Olivier Giroud Set to Make His Acting Debut as ‘Green Goblin’ in Upcoming Spider-Man Animation

?Olivier Giroud has lent his voice to the French dub of the upcoming animation film ‘Spider-Man: New Generation’.

The Chelsea striker, alongside his french national teammate Presnel Kimpembe, are making their acting debuts in the film, which is set to be released in December. Giroud will play the part of ‘Green Goblin’ (or Bouffon Vert), whilst Kimpembe will voice fellow villain in the spider-man universe ‘Scorpion’. 

Considering Giroud’s famous scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace, some might wonder if the casting team got their picks the wrong way around.

?The duo have laid down their vocal talents alongside French actor Stephane Bak and singer Camelia Jordana and join a long list of footballers who have turned their hands to acting over the years.

It is not uncommon for footballers to do voice over work for dubs in their native language, with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Antionne Griezmann both playing significant roles in animated films in the past.

Griezmann played the role of ‘Superman’ in the French dub of the Lego Batman Movie in 2017, whilst Iniesta played the role of an Albino pirate in the Spanish version of Aardman animation ‘The Pirates!’ back in 2012.

Some footballers have not only lent their voices to cinema releases, but also their faces. The likes of Vinnie Jones and Eric Cantona have forged decent careers for themselves in the entertainment business since hanging up their boots. Even David Beckham got in on the act and made a cameo appearance in the 2017 Hollywood blockbuster ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

?Che?lsea fans will no doubt be hoping that ?Giroud keeps his spidey senses on goalscoring, at least whilst he is hanging around Stamford Bridge.

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Andreas Christensen Anticipating Chelsea Stay Despite Continued Absence From First-Team Picture

?Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen admits that he is unlikely to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window, despite being unhappy with his lack of first-team football.

The Danish defender has barely featured under new manager Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, having played just six times in all competitions. He has failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League, in stark contrast to last season where he was a first-team regular under former Blues boss Antonio Conte.

The 22-year-old believes he will be staying put at Chelsea for the time-being though, despite his desire to play more regularly.

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“Difficult question. No, I don’t think so,” Christensen told Sky Sports News when asked if a January exit is on the cards.

“Things are different from last season. I played a lot of games but this season it hasn’t been like that. It’s always difficult for a player but we’ll see what happens.”

Last month, the Dane’s father, and agent, Sten, told Danish television that his son would leave Chelsea permanently in January if more opportunities did not arise – and his situation has not changed since then.

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Although he may be staying in the short-term, Christensen was quick to reveal that he is unhappy at not being a regular fixture in the side – but he will continue to work hard to impress Sarri and force his way into contention.

If you asked every player that’s not playing if they’re happy, they’re going to say no. Everyone wants to play.

“I can’t do anything else but go back there, train and do my best. Every time I get that opportunity, I have to do well and show him (Sarri) that he can count on me.

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“You don’t want to sit around and wait for it. You want to play straight away and that’s why we all play football.”

He’ll look to force his way into first-team contention as 

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The Dan-ned United: Why 2018 Is a Cursed Year for Footballers Named Danny

Do you believe in curses? I thought I did, and then the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016 and I had to accept that the Billy Goat Curse wasn’t real and they’d just been a dreadful baseball team for 71 years. 

I’m all in on curses again though. I don’t know how, or why, but someone’s cursed the name ‘Danny’. Specifically, someone’s cursed the name ‘Danny’ in English football in 2018. Check it out. 

7. Danny Welbeck

Did you see his ankle? I mean did you actually see it, with your eyes? It looked like his sock was filled with rocks and rubble, not bits of human being. He got fully and completely Final Destinationed, if Final Destination was only about breaking people’s ankles instead of killing them. 

Two surgeries later, he’s almost certainly out for the season – and doesn’t have a contract beyond the summer. 

CURSED: YES

6. Danny Sturridge

Oh, Daniel. What have you DONE? [Note: Daniel Sturridge, please don’t actually tell me what you’ve done, it would be legally admissible in court and a bad idea, I’m awful at keeping secrets.]

Yep, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the FA for being a very naughty boy – specifically a naughty boy in relation to their gambling rules, allegedly passing on his information about his move to West Brom when the odds were still sky high. 

The Mail have teased a potential ‘career ending’ ban if he’s found guilty, and…well, that’s not good is it?

CURSED: YESitstillcountsasacurseifit’sentirelyselfinflictedshutup

5. Danny Rose

Remember when Danny Rose was the thing? The absolute dog’s, England’s next full-back superstar, the new Ashley Cole? Now he’s Spurs’ rotation option, sat on the bench (or currently on the physio’s bench because, obviously, cursed) behind Ben Davies who is 1) not great and 2) worse, Welsh. 

At least there’s no mystery about this particular curse – he did the one un-doable thing in north London. He pissed off Mauricio Pochettino. 

The lesson? Don’t piss off Pochettino, or you’ll get cursed and it might splash onto every single person with your name. Who is also in your profession. In the same league as you. It’s actually very focussed. 

CURSED: YES

4. Danny Drinkwater

hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahah. 

NEXT! 

CURSED: YES, CURSES ARE THE ONLY THING THAT CAN PENETRATE THE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT CELL DANNY DRINKWATER IS HELD IN AT COBHAM. 

3. Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson played almost 8,000 minutes in Leicester’s last three Premier League campaigns, including more than 2,600 when the Foxes won The Most Unlikely Sporting Thing In The History Of Time Since The Last Unlikely Thing That Happened In Sport Before That™.

He’s played 20 minutes this season. He’s fit (as much as you can be when you’re not playing), it’s just that Claude Puel doesn’t think he’s good enough – and to be fair to him, said as much when the transfer window was still open. 

Of course, this is the same Danny Simpson who was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2015, choking her. So. Hard to feel much sympathy, really?

CURSED: YES

2. Danny Ings

Yeah alright, he’s fit for the first time since the invention of indoor plumbing and he’s scored four league goals this season, but he’s playing for Southampton. Nothing associated with Mark Hughes can flourish. 

CURSED: YES, AND IT’S PROBABLY THE REFEREE’S FAULT

1. Danny Ward

Even in today’s hyper-inflated market, mid-table clubs who spunk £12m+ on a goalkeeper are intending that goalkeeper to be their new number one. Unless they’re Leicester and that goalkeeper is called Danny, because Leicester are mad and Dannys are cursed. 

It’s the best part of 18 months since he played a league game at any level, and 926 days since he played in the Premier League.

£12m. 

926 days. 

CURSED: YES BUT MAYBE NOT AS CURSED AS LEICESTER’S RECRUITMENT TEAM

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John Hartson Claims London Clubs Are ‘Playing for Third’ in Bold Claim About Title Race

?Former Arsenal and West Ham striker John Hartson has claimed London clubs Chelsea and Tottenham are ‘playing for third’ behind Premier League title favourites Manchester City and Liverpool.

City currently sit two points ahead of Liverpool at the top, four ahead of Chelsea, with the Blues’ London rivals Tottenham hot on their tails.

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But despite the relatively narrow gap separating the chasing pack from the top two, Hartson says that ?City and ?Liverpool are some way ahead of everyone else.

He told the ?Daily Star: “Right now Man City and Liverpool are a fair way away from the rest.

“The football they play and the players that they have. Most teams are playing for third. ?Chelsea, Tottenham, United.

“They won’t admit it but deep down they’re wishing they had an Aguero or a De Bruyne.”

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Hartson’s lack of mention of ?Arsenal in the race for third raised some eyebrows, as the Gunners sit in fifth place, three points behind Spurs and four ahead of United, who are eighth.

When asked for clarity on his former club’s chances, Hartson added: “How far are Arsenal away? I think they’re a few years behind in terms of challenging for the title. 

“Top four would be a great success because they’ve missed out the last two seasons. They don’t want to make it three. They’ll do their upmost to get in there.”

“Without going to far ahead, if they get into the top four, they will have to finish above two great teams.”

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Hartson made 54 appearances for the Gunners between 1995-97, scoring 14 goals. He later went on to forge a successful career with West Ham, Wimbledon and Coventry, before enjoying a lengthy spell with Scottish heavyweights Celtic.

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Why Chelsea Should Target a Ready-Made Superstar Instead of a Wonderkid Striker

?Don’t let Alvaro Morata’s recent run goals fool you, Chelsea are still very much in a goal-scoring crisis.

The Spaniard now has six goals from 15 appearances this season, taking his Chelsea tally to 20 goals from 63 appearances. Olivier Giroud, the man brought in to help ease the goalscoring burden, is yet to net this season and has just five goals from his 29 appearances. That is 26 goals from a combined 92 appearances between the duo, which is nothing short of abysmal.

Maurizio Sarri is believed to have lost patience with both strikers, and is now scouting potential replacements. The Blues have been linked with various different strikers, including several young strikers who are impressing across Europe.

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The likes of Luka Jovic, Patrick Cutrone and Krzysztof Piatek have been named as potential targets. However, to put it bluntly, ?Chelsea should stay well away from all three.

20-year-old Jovic recently stole the headlines after grabbing five goals in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 7-1 demolition of Fortuna Dusseldorf. However, if you ignore that match, Jovic has four goals from 12 appearances this season – almost identical to ?Morata.

?Milan’s Cutrone, also 20, has found the back of the net five times from 11 matches, which is hardly an upgrade on the misfiring Spaniard. The most exciting of these options appears to be Genoa’s Piatek, who has netted 13 goals in 12 outings. However, this is just Piatek’s first season in a major league, which is by no means enough to justify Chelsea committing to him.

Of course, 13 in 12 is a sublime record, and every superstar has to start out as a wonderkid, but Chelsea have wasted too much time waiting for a youngster to fulfil their potential, only to be let down.

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Morata has been given two seasons to prove himself as a starter at a big club, but has failed to do so. ?Michy Batshuayi has already been demoted to the loan army after failing to impress, but this issue has been present at Chelsea for years. The likes of Mateja Kezman and Franco Di Santo have both failed at Stamford Bridge, and the club cannot afford to wait anymore.

Roman Abramovich has authorised the signings of countless wonderkids. Di Santo was supposed to be the next Diego Maradona, Yury Zhirkov was said to be the Russian Ronaldinho, even ?Romelu Lukaku, who never impressed at Chelsea, was supposed to be the next Didier Drogba. Chelsea need goals, not potential.

They have been linked with a monumental move for ?Inter’s ?Mauro Icardi, and that is exactly what Chelsea need – a top striker who has been scoring goals for fun in a competitive league for several years. Yes, he comes with a much higher price tag – with his buyout clause said to be set around £90m, but can you really put a price on a top goalscorer?

Both Drogba and ?Diego Costa won matches on their own during their respective periods at Stamford Bridge. Is a ?Premier League title worth £90m? Is a deep Champions League run worth the money? In today’s market, of course.

There is also the fact that the arrival of a new superstar would likely help persuade ?Eden Hazard to remain at Chelsea, and if that is not worth £90m to the club, then nothing is.

For too long, Chelsea fans have suffered through dire performance after dire performance from their strikers. If Chelsea want to be a genuine threat in European competition, they need a consistent goalscorer. There is no time to take risks on potential, the club must show their intent with a new marquee signing.

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