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Alex Iwobi praises Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil after Europa League return

Alex Iwobi heaps praise on Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil after the German made a successful return to the starting lineup in the Europa League win over BATE Borisov. Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has said that he hopes that Mesut Ozil can remain in Unai Emery‘s starting lineup. Ozil has spent a period out of the team due to injury, illness and falling out of favour with Emery, but the German made a positive impact in the 3-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night. The playmaker may find himself among the replacements at the weekend, but Iwobi has acknowledged that he enjoys having the 30-year-old in the team. Iwobi is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “We know what Mesut is like because we see him in training every day. He’s world class....

Result: Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson power St Helens to third-straight win

England prop forwards Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson powered St Helens to a third-straight win at the start of the Betfred Super League season as they claimed a 27-22 comeback victory at home to Leeds Rhinos. Leeds looked to have turned the game on its head with a spell of 20 unanswered points to lead 22-10 at half-time but Saints’ front-row pair demonstrated exceptional brute force to score three tries between them to pave the way for the win. In a gripping finish to a thoroughly-entertaining match, Leeds had a try from Tui Lolohea disallowed seven minutes from the end as Saints hung on to maintain their 100 per cent record. .@Saints1890 keep the Rhinos out in the second half to overcome a 12-point deficit đź’Ş#SLStHLee #NewBeginnings pic.twitter.com/w4WHBTry6H — Betfred Super League ...

Alex Neil: Preston showed more hunger than Norwich

Alex Neil believes his Preston side were hungrier than Norwich after masterminding a 3-1 Sky Bet Championship victory over his former team at Deepdale. The Scot was at the helm the last time promotion-chasing Norwich were in the Premier League in 2016 before his contract was terminated a year later following relegation. But he watched on as Preston handed the Canaries their first away defeat in 13 games as Ben Davies, Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire all found the net for the hosts. Teemu Pukki grabbed a consolation for the visitors in added time but it was unable to take the shine off the win for Neil, who reserved special praise for goalkeeper Declan Rudd. “It was an incredible performance from us,” he said. “Our start was going to be absolutely crucial, we know Norwich like to pass the b...

Transfer Talk Daily Update: Gonzalo Higuain, Alex Grimaldo, Ivan Perisic

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. All transfer business is done and dusted for this season, but that doesn’t stop clubs from preparing ahead for next season. Wednesday morning’s headlines: Football rumours from the mediaCould Ivan Perisic be heading to Tottenham? Read more. Chelsea to get cut-price deal for Gonzalo Higuain?Juventus are reportedly happy to sell Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea in a cut-price summer deal as they want to get the striker’s ÂŁ270,000-a-week wages off their books. Read more. Manchester City to rival Arsenal for Benfica star Alex Grimaldo?A report claims that Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo is now on Manchester City’s transfer radar, having also been strongly linked with a ...

Manchester City to rival Arsenal for Benfica star Alex Grimaldo?

A report claims that Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo is now on Manchester City’s transfer radar, having also been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal. Manchester City are reportedly keeping tabs on Alex Grimaldo and may make a move for the Benfica star at the end of the season. The Citizens are in the market for a new left-back due to concerns over Benjamin Mendy, who has started just 13 Premier League games since joining the club in July 2017. Grimaldo has emerged as a possible target for Pep Guardiola‘s men, having supposedly been watched up close by City scouts in recent weeks. Mundo Deportivo claims that the 23-year-old, boasting four goals and five assists in the Portuguese top flight this season, has caught the Premier League champions’ eye. Arsenal have also bee...

Paul Scholes the latest protege of Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has taken his first job in club management after being appointed boss of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham. He joins a lengthy list of former United players who have worked under Sir Alex Ferguson and subsequently gone into management, which includes the likes of Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Gordon Strachan, Jaap Stam, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson and Teddy Sheringham. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five more ex-Red Devils who starred under Ferguson before moving into the dugout themselves. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjaer has been a big hit as Manchester United interim manager (John Walton/PA) The Norwegian has had a roller-coaster time in management since stepping into coaching at United, first in charge of the strikers and then the reserve t...

Report: Arsenal leading race for Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo

Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo could be on his way to Arsenal at the end of the season, according to a report. Arsenal are in pole position to sign in-demand left-back Alex Grimaldo from Benfica, according to a report. The 23-year-old has also attracted rumoured interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Napoli and Manchester City in recent months. Grimaldo came through Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy and has been a regular at the back for Benfica since swapping clubs in 2016. With a transfer scramble expected for the ex-Spain Under-21s international at the end of the season, Mundo Deportivo reports that Arsenal are the side currently leading the way. The Gunners need to strengthen in that troublesome position, though Atletico are also in need of cover and wil...

Alex Scott responds to punditry backlash after Super Sunday appearance

Scott was providing analysis for Sky Sports alongside Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness. Former Arsenal Women captain Alex Scott has thanked those who supported her after negative comments were made about her Super Sunday appearance at the weekend. Scott was working as a pundit during Sky Sports’ coverage of Sunday’s Premier League games when she became the subject of critical tweets on social media. The 34-year-old has since thanked those who have supported her, writing on Twitter: “I have to say that seeing all the tweets from people supporting my work is a reason to keep the smile, stay positive, and keep on keeping on.” After staying away from twitter yesterday I have to say that seeing all the tweets from people supporting my work is a reason to keep the smile,stay positive and keep ...

Report: Sir Alex Ferguson back working at Manchester United

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward turned to Sir Alex Ferguson for advice on who to bring in as Jose Mourinho’s replacement, according to a report. Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly being employed by Manchester United in a consultancy role to help restore the club back to its glory days. The legendary boss left Old Trafford in 2013 following a 26-year managerial spell that saw him win 38 major trophies. Ferguson is now back involved in a backroom position, according to The Sun, having played an active part in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s appointment as caretaker boss earlier this week. As well as giving the green light for Solskjaer to replace Jose Mourinho, the Scotsman is also said to have pulled strings for the return of his former assistant Mike Phelan. Executive vice-chairman Ed ...

What problems have Manchester United faced since Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit?

A look at United’s fortunes in recent years. Manchester United are on the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the club’s fortunes since Sir Alex Ferguson’s long and successful reign came to an end in May 2013. Best laid plans Former Manchester Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hoped David Moyes, right, would prove a success at Old Trafford. (Martin Rickett/PA Images) It seemed a natural succession when Ferguson called for the United faithful to get behind new boss David Moyes when he finally called time on his trophy-laden Old Trafford career. Time, though, was a luxury his fellow Scot did not have. Being the man who followed the man was never going to be an easy job, in fact it was almost impossible – with all the...

Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro in swap deal?

Manchester United informs Juventus that they want Alex Sandro in exchange for Paul Pogba, according to a report. Manchester United have reportedly informed Juventus that they want Alex Sandro in exchange for Paul Pogba. Pogba left Juventus to re-join Manchester United in the summer of 2016, and the midfielder has scored five times and registered four assists in 20 appearances for the Red Devils this term. The 25-year-old’s long-term future at Old Trafford is far from secure, however, with both Barcelona and Juventus strongly linked with moves during the summer transfer window. Pogba won four Serie A titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016, having moved to the Old Lady after becoming frustrated with a lack of opportunities at United, and he recently said that Turin was ‘his h...

Lee Johnson felt Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey should have seen red

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson insisted Norwich were lucky not to have skipper Alex Tettey sent off during the thrilling 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate. The midfielder was already on a yellow card when halting a 50th minute City break by pulling Marlon Pack’s shirt from behind. Referee Roger East decided a free-kick was sufficient punishment, but Johnson thought otherwise. He said: “The decision was a joke. A cynical foul is just that whatever area of the pitch it occurs in and that is what we are talking about. “We had men breaking forward and were denied the opportunity to capitalise. The ref knows he made an error. “Norwich are a very good side and I was delighted with the way we matched them. It is four matches unbeaten for us now and there is a lot to build on. “We are getting players b...

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