the rights to Swedish whisky brand High Coast.The distillery itself is one of the world’s most northernmost, and sits on the north-east coast of Sweden, on the banks of the Ångermanälven river in a building that once housed the power plant for a wooden box factory.Berry Bros & Rudd spirits buyer Doug McIvor said: “I have been following the emergence of High Coast over the past few years after tasting new make spirit from the distillery a while back.“My thoughts on tasting the spirit back then were that this was a world-beating whisky for the future. Everything I’ve tasted from High Coast since then has confirmed this to be true.”The four-strong range consists of a mixture of peated and non-peated drams, including the exclusive ‘Projekt 63’ – a whisky aged for 63 months in 63-litre first-fill bourbon casks on the 65th parallel, 63 decimetres above ground. A PX sherry cask whisky will join the range in September (rsp: £50-£110/70cl).