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    Ajax confirm Arsenal’s transfer interest in banned keeper Andre Onana but Lyon lead race

    AJAX have confirmed Arsenal’s interest in banned goalkeeper Andre Onana. But French club Lyon are seemingly in the lead for his coveted signature. Onana, 25, was handed a 12-month ban in February after testing positive for a banned substance. The Cameroon international’s suspension has since been reduced to nine months. And Onana has a number […] More

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    Roberto Carlos hails Luke Shaw as best player of Euro 2020 and laughs at Man Utd star’s ‘Shawberto Carlos’ nickname

    BRAZIL legend Roberto Carlos has hailed England hero Luke Shaw as the best player at Euro 2020. The Manchester United star drew comparisons to the Real Madrid icon in recent months following his stunning form for club and country. Despite struggling with broken ribs, Shaw made three assists in five games to help England reach their first […] More

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    Arsenal starlet Joe Willock wanted by Monaco with French giants ready to rival Newcastle in transfer battle

    MONACO are ready to rival Newcastle in the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock, according to reports. The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Magpies last season, scoring eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances. Willock also managed to pick up the final Player of the Month award of the league season. […] More

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    Anthony Joshua considering taking a knee before Oleksandr Usyk fight and hails England for leading the way at Euro 2020

    ANTHONY JOSHUA is considering taking a knee before his next fight in the battle against racism.The 31-year-old WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight king has to defend his crowns against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham’s stadium on September 25.
    Anthony Joshua is considering taking a knee before his next fightCredit: Instagram @ajbxng
    England players continued taking a knee at Euro 2020Credit: AFP
    And the British-Nigerian ace – who read an impassioned poem at a Black Lives Matter march through his Watford home in June 2020 – could use his status and platform to support the cause.
    Before his December win over Kubrat Pulev, AJ explained he would not take the knee as he wanted to focus on making a more tangible change to British culture and showcasing the afro-Caribbean community.
    But the last six months have led to the London 2012 Olympic icon reconsidering his approach.
    Father-of-one Joshua told Gary Neville’s The Overlap: “For me it’s not a political stance.
    “I’ve had to learn about what’s happened and what’s been going on more so last year and this year, than I ever have, to understand that this is just for a change for the better.
    “It’s not political, it’s not about defunding anything or funding anything. The change wants to be made for the better. 
    “For the betterment of my kids, probably your kids, probably the person down the road’s kids, so harmony is created, because division is going to cause war.”
    Asked by Neville if he would take a knee in the ring, Joshua said: “Yeah, 100 per cent I would. 100 per cent. I would take a knee anyway.”

    Joshua enjoyed England’s Euro 2020 campaign and was proud of the players who continued taking a knee despite small sections of the crowd booing the move.
    Gareth Southgate and his team made it ruthlessly clear why the entire England team carried on calling for societal change and AJ was impressed with the unified stance.
    The 24-1 ace said: “I feel like the players and the teams have done a great job of explaining what the reasons are for taking a knee and as a fan, whether you’re there for that or not, you’re there to watch the team win.
    “The importance of supporting your team-mates and your players – emotionally you’re with them through thick and thin. That’s loyalty. 
    “The reason that has been explained of them taking a knee is to bring awareness to an issue that’s been going on.
    “Before phones were recording certain incidents, these things were happening.
    ‘I’M NOT FRIENDS WITH NO ONE’
    “Certain people are aware, certain people have learnt more recently.
    “But as I said, it’s nice that the explanation was made clear as to why a knee is being taken.”
    Joshua showed less compassion for old enemy Tyson Fury who blew their undisputed summer decider when he lost an arbitration case with Deontay Wilder.
    When the former Manchester United defender asked if Joshua respected his fellow fighter, Joshua said: “I don’t know.
    “I don’t look at anyone in my industry like that. They are just people that I want to fight.
    “I haven’t got time for any of them. I’m not friends with no one. They are all enemies at the end of the day.”
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    Chelsea ‘open Jules Kounde transfer talks and Sevilla defender open to Blues move’ in Man Utd blow

    CHELSEA have reportedly opened talks with Sevilla for main defensive target Jules Kounde.Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims that the 22-year-old is open to joining the Blues as he remains keen to play Champions League football.
    Chelsea have made their move to sign top target Jules Kounde from SevillaCredit: Getty
    EXCL. Chelsea have opened official talks with Sevilla for Jules Koundé. He’s the main target as centre back, negotiations ongoing to reach an agreement. 🔵 #CFCKoundé is open to accept Chelsea as next clubs as he wants Champions League football. Now it’s up to the two clubs. pic.twitter.com/M4bVua2NU7— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2021

    The report adds that a potential deal will now come down to whether Chelsea can agree a fee with the LaLiga side for the centre-back.
    SunSport previously reported that Manchester United were also interested in Kounde – despite nearing a move for his compatriot Raphael Varane.
    Tottenham attempted to join the race for the Frenchman only to be snubbed as Spurs fail to offer Champions League football next season.
    London rivals Chelsea meanwhile are the current European holders and have been keeping tabs on Kounde over the last month.
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    Thomas Tuchel is eager to land a new central defender this summer with Thiago Silva turning 37 in September.
    Kurt Zouma has also been linked with a move away while academy graduate Marc Guehi has already sealed a move to Crystal Palace.
    Kounde was part of the France squad that suffered a shock loss to Switzerland in the Round of 16 at Euro 2020.
    The former Bordeaux star made 34 top-flight appearances for Sevilla last term and scored three goals as Julen Lopetegui’s side finished fourth.

    Kounde can play at both right-back and centre-half, the sort of versatility that is enticing several Premier League clubs.
    He is under contract until 2024 at the Spanish side, and was a second-half substitute in Sevilla’s 4-0 loss to Chelsea back in December.
    Bayern Munich stalwart Niklas Sule is another name thought to be among Tuchel’s list of defensive targets at Stamford Bridge this summer.
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    Ryan Giggs’ son Zach plays in Man Utd U16s 2-0 win over Coleraine in opening game of Northern Ireland tour

    RYAN GIGGS’ son Zach starred in Manchester United’s Under 16s 2-0 win over Coleraine on Monday night.The Red Devils’ youth outfit scored twice in the opening half to ensure they kicked off their mini-tour of Northern Ireland with a victory.
    Zach Giggs started Manchester United’s Under 16s win over ColeraineCredit: Getty
    The teenager (right) has been training with the Red Devils since he was 12Credit: Getty
    Wanted singer Max George was cheering on Zach from home
    Ryan, with Zach in 2011, became a United legend during his 25 years at Old Trafford
    Zach, who can play as a centre-back or full-back, was called up by Wales to face England back in May.
    And the teenager continued his development by starting United’s U16s win over Coleraine at Seahaven in Portstewart.
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    Victor Musa broke the deadlock after a quarter of an hour by firing home at the back post following a deep cross from Jacob Devaney.
    Jack Moorhouse then doubled United’s lead with a long-range free-kick before the half-hour mark which caught the keeper out.
    Although the future Old Trafford stars saw out the win, there was also a penalty shootout after the game to give the players valuable experience.
    And United claimed a 5-3 victory from the spot-kicks as well with all 10 players allowed to take an effort from 12 yards.
    Wanted singer Max George – who is dating Ryan’s ex-wife Stacey – was cheering on Zach from home after uploading a short clip on Instagram.
    He captioned the post: “Casually watching superstar (Zach) for (Manchester United)… I think Stacey is a little proud…”

    Zach will next get the chance to impress when United take on a Ballymena United academy side on Wednesday night.
    Father Ryan however is currently in court after being charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her sister.
    Giggs pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court last week.
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    Arsenal ‘refuse to give up on Martin Odegaard transfer and Real Madrid midfielder is keen to return to Emirates’

    ARSENAL have NOT given up hope on signing Real Madrid ace Martin Odegaard, according to reports. The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Gunners, making 20 appearances in the process.
    Odegaard wants to fight for his place at Real, but is open to returning to ArsenalCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    But the Norwegian wonderkid only managed to play a part in four goals across all competitions.
    According to Football.london, Odegaard wants to fight for his place at Real, but hasn’t shut the door completely on a return to Arsenal.
    Real are interested on listening to offers for Odegaard, who has failed to stake a claim to a first team place since joining at the tender age of 16.
    Odegaard enjoyed his time in London and posted a heartfelt message to the club and its supporters once his loan had expired.
    He said: “Arsenal, Thank you so much for these 6 months.
    “My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.
    “I wanna [sic] thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day.
    “Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.
    Martin, you are in Madrid. Wake up, macho.Tomas Roncero
    “A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay. Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch.
    “Will miss you all. Thank you, gunners family. Always in my heart.”
    Since returning to his parent club, Odegaard has been blasted for his performance in Real’s shock 2-1 pre-season loss to Scottish champions Rangers.
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    Spanish outlet AS’ Tomas Roncero has warned Odegaard to “wake up”.
    In his review of the loss, Roncero said: “Odegaard is the eternal promise. Surrounded by homegrown players, he should have said ‘here I am’.
    “What is there to do? Like at Arsenal, do they all play for him? Martin, you are in Madrid. Wake up, macho.”
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    Arsenal’s worst XI of the 21st Century includes Francis Jeffers, Gervinho and one of Arteta’s current squad

    ARSENAL are a great club and poor players do not tend to play for it. It is more a case of players not quite being at the level we as fans expect, hope for, or indeed have been used to.
    The ex-Chelsea winger is one of many Brazilians in the team
    Willian is the only member of Mikel Arteta’s current squad to make the Worst XI this CenturyCredit: Getty
    With regards to my rules when determining Arsenal’s worst XI of the 21st Century – a player must have played a minimum of 10 Premier League matches to qualify for consideration.
    This rules out failed signings that never truly played enough for us to judge.
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    Secondly, the formation of the 11 will be 4-2-3-1, simply because it has been the predominant set up this century.
    Arsenal fan Dave Seager tells us below as he picks his very own team of north London flops:
    GK: Vito Mannone
    Since Jens Lehmann, Arsenal have not covered themselves in glory in this position with no goalkeeper truly getting close to the German Invincible or Seaman’s consistency.
    Of the average bunch I think Vito Mannone was the most disappointing, and the level of his career post 15 matches in seven years at the club probably bears this out.
    RB: Nelson Vivas
    Many might shout Emmanuel Eboue, wrongly, or even Stephan Lichtsteiner after one awful season but I am opting for Nelson Vivas.
    I do so because in 2000 and 2001 as a full and regular Argentina international he was unable to edge out a 37-year-old Lee Dixon. Something a central midfielder Lauren was able to do when Vivas left.
    Nelson Vivas was unable to edge out a 37-year-old Lee Dixon during his stint at ArsenalCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    LB: Andre Santos
    In all honesty, this position has been a strong one for Arsenal for as long as I can remember with one notable exception.
    When the roll call for the century is Silvinho, Cole, Clichy, Gibbs, Monreal and now Tierney, only Andre Santos can be given this dubious honour. Enough said!
    CB: Igor Stepanovs and Sebastian Squillaci
    There have been many that have not quite been able to follow the likes of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure – and many have tried.
    Of all the candidates, Philippe Senderos, Johan Djourou, William Gallas, Thomas Vermaelen, Pascal Cygan might stick their hands up but Igor Stepanovs and Sebastian Squillaci are easily the worst for me. 121 international caps between them too!
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    RDM: Gio van Bronckhorst
    This is one of the most difficult areas for me because truth be told we have had so much quality over the past 21 years that whoever I pick it will be a harsh one.
    The easier of the two is Gio van Bronckhorst simply because for such a talented player he never managed to do what he was signed to do, which was to replace Emmanuel Petit as Patrick Vieira’s partner.
    His career at Arsenal was marred by injury but when fit he was often utilised as a left-back and failed to rival Ray Parlour for the position he was signed for.
    LDM: Denilson
    Alongside Gio, whilst it pains me to do it, I will have to opt for Denilson.
    It may seem harsh given the young Brazilian played over 150 games for Arsenal, but he never really made the shirt his own and his demise post leaving speaks volumes.
    Arsenal fans failed to see the best of Gervinho during his two years at the EmiratesCredit: Arsenal FC – Getty
    LW: Gervinho
    Again a position graced by Marc Overmars, Robert Pires, Antonio Reyes, Samir Nasri, Andrei Arshavin, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since the turn of the century, this position has been pivotal for Arsenal.
    Sadly, the gap and the blip came post-Nasri when Arsene Wenger invested in the wrong player from Lille. Gervinho shone in France with Eden Hazard and starred again in Italy. He singularly failed to shine or star in North London.
    RW: Willian
    After all the initial excitement, followed by seven seasons and seven loans Joel Campbell should have walked into my team but of course, that was before Willian.
    I have no idea what became of the Brazilian that played for Chelsea but no one has stunk quite like our £200k a week flop.
    CAM: Julio Baptista
    The second striker role I have given to Julio Baptista. After banging in goals for fun at Sevilla, Real Madrid beat Wenger and Arsenal to the Brazilian’s signature in 2005.
    Despite scoring 11 for the Spanish giants, he was allowed to leave on loan for the 2006/7 season and I along with most of the Arsenal faithful was super excited.
    I needn’t have been because he was a shadow of the player we all hoped for, managing only three goals in 23 league appearances. A massive disappointment.
    Francis Jeffers failed to make the grade at Arsenal after his early promise at EvertonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    ST: Francis Jeffers
    There have been many strikers who have not quite made the grade at Arsenal in the 21st Century and there is even talk of a curse on the Number 9 shirt.

    Marouane Chamakh gets bad press but actually began like a train before falling under the huge shadow of an imperious RVP and Lucas Perez failed to breakthrough.
    However, for the sheer fall from grace and failure to deliver on early promise at Everton, my striker can only be Francis Jeffers. 
    He has the chance to partner the greatest striker the league had seen between 2001 and 2004 but failed to force himself past either Nwankwo Kanu or Sylvain Wiltord for the honour.

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