The secret conversations of the Premier League: Lip reader lifts the lid on what’s being said on the pitch – including Arsenal star’s four-letter tirade… plus one fan’s VERY sweary rant at Rasmus Hojlund
In another exciting weekend of Premier League action, the anxiety and ecstasy of the world’s premier football competition was on full display.
Excitement is the name of the game so far and the 2023-24 season is on course to set a new record for total goals in Premier League history.
Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all picked up wins to bolster their title ambitions, with all three showing no signs of slowing their charge towards top spot as we approach the final third of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the battle of the chase continues with Manchester United looking for a crucial three points in the race for Champions League football as they left it late to defeat Aston Villa.
Elsewhere in the table, the competition for points is just as fierce, with Sheffield United beating Luton to keep alive a glimmer of hope that they can make the most unlikely push for Premier League safety.
To gain a deeper insight into the emotions involved in top football Post Sports enlisted forensic lip reader Jeremy Freeman to offer his analysis of what was said in some of the weekend’s most animated incidents.
Mail Sport enlisted an expert lip reader to shed light on some of the weekend’s most controversial incidents
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Forest’s heated penalty protest
After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Nottingham Forest find themselves dead on the wrong side of the table once again.
Steve Cooper’s sacking in December was followed by back-to-back wins for Nuno Espirito Santo, but that new manager’s refusal could yet be negated by a potential points penalty for breaching the league’s financial rules.
The Tricky Trees are now slipping back into their old ways on the pitch and have found themselves winless in three ahead of Newcastle’s visit to the City Ground.
Bruno Guimaraes gave the visitors the perfect start but Forest twice fought back to go into the interval level.
In the second half, Taiwo Awoniyi was brought down by Martin Dubravka, with former referee Mark Clattenburg telling Mail Sport it was ‘impossible’ for the striker to stay on his feet.
Nottingham Forest felt they deserved a penalty when Taiwo Awoniyi was brought down by Martin Dubravka.
The club’s bench lit up in frustration as they appealed to the officials to point to the spot
Rui Pedro Silva could later be seen protesting his innocence after being shown a yellow card
However, referee Anthony Taylor did not point to the spot, leading to angry protests on the Forest bench captured during the broadcast, which only worsened after the referee warned Santo’s assistant, Rui Pedro Silva.
In his analysis of the clip, Freeman noted the No. 2 saying: ‘Hey? Shark? (indecipherable) It’s nothing. I sat on the sofa, I sat on the sofa, man, of course, sat on the bl***y sofa.’
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts in short order, with Guimaraes turning up again to fire Newcastle to victory and secure the three points.
Alvarez and Gabriel clash
After victory over Liverpool kept their title ambitions alive, Arsenal traveled to the London Stadium on Sunday looking to reassert their status as genuine contenders.
Mikel Arteta’s side wasted little time getting going at the London Stadium.
With the game still tied in the early stages, Alphonse Areola tried to start a counter for the Hammers by launching a throw to Edson Alvarez on the left flank.
However, the summer signing’s first touch flattered to deceive, and he was forced into a rash challenge to deny an onrushing Bukayo Saka possession.
Edson Alvarez made a rash challenge on Bukayo Saka in the early stages of West Ham’s defeat to Arsenal.
The Mexico player apparently maintained that Saka was not hurt in the dive
Alvarez then engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Arsenal defender Gabriel
With the England international writhing on the left of the pitch, Alvarez was shown a yellow card, and according to Freeman, he did not expect his caution.
“No, no, no, no, he wasn’t hurt…(referee then waves yellow)…what?”
Gabriel then involved himself by squaring Alvarez with the pair exchanging heated words.
“F*** off you filthy ****,” Freeman believes Gabriel told the West Ham defender – with the second expression matching the lip patterns and the context of the situation.
Alvarez replies: ‘F*** from Magalhaes (Gabriel’s last name), how can you…’ before the camera cuts away.
The Brazilian would eventually have the last laugh, joining Saka on the scoresheet in a 6-0 thrashing as they handed the Hammers their joint heaviest home defeat in Premier League history.
Moyes vents as she sinks her side
For as jubilant an afternoon as Sunday was for the Gunners, it was just as devastating for David Moyes.
The Scot’s second spell in charge at the east London club has been marked by moments of triumph followed by sinking despair, and unfortunately for Moyes, recent results have fallen squarely into the latter category.
Such was the disappointment of the defeat, negotiations over the extension of the manager’s contract were put on hold, with the club now winless in their last seven games in all competitions.
David Moyes could be seen expressing his frustration after his team’s unfortunate performance
The Hammers boss has seen contract extension talks with the club break down amid their woeful run of form
Freeman’s analysis of the former Everton boss’ words captures the frustration of a manager watching his team completely blown out of the water.
In the 84th minute, the cameras cut to an exasperated Moyes, who can be seen muttering to himself after Jakub Kiwior was penalized for a foul on Mohammed Kudus: ‘For fuck’s sake, it’s time, how many times is it? (undecipherable}… count how many mistakes’.
Hojlund pulls up Villa Park
While West Ham’s momentum has stalled in recent weeks, Manchester United have been very much on the rise.
Erik ten Hag has spent much of the campaign up to this point trying to rekindle the success of his first term in Manchester and with a youthful spine at the core it looks like it’s finally underway.
Against Aston Villa, United faced one of their primary rivals for a Champions League place and proved they can get a result at a critical time of the campaign.
Rasmus Hojlund continued his good form in front of goal with a fifth in as many games, before Douglas Luiz equalized for the hosts and probably ruffled a few feathers with an exuberant goal celebration.
Rasmus Hojlund was substituted at half-time as Manchester United defeated Aston Villa
Douglas Luiz angrily exchanged words with the forward as he took his time to leave the pitch
A Villa fan then aimed an obscenity-filled tirade at Hojlund as he made his way to the bench.
How fitting, then, that the pair would come together at half-time after substitute Scott McTominay pulled United back with a header in the closing minutes of normal time.
As Hojlund walked off the pitch after being replaced by Jonny Evans, the young forward infuriated the Villa Park faithful by motioning for them to calm down and reminding them of the score.
Luiz then confronted the Dane, with Freeman noted as saying: ‘You s***, come on, you know, you push off, just go away,’ as he tried to hasten his departure.
A more fiery comment was yet to come, however, with a fan wearing a club-branded hoodie directing a fun-filled rant at the 21-year-old, apparently referring to him as an a*** e’.
“You f**n, f*** off, you f****** n**ce,” he could be seen shouting at the Dane.