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Arsenal: Premier League giants partner with WorldRemit

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Arsenal and WorldRemit are partnering to use the power of football to find a better way to connect communities.

Premier League giants Arsenal have joined forces with WorldRemit the leading digital money transfer business, formed by a UK-based entrepreneur from Somaliland, to accelerate the company’s growth and help more people save money on international transfers.

Through this partnership, WorldRemit will be provided with a range of rights and player access to support its expansion plans.

The partnership agreement includes match day LED branding for every Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup match along with TV interview backdrop presence for every home Premier League match along with global digital and social media rights across Arsenal’s online and mobile platforms.

 

WorldRemit will work closely with Arsenal’s first-team players to create unique content that will support new and existing community engagement initiatives around the world.

WorldRemit’s customers and Arsenal fans are not left out from benefiting from this partnership as they get exclusive events and experiences using the power of football to inspire people.

The company will launch the partnership with the first in a number of competitions to win travel to London and tickets to watch the team play at Emirates Stadium.

WorldRemit was founded by Chief Executive Officer Ismail Ahmed, to offer a better way to send small sums of money more frequently, bringing family and friends closer together - wherever they are.

 

WorldRemit’s service is available to senders in 50 countries and the company offers money transfers to more than 140 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.

The company is a global leader in international transfers paid out as mobile money - where funds can be held on mobile telephone accounts. WorldRemit connects to over 130 million mobile money accounts, enabling money to be sent safely to friends and family even if the recipient doesn’t have access to a bank account.

The partnership will support WorldRemit’s growth ambitions by helping them reach Arsenal’s 74 million followers on their official social media channels and 185 supporters’ clubs worldwide.

This is an exciting new partnership with WorldRemit who under their inspirational CEO are looking to transform the way people can transfer money to family and friends around the world,Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer, said.

 “We share mutual values and look forward to working together to build their global presence through our broadcast, social and digital channels which reach millions around the world. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.

“Football is a language that everyone understands,” Ahmed, WorldRemit's CEO said.

 

WorldRemit was founded in 2010. The CEO Ahmed saw the opportunity to give customers a better service by offering faster, lower-cost and more secure digital money transfers compared to traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ agents. 

Growing up in Somaliland, you would always see kids playing football - even during the war. It’s a passion which connects people all over the world and we are proud to sponsor a club whose values are so closely aligned to our own and those of our customers,” Ahmed added.

This partnership with Arsenal creates opportunities for us to thank and reward our loyal customers and to connect with new audiences around the world.

“We look forward to using the power of football to support and inspire young people to fulfil their potential and to the opportunities which we can create to together.”




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SPORT: Goffin shocks Federer, qualifies for ATP finals

Belgium's David Goffin celebrates beating Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2017. David Goffin won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Glyn KIRK / AFP


David Goffin mounted a spirited fightback to stun six-time champion Roger Federer, and reach the final of the season-ending ATP Finals in London.

The Belgian seventh seed, 26, came from a set down to win 2-6 6-3 6-4, his first victory in seven attempts against the 19-time Grand Slam champion.

“I have no words. I cannot describe how I’m feeling - so much joy, so much happiness,” said Goffin.Grigor Dimitrov will face Jack Sock in the second semi-final at 20:00 GMT.

Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares take on defending champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the doubles semi-finals at the O2 Arena at 18:00.

Federer, 36, had been a strong favourite to land his seventh title at the season finale, but will be absent from today’s final after suffering only his fifth defeat of 2017.

The Swiss can reflect on a remarkable year in which he has won two more major titles, among 52 match victories, but it is six years since he last won the ATP Finals.\

“It’s a bit disappointing for me because it’s indoors, it’s a court I like to play on, but I had my chances and missed them,” said Federer.

“When he had them, he was very committed. I think that was the difference.“He’s crushed me too many times in practice to not also do it once in a match situation.”




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SPORT: It’s unethical to keep two jobs as a coach, says Laloko


• Queries Maikaba’s Choice Over Finidi As U-17 Coach

Former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Coach Kashimawo Laloko, has described as immoral, the recent hiring of Abdullahi Maikaba, as coach of the U-17 national team since he is still under the employ of a Nigeria Professional Football (NPFL) club side.

Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George, had volunteered to coach the team for free and is currently unattached. However, Maikaba, who got the nod ahead of him, coaches Akwa United FC.Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, Laloko said he cannot, but wonder why the NFF appointed Maikaba, as against George, who wants to offer free service.

“I do not know why they did that. I do not know why Maikaba was picked as the U-17 coach. I trained Maikaba in the Pepsi Academy in Kano. I doubt if he knows much about youth development in football.

“There are people who applied for that job, who have good training in youth development. For example Finidi George applied and you denied him. This is one person, who had been to Holland, Spain and many countries of the world.

“So, if this person is saying that he wants to help us in the youth development of our football, that means he knows what he is saying. The man wants to help us for free,” he said.

Laloko a former coach of The Gambia national team said he believes that one of the reasons why he thinks George was never given the job was that he is not the type that could be pushed around.

“So you may ask why did they not give him the job, why give it to someone that has a job already. Or is it because they think they cannot control him. Maikaba is not the right person to coach these young children; I am saying this categorically because I know him well.

“I think his selection is unfair. A coach who is in charge of a division one team cannot handle an U-17 team because he doesn’t have the wherewithal and the experience. I still maintain Maikaba will not have the time to do both jobs and even when he has the time, he may not handle it well. Teaching the children and at the same time senior players in a club can be confusing.

“But here in the country, employment is based on who you know. If you do not know somebody you don’t get anything. I agree a person can lobby for a thing, but a person who doesn’t lobby for things must be good. We want to appeal to the NFF to try and understand the issue on ground,” he stated.




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SPORT: Roma close gap on Napoli after derby win

Roma's Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi (top) celebrates with teammates at the end of the Italian Serie A football match AS Roma vs Lazio on November 18, 2017 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. AS Roma won 2-1.Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP


Roma moved to within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli after squeezing past local rivals Lazio 2-1 on Sunday as Italy resumed domestic action following the World Cup disaster for the national team.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side moved to third in Serie A level on 30 points with Inter Milan ahead of Napoli's clash later with AC Milan after a hard-fought match decided by two goals in four second-half minutes from Diego Perotti and Radja Nainggolan.

“We showed great spirit, we are in wonderful form," said goalscorer Nainggolan.

The Belgium international was a doubt for the derby after picking up a groin injury during the international break but was the star of the show for Roma in midfield.

"I always want to help my teammates and I gave my all to be ready to play, as this is the kind of match you cannot miss."

Roma's fifth straight win saw them leapfrog Lazio, who drop down to fifth on 28 points after the derby defeat, ahead of Wednesday's trip to Atletico Madrid, where they could qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a match to spare.

“This is a Roma side that is improving and has great belief," said coach Eusebio Di Francesco. "We've already turned our attentions to the game with Atletico Madrid.

"We want to stay up at the top for as long as possible and I think we’ve got the right mentality to do just that."

Dominant Roma looked set for a comprehensive victory when Perotti slotted home a 49th minute penalty and Belgium midfielder Nainggolan drilled home a fine low strike four minutes later.

However a Kostas Manolas handball, initially missed by referee Gianluca Rocchi but picked by the video assistant referee after protests from Lazio players, gave the away side a lifeline from the spot.

Ciro Immobile tucked away the penalty in the 72nd minute to make it 15 goals for the season.

Lazio pressed for an equaliser but Roma held out for a nervy three points that strengthened their claims to be a contender to Juventus' Serie A crown.




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SPORT: Returning Pogba inspires Man Utd comeback win

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 18, 2017. Oli SCARFF / AFP


Paul Pogba crowned his return from injury by scoring and laying on an equaliser for Anthony Martial as Manchester United hit back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 on Saturday.

Chris Smalling was also on the mark in the first half, while Romelu Lukaku ended a drought of seven games without a goal.

To cap a perfect afternoon for the home team, who restored the eight-point gap separating them from Premier League leaders Manchester City, Zlatan Ibrahimovic also enjoyed a 13-minute run-out as a substitute.

Jose Mourinho's men had to respond to a storming opening from the visitors, scoring twice in the closing minutes of the first half to cancel out Dwight Gayle's 14th-minute opener.

Pogba, back after over two months out with a hamstring injury, carved out a superb 37th-minute equaliser, taking a short pass from Antonio Valencia and beating Isaac Hayden with a neat sidestep.

The France international then delivered a perfect cross for fellow Frenchman Martial, who rose above DeAndre Yedlin to head an unstoppable effort past the stranded Rob Elliot.

The goalkeeper would be beaten by another header, deep in first-half injury time, as the visitors, rather unjustly, found themselves heading into the break a goal down.

After a left-wing corner had broken down, Ashley Young was allowed space 30 yards from goal to beat a defender and send over another excellent cross.

Smalling outjumped Florian Lejeune to power a header past Elliot at the back post.

And the first-half drama was still not over.

Another Newcastle counter-attack ended with David de Gea saving superbly from Hayden and after the rebound broke to Matt Ritchie, his shot was deflected just wide off Gayle's knee.

A second goal for Gayle would not have been unjust after the first-half display from Rafael Benitez's side, who took the lead with a devastating counter-attack.

Rashford intelligence
Gayle and Joselu had a hand in the right-wing move that ended with Yedlin crossing, United defender Victor Lindelof losing his footing and Gayle scoring clinically off the left-hand post.

It was the start of an impressive period for the visitors, who refused to be knocked out of their stride by a United side buoyed by the return of Pogba.

Soon after the goal, young winger Jacob Murphy broke upfield before cutting in and shooting tamely at De Gea.

Then Jonjo Shelvey's beautifully weighted through ball played Murphy through on goal, only for him to roll a shot narrowly wide of the far post.

They were misses that looked like they may prove costly as United grew into the game, even though the hosts hardly troubled Newcastle prior to the equaliser.

Thereafter, it looked like being a tough afternoon for Newcastle, with Martial threatening twice in the opening exchanges of the second half.

The first of those chances saw the Frenchman miskick completely from six yards, following a clever piece of play from Lukaku, although the miss would not prove too costly.

In the 54th minute, the three points appeared secure as Pogba marked a memorable comeback with a goal of his own.

Juan Mata's pass sent Lukaku sprinting into the area from the right flank and his far-post cross was headed down, selflessly and intelligently, by Rashford to present Pogba with the simplest of close-range finishes.

Newcastle still had something to offer, with Murphy's magnificent 25-yard shot being tipped over expertly by De Gea.

But after 70 minutes, Lukaku played a neat one-two with Mata, Ciaran Clark failed to intercept and the Belgian was able to take his time before launching a shot into the roof of the net.




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SPORT: Lewandowski double puts Bayern six points clear

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after the second goal for Munich during the German First division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich vs FC Augsburg 1907 in the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on November 18, 2017.<br />Christof STACHE / AFP


Robert Lewandowski reached 17 goals for Bayern Munich this season after a brace that left the Bundesliga leaders six points clear with a 3-0 thumping of Augsburg on Saturday.

Lewandowski underlined his status as the league's top scorer by netting either side of the break in Munich to leave him with 13 goals in 12 league games this season.

Bayern looked impressive with Lewandowski showing off his finishing skills after Arturo Vidal gave the hosts a deserved lead after 31 minutes at the Allianz Arena.

"In the first half, we didn't really move well enough in attack, therefore we had very few clear chances," said the Poland international, who has dyed his hair silver.

"However, we stayed patient and after the first goal it got a bit easier for us."

Vidal struck after the ball ricocheted around Augsburg's penalty area as Lewandowski and Mats Hummels failed to get shots away before the Chile midfielder hit the back of the net.

Lewandowski grabbed his first by firing home Vidal's pass just before the break, then grabbed his second on 49 minutes when he converted Joshua Kimmich's pinpoint cross.

The victory was a good warm-up for Wednesday's Champions League match at Anderlecht and increased Bayern's lead over second-placed RB Leipzig, who drew 2-2 at ten-man Bayer Leverkusen.

Leipzig held
Germany striker Timo Werner converted an early penalty, but the hosts equalised when Jamaica midfielder Leon Bailey got in behind the defence and fired home a minute before the break.

Leipzig were furious as the equaliser came even as their midfielder Naby Keita was down injured.

Emil Forsberg scored another spot-kick on 54 minutes to restore Leipzig's lead after Benjamin Henrichs was sent off for using his hand to save a shot on the line.

But a wonderful Kevin Volland volley with 16 minutes to go put Leverkusen level despite the numerical disadvantage. A draw was not the best result for Leipzig before Tuesday's crucial Champions League match at Monaco.

Striker Mark Uth rescued a point for fourth-placed Hoffenheim with a 91st-minute goal, converting a superb Serge Gnabry cross to seal a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, who are sixth.

Frankfurt had taken the lead when Kevin-Prince Boateng hit a super first-half solo effort, snapping up a stray pass and slamming home his shot from outside the area.

Cologne remain rooted to the bottom after their 1-0 defeat at mid-table Mainz, who took the lead with a controversial penalty which was converted by Daniel Brosinski.

Replays showed Mainz forward Pablo De Blasis had not been fouled, but the video assistant backed up the initial decision of referee Felix Brych.

Mainz played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Italian defender Giulio Donati was sent off.

Wolfsburg extended their unbeaten run to nine games after a 3-1 win at home to Freiburg as Turkey midfielder Yunus Malli netted twice.

Borussia Dortmund stayed third despite suffering a third straight defeat on Friday by crashing to a 2-1 loss at VfB Stuttgart.

Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was suspended for disciplinary reasons and Stuttgart went ahead with five minutes gone when Chadrac Akolo scored after a mix up between Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and his goalkeeper Roman Burki.

Maximilian Philipp equalised for Borussia, but Josip Brekalo's shot through Burki's legs sealed Stuttgart's win, while Dortmund have dropped 14 points in just five league games.




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SPORT: Suarez double stretches Barca's La Liga lead

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Leganes vs Barcelona at the Butarque stadium in Leganes on November 18, 2017. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP


Luis Suarez ended a five-game goal drought with a double as Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga with a flattering 3-0 win at Leganes on Saturday.

Barca now lead second-placed Valencia by seven points ahead of their trip to the Mestalla next weekend, with both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid 11 points adrift before they face off in the Madrid derby later on Saturday (1945 GMT).

However, two simple Suarez finishes from close range either side of half-time and Paulinho's late tap-in glossed over another under-par performance from Ernesto Valverde's men, who were again thankful to a fine display from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

"The important thing was to win," Suarez told BeIN Sports Spain.

"We always try to play our best in every game but sometimes it is not possible."

Refreshed Suarez
Suarez was refreshed after sitting out international duty with Uruguay over the past fortnight and had the ball in the net after just four minutes, but Jordi Alba had already been flagged for offside as he supplied the cross for the former Liverpool striker.

Leganes have enjoyed a fine start to just their second ever season in the Spanish top flight and a repeat of the 5-0 thrashing Barca dished out on their visit to Butarque last season was never likely as the hosts went onto enjoy the better of the opening half.

"Perhaps 0-3 is a bit excessive. They played well enough for the gap between the teams to not be so great," said Barca boss Valverde.

The busy Nordin Ambrabat fired a shot over after a positive run at the Barca defence before Gabriel Pires also dragged an effort wide when well-placed at the edge of the box.

However, Leganes' good work in the opening half hour was undone by a goalkeeping error when Ivan Cuellar limply palmed Paco Alcacer's driven cross into the path of the grateful Suarez to smash home his first goal for a month.

"I wasn't anxious. The important thing was to feel good again and help the team," added Suarez.

Barca's joy was tempered moments later when Gerard Pique was booked for bringing down Amrabat meaning he will be suspended for next weekend's clash at Valencia.

Amrabat was the creator once more for Leganes' best chance before the break when he released Alexander Szymanowski inside the area, but the Argentine's curling effort was turned to safety by the in-form Ter Stegen.

The German goalkeeper was called into action again early in the second period when Leganes substitute Claudio Beauvue was too quick for the Barca defence only to fire straight at Ter Stegen.

In contrast, just as in the first half, Barca were ruthlessly efficient in front of goal to double their lead on the hour mark.

Lionel Messi's dinked pass released Alcacer and after Cuellar parried his first effort, Suarez drilled home the rebound for his second of the afternoon.

Barca rode their luck to hold out for a 12th clean sheet in their last 17 games as Ter Stegen saved one-on-one from Amrabat and Beauvue blasted well over when unmarked 10 yards out.

However, Barca piled more pressure on the chasing Atletico and Real ahead of the Madrid derby and rubbed salt into Leganes' wounds when Paulinho rolled into an empty net when a loose ball broke off Messi in stoppage time.




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SPORT: West Bromwich Albion 0-4 Chelsea: Eden Hazard Shines as the Blues Ease Past Poor Baggies

Tony Pulis' position at West Brom looks increasingly under threat after Chelsea inflicted the joint-heaviest defeat of his near three-year reign at The Hawthorns.


A brace from Eden Hazard and efforts from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso saw the Blues coast to a 4-0 success, their fourth successive triumph in the Premier League, at the venue where they clinched the title six months ago.

Pulis had said on Friday he would understand if he was axed following a run of poor recent results and this defeat, which took them to 11 games without a victory, was witnessed by Chinese owner Guochuan Lai and a home crowd that delivered their verdict with a loud chorus of 'Pulis out' at the end.

Pulis had used his programme notes to staunchly defend his record, referencing a trio of mid-table finishes and the Baggies' strong financial position.

For such a pivotal contest he restored Matt Phillips at right wing-back and things may have been different had Salomon Rondon, another recalled to the starting XI, stayed onside from the Scot's cross when he squeezed a header under Thibaut Courtois in the fifth minute.

He was marginally offside, though, and once Chelsea took control with the opener in the 17th minute they never looked back.

The first was instigated by Hazard, who moments earlier had received little sympathy from West Brom players and fans alike while laying injured. The Belgian rolled past Gareth Barry and rifled in a shot that Ben Foster could only push into Morata's path, with the Spaniard able to do the rest, much to a pumped-up Hazard's delight.

The roles were reversed for Chelsea's second six minutes later, which came after Hazard had been booked for clattering into Grzegorz Krychowiak. Cesc Fabregas rolled a pass into Morata and the forward, with his back to goal, sent a fine first-time flick through for Hazard with his instep that he was able to reach, rounding Foster to double the visitors' advantage.

Even allowing for Morata's brilliance, there was far too much space for Hazard to utilise and the third goal was even sloppier from a West Brom perspective.

Pulis' teams are renowned for their strength at set-pieces so he must have been fuming to see Alonso left all alone at the back post to convert Fabregas' free-kick.

With their team conceding three times in 21 minutes, some of those Albion fans that had not rushed out early at half-time were chanting 'Tony Pulis, get out of our club'.

His response at the start of the second half was to introduce the spirited Claudio Yacob for the ineffective Krychowiak and within minutes the new arrival was in the face of Fabregas and Morata.
He was irked by Fabregas being booked for diving when Gareth McAuley won the ball, although replays showed deeming it theatrical was harsh, with referee Jon Moss cautioning Rondon at the other end for the same crime.

Chelsea were in cruise control and could turn attention to the long midweek trip to Qarabag when Hazard added another in the 62nd minute.

Once more he was allowed a copious amount of space when Fabregas spotted him, and Hazard brought the ball down, moved inside Ahmed Hegazi and picked his spot to make it 4-0.

That was enough for some in The Hawthorrns as the stands started to empty to a smattering of 'Pulis out'.

It was a cry that got far louder just before a full-time whistle that may be the last Pulis hears as West Brom boss.



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SPORT: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: Salah double and Coutinho strike seal victory for Klopp's side

A virtuoso performance from Mohamed Salah ran Southampton ragged as his two goals inspired Liverpool's 3-0 win at Anfield and fired the Egyptian to the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
His summer arrival for £38million, at the time a club record, was questioned by critics after his disappointing spell at Chelsea but on this form he is looking an absolute bargain.


Both his first-half goals had a touch of class and his constant threat had visitors backpedalling for 80 minutes before his departure to a standing ovation - by which time Philippe Coutinho had added the third goal.

Having edged one ahead of the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero, both strikers, Salah is racking up some impressive numbers.

The 25-year-old's double took him to nine goals in his first 12 Premier League matches, breaking the club's previous best held by Robbie Fowler - the man affectionately hailed as God by the Kop for his goal-scoring exploits.
Salah's overall statistics are equally impressive with 14 goals, all from open play, in 18 matches and three assists. Last season Philippe Coutinho was the club's leading scorer with 14.

And this from a winger whose finishing has, at times this season, still been criticised.

But Liverpool are far from a one-man team as with Salah on one wing, the equally-pacy Sadio Mane on the other, Roberto Firmino running the channels as the nominal centre-forward and Coutinho pulling the strings in midfield Jurgen Klopp's team have all the ingredients to be devastating.

As they approach a critical part of the season everything appears to finally be aligning for Liverpool having overcome most of their injury problems - albeit defender Joel Matip missed this game with a thigh problem - with the fit-again Adam Lallana not even able to make the bench against his former side.

Many inside Anfield would have been closely watching Saints centre-back Virgil van Dijk, the man Klopp believes is the missing link for his defence, but it quickly became apparent there was more compelling action on Liverpool's flanks.

The defender's mis-control almost put Trent Alexander-Arnold in for the first goal early on before Salah, who had already volleyed wastefully wide, ended his club's 459-minute goal drought against Southampton with a superb curling effort from Georginio Wijnaldum's lay-off just past the half-hour.
His second was just as brilliant. Van Dijk half-heartedly and somewhat inexplicably stepped forward with Coutinho on the ball and the Brazil international's outside-of-the-foot pass allowed Salah to run in behind and clip past Fraser Forster.

Salah continued to torment after the break with one scintillating counter-attack messed up by Alberto Moreno's clumsiness in the penalty area.

Coutinho stabbed wide a good chance before making amends by smashing home Firmino's parried shot in the 68th minute.

Southampton rarely looked like preventing Liverpool keeping a fifth clean sheet in six home league matches, which almost went unnoticed in the celebration of their exhilarating attacking play.
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SPORT: Leicester City 0 Manchester City 2: Jesus & De Bruyne On Target As Guardiola's Title Tilt Continues

Pep Guardiola's rampant Manchester City made it 10 Premier League wins in a row with a typically dominant 2-0 victory over Leicester City.


Manchester City's unstoppable march at the Premier League summit shows no signs of slowing down as goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne secured a 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side have been in irresistible form so far this season and Saturday's result moved them nine points clear of second-placed Chelsea, with rivals United playing later in the day and Tottenham having lost at Arsenal.

Jesus gave City the lead a minute before the half-time break with a simple tap-in after a move that had sliced open the hosts' defence.

De Bruyne then doubled their advantage just three minutes into the second period as he thumped home from 25 yards for his third league goal of a sparkling campaign.

The only blot on City's copybook was the enforced first-half withdrawal of England defender John Stones, who pulled up holding his right hamstring.

David Silva and Jesus missed chances to extend City's lead as the second half wore on, but two blistering attacks either side of half-time were enough to secure another impressive success.

Guardiola handed a first Premier League start since August 26 to Vincent Kompany, but the Belgian started sluggishly and was lucky not to be dismissed after just three minutes.

The 31-year-old hacked down Jamie Vardy as the England striker latched onto Vicente Iborra's pass, but referee Graham Scott deemed Stones to be in a covering position and opted to give the City captain only a yellow card.

Kompany was involved again soon after, stretching well to divert Riyad Mahrez's dangerous cross just wide of his own goal as the hosts continued to impress going forward.

City's trademark swashbuckling approach was largely absent in the early stages, but a typically incisive move involving Fabian Delph and Leroy Sane resulted in Kasper Schmeichel tipping over Silva's shot from just inside the penalty area.

Raheem Sterling was then only inches away from connecting with Sane's fizzed cross as the visitors started to hit their stride.

City finished the half strongly as Silva thrashed over from the edge of the area before the Spaniard teed up Jesus for the opener. Sterling carved open the Foxes defence with a threaded pass into the path of Silva, who had the simple task of rolling it across the six-yard box for the Brazilian to grab his eighth league goal of the season.

Leicester's positive approach at the start of the second period was nearly rewarded when Harry Maguire's effort from a corner was deflected onto the post.

City took full advantage of that reprieve to deliver a stunning counter-attack, which resulted in Sane finding De Bruyne on the edge of the area for the former Chelsea man to unleash a superb left-footed strike into the roof of Schmeichel's net.

Jesus was then denied his second just moments later as Schmeichel thwarted him from just six yards out and Silva once again fired over as his wait for a goal continued.

City comfortably kept Leicester at arm's length in the final 20 minutes as the hosts desperately tried to find a way back into the game and were ultimately able to claim yet another three points at something approaching a canter.




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Arsenal 2 Vs 0 Tottenham: 5 things we learnt as Gunners beat hated rivals

Shkodran Mustafi, Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin

These are five things we learnt as Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0.

Arsenal delivered a strong performance to beat hated rivals Tottenham in a north London derby at the Emirate Stadium on Saturday, November 18.

Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez’ first-half goals were enough to get the Gunners’ season on track with a huge win over rivals Tottenham.

These are five things we learnt from the game

1. No power shift

 

There had been talks of a power shift since Tottenham beat Arsenal 2-0 at White Hart Lane in April 2017 before finishing above them in the Premier League for the first time in more than two decades. Arsenal had also not won the north London derby in the Premier League for over three years.

In those three years, however, Arsenal have won two major trophies while Tottenham are still searching for their first trophy since 2008.

This 2-0 win at Emirates puts rest to the power shift conversation. Tottenham meanwhile has a glowing future under the leadership of their visionary Daniel Levy but for now, they are still behind their more successful neighbours.

2. Mesut Ozil delivers in big games

 

Mesut Ozil’s unhurried style of football is not well appreciated in England despite his astute reading of the game, passing and assists.

Of a truth, he has struggled in many big matches for Arsenal but these were games where the whole team played badly.  Ozil doesn't lift his teammates, he’s simply a player who knits together a solid unit. Like a blood that requires the heart (the team) to pump so it can circulate the whole body.

Against Tottenham, Ozil was the blood again, as Arsenal pumped. He circulated passes and had an assist and was rightly voted Man of the Match.

3. Arsenal really do need Sanchez
 

Alexis Sanchez was fantastic for Arsenal on Saturday, Afternoon, reminding the Gunners of his quality. Often times this season he has looked dispirited and uninterested. But on Saturday, he harried the Tottenham defence so bad and could have had more than a goal.

He remains class.

4. Pochettino’s Tottenham not good enough for the title

Off all the good things Tottenham have done in the last two years and the plaudits that have come with it, they are still not good enough for the title.

The loss to Arsenal is the third against the top six this season already. There are still a long away from the title.

5. Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette front trio best for Arsenal
 

Arsene Wenger started with the front trio of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Ozil and they all contributed to both goals.

Ozil assisted the first goal while Lacazette assisted the second scored by Sanchez. With Arsenal out of Champions League this season and Wenger using his second string for Europa League, the rested front trio can deliver consistent good performances in the league this season.

Where Arsenal finish in the league will depend on these three players.




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SPORT: Wenger salutes Arsenal 'urgency' in derby win

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (C) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / IKIMAGES / Ian KINGTON 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side's intensity had been the decisive factor in their 2-0 victory over north London derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Quick-fire first-half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez at a drizzly Emirates Stadium earned Arsenal a first win over Tottenham since March 2014.

It was Arsenal's 11th successive home victory in league football and left them a point behind Spurs, who finished above them last season for the first time since 1995.

"They had the urgency, the desire and the focus," Wenger said.

"In a derby like that, that plays a part. We didn't lose the defensive focus for 90 minutes."

Wenger also hailed the display of German playmaker Mesut Ozil, who departed to a standing ovation late in the second half after an uncharacteristically battling performance.

"I'm convinced that Mesut Ozil adds physicality to his game and when he needs it, he can produce it," the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

"He got a standing ovation because he added to the team's defensive job. He's not a specialist in that, but he can do that because he's an intelligent man."

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was unhappy about the free-kick that led to Mustafi's 36th-minute opener, which was awarded for a challenge on Sanchez by Davinson Sanchez that looked clean.

Mustafi was also narrowly offside as Ozil struck his free-kick and Arsenal profited from the benefit of the doubt in a possible offside call against Alexandre Lacazette prior to Sanchez's goal.

"You saw what happened during the game," Pochettino said.

"I'm disappointed because the small details were against us, which makes it difficult to win."

Asked about which "small details" he was referring to, Pochettino replied: "The free-kick. And I think it was offside.

"In this type of game, when you play against a top-six side like Arsenal, the small details change games and put the game on one side."

Wenger said: "I don't see where the referee's decisions went for us. For me, the foul (by Sanchez on Sanchez) was a foul.

"I can give you plenty of games since the start of the season when we had bad luck."




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SPORT: Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez lead Arsenal to victory over Spurs

Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 in the north London derby thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez, a result that moved them within a point of their local rivals.


Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris were all named in the Spurs team by manager Mauricio Pochettino after overcoming injury.

And Arsenal were boosted by the return of defender Mustafi, who had missed the last month with a muscle tear in his thigh.

The Gunners took a 36th-minute lead when Mustafi headed home from Mesut Ozil's free kick.

And they doubled their advantage five minutes later as Alexandre Lacazette set up Sanchez to bundle the ball beyond Hugo Lloris from close range.










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SPORT: Super Eagles to face Libya, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea



Nigeria’s Super Eagles will face 2014 champions Libya, as well as Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea, in the group stage of the 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.



The competition is holding from Jan. 13 to Feb. 4, with the Eagles playing their Group C matches in Tangier.

Libya had shocked all by winning in South Africa at the expense of Ghana, in spite of the North African nation being embroiled in political turmoil at the time.

Nigeria had finished third at the 2014 competition, and will need to be wary of them this time around, after late Friday’s Draw Ceremony in Rabat has now paired them.

Rwanda were the last team to qualify for the 2018 finals, edging Ethiopia 3-2 on aggregate in a play-off after Egypt decided to forfeit its slot at the championship.

Equatorial Guinea qualified for the finals following Gabon’s withdrawal of Gabon.

Hosts Morocco, Guinea, Sudan and Mauritania have been drawn in Group A.

The Atlas Lions will be facing Mauritania in the competition’s opening match at the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca on Jan. 13.

Hosts of the inaugural edition of the competition in 2009, Cote d’Ivoire, head Group B which will be based in Marrakech, and have Zambia, Uganda and Namibia as group mates.

Group D, based in Agadir, has 2011 runners-up Angola, Cameroon, Congo and Burkina Faso.



Group A (Casablanca)

Morocco

Guinea

Sudan

Mauritania

Group B (Marrakech)

Cote d’Ivoire

Zambia

Uganda

Namibia

Group C (Tangier)

Libya

Nigeria

Rwanda

Equatorial Guinea

Group D (Agadir)

Angola

Cameroon

Congo

Burkina Faso

NAN


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SPORT: Dire Dortmund results pain boss Bosz

Dortmund's Dutch head coach Peter Bosz reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfB Stuttgart vs BVB Borussia Dortmund in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on November 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS KIENZLE

Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz admitted their third straight defeat in the Bundesliga "hurts" as the club's dire form continued ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Dortmund are winless in their last five league games, collecting just one point from a possible 15, after losing 2-1 at VfB Stuttgart on Friday.

They last won a Bundesliga match in September and could finish the weekend nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

The defeat in Stuttgart further dented fragile confidence before facing Spurs in Europe and next Saturday's derby showdown against fierce rivals Schalke.

To make matters worse, star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was suspended in Stuttgart for "disciplinary reasons".

Bosz lamented both the performance and "ridiculous" opening goal, which Dortmund conceded after just five minutes.

"That hurts a lot. We came here to win and so we are very disappointed," fumed Bosz.

"How we conceded the goals was almost ridiculous.

"We played well in the first half, but if you concede goals, then it becomes difficult.

"The players did a really good job after going behind and we tried to play football.

"We have to continue, we will not give up," he added with an air of desperation.

- Defensive mix-up -
Without Aubameyang and injured US international midfielder Christian Pulisic, Dortmund were on the back foot after only five minutes.

A defensive mix-up between Marc Bartra and goalkeeper Roman Burki allowed Stuttgart midfielder Chadrac Akolo to score the hosts' opener.

Maximilian Philipp levelled on the rebound from Andre Schurrle's missed penalty just before the break for Borussia.

However, Josip Brekalo's low shot through Burki's legs in the second half sealed Stuttgart's win.

After picking up just two points from their first four European matches, Dortmund could be knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage even if they beat Tottenham, should Real Madrid defeat APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday.

Bosz took over at the start of the season, but after Dortmund won six of their opening seven league games, their form has nose-dived.

The Dutchman is cutting an increasingly frustrated figure, but he retains the backing of Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, for now.

"The way things are working behind the scenes is outstanding," said Watzke.

"He is totally honest, totally calm and relaxed, very analytical.

"You can discuss everything with him.

"He is also decisive but takes all decisions and their consequences without complaining," added Watzke in a thinly-veiled dig at Bosz's predecessor Thomas Tuchel.

- 'No special rights' -
However, Bosz's situation will only become more precarious unless results improve, and Aubameyang's latest indiscretion does nothing to help.

Dortmund disciplined the Gabonese striker last year for flying to a party in Milan without permission.

He also fell offside with club bosses for shaving the Nike logo into his hair, even though Dortmund are sponsored by Puma.

German magazine Kicker claim Aubameyang was suspended for repeatedly coming late to training and for an unauthorised video shoot at Dortmund's training ground on Wednesday.

"The suspension was disciplinary. A group needs some rules and from time to time you have to sharpen your senses," said Watzke.

"Aubameyang is actually an awesome lad, but he has no special rights.

"Things must be sanctioned, just like in a family or in a school class - you have to say 'stop there'.

"He is, and remains, our player."




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SPORT: Federer serene as pretenders dream at ATP Finals

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 6-3, 7-6 victory over Robin Haase of Netherlands during day nine of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP</p> <p>

Roger Federer will walk out on court for his 14th semi at the ATP Finals against David Goffin on Saturday as the hot favourite, with the Swiss veteran bidding for a seventh end-of-season title.

In the absence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the event at London's O2 Arena was billed as a potential showdown between Federer and Rafael Nadal, until the Spanish world number one was forced out by injury.

Nadal's withdrawal -- after a punishing three-set defeat by Goffin -- has given a rather lopsided look to the tournament, with Federer facing Goffin in the semis and, if he wins, either Grigor Dimitrov or Jack Sock in the final.

Federer, who has had an extraordinary season since returning to the Tour after a long lay-off in 2016, will not be losing too much sleep over his opponent, whom he has beaten six times out of six, conceding just two sets in those matches.

In fact he has never lost a single match to any of the remaining players in the competition.

The world number two, who has won the ATP Finals a record six times, but not since 2011, said he was relishing his success at the age of 36, but it felt different from his early days.

"In the beginning it was like being a kid in a candy store, sharing the locker room with legends of the game, seeing them prepare, being able to practise with them, playing doubles with or against them," he said. "Special times."

"I'm very calm," Federer added. "But there's a deeper understanding of what I'm going through. So maybe the satisfaction is when I do win and I do show up at the best tournaments in the world, like here, I know it's not normal maybe to be here, so I appreciate it actually maybe even more so now at this age."

For his part, Goffin, who reached the semis after thumping his good friend Dominic Thiem on Friday, is not going into the match full of confidence, despite his victory against Nadal earlier in the week.

"Honestly, I don't know what to do tomorrow," said the 26-year-old Belgian. "But I'm going to try something, something different, something that I've never done in the past."

Revitalised Dimitrov
In the other semi-final on Saturday, a revitalised Dimitrov takes on American surprise package Jack Sock, who reached the ATP Finals courtesy of victory at the Paris Masters earlier this month and finished behind Federer in the Boris Becker group.

Dimitrov, 26, topped the Pete Sampras group after an impressive week that included a tight three-set win against Austria's Thiem and a thumping victory against Goffin, punch-drunk after his victory against Nadal.

The sixth-seeded Bulgarian, long touted as a potential member of tennis's elite group, has enjoyed the best season of his career, winning three titles including the Cincinnati Masters.

"I've worked a lot on and off the court," he said. "I felt I've been pretty consistent, playing well. Yeah, I think just a little bit of everything.

"I think every small success we're trying to build on and build on. That's why you're here on that stage right now, because this is what you deserve. Also you get what you put in."

American number one Sock has enjoyed a fairytale few weeks, following up his victory in Paris by beating Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic and shocking world number three Alexander Zverev in London to reach the last four.

"I didn't expect to be in London in the first place," said the 25-year-old. "To be here was a good achievement given the way my second half of the year was going. Paris was a big step for me.

"Now to put myself in the position to play on the weekend is another big step forward, another confidence booster."




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SPORT: Live Commentary: Arsenal 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Good morning and welcome to Nigerianeye's live commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur from the Emirates Stadium.


Sixth-placed Arsenal sit four points and three places behind their bitter rivals entering this afternoon's clash.

Three of the last four fixtures between these two teams have finished level – including a 1-1 draw in the corresponding Premier League match last term.

Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute updates of the action.















10 min Davies fires the ball straight out of play as Arsenal continue to press high up the field. The home supporters like what they are seeing here. The team in red and white look very much up for this.

8 min Well, sometimes games of this ilk are cagey, but that has not been the case thus far. Eight minutes on the clock and this is a proper derby as both teams continue to fly into challenges here.

6 min SAVE! Cech has to keep out a powerful strike from Kane following a mistake from Koscielny, whose header was weak. Both defences are making mistakes in the early moments.

6 min Alli has the chance to find Eriksen with a pass as Arsenal are caught up the field, but the England international takes too long, and the home side can clear their lines. Arsenal then have a half-chance as Sanchez feeds Lacazette in a dangerous area, but the forward's effort is too high.

4 min As expected, it has been all-action in the early stages, with both teams battling for possession. It might take a while for both to settle into some sort of rhythm. Nice flow to the game thus far.

2 min... it must be said that there is a wonderful atmosphere inside the stadium this afternoon - let's hope that the football matches it. It is a rainy afternoon in the capital, which has made the pitch moist. You do get the feeling that there will be goals in this one. Hopefully I have not jinxed it.

0 min KICKOFF! Tottenham kick things off at the Emirates Stadium...



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SPORT: Coleman quits Wales for Sunderland

Wales' coach Chris Coleman gestures during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Chris Coleman quit as Wales manager on Friday to take over at English Championship club Sunderland after he failed to steer his country to the World Cup.

Coleman, who led a Gareth Bale-inspired Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, will be given the job of lifting Sunderland off the bottom of the table and ultimately winning promotion back to the Premier League.

His future with Wales was in doubt from the moment they failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, said: "We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager come to an end.

"The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years.

"We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about."

Sunderland sacked Simon Grayson at the end of October and a number of candidates are believed to have distanced themselves from the job at the Stadium of Light.

Sources at the club have told Britain's Press Association that Coleman is the only man to have been offered the post despite speculation that Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill turned down the opportunity.

Coleman will take over a club hampered by financial constraints and in danger of suffering relegation for the second consecutive season.

Despite the size of the task ahead, the lure of a return to club management after five years away proved strong for the 47-year-old former Fulham boss.

He became Wales manager in January 2012 following the tragic death of Gary Speed and built a team around Real Madrid winger Bale that shocked Europe's elite nations to reach the last four at Euro 2016 in France.




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SPORT: Nigeria to face former CHAN champions Libya

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Nigeria were grouped with former title-holders Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea when the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) draw was made in Rabat Friday.

The Nigerians are making a third consecutive appearance in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers, which Morocco will stage between January 12 and February 4.

They finished third in 2014 in South Africa, but failed to reach the knockout phase in Rwanda last year.

Libya are the only former champions in the 16-team field having triumphed in 2014 by overcoming Gabon, Zimbabwe and Ghana after penalty shootouts.

Rwanda were the last qualifiers for Morocco, winning a play-off against Ethiopia last weekend after Egypt withdrew because top clubs were not prepared to release players.

Equatorial Guinea are debutants and qualified without kicking a ball after opponents Gabon withdrew from the regional qualifying competition.

Namibia, Uganda and Zambia were placed in a group with the Ivory Coast, who came third last year behind champions the Democratic Republic of Congo and runners-up Mali.

Uganda will be desperate to at least reach the quarter-finals after three first-round exits in a row, while the best showing from Zambia was third at the maiden tournament in 2009.

Namibia are the other first-time participants after shocking Zimbabwe in a qualifier despite fielding a rusty squad because a power struggle cancelled domestic football.

Morocco, the second choice as hosts after Kenya were ditched for falling behind with preparations, meet 2016 semi-finalists Guinea, Sudan and Mauritania.

The other section comprises 2011 runners-up Angola, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Burkina Faso.

Morocco's commercial capital Casablanca, and Agadir, Marrakech and Tangier will stage matches in the 32-fixture tournament.

The winning nation will pocket $1.25 million (about one million euros), up from the $750,000 DR Congo received in Kigali.

Draw

Group A (Casablanca)

Morocco, Guinea, Sudan, Mauritania

Group B (Marrakech)

Ivory Coast, Zambia, Uganda, Namibia

Group C (Tangier)

Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea

Group D (Agadir)

Angola, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Burkina Faso

Note: matches to be played between January 12 and February 4




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SPORT: Moses would be back next week - Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said Victor Moses should return to action next week after he was sidelined for several weeks by a hamstring injury.


“Moses is progressing well – I hope to see him back next week,” Conte said at a press briefing yesterday.

The 26-year-old Nigeria star hurt his hamstrings at his former club Crystal Palace last month.

He has missed six Chelsea games as a result of this latest injury setback.

He will also miss today’s visit to West Bromwich Albion, but could be available for selection in a UEFA Champions League at Qarabag on Wednesday.

Last week, the right wing-back announced on social media that his rehabilitation is going to plan.



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