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Stori Premier League best XI so far

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As the top flight takes a break for the second international break of the season, now is a good time to assess the top performers of the 2017/18 season up to this point.

Manchester City and Manchester United lead the way at the top of the Premier League – but how many of their players would make it into a best XI based on performances so far this term?

David de Gea, Manchester United

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been beaten just twice so far this season, and takes his place between the sticks in this XI. The Spaniard conceded both of those goals in one game against Stoke – meaning he has kept six clean sheets in seven games.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta takes up the right-back slot in our 4-3-3. Apart from a disastrous opening-day defeat at home to Burnley, in which Chelsea conceded three, the defending champions have been solid so far this season. The Spanish defender has been key to the Blues keeping things tight.

Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City

Manchester City have recorded five clean sheets from seven Premier League games this season and Nicolas Otamendi has played in each of those games, helping Pep Guardiola’s side make a significant improvement on their previous concerns defensively.

Christopher Schindler, Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield may have suffered at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday, but before that 4-0 defeat they had conceded just three goals in their first six Premier League fixtures. German centre-back Christopher Schindler has been instrumental in that good start.

Ben Davies, Tottenham

An injury to Danny Rose looked like it could have been a problem for Tottenham, who place plenty of importance on their wing-backs, but Wales international Ben Davies has stepped up with a series of impressive performances. He’s eighth in the Power Rankings overall, after adding two goals and two assists to the team’s three clean sheets.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United

With five assists and a goal to his name, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has already surpassed his goal contributions in the Premier League from last season. The creator has been a key attacking threat in United’s impressive start.

Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City

De Bruyne scored a stunning winner against his former club Chelsea on Saturday, capping a fine start to the season in which the Belgian has assisted three other goals for his City team-mates. Fourth in the Power Rankings overall, he’s the top-rated midfielder after seven games.

Richarlison, Watford

Watford’s summer signing Richarlison is fast making himself a fan favourite. The Brazil forward scored a last-minute winner against Swansea last week before netting in the 95th minute at West Brom to grab a point for his side on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United

It’s no surprise Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku features in this XI. The Belgian has scored seven goals already this season, scoring in six of his first seven league appearances for United.

Harry Kane, Tottenham

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is currently the Premier League’s top performing player, according to the Power Rankings. After failing to score in August, he now has six Premier League goals to his name – and is well in the hunt for a third straight golden boot.

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Prior to being injured in a car crash last week, Sergio Aguero was showing remarkable form for table-toppers City. The Argentine striker has six goals and three assists to his name and completes a mouth-watering front three in our line-up.

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Aston Villa signs Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal

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Premier League side Aston Villa, have completed the signing of Arsenal Goalkeeper Emiliano Martineli, for a fee of around 20 Million pounds.

Emiliano Martinez poses with the Aston Villa Jersey

The 28 year old Argentine shot stopper,won  the FA Cup and The Community Shield with the gunners and has now penned a Four-year deal with Aston Villa.

Villa’s Manager, Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.”

 

 

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Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang Signs A new Contract Extension at Arsenal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new 3 year contract with the gunners, putting away any doubts that Arsenal were going to loose their top talisman come the end of the season as his previous 3 and a half contract comes to an end.

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The 31 year old Gabon striker,announced his new contract extension by going live on Arsenal’s social media platforms.

Aubemayang said: ‘I signed the thing because I want to become an Arsenal legend, maybe leave a legacy.

‘It’s time to work a lot to become a legend but for sure I will give my best as always. This is my home. I am really happy to stay here. I will always give you my best. Signing for this special club was never in doubt.’

Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 and has a mindblowing 72 goals and 15 assists in just 111 games.

 

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Chelsea Complete Signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig

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Chelsea have confirmed in a  club statement the signing  of German foward Timo Werner  from RB Leipzig.

The 24 year old striker is currently enjoying his  most profitable season yet in his career, scoring 32 goals  and providing 13 assists in 42 appearances across all competition for Leipzig.

Timo Werner Celebrates scoring for RB Leipzig

Werner said: ‘I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.’

Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.’

 

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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Positive Aubameyang will Extend his Contract with the Gunners

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he is “pretty positive” that Aubameyang will sign a new contract with the gunners.

The strikers current deal expires in June 2021. And he claimed that whether he signs or not will be the biggest decision of his life.

“He needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him,” said Arteta.

The 30 year old Gaboneese striker joined the gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund scroring 61 goals in 97 appearances.

Arteta added: “I think at the moment I am extremely happy with how he’s been performing and behaving.

“I  have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far as I’m aware I think he’s very happy at the club.”

Speaking to a French football programme Telefoot Aubameyang said that he “hasn’t had an offer recently” from the club.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal training ground

“I did speak to the club quite a few months ago, and they know why nothing has happened yet,” he said.

“It’s a turning point in my career and I want to be honest with everyone.

“They have the keys. It is up to them to do their work and, after that, we will see how things go. It’ll certainly be a very difficult decision to make.”

Barcelona and Inter Milan are believed to be interested in the striker.

Premier leauge action resumes on Wednesday when Arsenal travel to Etihad to face Manchester City.

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Bandari FC Goes Digital To Keep Players Fit Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

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Bandari Fc head coach Ken Odhiambo has taken advantage of latest technology to keep his players fit amid the Covid-19 lockdown. By the use of a WhatsApp group Odhiambo keeps his players on toes by sending them daily r exercise routines.

Each player has to give a feedback on their progress said Shaban Kenga the captain.

“We are under the progamme which we were all provided by the coach through the group. It’s a daily routine [from Monday-Friday],”he said.  “On my part I always keep my fitness levels by training in the house or by  looking for appropriate field for outdoor exercises,” said Kenga.

Kenga went ahead to hail his club official for not affecting their salary disbursement.

“We really thank the management. We have not had a situation where our salaries are not being disbursed, we are paid just as usual and this really needs an applause. It’s a difficult period for many families and we hope this will end soon.” Said Kenga

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF), last month declared Gor Mahia the 2019/2020 champions after cancelling the season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision by FKF is being contested at the Sports Tribunal Court as it still remains unclear on when the 2020/2021 season will begin.

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