Arteta says Aubameyang will ‘believe’ if Arsenal win FA Cup….

Mikel Arteta Talks Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Future Amid Inter ...

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says winning today’s Heads Up FA Cup final to secure European football next season may persuade captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club. Gabon striker Aubameyang, 31, has one year left on his contract. “I don’t have that feeling,” said Arteta when asked if the game against Chelsea would be Aubameyang’s last.

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Mesut Ozil in Turkey after FA Cup final snub….

Mesut Ozil is in Turkey and will miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil will not feature in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea after travelling to Turkey. Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the match and his future looks increasingly uncertain after he was given permission by the club to leave the UK.

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Scottish 2020/2021 Premiership season starts with Rangers win…

Rangers got the Scottish Premiership season under way with a surprisingly comfortable 1-0 win over Aberdeen thanks to Ryan Kent’s strike at Pittodrie. There was little evidence of the much-discussed intense rivalry between the sides until home defender Andrew Considine was sent off late on. The hosts looked particularly subdued by the requirement for empty stands.

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Swansea City to discuss Andre Ayew’s future….

Swansea City boss Steve Cooper is to discuss the future with Andre Ayew after admitting the forward is too good for the Championship. Ayew, 30, starred for Swansea City in 2019-20 after returning to Wales following a loan spell at Fenerbahce. Ayew has a year to run on his sizeable contract, but may move on after Swansea missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

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Sheffield Wednesday deducted 12 points for 2020-21 season….

Sheffield Wednesday have been deducted 12 points by an independent disciplinary panel for the 2020-21 season for breaking spending rules. They breached rules by including the sale of their Hillsborough Stadium home in their 2017-18 accounts despite the ground being sold a year later. But they were cleared of “breaching its duty of utmost good faith to the EFL by deliberately concealing information”.

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Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen joins Napoli….

Italian Serie A side Napoli have confirmed the signing of young Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen from French club Lille. Napoli’s website gave very few details of the deal simply sayini: “SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer.”

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Behold the 2020/2021 kits of top European clubs….

AC Milan

Puma always make nice kits but the design down the black stripes of AC Milan’s new threads makes this one of our absolute favourites of the coming football season. “Emirates Fly Better” might be all over the gaff these days but, in fairness, it’s a pretty sleek looking sponsor and doesn’t spoil this gorgeous red and black creation one bit.

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Legal proceedings launched against FIFA president….

Swiss prosecutors have launched legal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino. It is in relation to an alleged secret meeting the head of world football’s governing body held with the Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber. Lauber last week offered to resign after a court said he covered up the meeting and lied to supervisors during an investigation by his office into corruption surrounding FIFA.

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Joel Veltman joins Brighton from Ajax….

Joel Veltman joins Brighton on a three-year deal

Brighton have completed the signing of defender Joel Veltman from Ajax. The Seagulls signed Veltman by triggering a release clause in his contract, paying Ajax just over £900,000. The 28-year-old Netherlands international, who can play in central defence or as a right-back, has joined the club on a three-year contract.

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Banned Guinea-Bissau FA president waiting for full grounds before deciding next action….

Former Guinea-Bissau football federation president Manuel Irenio Nascimento will await the full grounds for his 10-year FIFA ban from football before deciding whether to appeal the decision. Nascimento, who had led his federation since 2012, was banned and fined $100,000 on Friday for what FIFA called ‘an incident of mob justice’. 

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