Three Lions to kick off WC campaign against Tunisia

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

Tough start to the new Premier League season for Unai Emery & Arsenal- Man City & Chelsea first opponents

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.

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Atleti & Monaco agree transfer fee for Thomas Lemar

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 appoint Lopetegui as new manager

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.

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AMN signes new Arsenal contract- to wear No.15 jersey

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