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Nigeria’s Omagbemi Nominated For FIFA Best Women’s Coach Award

Nigeria’s Super Falcons head coach, Florence Omagbemi has been nominated among 10 coaches shortlisted for the best FIFA Women’s coach award 2017.

Omagbemi’s nomination on the 10-shortlist coaches of the year was revealed by the world football ruling on Thursday, following recommendations from panel of women’s football experts.

The former Super Falcons midfielder and captain guided the Nigerian senior women’s national team to win the 2016 African Women Cup Of Nations (AWCON), after beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports Stadium in Yaoundé.

Among those nominated on the list include, Olivier Echouafni head coach of the French national team, Emma Hayes of Chelsea Ladies, Ralf Kellermann head coach of the VFL Wolfsburg (women) and Xavi Llorens head coach of FC Barcelona Ladies.

Others on the list are, Nils Nielsen of the Danish senior women national team, Gerard Precheur head coach of Olympique Lyonnais Ladies, Dominik Thalhammer head coach of Australian women national team, Sarina Wiegman of Netherlands women national team and Hwang Yong-Bong both of Korea DPR women team and Korea DPR U-20 women national teams.

The winner of the award will be decided by four main stakeholders involved in football: national team coaches, captains, selected media and the fans.Voting commences on Monday 21 August and closes on 7 September.

The final lists of three nominees for the men’s and women’s player and coach categories – as well as for the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the brand new The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award – will be announced in mid-September.

Meanwhile, all winners will be presented with their awards at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony will holds Monday 23 October, 2017.
The 10 candidates in full:

* Olivier Echouafni (FRA – French national team)
* Emma Hayes (ENG – Chelsea Ladies)
* Ralf Kellermann (GER – VfL Wolfsburg)
* Xavi Llorens (ESP – FC Barcelona Femeni)
* Nils Nielsen (DEN – Danish national team)
* Florence Omagbemi (NGA – Nigerian national team)
* Gerard Precheur (FRA – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)
* Dominik Thalhammer (AUT – Austrian national team)
* Sarina Wiegman (NED – Netherlands national team)
* Hwang Yong-Bong (PRK – Korea DPR / Korea DPR U-20 national teams)

Paris Saint-Germain use Neymar to troll Barcelona during defeat to Real Madrid

Real Madrid strolled to a Super Cup win over Barcelona with a comprehensive win against their arch rivals at the Bernabeu.

Zinedine Zidane’s side had a 3-1 aggregate lead from the first-leg and were 2-0 up at the Bernabeu at half-time thanks to goals from Asensio and Karim Benzema.
Barcelona have had a tultumutous summer and lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain after the Brazilian’s £198million release clause was met.

The French giants have made quite a song and dance about Neymar’s arrival at the club on social media and they couldn’t resist another dig at Barcelona as the Catalans succumbed to Real Madrid.
In an impeccably timed tweet, the Parisians tweeted out two photos of ex-Barcelona stars Neymar and Dani Alves accompanied with the Brazil flag and the ‘muscle’ emoji.

The Parisians then followed it up with a photo of just Neymar, in what is an uncharacteristically late time for the French club to be tweeting.
Barcelona are desperate to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele but have been frustrated in their efforts.
Ernesto Valverde’s men have far too much quality in their ranks for their current plight to continue so it’s no surprise that PSG are getting the digs in while they can…

Barcelona confirm Philippe Coutinho transfer is 'close' to completion

Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has revealed the La Liga giants are ‘close’ to completing a deal for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
The 25-year-old handed in a transfer request last week in a bid to push through a move to the Camp Nou and is yet to feature for Liverpool this season because of a ‘back’ problem.
Barcelona have around £250million to spend after Neymar’s £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain but they’ve been frustrated in their efforts for Coutinho with Liverpool rejecting two bids so far.
The Catalans lost 2-0 to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday but Segura confirmed afterwards that moves for Coutinho and Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele were nearing completion.
Barcelona confirm Philippe Coutinho transfer is 'close' to completion

‘Coutinho and Dembele are both close,’ said Segura.
‘We are hopeful that they will end up wearing the Barca shirt.
‘Until deals are closed I can’t say anything. We know we have to help the team and reinforce it and that’s what we’re doing.’
Barcelona confirm Philippe Coutinho transfer is 'close' to completion

Ernesto Valverde is desperate to add to his side after a disappointing pre-season but he’s unsure if the duo will be at the Camp Nou in time to feature in their opening La Liga fixture against Real Betis.
Asked whether the deals could be done in time for Sunday, Valverde replied: ‘I don’t know’.
Liverpool have consistently maintained that Coutinho will not be sold this summer but there was a clear change in language from Jurgen Klopp over the weekend when the German hinted the deal was out of his hands.
‘As a manager of a football club I have bosses, and if bosses decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or we don’t sell him, then I have to accept it,’ said Klop

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista is on the verge of leaving the Gunners to join La Liga giants Valencia.
The Brazilian moved to the Emirates from Villarreal in 2015 in a £15m move and had been identified by Arsenal scouts on the basis of his encouraging stats for blocks, interceptions and tackles.
However, Gabriel has failed to tie down a first-team place in north London and his departure will be seen as a blow to Arsenal’s recruitment policy and their move towards ‘stat-based’ purchases.
Arsene Wenger has spoken of the need of trimming his squad this summer and the Mirror claim Gabriel is on his way to Valencia for £10million.
Arsenal star on verge of leaving the club for La Liga giants

The Gunners have rejected bids from Crystal Palace for Calum Chambers this summer and Gabriel’s departure could mean the England U21 defender is set to stay at the Emirates.
However, with a 33-man squad, Wenger will want to offload more squad players and the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere could all leave.

Of all the photos Rio Ferdinand could’ve chosen to highlight the strength of the Manchester United side he used to represent with such distinction, this probably wasn’t the best example.
Standing alongside fellow legends Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs, Ferdinand invited his social medial followers to ‘talk’ to him about what was an admittedly awesome line-up.
Unfortunately for Ferdinand, eagle-eyed Arsenal fans were quick to spot the photo he’d chosen was taken during the 2005 FA Cup final which United somehow lost on penalties having dominated for 120 minutes.
The game ended goalless with Arsenal mustering just one shot on shot on target in the entire match while only an inspired display from Jens Lehmann and the woodwork kept United at bay.
Arsenal fans troll Rio Ferdinand over Manchester United flashback photo

Arsenal fans troll Rio Ferdinand over Manchester United flashback photo

Arsene Wenger’s side converted all five of their penalties in the shootout with Patrick Vieira’s last touch for the club securing the famous old trophy and rendering Sir Alex Ferguson’s side trophyless that season and Gooners were quick to remind Ferdinand of that fact on Twitter…

Arsene Wenger tips Arsenal star to be finest of his generation

Arsene Wenger says he believes Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to become one of the stand-out English players of his generation.
The 24-year-old has shone in recent times for the Gunners, but also faces an uncertain future as he heads into the final year of his contract, with reports that Chelsea or Liverpool could swoop for him this summer.
Still, Wenger clearly rates the player highly and sung his praises during today’s press conference, tipping him to be one of the top English players in the next few years.
Discussing Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future, the Frenchman also insisted that he hopes to keep the former Southampton youngster for the long term.
Arsene Wenger tips Arsenal star to be finest of his generation

‘I want him to stay here for a long time,’ Wenger told reporters.
‘I’m convinced that he will be in the next two or three years the English player everyone looks at.’
Oxlade-Chamberlain has played in a number of different positions for Arsenal, but seemed to find his calling as a wing-back towards the end of last season as Wenger changed to a 3-4-3 formation.

Still, the England international has often said he sees his long-term future in central midfield, which could be a factor in his decision to stall on signing a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger, however, will hope that his big praise of him today could yet persuade him to reject offers from elsewhere and commit his future to Arsenal

Arsenal legend wins award for best goal of Premier League era

Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has been awarded the prize for the best goal of the Premier League era following his iconic effort against Newcastle United.
The Dutchman spent 11 years with the Gunners before retiring in 2006 and he scored 87 Premier League goals during his time with the club.
Bergkamp, though, will always be remembered for his famous goal at St James’ Park when he rounded Nikos Dabizas with one delightful, poetic touch before slotting past Shay Given.
The goal was up against the likes of Thierry Henry’s volley against Manchester United and Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City.
Arsenal legend wins award for best goal of Premier League era
Bergkamp spent 11 years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)
However, voters on the BBC website awarded Bergkamp’s effort as the best goal in the Premier League era to mark 25 years since the competition began.
Let’s enjoy it one more time, shall we?

Chelsea squad privately question Antonio Conte's new signing

Chelsea new boy Antonio Rudiger is yet to convince his new team-mates through his performances in training with many questioning whether the defender represents an upgrade on last season’s selection.
The Germany defender sealed a £34million move to Stamford Bridge in July after requesting to leave Roma.
Chelsea decided against extending John Terry’s contract this summer, sold Nathan Ake to Bournemouth and allowed Kurt Zouma to join Stoke on loan.
Those departures have added more pressure on Rudiger’s shoulders and Chelsea’s squad are reportedly questioning whether the German is up to the task of replacing those players, according to Yahoo.
Chelsea squad privately question Antonio Conte's new signing

The 22-year-old made his Premier League debut in Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to Burnley on Saturday and could do little to prevent defeat as Conte’s men were reduced to ten in the first half and down to nine-men in the second.
Conte is far from pleased with Chelsea’s transfer business so far this summer and wants at least three new arrivals before the transfer window closes.
The Blues are believed to be closing in on a £35m move for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has less than 12 months to run on his deal at the Emirates.

Maria Sharapova set for Grand Slam return after receiving US Open wildcard

Maria Sharapova will make her first Grand Slam return since serving a drugs ban at the US Open after being handed a wildcard for the main draw.
The Russian has not featured in a major since testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in 2016, after missing both the French Open and Wimbledon.
Sharapova, who won the title at Flushing Meadows over a decade ago in 2006, will not get the opportunity to return to tennis’ biggest stage after the decision from the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
A statement read: ‘The USTA today announced that former US Open singles champion Maria Sharapova, young American Taylor Townsend, reigning US Open girls’ champion Kayla Day, 2017 US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Sofia Kenin, 2017 USTA Girls’ 18s national champion Ashley Kratzer and 2017 NCAA singles champion Brienne Minor have been awarded women’s singles main draw wild cards into the 2017 US Open.
Maria Sharapova set for Grand Slam return after receiving US Open wildcard

‘Also Frenchwoman Amandine Hesse has received a wild card as part of the USTA’s reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation.
‘And as part of a reciprocal agreement with the USTA, Tennis Australia will award one additional main draw wild card to a player who will be announced at a later date.’
Sharapova has endured an injury-hit return after her 15-month ban and was forced to skip Wimbledon after being refused a wildcard to the French Open.
The 30-year-old has since withdrawn from both the Rogers Cup in Montreal and in Cincinnati but despite her injury fears, the USTA has opted to hand the five-time Grand Slam champion direct entry into the main draw.
Maria Sharapova set for Grand Slam return after receiving US Open wildcard

Sharapova, currently ranked at 148 on the WTA leaderboard, beat Justine Henin-Hardene to win her sole title in New York but she will now look to win a second US Open crown 11 years on from that triumph.
Her last appearance at Flushing Meadows saw her lose to eventual runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in 2014

Liverpool star sends bleak message to club over Coutinho departure
Roberto Firmino doesn’t want to see Philippe Coutinho leave (Picture: Getty)
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has told the club that letting Philippe Coutinho seal a transfer to Barcelona would be ‘awful’ for their prospects as speculation over his future intensifies.
The Brazilian playmaker has been left out of the Reds’ squad for the Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim, sparking further talk that a move to the Nou Camp could be imminent.
Barca are desperate for big signings after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, and will have plenty to spend after the French giants triggered his £199million buy-out clause.
Still, Firmino is desperate for Coutinho to stay at Liverpool, who may be caving on selling their star player despite Jurgen Klopp’s protestations.
Liverpool star sends bleak message to club over Coutinho departure

Liverpool star sends bleak message to club over Coutinho departure

‘I prefer to not think of this (Coutinho leaving) because it would be awful. He’s a great player but also a great friend to me,’ Firmino said.
‘It is normal that great teams are interested in his football but my concentration is now on the team.’
Coutinho and Firmino have shone in Liverpool’s attack during their time playing together, and have also played together on the international stage for Brazil.
The World Cup is now in Firmino’s sights, and he insists that playing well for his club to make it to the tournament is his main focus despite speculation over Coutinho.

‘My objective is to win cups with Liverpool so I can enter the history of this club,’ he said.
‘This season is a special season because it is World Cup season. From childhood, I had the dream to play the World Cup.
‘To be selected to the World Cup, I need to have my best season with Liverpool. Tite is a coach who rewards hard work at clubs.’

Arsenal are struggling to meet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wage demands as the winger reportedly wants £150,000 a week to stay at the Emirates.
London rivals Chelsea have entered into talks with Arsenal over a £35million transfer for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Despite Chelsea’s strides towards securing a deal, Arsenal are still desperate for Oxlade-Chamberlain to remain at the club with Liverpool also interested.
However, Goal claim the Gunners have been stunned by Oxlade-Chamberlain’s salary demands and are not prepared to sanction a new £150,000-a-week contract.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's huge wage demands hands Chelsea major edge over Arsenal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's huge wage demands hands Chelsea major edge over Arsenal

Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the final year of his current deal and the 24-year-old shows no signs of backing down.
The wage stand-off has given Chelsea an edge in the situation as the Blues are prepared to double Oxlade-Chamberlain’s salary and give in to his requests.
Chelsea are working hard to bring new faces into Stamford Bridge after the embarrassing opening day defeat to Burnley.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban after referee includes shove in report

Cristiano Ronaldo faces a lengthy ban after the Real Madrid star reacted angrily to being sent off during his side’s victory over Barcelona.
 The attacker had just put Real ahead in the 80th minute only to be shown a second yellow card two minutes later.
Ronaldo’s first booking was for ripping off his shirt in celebration and the referee brandished the second after the Portugal international went down under a challenge from Samuel Umtiti in the box.
The referee, Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, decided Ronaldo had dived and issued the goalscorer with his marching orders with Real 2-1 up with eight minutes to play.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban after referee includes shove in report
Ronaldo got a yellow for taking his shirt off (Picture: Getty)
Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban after referee includes shove in report

Ronaldo was furious with the decision and shoved the referee as he left the pitch in frustration.
Bengoetxea included the incident in his report and Ronaldo could now miss between four and 12 games through suspension.
‘Player: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement,’ said Bengoetxea in his report.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban after referee includes shove in report

Article 96 of the Spanish federation’s rule book deals with players who show ‘slight violence’ to officials with a ‘grab, push or shake’ and recommends a ban between four and 12 games.
The Spanish federation’s competition committee will now decide Ronaldo’s fate with a ban in the Super Cup extending to La Liga games as well.
Real went on to win the game 3-1 in Ronaldo’s absence as substitute Marco Asensio scored a stunner in final minute.
Ronaldo lasted 24 minutes in total and will now certainly miss the second leg of the Super Cup tie on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old may be forced to sit out action until November should he be hit with the maximum penalty.

Diego Costa aims parting shot at Antonio Conte after Chelsea exile

Diego Costa has aimed a parting shot at Antonio Conte, claiming the ‘distant’ Chelsea boss is not ‘close to his players’.
The Spaniard is set to leave Stamford Bridge despite scoring over 20 goals last season after Conte told him via text that he was free to leave.
Costa admits Conte, who won the Premier League in his debut season in England, is a ‘great coach’ but questioned his relationship with the players at Chelsea.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Costa said: ‘In January, things happened with the coach. I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it.
Diego Costa aims parting shot at Antonio Conte after Chelsea exile

‘I suspect the manager was behind it. He asked for that to happen. His ideas are very fixed and clear. I have seen the sort of person he is.
‘He has his own opinion and that will not change. I respect him as a great coach. He has done a good job and I can see that, but as a person, no.
‘He is not a coach who is very close with his players. He is very distant. He doesn’t possess charisma.’
Costa was close to leaving the Blues last January after a training ground row with Conte and fitness coach Julio Tous.
Diego Costa aims parting shot at Antonio Conte after Chelsea exile

Conte claimed at the time that his absence in his following squad to face Leicester was due to a back injury but Costa admits it was due to his behaviour.
‘No, no no,’ the Spain international said. ‘That was a punishment for the attitude I had shown and for not behaving in the best way.

Rapper spots Alexis Sanchez boarding private jet to fly to new club ahead of transfer

Grime artist and Arsenal fan Lethal Bizzle has sent his fellow Gunners supporters into meltdown after spotting Alexis Sanchez at Luton Airport boarding a private jet.
I'm on fire': 
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The Chilean is centre of the summer’s biggest transfer saga, with Manchester City and PSG trying to prise him away from Arsenal despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence that he will not be allowed to leave.
But now Lethal Bizzle claims he saw Sanchez in the departures lounge at Luton Airport, before flying off to Paris ahead of a long-muted move to the big-spending Parisians.
Speaking on the tarmac on Snapchat, Lethal Bizzle told his followers: ‘I just saw Sanchez. He’s off man. He’s off. He was looking mad nervous when he saw us. He didn’t want us to see him.
‘But he’s out. He’s on one of these jets too. Just giving you a heads up, Arsenal fans, he’s gone. I’ve got a little video too but I’m not gonna post that. I can’t. But he’s gone man. He’s out.’
Spotting Sanchez’s jet, he continued: ‘Man like Sanchez. On the way to his new club. I can’t even be mad at you cuz. I can’t even be mad at you to be honest. You’re done now cuz.’
Rapper spots Alexis Sanchez boarding private jet to fly to new club ahead of transfer

Sanchez was accompanied by his girlfriend, and it is entirely possible that he is simply travelling to Paris for a short break – several Arsenal players have already posted holiday snaps after Wenger afforded them time off after beating Leicester City on Friday.
However, reports in France have claimed that Sanchez also arrived in the French capital with his agent, adding fuel to the speculation that he is there to negotiate a move.
Mundo Deportivo are reporting that he will meet with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who hope the prospect of selling abroad – rather than to a domestic rival like Man City – will convince Arsenal to change their stance.
Sanchez missed the Leicester match with an abdominal injury, though retuned to training on Friday.
Speaking after beating the Foxes, Wenger said: ‘He practised well today, this morning, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain. He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game.’

'I'm on fire': Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho issues warning to Premier League rivals

Jose Mourinho has warned his Premier League rivals that he is more motivated than ever for the new season.
The Manchester United boss will see his side kick off their Premier League season against West Ham, with the Red Devils given the chance to start the campaign in front of their home fans.
United will compete across four competitions this season including the Champions League and Mourinho cannot wait for the season to get started.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool will all be competing with United this season for major silverware, but Mourinho believes he is ‘on fire’ heading into the new campaign.
‘I want to play West Ham a difficult match, then go to Swansea for another difficult match,’ he said.

'I'm on fire': Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho issues warning to Premier League rivals

‘I want the Champions League to start. I want, I want, I’m on fire.
‘But I will behave on the touchline, even if goals are offside.’
Mourinho has often clashed with officials during games and has been the subject of more than a few slaps on the wrist from the FA.
The Portuguese cut a frustrated figure on the touchline at times last season, but Mourinho now insists this is his team.
‘In many ways, it is my team,’ he said.
‘In terms of the squad, this is my second transfer window.
'I'm on fire': Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho issues warning to Premier League rivals

'I'm on fire': Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho issues warning to Premier League rivals

‘I was thinking, three transfer windows, I need that. But after two windows I have a good group and a football club much better equipped.
‘We are much better organised in the areas that support the first-team squad.
‘We are much better organised at every level.
'I'm on fire': Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho issues warning to Premier League rivals
‘So we will go for it this season. We are going to try to win the title.’
West Ham travel to United expecting to line up against all three of Mourinho’s marquee signings.
Nemnaja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof are all set to start the opening game.

Secret Gooner? Gary Neville spotted celebrating Arsenal comeback

Gary Neville was on punditry duty for Arsenal‘s game against Leicester City tonight, but seemed to get a little over-excited by the result after being seen celebrating afterwards.
The former Manchester United defender was snapped congratulating former colleague Shkodran Mustafi on the sidelines, with the Gunners coming from 3-2 down to win their opening game 4-3.
Phil Neville wasn’t having any of it though, and tweeted his brother trolling him about enjoying the Arsenal victory a little too much.
Neville spent his entire playing career at United and makes no secret of his support for the Red Devils, but maybe such a thrilling Arsenal performance was enough to persuade him to change allegiances.
Secret Gooner? Gary Neville spotted celebrating Arsenal comeback
More likely, of course, is that he merely got carried away by what most neutrals would agree was a great game, which served as the perfect tonic after nearly three months without football.
This classic encounter was the perfect way to open the new season after no Premier League action since May, with seven goals and end-to-end action throughout.

Get me out of here: Alexis Sanchez looks shell-shocked by woeful Arsenal display

Alexis Sanchez‘s expression summed up Arsenal‘s shocking start at home to Leicester City tonight, which saw them go 2-1 behind having taken an early lead.
The Chile international, who has been pushing for a move away from the Gunners all summer after refusing to sign a new contract, looked distinctly unimpressed by what he’s seen in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite a debut goal from £52million summer signing Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal have since conceded twice to Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy.
Okazaki almost added a third as well, but Danny Welbeck saved Arsenal’s blushes by equalising right on half time.
It’s been a far from convincing start by Arsene Wenger’s side, who have a poor record on recent opening day matches in the Premier League, with today’s game looking worryingly like last season’s opener against Liverpool.
Get me out of here: Alexis Sanchez looks shell-shocked by woeful Arsenal display

Get me out of here: Alexis Sanchez looks shell-shocked by woeful Arsenal display

Arsenal went ahead that day as well before falling apart and conceding four goals before showing a glimmer of a fightback late on only to lose 4-3.
The fans inside the Emirates tonight can barely believe what they’re seeing and Sanchez clearly isn’t happy either, as he watches on from the stands due to injury.

The 28-year-old only recently returned to training after being given an extended break due to playing in the Confederations Cup for Chile earlier in the summer.
Sanchez has since picked up a slight abdominal injury and can only watch as his team-mates make a meal out of what should have been a winnable game this evening.

Lucky? Mesut Ozil got away with blatant handball moments before Arsenal equaliser

Arsenal and Leicester City played out an early contender for game of the season tonight at the Emirates Stadium, but it looked to be marred by a piece of cheating by Mesut Ozil in the build-up to the Gunners’ third goal.
The Germany international got away with what looks like a deliberate handball not long before Aaron Ramsey struck to make it 3-3 and set up a grandstand finish.
Arsenal had looked set for a shock home defeat at the hands of Leicester, who went ahead twice in north London but once again came away with nothing at a ground where they have a poor record.
This is the Foxes’ fourth straight defeat at the Emirates, with a late own goal deciding it last season and Danny Welbeck’s stoppage time winner clinching a controversial game the year before.
Lucky? Mesut Ozil got away with blatant handball moments before Arsenal equaliser

Lucky? Mesut Ozil got away with blatant handball moments before Arsenal equaliser

Once again, Leicester can feel hard done by as Ozil clearly handled the ball just before winning a corner for Arsenal, from which they then got another before the ball broke to Ramsey for the equaliser.
Just two minutes after Ramsey’s goal, Olivier Giroud scored the winner to break Leicester’s hearts, but there’s no doubt they benefited from referee Mike Dean getting a big decision wrong.
As the replay above shows, Dean had a clear look at Ozil taking the ball down with his arm, but took no action as Arsenal went on to turn the game around.

Olivier Giroud caps epic Arsenal comeback as the kings of chaos start with a win

Arsenal kicked-off the Premier League season with a remarkable comeback victory over Leicester City, capped by Olivier Giroud’s 85th minute winner.
Alexandre Lacazette marked his debut with the opening goal after just two minutes but familiar failings allowed Leicester to take the lead through Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy.

Danny Welbeck drew his side level on the stroke of half time but Vardy was left unmarked from a corner to head the visitors back in front 10 minutes after the restart.
Arsene Wenger’s side appeared to be heading for a third straight opening day defeat in a row but late goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Giroud ensured an astonishing late win.

STAR MAN – Olivier Giroud

It has taken 99 goals, but perhaps finally Giroud has convinced Arsenal fans of his worth.
His position in the Wenger’s side has been threatened by numerous forwards who have come and gone and he must have been fearing the worst when Lacazette marked his debut with an instant impact.
Olivier Giroud caps epic Arsenal comeback as the kings of chaos start with a win

With Arsenal in a familiar opening day position, behind and being torn to shreds on the break, the 30-year-old was summoned to perform another act of escapology.
A brilliant touch nearly provided Lacazette with the winner but from the ensuing corner a truly monstrous header sparked wild scenes of celebration, born out of relief as much as anything.


Olivier Giroud caps epic Arsenal comeback as the kings of chaos start with a win

As woeful as Arsenal were in defence, equally their lack of efficiency in front of goal prevented them from recording what might have been a straightforward win.
Ozil’s selection was not totally unexpected given he returned to training on Thursday, but he looked a long way from full fitness and failed to provide the energy and industry that Alex Iwobi had troubled Chelsea with at Wembley last Sunday.
In front of goal he had two opportunities to draw Arsenal level in the second half but on both occasions he failed to trouble Kasper Schmeichel, dragging one effort hopelessly into the side-netting.
For every sub-par performance Ozil turns in questions as to whether he deserves a bumper pay rise will arise.

BIGGEST ERROR – Okazaki’s equaliser

It took Leicester just 160 seconds to puncture the the mood of optimism triggered by Lacazette’s debut goal and it was a consequence of amateurish defending.
Ozil had already ducked out of a challenge which led to the visitors earning a corner from which they were allowed to walk their way into a two-on-one situation.
Olivier Giroud caps epic Arsenal comeback as the kings of chaos start with a win

Marc Albrighton’s cross was hardly whipped in with pace, but his looping centre was enough to deceive Petr Cech, who was caught in no man’s land and unable to recover in time to prevent Okazaki nodding home from close range.
It represented an appalling lack of collective concentration and set the tone for a chaotic performance

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