Paul Merson

25 Mar 19
From the Stands at Villa Park

I’m going to start from the beginning. I’m a 26 year old guy, born and raised in Birmingham, still living in the West Midlands and sharing a love for Aston Villa Football Club with millions of others around the world. We all have different stories of why we are Villa, but this is my story! […]

24 Mar 19
Gooner News

TV pundit Paul Merson believes that Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale would be the perfect fit for Arsenal. The ex-Gunners star thinks the 29-year-old has few options available to him this summer if he leaves the Bernabeu, with Manchester United the only other realistic destination in the Premier League. Merson says Bale could be the […]

24 Mar 19
ChelseaNews.com

Paul Merson thinks Arsene Wenger would be the ideal candidate to become Chelsea’s next manager if Maurizio Sarri is sacked. The ex-Gunners midfielder believes that the Blues’ transfer ban, combined with the Frenchman’s propensity to back young players, could make him a good fit: “If Chelsea’s transfer ban stands and they have to start using […]

23 Mar 19
News Archives Uk

Messages broadcast LIVE updates: Follow the latest news and gossip Manchester United gain momentum in the pursuit of Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona prepares to sell Zinedine Zidane contacts Eden Hazard about Real Madrid Arsenal is in Serie A to replace Aaron Ramsey 09.50 UPDATE: Gareth Bale to United? According to Paul Merson, Gareth Bale would […]

23 Mar 19
Metro
Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid could see Gareth Bale leave the club this summer (Picture: Getty) Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Unai Emery to replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window. Ozil became Arsenal’s top earner when he signed a bumper £350,000-a-week contract in north London last January but the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a place in Emery’s starting XI this season. While Ozil has started Arsenal’s last three matches, reports last month claimed the German playmaker was being offered to other clubs by intermediaries with strong links to China and Italy. Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager of Real Madrid has cast serious doubt over Bale’s future at the Bernabeu and Merson believes the Welshman could be the ideal replacement for Ozil. [metro-zone-post-strip] However, the former Arsenal midfielder admits that Manchester United is the most likely destination for Bale. ‘Manchester City and Liverpool don’t need him and for them it would be a lot of money to invest in someone of his age and with his injury record,’ Merson said in his Daily Star column. ‘But most of the clubs below them would love to take the risk if they could afford the transfer fee and wages. Merson thinks Bale would be the ideal replacement for Ozil (Picture: Getty) ‘Manchester United looks like the best fit for him. They’ve tried to sign him before and it didn’t come off, but he’s always felt like their kind of player. ‘They will be on a rebuild next season and there could be lots of ins and outs at Old Trafford. They are also one of the only teams who could afford him.’ Ozil has only made 15 league starts this term (Picture: Getty) If Bale doesn’t end up at United this summer, Merson believes either Chelsea or Arsenal would suit the forward ‘down to the ground’. ‘Bale would be brilliant at Chelsea as well but that all depends on their transfer embargo. If it’s delayed could they do some kind of swap with Eden Hazard? [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘I think Hazard is going to Real Madrid. He would have signed a new contract by now otherwise. But Bale would not be a bad replacement, would he? ‘I think he suits Arsenal down to the ground as well. If they could get him in and get Mesut Ozil out they’ve had a big result.’ [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/23/barcelona-provide-lionel-messi-update-injury-argentinas-defeat-venezuela-8993442/” title=”Barcelona provide Lionel Messi update after injury in Argentina’s defeat to Venezuela”]
23 Mar 19
Archy news nety

Zinedine Zidane's return to Real Madrid could see Gareth Bale leave the club this summer (Photo: Getty) The Arsenal legend Paul Merson invited Unai Emery to replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window. Ozil became the main profit of the Arsenal when he signed a £ 350,000 contract a week in […]

23 Mar 19
Arcynewsy

Transfer News LIVE Updates: Follow the latest news and gossip Manchester United receives a push in the search for Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona prepares to sell Zinedine Zidane makes contact with Eden Hazard for another at Real Madrid The Arsenal ranks Serie A to help replace Aaron Ramsey 10.20 UPDATE: Man Utd to go to […]

22 Mar 19
A pensive man's blog

Ben Dawkins March 22nd 2019: This blog is currently in early format and won’t make much sense. Iniitlaly my thoughts are to document how football and sports overall has played a part in the man I am today and how important a game can be to idenimtity and belonging . At time of writing. Longer […]

22 Mar 19
Metro
[metro-video id=”1888588″ video=”https://videos.metro.co.uk/video/met/2019/03/22/1440693877220592739/1024x576_MP4_1440693877220592739.mp4” image=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/03/22/11/11318792-0-image-a-38_1553252853526.jpg” expires=”29-03-2019″] Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock was told he could drop dead at any moment if he carried on with his unhealthy lifestyle. And the former footballer has thanked Harry Redknapp for pushing him to visit the doctor in the first place, in worrying scenes on TV show Harry’s Heroes. During an appearance on This Morning alongside wife Leah, the 50-year-old told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: ‘Harry could tell I was in trouble when I was training, he was the one who pushed me to get checked out. Neil Ruddock opened up about his health issues on This Morning (Picture: ITV) ‘I knew I had a bad knee, but I didn’t realise what was happening inside. ‘I’m the joker of the pack, I’m always the first one in the pub, last one out the pub. You think it’s not going to happen to you. ‘I went to see a doctor in Harley Street and it was a wake-up call. Blood tests don’t lie.’ However, despite vowing to sort himself out, Eamonn revealed the former England star had put weight on in the time after the show was filmed. And the damage Neil has done to his body means he now needs a knee replacement. Razor revealed Harry Redknapp encouraged him to see a doctor (Picture: ITV) ‘You think it’s going to happen to someone else, don’t you? It’s never going to be you. And it is me…’ he continued. Describing himself as a ‘heart attack waiting to happen,’ he added: ‘I thought I was invincible, I didn’t think it would happen to me.’ Razor’s health issues came to the fore during filming for Harry’s Heroes, with the I’m A Celebrity winner. Razor was joined by other England legends on the show (Picture: ITV) The show followed a group of England legends – including David Seaman and Paul Merson – who raced to get fit ahead of a football match against Germany. But after the Celebrity Big Brother star was seen struggling in training sessions, he booked a life-saving appointment at the doctors. ‘Given your lifestyle and your family history, we’ve really got to do something quite drastic about that – and I’m talking about medication to protect you,’ Dr Enam Abood told him. Neil was a legend in the England national team (Picture: Getty) ‘If I don’t intervene, you are at a risk of having a heart attack and a stroke. ‘Razor, you cannot afford to take this lightly please.” And Neil revealed his relief he was checked out in time. [metro-zone-post-strip] ‘Men are scared to get bad news. Both my older brothers have got problems. One’s got a stent. It is in my family,’ he told the cameras. ‘You think it’ll never happen to you, but it can. I’m happy I’ve seen the doctor. ‘It can be resolved, so I’m happy we got there in time.’ This Morning continues on weekdays, at 10:30am, on ITV. [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/22/cardi-b-migos-wont-face-charges-met-gala-attack-fan-hospitalised-8983376/” title=”Cardi B and Migos won’t face charges over Met Gala attack after fan is hospitalised”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/22/sabrina-star-kiernan-shipka-spotted-dinner-date-gary-oldmans-model-son-charlie-8983814/” title=”Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka spotted on dinner date with Gary Oldman’s model son Charlie”]
22 Mar 19
Archy news nety

Paul Merson has argued that Gareth Bale will be a good fit for Manchester United next season, but added that he will not help them win the Premier League title. Rumors of Bale's exit at Real Madrid have been reported throughout the season and many experts have predicted that the Wales International will return to […]

22 Mar 19
News Archives Uk

Paul Merson has argued that Gareth Bale will fit well for Manchester United next season, but added that he will not help them get the Premier League title. Rumors of Bals leaving Real Madrid have been reported throughout the season and many experts have predicted that the Wales international will return to the Premier League. […]

21 Mar 19
Premier League at 25

Goalscorers: Ian Wright 63, Alf-Inge Haaland 67, 89 Teams: Nottingham Forest: Mark Crossley, Colin Cooper, Steve Chettle, Stuart Pearce, Nikola Jerkan (Des Lyttle 85), Chris Allen, Alf-Inge Haaland, Ian Woan, Kevin Campbell, Bryan Roy (Nigel Clough 65), Dean Saunders Arsenal: John Lukic, Steve Bould, Martin Keown, Andy Linighan, Nigel Winterburn, Remi Garde (Steve Morrow 78), […]

20 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
YOUNG people struggling with suicidal thoughts need to learn to open up about their emotions — but the rest of us need properly taught how to help them cope, according to footballer Kris Boyd. Former Scotland striker Boyd — who launched his own charity after his brother Scott, 27, took his own life — has spoken to teenagers in schools around Scotland in the last 16 months and is learning to read the warning signs. Kris Boyd says we need to learn how to help others with mental health problems In a week of heartache, Love Island star Mike Thalassitis, 26, took his own life on Saturday before two Ayrshire teenagers killed themselves in separate suicide tragedies on Sunday. SunSport columnist and Kilmarnock forward Boyd speaks openly about the mounting pressures that leave our youngsters struggling to cope. And he also explains why, as a society, we have a part to play in providing a strong and loving support network. The pressures on our young people have never been greater and it’s up to every one of us to step in and offer a helping hand. Whether it’s the young girl looking at photos of a beautiful model in the best designer clothes and wishing she could be just like her. The Killie striker’s brother took his own life Mike Thasallitis took his own life on Saturday Or the handsome guy who’s gone from total anonymity to having one million followers on Instagram overnight because of a reality TV show. Pressure to be someone they’re not. Pressure to succeed. Pressure to keep up with everyone else. Is it any wonder so many young people struggle to cope? But as a society we need to try to learn to read the signs and how to react when those who are struggling finally open up and tell us all is not well. Experts will tell you that social media is one of the main contributing factors in mental health issues among young people. Codey Brown was tragically found in Kilmarnock Callum Dawson’s body was found just a few hours later I’ve visited a lot of schools and I hear the same answers all the time. Rather than going to sleep at a decent time, they’re still connected to negative influences — be it online bullies or all those pictures of stars looking great. When you ask kids when are they going to sleep, the answer is usually between 11.30pm and 1am. That’s not right. When you look at how far social media has developed in the last ten or 15 years, you realise it’s time the executives running these organisations had a look at themselves. [quote]THE pressures on our young people have never been greater and it’s up to every one of us to step in and offer a helping hand.”[/quote] The technology is there to prevent children being online between 11pm and 8am. That gives them the chance to actually sleep rather than check their phone. And the stuff they are worrying about is usually completely false — whether it’s friends going on great holidays, eating fantastic meals or buying new clothes every day. The reality is those lives aren’t always that wonderful and they have created a false image, but young people feel a need to keep up. Devastated mum reveals ‘no amount of love’ would have kept tragic son alive after he took own life months after finding step-dad dead in woodlands across from Wishaw home My pet hate is people posting about the lovely steak or lobsters they’re eating. You don’t post photos of the beans and toast you’re having the rest of the week. And you don’t need to rub it in that you’re away somewhere nice by posting stunning photos and writing things like “I’ve had worse Tuesdays”. The tragedy with Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis demonstrates pressure at the other end of the spectrum — when a young person lives the dream and it lets them down. [boxout headline=”YOU’RE NOT ALONE” intro=”EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.”] It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers. It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes. And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women. Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now. That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign. The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives. Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone. If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support: CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858 Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393 Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41 Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123 [/boxout] With reality TV you effectively take people off the street and then all of a sudden they have one million followers. And they don’t know how to cope. In that regard, showbiz and football are similar. Young men and women struggling to cope with rejection. What happened with my little brother Scott prompted me to set up my charity and get involved in this, but even before then I saw a problem with football. You have youngsters signing for a club at 16 and they think they’re footballers and then all of a sudden they’re faced with rejection. And many can’t deal with that. And as parents we need to be aware of that and there needs to be a greater support network around young people who are chasing a dream and suddenly have to try to cope with rejection. We need to learn to understand what people are going through and also to give those who are listening the right tools to help those who are struggling. So that when they do finally confide, we respond in the correct way. [article-rail-section title=”MOST REAL LIFE” posts_category=”28″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Educating people to learn to read the warning signs is crucial. There are guys I’ve played with where you look at them and think ‘Wow, what a great life he has and everything is great’ but deep down they’re not happy. I’ve seen it in dressing rooms up and down the country. People behave in certain manners to deflect from what is really going on. They need to learn to open up more. But when they do, it’s up to the rest of us to respond in the best way possible. That will save lives. DO you need help? Call Samaritans free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org [bc_video video_id=”6015355372001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Paul Merson dicsusses gambling addiction and mental health with David Seaman and Robbie Fowler on Harry’s Heroes”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200