Arsenal shot-stopper, Petr Cech is set to become the first Premier League goalkeeper to reach 200 clean sheets when he goes up against former club, Chelsea on Wednesday. The 35-year-old currently sits on 199 clean sheets from 423 appearances and his nearest rival, is former Premier League keeper, David James in second on 169. The Czech International earned 162 of his EPL clean sheets during an 11-year spell with the Blues, winning three of his four golden glove titles at Stamford Bridge, and is currently on 37 for the Gunners. Cech was within minutes of reaching the 200 mark last time out against West Brom but a harsh late penalty converted by Jay Rodriguez saw his wait go on. Arsenal are currently six points behind fourth placed, Liverpool a...
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has said he could leave the club before the expiration of the two year contract he signed. The Gunners boss signed a two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium at the end of last season. The Frenchman conceded that he might not see out the end, adding that his situation will be discussed with the club’s board at the end of the season. He told beIN SPORTS, “I said I will sit down with the board at the end of every season and see where we go from there – so that’s not exactly the same. “That’s as well sometimes you know, you make a sentence and people turn it the way they would like to see it. “That’s what I said – I have a two-year contract, I will always try to go to the end of my contract but always have the honesty to sit down with the
Paris Saint-Germain forward, Angel Di Maria has pointed out the turning point in Nigeria’s 4-2 win over Argentina in the friendly game in Krasnordar, Russia on Tuesday. The Super Eagles came back from two goals down to win 4-2, thanks to goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Brian Idowu. However, Di Maria said the goal by Iheanacho was the turning point of the game for the Nigerians. Ever Benaga and Sergio Aguero had put the South American giants 2 goals ahead within 36 minutes of play but Iheanacho coiled in a rare free kick to restore hope for the Super Eagles. Gernot Rohr’s men started the second half with a different mindset, scoring netting 3 more times but Di Maria believed Iheanacho’s goal demoralized his side. He said after the game, “What a
The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria on Friday played out a 1-1 draw in the last game of qualifying series for Russia 2018 World Cup in Constantine. The first half of the game ended in a barren draw with Nigeria enjoying much of the possession but failing to utilize couple of chances. Israel-based midfielder John Ogu put the visiting West African giants ahead with a 61st minute left footed shot from outside the eighteen yard area. Both teams fought hard in the dead rubber encounter with Nigeria having claimed the sole ticket of the group, which also has Zambia and Cameroon. The Cabonese referee surprisingly awarded a controversial penalty to the home side in the 86th minute and Yacine Brahimi made no mistake with the spot kick. Nigeria will now head to...
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed changes expected in his squad against Algeria in the inconsequential World Cup qualifying game in Constantine on Friday. ADO Den Haag right-back, Tyronne Ebuehi, on-loan Standard Liege midfielder Uche Agbo and Hapoel Be’er Sheva forward Anthony Nwakaeme shall all find places in the starting lineup. Rohr considers fielding fringe players for the dead robber game with the likes of on-loan Hull City defender Ola Aina; young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho; on-loan Anderlecht striker Henry Onyekuru, on-loan Girona forward Olarenwaju Kayode and Norway – based midfielder Chidiebere Nwakali all set to start. The Super Eagles have already landed in Russia after beating Zambia 1-0 in Uyo on October 7 to top Group B
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made Chelsea forward Eden Hazard his number one target for next summer. According to Don Balon, Madrid president Florentino Perez is coveting the likes of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Juventus’s Paulo Dybala, while Zidane wants the Belgian to partner Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo up front. The Frenchman is concerned by the form of Gareth Bale and has identified Chelsea star, Hazard as the ideal replacement for the Wales international. Hazard had earlier revealed he won’t be joining any other club apart from Lillie, adding that it would only be at the end of his career. Hazard has been a long term target for Paris Saint Germain before they eventually signed Brazilian star Neymar and Monaco’s wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe.
The board of Manchester United has given manager Jose Mourinho conditions for buying new players by January. The former Chelsea boss has been told he has to sell before he can bring in new players as the club’s board looks to cut costs. The Portuguese has already splashed a whopping £285million on transfer fees during his two year stint at the club, with six major signings arriving. Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic were bought and also being handed huge wages. The club’s wage bill has risen by 13.5% to £263.5m – as shown in their most recent financial figures when released in September. According to the BBC, the board has told Mourinho that he can only buy players if he ge
Former Arsenal midfielder, Emmanuel Petit has slammed German midfielder, Mesut Ozil’s for his poor performance in the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat last weekend at the Etihad, labelling the playmaker “a ghost.” Manchester City dismantled their North London opponents on Sunday and moved 12 points ahead of them. While the disapproval of Ozil was largely from supporters, former Gunners Petit has offered his opinion on the situation. Petit said in his Paddy Power column, “Arsene Wenger was honest after the game, acknowledging his opponents as the superior side. “But in the first half, he was too shy. He was afraid of Manchester City and his team were passive as a result. I think more substitutions should have been made in the midfield area: Ozil was on the pitch, but he was just a ghost.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said that referees will help leaders Manchester City to win the Premier League title. Wenger accused City forward Raheem Sterling of diving after he won a penalty in his team’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday. The French boss was furious with the performance of referee Michael Oliver who awarded the spot kick and a goal, which the Arsenal manager claimed was offside. “I believe it was no penalty. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well. “And the third goal was offside. I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game. The third goal was the killer and it is by coincidence that mistakes always go for the home team, as we know. “It is unfortunate that the game finished the way it finished. I am disa
Former Brazil star, Ronaldo has noted that Neymar’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain was similar to his own move away from Barcelona. Ronaldo spent only a season at Camp Nou, netting 34 La Liga goals in 37 appearances but surprisingly dumped the club for Inter ahead of the 1997-98 campaign. Neymar stunned the football world when he left Barcelona for PSG, and his countryman said his exit was similar to his. Ronaldo’s performance at Barcelona helped him become FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, but contract negotiations broke down, leading to his Inter Milan move. Reports at the time suggested Neymar had grown frustrated with the club’s hierarchy, and Ronaldo revealed that he had the same issue. The 41-year-old told V