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‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds
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‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds

The Frenchman followed up his match-winning display in the Champions League with another goalscoring performance at Stamford Bridge Olivier Giroud says he is “playing with serenity” after he continued his fine goalscoring form in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Leeds. The France striker now has six goals in his last four appearances for the Blues after his 27th-minute strike cancelled out Patrick Bamford’s early opener for Leeds at Stamford Bridge. It was his first Premier League start of the season having retained his place in the side after scoring all four goals in the midweek Champions League win at Sevilla.
Arsenal Outcast Guendouzi ‘Worth Every Penny’, Says Hertha Berlin Chief
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Arsenal Outcast Guendouzi ‘Worth Every Penny’, Says Hertha Berlin Chief

The Frenchman was cast aside by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta following his spat with Neal Maupay in the fiery 2-1 defeat to Brighton back in June. Guendouzi, 21, had to bide his time on the fringes, before sealing a season-long loan move to Hertha on Deadline Day, after a recommendation from Friedrich’s former Germany team-mate, and Gunners academy boss, Per Mertesacker. After recovering from coronavirus, Guendouzi has become an important figure for Hertha, featuring in their last four Bundesliga matches. And Friedrich, 41, has raved about the Gunners misfit’s impact, while also highlighting Mertesacker’s role in the transfer. He said: “He’s a fantastic player. “We spoke to Arsenal before the transfer obviously, and I also spoke to Per Mertesacker, with whom I played in the...
Giroud Scores 4 Goals As Chelsea Beat Sevilla To Finish Top Of Their UCL Group Match
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Giroud Scores 4 Goals As Chelsea Beat Sevilla To Finish Top Of Their UCL Group Match

Olivier Giroud scored all four goals in a comprehensive Chelsea victory over Sevilla that ensures the Blues take top spot in Champions League Group E. The Frenchman scored early in each half with two delightful finishes after being fed by clever passes from Kai Havertz and Matteo Kovacic respectively. He completed the treble with a flicked near-post header, then converted a penalty after he was bundled over in the box. Already assured of qualification for the last 16, Chelsea made nine changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Both Havertz and Christian Pulisic made their first Blues starts since October following illness and injury, while 19-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour came off the bench for his first appearance of the season. ...
‘It’s down to me to show everybody the real Martial’ – Man Utd star promises to ‘come back even better’ after poor start to 2020-21
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‘It’s down to me to show everybody the real Martial’ – Man Utd star promises to ‘come back even better’ after poor start to 2020-21

The Frenchman is confident he will rediscover his best form once he gets off the mark, and says he will "learn" from his red card against Tottenham Manchester United star Anthony Martial has promised to "come back even better" after a poor start to 2020-21, while acknowledging it's down to him to show everybody the best version of himself. Martial recorded the best numbers of his career to date last season, scoring 23 goals and laying on 12 assists in 48 games across all competitions to help United finish third in the Premier League and reach three semi-finals. However, he has been unable to pick up from where he left off at the start of the new campaign, drawing blanks in his first four appearances.
Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu
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Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu

The former France international has urged his fellow countryman to seek a transfer away from Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann "no longer knows how to play football" with Barcelona, according to Bixente Lizarazu. Griezmann's career trajectory has stalled since his €120 million (£109m/$142m) move to Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2019. The Frenchman scored 133 goals in 257 games for Diego Simeone's side at Wanda Metropolitano, but has so far been unable to replicate that prolific form at Camp Nou.
‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win
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‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win

The Frenchman remains focused on his job despite speculation that pressure on his position was mounting Zinedine Zidane insisted he was unfazed about silencing Real Madrid's critics after recording a 3-1 Clasico win over Barcelona. After Ansu Fati cancelled out Federico Valverde's opener, Sergio Ramos scored a 63rd-minute penalty and Luka Modric sealed Madrid's win at Camp Nou. Zidane was under pressure at the helm after back-to-back losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, but Madrid moved top of La Liga after Saturday's win.
‘Thiago Silva has got everything!’ – Zouma ‘excited to learn from’ Chelsea’s summer signing
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‘Thiago Silva has got everything!’ – Zouma ‘excited to learn from’ Chelsea’s summer signing

The Frenchman says the former Paris Saint-Germain star has already had a big impact in the dressing room at Stamford Bridge Thiago Silva has "got everything", according to Kurt Zouma, who says he's "excited to learn from" Chelsea's summer signing. Chelsea snapped Silva up on a free transfer at the end of August after seeing him depart Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract. The Brazilian wasn't offered a renewal at Parc des Princes despite help ing Thomas Tuchel's side reach last season's Champions League final, but was given the chance to extend his career at the highest level when Frank Lampard came calling.
Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea
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Schwarzer explains ‘phenomenal’ Kante’s dip in form at Chelsea

The Premier League veteran believes the France international can bounce back this season if he remains at Stamford Bridge N'Golo Kante can bounce back for Chelsea this season, with former team-mate Mark Schwarzer believing the midfielder has been in desperate need of a break from football. The 29-year-old was restricted to 28 appearances for the Blues last season with minor injuries keeping him sidelined after playing 53 matches the campaign before. Kante was criticised in some quarters for his performances over the past year, with Inter currently exploring the possibility of a transfer and the Blues reportedly open to cashing in on the Frenchman.
Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi escapes punishment despite grabbing Brighton’s Maupay by the throat
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Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi escapes punishment despite grabbing Brighton’s Maupay by the throat

The Frenchman will not face any disciplinary action after being involved in a heated confrontation with the Seagulls striker at the Amex Stadium Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has escaped punishment from the FA despite being caught on camera grabbing Brighton's Neal Maupay by the throat. The Gunners succumbed to a surprise defeat at the hands of Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Lewis Dunk and Maupay finding the net to complete a stunning turnaround for the hosts after Nicolas Pepe's second-half opener. Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher after a collision with Maupay earlier in the contest, which provoked a strong reaction from Guendouzi.
Giroud’s hot streak against Villa continues as Chelsea win on Premier League return
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Giroud’s hot streak against Villa continues as Chelsea win on Premier League return

The Frenchman netted an all-important winner against Dean Smith's side to ensure the Blues tighten their hold on fourth place Olivier Giroud's hot streak against Aston Villa continued as Chelsea secured a win on their return to Premier League action. The Blues picked up their first away victory of 2020 by beating Villa 2-1 in their own backyard on Saturday afternoon. Frank Lampard's side moved to within three points of third-placed Leicester City as a result, while opening up a five-point lead over Champions League qualification rivals Manchester United.
Edouard plays down Arsenal talk and would ‘love to be a part’ of 10 straight Celtic titles
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Edouard plays down Arsenal talk and would ‘love to be a part’ of 10 straight Celtic titles

The Frenchman admits that he's found it "flattering" to be linked with the Gunners, but he remains committed to his duties with the Hoops Odsonne Edouard has played down talk of a potential summer move to Arsenal, insisting he would "love to be a part" a tenth straight title win for Celtic. Celtic were awarded the Scottish Premier League crown for a ninth successive year in May when the decision was taken to cancel all remaining fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hoops were 13 points clear of Rangers having played a game more than their arch-rivals, and Edouard picked up the Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals in 27 appearances.
‘Pogba must be more consistent to earn Real Madrid move’ – Man Utd talisman yet to fulfil potential, says Herrera
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‘Pogba must be more consistent to earn Real Madrid move’ – Man Utd talisman yet to fulfil potential, says Herrera

A man who witnessed the Frenchman's talents up close at Old Trafford says he must prove he can deliver the goods week in, week out Paul Pogba must be more "consistent" to earn a move to Real Madrid, according to Ander Herrera, who does not think the Manchester United midfielder has reached his full potential. Pogba has flattered to deceive at Old Trafford since making his way back to Manchester for a second spell at the club in 2016. United forked out £89 million ($113m) to bring the 27-year-old back from Juventus, but he has only shown flashes of the brilliance which saw him emerge as one of the top players in Europe at the Allianz Stadium. Critics have often singled Pogba out as a scapegoat for United's mediocre performances in recent years, leading to plenty of speculation over h...
Giroud set to remain at Chelsea as club announces contract extension
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Giroud set to remain at Chelsea as club announces contract extension

The French striker had been linked with a departure, but he is now slated to remain at Stamford Bridge through next season Chelsea have confirmed that the club has extended Olivier Giroud's contract, keeping the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge through the 2020-21 season. The extension will keep Giroud at the club for his third full season, having joined midway through the 2017-18 campaign from London rivals Arsenal. "I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea," Giroud said in a statement. "I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my team-mates. I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so."
Barcelona Forward, Dembele’s Tested Negative to Coronavirus
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Barcelona Forward, Dembele’s Tested Negative to Coronavirus

Barcelona forward, Ousmane Dembele, has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19), according to Goal. The 22-year-old was Barcelona’s last squad member to be tested for the virus. DAILY POST had reported that the Frenchman recently underwent successful surgery on his right thigh in Turku, Finland last February. Dembele having taken a COVID-19 test on Monday, the result has now come back negative. Meanwhile, Barcelona has confirmed in a statement on its official website on Wednesday that Dembele can return to the club’s training centre after passing the obligatory test to continue his recovery. “The French player returns to the training centre after passing the obligatory test to continue his recovery from the hamstring injury he suffered in Februar...
‘He’d make me laugh all day!’ – Pogba names Man Utd’s Bailly as ideal isolation buddy
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‘He’d make me laugh all day!’ – Pogba names Man Utd’s Bailly as ideal isolation buddy

The Frenchman has opened up on his time in self-isolation away from his team-mates amid the coronavirus-enforced break in the 2019-20 campaign Paul Pogba has admitted that Eric Bailly would be the ideal person to be stuck in quarantine with because his Manchester United colleague makes him "laugh all day long", while also expressing his desire to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. Pogba was approaching a comeback from a long-term injury lay-off when the season was called to a temporary halt on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The French playmaker underwent surgery on an ankle issue back in January, and has only featured in eight matches in all competitions for the Red Devils this term.
There is no reason to wait’ – Zidane should try to lure Pogba to Madrid this summer, says Dugarry
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There is no reason to wait’ – Zidane should try to lure Pogba to Madrid this summer, says Dugarry

The Blancos head coach has been advised to make a move for the Manchester United midfielder when the transfer market reopens Former France international Christophe Dugarry has expressed his belief that Zinedine Zidane should attempt to lure Paul Pogba to Real Madrid this summer, insisting there is "no reason to wait another year". Pogba has endured a hugely frustrating 2019-20 campaign at Manchester United, with a persistent ankle injury significantly limiting his contribution on the pitch. The 27-year-old has only featured in eight matches in all competitions, and it has been suggested that the Red Devils could cash in on a prized asset before he becomes a free agent next year. Since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, Pogba has seen his commitment to United's cause...
Beaumelle: Cote d’Ivoire coach keen on building a united team
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Beaumelle: Cote d’Ivoire coach keen on building a united team

The Frenchman has disclosed his plans for the two-time African champions, having being named head coach of the team in March Patrice Beaumelle has expressed his desire to build a united Cote d’Ivoire national team. The Frenchman, 41, replaced Ibrahim Kamara as coach of the Elephants in March on a one-year deal. He is expected to qualify the country for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations billed for Cameroon. Recognising the potential in Cote d’Ivoire, Herve Renard’s former assistant coach has promised to form a formidable side that can challenge for honours. “It's an honour; it's a team that we won with a few years ago. It is a pride to be the head of this team with a people who live football and who live to the rhythm of the results of their national team,” Beaumelle told Sport...
Moyes believed I was the only who could stop Henry at Arsenal – Yobo
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Moyes believed I was the only who could stop Henry at Arsenal – Yobo

The former Everton and Nigeria defender pays tribute to the Frenchman who gave him the most trouble during his time in the Premier League Joseph Yobo has revealed that former Arsenal star Thierry Henry is one of the toughest opponents he has ever faced during his playing days. The legendary Nigeria centre-half has squared up to some of the greatest attackers since his first-team debut at Standard Liege in 2000. Nevertheless, when it comes to mentioning his most difficult opponents, Yobo says the Frenchman stands heads and shoulders above many others.
Real Madrid players shocked by fuming Zizou
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Real Madrid players shocked by fuming Zizou

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is angry with his players this week. El Chiringuito says Zidane is upset with leaks about a video conference reaching the press. The Frenchman had organised a group chat to bring the squad together as the players continue in self-isolation at their respective homes. But with news of the conference reaching the local Madrid press, Zidane has blown a fuse. Zidane is extremely strict with leaks to the press - and the anger he showed the players was absolutely red hot. It was not a simple rebuke, but rather a show of anger that took several of his squad aback
Henry jersey worn on Arsenal 100th goal raises £16k for charity
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Henry jersey worn on Arsenal 100th goal raises £16k for charity

A shirt worn by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has raised over £16,100 for the NHS Charities Together organisation. The Frenchman, who scored 228 goals for the Gunners, reached 100 Arsenal goals against Birmingham City. Robbie Savage played for Birmingham at the time, and swapped shirts with Henry after the game. On Twitter, the former Welsh international said: "An incredible £16,100 raised for NHS charities from the auction of my Thierry Henry 100th goal in an Arsenal shirt! "Thank you so much to the buyer, what an unbelievable amount of money to the NHS. "Thank you Daily Mirror for setting it up." Savage admitted that he got permission from Henry to go ahead with the sale so he could raise the money for the NHS
Pogba could trigger FIFA Article 17 to quit Man Utd
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Pogba could trigger FIFA Article 17 to quit Man Utd

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could trigger Article 17 of FIFA's transfer regulations to force a move away this summer. The Frenchman has been linked with a move away since the summer transfer window as Real Madrid and Juventus have expressed interest. L'Equipe says Pogba could used legislative measures to leave Old Trafford. Article 17 of FIFA transfer regulations states that the Frenchman could buy himself out of his contract as he has completed three years of it. This is defined in the guidelines as the “protected period", which is defined as: “A period of three entire seasons or three years, whichever comes first, following the entry into force of a contract, where such contract is concluded prior to the 28th birthday of the professional."
Agent: Why Chelsea blocked Inter Milan move for Giroud
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Agent: Why Chelsea blocked Inter Milan move for Giroud

An agent involved in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud's on-off move to Italy has explained why he's still in London. Luca Antonini admits Inter Milan did all they could to sign the Frenchman in January. “The deal did not get completed because of Chelsea. They had to find a replacement before letting Giroud go but couldn't find a suitable player and this is why Inter couldn't sign him," he told Calciomercato.com. “The future cannot be known. Due to the Coronavirus situation we are talking about everything except the market. At this moment none of us want to start negotiations. There are people who are sick, who are dying every day, and honestly it is not very nice to think about this kind of thing at this time. “Giroud is an exemplary, incredible professional and he has not said a...
Arsene Wenger Poaches Arsenal Staff to FIFA
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Arsene Wenger Poaches Arsenal Staff to FIFA

Arsene Wenger has raided his former club, to poach Jason Rosenfeld for a new role at FIFA, The Athletic reports. Rosenfeld has been in charge of the Gunners’ data and analytics for almost a decade. Wenger left the Emirates in 2018 and has since taken up a role as Head of Global Football Development with FIFA. The Frenchman has identified analytics as an area that needs improvement in the global game and has brought in Rosenfeld to assist him. The two men had a good working relationship, with Rosenfeld having overseen StatDNA, an analytics company Arsenal bought in 2012. StatDNA was bought for £2million and moved in-house, with the club rebranding it to Arsenal Data Analytics.
Martial Doubtful for Everton Game after Missing Man Utd vs Brugge
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Martial Doubtful for Everton Game after Missing Man Utd vs Brugge

Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial, has emerged a doubt for Sunday’s clash against Everton, after missing their 5-0 win over Club Brugge on Thursday night. Martial has been in fine form in recent weeks, scoring in his last three games for the Red Devils. The Frenchman had been expected to start against Brugge at Old Trafford, but he was ruled out with a thigh problem. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking during his pre-match interview, said: “He didn’t feel right after training yesterday. “He walked off during training. He’s injured. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad. I don’t know how long it will be.” Odion Ighalo was given the nod to make his first start and scored the second goal, as United thrashed their Belgian opponents.
Wenger Hits Back at Unai Emery Over Comments on Arsenal
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Wenger Hits Back at Unai Emery Over Comments on Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has hit back at his successor at the Emirate Stadium, Unai Emery after the Spaniard claimed he inherited the club in decline. Emery took over from Wenger who spent 22 years at the club and left in 2018. Emery had gotten Wenger frustrated when he said that, “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived.” “We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league…” he told France Football. The Spaniard, who was sacked after a miserable reign in November, offended Wenger by his comments. Wenger dismissed that assertion in response, pointing to their regular finishes in the Premier League top four, as well as their 2017 FA Cup triumph. The Frenchman said...
French Jihadist Recruiter Handed Long Jail Term
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French Jihadist Recruiter Handed Long Jail Term

A Frenchman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for seeking to recruit dozens of youths to fight as jihadists in Syria and for leading a brigade of French-speaking Islamists in the war-torn country. Mourad Fares, 35, fled Syria in 2014, and was arrested in Turkey and handed over to French authorities the same year. Prosecutors said he played a “crucial” role in the recruiting of young people to fight as jihadists in Syria, and noted a lack of any “real regret” for his actions. Fares appeared unmoved as the verdict was read out at a special court Friday evening. He admitted to the court he “indirectly” recruited youths to fight as jihadists via his propaganda videos and “facilitated” the entry of a number of people into Syria. He denied taking part in combat operations...
Liverpool Finally Apologise to Evra
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Liverpool Finally Apologise to Evra

    Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra has revealed that Liverpool have apologised to him for wearing t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan racially abused him in 2011. Suarez, now Barcelona star, was banned for eight matches nine years ago and a day after the ban, Liverpool wore ‘Suarez 7’ t-shirts in the warm-up before facing Wigan. The matter has lingered with Evra earlier admitting that Liverpool’s action had left him feeling frustrated to say the least. The Frenchman has now revealed that Liverpool CEO Peter Moore has been in touch via a letter apologising for the incident. Speaking as a pundit on Sunday ahead of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool Evr...
23 Nigerians Jailed In France For Sex Trafficking
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23 Nigerians Jailed In France For Sex Trafficking

A French court has sentenced 23 Nigerians and one Frenchman, all members of a Lyon-based sex trafficking ring to prison terms of up to seven years for forcing Nigerian women into prostitution. It was the latest case to highlight the growing use of African migrants in the European sex trade. Among those sentenced was Europe’s most wanted woman, fugitive Jessica Edosomwan, accused of acting as a France-based “madam” to women recruited mainly in Nigeria’s Edo State. Edosomwan was tried in absentia. Also sentenced was self-styled Pastor Stanley Omoregie, 35, who said he just wanted to help the people in his community. He denied in court the accusation of being involved in running a prostitution racket and trafficking of young girls from Nigeria to Europe. Half of the 24 d...
Arsene Wenger Returns As FIFA’s Chief Of Global Football Development
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Arsene Wenger Returns As FIFA’s Chief Of Global Football Development

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is returning to the game as FIFA's new chief of global football development. The former Arsenal manager accepted FIFA's offer more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after being approach by Bayern Munich about the German champions vacant head coach job. The 70-year-old Frenchman effectively replaces Marco van Basten who was FIFA technical director until October 2018. Arsene Wenger has been out of work since leaving Arsenal in 2018 "I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA's mission as world football's governing body is truly global," Wenger said on his appointm...
Ex Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger Shows His Abs On Beach In Dubai
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Ex Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger Shows His Abs On Beach In Dubai

The former Arsenal manager showed off an impressive physique for someone who has just turned 70, suggesting he is still looking after himself despite many thinking he would retire after leaving the Gunners last year. And after sighting the Frenchman by the sea in Doha, a handful of fans took the opportunity to have a snap with the three-time Premier League winner. Wenger has been a free agent for nearly a year and a half, and has always hinted he would soon return to the game after a host of vacancies popped up, but has instead worked as a pundit for various TV and radio stations. But it's unlikely the 70-year-old will be able to soak up the sun on holidays for much longer, as he's been heavily linked to the post at Bayern Munich after Niko Kovac was sacked last week. Wenger ha...
Lacazette Likes IG Post Calling For Emery To Be Sacked After Crystal Palace Draw
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Lacazette Likes IG Post Calling For Emery To Be Sacked After Crystal Palace Draw

Alexandre Lacazette has liked an Instagram post criticising Arsenal manager Unai Emery and club captain Granit Xhaka after the 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace. Pressure is mounting on Emery after the Gunners spurned a two-goal lead and Xhaka appeared to tell fans to 'f*** off' as he was being substituted on the hour mark. And it would appear the jeers of disgruntled fans resonated with Lacazette, as the Frenchman liked troopzafc's post in the aftermath of the disappointing draw. 'Troopz', who is known for his appearances on Youtube channel AFTV, posted a picture of himself swearing towards the camera in the stands at the Emirates stadium. The caption read: 'I'm sorry, I’m done with this now. You can’t be 2-0 up at home to palace and draw. Emery I’ve backed you but bro, enough...
Arsene Wenger Set To Join FIFA, But Still Wants A Coaching Job
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Arsene Wenger Set To Join FIFA, But Still Wants A Coaching Job

The Frenchman, who turns 70 next month, will join FIFA in a technical role. The role has not yet been completely defined, but it will be a very important one where his voice will be heard and opinions respected. While Wenger is excited to help football improve through FIFA, sources have told ESPN FC his priority remains finding a job in club football soon. As much as he was ready for the challenge at FIFA, he is also eager to get back to full management, whether at a club or a national team. Wenger left Arsenal in the summer of 2018 after 22 years at the club. Since then, he has had opportunities to get back in the game but none that fully satisfied him. While waiting for the right job, he has worked as a pundit on television. He has been travelling a lot while still living...
Real Madrid Sign Top PSG Goalkeeper On Deadline Day
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Real Madrid Sign Top PSG Goalkeeper On Deadline Day

Alphonse Areola joins Real Madrid on loan from PSG - The 26-year-old moved to Spain in a swap deal that saw Keylor Navas go the other way - Areola has a deal with the Parisians until the summer of 2023 Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has sealed a season long loan deal with Real Madrid until the summer of 2020. The 26-year-old Frenchman completed his move to the Santiago Bernabeu after passing medical at the club last week. Areola joined Los Blancos in a swap deal that saw Keylor Navas move to the other way for the rest of the ongoing season. Although, Real are yet to announce the signing of the goal-tender, Spanish news outlet Marca however reports that the player has been registered by La Liga. He was brought in by coach Zinedine Zidane as back up for Belgian star Thibaut C...
Pogba Out!’ – Man Utd sign outside Carrington training ground graffitied amid exit rumours
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Pogba Out!’ – Man Utd sign outside Carrington training ground graffitied amid exit rumours

The midfielder has previously suggested it could be time for a new challenge and it would appear that there are some supporters who want him gone A sign outside Manchester United's Carrington training ground has appeared to have been spray painted with the message 'Pogba Out' amid speculation over the midfielder's future. The Frenchman has endured a testing time at Old Trafford since returning from Juventus in 2016 and faced further criticism in August when he missed a penalty against Wolves. Having been heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Zinedine Zidane keen to take him to Real Madrid, Pogba's long-term future at the club remains uncertain.
Makelele to return to Chelsea in youth development role
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Makelele to return to Chelsea in youth development role

The Frenchman, who starred at Stamford Bridge, will join Petr Cech and Frank Lampard in returning to West London next season Claude Makelele will return to Chelsea’s Cobham training base tomorrow as he returns to the Blues as the new Young Player Technical Mentor. Makelele’s new job will focus on the club’s young talent as well as the players the club has loaned out. He will also have an ambassadorial role for Chelsea. According to Chelsea’s website there are 17 players contracted to the club currently on loan elsewhere.
Saudi Arabia appoint two-time Afcon winner Herve Renard
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Saudi Arabia appoint two-time Afcon winner Herve Renard

The former Morocco head coach will take charge of the Green Falcons effective immediately Former Morocco boss Herve Renard was named head coach of Saudi Arabia on Monday. The Frenchman resigned as Atlas Lions coach after a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign which ended prematurely following a disappointing Round of 16 defeat by Benin. However, the Arab state has taken the two-time Afcon winner on board in spite of the nature of his exit.
Manchester United legend Patrice Evra confirms retirement from football at 38
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Manchester United legend Patrice Evra confirms retirement from football at 38

Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra, who was one of the best left-backs in Premier League history, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.   Evra enjoyed a brilliant career at Manchester United, where he won 10 major trophies. Heannounced his retirement on Monday, July 29, 2019. "My playing career is officially over," the 38-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I started training for the UEFA B Coaching Licence in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A licence. "In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I’ll be ready to lead a team." The Frenchman later shared a six-minute video of his career highlights on Instagram, accompanied with the caption: 'Merci Au Revoir,' which translates to 'Thank you, goodbye.' E...
Gnagnon apolosies for ‘odious’ tackle on Liverpool’s Larouci
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Gnagnon apolosies for ‘odious’ tackle on Liverpool’s Larouci

The Frenchman sent his countryman off on a stretcher with a red-card challenge and took to social media to apologise after the match Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon has taken to social media to publicly apologise to Liverpool and Yasser Larouci after his horror tackle sent the teenager off on a stretcher. The La Liga side triumphed over the Anfield outfit on a steamy evening in Boston, with an Alejandro Pozo goal at the end of the 90 minutes proving the difference in a 2-1 friendly. But main talking point from the contest will not be the late goal, but instead a second-half red card challenge from Gnagnon on Larouci.
Pogba models new Manchester United away kit as Real Madrid links continue
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Pogba models new Manchester United away kit as Real Madrid links continue

The Premier League club have unveiled their away shirt, with the Frenchman among those included in photos despite transfer rumours Paul Pogba is included among Manchester United players chosen to unveil the club's brand new away shirt for the 2019-20 Premier League campaign. The new kit, designed by adidas, takes inspiration from Manchester's creative district, the Northern Quarter, and featured a savannah-toned colourway and intricate pattern. That pattern is inspired by the various mosaics located around the Northern Quarter and is supplemented by a black trim.
PSG Director Admits Mbappe Might Leave Amid Real Madrid Interest
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PSG Director Admits Mbappe Might Leave Amid Real Madrid Interest

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director, Leonardo has said he cannot promise fans that Kylian Mbappe will remain at the club. Real Madrid are believed to be seriously courting the 20-year-old, after dropping interest in his team-mate, Neymar. Mbappe himself claimed earlier this summer that a ‘new project’ may appeal to him. Leonardo believes the Frenchman is happy in Paris but refused to give guarantees that he will still be at the Parc des Princes when the transfer window closes. “There’s no doubt he’s a priority for us or not. Mbappe is here and he is very important to the club, there’s no question about it.   “When training resumed on Monday, he arrived with a great attitude – a big smile on his face.   “As always. He’s very charismatic, the fans love him. It’s important t...
Atletico Accuse Barca And Griezmann Of Disrespect, Rejects Barca’s Offer
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Atletico Accuse Barca And Griezmann Of Disrespect, Rejects Barca’s Offer

Atletico Madrid have accused Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona of "disrespect" and say Barca talked to their player in March. Atletico say they have rejected Barcelona's offer and ordered Frenchman Griezmann to report for pre-season. In a statement, the Madrid club expressed their "strongest repulsion for the behaviour of both, especially Barcelona". Griezmann, 28, said in May he would leave Atletico this summer. The France international has scored 94 La Liga goals in 180 games for Atletico and is widely expected to move to Barcelona. He has a buyout clause in his contract of 120m euros but Atletico say their La Liga rivals want to postpone payment and were talking to him months ago. "Obviously, the response from Atletico was negative. Understand that both Barcelona and the...
Real Madrid Make Pogba Their Top Target
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Real Madrid Make Pogba Their Top Target

Real Madrid have made Paul Pogba their primary target for the remainder of the summer transfer window, ahead of Christian Eriksen. Los Blancos had shown significant interest in the Tottenham star but have decided to forego a move for the Dane in favour of trying to snap up Pogba, of whom Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan. They will, however, bide their time in pursuit of the World Cup winner as they look to make room in their squad, and on their balance sheet, for the Manchester United midfielder. Pogba admitted on Sunday that he is ready to end his three-year second stint at Old Trafford, telling reporters at a sponsor’s event in Tokyo: "After this season and everything that happened, with my season being my best season, it could be a good time to have a new challenge so...
Jovic: I can play up front alongside Benzema at Real Madrid
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Jovic: I can play up front alongside Benzema at Real Madrid

The big-money summer signing says he can play alongside the Frenchman at the Bernabeu, though the final decision will be up to Zinedine Zidane Luka Jovic feels he can play alongside Karim Benzema in the same team but indicated he is happy to let Zinedine Zidane decide how to use him at Real Madrid. Serbia striker Jovic signed a six-year deal to join Los Blancos after hitting 27 goals in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt last term. Jovic's €70 million (£62m/$79m) arrival is part of a major rebuild for Madrid after a disappointing campaign, with Eden Hazard, Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes and Ferland Mendy also arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Pogba reveals how he gave his shirt to fan who made monkey noises as he opens up on racism in football
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Pogba reveals how he gave his shirt to fan who made monkey noises as he opens up on racism in football

The Frenchman has revealed he has been a victim of racist chanting in the past and feels the best way to deal with the abuse is to keep smiling Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has opened up on his own personal experiences of racism in football, with "ignorance" among supporters still prevalent in the modern game. The World Cup-winning playmaker has enjoyed an illustrious career at the highest level over the last eight years, taking in two spells at United either side of a successful stint in Italy with Juventus. The 26-year-old is widely considered to be one of the finest players of his generation, but despite his global status, he has still been a target of racist abuse from certain groups of fans.
Man Utd Considering Eriksen And Tielemans As Possible Replacements For Pogba
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Man Utd Considering Eriksen And Tielemans As Possible Replacements For Pogba

Manchester United have begun drawing up a list of potential replacements for Paul Pogba - despite being adamant the Frenchman will not leave this summer. Ed Woodward is determined to reject any bid for the club’s record signing and is under no pressure to sell, with Pogba still having two years to run on his contract - and the option of a further 12 months. But the 26-year-old is eager to leave Old Trafford and has publicly stated his desire to join Real Madrid. Claims arising this week that controversial agent Mino Raiola, who represents Pogba, will have his ban on negotiating deals suspended, would remove one barrier to Pogba’s exit this summer. While Woodward remains confident the player will be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution, he has begun identifying possible alt...
Manchester United Eye Premier League Midfielder to Replace Pogba
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Manchester United Eye Premier League Midfielder to Replace Pogba

Manchester United are looking to replace Paul Pogba with Youri Tielemans, if the Frenchman leaves the club this summer, according to The UK Independent. Tielemans spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester City from Monaco. The Belgian is believed to have caught the eye of United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in that short period. However, his move to Old Trafford, depends on Pogba’s future. Real Madrid and Juventus have been heavily linked with Pogba, who is thought to have grown frustrated with the club’s recent struggles on the pitch. He is also looking to play in the Champions League next term, something the Red Devils can’t offer.
Wenger slams Arsenal for Europa League final ‘collapse’ against Chelsea
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Wenger slams Arsenal for Europa League final ‘collapse’ against Chelsea

The Frenchman has had his say on the Gunners' thrashing by their Premier League rivals in Baku Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has criticised his former club for their “collapse” against Chelsea in the Europa League final. Unai Emery’s side were well beaten 4-1 by their London rivals in Baku on Wednesday. Goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Eden Hazard put Chelsea 3-0 ahead midway through the second half. Alex Iwobi’s fine strike brought the Gunners back into the game, but Hazard scored his second and Chelsea’s fourth from the penalty spot to seal the victory.
Europa League Top Scorers: Giroud Beats Aubameyang To Golden Boot
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Europa League Top Scorers: Giroud Beats Aubameyang To Golden Boot

Giroud comfortably won the Europa League Golden Boot as Chelsea easily saw off Arsenal in Baku. The Blues beat the likes of Frankfurt and Slavia Prague on the way to trophy, with the Frenchman racking up a 11 goals in a prolific campaign. The Chelsea frontman opened the scoring with a brave header at the Olympic Stadium before Pedro also hit the target and Eden Hazard scored a double in a dominant win. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to close the gap despite scoring in victories against Rennes and Valencia, meaning Luka Jovic finished runner-up with 10 goals. Europa League Top Scorers: Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen) – 4 goals, 0 assists Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan) – 4 goals, 0 assists Emilio Jose Zelaya (Apollon Limassol) – 4 goals, 0 assists Takumi Minamino (Red Bull ...
Zidane Finally Takes Decision On Sergio Ramos’s Future At Real Madrid
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Zidane Finally Takes Decision On Sergio Ramos’s Future At Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has told captain, Sergio Ramos, that he wants him to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu in this summer’s transfer window. DAILY POST had reported that Ramos is set to leave Real Madrid after clashing with the club’s president, Florentino Perez, on several occasion. The Spain international could leave Zidane’s men after 14 years at the club to join Premier League giants, Liverpool or Manchester United this summer ahead of next season. However, Marca is now reporting that Zidane held a long discussion with Ramos at the end of the recent Spanish season in an attempt to persuade the 33-year-old to remain at Madrid next season. The Spain newspaper claimed that Zidane “reacted positively” to his captain’s doubts and will make every effort to create a...
Manchester United Make €40million Bid for Dembele
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Manchester United Make €40million Bid for Dembele

Manchester United have made an offer in excess of €40million for Lyon striker, Moussa Dembele, Goal reports. Dembele enjoyed a productive first season with the Ligue 1 side, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, since his move from Celtic. United have been following the player since his youth days at Paris Saint-Germain, with club ambassador Eric Cantona having endorsed the move for his fellow Frenchman. Dembele is contracted to Lyon until 2021, meaning the Ligue 1 side who secured Champions League football for next season, are in a strong position in negotiations. It remains to be seen how attracted the 22-year-old is to a move to Old Trafford, with Europa League football on offer.