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Ex-Man City & Real Madrid star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison
Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison. (Getty Images)
 
Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court after being found guilty of sexual assault.
The incident took place in January 2013 while the Brazilian was playing for AC Milan.
Robinho, along with five other men, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman at a nightclub in Milan.
Although the court in Milan has found Robinho guilty, the sentence will not be enforced until the appeal process has been completed.

Picture: Robinho reacts during a match for AC Milan.
Robinho spent four seasons at AC Milan. (Getty Images)
 
In January 2009, Robinho was arrested and released on bail over allegations of a sexual assault at a nightclub in Leeds, but he faced no charges following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police.
The 33-year-old had become the most expensive player in British football less than a year earlier when he joined Manchester City from Real Madrid for £32.5 million.

Picture: Robinho celebrates for Manchester City.
Robinho became the most expensive player in British football in 2008. (AFP/Getty Images)
 
But the Brazilian struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and was sold to AC Milan two years later for just £15m.
Robinho is currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil and has been capped 100 times by his national side.

Cristiano Ronaldo has welcomed his fourth child.
The football star, 32, shared a picture on Instagram of his girlfriend Georgina Rodriquez in hospital holding their baby daughter close to her chest. His son Cristiano Jr. was stood next to him in the family photo.

The new arrival came after the family arrived at a Madrid hospital near the Cristiano’s home on Sunday afternoon.

He revealed that his daughter’s name is Alana Martina and that he and his family are ‘very happy’.
Alana is Georgina’s first child. Cristiano has three children, Cristiano Ronaldo Junior and twins Matteo and Eva.

It was accidentally revealed back in September that the pair were having a girl when Georgina’s dance teacher made a bit of a slip up.

Taking to Instagram, Georgina posted a video showcasing her salsa dancing moves, writing: ‘Dancing makes your heart happy. Thanks to my teachers Basi and Deisy for giving me my first salsa lessons. I’m happy.’


'We're very happy': Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes his fourth child
Cristiano and Georgina welcomed their first child together (Picture: Getty Images)
 
Looking to reciprocate the flattery, the teachers accidentally dropped the gender of the baby on a comment on the post.
In a since deleted comment, the pair wrote: ‘A pleasure giving you salsa lessons. We’re very happy at how you did things in your first class.
‘The little girl you’re carrying inside you is going to be a great dancer. Basi and Deisy.’
He has previously described being a father as ‘a unique and personal journey, something that has changed me completely.’


Mike Tyson being escorted back into the plane by Chilean polce officials
 
Chilean police on Thursday deported a disheveled U.S. boxer Mike Tyson citing non-compliance with immigration laws.

Tyson, 51, was put him on a flight home, the Investigative Police (PDI) said.
Local media reported that the former world heavyweight champion was planning to attend an awards ceremony for action films taking place in Santiago, Chile’s capital.

“Detectives from the International Police are re-boarding Mike Tyson for not complying with immigration law,” the PDI said on its verified Twitter account on Thursday, alongside a photograph of Tyson walking in an airport with two individuals wearing PDI jackets.

The PDI did not specify which part of the law Tyson did not comply with, and did not immediately respond to an email and a phone call seeking additional information.

Tyson served three years of a six-year U.S. jail sentence for rape in 1992.

In 2012, New Zealand revoked an entry visa for Tyson after a charity that was going to benefit from his visit dropped its support due to his rape conviction.

‘I almost cried’ – Alex Iwobi on scoring Nigeria’s winner against Zambia

The 21-year-old relives the goal against the Chipolopolo that sent the Super Eagles to Russia 2018 and says he was close to tears after scoring

Alex Iwobi has revealed that he ‘almost cried’ after scoring Nigeria’s winner against Zambia in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying game on October 7.

The Super Eagles needed a victory against Wedson Nyirenda’s side to book their place in the Mundial and the Arsenal winger’s goal in the 73rd minute ensured the West Africans giants booked their passage with a game to spare.
And ahead of Gernot Rohr’s charges dead rubber clash against Algeria on Friday, the 21-year-old relived the feeling after the ball went in and says he was ‘proud’ to have brought so much joy to millions of Nigerians.

“When I actually scored the moment was crazy, I remember running off celebrating,” Iwobi told Arsenal website.

"I almost cried, I actually almost cried to see how the fans were reacting, to see my mum and dad in the stands; it was just an amazing feeling.

"To go to the World Cup you can see it’s not just the players’ dream, it’s the fans’ dream as well and for me to get the goal for us to go through I’m just proud to do that.

Iwobi also spoke on what it means for him to play for Nigeria after being in the England youth setup for most of his life.

“Yeah it’s basically my family, where they’re from, where I’m from it’s my homeland, so it’s always an honor to wear the green, white and green,” he added.

“I mean I’ve seen so many kids on the street when we’re like in the bus, they’re screaming “go Nigeria, go Nigeria”, so to represent them I’m just proud."


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Super Falcons Striker Asisat Oshoala Wins Chinese Women’s Super League 'Best Striker for 2017 Season'
 



Super Falcons Striker Asisat

Super Falcons of Nigeria striker and Dalian Quanjian F.C. forward, Asisat Oshoala has been crowned Chinese Women’s Super League 'Best Striker of the season' for 2017.

She took to her IG page to show off her accolade and wrote:

'PROUD MOMENT !! All GOLD everything!! 2017 Chinese women’s league award, BEST STRIKER OF THE SEASON (Top Scorer) .... Thanks to everyone for your support. I dedicate this award to my precious and loving sport mum, my sister and my best friend, whom has pushed and encouraged me throughout my season, thank you for everything @onosky5 , you are one of a kind. God bless and uplift you for me. #GoldenGirl #Buzzing #Alhamdulilah �� #ProudMoment'


Russia’s Miranchuk twins: play for the national football team
 
 
Opponents of Russia’s national side can be forgiven for confusion as they face two identical players: twin brothers Anton and Alexei Miranchuk.

The 22-year-old Miranchuk siblings appeared together in the national squad for the first time last month after manager Stanislav Cherchesov rewarded their solid performances for Russian league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.

“We gave the new players a chance to show their worth in matches with teams that have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals,” Cherchesov told journalists after friendlies with South Korea and Iran.


“(Mario) Fernandes, (Konstantin) Rausch and the Miranchuk twins looked impressive with their club sides this season and we needed to test them in the national squad.
“That helped us to finalise the pool of the candidates into our World Cup squad.”

The country’s football chief Vitaly Mutko hailed the brothers from the southern Krasnodar region as part of a new generation of dedicated players, a much welcome boost after a dreadful Euro 2016 campaign.

Players such as the Miranchuks are “highly motivated” and “have a completely different attitude to football”, Mutko stressed. “It’s a generation of professionals.”

The twins meanwhile said their invitation to the national side had done wonders for their confidence.
“It was incredibly motivating for us when we got the call up to the national squad,” Anton Miranchuk, who made his senior Russia debut in October’s 4-2 win over South Korea, told AFP.
The 22-year-old Miranchuk siblings appeared together in the national squad for the first time last month after manager Stanislav Cherchesov rewarded their solid performances for Russian league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow

“I just couldn’t put my feelings into words.”
“Of course it’s a great responsibility,” his brother Alexei, who earned the first of his 12 international caps in 2015, added.

“When you join the national squad, it’s a new experience, new feelings and new opportunities. It’s cool.”

The players’ mother Yelena Miranchuk said the family traces its origins back to the Cossacks, independent horsemen forces who guarded Tsarist Russia’s borders.

She told Russian television she believes this gave her sons their active and uncompromising nature.
The brothers started out training with the Olympus club of their native town of Slavyansk-on-Kuban in their home region.

After a couple of years, Spartak Moscow invited the boys to join their football academy.
They came to Moscow with their mother, a trained teacher who got a job at their school’s boarding house.


“It was non-negotiable that our mum came with us,” Anton said.
“She’s the head of our family — she has always been with us, she has watched and supported us the whole time,” Alexei added.

“Things might have gone differently without her keeping an eye on us.”
After the Miranchuk brothers turned 16, Spartak released them for not being physically strong enough, forcing them to join Lokomotiv’s academy.

Their natural talent soon shone through and they became integral members of Lokomotiv’s youth squad, winning three consecutive Russian titles.

Alexei then made his debut in the Russian Premier League in 2013 but Anton was made to wait before getting his chance.

Anton was sent on loan to Estonian high-flyers Levadia Tallinn for the 2016 campaign, during which he scored 15 goals in 33 matches.

That form abroad earned him a brief cameo alongside his brother for Lokomotiv at the end of the last season, before thrusting him into a regular role this term.
– ‘Spiritual connection’ –

But the separation was hard, Anton admitted.
“We’ve been together since we were born. I feel a constant spiritual connection with my brother and I feel I miss him after just a couple of days apart.

“But I don’t regret my secondment to Estonia. It was very useful to get regular match practice and experience. It helped me a lot to win a place in Lokomotiv’s line-up when I came back.”
His brother Alexei naturally agreed.

“For me it was really hard to play and to progress without my brother,” he added. “But now I feel that this parting was for the best.
“Now everything has got back to normal and I feel we’re both ready to go up to the next level.”

Former Premier League player Dionatan Teixeira dies aged 25He tragically died (Picture: Getty)


Former Stoke City player Dionatan Teixeira has tragically died aged just 25 from a suspected heart attack.

The defender joined the Potters back in 2014 having had trials at a number of Premier League clubs, including league leaders Manchester City, but only made two substitute appearances during his time in the English top flight – which was blighted by injury.
He joined Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol after leaving Stoke, having also enjoyed a spell on loan at Fleetwood Town, and they confirmed the sad news.

‘A few hours ago, a good man and an excellent football player, former FC Sheriff player Dionatan Teixeira died.

‘The Brazilian defender was only 25 years old. The whole of the club is shocked by this tragic news. The pain of loss is great.

Former Premier League player Dionatan Teixeira dies aged 25
He only made two appearances for Stoke (Picture: Getty)
 
‘He will remain forever in our hearts.’
Stoke City sent their thoughts to the loved ones of the former Slovakian under-21s star.

Former Premier League player Dionatan Teixeira dies aged 25
Teixeira in action for Fleetwood Town (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)
 
‘The thoughts of all at Stoke City are with his family and friends,’ A statement read.
Teixeira was taken ill in his native Brazil and died on Sunday of a suspected heart attack.


Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere’s goal move thwarted
 
Arsenal reached the Europa League last 32 Thursday as Everton crashed out and A.C Milan stumbled.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal fought out a drab 0-0 draw with Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates but the point was enough to make sure of qualifying for the knockout round with two games to spare in Group H.

Jack Wilshere, overlooked by England manager Gareth Southgate earlier in the day, had the best chance but saw a second-half effort cleared off the line.
The result allowed the Gunners to stretch their unbeaten home run in all competitions to 16 games.

Wilshere: trying to escape from Red Star Belgrade players
 
“If you can’t win the game, don’t lose it. We’re not delighted with the point, but we’ll take it,” said Wilshere.

Struggling Everton crashed out after a 3-0 defeat in Lyon.
Languishing in the relegation zone in the Premier League and without a permanent manager since the sacking of Ronald Koeman last week, Everton succumbed to three second-half goals.

Bertrand Traore rounded Jordan Pickford to break the deadlock on 68 minutes in the Group E clash.
Memphis Depay then set up 19-year-old Houssem Aouar to steer in a slick second goal for the hosts on 76 minutes.

The former Manchester United winger completed the scoring himself late on after another ex-United player, Morgan Schneiderlin, was sent off for a second booking.

“We’re really disappointed with the result. For nearly 70 minutes, we were nearly perfect with our game plan and created a couple of opportunities and should have scored,” said Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth.

Everton also lost defender Cuco Martina to a worrying incident in the first half as the Curacao international was stretchered off in a neck brace following an awkward fall.

Despite suffering a concussion and needing hospital treatment, Martina was later discharged and travelled back to Merseyside.

Seven-time European champions AC Milan, in the midst of a poor run of form in Serie A, failed to relieve much pressure on under-fire manager Vincenzo Montella following a 0-0 draw at AEK Athens.

The Italians hit the post on 57 minutes through Riccardo Montolivo, while Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu had a powerful drive turned away as Milan remained two points clear of their Greek hosts in Group D.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy fired Dynamo Kiev into the knockout phase after the Ukrainian side secured a 1-0 victory over Group B rivals Young Boys in Switzerland.

Villarreal are on course to advance from Group A after a 2-0 victory at Slavia Prague, but Hoffenheim’s qualification hopes in Group C suffered a costly blow as the Germans conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Istanbul Basaksehir.

Meanwhile, Lazio downed Nice 1-0 in Group K to remain the only team with a 100 percent record, moving into the last 32 as a result.
Zenit Saint Petersburg and FCSB of Romania are also into the knockout round.

Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is to lead thousands of citizens, football enthusiasts and fans who will watch the Match4IDPs in Kano on December 14, as he has promised to grace the occasion in support of the initiative
Emir Sanusi said on Tuesday when he received Nwankwo Kanu and El-Hadji Diouf, two of Africa’s football legends, the Chief Coordinator of the Match4IDPs, Adi Goodman and the Coordinator of the Africa legends, Mo Mohammed Mustapha in his palace, that he will watch the match between Kano Pillars football club and the Africa legends billed for the Sani Abacha stadium in the ancient city.

He said the idea to help contribute to the need of the displaced persons by the organisers was a welcome development.













Neymar and Cavani celebrate PSG win over Bordeaux
File: Neymar and Cavani celebrate a PSG win
Paris Saint-Germain(PSG) destroyed Anderlecht 5-0 on Tuesday to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two group games to spare.

 More: Roma Destroys Chelsea

Bayern in the same group have also qualified for the next stage, after beating Celtic 2-1.
Marco Verratti and Neymar had scored brilliant first-half goals for the hosts at the Parc des Princes to leave the Belgian side demoralised and with too much to do to turn the game around.

However, left-back Layvin Kurzawa was the unexpected hat-trick hero.
Marco Verratti and Neymar had scored brilliant first-half goals for the hosts at the Parc des Princes to leave the Belgian side demoralised and with too much to do to turn the game around.

Kurzawa then scored his three goals in the second half and the result, combined with Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win away to Celtic, allowed the French giants to secure their place in the knockout phase for a sixth consecutive season, the essential assured before the start of November.

Unai Emery’s expensively assembled squad have won all four games in Champions League Group B, scoring 17 goals and conceding none, and can now focus on securing top spot with a home game against Celtic and a trip to Bayern — who are three points behind — still to come.

Anderlecht, in contrast, are yet to register a point or even score a goal in the competition after this latest defeat which followed a 4-0 reverse at home to PSG a fortnight ago.

They could still pip Celtic to the consolation of third and a Europa League spot in the New Year, but their approach to this game was telling, with coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck suggesting that an upcoming domestic league meeting with Club Brugge was his priority.

Manchester United were also close to the brink of the Champions League knockout phase after more inadvertent generosity from Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar helped them to a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.
Having carried a Marcus Rashford free-kick into his own net to gift United victory in the reverse fixture, 18-year-old Svilar scored an unwitting own goal when Nemanja Matic’s shot hit the post and went in off his back.

Daley Blind’s 78th-minute penalty completed victory, but with CSKA Moscow beating Basel in the other Group A game, United were left needing one point from their final two games to be certain of a last 16 berth.

Rui Vitoria’s Benfica remain bottom of the group with no points after their fifth successive European defeat — the worst run in the club’s history — and can no longer qualify for the knockout rounds.

Belgian youth international Svilar for one will be glad to see the back of United, particularly after he appeared to have atoned for his blunder in Lisbon two weeks ago by saving an early penalty from Anthony Martial.

With four wins from four games, United are six points clear at the top of the group and only a minor miracle will prevent them from reaching the knockout rounds for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Jose Mourinho’s side visit Basel on November 22 before closing their campaign at home to CSKA next month.

Rewarded with a starting berth for his match-winning cameo in United’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Martial won but then squandered a 15th-minute penalty.

In attempting to curb the Frenchman’s driving run into the box from the United left, Douglas lost his footing and handled the ball.

Martial took the penalty himself, steering it towards the bottom-left corner, but Svilar got down to turn the ball around the post.


Chelsea player Pedro trying to tear away from Roma players
 
Roma, playing at home in the UEFA Champions League Group C, stunned Chelsea, the English Premier League Champions with a  3-0 victory.

A stunning first-minute goal from Stephan El Shaarawy set the tone as Roma eased to a victory that moved them top of the group, a point ahead of Chelsea.

El Shaarawy scored again in the 36th minute and Diego Perotti added a third after the hour mark as Chelsea became the first of the five English contenders to taste defeat in this season’s group stage.
Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte said the team played well in the first half but they weren’t clinical enough with the chances they created. He simply described the second half disappointing as the teaam played out-of-sort.

Qarabag,  the Azerbaijani debutants, surprised Atletico Madrid when they scored first on Tuesday.
The team was in dreamland  of a first win when Míchel headed in not long before half-time.

But Thomas Partey levelled in the 56th minute and not long after Qarabağ lost Pedro Henrique to a red card, followed late in the game by Atlético’s Stefan Savić.

Atlético, also without a win, are four points off second-placed Chelsea with Qarabağ one further behind.
*From reports by uefa.com

Anthony Joshua reveals epic advice Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave him before Takam fightZlatan Ibrahimovic comes into wish Anthony Joshua good luck (Mark Robinson/Matchroom)


Anthony Joshua has revealed the epic advice he got from Zlatan Ibrahimovic before his fight with Carlos Takam on Saturday.

The Manchester United striker was in attendance for Joshua’s fight at the Principality Stadium and joined the Brit backstage before the main bout.

More: Sead Kolasinac Named As Best Signing Ahead Of Chelsea And Man United Stars

Ibrahimovic posed with Joshua’s three heavyweight world titles and the IBF and WBA (Super) champion has revealed the football star gave him some excellent words of wisdom before he was due in the ring.

Anthony Joshua reveals epic advice Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave him before Takam fight
(Mark Robinson/Matchroom)
 
‘Zlatan loves his boxing and his mindset is phenomenal but he picked me up on something I said after my fight with Wladimir Klitschko earlier in the year,’ Joshua told Sky Sports.
‘He pointed out that I’d said ‘I’m not perfect, but I’m trying’.

‘Then he said ‘No, no no. What you must is say is ‘I am perfect and I’m not trying.
‘I thought this guy’s mindset is phenomenal.’
Joshua went on to stop Takam in the tenth round of their contest and take his unbeaten record to 20-0.


Anthony Joshua reveals epic advice Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave him before Takam fight
(Mark Robinson/Matchroom)
 
Anthony Joshua reveals epic advice Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave him before Takam fight
(Mark Robinson/Matchroom)
 
The stoppage is also Joshua’s 20th in a row, one better than heavyweight legend Mike Tyson ever managed during his career.
Joshua is now just one behind Frank Bruno’s best knockout streak and is targeting a return to the ring in early 2018.
A nose injury is not expected to keep Joshua sideline for long after a doctor confirmed it was not broken as first feared.

More: ISIS Releases Christiano Ronaldo's Threatening Image 

The Islamic terrorist group proceed with their crusade of terrorizing aimed at next summer’s World Cup in Russia, as they reveal Real Madrid star in their latest debilitating montage.

Over the week, ISIS has propelled a series of threats for the World Cup in Russia, the alleged Islamic State plan an attack to raise the alert up in one of the biggest football events

Subsequent of using Lionel Messi and Neymar in their previous notices, Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest to show up on a publication, frightened by a jihadist soldier.

The Portuguese forward has been the concentration of the latest threat issued by ISIS to help remind the world of football of their intention for next summer World Cup, where the players themselves could be a target.



                                                        president buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress ahead of the party’s national caucus meeting slated for later in the day.

Among those the President met behind closed doors is the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

He met with Tinubu separately shortly after meeting the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdullaziz Yari and the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun.

There is something wrong with Anthony Martial, says Gary NevilleAnthony Martial celebrates his goal against Spurs (Getty)


Anthony Martial is not playing to his potential at Manchester United, Gary Neville has claimed.
The striker came off the bench at the weekend to score the winning goal in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.

The goal highlighted the talent the young French forward possesses, but Red Devils legend Neville believes Martial doesn’t display it as consistently as he should. Neville even speculated there could be something wrong with the 21-year-old.

‘It’s been a stop-start Manchester United career for Martial,’ Neville told Sky Sports.
‘For someone of that talent, he should be tearing this league apart with his ability. He’s lost his place in the France squad. There’s obviously something wrong with him.

‘Mourinho and the French manager [Didier Deschamps] have turned off of him a little bit. You always get the feeling he’s playing at 85 per cent.

‘If he showed that extra 15 per cent, then he could do anything. He’s got everything you’d want: composure in front of goal, great skill, pace, strength, but what is that little bit missing?’

There is something wrong with Anthony Martial, says Gary Neville
Martial scores the winning goal against Spurs (Getty)
 
Neville added: ‘He takes big moments on and obviously has the temperament to play in big games. But come on, let’s see it every single week.
‘He could be a player that could score 20 goals in 20 games if he really wanted to and strived to be the best.’

Worrying? Morata admits he would prefer to live abroadMorata admitted he would love to live in Italy (Picture: AFP/Getty)


Alvaro Morata has admitted he would prefer to be living in Italy and described a move to London as a ‘compromise’ between himself and his wife.
The Spaniard has been in great form since arriving at Stamford Bridge, scoring six goals and providing three assists in his first eight Premier League starts after a £70million switch from Real Madrid.
Morata had previously spent time with Juventus – initially under Antonio Conte – but was brought back to his parent club Madrid only to spend the majority of his time on the bench under Zinedine Zidane.

He forced through a summer transfer away from the Spanish capital in order to be the main striker at Chelsea but confessed he never wanted to leave Juventus in the first place.

Worrying? Morata admits he would prefer to live abroad
Conte teamed up with Morata again (Picture: AFP/Getty)
 
And while he would prefer to live in Italy due to the lifestyle, he admitted that London is a nice compromise with his wife preferring to stay in Spain.

‘I came as a boy, I went away as a real player,’ he told Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘Italy for a Spaniard is the best country to live. You have everything: beauty, history, art, cooking, fashion. I would never have left Italy and Juve.

‘There were contractual agreements to be respected. The disappointment was enormous: I found myself back to the starting point. They treated me like the boy I was before the two Italian seasons.

Worrying? Morata admits he would prefer to live abroad
Morata didn’t want to leave Juventus (Picture: AMA/Getty)
 
‘I came here because there was a coach like Antonio Conte. We started talking about my eventual transfer last spring and I finally came to London.’
When asked if he missed Italy, he added: ‘Very. My wife would like to live in Spain, I in Italy. Here, we can find a compromise.’

Arsenal ace named as best summer deal ahead of Man Utd & Chelsea starsKolasinac scored against Swansea (Picture: Getty)


Sead Kolasinac has been hailed as the Premier League signing of the summer ahead of the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata by Garth Crooks.

The Bosnian defender scored his first league goal against Swansea on Saturday and has provided a further three assists in his opening nine matches in the top flight of English football.
While huge fees were splurged on Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Morata, Crooks is convinced the free transfer is showing the rest of the summer additions up and praised Arsene Wenger for scoring an absolute bargain.

‘I was very impressed with Sead Kolasinac when Arsenal played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and he has since become a regular feature in the Gunners set-up,’ Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column.

Arsenal ace named as best summer deal ahead of Man Utd & Chelsea stars
Wenger pulled off a great summer signing (Picture:  Getty)
 
‘Kolasinac only joined the club at the beginning of the season, and on a free transfer, which really does knock the stuffing out of all those Arsenal ‘know it all’ supporters who have been caning Arsene Wenger for not spending millions on players the manager thinks are not worth it.

‘Kolasinac must be the signing of the season and he already looks like a player who has won the respect and admiration of his team-mates. The goal he scored against Swansea was well taken, but the move and assist for Aaron Ramsey to score was just fabulous football from the Bosnia-Herzegovina international.

Arsenal ace named as best summer deal ahead of Man Utd & Chelsea stars
Lukaku has seven goals and three assists in 10 Prem matches (Picture: Getty)
 
‘To find yourself so far up the field in open play is one thing but having the composure to handle matters so effectively is something entirely different.
‘If Wenger is free during the international break, perhaps Theresa May might ask the Arsenal manager if he could conduct the Brexit negotiations with European chief negotiator Michel Barnier.’

Jose Mourinho does not trust THREE Manchester United stars, claims Arsenal legendManchester United boss Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)


Jose Mourinho does not trust three of his Manchester United defenders, according to former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas.

The Red Devils returned to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend, clinching a 1-0 victory over Tottenham to remain second in the table and five points behind Manchester City.
But Nicholas believes the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss still has reservations about a number of players in his squad, particularly Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and summer signing Victor Lindelof.
‘I don’t think he trusts his defenders,’ ex-Gunner Nicholas, who also enjoyed spells at Celtic and Aberdeen, said on Sky Sports’ The Debate Show.

Jose Mourinho does not trust THREE Manchester United stars, claims Arsenal legend
United clinched a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday (Picture: Getty)
 
‘How many times have we had this discussion? Ever since Mourinho got there, he doesn’t trust Smalling.
‘I don’t think he’s convinced Jones is his man as he’s not sure whether he’s physically adaptable. He probably think he’s a bit too rash. As we know, Lindelof has had an almighty struggle.

‘Bailly has been the one – he’s a bit raw. And then he brings in Young all of a sudden and you start to get confused.
‘That’s what Mourinho does and you are left scratching your head.’

Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures

Benfica (H) – Tue 31 Oct (Champions League)
Chelsea (A) – Sun 5 Nov
Newcastle United (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Basel (A) – Wed 22 Nov (Champions League)
Brighton (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Watford (A) – Tue 28 Nov

Mourinho has been without Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly since October’s international break and has also been unable to call upon Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo.

Pogba suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the season and Mourinho has ‘no idea’ when the Frenchman will be able to return, although Rojo has made progress as he bids to make himself available for selection.

Jose Mourinho does not trust THREE Manchester United stars, claims Arsenal legend
Paul Pogba has been sidelined for several weeks (Picture: Getty)
 
Asked about Pogba’s situation following Saturday’s victory over Spurs, Mourinho said: ‘Again, I have no idea. Honestly, I have no idea.

‘I am not in control of his recovering process. He is not training with me.’
He added: ‘He [Pogba] is on individual work, and when a player is on individual work and not in my group, even under certain conditions, for example Marcos Rojo is working with me under certain conditions, but he’s working with me, so I would expect Marcos Rojo to be ready to play after the international break.

‘I can predict that because he’s training with me. So Pogba, I have no idea.’
United welcome Benfica to Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday night before taking on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea next weekend.

Arsene Wenger sends reminder to Alexis Sanchez ahead of Manchester City showdownAlexis Sanchez is yet to agree to a new contract at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has told Alexis Sanchez that he has a ‘social contract’ to perform well for Arsenal when the side travels to Manchester City next weekend.

Sanchez, 28, was reportedly set for a £60million switch to the Etihad during the summer transfer window but the Gunners pulled the plug on the proposed move in the final hours of deadline day.
The Chilean, who is out of contract in north London at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, has struggled for form so far this term and Wenger insists he is not worried.

In the lead-up to Arsenal’s clash with City, Wenger said: ‘No, I am not concerned because I am not suspicious of the performances or the desire to win of a football player.
‘When you are a football player, you have a social contract with the rest of the team and I never question that.
‘Once you don’t respect that, it’s difficult to say that you play football.’

Arsene Wenger sends reminder to Alexis Sanchez ahead of Manchester City showdown
Pep Guardiola was determined to land Alexis Sanchez in the summer (Picture: Getty)
 
Wenger admits Sanchez is ‘frustrated’ with his lack of goals this season but is confident the forward will get back to scoring ways.
He added: ‘He is chasing a goal so he’s a bit frustrated when he doesn’t score, like all goalscorers.
‘But I’m not worried about it. He works hard and it will come back quickly.
‘You can never try too hard. At the moment he’s marked well, [opponents] double up on him, but he still creates many dangerous situations.
‘And the goal? He just has not to worry too much.
‘I know you always say that to strikers and they still worry, but over a longer period he has always scored and that will come back.’

How much is Lewis Hamilton's net worth? Where does he rank on Forbes?Lewis Hamiltocelebrates on the podium with Usain Bolt during the United States Formula One Grand (Picture: Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in the US Grand Prix at the weekend.
The Mercedes driver is 66 points clear of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and with three races to go looks certain to clinch his fourth Formula One title, which would make him Britain’s most successful driver.
He will be looking achieve this landmark occasion in Mexico next weekend, where he only has to finish fifth to guarantee the title, regardless of what Vettel does.

How much is Lewis Hamilton's net worth? Where does he rank on Forbes?
Hamilton could clinch his fourth title in Mexico (Picture: Getty Images)
 
Hamilton is arguably the sport’s poster boy; he has multiple sponsors and has amassed a vast amount of prize money.
Here is a breakdown of how much he is worth:

Mercedes contract and sponsorships

Hamilton is on a £100m three-year deal with German manufacturer, Mercedes.
Mercedes clinched the Formula One Constructors’ Championship over the weekend, and they have arguably boasted the best car in recent years.
His current deal runs until the end of 2018.
As part of that contract he retained control of his image rights.

How much is Lewis Hamilton's net worth? Where does he rank on Forbes?
Hamilton has multiple endorsement deals (Picture: Getty)
 
Hamilton is one of the highest paid athletes in the world today; and much of this comes from his multiple endorsement deals.
Hamilton has endorsement deals with IWC, Monster Energy, L’Oreal, Bose, Puma, MV Agusta Motorcycles and Bombardier Recreational Products.

He was tenth on the list of Forbes’ highest-paid European celebrities 2017, after he finished runners-up to former teammate, Nico Rosberg, in the Formula One standings last year.

Forbes’ highest-paid European celebrities 2017:

1. JK Rowling ($95 million – £71.7 million)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million – £70.2 million)
3. Coldplay ($88 million – £66.4 million)
4. Adele ($69 million – £52.3 million)
5. Roger Federer ($64 million – £48.5 million)
6= Elton John ($60 million – £45.4 million)
6= Gordon Ramsey ($60 million – £45.4 million)
7. Paul McCartney ($54 million – £41 million)
8. Rory McIlroy ($50 million – £37.9 million)
9. Calvin Harris ($48.5 million – £36.7 million)
10.  Lewis Hamilton ($46 million – £34.9 million)

Lewis Hamilton net worth

According to the Sunday Times Rich List,he has a fortune of £131million – putting him 838th on their list.
He is also tenth on the Forbes list of richest athletes in the world.
Forbes said $8 million (£6 million) of his income has come from endorsements from companies such as L’Oreal, Bose, Puma and Monster Energy.

The Stevenage-born driver is 46 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 2017 list.
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