Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has praised playmaker Kevin de Bruyne ahead of the Red Devils’ semifinal clash against France. Martinez hailed the Man City star’s execution as “exceptional” and said that he could “play in any position apart from goalkeeper” at a high level.
Martinez’s comments praising KdB
We had playmakers who would slow the game down, Kevin is different, he goes even faster. His level of execution is exceptional. Apart from goalkeeper, he could play in any position at a high level
De Bruyne was a key factor in Belgium’s upset win over the Brazilians, with his spectacular goal earning him the MOTM award. He, along with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, were a constant threat to the Brazilian back four of Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Miranda and Fagner all evening.
The winner of Belgium’s semifinal against Les Bleus will take on either Croatia or England in the final.
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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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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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