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    Arsenal latest club to link up with cryptocurrency in $AFC Fan Token deal – with fans now able to make club decisions

    ARSENAL are joining Europe’s football giants by getting involved in cryptocurrency with the creation of $AFC Fan Tokens.The club have become the second Premier League outfit to team up with blockchain provider Chiliz to offer crypto tokens to supporters 
    Arsenal have become the latest Premier League club to offer their fans cryptocurrency
    The Gunners say $AFC Fan Tokens will give supporters the chance to influence club decisions during the season
    And the Emirates side are set to launch their tokens via an app called Socios.com.
    It is a move that sees the Gunners follow in the footsteps of league champs Manchester City who in March revealed plans to launch fan tokens in collaboration with Chiliz. 
    Gunners officials suggest $AFC Fan Tokens, described as digital assets, will give their owners the chance to influence the club every season via interactive surveys and polls.
    It is thought they can also join competitions and discussion forums. 
    Peter Silverstone, Arsenal’s commercial director said: ‘We are excited to launch this partnership with Socios that will bring our huge global fan base even closer to the club. 
    “Socios are leading the way in blockchain in the sports industry, as we have seen from their relationships with other leading European clubs. 
    “When we launch the $AFC Fan Tokens together we will give our hundreds of millions of fans worldwide more opportunities to interact with the club and be a part of our global family.”
    Chilliz is thought to be one of the most influential blockchain suppliers for the sports and entertainment sector. 
    Barcelona and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs working with the firm. 
    Portugal and Copa America champions Argentina are among the national teams to have agreed to partnerships. 

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    And LaLiga outfit Valencia are set to become the first football side in the world to plug their $VCF Fan Tokens on their football shirts.
    The Gunners’ move into cryptocurrency for fans comes a week after they announced plans for a documentary with Amazon.
    The All or Nothing series will see Arsenal allow TV cameras behind the scenes at the Emirates during the 2021-22 season. 
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    Arsenal training base to undergo deep clean as youth teams forced to isolate after positive coronavirus tests

    ARSENAL have been forced to undertake a deep clean of their training ground after a swell of positive coronavirus tests inside the academy.A small number of Under-23s and Under-18s players have caught Covid-19, forcing a handful of youth team friendlies to be cancelled.
    Mikel Arteta’s first-team are in Scotland and unaffected by the outbreakCredit: Getty
    The Gunners have insisted that the infections were transmitted away from their London Colney base.
    And those who have tested positive are not said to be suffering from any severe symptoms.
    A club statement to The Athletic read: “There have been a small number of positive tests at London Colney which has required some U23 and U18 players to quarantine.
    “All these positives were transmitted off site and the players are well.”
    Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad are said to be unaffected by the outbreak having travelled to Scotland for a pre-season camp earlier this week.
    But academy friendlies with Bournemouth’s U21s and Welling have been called off, with games against Boreham Wood and Bromley also in doubt.
    The statement continued: “To protect our players and opponents, two friendly matches for the U23s and U18s have been cancelled.
    “Our London Colney training ground has undergone extensive work to help ensure there is no cross-contamination between our various football bubbles.

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    “The men’s first-team squad are unaffected as they are currently in Scotland. The women’s first-team squad also continue to train as normal.”
    Arsenal will travel back to the capital after facing Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
    The team were expected to spend a few days continuing their training at Colney before heading for the Florida Cup in the United States.
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    Arsenal transfer boost with Martin Odegaard available for Real Madrid exit after LaLiga demand club slash their wages

    ARSENAL’S dream of bringing Martin Odegaard back to North London could be on once again amid reports of financial woe at Real Madrid.Los Blancos are subject to a decreased wage limit this season after suffering a collapse in revenue during the pandemic.
    Martin Odegaard has started pre-season training with Real MadridCredit: Getty
    LaLiga enforce a salary cap that has come into focus during the coronavirus crisis, with Barcelona at particular risk of exceeding their allocation.
    According to The Athletic, a number of stars have been earmarked for a potential sale after Real’s limit dropped by over £140MILLION from its pre-pandemic figure.
    First-team players Eden Hazard, Isco, Marcelo, Mariano Diaz, Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane have all been described as up for sale.
    Two players potentially joining them are 22-year-old Odegaard and fellow former Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos.
    While Ceballos will decide his future after playing for Spain at the Tokyo Olympics, Odegaard is already in pre-season training.
    A ‘significant’ fee would be required for any club to sign either midfielder – and Arsenal are tipped to spend big this summer.
    Although, a wide range of targets are on their radar from Brighton’s £50m-rated Ben White to Italy star Manuel Locatelli.
    A central midfielder who can play the ball is well known to be a priority although SunSport revealed this week that paying £35m for Wolves’ playmaker Ruben Neves is not the club’s preference.
    Instead, Anderlecht’s Albert Sambi Lokonga is set to arrive for a more modest £17m.
    Odegaard impressed in a loan spell through the second half of last season and Mikel Arteta confirmed afterwards that Arsenal would hold talks over his future.
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    The coach said in May: “We need to respect that he’s a Real Madrid player.
    “We’ll have those communications. We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done.
    “And he has adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football club.
    “Hopefully we have given him the hope and the feeling that this could be a good place for him.”
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    Harry Maguire says racists who abused England heroes Saka, Sancho & Rashford would NEVER have courage to take a penalty

    HARRY MAGUIRE has paid tribute to England’s penalty takers — and admitted he would not have taken one for his country at such a young age.Bukayo Saka, 19, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Marcus Rashford, 23, received sickening racist abuse after their misses against Italy.
    Harry Maguire has paid tribute to England’s penalty takersCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    England heroes Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka
    And Maguire, 28 insisted the racist cowards would never have the guts to step forward.
    Maguire, who scored in the shootout, said: “When I was 19 or 20, I would have been standing there saying ‘I don’t want to take one’.
    “There is no chance I would have been putting my hand up at their age.
    “So look at the courage and bravery of these young lads, look at the age of Bukayo, Jadon and Marcus.
    “The things I have gone through have made me more confident and have given me belief.
    “I am able to handle those situations better, now I am happy to take one and I executed it well.
    “These people who are being abusive would not be able to handle the pressure.
    “It is the highest amount of pressure you will feel, so to do it at their age and to show such bravery should be applauded.
    Bukayo Saka is consoled by England boss Gareth Southgate after he missed his penaltyCredit: AP
    Maguire with SunSport’s Charlie WyettCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Hundreds left messages of support and kneeled next to a mural of Marcus Rashford after it was defaced and he suffered vile racist abuseCredit: PA
    “I spoke with the three lads afterwards. I have checked up with them and seen how they are but they are courageous lads.
    “They should be applauded rather than criticised.
    “I took a penalty in a play-off final shootout for Sheffield United when I was 19 but doing it for England is completely different.”
    Maguire has been sent videos of his penalty smashing a camera in the shootout.

    But the Manchester United captain is furious with the nasty side of social media.
    He added: “It does not surprise me. For the three lads who have given everything for the country and been so brave to get this is terrible.”
    England and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden tweeted: “We’re all hurting right now but the racist abuse sent to some of my team-mates after the bravery they showed on Sunday night is disgusting and has no place in the game.”
    Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin added: “To the real England fans, thank you for your support this summer and to those of you abusing my team-mates for having the courage to step up and take a penalty shame on you, we don’t need people like you on social media or in society.”
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    #ArtetaOut trending ALREADY as Arsenal fans rage after calamitous loss to Hibs in pre-season opener

    ANGRY Gooners had #ArtetaOut trending by half-time as Arsenal lost their opening game of pre-season to Hibs. The Gunners were beaten 2-1 in Scotland with Emile Smith Rowe pulling one back with ten minutes to go.
    Mikel Arteta has his head in his hands as #ArtetaOut trended and Arsenal lost their opening game of pre-season to HibsCredit: Getty
    Eddie Nketiah missed this golden chance with just five minutes on the clock
    Rookie goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo made a shocking error for Hibs’ opening goalCredit: Getty
    Daniel MacKay scored the Scottish side’s secondCredit: PA
    Emile Smith Rowe scored with 10 minutes to play but Arsenal could not find an equaliserCredit: Getty
    Manager Arteta fielded only TWO non-first team players, keeper Arthur Okonkwo and centre-back Harry Clarke.
    Okonkwo suffered a disastrous start to the game as he missed Cedric Soares’ poor back pass after only 21 minutes.
    Martin Boyle went in to finish it off following the stopper’s mistake and sub Daniel MacKay then made it 2-0 on 69 minutes.
    After Smith Rowe’s consolation, some Arsenal fans were left fuming and took their anger out on Spaniard Arteta.
    One tweeted: “Conte is still available, I don’t think trusting Arteta with signings is a good idea, he will surely be a great manager but he still needs experience #Artetaout.”
    Another posted: “Of course it ends in defeat, players know it’s the only way to get #ArtetaOut.”
    One wrote: “It’s about that time… #ArtetaOut.”
    Another tweeted: “First game of preseason and #ArtetaOut is trending. Some things never change.”

    Conte is still available, I don’t think trusting Arteta with signings is a good idea, he will surely be a great manager but he still needs experience #Artetaout— Mj (@TheAdebisi8) July 13, 2021

    How have Willian Bellerin and kolasinac snuck back into this team 😭#ArtetaOut— 🇳🇬prince zuko ☄️ (@prospectmelv) July 13, 2021

    Of course it ends in defeat,players know it’s the only way to get #ArtetaOut— Karabo_afc🇿🇦 (@_kaysway_) July 13, 2021

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    Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Hector Bellerin were among the experienced players to have featured in the loss.
    And while some supporters vented their anger towards Arteta, others were quick to remember it is only a friendly.
    One tweeted: “Can’t believe people are getting worked up over a pre season friendly no point in even watching it, only for fitness anyway.”
    Another tweeted: “pre season and people are already trending that nonsense, Arteta’s here to stay lads, chill.”
    One argued: “Chill guys it’s just pre season friendly, arteta is just getting to know the players staying and the ones leaving.”
    pre season and people are already trending that nonsense , Arteta’s here to stay lads, chill.— The Socialist Gooner (@LeftWingGunner) July 13, 2021

    Chill guys it’s just pre season friendly, arteta is just getting to know the players staying and the ones leaving— Trizzy Zilion (@trizzy_zilion) July 13, 2021

    I’m not an Arteta stan but it’s literally a pre season friendly, relax— NT🇪🇷 (@N1ftbl) July 13, 2021

    Can’t believe people are getting worked up over a pre season friendly 😫 no point in even watching it, only for fitness anyway 🚮— Joel (@joelafc91) July 13, 2021

    Only a preseason friendly bro it’s absolutely nothing— Omni Man (@JeffreyDeontay) July 13, 2021

    Relax it’s only a friendly. Players still in the holiday mode— Shamsudeen (@alli_icestorm) July 13, 2021

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