Olivier Giroud's first goal of the campaign helped Chelsea edge out BATE in the Europa League. (AFP/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV) PARIS: Arsenal booked a place in the Europa League knockout stage and extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches despite a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday (Nov 8), while Olivier Giroud's first goal of the season sent Chelsea through. But Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, given a rare start just hours after being named in Gareth Southgate's England squad, had to be stretchered down the tunnel with what looked a nasty ankle injury in the first half. Arsenal midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey were both visibly upset after Welbeck, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign, went down after jumping to win a header. "It is mentally challenging (playing after a teammate is injured) but sometimes it comes with the game, and Danny has had a lot of injuries," winger Alex Iwobi told BT Sport. "We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and … [Read more...] about Arsenal progress despite Sporting stalemate, Chelsea ease through
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Germany, 2014 world champions, crashed out of the World Cup in Russia in June at the group stage, their earliest exit in 80 years in the tournament. Their inaugural Nations League encounter against France is the first game for both teams since the World Cup. “We want to show a different face, play a good game against the world champions,” Loew told reporters. “Of course it is a chance for us for some redemption.” “You can feel that the team knows it needs to rectify things. We must have the confidence to defend and all players must participate in defending. We have to defend our goal with all means. That is an important condition.” “No matter what the system is, it is important for all players to work in defence, not only those in the back. We need to rebalance our game.” Midfielder Toni Kroos said the Germans were itching to prove the Russia debacle was just a fluke. “When you have such a flop then you want to get things right … [Read more...] about Defence is name of the game for Germany against France
Arsenal has reduced their player number for the upcoming friendly match in Vietnam to just 22, from the initial 44. Arsenal will have the friendly match with Vietnam’s national football team on the 17 The change is due to several player injuries and other reasons, such as the fact that Santi Cazorla, Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal, Abou Diaby, Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu Young and Samuels Campbell are still in transfer negotiations. The team's leading half-back Thomas Vermaelen cannot join due to back injuries. Meanwhile Cazorla and Monreal have just come back from Confederations Cup 2013 and will take the time to rest. Defenders Andre Santos and Yaya Sanogo will also not join for other reasons. Gonzalo Higuain is not named in the list because he has not yet become an official Arsenal player, after the Royal Spanish Football Federation asked Arsenal for more money for his trade; EUR30 million. Despite the absence of several of the best players, the team sent to … [Read more...] about Arsenal slashes player number for friendly match in Vietnam
Friday's Tale Who is the real player? Phuong Thao Friday, Dec 2, 2016,20:49 (GMT+7) Who is the real player?Phuong Thao Due to its misleading fish sauce test results, the Vietnam Standard and Consumers Association (Vinastas) last week issued an official apology to consumers, fish sauce producers, distributors and authorities. Nonetheless, the damaging impact of the wrongful survey is so huge that it might take the country’s traditional fish sauce industry a long time to recover. Vinastas chairman Doan Phuong said in a statement that the survey team was confused by the term “arsenic” as defined by the Vietnam Encyclopedia. This is meant to explain why the association did not make clear whether arsenic is in its organic or inorganic form. The survey simply claimed traditionally made fish sauce contained a higher-than-permitted level of arsenic, which was later ascertained as organic. Arsenic is highly toxic in its … [Read more...] about Who is the real player?
Atletico players celebrate at the end of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match against Arsenal in Madrid, Spain on May 3, 2018.PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP Wenger's 250th European fixture with Arsenal also to proved to be his last, decided by a typically ruthless finish from Costa, who delivered the sort of barnstorming display defenders must have nightmares about. Arsenal's defence, fragile and nervous throughout, were particularly susceptible and this 1-0 defeat, 2-1 on aggregate, means Wenger's final season in charge will end with his team missing out on Champions League qualification for a second year in a row. For all his domestic achievements, Wenger will also depart without a European trophy to his name and it remains to be seen how sitting outside the continent's premier tournament will affect Arsenal's pursuit of a new coach, and players, this summer. "I'm very sad tonight," Wenger said. "Unfortunately you have to go through that - the game can be very … [Read more...] about Atletico beat Arsenal to reach Europa League final