October 28, 2019

17 days agoWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon win

first_imgWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon winby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender William Saliba has been filmed singing from a microphone in front of St. Etienne’s fans following the Ligue 1 club’s win over Lyon.Saliba was immediately loaned back to France after completing a move to Gunners this summer.He was imperious in the match, which was his first league start for the season.William Saliba & Kieran Tierney both whipping out megaphones after an away win vs Spurs in 2021. I’m absolutely here for this. https://t.co/jk98LyyPzI— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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October 12, 2019

Gzb girl tops CBSE 12th exams

first_imgNew Delhi: Hansika Shukla from Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad topped the 12th Standard CBSE board exams, results for which were announced on Thursday afternoon.The teenager, who came in first along with Karishma Arora of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, said she only dreamed of such results. Shukla scored 499 out of 500, securing full marks in all subjects other than English, for which she scored 99. She said that she has no regrets whatsoever for missing out on a full 500 because of one mark. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSpeaking to media persons outside her school, Shukla credited her parents and teachers for the huge educational, moral, and emotional support they gave her, unable to control her happiness and sheer surprise. However, her teachers showed no surprise at her picture-perfect scorecard. One of her teachers reportedly said that Shukla has been a consistent performer and that it is reflected in her internal examination results as well. Talking to the press, Shukla said that although she has an active interest in Psychology, she has not planned too far into the future. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarFor the time being, she said she wants to pursue a Bachelor’s in Psychology and expressed an interest to join the Indian Foreign Services. From the humanities stream, Shukla had taken History, Political Science, and Psychology as her core subjects and scored 100 in all of them. For her elective, she chose Hindustani vocals and scored full marks for it as well. Speaking of how she managed to achieve such scores, Shukla said she never had a particular number of hours that she studied. All she followed was a strict but continuous regime of studying for one hour and then taking a break. The preparations also saw her taking a break from social media with Shukla saying she was almost inactive on social media in the months leading up to the exams. Her mother is a professor at Ghaziabad college and her father is a secretary in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament. The overall results in CBSE saw girls outperforming boys generally. A total of more than 12.87 lakh students appeared for the examination and out of all the students who cleared the exams, 88.7 percent were girls, while 79.4 per cent were boys. The three students who are tied for second place are all girls. Gaurangi Chawla (Nirmal Ashram School, Rishikesh), Aishwarya (KV, Rai Bareilly), and Bhavya BR (SK International School, Haryana) all scored 498. And continuing with the trend, out of the 18 people tied for third position in the examination, 11 are girls. The Delhi zone performed third best after Trivandrum and Chennai, with 91.87 per cent students passing the examination.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Egypt cabinet awaits court order to lift curfew

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s cabinet was on Wednesday awaiting a court order to lift a curfew three months after it was imposed on Cairo and 13 other provinces following a crackdown on Islamists.An administrative court ruled on Tuesday that the state of emergency in force since mid-August was to end on the same day based on its calculations, said the official MENA news agency.But the curfew — which runs from 1:00 am to 5:00 am — was still in place overnight. “The measures are still in place. There was a curfew last night. The text of the ruling must first go to the cabinet” before the prime minister can end the measures, an interior ministry official told AFP.Another government official said the cabinet expects to receive the text of the ruling later on Wednesday.Interim president Adly Mansour declared the state of emergency on August 14, as violence gripped Egypt after police dispersed two large protest camps in Cairo set up by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Hundreds of people, mainly Morsi supporters, were killed in clashes that erupted during the crackdown, while Islamists elsewhere in the country retaliated by attacking security forces and Christian churches, businesses and homes, mostly Coptic.According to an interim constitution decreed by Mansour, extending the state of emergency beyond Thursday would have required a referendum.last_img read more

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September 30, 2019

The Latest Kentucky Riot Is Part Of A Long Destructive Sports Tradition

2002College Park, Md.MarylandWNCAAB17~24 After Wisconsin upset Kentucky in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament Saturday night, there was a riot near Kentucky’s campus in Lexington. People threw bottles and set fires, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The police used pepper spray and arrested 31 people. And this wasn’t the first time people in Lexington reacted violently after a big Wildcats game. Last spring, the police arrested dozens of people after riots when Kentucky lost in the national championship game. And they arrested dozens of people in two separate riots in 2012, after Kentucky’s wins in the national semifinal and final.Those are four of about 50 North American sports riots in the past five decades for which I’ve gathered media-reported data. The database tells a violent history of the aftermath of many sporting events: thousands of people arrested, hundreds injured, more than a dozen killed. The riots occurred in more than a dozen U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, in reaction to sporting events in all four major North American pro sports, plus college football, basketball and hockey. Nearly all the sports riots originated in championship celebrations. Just a handful followed losses for the home team.I put this together after finding no existing, comprehensive database of these events. Our data isn’t comprehensive, either. Among the limitations: Our Nexis and Google searches might not have turned up all media reports. Different jurisdictions and media outlets might use different thresholds in counting, say, injuries and fires. We often found differing counts for the same incident, and some incident reports did not include information on arrests, injuries and deaths (in those cases, we left the fields below blank). The numbers might have changed for some riots after the last media report about them. And some might not have been reported.Please let us know by email or in the comments if we’ve missed any. 2004BostonRed SoxWMLB>141 2014Storrs, Conn.UConnWNCAAB>30 1991ChicagoBullsWNBA>1002 1996ChicagoBullsWNBA650 1984Manhattan, Kan.Kansas St.WNCAAF24>24 1984DetroitTigersWMLB40801 2003OaklandRaidersLNFL>84 1990San Francisco49ersWNFL14 1989San Francisco49ersWNFL~90 2002Columbus, OhioOhio StateWNCAAF>50 1990DetroitPistonsWNBA141hundreds7 2010MontrealCanadiensWNHL252 1998DenverBroncosWNFL2260 1992ChicagoBullsWNBA>1000~190 1985San Francisco49ersWNFL>183 2015Lexington, Ky.KentuckyLNCAAB313 2014Storrs, Conn.UConnWNCAAB26 1995San Francisco49ersWNFL~1803 2001State College, Pa.Penn StateLNCAAB203 1993MontrealCanadiensWNHL115168 2008MontrealCanadiensWNHL160 1997ChicagoBullsWNBA 2012Lexington, Ky.KentuckyWNCAABdozens~20 to hospital 2008State College, Pa.Penn StateWNCAAF00 2002College Park, Md.MarylandWNCAAB2 2001College Park, Md.MarylandLNCAAB1 2014Lexington, Ky.KentuckyLNCAAB3123 2014San FranciscoGiantsWMLB403 1986MontrealCanadiensWNHL28 YEARCITYTEAMW/LLEAGUEARRESTSINJUREDKILLED 2015Columbus, OhioOhio StateWNCAAF<10 1971PittsburghPiratesWMLB100 2002Bloomington, Ind.IndianaLNCAAB4340 2012Lexington, Ky.KentuckyWNCAAB27 1993DallasCowboysWNFL2618 1968DetroitTigersWMLB200 1993ChicagoBullsWNBA6833 2012San FranciscoGiantsWMLB35 1999East Lansing, Mich.Michigan St.LNCAAB132 2010San FranciscoGiantsWMLB>4 2011VancouverCanucksLNHL~100 2000Los AngelesLakersWNBA>11 2006EdmontonOilersWNHL<400 1986Manhattan, Kan.Kansas St.WNCAAF<211 2004BostonPatriotsWNFL2911 1 2002Saint Paul, Minn.MinnesotaWNCAAH20 1996DenverAvalancheWNHL153 1994VancouverCanucksLNHLdozens>200 1982San Francisco49ersWNFL80125 read more

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September 28, 2019

Can Derek Carr And The Raiders Make The Most Of Antonio Brown

After reports late last week that Antonio Brown was heading to the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers will instead reportedly trade their star receiver to the Oakland Raiders for a third- and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft. When the deal is finalized on Wednesday, Brown will have a restructured contract from the Raiders — adding $30 million in guaranteed money — which will make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. In a trade largely about money, the Raiders get perhaps the best receiver in the NFL for a pair of low-value draft picks, and the Steelers get to move on from a relationship that had become toxic and untenable for all involved.Brown will land atop an Oakland receiving corps that is sorely lacking in playmakers, and he’ll surely become the focal point of the passing attack. But how exactly will the Raiders deploy their new weapon? Under head coach Jon Gruden, the Raiders used West Coast passing concepts extensively in 2018. Quarterback Derek Carr’s average depth of target fell from 8.2 yards in 2017 to 6.9 in 2018 as Gruden reshaped the offense into one built on shorter curl, flat and slant routes that did not try to stretch the field. Under Gruden’s system, Carr’s completion percentage rose to a career high of 68.9 percent, padded in part by the bevy of high-percentage passes he was tasked with throwing. But when we adjust for the shorter, easier passes, Carr still recorded a completion percentage 3 percentage points higher than what we would expect, the first time in Carr’s career that he ascended into positive territory in completion percentage over expected (CPOE).1CPOE adjusts for depth of target by comparing a player’s completion percentage at each depth with league average. The short game under Gruden seems to be under control; instead, where Oakland can use help in the passing game is deep, with patterns like the go route that attack the defense vertically downfield.According to Sports Info Solutions, Antonio Brown was exceptional on go routes last season, catching four touchdowns and accumulating 216 receiving yards on 15 targets on the route. Meanwhile, the Raiders were atrocious targeting go routes over the same period, with Carr throwing two interceptions on just nine attempts. While Carr lacked receiving weapons after the trade of Amari Cooper to Dallas last season, it’s not clear that — even with good receivers — he has the ability to throw a reliable deep ball. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Carr ranked 26th in Raw QBR on passes thrown 15 yards deep or greater in 2018. On go routes in particular, just four of Carr’s nine pass attempts were deemed catchable. Brown is likely to command more than nine targets on his own next season based on his past production, but Carr will need to do his part delivering the ball to him.There is some hope for Carr deep. He was excellent when targeting seam routes, a type of deep route that is run vertically up the hashes near the middle of the field. According to charting by Sports Info Solutions, 13 of Carr’s 17 pass attempts on seam routes were graded as catchable, and three of those throws went for touchdowns. Carr also threw zero interceptions when targeting players deep up the hashes. However, it’s hard to measure how much Brown offers in Carr’s go-to route: He was targeted on only one seam last season — though he caught it for a 17-yard touchdown.If we look at routes that the Raiders employed frequently and Brown did run more often in Pittsburgh, the new Oakland receiver doesn’t compare that favorably to the production offered by Oakland’s 2018 receiving corps. On slant routes — short patterns run across the middle of the field at an angle — his expected points added (EPA) per play relative to the Raiders’ receivers was pedestrian. Oakland was collectively more than half an expected point better per play on slants than Brown was in Pittsburgh — with Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook and Seth Roberts all more productive on the route. Cook may end up leaving in free agency and could free up some of those targets, but Brown may not be able to make much of an impact in the short-area portion of the Raiders passing game. route nameRaiders receiversAntonio BrownEPA Diff. Seam+0.94+1.80+0.86 Antonio Brown can help the Raiders most on deeper routesExpected points added in the 2018 season by route type for wide receivers on the Oakland Raiders and for Antonio Brown Positive EPA difference reflects routes where Antonio Brown was more productive than the Raiders receivers collectively.Source: Sports Info solutions Dig+0.29-0.20-0.49 Slant+0.61+0.05-0.56 Go-0.11+0.85+0.96 Post+0.27-1.03-1.30 Comeback-0.52+1.27+1.79 Fade-0.17-0.31-0.14 There are also other concerns. Brown was ineffective in the middle of the field in general in 2018, posting negative EPA on digs and posts — two other in-breaking routes. He increasingly ceded targets over the middle to Juju Smith-Schuster, who is bigger, younger and perhaps more eager to put his body on the line for a reception. With no guaranteed money in Brown’s contract, self-preservation could have been a contributing factor to his seeming unwillingness to catch balls over the middle last season. At least that’s what the Raiders are hoping is the case: The alternative — that Brown is declining and no longer able to produce over the middle — is slightly terrifying for a team that just made Brown the highest-paid receiver in the league.Ultimately, how Oakland chooses to optimize around its new weapon will define its 2019 season. The Raiders are a team between homes and lacking a coherent identity. It’s unclear if they are in the midst of a long-term rebuild or if they believe they can field a team that will contend with Kansas City for a division title. Brown is still in his prime, but entering his age-31 season, he’s a player with more productive years behind than in front of him. His final years are probably not best spent with Carr throwing to him. Instead, Gruden and rookie GM Mike Mayock could use their fourth overall pick in the draft on a QB like Kyler Murray — a player who actually can throw deep with accuracy. Such a move would make sense for a franchise looking to build and would leverage Brown’s talents with an eye toward the future. After all, there are few things better for a young QB’s development than the luxury of throwing to a player who is a likely future Hall of Famer and who remains one of the league’s greatest receivers. Flat+0.08+0.40+0.32 Curl+0.20+0.40+0.20 EPA per target Out+0.20+0.52+0.32 From ABC News: read more

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September 28, 2019

A Jent of Gents Former Buckeye NBA coach joins Ohio States coaching

After securing what Thad Matta called the biggest recruit he’s ever gone after, the Ohio State basketball program introduced former Buckeye player and NBA coach Chris Jent as the latest addition to the OSU’s coaching staff on Wednesday. A native of Sparta, N.J., Jent scored 1,007 career points and was a part of two Big Ten championship teams at OSU from 1988-92. He will fill the opening on Matta’s staff that was created when former assistant coach Brandon Miller resigned two weeks ago to spend more time with his family. Jent said that there were multiple factors he considered before taking the job at OSU. “It was definitely two-headed,” Jent said. “The pull to the university and also to work with coach Matta and his staff allows me to expand my experience in coaching. The fact that it’s my alma mater and a place I have a strong tie to, a strong gut feeling towards, and a great amount of passion to, made it easy.” Jent leaves behind him an assistant coaching and director of player development position with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While in Cleveland, Jent also served as a personal shooting coach to two-time NBA MVP LeBron James. Matta said that he expects Jent’s relationship with the former Cavaliers star to work to his advantage as he will be attempting to recruit players for the first time in his career. “It’s no secret that Chris was one of the best in the NBA at making players better,” Matta said. “I don’t know if I could have got anybody better in the country than what he’s going to bring to the table in that regard.” When Jent’s playing career at OSU ended in 1992, the 6-foot-7 Jent played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association and in Spain before he was signed by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1994. Jent won the 1994 NBA title later that season. After playing in a combined 14 regular season and playoff games for the Rockets, Jent returned to the CBA, and also played professionally in Australia and Italy before returning to the NBA when he signed with the New York Knicks in 1997. Jent played in three games for the Knicks and ended his playing career in 2001 after additional stints in Italy, Greece, and the United States Basketball League. Jent signed on to become an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2000–04 NBA season before taking a similar role with Orlando Magic in 2004–05. Jent compiled a 5–13 record as the interim head coach of the Magic after former head coach Johnny Davis was fired. Following his lone season with the Magic, Jent returned to Columbus to complete his degree at OSU. It was there that he first met Matta, and served as an unofficial assistant to the team. Jent said that he walked away from OSU impressed by the culture that Matta had created around the program in just his second year as the Buckeyes’ head coach. “At that time, I saw a group of driven individuals that really cared for one another,” Jent said. “Ten kids were in uniform and none of them missed a practice. They didn’t miss one practice. And that just showed how much they care for another.” Jent said that leaving Cleveland for his alma mater and the two-time defending Big Ten champions was a tough call. “Outside of real life decisions, this is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Jent said. “Loved every day I went to work (in Cleveland). For me to leave that, it could only have been this type of situation.” Dan Wallenberg, spokesman for OSU athletics, confirmed to The Lantern that Jent’s contract is not complete. The Buckeyes have not released their schedule for the upcoming season. Tyler Robinson contributed to this article. read more

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September 28, 2019

Bradley Roby receives mixed reaction after Orange Bowl absence

Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby walks out of the tunnel in sweatpants before the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen it comes to sports, anyone who watches and cheers for a particular player or team has the opportunity to formulate their own opinions.Some teams and players get more attention than others, and when it came to the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes, it is difficult to find a player more widely criticized or loved than redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby.Upon taking the field on Senior Day Nov. 23 before the Buckeyes took on Indiana, Roby was subjected to a loud mix of both cheers and boos from Buckeye Nation.Just three days before, OSU coach Urban Meyer confirmed that Roby, a projected first-round pick by CBSSports, would forego his final year of eligibility.This seemed to only be the beginning of what has become an enthralling saga of OSU’s star cornerback.After suffering a knee injury late in his team’s 34-24 loss in Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State Dec. 7, the All-American’s status was unclear for the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson. Roby ultimately did not suit up against the Tigers because of the injury, resulting in backlash from OSU fans on social media.Fans berated Roby before, during and after the Orange Bowl on Twitter, and the name-calling has continued, to some fans still calling him a p—- and saying he quit on his team as recent as Monday.Roby offered a stern response early Saturday morning on Twitter.“The fact that people tweeting at me sayin all this negativity is crazy to me,” the tweet, published after 1 a.m., read. “It makes me ashamed to even have played for y’all.”Not everything was negative, though, as Roby sent another tweet just two minutes later thanking members of the OSU fan base for their support.“To the true fans I truly appreciate it the support you have given me and this team over the years,” the tweet read.The disrespect toward Roby was so bad that ESPN college football analyst and former Buckeye quarterback Kirk Herbstreit offered his support.“Hey man. I’m sorry you or any player has to be subjected to ridiculous fans like that. Keep ur head up & stay positive,” Herbstreit’s tweet sent to Roby’s personal account, @BradRoby_1, read.No one will ever know if Roby’s presence on the field against the Tigers during the Orange Bowl would have given OSU what it needed to win the game. But his replacement, sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, was beaten by Clemson junior wide receiver Martavis Bryant for two touchdowns in the game.Regardless of what everyone was saying about him playing or not, Roby responded with yet another tweet later Saturday, giving thanks to those fans who supported him.“S/O to the REAL Buckeyenation for showing so much love,” the tweet read. “We truly have the best fans in the land! And I enjoyed playing for you.”Whether Roby will have a successful NFL career remains to be seen, but as he and OSU’s season came to a close early Saturday morning, he surely left his mark. read more

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September 18, 2019

Griezmann Hernandez sign new deals as Lemar closes in on

first_imgAtletico Madrid have confirmed that both Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez have signed contract extensions at the club with Thomas Lemar close to completing his moveGriezmann had been expected to join Barcelona this summer, but the 27-year-old instead announced that he will be remaining at Atletico last week in an hour-long documentary broadcasted on Spanish TV station Movistar.The club website has reported that the French forward has now committed his future to the club by adding another year to his current deal after holding a meeting with the club’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, in Russia.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Meanwhile, his France teammate Hernandez has extended his current deal until 2024 with their fellow French international Lemar close to officially completing his move to Atletico subject to passing a medical and finalising terms with AS Monaco.Last season, Atletico finished above city rivals Real Madrid in second place in La Liga and defeated Marseille 3-0 last month to win the Europa League for a record-equalling third time.last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Fabinho Im ready to make my Liverpool debut

first_imgNew Liverpool midfielder Fabinho reckons that he is now fully prepared to make his competitive debut for the clubThe Brazilian was signed by the Reds this summer from AS Monaco, but is yet to make a competitive appearance.Manager Jurgen Klopp has refrained from making many changes in Liverpool’s opening four league games.Therefore, Fabinho has worked hard at the club’s Melwood training ground accustomising himself with Klopp’s style of play.“My start has been good and the adaptation good. The pre-season was very good, we had nine friendlies and I played nine,” the 24-year-old told Globo Esporte, via the club website.“It was good to play against English teams to see what the rhythm, the intensity and the physique is like.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I am adapting to the team’s style of play. The more experienced players have helped me, the technical team as well.”The 24-year-old added that his compatriots have helped him adjust to life in England.“Me and my wife are liking the city, we already have a home. Firmino is being a great guy, his family has given a good support to me and Alisson.“It’s been fine. Having Brazilians in the team helps. Now it’s really to make the debut. I’m fine, training well and prepared.”Liverpool will be back in action on September 15 away to Tottenham in the Premier League.last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Emery says Europa League is still a priority

first_imgFor the Arsenal manager, the priority is doing good in the UEFA Europa League to go back to the UEFA Champions League.Arsenal coach Unai Emery says the team is looking for two possible ways to return to the UEFA Champions League.The Gunners want to end in any of the top four positions in the English Premier League in order to qualify to the 2019-2020 Champions League season.But there is also the possibility of winning the UEFA Europa League, as the champions qualify to the biggest European competition.For Emery, being in the Round of 32 makes the Europa League a big priority for the team.“Our target is clear,” he said in the pre-match press conference in Minsk on Wednesday as reported by the team’s official website.“That is to play next year in the Champions League. But we know it’s not easy and we have two ways now.”“One is Europa League, but to win the Europa League is very difficult. We know it’s a very big challenge in the last 32 against BATE Borisov and then other matches,” he added.“But in the Premier League also we are with the possibility to take this position to play in the Champions League next year.”“Our challenge is to only think of the next game and the next game is tomorrow,” he continued.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Arsenal will play against Bielorrusian BATE Borisov on Thursday.“(We treat them) with respect, first. We can speak about two different situations from them. One is last year they played here and Arsenal won 4-2,” Emery continued.“The second is thinking about this year when they played in the groups, for example against Chelsea they lost one 1-0 but they had chances to score and to draw in this match.”“They are not in competition in the league but they prepared also in pre-season. We know they are a very organized team,” he said.“I prefer to think they can take their best performance against us tomorrow with good players and their motivation is going to be very high.”“For this competition, it’s the last 32 and they want to do well like us, respecting us. For us it’s to prepare and start this last 32 with very big motivation and ambition to do something important,” he concluded.What went down at our last session before the #UEL game at @FCBATE?All the latest training pics 👇— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 13, 2019last_img read more

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