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BREAKING: Arsene Wenger Quits

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Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal as a manager after 22 years. The 68 year-old has stunned the football after he announced that he would leave the London club at the end of the season. He penned down an emotional statement to Arsenal supporters on Friday morning. This has happened despite the manager signing a new two year contract less than a year ago after winning the 2016/17 FA Cup.

Arsene Wenger joined the Gunners in 1996 from Nagoya Grampus Eight. He was unknown by then and went to be one of the famous coaches in the world.

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.” Arsene Wenger statement.

Wenger in his 22 year spell at Arsenal won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. He also led the club to win the league undefeated in the season 2003/04, a record that looks unlikely to be broken. He also brought in some of the biggest signings including Thiery Henry, Patrice Viera, Mesut Ozil and the January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Arsenal manager also played a crucial role for Arsenal to move to Emirates Stadium from Highbury Stadium. Emirates Stadium is one of the largest stadium in England with a capacity of 60,000.

Wenger known as the ‘Professor‘ by the Arsenal supporters had fell into a lot of criticism over the recent past demanding him to quit. Arsenal fans have led campaigns asking the manager to quit. This has been seen in the stadium, social media, in the air (use of helicopter) and also on the streets of London. Several memes have been brought up and have gone viral.

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Arsenal Suppoters with banner asking Wenger to leave even with the good spell.

The Professor has seen this happen as Arsenal have struggled to clinch the title since 2003/04 season with the invincible group. He has also failed to make big money transfers into the club like other top clubs which the club supporters have not been in terms with. Wenger has also sold top players to rival clubs in the league; Robin Van Persie join Manchester United, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacary Sagna have all joined Manchester City, Ashley Cole joined Chelsea where he went to be the best left back in the league and even the world, at the beginning of the season he let Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool where he has thrived and during the January transfer window Alexis Sanchez left for Manchester United.

Arsenal under Wenger missed this season of the Champions League when they finished fifth in the league after 20 years. They are also likely to miss next seasons Champions League but the can survive if they win the Europa League.

Why has Wenger decided to leave Arsenal? Could it be pressure to deliver or the cry from the fans? That is the big question in the mind of football.

Who is likely to replace Wenger? Speculations of Patrice Viera to Carlo Ancelotti taking charge has been on the media over the last few days, could Arsene Wenger time been predicted?

Managers that could replace Arsene Wenger.

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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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