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Christian Pulisic excited after signing for Premier League side Chelsea

January 21, 2019

Chelsea’s new signing Christian Pulisic has admitted that he is really excited after committing his long-term future to the west London side. The United States international became the Blues’ first winter signing after joining them from Borussia Dortmund but he has since been loaned back to the club for the season.

 

 

Speaking at Dortmund’s training camp in Marbella, Pulisic acknowledged that he is excited by the new challenge next season, given he had dreamt of playing in the Premier League during his childhood days. However, he added that his commitment remain fully with Dortmund for the second half of the current campaign where the club are seeking to beat Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga crown.

He said: “It’s good now that it’s out and people know about my future but I’m really excited I have the chance to be here for the rest of the season. The only thing I can say is I hope people understand my decision and I also hope they understand that I am here 100 per cent and very focused to finish out the season with Dortmund. I am really excited. It’s been a dream of mine [to play in the Premier League] and I am really excited for this move and I feel like it was just the right time for me.”

The speculation linking Pulisic with Chelsea had first emerged during the month of December but Dortmund thereafter clarified that the American won’t be leaving the club at the halfway stage of the campaign. Despite this, the Blues have managed to push through a winter move for the attacker, though the German club seem to have won the battle after managing to retain the youngster’s services for the rest of the season. Dortmund are currently six points ahead of Bayern in their league standings and they have the opportunity to cease the latter’s seven-year dominance in the division.

Unai Emery reveals January transfer plans for Arsenal

January 3, 2019

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that the Gunners may spend during the forthcoming transfer window only if the current set of players struggle to perform with the consistency required. The Gunners have already witnessed Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck suffer season-ending injuries and this has recently triggered the speculation of them bolstering the squad next month.

However, speaking to Sky Sports, Emery has said that he would prefer to give opportunities to some of the young and fringe players first before deciding the need to add more competition for places, he told: “Only if we think the players can’t help us with a good performance. January is not a good transfer window for this reason, but we are going to look and the club is working for transfers in January, but also we are in a [good] way. We are making progress with young players and giving them chances, and when we need to give them more chances to play and show their progress we are going to do that.”

Arsenal suffered their first defeat after four months during the recent Premier League clash at Southampton where Emery was forced to play a makeshift central defence of Laurent Koscielny, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka featured. However, the Spaniard should have some relief for the League Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur with both Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos returning from one-match domestic suspensions, though Hector Bellerin remains sidelined for the year after sustaining a minor injury during the first period of the weekend game.

The Gunners have fared impressively during their debut season under Emery but they are nevertheless playing catch up to the Champions League positions with three points the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea. Arsenal are scheduled to face Spurs once more during the midweek League Cup quarter-final and they will be hoping to replicate the performance from the 4-2 triumph earlier in the month.

Chelsea manager has no issues with misfiring Olivier Giroud

November 10, 2018

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has indicated that he has no issues with Olivier Giroud despite the Frenchman’s failure to find the scoresheet for the club this season. The France international has got his chances to lead the line in every alternate game for the Blues but he has unfortunately not been able to break his goaldrought which has now extended to 10 matches.

Speaking after the 3-1 Europa League win over BATE Borisov, Sarri admitted that Giroud is not having the best of time upfront but there is no need to worry with Alvaro Morata finding the net every now and then. He added to focus on the markman’s main strength of linking-up play selflessly which has helped the Blues secure valuable results this term.
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Riyad Mahrez’s reacts after his penalty miss against Liverpool

October 25, 2018

Manchester City attacker Riyad Mahrez has said that he won’t be affected despite missing a key penalty during the Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday. The clash was hyped as the one of the most important games of the campaign but ultimately, there was an anti-climax with the teams settling for a goalless stalemate after Mahrez booted his 87th-minute penalty kick over the bar.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw, Mahrez suggested that the missed spot-kick won’t hamper him in the forthcoming games for the Citizens, who put a strong performance at Anfield, he said: “It’s football, it’s life.It won’t affect me at all. Everyone misses penalties, even big, big players. Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win.It is part of football, you have to go forward and stay strong. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss. But the most important thing is the performance was very good.”
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Harry Maguire refutes Manchester United transfer link

September 28, 2018

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has indicated that he was never really close to joining Manchester United during the summer transfer window. The centre-back had a strong World Cup with England where they managed to reach the semi-final stage and he was thereafter associated with a potential move away from the King Power Stadium.

Unlike the speculation, however, a transfer to Old Trafford never came to fruition and Maguire has now clarified that a switch away from the Foxes was never on his mind, he said: “No, I don’t think so. There was a little bit of interest there and then but it was always on my mind [United move] when I spoke to the owners [of Leicester], who wanted to keep me at the club and extend my contract, that I wanted to play for this club. The last two years have been remarkable for myself. I obviously got relegated with Hull and then joined such a great club in Leicester last season. “I played every game in the Premier League and to make a World Cup squad and to reach a semi-final is something that I am really proud of.”
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Arsenal legend urges Mesut Ozil to expand his performance

September 8, 2018

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright has urged Mesut Ozil to ignore the criticism and put in strong performances on the playing field. The Germany international had a disappointing World Cup where the team were ousted before the round of 16 and he has since started with an average display for the Gunners in the season opener against Manchester City.

Speaking to ESPN, Wright said: “Mesut Ozil has started the season, he’s come off the World Cup, a disappointing World Cup for Germany. He’s somebody that is always getting a lot of criticism.It’s up to Mesut Ozil to rise above that and try to perform in the way that people know he’s capable of performing. It’s going to be difficult, because he is a marked man. People know what he’s capable of if you give him time and space. So they’re not going to give him that, they’re going to deny him that.”
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Tony Mowbray Targets More Intensity from Blackburn in Upcoming Friendlies

August 9, 2018

Tony Mowbray says that he is hoping for a much better intensity from Blackburn going forward. Blackburn are preparing for the third pre-season friendly and this will be only the first time that they play at Ewood Park at the start of this campaign. After having getting promoted back to the Championship, Blackburn are hoping for a much better improvement in terms of fortunes. The team has been involved in draws against Port Vale and a win over Hibernian so far in the friendlies. There are still a couple of friendlies against the likes of Liverpool and Everton to look forward to for Mowbray and his team.

The new campaign for Blackburn begins in the first week of August when the team takes on Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Mowbray may expect a greater intensity due to the increasing level of fitness for the players. After starting out in a slow and decisive fashion, Blackburn will be building up their fitness levels in the next few weeks. This bodes well for the start of the season. So far in the summer transfer window, Blackburn have been relatively quiet. They have brought in highly rated youngsters Joe Rodwell and Jacob Davenport, while Elliott Ward and Liam Feeney have left the club from last campaign. It was extremely important that the club spent only one campaign in League One.
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Eden Hazard plays down rift with Romelu Lukaku

July 26, 2018

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has played down the talk of a rift between him and Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium captain had criticised Lukaku for ‘hiding away upfront’ following the 3-0 win over Panama at the World Cup but he has since explained the comment in a different way to avoid any misunderstanding.

In a report covered by Sky Sports, Hazard suggested that he only wants to get the best out of the team and has urged Lukaku to show more involvement in the build-up, he said: “As the captain, even if I am not the captain I can talk, on the pitch I try to give my best, if I can help players to be better – I will ‘I just told Romelu Lukaku if we want to win the game we need him, not just as a scorer to score goals, but we want him to be involved in the build-up. ‘We just talked normally and we won the game in the end so it was fine.’”
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Arsenal confirm the departure of Santi Cazorla

July 17, 2018

Arsenal have confirmed the departure of Santi Cazorla with his current contract having come to a conclusion. The Spain international played a fundamental role in ending the Gunners’ trophy drought in 2014 and he leaves the Gunners having contributed 29 goals and 46 assists across all competitions for the club.

Speaking after the announcement, Cazorla said: “I am very sad to be leaving after so many great times. I have loved my time with the club. I will always remember the special moments we had together. The FA Cup in 2014 is something we will never forget. I am very proud to be part of this club’s history.”
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Eden Hazard aiming for World Cup glory with Belgium

June 29, 2018

Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has admitted that Belgium must take advantage of their star-studded squad during the summer World Cup in Russia. The Red Devils have never won a major tournament in their history but they are being tipped as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup in Russia with a number of star names at their disposal.

Speaking to The Mirror, Hazard acknowledged that England’s ‘golden generation’ could not leave up to their billing but believes the current Belgium squad is capable of achieving what the Three Lions could not during the early 2000s, he said: “The golden generation thing – you have, 10 years or 15 years ago, this same golden generation in England, but you won nothing. Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just want to win something.
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