Arsenal have completed the signing of goalkeeper Bernd Leno from German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. The 26 year old moves for a fee of 25 million euros, making him the Gunners’ most expensive goalkeeper signing ever, and will compete with Petr Cech and David Ospina for a starting spot at the Emirates Stadium.
Leno becomes Arsenal’s second signing of the summer after Stephan Liechtsteiner. He has been a regular in the Bundesliga for Leverkusen this decade and was part of Germany’s Confederations Cup winning squad last year, but missed out on the plane to Russia.
Cech has a year left on his Arsenal deal and is expected to keep his place under the sticks, with Leno touted to be his long term replacement.
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Tunisia will be aiming to become the first African team to beat England at the World Cup when they square off against Gareth Southgate’s men in Group G tonight. It is the Carthage Eagles’ first World Cup game in over a decade (they last featured in the 2006 edition of the tournament) and they will be hoping to avoid the fate that has befallen their fellow Arab counterparts- Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco, all of whom have lost their respective WC openers at Russia 2018. Continue reading
New manager Unai Emery will have a literal baptism by fire after the Premier League fixtures for the 2018/19 season were announced earlier today.
The former PSG gaffer could probably not have asked for a tougher start to his Gunners career with Man City (home) and Chelsea (away) being their first two fixtures. Their third one could also be a potential banana skin, with Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham visiting the Emirates.
If reports in L’Equipe are to believed, Atletico Madrid have agreed a fee with AS Monaco for the transfer of Thomas Lemar. The versatile 22 year old was a target for Arsenal last season and was even linked with Liverpool after their move for Nabil Fekir broke down, but may end up going to Spain after a transfer fee (rumoured to be around the 85 million euro mark was agreed)
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Real Madrid have confirmed that Julien Lopetegui will be the club’s new manager. Lopetegui, the current Spanish national team manager, will link up with Los Blancos after La Furia Roja’s 2018 World Cup campaign.
The news of Lopetegui’s appointment comes as a surprise- he had inked a contract extension with the Spanish federation last month and was not among the shortlisted names to be Zinedine Zidane’s successor.
Talented youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has committed his long term future to Arsenal after inking a long term extension. The details of the contract were not revealed but sources have it to be a five year deal, making him the first player to a pen an extension after the appointment of Unai Emery as coach. AMN also revealed that he had held discussions with the Spanish gaffer before putting pen to paper.
Maitland-Niles will also wear the No.15 jersey (he previously wore No.30). He is said to prefer a role in central midfield, but has been used in various defensive roles by Arsenal, and to his credit, has acquitted himself admirably. With the signing of Lichtsteiner and the departure of Jack Wilshere, AMN is likely to get more minutes in his preferred playing position in 2018/19. Continue reading
Argentina have officially announced the jersey numbers that their 23 member squad will be wearing at the 2018 World Cup. The Albiceleste, who controversially chose not to take Mauro Icardi to the tournament, will again be banking on key talisman Lionel Messi, who will be in the No.10 jersey at Russia 2018.
Juve striker Gonzalo Higuain will don the No.9 shirt, with PSG’s Angel di Maria getting No.11. West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has been given the No.15 jersey.
The trio of Armani, Meza and Pavon- the only players in the squad plying their trade in Argentina have been given numbers 12, 13 and 22 respectively. Continue reading
Livingston completed back to back promotions after beating Partick Thistle 1-0 in the second leg of their playoff tie today. David Hopkin’s side, who had won League One in 2016/17, won the two legged tie 3-1 on aggregate and will thus return to the Scottish Premiership after a gap of twelve years. The result saw Thistle relegated, a disappointing result for a club that had finished in the top six last season.
Livi, who had taken a 2-1 lead from the first leg, secured the win thanks to Keaghan Jacobs’ goal. The midfielder, who had also scored in the first leg, netted shortly after the interval. Connor Sammon had a chance to equalise from the spot for the Jags, but Neil Alexander was on hand to save the penalty.