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West Ham dispatch lacklustre Man Utd
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West Ham dispatch lacklustre Man Utd

West Ham knocked out Manchester United in the third round of the Carabao Cup with Manuel Lanzini's early goal enough for a 1-0 victory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were beaten semi-finalists in the last two editions and came into this match fresh from sealing a thrilling 2-1 Premier League win at the London Stadium when the sides met on Sunday. But three days on, it was David Moyes' men celebrating as Lanzini secured West Ham a rare Old Trafford triumph and Carabao Cup progress as the hosts failed to turn 27 shots into a goal. The Hammers had failed to win on their previous 17 trips to Old Trafford, with Carlos Tevez the last player to score a winner there back in May 2007. This time, Argentine compatriot Lanzini did the damage, sweeping home after Ryan Fredericks roared pa...
Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer drops Ronaldo for Carabao Cup clash
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Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer drops Ronaldo for Carabao Cup clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad to face West Ham in Wednesday night’s Caraba Cup tie. Ronaldo made it 1-1 for the Red Devils against the Hammers just three days ago, before Jesse Lingard curled in a superb winner. However, he will be rested for today’s match, as Solskjaer has decided to rotate his squad. David de Gea, who saved Mark Noble’s stoppage-time penalty and Paul Pogba have all been left out too. That trio were all missing as the rest of the United squad arrived at the Hyatt Hotel in Manchester’s city centre on Wednesday afternoon. Solskjaer is expected to give many of his fringe players their first taste of football this season. Dean Henderson is in line to make his first start of the campaign in the ...
Hakimi: I want to make history at Paris Saint-Germain
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Hakimi: I want to make history at Paris Saint-Germain

The Morocco international is enjoying his time at Parc des Princes, nonetheless, he hopes to etch his name in the Parisians’ history books Achraf Hakimi has expressed his desire to establish his place in Paris Saint-Germain’s history and win as many trophies as possible. After helping Inter Milan win the Serie A title in the 2020-21 campaign, the Morocco international was signed by the Parisians in a deal worth €60 million (£52m/$71m), plus €10m (£9m$12m) in add-ons. Despite his defensive responsibilities, the 22-year-old boasts two assists and one goal [against Troyes] for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the current campaign while featuring in six Ligue 1 matches.  
Sevilla terminate Gnagnon’s contract for ‘lack of professionalism’
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Sevilla terminate Gnagnon’s contract for ‘lack of professionalism’

The Spanish elite division side has sent the Cote d’Ivoire prospect packing despite having two years left on his current deal La Liga side Sevilla have terminated Joris Gnagnon’s contract for lack of professionalism. The former France youth international was signed for five years by Los Nervionenses on July 25, 2018, having impressed at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. However, his inability to break into the Spaniards’ first team saw the €13.5 million rated centre-back sent back on loan to the Red and Blacks for the 2019-20 campaign.  
Kudus: Ghana star makes Ajax injury return in scoring fashion
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Kudus: Ghana star makes Ajax injury return in scoring fashion

The 21-year-old was on the scoresheet in his first Eredivisie game of the campaign Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus marked his injury return to the Dutch Eredivisie with a goal in a 5-0 victory over Fortuna Sittard on Tuesday. His first top flight action of the season, the Ghana ace announced his presence in style to help The Lancers to three points in the matchday five away encounter. It is his second goal in four days, having scored in 45 minutes of first half action for Ajax’s U23 side against Almere City in the second-tier league on Saturday.  
Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo
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Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has insisted he does not have to prove himself in another league, after picking up the award for winning the 2020/2021 European Golden Shoe. The last campaign proved to be Lewandowski’s best in terms of his overall contribution in the final third. The Poland international scored 41 goals in 29 league matches for Bayern, despite missing a whole month of action due to injury. The 33-year-old also surpassed Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season and won the European Golden Shoe for the first time in his career, finishing 11 ahead of ex-Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Lewandowski was finally presented with the award on Tuesday and said: “I don’t have to prove myself in another league. “I can com...
European Golden Shoe winner Lewandowski: I don’t have to prove myself in another league
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European Golden Shoe winner Lewandowski: I don’t have to prove myself in another league

The Polish frontman was strongly linked with a move away from Allianz Arena in the summer, but he remains fully committed to the German champions Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has declared "I don't have to prove myself in another league" after picking up the award for winning the 2020-21 European Golden Shoe. Lewandowski is widely regarded as one of the finest strikers of his generation, having initially made his name at Borussia Dortmund before joining Bayern in 2014. The Poland international has taken his game to even greater heights at Allianz Arena, with the 2020-21 campaign proving to be his best yet in terms of his overall contribution in the final third.
Bayern Munich flop Cuisance injures Ulreich in training as keeper set for two months on sidelines
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Bayern Munich flop Cuisance injures Ulreich in training as keeper set for two months on sidelines

The French midfielder has proven to be a disruptive figure since returning to Allianz Arena in the summer following a loan spell at Marseille Bayern Munich flop Michael Cuisance injured Sven Ulreich in training, with the goalkeeper now set to spend the next two months on the sidelines. Cuisance has struggled to establish himself in Bayern's first team since joining the club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2019, making just 12 appearances across all competitions. The 22-year-old spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Marseille, who decided against signing him permanently, and he is now back at Allianz Arena trying to force his way into Julian Nagelsmann's plans, but did his chances some harm after a clash with Ulreich on Monday.
Aubameyang: Ferdinand suggests what Arsenal’s Arteta should do to help striker fire on all cylinders again
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Aubameyang: Ferdinand suggests what Arsenal’s Arteta should do to help striker fire on all cylinders again

The former Manchester United defender thinks the 32-year-old forward is not getting enough support from the Gunners’ squad Rio Ferdinand has explained what Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta needs to do to get the best out of his striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international has not enjoyed a good start with Arsenal this campaign and has only managed to score one goal in the Premier League, against Norwich City in the 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium Prior to that, the 32-year-old had missed the two opening matches - a shock 2-0 defeat against promoted Brentford in the opener, and the 2-0 loss against Chelsea.
Official: Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu extends Racing Genk contract until 2024
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Official: Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu extends Racing Genk contract until 2024

Belgian First Division A side, Racing Genk have announced that Paul Onuachu has signed a new deal. The Nigerian has agreed a one-year contract extension and he's now tied to the Limburg club until the summer of 2024. Onuachu has been rewarded with a new lucrative deal less than a week after scoring his 50th goal for Racing Genk, against Rapid Vienna in the opening round of matches in the UEFA Europa League. The 27-year-old made it 51 goals in 79 appearances after coming off the bench to net another winner in a league match against Sint-Truidense VV at the weekend. He has been a success since joining Racing Genk from FC Midtjylland in August 2019 for a fee of six million euros. Last season, Onuachu mustered 33 goals in the Belgian First Division A, a feat that earned him th...
Eze can’t wait for ‘beautiful’ Crystal Palace return after injury layoff
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Eze can’t wait for ‘beautiful’ Crystal Palace return after injury layoff

The 23-year-old has been out of action since he suffered a severe injury towards the end of last season Eberechi Eze is anticipating a ‘beautiful experience’ when he recovers fully from Achilles injury and returns to action for Crystal Palace. The Anglo-Nigerian picked up the injury during a training session in May which abruptly ended his debut campaign, and he is yet to know when he will play in Patrick Vieira's team this season. His last competitive appearance was in a Premier League game against Aston Villa on May 16 when he provided an assist in their 3-2 victory.
Paul Onuachu: Genk extend Super Eagles striker’s contract
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Paul Onuachu: Genk extend Super Eagles striker’s contract

With this, the Nigeria international will now represent the four-time Belgian First Division kings until 2024 Belgian top-flight side Genk have announced the extension of Paul Onuachu’s contract until 2024. Thanks to his impressive displays for Danish side Midtjylland, the Nigeria international was snapped up by the Smurfs in August 2019. His presence at the Luminus Arena has been a huge blessing – with his goals helping the club secure crucial wins. Onuachu also contributed a great deal to the club’s triumph in the Belgian Cup for the 2020–21 campaign.  
COVID19: Osun state government threaten to bar unvaccinated civil servants from coming to work
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COVID19: Osun state government threaten to bar unvaccinated civil servants from coming to work

The Osun State Government has threatened to bar civil servants in the state who are yet to get the COVID19 vaccines from coming to the state secretariat. The Special Adviser to Osun State Governor on Public Health, Dr ‘Siji Olamiju, who disclosed this in an interview with Punch, said “The Ministry of Health has made the staff clinic at Abere a point of test for all the civil servant in the secretariat and they are responding. After we have given them a certain period of time, those who still remain unvaccinated may not be allowed to enter into the secretariat. We have given them a period of three weeks to have themselves vaccinated. In this regard, the Head of Service is actually the campaign for this, sensitising all the ministries, department and agencies of the availability o...
Newly-elected Johannesburg Mayor dies in car accident
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Newly-elected Johannesburg Mayor dies in car accident

Newly elected Mayor of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo has died in a car accident which occurred on Saturday September 18. The 46-year-old politician who was elected a month ago, was returning from campaigning with South Africa’s president for voter registration in Soweto township ahead of local elections, when the accident happened. Local media reported that his vehicle collided with a van while trying to avoid a pedestrian who had run on to the road. The pedestrian and the other vehicle's driver also died, but Mr Matongo's two bodyguards are being treated in hospital for their injuries. Commenting on his death, President Cyril Ramaphosa said; “It is hard to comprehend this tragedy, given the vitality and passion with which Mayor Matongo interacted with me and residents of...
Chukwueze will remain sidelined against Mallorca – Villarreal’s Emery
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Chukwueze will remain sidelined against Mallorca – Villarreal’s Emery

  The 22-year-old Super Eagle will not be involved as the Yellow Submarine visit Iberostar Stadium for their fifth top-flight fixture Nigeria international Samuel Chukwueze will remain sidelined when Villarreal take on Mallorca in a La Liga match on Sunday. The Yellow Submarine will visit Iberostar Stadium for their fifth match of the campaign and according to manager Unai Emery, the 22-year-old Super Eagle, who is yet to feature in any match this campaign, will not be involved. “We focus on how we line up for every match. On Sunday in Mallorca, we will focus on finding the starting XI in the best shape, taking into account Tuesday’s game, and without taking into account what comes after,” Emery told the club’s official website.    
Mikel Arteta Singles one Player after Arsenal Defeated Burnley
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Mikel Arteta Singles one Player after Arsenal Defeated Burnley

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has singled out defender, Magalhães Gabriel for praise after the Gunners recorded their first away Premier League win of the season against Burnley on Saturday. Arsenal defeated Burnley 1-0, thanks to Martin Odegaard’s superb free-kick at Turf Moor as Arsenal clinched their second successive win of the new campaign. Arteta described Gabriel’s performance against Burnley as ‘terrific’. “We know he’s [Gabriel] a player with an incredible future who has already given us a lot,” Arteta said at his post-match press conference. “It doesn’t get much harder than playing here in the Premier League and he was terrific today.” Arteta added: “It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place. You have to be ready for a fight. “In the firs...
Burnley vs Arsenal: Sweet Odegaard free-kick helps Gunners win
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Burnley vs Arsenal: Sweet Odegaard free-kick helps Gunners win

Martin Odegaard’s exquisite free-kick handed Arsenal a 1-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday as Mikel Arteta’s team recorded back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season. The Norway midfielder guided a shot above Burnley’s wall from 25 yards out in the 30th minute to score his first goal since joining Arsenal permanently from Real Madrid in August. The Gunners had recorded their worst start to a league campaign in 67 years after losing their first three matches without scoring a goal. But a 1-0 win against Norwich last week eased the pressure on beleaguered manager Arteta and Arsenal followed it up in the northwest after withstanding Burnley’s expected aerial barrage. Thomas Partey made his first league start of the season as Arteta brough...
‘I don’t like losing’ – Crystal Palace’s Zaha on why he ‘moans’ on the pitch
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‘I don’t like losing’ – Crystal Palace’s Zaha on why he ‘moans’ on the pitch

  The 28-year-old winger explains his high emotions when featuring for the London side in the top-flight Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has revealed the reason he keeps "moaning" on the pitch when his side is in action. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast winger has enjoyed a good start with Palace in the Premier League and last weekend he scored from the penalty spot as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the London derby at Selhurst Park Stadium. Ahead of their next fixture against Liverpool on Saturday, a player who has managed 360 minutes under new manager Patrick Vieira’s campaign this term, has stated he always tries to lead by example.      
‘He looks really sharp and in a good moment’ – Liverpool boss Klopp raves about Mane’s form
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‘He looks really sharp and in a good moment’ – Liverpool boss Klopp raves about Mane’s form

    The Senegal international has been impressive for the Reds this campaign, even though he started on the bench in Wednesday's Champions League win Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lauded "exceptional" Sadio Mane for his form ahead of their Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Mane has scored two goals in five appearances for the Anfield outfit across all competitions this season. During their last league game against Leeds United, the 29-year-old sealed the Reds' 3-0 win at Elland Road in the stoppage-time after attempting 10 shots in the match.
Arteta rubbishes Leno rift reports after dropping Arsenal goalkeeper for Ramsdale
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Arteta rubbishes Leno rift reports after dropping Arsenal goalkeeper for Ramsdale

  The Gunners boss accepts the experienced performer will not be happy at losing his spot, but insists he remains thoroughly professional Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has rubbished reports suggesting Bernd Leno has reacted badly to losing his starting spot to £24 million ($33m) summer signing Aaron Ramsdale. The Germany international goalkeeper started the 2021-22 campaign between the sticks for the Gunners, but conceded nine goals in their winless three-game opening. Ramsdale was drafted in for the 1-0 victory over Norwich, with speculation surfacing since then regarding a supposed display of anger in training from Leno.      
Dyche signs new four-year deal at Burnley
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Dyche signs new four-year deal at Burnley

Sean Dyche has committed his future to Burnley by signing a new four-year contract at the club. The 50-year-old is the longest-serving boss in the Premier League having been at Turf Moor for nearly nine years and he has now committed his future to the Clarets until the summer of 2025. Dyche said: "It is nice to be able to get this deal completed and now look towards the future of this football club, and its constant evolution. I have a strong affinity with the area and our supporters after so many years here and I look forward to putting in the hard work needed to keep the club moving in the right direction. "It was an important summer for us to add talent and depth to the team, but the work doesn't stop there. As a club we're about developing and improving players and the en...
EPL: Conte gives condition to coach Man Utd
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EPL: Conte gives condition to coach Man Utd

Former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has given a condition to coach Manchester United. According to Italian transfer expert, Gianluca Di Marzio, Conte has reportedly expressed an interest in managing Man United if called upon by the Red Devils. This is coming after Man United lost 2-1 to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night. “Conte wants to win so he would only accept a winning project. He wouldn’t accept Arsenal because they’re not immediately strong to win something, that is why he [also] said no to Spurs. “I think he would consider Manchester United’s call, if it arrived,” Di Marzio told Sky Sports. Conte is currently out of work, having left Serie A champions, Inter Milan, in the summer after guiding them to their first championship in 11 years. The 5...
‘I don’t see Mbappe leaving’ – Leonardo unconcerned about PSG star’s future amid Real Madrid links
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‘I don’t see Mbappe leaving’ – Leonardo unconcerned about PSG star’s future amid Real Madrid links

The Parc des Princes chief says the striker has a "deep relationship" with the French club and won't be departing for free next summer Leonardo is not concerned about Kylian Mbappe's future amid ongoing rumours linking him with Real Madrid, with the Paris Saint-Germain sporting director insisting "I don't see him leaving at the end of this season". Madrid attempted to lure Mbappe away from PSG in the summer transfer window by submitting three huge bids, the last of which reportedly came in at €220 million (£190m/£262m) on deadline day. The Ligue 1 giants rejected the Blancos' advances despite the striker entering the final year of his contract, and Leonardo hopes  a prized asset will remain at Parc des Princes beyond the 2021-22 campaign.
Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again
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Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far the Catalan club has fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at Camp Nou. Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were outplayed by Bayern, who might have scored more but in the end settled for three thanks to Thomas Mueller’s deflected opener and Lewandowski’s double. When Lewandowski made it two before the hour, the possibility of another humiliation in the mould of last year’s 8-2 defeat by the same opponents in Lisbon felt very real. Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an even louder message about the gulf in class by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca’s fans expressed their anger, dismay and final...
Young Boys vs Man Utd: Solskjaer’s squad for Champions League opener confirmed
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Young Boys vs Man Utd: Solskjaer’s squad for Champions League opener confirmed

Manchester United have named a 22-man squad to face Young Boys on Tuesday, as they begin their Champions League campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo is included in the Red Devils’ travelling party, while Edinson Cavani misses out due to injury. Anthony Elanga makes the trip along with young goalkeeper, Matej Kovar. Injured England forward Marcus Rashford is also missing. Full Squad: Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Matej Kovar Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek Forwards: Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Serie A wrap: Fares bags brace on Genoa debut, AC Milan’s Kessie misses penalty against Lazio
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Serie A wrap: Fares bags brace on Genoa debut, AC Milan’s Kessie misses penalty against Lazio

The Algeria international found the net twice in his first match for Griffin, while other African players suffered contrasting fortunes in Italy Mohamed Fares began his Genoa spell with a brace as the Griffin prevailed 3-2 over Cagliari away from home in Sunday's Serie clash. Due to limited playing opportunities at Lazio, the Algeria international was loaned to Stadio Luigi on August 31. Against the Islanders, he came off the bench to propel his team to their first victory of the 2021-22 campaign.
Ahh, I am really happy’ – Aubameyang after handing Arsenal win vs Norwich City
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Ahh, I am really happy’ – Aubameyang after handing Arsenal win vs Norwich City

  The Gabon international struck the only goal to end the Gunners' miserable start to the season with a win against the Canaries Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was happy with the impact the fans had on Saturday in their 1-0 win over Norwich City in the Premier League. The striker scored the goal that handed the North Londoners maximum points at the Emirates Stadium. It was an excellent way of ending a poor start to the 2021/22 campaign. It was a goal also that eased the pressure on Mikel Arteta's side who, prior to the result, were at the bottom of the table.
Edouard double as Palace Stun 10-Man Spurs
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Edouard double as Palace Stun 10-Man Spurs

Odsonne Edouard scored twice on his Crystal Palace debut as Patrick Vieira's side secured an emphatic 3-0 win over 10-man Tottenham at Selhurst Park. The striker, an £18.5m signing from Celtic on Deadline Day, scored his first just seconds after coming off the bench in the 84th minute then netted his second, and Palace's third, in stoppage time. Earlier, the depleted visitors had been reduced to 10 men when defender Japhet Tanganga received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes early in the second half, the first for a shoulder-barge on Zaha, who was also booked in the subsequent melee, and the second for a late lunge on Jordan Ayew. Palace were still searching for a breakthrough at that point despite dominating from the start of the game, and it arrived in the 76th minu...
Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville
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Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has insisted Arsenal are no longer a top-six club in England. The Gunners clinched three Premier League titles in the space of seven years at the turn of the century. However, they have not won it since 2004, when Arsene Wenger’s team went unbeaten. Under Mikel Arteta, they finished eighth in the past two seasons and did not qualify for Europe this year. Arsenal have made their worst-ever start to a league campaign, losing their first three matches without scoring a goal. When asked to name the top-six in England, Neville told LADbible TV: “Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and then Tottenham and Leicester based on recent seasons. “Arsenal fans will probably come up with some stat now… they think I hate them a...
Arteta tells Arsenal players to take COVID-19 vaccine
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Arteta tells Arsenal players to take COVID-19 vaccine

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has urged his players to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Arteta warned that “the team will pay the price” of another outbreak within the squad. Granit Xhaka became the latest member of the Gunners’ squad to test positive while away on international duty with Switzerland. This season alone, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson missed the start of the campaign after contracting the virus. The £50million summer signing Ben White was also ruled out of games against Chelsea and Manchester City due to his own positive test. “We are trying to explain all the reasons why we believe it is the right thing to do,” Arteta said. “How much it will protect first of all the club, secondly their teammates and the en...
Awaziem: I did not have to think about Alanyaspor move
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Awaziem: I did not have to think about Alanyaspor move

The Super Eagles defender has expressed his enthusiasm to help the Bulent Korkmaz’s men achieve their objectives this season Nigeria international Chidozie Awaziem has vowed to give everything towards helping Alanyaspor achieve their goals. The 24-year-old joined the Turkish Super Lig side on loan from Portuguese club Boavista until the end of the 2021-22 campaign. Awaziem's presence is projected to boost the club’s backline after losing two of their last league games in the current campaign.
Flooding: Kano evacuates 1,000 trucks of waste in 17 days
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Flooding: Kano evacuates 1,000 trucks of waste in 17 days

The Kano State Government has evacuated over 1,000 trucks of refuse in 17 days as part of the Mass Environmental Clean Campaign by Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje. The State Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, said, while flagging off planting of one million trees campaign in the state on Thursday, that the evacuation of refuse has highly reduced the menace of flooding in the city. The Commissioner explained that the 2021 Tree Planting Campaign with the theme, ‘Mitigating Climate Effects and Achieving Beautification in Kano’, is meant to checkmate the indiscriminate felling of trees in Kano, which resulted in a maximum temperature of 44 Degrees Celsius last year 2020. Getso noted that last year, the state was compelled to plant over two million trees in an effor...
Arsene Wenger Recruits John Terry, Michael Owen, Drogba as FIFA fights to host World Cup every 2 years
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Arsene Wenger Recruits John Terry, Michael Owen, Drogba as FIFA fights to host World Cup every 2 years

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has recruited John Terry and Michael Owen into FIFA’s heavy artillery in the battle to force through a World Cup every two years, according to The Sun, UK. Terry and Owen are among a host of legendary ex-internationals announced as the new members of FIFA’s “Technical Advisory Group”. Didier Drogba, Geremi, German, Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus, Marco Materazzi, Roberto Carlos, Peter Schmeichel and Yaya Toure are other football greats also enlisted. They will give heavyweight support as Wenger, alongside Fifa President, officially outlines his World Cup proposals despite the growing criticism from European football. The European Club Association, ECA, has held a two-day emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, for the purpose of ki...
Chelsea fined £25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool
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Chelsea fined £25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool

Chelsea have been fined £25,000 by the FA for failing to control their players during their 1-1 Premier League draw at Liverpool. Referee Anthony Taylor sent off defender Reece James after a goal-line handball, with Mohamed Salah equalising from the penalty spot. The Chelsea players were incensed by Taylor's decision to dismiss James, with the Blues feeling the ball had deflected off the England star's thigh onto his arm. "Chelsea FC has been fined £25,000 for two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 which occurred during their Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Saturday 28 August 2021," read an FA statement   Chelsea fined ?25,000 by FA for failing to control players in draw at Liverpool "The club admitted failing to ensure that its players conducted themselv...
Bronze, Walsh and Roebuck miss out as Wiegman names first England squad
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Bronze, Walsh and Roebuck miss out as Wiegman names first England squad

  The Lionesses begin their qualifying campaign for the next World Cup with matches against North Macedonia and Luxembourg Sarina Wiegman has named her first England women's team ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches this month. The Lionesses will begin their campaign to qualify for the 2023 tournament with a home match against North Macedonia on September 17 before an away game in Luxembourg four days later. But England will have to make do without Manchester City stars Lucy Bronze, Keira Walsh and Ellie Roebuck, who are unavailable due to injury.  
“Being single is just a status” Mimi Orjiekwe writes as she explains that not everyone will find love
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“Being single is just a status” Mimi Orjiekwe writes as she explains that not everyone will find love

Mimi Orjiekwe has said that not everyone will find the "right person". The actress added on Instagram that "being single is just a status, not destiny." Mimi was married to her colleague, Charles Billion, but their union, which produced one daughter, crashed in less than two years following alleged infidelity on Charles' side which led him to father children with other women. After their marriage crashed, Mimi accused him of being a deadbeat dad. She also once mocked him after he did a condom campaign despite having three children with three different women.
Nigeria third best African team as Paralympics end
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Nigeria third best African team as Paralympics end

Team Nigeria to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games ended their campaign with a total of 10 medals comprising four gold, one silver and five bronze medals as curtains get drawn on the multi-sports event on Sunday (today). Nigeria are currently 32nd on the overall medals table going to the last day of the competition but will not be adding another medal after the country ended their competition on Saturday with Flora Ugwunwa winning a gold medal in javelin with a throw of 19.39m in the F54 class event while Lauritta Onye followed up with a bronze in shot put failing to defend the gold she won five years ago in Rio. Team Nigeria won three gold medals from para powerlifting with Latifat Tijani, Bose Omolayo and Folashade Oluwafemiayo having the country’s flag raised in the -45, -79 ...
Solskjaer names Man Utd’s biggest title rivals this season
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Solskjaer names Man Utd’s biggest title rivals this season

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rated Chelsea as their biggest rivals for the title this season, ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City, according to the UK Sun. Solskjaer is desperate to lead the Red Devils to league success for the first time since 2011. In a bid to win the league, United have added Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer. Solskjaer’s men finished second last campaign, 12 points behind champions, City. So far, in the 2021/2022 season, they have taken seven points from their first three games. Even at this early stage, it appears as though United, City, Chelsea and Liverpool, are a level above the rest. But Solskjaer privately fears Thomas Tuchel’s team more than City and Liverpool. Under Tuchel, the Blues ...
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr confirms departure of some Super Eagles from camp
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr confirms departure of some Super Eagles from camp

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that members of his squad who play in the UK have left for their clubs. This is because of the UK government’s strict regulations on Red List countries, with Nigeria travelling to Cape Verde for their next World Cup qualifier. Rohr’s men began their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Liberia on Friday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. The German is now expecting a more difficult encounter in four days time. “We knew some of our players have to leave after the match and they had to do well before leaving because they cannot go to Cape Verde. “We scored our two goals in the first half and we were calm and played our football. “But under difficult conditions, because after the rain, the pitch was not easy to p...
‘Judge Arsenal when the team plays together’ – Edu calls for patience after disastrous start to season
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‘Judge Arsenal when the team plays together’ – Edu calls for patience after disastrous start to season

  The technical director has defended the club's summer transfer window and says Mikel Arteta's side deserve some slack from the heavy criticism Arsenal should not be judged too harshly for their disastrous start to the Premier League campaign because the team has not been at full strength, technical director Edu says. The Gunners are bottom of the table, having failed to register any points or score a single goal after three matches. Defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City have left fans upset and calling for drastic changes to be made.      
Nigeria 2-0 Liberia: Super Eagles begin 2022 World Cup qualifiers with home win
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Nigeria 2-0 Liberia: Super Eagles begin 2022 World Cup qualifiers with home win

The three-time African champions started their qualifying campaign with a commanding win in Lagos on Friday Kelechi Iheanacho’s brace guided Nigeria to a 2-0 victory over Liberia in their opening fixture in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in Lagos on Friday. Iheanacho's efforts at the Teslim Balogun Stadium took his international tally to 11 goals as he closes in on Jay-Jay Okocha and Julius Aghahowa's mark of 14 goals in the national team colours. The Super Eagles started the encounter on a stronger foot with the most attempts on goal and greater possession that paid off with two goals in the first 45 minutes.
Van de Beek endured ‘really painful’ season at Man Utd and has no game time guarantees, admits agent
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Van de Beek endured ‘really painful’ season at Man Utd and has no game time guarantees, admits agent

  The Dutch midfielder was retained by the Red Devils during the summer transfer window but faces another fight for minutes in 2021-22 Donny van de Beek endured a "really painful" season at Manchester United in 2020-21 admits the Dutch midfielder's agent, who admits there are no guarantees the current campaign will be any better for the 24-year-old. Eyebrows were raised when the Red Devils raided Ajax for another creative talent last summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already boasting plenty of alternative options in his squad. Van de Beek has found it difficult to make an impact at Old Trafford, leading to regular rounds of exit talk.      
5,890 terrorists have so far surrendered to troops – Defence Headquarters says
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5,890 terrorists have so far surrendered to troops – Defence Headquarters says

No fewer than 5,890 terrorists have surrendered to troops in the Northeast following the intensive bombardment of their hideouts. Acting Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Brig-Gen. Ben Onyeuko, who made the disclosure at the bi-weekly briefing on the ongoing operations across theatres, said five hundred and sixty-five of the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists, comprising three Commanders, four Amirs, five Nakibs and others have been handed over to the Borno Government in Maiduguri, for further management after thorough profiling. According to the Onyeuko, the development followed a sustained onslaught on insurgents waging a blood-letting campaign against the Nigerian State. He sought continuous support by members of the public, in a bid to win the war and, consequently, restor...
LaLiga: Barcelona lists targets for Koeman this season
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LaLiga: Barcelona lists targets for Koeman this season

Koeman signed a two-year deal with the Catalans, after he replaced Quique Setien. The 58-year-old guided Barca to their 31st Copa del Rey triumph last term. They have made a decent start to the new season, despite wholesale changes to the squad over the summer. Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has submitted a conditional extension offer to Koeman, that guarantees him a longer stay at Camp Nou provided he meets certain performance criteria over the next 11 months. Laporta expects Koeman to continue handling the pressure that comes with the managerial hot seat, meaning he must remain a picture of composure in front of the press regardless of whether his position is called into question. He will also have to deliver consistent results while sticking to the club’s ‘Cruyffista ...
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: How Super Eagles can avoid Liberia upset – Kayode

Nigeria are eyeing a seventh World Cup berth, nonetheless, they must negotiate their way past Peter Butler’s men first Super Eagles must not underrate Liberia and must be efficient in front of goal if they are to neutralise the Lone Star’s plans of causing an upset in Lagos, according to experienced football administrator Olugbenga Kayode. The Super Eagles take on Peter Butler’s men as they commence their campaign for a ticket to the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, on Friday. Although Gernot Rohr’s men are favourites to secure all points at stake, they have been warned towards avoiding a repeat of what happened in 2001. Then, Shaibu Amodu endured a tortuous route to pick a ticket to the 2002 World Cup – needing to beat Ghana 3-0 on the last day to shrug off Liberia by just one po...
Yacine Adli: AC Milan sign Algeria prospect from Bordeaux
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Yacine Adli: AC Milan sign Algeria prospect from Bordeaux

  Nevertheless, the 21-year-old of Algerian background will stay at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux for the 2021-22 campaign Yacine Adli has joined AC Milan on a permanent basis from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, the Italian topflight side has announced. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder began his professional career at Paris Saint-Germain, before moving to the Girondins in 2019 on a four and a half years contract. In his first three seasons at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, he featured in 63 Ligue 1 encounters – boasting five goals and eight assists to his credit  
Juventus complete Ihattaren signing from PSV and loan wonderkid to Sampdoria
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Juventus complete Ihattaren signing from PSV and loan wonderkid to Sampdoria

The 19-year-old impressed after coming through the Dutch club's youth system and has opted for a switch to the Italian top-flight Juventus have confirmed the signing of Mohamed Ihattaren from PSV in a deal understood to be worth around €6 million (£5m/$7m) and have sent the attacking midfielder on loan to Sampdoria. The 19-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Turin side. Ihattaren, who made the 2021 NXGN top 50 list of the best wonderkids in world football, will spend the 2021-22 campaign on loan at fellow Serie A side Sampdoria.  
Neuer: Italy must be Germany role model after Euros disappointment
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Neuer: Italy must be Germany role model after Euros disappointment

The former world champions hope to recover from their poor tournament showing this summer under new coach Hansi Flick Manuel Neuer believes Germany must follow Italy's example as they look to challenge for international trophies again. Germany have disappointed in their last two appearances in major competitions, crashing out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup and then being knocked out at the last 16 stage at Euro 2020 this year. After coach Joachim Low's departure this summer, Germany will begin a new era under new coach Hansi Flick this week when they resume their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.  
Stephane Mbia: CF Fuenlabrada sign midfielder from Wuhan
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Stephane Mbia: CF Fuenlabrada sign midfielder from Wuhan

The 35-year-old has returned to the Spanish league where he is expected to help the second-tier outfit gain promotion to La Liga CF Fuenlabrada have confirmed the signing of Stephane Mbia from Chinese side Wuhan on a one-year contract. Following this development, the 35-year-old returns to Spain after seven years. The former Cameroon international enjoyed a fruitful spell at Spanish side Sevilla – a team he helped win back to back Europa League titles. For Fuenla, they recruited the experienced African to help their bid in securing promotion to the Spanish elite division at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic

The Serbian tactician explains why he feels Harambee Stars will start as favourites when they take on the Cranes on Thursday Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes Kenya will start as favourites when the neighbours kick off their campaign to Qatar in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a fixture at Nyayo Stadium on Thursday. The East African rivals are pooled together in Group E of the qualifiers alongside West African giants Mali and Rwanda with the top team set to qualify for the third qualifying round. The Serbian tactician, who returned to handle the Cranes on July 27, after parting ways with Zambia, believes Harambee Stars have the advantage owing to the fact they had played their FKF Premier League campaign to a conclusion unlike in Uganda where their league was c...

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