Suspension! Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Miss Arsenal Clash

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to miss Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal on November 19, after picking up his fifth yellow of the season during Sunday’s match with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

As Jose Mourinho’s men prepare to face Arsene Wenger’s side after the international break at Old Trafford, the news will come as a bitter blow to the Red Devils.

Zlatan could not hide his frustration after he was booked for a late challenge on Leroy Fer.

Sky Sport quoted him as saying: “I thought in England we play rough. No? That’s what I heard. Every time I’ve tried to play rough I get a yellow card.”

“I don’t know why he gave me a yellow card. Maybe I was too tired to hear why, but I sacrifice for the team, and if I need to get a yellow I will take it, I have no problems.”

The striker, who scored twice in United’s 3-1 win over Swansea having gone seven without finding the net, says the goals will come if the chances keep arriving.

He added: “No [I was not worried about the run]. As long as you create the chances, which I have been doing.”

“The most important thing is the win, and the goals will come, as long as you create them, you’re there and you keep focus, the goals will come, I’m not worried about that.

Paul Pogba, who has also come under criticism in recent weeks, opened the scoring with a strike he described as one of the best in his career.

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BREAKING: Wizkid Emerges Best African Act At MTV Europe Music Awards 2016

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Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun has been named the Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Wizkid Emerges Best African Act At MTV Europe Music Awards 2016

Wizkid Emerges Best African Act At MTV Europe Music Awards 2016 [@MTVBaseAfrica]

The announcement was made via the MTV Base Africa twitter page [@MTVBaseAfrica] ahead of the show.

The announcement was made few hours ahead of the ceremony, which is holding this evening at the Ahoy Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner defeated African heavyweights including Black Coffee and Cassper Nyovest from South Africa, Olamide and Ali Kiba of Tanzania.

READ ALSO: Wizkid, Olamide Nominated For 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards

Some weeks ago, the 26-year-old music star also won Best African Act at the MOBO Awards in London.

The 2016 MTV EMAs will air live on MTV and MTV Base on Sunday November 6th, 2016 at 22:00 CAT.

In a statement, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, said:

“It is wonderful to see African artists nominated at the 2016 MTV EMAs on the same platform as global superstars of the calibre of Rihanna, Beyoncé, Drake, Kanye West and more.”

See the full list of nominees below

Best African Act


Ali Kiba

Black Coffee

Cassper Nyovest

Olamide

Wizkid

Best Song


Adele – Hello

Justin Bieber – Sorry

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

 

Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)

Rihanna ft. Drake – Work

Best Video


Beyoncé – Formation

Coldplay – Up&Up

Kanye West – Famous
Tame

Impala – The Less I Know the Better

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy

Best Female


Adele

 

Beyoncé

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

Sia

Best Male


Calvin Harris

Drake

Justin Bieber

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Best Live


Adele

Beyoncé

Coldplay

Green Day

Twenty one pilots

Best New


Bebe

Rexha

DNCE

Lukas Graham

The Chainsmokers

Zara Larsson

Best Pop


Ariana

Grande
Fifth

Harmony

Justin Bieber

Rihanna

Selena Gomez

Shawn Mendes

Best Rock


Coldplay

Green Day

Metallica
Muse

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best Alternative


Kings of Leon

Radiohead
Tame

Impala

The 1975
twenty one pilots

Best Hip Hop


Drake
Future

G-Eazy

Kanye West

Wiz Khalifa

Best Electronic


Afrojack
Calvin

Harris
David

Guetta
Major

Lazer
Martin Garrix

Biggest Fans


Ariana Grande

Beyoncé

Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga

Shawn Mendes

Best World Stage


Duran Duran – Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)

Ellie Goulding – Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)

Jess Glynne – Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)

Martin Garrix – Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)

One Republic – MTV Evolution, Philippines (2016)

Tinie Tempah – MTV Crashes, Plymouth (2015)

Tomorrowland – Belgium (2016)

Wiz Khalifa – Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)

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God Blesses Us With Trouble – Femi Aribisala

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God Blesses Us With Trouble, By Femi Aribisala

I was at a mid-week service in our fellowship and I was ministering. I was young and green in the Lord, having only met Jesus a few years earlier. For some reason there were more people in attendance on that particular day than usual. Suddenly, I noticed that a lady, Mrs. Bola Osanyinjobi, was fidgety. She seemed uncomfortable with something or with someone.

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After a while, she got up and rushed out. I thought no more about it and continued with the service. But soon someone came in, spoke to some people, and three women, including my wife, rushed out. The service continued but some thirty minutes or more later; someone came in again. This time, she walked to me and interrupted the service. “We seem to have a crisis on our hands,” she said. “Mrs. Osanyinjobi had an asthma attack. We’ve done all we could to help her. I am afraid the woman is dead.”

Dead? I could not believe it. Of all places, somebody came to fellowship and died in the middle of a service? What kind of embarrassment was this? The whole congregation practically moved to the room where she was. There I met the ladies who apparently had spent the last thirty minutes trying to revive her and were now resigned to the inevitable.

Jehovah-Rapha

I knelt down beside this woman’s lifeless body and started to pray. “Father, she will not die but live to declare the works of the Lord in the land of the living. You are the Lord that heals. You took our infirmities and carried away our sicknesses. By your stripes we are healed. You are the Sun of righteousness. Arise with healing in your wings. You are the balm of Gilead. Healing is the children’s bread.”

I went on and on, praying the word. After a while, I became exhausted. I did not know what else to say. I did not know what other scriptures to recite. I was young in ministry, and could not believe this kind of crisis. So I stopped praying and cried to the Lord in my heart.

“Father,” I cried, “I don’t even know what to pray anymore. I don’t know what more scriptures to claim.” And then something happened. Something magical. Something glorious. The Lord spoke. I heard him as clear as a bell. “Femi,” he said, “pray in tongues.”

That solved the problem. Suddenly I calmed down. I realised I was not alone. The Lord was there with me. So I started praying in tongues. I prayed and prayed and prayed. And just as suddenly, something happened again. Out of the blue. Out of nowhere. Mrs. Osanyinjobi sneezed. Then she opened her eyes and sat up. Then I helped her to stand up. And everybody went absolutely crazy with joy.

We went back with her to the service with dancing and singing and shouting and clapping. Mrs. Osanyinjobi herself just sat down calmly in a corner. But the Lord said to me: “Ask her to dance.” So I asked Mrs. Osanyinjobi to join in the dance. And to the amazement of all, there was this woman, who had been given up for dead, dancing with everybody else as though nothing whatsoever had happened.

Kingdom Dynamics

That day, I discovered the nature and character of the ministry that the Lord had given to me. That day, I saw the power of God in a completely different dimension. And from that day, I would never be the same again as a minister of God. The Lord had used a crisis to promote me. The next time I was confronted with a similar incident, and I was, I knew the Lord was able. I got exactly the same result. That is kingdom dynamics.

The beauty of kingdom dynamics is that it confounds all natural expectations. Samson said: “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.” (Judges 14:14). What was intended to kill him became a source of nourishment for him. What was designed to impede you will simply become your stepping-stone.

The enemy threw a spear at Attila and missed. That spear became his instrument of war. They gave him poison to drink, but the poison healed his disease. They shot a bullet into his breast, but in the attempt to remove the bullet, they detected the early stages of cancer and cured him.

Joseph said to his brothers who had sold him as a slave to Egypt: “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20).

Had they not sold him, he would not have become Prime Minister, and he would not have become the instrument of their salvation from famine.

Reversal of Fortune

Have you ever prayed this kind of prayer before? “Father let something bad happen to him that good may come out of it.” Yes, we pray it for others but hardly ever for ourselves. The good of God only comes after something bad happens. God does not make the good out of the good. He makes the good out of the bad. As a matter of fact, God often has an interest in something becoming very bad in order that it might be very good.

The believer should know that according to kingdom dynamics, God creates success out of failures. He creates life out of death. He creates wealth out of poverty. Remember that everything about the kingdom of God is worked out in contradictions. Thus, the psalmist says: “Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it.” (Psalm 141:5).

God brings joy out of sadness. When a man in the world is sad, it is because something bad has happened to him. But when a believer is sad, it is because something good is going to happen to him. Godly sorrow comes not to make men miserable but to wipe away all tears from their eyes. While God does not cause or approve of sin or evil, he limits, restrains and overrules it for good.

God’s Setup

Not one but three enemy nations attacked Judah. What had they done to deserve such calamity? But the combined attack had in it the providential hand of God. The Lord wanted to convert the riches of others to the people of Judah, and he determined that their inheritance should not come from one or two but from three fearsome enemy nations.

After he had caused those nations to accumulate great spoils by conquest, he then allowed them to attack Judah. But Judah did not have to fight. The Lord caused Judah’s adversaries to fight among themselves, and they ended up by destroying each other.

“When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.” (2 Chronicles 20:25).

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Andy Murray Beats John Isner To Claim Paris Masters

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Andy Murray marked reaching the number 1 spot by beating John Isner to win his eight ATP tour title of 2016, by claiming the Paris Masters.

The Briton was playing in his 12th final of an impressive year and beat the American tennis player 6-3 6-7 6-4.

Andy Murray Is World Number One, After Raonic’s Withdrawal From The Paris Masters

It was the Scot’s fourth title in succession after wins in Beijing, Shanghai and Vienna and his 14th career Masters 1000 triumph.

The ranking changes are made official on Monday and will make the Scot the first British singles player to hold the top spot since the ATP Tour points system was introduced in 1973.

“This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings,” said Murray, who will move 405 points above long-time rival Novak Djokovic.

He now heads to the season-ending World Tour Finals as top seed for the first time – but if previous number one Novak Djokovic wins every match at the Finals he will reclaim the top ranking he held for 122 weeks.

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Inter Milan To Announce New Manager In The Next 48 Hours

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Inter Milan are prepared to confirm the appointment of a new manager, following the sacking of Frank De Boer.

Inter Milan Sack Manager Frank De Boer Over The Phone

The former Ajax manager who was hired in August was fired as manager of the club after 85 days in charge.

He left with the team 12th in the Serie A table having recorded four wins from 11 league matches.

“F.C. Internazionale wishes to confirm that our new head coach will be announced in the next 48 hours,” the club said in a statement on Sunday.

“Various meeting have been held over the last few days as the club has sought to identify the right man to take the team forward.

“A change within the club’s management structure is also due to be announced.

“In the meantime we are focusing all our attention on winning an important football match against Crotone this afternoon.

“Forza Inter!”

Youth team coach Stefano Vecchi was placed in temporary charge following De Boer’s departure, overseeing a 2-1 Europa League loss at Southampton on Thursday.

Former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli has been linked with the vacancy.

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Emre Can : Manchester United Need To Show Schweinsteiger Some Respect

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has accused Manchester United of showing his former German international team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger a lack of respect.

Schweinsteiger, 32, began the season training with the kids and being cut out of the official team photo.

He said: ‘I know Schweinsteiger very well and I used to play with him. He’s a very good guy and a legend. They don’t have too much respect for him [at Manchester United]. It’s a pity because he’s a very good guy, he’s always somebody who worked hard and is always a gentleman.’

Mourinho reportedly blocked Schweinsteiger from playing for the under-23s to maintain match fitness but the player has won the PR war by refusing to publicly hit back and by being a good presence around the training ground.

That does not surprise 22-year-old Can, who said: ‘I just know one story from me; when I came up to the first team [at Bayern Munich], Bastian Schweinsteiger was the first one who came to me and said, “if you need something, come to me”.

‘It was a big help for me and I’m very thankful for that. I will never forget that.’

Former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has accused United of treating Schweinsteiger like ‘a leper’.

Schweinsteiger won the Champions League with Bayern in 2013 and was man of the match the following year in the World Cup final when Germany defeated Argentina.

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Crystal Palace Lining Up Bid For Morgan Schneiderlin

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Crystal Palace are lining up an ambitious January bid for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The 26-year-old is only a third of the way into a four-year deal at Old Trafford, but has played just five minutes of Premier League football under Jose Mourinho this season.

Schneiderlin played under Palace boss Alan Pardew in 2009-10 when he was in charge of Southampton and the Eagles boss is understood to remain keen on the France international.

Schneiderlin, hauled off at half-time in Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Fenerbahce in Istanbul, played under Alan Pardew in 2009-10 when Southampton were a League One club and the Eagles boss remains a fan.

Tottenham had an August move for the player blocked and manager Mauricio Pochettino is sure to retain an interest, having also worked with the Frenchman at St Mary’s.

Schneiderlin cost £25million, but a fee of half that amount could persuade United to do business as Mourinho is keen to shed several players from his squad.

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Napoli Linked With Bid For Newcastle Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic 

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Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a January move to Napoli, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

However, the North East publication understands Newcastle United have no intention of selling the Serbia international and any potential suitors are likely to be told Mitrovic is “not for sale”.

Mitrovic is also happy on Tyneside and has said on several occasions that living in the city is “just like being at home”.

Mitrovic is under contract until 2020 so Newcastle are in a strong position with the in-form player.

He said: “The fans here are very special and the people here want to talk to you in the city about the team and football. That’s their passion.

“We need to keep the bond good between the fans and the club this season.

“It is an amazing feeling at the moment to be a player.”

Mitrovic has bagged four goals in two matches after flooring Preston North End at St James’ Park then Deepdale.

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“Ross Barkley Has To Improve” – Rob Draper

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Ross Barkley faces a defining 18-month spell of his career at Everton, according to Rob Draper of the Daily Mail.

Speaking on the Sunday Supplement, Draper feels the England international’s diminishing role under Ronald Koeman could ultimately result in him leaving the club.

“Long term I’d be surprised if Barkley was a feature of Ronald Koeman’s team at Everton,” he said.

“You can see Koeman is pushing him and being hard on him, he obviously feels he hasn’t developed and should have developed more than he has.

“He’s not going to ditch him right now because clearly he’s talented and Koeman needs him. I don’t get the feeling Koeman is completely convinced about Barkley.

“I’d be surprised if, in 18 months if Koeman is still manager if Barkley is there. This is such an important 18 months for Ross Barkley’s career. What trajectory will it go on?”

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Valencia Not Planning On Selling Joao Cancelo

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Valencia boss Cesare Prandelli is not contemplating the departure of Barcelona target Joao Cancelo.

Barca are looking for a new right-back and Cancelo is reportedly on their shortlist of candidates.

However, Prandelli feels the Portuguese is “very important” for Valencia and says he is not thinking about the prospect of the defender leaving the club.

“I do not contemplate Cancelo’s exit,” he told Todomercadoweb.es.

“It’s something that we have to speak about with the club, but in this moment we must not think about the transfer market.

“He is a very important player, who is growing. He can play in various positions without problems.”

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Payet Talks Possible January West Ham Exit

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Dimitri Payet was asked if he was considering a January exit from West Ham and he said “he is not closing the door to anything”.

The midfielder was outstanding in his first season with West Ham, helping them to seventh on the table and taking France to the final of the Euro 2016 on home soil.

However, since moving to the London Stadium, West Ham have struggled in all competitions. They have won just three of 11 EPL matches and failed to qualify for the group stages of the Europa league.

This has led to speculations on whether the 29-year-old playmaker will switch to a better club to compete for major honours. And in a recent interview, he was asked directly if he was considering an exit in January.

“I’m asking myself other questions, I have ambition, but I’m not closing the door to anything,” he told Telefoot.

“It’s always the sports project that interests me. For now, PSG [Paris Saint-Germain] and OM [Marseille] did not come to me [with an offer].”

Of the Hammers’ poor opening to 2016-17, he added: “It was a very bad start with West Ham, we’re trying to get into the top half of the table.”

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Paris Saint-Germain Still Hoping To Sign Sergio Aguero 

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Paris Saint-Germain have made a move to lure Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to the French capital, according to the Sunday Express.

The Ligue 1 champions are desperate to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his summer switch to Manchester United.

The Express claim PSG are keen on Aguero, who. looks set to be off-loaded by Pep Guardiola as part of his planned clear-out at the Etihad Stadium.

PSG are keen to get ahead of any other clubs by apparently instructing an intermediary to start looking into a potential deal.

The report also suggests Real Madrid are showing an interest in the player ahead of their upcoming FIFA transfer ban, while PSG see Aguero as a more realistic signing than Antoine Griezmann – who they are also thought to be monitoring.

Aguero has scored 14 goals in 15 games in all competitions this season, including City’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

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Rennes Still Want To Sign Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard 

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Rennes will consider making a move for Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard in January.

The Ligue 1 outfit were in the hunt to sign the Norwegian during the summer transfer window but he ended up staying put in the Spanish capital.

Madrid don’t want to let the promising young Scandinavian talent go altogether, especially considering the fact that their appeal over the sanction imposed on them by FIFA – which could bar them from signing players for two transfer windows – is still pending.

Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre, who is an advisor to Rennes president Rene Ruello, says the French club have not forgotten about Odegaard and could try to sign him in January.

He told Ouest-France: “It is a matter that we have not forgotten. In January we will see what the player thinks and what Real Madrid thinks.”

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Mesut Ozil Close To Signing New Arsenal Contract 

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Mesut Ozil is ready to commit his future to Arsenal with the club confident the German will sign a new five-year deal worth £160,000-a-week, report the Sunday Mirror.

Reports claim talks are at an advanced stage and will continue after the international break.

The 28-year-old has less than two years left on his current deal and boss Arsene Wenger wants to ensure the Germany international remains at the Emirates.

According to the report , Arsenal will now be handed the timely boost of Ozil committing his future to the club with a contract running for another five years.

This would theoretically keep the playmaker in north London until the age of 33, ensuring he spends his peak years in a red and white shirt.

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Roma Considering Loan Bid For Real Madrid’s Nacho 

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Roma remain keen on Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez, according to Calciomercato.

The Serie A side came close to signing Nacho in the summer, but in the end they landed another centre-back, Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen, on loan.

Vermaelen has suffered injury problems this season and Roma are expected to resume their hunt for a centre-back.

And according to Calciomercato, Nacho is on Roman’s shortlist once again. The Italian club could even re-initiate negotiations to sign the Spaniard in January.
Nacho is frustrated at the lack of playing time at the Bernabeu and could push for this move.

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Ronaldo Agrees To Sign New Contract With Real Madrid 

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Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo have reached an agreement over the Portugal star’s contract renewal, reports AS.

The two parties have been working on a new deal for several months and, according to AS, they have agreed to extend the forward’s stay at the Bernabeu from 2018 to 2021.

Madrid are expected to officially announce the agreement in the next few hours, with the club planning to hold a contract renewal presentation at the Bernabeu on Monday.

Ronaldo earns around £365,000-a-week and neither that nor his billion euro buy-out clause will show any considerable change. But the length of his new deal still shows a major commitment from the club.

He endured his worst start to a season during this campaign but the club’s record goalscorer with 371 goals in 359 games has said many times he wants to finish his career in the Spanish capital and the club have given him what he wants.

Sources in Madrid say the club may yet make the final year of the new deal optional with both sides needing to agree on it before the start of the 2020-21 season but even a four plus one year deal would be a massive statement of intent with a player of Ronaldo’s age.

He signed his first Madrid contract in 2009 when he joined the club from Manchester United.

He has since won two European Cups but still only one league title in six years.

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Everton Interested In Signing Bastian Schweinsteiger 

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in January, reports the Star on Sunday.

The Toffees boss will mull over a move for the World Cup winner when the transfer window opens, with a potential loan until the end of the season on the cards.

Should it materialise, a move to Goodison Park would offer Schweinsteiger a route of Old Trafford, where he was cast out of Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad.

The 32-year-old is yet to feature for the Portuguese following his summer appointment, although he has been brought back to train with the first-team in recent weeks.

Everton are looking to bolster their midfield department, and could make a loan move for the German international.

United are said to be willing to pay half of Schweinsteiger’s current wages, to move him on.

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Arsenal Enter Race To Sign Jose Gimenez 

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Arsenal have entered the race to sign £54m-rated Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, according to the Sun on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, linked with a move to Manchester United, is believed to be on Arsene Wenger’s wishlist for defensive reinforcements.

Arsenal are building their Premier League title challenge with Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny at the heart of his defence.

But German international defender Per Mertesacker has had knee trouble while Brazilian Gabriel Paulista has fallen down the pecking order. That leaves just former Bolton trainee Rob Holding as cover.

Real Madrid are understood to have kept a close eye on Gimenez since he moved to the Vicente Calderon in 2013.

The Uruguay international has 20 months left to run on his current Atletico contract, which has a £54m release clause.

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Troops Kill 42 Boko Haram Militants, Capture Female ‘Sex’ Slave

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The Nigerian Army has said its troops of 27 Task Force Brigade, killed 37 terrorists in Borno south during a clearance operation nicknamed “Operation Karya Gwuiwa.”

READ ALSO: Army Kills 14 Terrorists, Loses Senior Officer, 3 Soldiers In Boko Haram Attack

This is contained in a statement issued by Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman on Saturday night.

The statement read: “In continuation of the ongoing clearance operation against Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 27 Task Force Brigade, Nigerian Army have embarked on a joint Operation nicknamed “Operation KARYA GWUIWA”.

“In line with that, the formation has carried out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts at Ajigin, Golgore, Njibulla, Doksa 1, 2 and 3 villages located at southern parts of Borno State.

“During the operation, they neutralized 37 Boko Haram terrorists at Ajigin and recovered 3 AK-47 rifles.

“Unfortunately, a vigilante group member lost his life while 6 soldiers were wounded during the clearance operation. The corpse of the late vigilante and the wounded soldiers have been evacuated.

“The troops also captured 1 Boko Haram terrorist named Musa Jubril and 1 female believed to be sex slave in captivity by the sect and recovered 8 Motorcycles, stored raw foodstuffs and beddings.

“The troops have continued with the clearance operation and also maintaining blocking positions to further neutralize and destroy any fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.”

In a separate mop up operation, troops killed 5 Boko Haram terrorists in the town of Chukungudu on the southern fringes of the Lake Chad Region, northern parts of Borno State.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Military Rescues Another Chibok Girl

The Army spokesman, in a statement, said the operation, which was led by the General Officer Commander of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, was carried out between Friday and Saturday.

The statement added: “The gallant troops rescued 85 people, comprising of mostly women and children held hostage by insurgents.

“Similarly, they neutralized 5 Boko Haram terrorists fighters in a fierce encounter that made several of the terrorists running into the Lake Chad waters.

“The troops recovered 4 rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, 1 Double Barrel Gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunition, 3 Magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and 1 AK-47 rifle magazine.

“During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram. In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests. They also discovered a well equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts where house at Chukungudu village.

“The troops recovered 3 vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.

“Unfortunately, a soldier died during the encounter.”

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Pacquiao Defeats Vargas, Reclaims WBO Title For Third Time

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Former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring to reclaim the World Boxing Organization welterweight title for the third time with a unanimous decision victory over former champion Jesse Vargas on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

READ ALSO: Pacquiao Will Welcome Khan Fight

The Filipino southpaw, who had announced his retirement after beating Timothy Bradley in April, humbled the former welterweight champion despite Vargas’ size and reach advantage.

He used a short right-handed counterpunch to floor Vargas in the second round en route to a one-sided win in front of a crowd of 16,132 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“I feel happy,” Pacquiao said, adding that: “I’m trying every round to knock him down but also not be careless.”

Pacquiao, 59-6 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, showed he still has a lot left in the tank but he failed to get the knockout victory that has eluded him for the past seven years.

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Three judges scored the bout for Pacquiao, two of them by 118-109 and the other by 114-113.

His former world title rival Floyd Mayweather Jr had a front row seat during yesterday’s bout.

“Not bad,” Mayweather said, giving Pacquiao a thumbs up after the fight.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao to become the undisputed welterweight champion in May 2015 in what was billed as “the fight of the century”.

“I invited him to be here tonight,” Pacquiao said. When asked if the two could meet again, he replied: “We’ll see.”

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Juanfran: Atletico Will Win The Madrid Derby

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Atletico defender, Juanfran is confident his side will emerge victorious in the Madrid derby after the international break, despite the shock loss to Real Sociedad.

The rojiblancos title challenge hit a snag when they fell to a 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad. Second half penalties from Carlos Vela and William Jose will see Atletico adrift of Madrid by six points if they beat Leganes later today.

Atletico have a chance to regroup heading into the international break but Juanfran has already set his sights on the Madrid derby on November 19.

“Atletico Madrid now have more time to plan ahead for this important game,” the 31-year-old Spanish defender said.

“We approach it with our heads held high and I’m sure that at home we’ll win.”

As for the result and performance itself, Juanfran added: “There are no excuses.

“We were aware of the potential that Real [Sociedad] had and they played a good game.

“They were better than us and we must congratulate them. Now we need to think ahead to the next game.”

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“I Hope Arsenal Absolutely Smash Tottenham”

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Former Arsenal player, Ian Wright has further stoked the rivalry between Spurs and Gunners ahead of the North London derby today, saying he hopes his former team ‘absolutely smash’ hotspurs.

The two London clubs head into the intense premier league match with a gulf in form despite being separated by just three points on the table.

Arsenal who are third on the table with a game in hand are on a 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions, while Spurs, sitting fifth on the table are without a win in their last six games.

And despite being a pundit for BBC and BT Sport, Wright has opted against showing neutrality and instead expressed his desire to see Arsenal not just beat Spurs, but do so by a wide margin.

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Wright told The Sun: “I really want them to hammer Spurs and absolutely smash them!

“Arsenal have goals in their team — they are feeling confident and flying.

“Top players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are in inspirational form. There are goals everywhere in the team.

“And because Vincent Janssen hasn’t been scoring for Tottenham, it doesn’t give Harry Kane the time to stay on the sidelines and get himself right.

“The pressure will be on Kane when he comes back because the team need to start scoring goals.”

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Pochettino: Spurs Are Not On The Same Level With Arsenal

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Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino is not getting ahead of himself and believes it’ll be wrong to compare his side to an Arsenal side that has enjoyed stability over two decades under Arsene Wenger.

Tottenham visit the Emirates ststadiumin the first North London derby of the season, a month after Wenger celebrated his 20th season at the helm of the club.

Pochettino has transformed Tottenham since his appointment in 2014, leading an unlikely title charge last season and they remain the only unbeaten side in the top flight in the 2016-17 season.

But the former Argentina defender says that the ongoing work to rebuild both Spurs’ stadium and the squad itself means trying to draw comparisons with their fierce rivals is futile.

“Arsenal, after 20 years of Arsene Wenger, are one of the most consistent clubs in the world. It’s difficult to compare us with Arsenal,” he said.

“We want to be one of the best but we’re still building the training ground, the new stadium and our squad. But you put that away when you compete. We need to be aggressive and try to play better than them.”

Spurs’ 1-0 Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley on Wednesday means they are without a win in six games in all competitions since beating Manchester City 2-0.

“We’re not in a positive situation, we’ve struggled to win games after beating Manchester City,” Pochettino said. “We need to work hard and try more than before because we’re in a difficult moment.

“You need to be ready to change the dynamic and we have a very good opportunity on Sunday.

“It will be an exciting game for us and for them, too. It will be tough for both teams. It’s a big challenge for them to beat us and for us to win.

“I was very disappointed with the performance on Wednesday. We know we were poor and we cannot play that way against Arsenal. But it’s a completely different competition and it will be a completely different game.”

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Gary Neville Joined Valencia At The Wrong Time ” – Alvaro Negredo 

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Gary Neville’s appointment at Valencia came “at the worst moment”, according to former Los Che striker Alvaro Negredo.

Neville’s brief spell at the Mestalla ending in his sacking after just days, with the La Liga club left in turmoil both on and off the pitch.

“I think he came in the worst moment,” Middlesbrough striker Negredo told ESPN. “It was a very difficult situation; very tense with the supporters, with the technical staff … the criticism of the club was at its height.

“The results didn’t go in our favour and it’s a pity, because he was a great guy and treated us very well.

“What happened was, some team-mates didn’t understand English, and a translator saying it just isn’t the same as a manager saying it.

“You don’t feel it in the same way. And, well, through the language, and the pressure that was there, there wasn’t much time … it was difficult.”

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Dundalk Winger Daryl Horgan Attracting Interest From Several Clubs

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Newcastle United are the latest club to have expressed an interest in Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan, according to the Irish Independent.

Championship clubs Aston Villa, Ipswich, Reading and Preston are reportedly sending scouts to watch the 24-year-old in action in the FAI Cup final.

Three MLS clubs have also been linked with Horgan, but Toon boss Rafa Benitez host to fend of the competition by bringing him to St James’ Park.

Horgan could use the Cup final against Cork City to cap off the biggest week of his career which saw him land the Players’ Player of the Year award, earn a call-up to the senior Ireland squad and also score his first goal at European level, in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Zenit in Russia.

Horgan is keen to add a Cup medal to his collection but a number of scouts are headed for the Aviva where Horgan and Dundalk team-mate Andy Boyle will be watched, along with Cork’s Sean Maguire and Kevin O’Connor.
Newcastle, riding high in the Championship, have already studied Horgan but Villa and Preston are also in the hunt for Horgan, who is also wanted in the USA.

Boss Stephen Kenny was today preparing his players for their second big game in just four days, after that big effort in St Petersburg. “We’ve got to dust ourselves down and find the energy to find it from wherever,” said Kenny. “To be cup champions again, to do the double double, we’ve got to find the energy.”

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