Arsenal's Declan Rice celebrates just before the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday September 3, 2023.

19 things we loved this weekend: Arsenal, Ronaldo, Bellingham & non-league sh*tpingers…

Club football is officially on pause for the international break, but it left us with plenty to savour with Arsenal vs Manchester United just one of the brilliant matches we enjoyed this weekend. 

The insanely dramatic clash at the Emirates stole the show, capping off a Premier League weekend of excellent goals and eye-catching performances. There were also fantastic matches played lower down the pyramid, in non-league, across Europe and in MLS.

Here are 19 things we loved from this weekend’s action.

Declan Rice

Making himself an instant hero at the Emirates.

Gabriel Jesus

A ridiculous stat.

Jean-Phillipe Mateta

One of the most brilliantly improvised assists we’ve seen in years.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Fair play, Ronnie.

Rafael Leao

Ridiculous strike.

Mark Noble

The relief on his face when Aberdeen came up…

Andy Robertson

What a joker. Textbook.

Damien Duff

Jurgen Klopp who? He’s absolutely mad for it.

Jordan Pickford

A brilliant triple save, even if he knew very little about the second one. Being there is all that matters.

Jude Bellingham

Another match winner. Another iconic celebration. Can’t wait to see this guy in the Bernabeu on those Champions League nights.

Anthony Elanga

Stop that, Anthony. He’s made Mudryk look a fool, there.

Marcelo Bielsa

He’s still got it.


A life-affirming goal.

Mateusz Klich

A gorgeous assist that made Leeds fans weep at what might have been.


Luis Alberto


Some glorious sh*thousery

Get us over to the Georgian league, pronto.

Kyogo Furuhashi

That silence is eerie, powerful and strangely beautiful (we’re neither Rangers nor Celtic for the record).

*This* hat-trick

Struggling to remember a better one.

Stalybridge Celtic


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