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Charlie Nicholas fancies Arsenal to make the top four next season

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has backed the Gunners to make the push for the top four after a successful summer of transfer business. The north London giants were expected to struggle in the transfer market with the alleged budget of £45m but they made a few shrewd signings with the means of staggered payments to the respective clubs.


Among those, Nicolas Pepe arrived on a club-record fee of £72m from Lille and Nicholas believes the Gunners could finally break into the Champions League places and finish third even, he said: “The Gunners surprised me with the signing of Nicolas Pepe, they will be very exciting going forward after that. I am glad that Laurent Koscielny has been shipped out, Carl Jenkinson has gone so the ones Arsenal don’t need are going. Is David Luiz better than what Arsenal have? Absolutely. On his day he is world-class. On another day he is an absolutely ridiculous defender. Arsenal are not going to challenge for the title. If Luiz comes in I will applaud it and I think they will finish third.”
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Qatar to Use Several Innovative Technologies at World Cup 2022 Stadiums

There will be a lot of firsts at the World Cup 2022. One of the debuts would be for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which has been a major assistance in top leagues around the world. The system has been able to achieve a success rate of 99.3%. The World Cup will be held at Qatar, who have invested heavily in building stadiums and infrastructure to go along with the image of the nation. As a result, VAR will be one of the many technologies that will be invested at this competition. There are bigger and newer technological innovations like fully air-conditioned stadiums, which have been done in order to combat the extreme heat that is common in this part of the world.

Heat was a major issue that was discussed when Qatar was awarded the rights to host the competition in 2010. This was a controversial choice since the Middle East country was often prone to encounter in temperatures of around 43° in the summer. This was when world cups have always been held, but the heat has forced FIFA into making this as a winter tournament, which will take place in December. Even then, the temperatures are higher than average and it is expected to be around 30°. In order to make for a comfortable environment, Qatar has invested heavily in air-conditioning the stadiums. It will be able to bring down the temperatures to 23° in the stands and 20° in the pitch.
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David Silva admits things are getting tougher by the day

Manchester City star David Silva has admitted that things have got tougher by the day for him with the Premier League holders. The former Spain international has been a regular figure under Pep Guardiola during the ongoing season but he has not enjoyed the consistency of gametime when compared to the previous campaign.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Silva said that he has a good feeling with regards to the proceedings with the Citizens, but he needs to take more care of himself unlike during his younger days, he said: “I feel good, to be honest. I feel good and I know every day it gets tougher because there’s a lot of games and a high level. But I feel fine. I have to take more care, but that’s what I’m doing and I’m feeling good.”
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BIGGEST TRANSFER NEWS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

So far Chelsea have been really busy in the transfer market. They have acquired the services of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic with a huge rumour that Eden Hazard would exit this summer.

Coach Maurizio Sarri wants a striker this summer but have so far signed Gonzalo Higuain on a loan deal. Morata has also been sold to Atletico Madrid in a loan-to-buy deal. Chelsea also agreed to a deal that saw Cesc Fabregas exit for AS Monaco, which was quite surprising considering their abysmal form.
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Claude Puel heaps praises on Leicester

Claude Puel reckons that technically his team might have got only one point at Brighton, but morally it was a victory for them after the way they turned it around and earned a draw from a not so great position.

Leicester conceded a lead early in the game and then they were reduced to only 10 players in the 28th minute when James Maddison had to go off having been booked twice in a space of just two minutes. It was an incredibly hard challenge for the visitors to not concede any more goals from there, but they not only managed to ensure that, they actually went on to equalize as well. Puel was mighty pleased with that monumental effort.
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Chelsea manager unsure over Thibaut Courtois’ future

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has said that he is unsure over the position of Thibaut Courtois but he remains hopeful that the goalkeeper will stay put at the club for the upcoming campaign. The Belgium international has shown no intention of extending his contract beyond June 2019 and this has seen him continuously associated with a move to Real Madrid.

Despite this, the European champions have yet to make a formal enquiry for the Belgian and Sarri remains optimistic that the shot-stopper will prolong his stay at Stamford Bridge, he said: “I don’t know. At the moment, Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea, and so I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club. ‘It depends especially on him I think. But I hope that Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”
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BARCELONA IS EUROPE’S TOP CLUB, BEATS MADRID

Spanish side Barcelona thumped their arch rivals Real Madrid to become the top club on the continent despite Madrid winning their 13th European Cup recently. The La Liga champs overtook Madrid based on a Euro Club Index compiled by data company Gracenote.

Gracenote considered the results of the top 100 clubs on the continent over the past four years. However, the recently concluded season carried two third of the weight. Teams collect or lose points based on the results and circumstances of each game. If any club from a league performs well in Europe, the entire league gets a bonus.
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Romelu Lukaku Does not Fear Zlatan Ibrahimovic Competition

Manchester United’s forward Romelu Lukaku has claimed that he is not worried at the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic providing him a competition in the first team.


The Swede appeared to have left the club on a permanent basis, but he has rejoined the United on a one-year contract.Ibrahimovic is not looking likely to play until January. If he does return to the squad, he will be not satisfied with a place on the bench, as the 36-year-old has always been one of the top dogs in his team. Lukaku has made an excellent start to his life at United after scoring three goals in as many games, but there are concerns about the presence of Ibrahimovic providing him with a spot of bother.

Yet, the Belgian international has dismissed those claims by saying that he would welcome the presence of additional competition in the team. United are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2013 when Alex Ferguson was able to lead the club to success. read more »

FENERBAHCE DENIES TRANSFER RUMOUR

Turkish football giants, Fenerbahce has come out to deny a transfer rumour that would see them sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


A Turkish sports newspaper Fanatikrecently ran the sensational headline which had them claiming that the club was already on the verge of securing a deal for Ibrahimovic in a transfer that would be regarded as a historic one.

According to the reports, the Yellow Canaries are expected to spend no less than £8.8 million [€10m] per-season to sign the experienced Manchester United striker.

This rumour currently making the rounds has however been denied by the Istanbul giants.In an official statement released by Fenerbahce yesterday, the club asked the sports newspaper to pay for the transfer since they claim it is going on.

The statement also noted that the newspaper report was a complete fabrication and should be disregarded by all and sundry.

The statement read: read more »