17 things we loved this weekend: Xhaka, Bale, Neymar, Podolski…

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London, UK. 20th October 2022. Granit Xhaka of Arsenal applauds the fans after the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

It’s been another fantastic weekend of football as Arsenal & Liverpool recorded statement victories in the Premier League and Gerard Pique played his last match for Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Elsewhere, the FA Cup first round provided the usual pieces of magic and there were some jaw-dropping goals from across the globe as the action left us all on the edge of our seats.

We’ve collected 17 things that we absolutely adored this weekend, ranging from the brilliant to the bizarre.

Granit Xhaka

Make Xhaka do all post-match interviews from now on.

Gareth Bale

Just look at those American limbs.

Gerard Pique

It’s suddenly got a bit dusty in here…

Antonio Conte

How did Conte avoid getting sent off for this?

Lukas Podolski

Congratulations to Podolski for winning the 2023 Puskas Award.

Connor Wickham

Beautiful hit but hands up who knew Wickham played for Forest Green Rovers?


Arguably the drippiest footballer in the world right now.

Youri Tielemans

An absolutely disgusting goal from the Leicester midfielder.

Miguel Almiron

Give him the Ballon d’Or.

Ben White

Cheeky. Very cheeky.


We’re pretty sure this undercover Gunner enjoyed his afternoon.


In fairness, seeing your side throw away another two-goal lead would rattle the calmest of individuals.

Pep Guardiola

Salty Pep is our favourite Pep.


The magic of the FA Cup was evident as lowly Alvechurch beat League One side Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Rotherham United

Sportsmanship still exists in English football. Who knew?

Forest v Brentford

It wouldn’t have been Bonfire Night without some on-pitch fireworks at the City Ground. We didn’t bank on them coming before kick-off though…

West Didsbury & Chorlton

We want to befriend this pup immediately.


We’ve spent a good five minutes chuckling at ‘Marrowdona’.

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