BRENTFORD CONFIRM AARON HICKEY ARRIVAL

Premier League side Brentford have confirmed the signing of young Scotland international Aaron Hickey. The arrival of the highly rated Scottish fullback was announced by the Bees this weekend. He has signed a long-term contract with London club Brentford.

Hickey, 20, will play professional football for the first time in England with his transfer to Brentford from Italian Serie A outfit Bologna. He had always been linked with a lot of clubs in England including Arsenal until his transfer to the Bees. (more…)

RAGNICK STARTS AUSTRIA REIGN WITH WIN

Former Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick began his spell in charge of the Austrian national team on a winning note after they produced an emphatic away win over Croatia who reached the final of the last World Cup tournament in Russia before losing to eventual champions France and are going to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.


Rangnick was appointed as the Austrian national team boss while he was still the interim manager in England and Premier League heavyweights Manchester United precisely. The initial plan was for him to him retain the consultancy role at Manchester United at the end of his interim managerial reign at the club, but he has opted against combining the two positions to focus on the Austria job. His first game was a daunting one on paper, but him and his players made light work of it at the expense of Croatia in a UEFA Nations League clash from Group A1. (more…)

LIVERPOOL SECURE ANOTHER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 

Liverpool have secured another Champions League final after they came from two goals down to beat home team Villarreal 3-2 in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie. The two teams met for the second leg at the El Madrigal just six days after the first leg which ended in a 2-0 win for the Reds thanks to the goals from PervisEstupinan (own goal) and Sadio Mane within two second half minutes.


Villarreal made a dream start in the second leg thanks to the third minute strike from BoulayeDia off the assist from Frenchman Etienne Capoue. The Spanish La Ligaclub scored a second goal four minutes before halftime through Frenchman Francis Coquelin who knows a lot about Liverpool having spent several years in England while playing for Arsenal. Capoue also provided the goal for Coquelin to ensure that Villarreal drew level with Liverpool in the tie. (more…)

SMITH-ROWE HITS TEN GOALS FOR ARSENAL

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe was one of the three players who scored as the Gunners recorded a morale-boosting win at the home of European champions Chelsea in the league. The England international helped the Gunners regain the lead in the first half to take his tally to ten goals in the Premier League this season. With his goal against Chelsea, England international Smith-Rowe was able to take his overall tally to 11 goals in all competitions.

Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal players came into the Chelsea on the back of a poor run of results in the Premier League. They had lost three league games in a row before the trip to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

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WILL HAALAND PLAY IN ENGLAND NEXT SEASON?

While the future of Borussia Dortmund’s Norway international striker Erling Haaland remains up in the air, reports are still mounting up about a possibility of him moving to England and play for an English Premier League club. Manchester United are the first club to come to mind when the possibility of him coming to England comes up, with Chelsea and Manchester City the other possible options. However, Manchester United have leapfrogged other teams to the front of the queue. This is mostly because both Chelsea and City have spent huge sums in last summer’s transfer window to acquire themselves big-money signings.


While Chelsea made a huge statement by bringing back Belgian international star Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge from Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan for a whopping sum of £97 million, City, on the other hand, splashed £100 million on the signing of England international attacking midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. The spending spree of the two teams mean that it might be hard for them to spend another huge sum this summer to sign another big-name player. (more…)

DUNK SET FOR INJURY RETURN

Brighton and Hove Albion skipper Lewis Dunk is on course to make his return from injury when the Seagulls face hosts Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup this weekend. The England international has missed the last two months due to a knee injury.

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England defender Dunk made his return to the Brighton squad for the league clash with home team Leicester City at the end of last month. He was an unused substitute during the game which ended in a 1-1 draw. Dunk is expected to make his return from injury and onto the pitch for the FA Cup fourth round meeting with the Seagulls’ North London opponents.
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ENGLAND TRIO ABSENT FOR SWINDON CLASH

The England international trio of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish were not in the Manchester City squad that saw off League Two team Swindon Town to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The three England players were missing in a Manchester City squad depleted by several Covid-19 situations involving manager Pep Guardiola, some players and some coaching crew members.

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Despite the absence of several first team players including the three aforementioned England attacking talents, Manchester City had too much quality for their hosts on the way to a big win. The Citizens finished off the third round tie with four goals while their lower league opponents managed to register one goal.
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SMITH-ROWE BACK FOR SAINTS CLASH

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that young England midfielder has returned to training ahead of the Premier League clash with Southampton. The Gunners play hosts to Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening and newly capped England player Smith-Rowe is expected to be in the squad for the game which is very important for the hosts in their quest to secure passage into next season’s Champions League by finishing in one of the top four places on the league standings.

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In his pre-match presser on Friday afternoon ahead of the Saints clash, Arteta told reporters that young England midfielder Smith-Rowe has recovered from the groin injury that forced him to sit out the Premier League meeting with hosts Everton on Monday. Smith-Rowe was sorely missed by an Arsenal side who threw away a first half lead from Martin Odegaard to lose 2-1 as a result of two late goals from their hosts.
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SMITH-ROWE CONTINUES HIS FORM AT LEICESTER

 
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe is one of the most in-form young midfielders in the Premier League over the last one month. The England junior international was able to continue his red-hot form in front of goal as he found the back of the net in the league win over Leicester City at the weekend.

Emile Smith-Rowe was the recipient of the second Arsenal goal against Leicester City as he maintained his form in the league. The England junior international has now scored four goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season with three of those goals coming in the Premier League. (more…)

TOWNSEND BAGS BEST GOAL AWARD

Everton winger Andros Townsend has won the best goal award for September in the Premier League. The England international was given the goal award for his world class strike during the win over Burnley at Goodison Park last month. Townsend scored one of the goals as Everton came from a goal down to beat the Clarets 3-1 at home.


After a goalless first half, the Clarets took the lead courtesy their skipper, Ben Mee. Burnley were ahead for just seven minutes before Everton responded with the equaliser on the hour mark. England national team defender Michael Keane was the recipient of the Everton equaliser. (more…)