Ramsey agrees five-year deal to join Juventus at end of the season worth Sh18million a week

Aaron Ramsey has agreed a five-year deal with Juventus and will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

Ramsey has been in talks with the Italian champions since last year and is now expected to end his 10-year stay at Arsenal.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, an agreement had been reached for Ramsey to move to Turin in the summer. The deal is said to be worth £36million, with the Wales international set to earn £140,000-a-week.

‘Aaron Ramsey to on next June, done deal,’ Romano tweeted. ‘His agent will be in Italy soon to meet Juventus director Paratici and sign the contract for next season. Here we go!’

The 28-year-old was told by Arsenal at the back end of last year that he was free to leave the club.

It was a decision reached by the club’s senior executives, who believed it was the right move in the long-term interest of Arsenal.

Juventus chief Fabio Paratici said earlier this year in an interview with Sky Sports Italy that Ramsey is an ‘excellent player.’

‘He’s an excellent player. For years he’s been performing at a top level,’ said Paratici. ‘His contract is expiring and we are always attentive to the potential developments. So he falls in that category.

‘Will he join us in the summer? That remains to be seen.

‘At the moment he’s an Arsenal player, certainly we aren’t the only ones following him.’

-Dailymail

FA Cup: Liverpool dumped by Wolves As Arsenal set to host Man United in fourth round

Liverpool have been knocked out of the FA cup after losing 2-1 to Wolves in the third round.

Raul Jimenez opened the scoring for the Wolves in 38th minute before Divock Origi restored parity, six minutes after the break. However, Wolves had the final say thanks to Reuben Neves strike in 55th minute.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s will face Arsenal away in the FA Cup fourth round, with the boss aiming to win the competition for a third time.

Solskjaer was in the starting line-up for United’s semi-final victories over the Gunners in 1999 and 2004.

He went on to lift the trophy with the Old Trafford club on both occasions.

Monday night’s draw confirmed Arsenal as the home team.

It again recreates the classic match-up in the final 40 years ago which Arsenal won 3-2 thanks to Alan Sunderland’s late goal.

fa cup draw

Other notable ties include two all-Premier League clashes — Crystal Palace against Tottenham and Manchester City versus Burnley.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, who won the FA Cup under Antonio Conte last season, host either Championship Sheffield Wednesday or League One Luton Town.

Non-League Barnet, the lowest- ranked club left in the competition, were handed a home tie with Brentford.

Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham will face AFC Wimbledon, the League One side they beat 3-1 in the Carabao Cup third round in August.

That saw Pellegrini secure his first win as Hammers boss.

The winner of the replay between Newcastle and Blackburn takes on Watford at home.

Everton face a trip to London to play Millwall.

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CARABAO CUP: Spurs gain revenge over Arsenal to set up Semis clash with Chelsea

Arsenal have been bundled out of the Carabao cup after losing two nil to bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates.

The Gunners defensive crisis saw Granit Xhaka start as a centre back once again. Spurs took a first half lead through Son Heung Min and doubled the lead after the break through Dele Ali.

Heung-min Son gave Pochettino’s team the lead midway through the first half and Dele Alli put them two up with a delectable finish after the interval.

Both goals targeted Arsenal’s greatest area of vulnerability, long balls arrowed into the heart of a makeshift defence.

It proved their undoing at Southampton on Sunday and it returned to haunted them and Unai Emery’s creative forces were not able to compensate as his side crashed to a second defeat in four days.

Paulo Gazzaniga impressed in goal for Tottenham, with one superb save to turn a volley from Aaron Ramsey against a post, and Ben Davies continued to excel at centre-half to repel Arsenal’s attempt to summon a fight back.

Alex Lacazette stabbed a low effort against the woodwork and a miscued cross from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bounced onto the bar.

Spurs, however, held firm with little fuss to extend the theme of this campaign as one of success in the face of adversity.

To a list of potential excuses which includes an unfinished stadium, no new signings and World Cup fatigue, add United’s covetous pursuit of their manager.

So far, the focus has been strong. No-one has blinked despite the distractions.

Not even Alli, to his credit, when a bottle thrown from the Arsenal fans hit him on the back of his head.

Alli reminded them of the score. It was 2-0 and it ended that way.

The win saw Spurs book a two legged semi final date with London rivals Chelsea who beat Bournemouth one nil thanks to Eden Hazard Goal. Manchester City will play Burton in the other semi final.

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Europa League: Arsenal extend unbeaten run to 22, Chelsea struggle against Vidi

Twenty-two games and counting for Arsenal. Unai Emery’s men weren’t overly convincing against Qarabag – they didn’t need to be.

Alexandre Lacazette’s first half strike was enough to secure victory for Arsenal in their final Europa League group game.

The win over the Azerbaijanis matched Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run at the start of the 1986/87 campaign – George Graham’s first in charge of the club.

If Emery can replicate Graham’s success at Arsenal, then he’ll be a happy man.

They’re still quite a way off the club’s all-time record of 28 games unbeaten – but the way Arsenal are motoring along you wouldn’t bet against them.

In front of a half-empty Emirates Stadium, Emery played it relatively safe with his starting XI – fielding a largely understrength team.

There were starts, however, for Laurent Koscielny – making his first senior appearance since May after recovering from a ruptured achilles tendon and Mesut Ozil, who returned after two weeks out with a back injury.

On his return to action after seven months out, club captain Koscielny said: ‘It was very important for me, now I start a new chapter in my career and I think I’m better in my head and physically.

‘You have some difficult moments, this was my first big injury but you learn a lot about yourself and people around you.

‘With a smile can I restart the story now.’

Arsenal’s vital breakthrough arrived in the 16th minute; Ozil was the orchestrator, though Simeon Slavchev’s slip left Qarabag horribly exposed.

The finish when it arrived was unerring, Lacazette slipping past Rashad Sadygov and Badavi Huseynov to fire fiercely past Vagner.

In the other match played yesterday, Chelsea settled for a two all draw with Mol Vidi.

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Kwani ni Samson? World footballers who have the longest hair

Many people might have the mentality that having hair and playing a certain sport is a waste of time and resources, due to the various practices that players have and the games they usually play, they tend to sweat a lot making their hair become wet.

Another thing is other people feel its a distraction, that it will get in their way. However, certain footballers have proved that having long hair isn’t a problem unless another player decides to pull it when playing in a game.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The footballer who now plays for LA Galaxy has always loved long hair. He usually makes a man bun with it and it never seems to bother him while playing.

2. David Luiz

David Luiz

The Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Chelsea has one of the longest  hair and for him he lets it all out without holding it back.

3. Lucas Modrik

Lucas Modrik

The Croatian footballer who plays as mid fielder for Real Madrid, also has long hair. For him he wears a band on his head maybe his hair at times gets on his way but it seem he doesn’t mind it.

4. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

He  is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. He also loves having a man bun.

5. Matteo Genduzi

Matteo Genduzi

The Arsenal mid fielder has if not the longest one of the longest hair in the football world. Recently while playing against Manchester United Maroune Fellaini pulled his hair so that he may take the ball and I guess that’s one of the disadvantages of playing with long hair.

But the fact remains if it doesn’t bother you then enjoy having long hair.

6.Kyle Beckerman

Kyle Beckerman

He is an American soccer player who captains Real Salt Lake and plays for the United States national team as a midfielder. For him its not about having curly hair instead he kept dreads on his head.

United and Arsenal settle for a 2-2 draw in an entertaining clash at Old Trafford

Manchester United and Arsenal yesterday settled for a two all draw in an entertaining premier league match played at Old Trafford. The Red Devils dominated the opening stages of the match but it was Arsenal who found the break through first through Shkodran Mustafi after David De Gea’s error.

However four minutes later United were back on level thanks to Antony Martial’s goal. Arsenal regained the lead in 68th minute through Alexander Lacazette but a minute later Jesse Lingard restored parity. De Gea made couple of saves in the latter stages of the match to deny Arsenal all the three points.

Elsewhere, Liverpool came from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1 while Chelsea suffered their second defeat pf the season as they lost 2-1 to Wolves. Tottenham beat Southampton three nil.

Chelsea hope their offer to make Eden Hazard the highest paid player in the club’s history will finally fend off interest from Real Madrid.

Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri confirmed on Tuesday said that there is an offer on the table for the Belgium star to sign and it is now only up to him to complete the deal.

Reports emerged in Spain on Wednesday claiming Real Madrid have ramped up their efforts to tempt Hazard away from Stamford Bridge, with his contract moving into its final 18 months in the New Year.

Chelsea have made Hazard a huge offer to be the club’s highest earner and they are not commenting on reports his wages could rise towards the £300,000-per-week mark.

Arsenal set to let Welbeck leave on free transfer as Emery looks to open up funds for building

Arsenal are poised to let English striker Danny Welbeck leave on a free transfer when his contract at the Emirates Stadium expires next summer.

The former Manchester United striker is recovering from two ankle surgeries after he was was carried off midway through the first half of Arsenal’s clash with Sporting Lisbon at the start of November.

The club haven’t set a timeline for how long the 28-year-old will be out of action but it is feared he may miss the rest of the season.

Arsenal are helping Welbeck back to full fitness but, according to The Times, the club are unwilling to offer him a contract extension.

Reports suggest Unai Emery is willing to let both Welbeck and midfielder Aaron Ramsey go to help free up financial resources for new signings.

Their departures would also allow space for the club’s promising youngsters such as Reiss Nelson, who is currently at Hoffenheim on loan, to break into the first team.

Welbeck’s time in north London has been blighted by injuries. He has missed over 80 games for the club since his £16million move to the Gunners in 2014.

Arsenal were happy to let him leave for Southampton in the summer but Welbeck declined a move to the south coast while Crystal Palace also showed some interest.

Arsenal will travel to Manchester United on Wednesday night bidding for their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in more than a decade.

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Aubameyang’s winner at Bournemouth extends Unai Emery’s unbeaten run to 17

You can never switch off in the Premier League, not for a second. It doesn’t matter who you are playing. After conceding an unnecessary free-kick 40 yards from their own goal midway through the second half, Bournemouth momentarily allowed their minds to wander and within 30 seconds the ball was in their net.

It was a pretty goal from Arsenal. Alex Iwobi’s pass inside the full back to the galloping Sead Kolasinac was particularly lovely and the subsequent low cross to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the far post was perfect. It was a goal that deserved to win any match.

There was a little luck for Arsenal early on and Howe was rightly upset that an eighth-minute effort from David Brooks was ruled out for offside. The 21-year-old was dangerous in an opening spell that Bournemouth dominated and beat Bernd Leno from seven yards after playing a ball into the area and running on to the return. He looked offside when he scored but he wasn’t. Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi was playing him on as he lay on the floor and the goal should have stood.

Bournemouth’s Colombian midfielder, Jefferson Lerma contributed a stunning own goal on the half-hour, stretching to intercept a cross from Kolasinac and volleying it powerfully past his own goalkeeper from 14 yards.

The London club are now unbeaten in 17 games since the middle of August and have scored at least twice in every one of their Premier League matches away from home. If that continues, they will challenge for a top-four place that most would have presumed to be beyond them at the start of the campaign. Progress, indeed.
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Welbeck has second operation on broken ankle as doubts persist over whether he will play for Arsenal again

Danny Welbeck has had a second operation to repair his broken right ankle on Monday night.

It is understood the additional procedure was required after initial surgery, with Arsenal to confirm Welbeck’s diagnosis and recovery timescale in the next 48 hours.

Welbeck went under the knife at the end of last week to stabilise the ankle he injured in Thursday’s Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon. The second procedure was to repair the joint.

Arsenal medics are confident Welbeck will make a full recovery, though since his deal expires at the end of the season there is a major doubt whether he will play for the club again.

How long Welbeck remains on the sidelines will be down to the extent of ligament damage and bruising to the bone.

Meanwhile, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed the Gunners squad called their injured team-mate on video ahead of Sunday’s draw against Wolves.

Leno said: ‘We all are sorry for him, and hope to see him on the pitch because he’s an important player for the team and also in the dressing room.He looked happy to talk to us.’

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Europa League: Welbeck injured as Arsenal and Chelsea progress into round of 32

Arsenal drew this Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon – but that was the last thing on anyone’s mind.

Instead, thoughts were firmly with Danny Welbeck, who is facing another arduous road back to fitness after suffering a sickening ankle injury in the first half.

It was one of those injuries you wish you never saw. One that you cannot erase from memory no matter how hard you try. Welbeck was taken straight to hospital, but you didn’t need to be medically trained to realise the severity of his injury. We’re looking at months, rather than weeks.

Given Welbeck’s entering the final six months of his contract, and the gruesome photos of his ankle twisted in the wrong direction – you wonder if we’ll ever see him in an Arsenal shirt again.

But that’s a debate for an altogether different day. Right now, you simply hope Welbeck makes a full recovery.

Unai Emery confirmed: ‘This is the worst news, it’s clear we are all with him. He’s in hospital, we think it is serious ankle injury.

‘When a player has an injury like that, your mind thinks of the player but we had to concentrate on the game and try to forget.

‘But after the final whistle we asked about him straight away.’

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s London rivals, Chelsea, all but booked their round of 32 spot after former Gunners forward, Olivier Giroud scored the lone goal against Bate Borisov.

For Giroud, it marked the end of a personal ordeal, as he scored his first Chelsea goal for 794 minutes – a run that stretched all the way back to May. For Chelsea, the relief was palpable.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has not been approached by Real Madrid over their vacant managerial position.

Real Madrid Castilla manager Santiago Solari has been installed as the interim boss at the Santiago Bernabeu following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui last month. But newspaper reports in Spain claim the Champions League winners are in search of a long-term replacement.

Wenger dismissed claims he has been contacted by Real Madrid and reiterated he would make a decision on his future in the new year.

-Dailymail