Arsenal Needs Mesut Ozil – Olivier Giroud

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Olivier Giroud has insisted Arsenal players have never doubted Mesut Ozil, and said the midfielder has shown his commitment to the club in recent weeks.

You cannot be at the top level all the time,” said Giroud. “Sometimes people expect the best from you every single game because you are a top player. I can understand that. But we never had any doubts about his quality, that is for sure.”

He added: “He is a top player and we need him.

“He makes the best choice most of the time. He knows when he has to pass the ball or to shoot and when you are in a good position you always think he thinks assist before scoring, even if he scored tonight.

“I am very happy for him. He is our playmaker and is a key player.”

Mesut Ozil was in sensational form against Huddersfield on Wednesday night as he scored a goal and made two others in the space of four minutes.

It is the first time in Ozil’s Premier League career he had a hand in three goals in one match.

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Sam Allardyce Confirmed As The New Manager Of Everton

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Everton have confirmed the appointment of Sam Allardyce as their new manager.

Allardyce has succeeded Ronald Koeman, who was sacked more than five weeks ago, and returned to management six months after leaving Crystal Palace.

Sam Allardyce will take charge for the first time in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield, having signed a deal to the end of June 2019.

The attraction of the club itself, the people I’ve known at the club – Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell whom I worked with at Sunderland – these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager,” Allardyce said.

“I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again. Because, ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.

“Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for.

“I think that whatever’s happened before we’ve just got to all rally around together. Because we are all in it together and let’s all pull in the same direction. Let’s try to get a healthy spirit around the club. That’s difficult when you’re losing but the win last night over West Ham and the magnificent atmosphere around Goodison, which was just brilliant, well that’s lifted everybody around the club.

“The fans are the most important people at any football club, of course, and we have to give the players every possibility to play to their best, really give them no excuses for not playing to their best and get them right back up to the top level we believe they’re capable of.

“Last season showed what the club is trying to build and we need to demonstrate that level of ambition and assuredness again. We can. It’s a question now of putting in the work to do that and I’m really enthused by the prospect.”

David Unsworth will return to his role as manager of Everton’s U23s and Academy Director of Coaching.

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Conte Charged With Misconduct By FA

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Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager, has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association, following his dismissal against Swansea.

The Italian manager was sent into the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick in the 43rd minute, after he shouted at fourth official, Lee Mason and the Swarbrick.

Conte apologised after the match, and stated he was unhappy with the time wasting tactics employed by Swansea.

“During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time,” he said. “I said this a few times to the fourth official.

“At the same time, I didn’t see something change in the first half. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.

“I repeat: I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.

“They are wasting time. I was a bit animated. I said this and I shout this. It was not the first time. I think for this reason the fourth official lost his patience. But I repeat, the fault was mine, not the fourth official’s. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”

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Buhari Set To Depart Nigeria For Jordan

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President Muhammadu Buhari will be leaving Nigeria to join heads of state in a counter-terrorism meeting held in Aqaba, Jordan this weekend, December 2-3, 2017.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Buhari is expected to discuss issues surrounding terrorism in country while seeking measures to cripple activities of insurgents.

The summit, hosted by King Abdullah II of Jordan, will also seek to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and security measures.

He will be accompanied by governors of Kogi, Osun and Niger States and other government officials.

The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari will join other Heads of State in Aqaba, Jordan, to review strategies in fighting terrorism and reinforce joint security structures that will be more proactive in preventing attacks.

“The Aqaba Retreat, hosted by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan, will hold Dec 2-3, 2017

“At the meeting, the President will share Nigeria’s experience on terrorism and its spread across West Africa, and solicit more support for pre-emptive measures that will neutralise the activities of insurgents in the sub-region.

“PMB will also hold bilateral meetings with some Heads of State. He will be accompanied to Jordan by the governors of Kogi, Osun and Niger States; Ministers of Defence, Education, Foreign Affairs; NSA; and the Acting DG of the National Intelligence Agency.”

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11,600 “Illegal” Nigerian Migrants Face Repatriation Worldwide

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At least 11,600 migrants of Nigerian origin – living illegally abroad – are currently facing repatriation from different parts of the world, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally-Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) said on Wednesday.

This disclosure was made by the Federal Commissioner for NCFRMI, Mrs. Sadiya Umar-Farouk.

242 Nigerian Migrants Stranded In Libya Return Home

She said this when the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, met with heads of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and NCFRMI at the State House, Abuja, to review the condition of Nigerian migrants in different parts of the world.

In his opening remark before the meeting went into a closed-door session, Osinbajo recalled the comment of the President that all Nigerians stranded in the hostile country would be given an opportunity to return to the country.

African Slavery And The Constant Death Of Nigerians On The Mediterranean Sea

The VP also recalled the administration’s commitment to ensure that young Nigerians are no longer exposed to danger of wandering in the desert and eventual attempt to cross the sea.

Osinbajo further said it was expedient that Nigerian youths are sensitized on the danger involved when attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea for greener pasture oversea – after being brainwashed by unscrupulous individuals.

Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya Provokes Global Outrage

He said it had become imperative for them to review the situation and take a position on how to halt the trend.

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Rohr: Nigeria Is Ready For Any Team

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The World Cup draws will be held tomorrow and ahead of that, Nigeria’s coach, Gernot Rohr insists they fear no one.

The Super Eagles maintained their qualifying campaign without losing a match, and has been placed in pot 4.

Rohr believes no weak team ever makes it to the World Cup finals and insists Nigeria is ready for any group.

“All the teams that are in the Final Draw, except the host nation Russia, played qualifying matches. They all emerged from tough encounters and therefore, none can be tagged ‘weak.’,” Rohr told NFF website.

“In the next 24 hours, we will enter the State Kremlin Palace for the Final Draw and a couple of hours later, everyone will know their opponents. There is no apprehension. If you have to be listed among the best, you have to conquer the better teams and even beat some of the best.

“Seriously speaking, every team has the right to dream. But we have our heads on our shoulders and our feet on the ground, and whatever draw comes, we will take it one match at a time.”

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Kaka Admits Interest From Manchester City In 2009 Messed Him Up

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Kaka has revealed how close he came to making a shocking move to Manchester City in 2009.

Manchester City had agreed a fee with Milan and offered the Brazilian midfielder a huge pay rise.

But Kaka decided to snub the offer because ‘it was safer to stay at Milan’

In 2009, Manchester City had recently been acquired by Sheikh Mansour and were busy setting about putting his injection of cash to good use.

Kaka was targeted in an ambitious move, and he concedes that mulling over a switch away from his beloved AC Milan caused him plenty of problems.

Kaka told FourFourTwo: “I was sat at home when the telephone rang – I can still remember it clearly. It was my father and he seemed nervously excited. Then he told me a team in England, Manchester City, had made Milan a huge offer for me.

Before I could even react, he added that Milan were prepared to accept the bid. I’d had absolutely no idea that Manchester City were interested in signing me until they’d actually made their official offer to Milan.

“The process had been really different to how these things often work. City didn’t talk to my father – who also acted as my agent – first. They’d gone straight to Milan and made their intention clear. Very clear in fact.

They made Milan an offer for me, then sat back and asked, ‘What do you think?’
“It looked like a new, exciting challenge and a new chapter for me, but it had all come out of nowhere, and very quickly. Soon I started to feel confused and anxious. The situation messed me up.”

The wages I had been offered were much, much higher than what I was earning with Milan. In moments like those, you begin to picture how your future will look. It’s only natural.

“I’d finally come to the conclusion that it wasn’t quite the right time for me to go to City, and the main reason was the uncertainty over the squad-building process that they were about to undertake. It wasn’t clear to me how the squad would be reshaped and I wasn’t too convinced it would work.”

“When I finally left Milan a few months later, I went to Real Madrid to make my dream come true,” he said.

“That was one thing that had always been quite clear in my head: if I had to go to another club after Milan, it would be Real Madrid.

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David Silva Extends His Manchester City Contract Until 2020

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David Silva has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City.

The deal keeps the Spain international at the Etihad until 2020.

David Silva, who has eight assists, the most of any player in the top flight this season, said he is looking forward to adding to his titles at the Etihad.

“I am so happy to have committed my future to City,” the 31-year-old told the club website.

I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved at City in my seven-and-a-half seasons here and with Pep in charge, I feel we are in a great position to win trophies this season and beyond.”

The style of football we are playing is a pleasure to be a part of and I look forward to winning more titles in the years to come.”

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain added that Silva “remains one of the team’s key players” and that “he is the best creative midfielder in English football and he will be very important in developing our talented young players in the coming years.”

Silva joined City from Valencia in 2010 and has been one the most influential players in the club’s history.

He has won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup with them.

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Kaka Rules Out Rejoining AC Milan This Season

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Kaka has ruled out rejoining the AC Milan while the Serie A season is still in progress but admits China could be his next destination if he plays on.

The 35-year-old Brazilian is a free agent after leaving Orlando City in October and, following his departure from MLS, reports in Italy have suggested he could embark on a third spell with Milan.

He told calciomercato.com: “I want to make a decision with a calm mind, and I will make it by the end of December. I must also decide if I want to keep playing at all or take a role off the pitch.

“I was in Milan with the president of a Chinese club and we were just talking about my options. But before deciding on which club I might join I must first decide whether or not I will play again.”

On Milan, he added: “I do not like talking about clubs that are in the middle of a campaign, we’ll see where they finish.

“A lot has been invested in the club and some decisions they have made will need time to manifest.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Olivier Giroud has insisted Arsenal players have never doubted Mesut Ozil, and said the midfielder has shown his commitment to the club in recent weeks.
Arsene Wenger has admitted Santi Cazorla’s latest injury setback is “disastrous news” for Arsenal and revealed he is unsure when the midfielder could return to first-team action.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Paul Pogba admits he is still to reach 100 percent since returning from injury – but insists he wants to be involved in every game as Manchester United approach the hectic Christmas schedule.
Arsene Wenger has no concerns about playing Mesut Ozil against Manchester United despite the Arsenal playmaker’s interest in moving to Old Trafford.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Ciaran Clark insists that he isn’t focused on personal glory during his stint as Newcastle United captain.
Bradford City boss Stuart McCall believes Valley Parade is the best place for Newcastle youngster Alex Gilliead to continue to improve as a footballer.
Darron Gibson has hailed the positive effect Chris Coleman has had during his brief time in charge of Sunderland.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Sunderland have been linked with a move for highly-rated Dundee United youngster Jamie Robson, but could face competition from Rangers, Derby and Southampton.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Steve Bruce is looking for a loan signing to bolster his forward line in January after admitting the transfer budget is empty.
Birmingham City and Leeds United are weighing up January moves for Jack Colback, with Newcastle United ready to offload the midfielder in January.

EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom legend John Wile understands why the board plumped for Premier League experience and appointed Alan Pardew.

THE DAILY ECHO
Oriol Romeu admits the last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Premier League leaders Manchester City is a painful wound – but believes Saints will come to realise how good their performance was at the Etihad Stadium.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull head coach Leonid Slutsky has been given a chance to save his job this weekend after a meeting with Ehab Allam has brought a reprieve for the under-pressure manager.
Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has already been impressed with Hull City loanee Will Mannion.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Aron Gunnarsson has told Cardiff City he’s ready to quit the club this summer having turned down a new contract.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Gary Rowett has said he was always confident Joe Ledley would sign a contract extension at Derby County.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Liam Bridcutt says the fierce fight for places at Nottingham Forest provides daily motivation for every player in Mark Warburton’s squad.
Nottingham Forest’s luckless loan signing Adam Federici is “not far away” from a return to training at Bournemouth, Cherries boss Eddie Howe has revealed.

THE PINK UN
Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber is not interested in flogging the family silver in next month’s January transfer window.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner is still confident the Terriers will not be relegated from the Premier League this season despite a heavy away defeat to Arsenal.

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Atiku: What Does It Really Mean To Be A ‘Political Prostitute’?

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Atiku: What Does It Really Mean To Be A ‘Political Prostitute’? By Jideofor Adibe

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The recent  announcement by former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar that he has quit the APC,  and suspicions that he wants to join the PDP to bid to become the party’s flag bearer in the 2019 presidential election, has led to his critics hurling phrases like ‘serial contestant’ and ‘political prostitute’  at him and his politics.

My aim in this piece is not to defend Atiku but to interrogate what it really means to be a ‘serial contestant’ or ‘political prostitute’ in our type of environment where the political parties are not separated by any ideology or philosophy. In fact the difference between the political parties, including the APC and the PDP, I dare say, is like the difference between 12 and one dozen.

This piece was written by Jideofor Adibe. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

There are several observations:

One, in a sense, Nigerian political parties do not qualify to be so called in the strict sense of the word. What we have are different political tendencies that are built around individuals and their ambitions.  In other words, the constant alignment and re-alignment within political parties are not different from changing from one political party to another. Politicians, in an environment like ours where politics generally (not just among the political parties) is not driven by any ideology or philosophy, will be the first to tell you that “there are no permanent friends in politics, but only permanent interests”. Is it not ironic that Atiku who started the process that made Jonathan lose the 2015 election by staging a walkout on the PDP convention is today believed to have the support of the former President to be the PDP’s flag-bearer?  For them, whatever transpired was not personal, just politics. This is precisely why I sometimes sympathize with people who put their lives on the line in the intra-dog fight for power and privileges among the political class.

Atiku Dumps APC, Says “Party Has Failed Nigerians”

Two, there is no difference among our politicians when it comes to hopping from one party to another or moving from one political alignment to another within the same party.  Take for instance Buhari, who is regarded as the epitome of integrity by his supporters.  He contested for the presidency on the platform of the ANPP in 2003 and 2007 and then formed his own party the CPC in 2011. In 2015 he contested again under the APC (a fusion of a number of parties that included his own CPC). It is interesting that while Buhari contested for the presidency of the country four times under three different political parties, it is Atiku who has actually contested for the presidency of the country only once (in 2007 when he ran under the defunct Action Congress)  that is branded a ‘political prostitute’. True, Atiku contested unsuccessfully to be the flag bearer of his party twice (in 1993 against Abiola and in 2010 against Jonathan). But are these really enough to make him a ‘serial contestant’ or ‘political prostitute’? I feel that because of his known political ambition, (which he sometimes does not manage as well as he should), the number of times he actually contested for the presidency of this country or to be the flag bearer of his party is often exaggerated in the public imagination.

Three, while we pretend to be nauseated with politicians who hop from one political party to another on a whim, we often assume wrongly that the society will reward those who remain loyal to their party – irrespective of the changing circumstances of that party.  For instance, Dr Ogbonna Onu, the current Minister of Science and Technology remained faithful to the ANPP until its merger with others to form the APC. How has the larger society rewarded him for that loyalty? Certainly in our type of environment, it remains debatable whether people see his sticking with ANPP (even when the party was shrinking) as evidence of principle or lack of ambition.

Four, the lack of overarching philosophy that drives politics and political parties and the consequent hopping of politicians from one political alignment to another  within their parties or from one political party to another, is a reflection of what happens in the larger society. Within a span of a few years, an average  Nigerian business man will have tried his hand on several businesses, failing in many;  the average Emeka, Segun or Adamu will have tried to work in a number of jobs; several will have moved residencies, including relocating abroad (or trying to do so).  While people justify these vertical and horizontal movements by arguing that Nigeria is in a state of flux and that people have no choice but to negotiate and navigate their survival within the system, they are quick to condemn politicians who behave exactly as they do. We should look at ourselves in the mirror! This was the message of the late pop icon Michael Jackson in his 1987 hit song ‘Man in the Mirror’. While it is OK to extol our octopus-like movements in search of greener pastures, it is fun to deride politicians who do exactly what we do.

Five, there are several dimensions of integrity and no person has ‘integrity’ in all facets of his or her life. This is why people often caution against judging the weather only by its inclement side. A similar aphorism by the American writer and historian James Truslow Adams also warns us:  “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behoves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.” This is also a warning against any tendency to look at things in zero-sum terms.  For instance Atiku has ‘only’ a Diploma in Law from Ahmadu Bello University but his American University in Yola is perhaps one of the best private Universities in the country. How many Nigerians in Atiku’s shoes will resist the temptation of registering in that University (or even in any University in Nigeria), and ‘graduating’ with First Class honours – and perhaps going ahead to obtain Master’s and Doctorate degrees?  Is this not a rare demonstration of integrity?

Six, it will also be interesting to interrogate at what point ambition becomes inordinate. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the USA, is usually used to extol the virtues of doggedness and not giving up amid failures and unwanted outcomes. Lincoln, who failed in business in 1831, was defeated when he ran to become a State legislator the following year; in 1843, he ran again for Congress and was defeated; he ran again in 1848 and was once more defeated. But he never gave up. In 1855, he ran for Senate and lost; he ran for Vice President in 1856 and also lost; when he ran for the Senate in 1859 the outcome was the same failure. But in 1860, his doggedness paid off as God turned to his page and he was elected President of the United States. Why do we use Lincoln to teach people about the virtues of not giving up and deride Atiku because he ran unsuccessfully for President once and tried unsuccessfully two or so times to become the flag bearer of his party?

This is the same sort of double standard we have when it comes to fighting corruption. Everyone seems to be fighting against corruption that I often wonder who are left to perpetrate the corruption in the society. Even the roadside car mechanic who will swap the new battery in your car for his old one if you step out of sight, gets very angry when he talks about the corruption in the society

Seven, a larger question raised by the above reflection is our leadership recruitment process and what we should be looking for in our potential leaders. I feel  that since we constantly complain about the quality of leaders we get, we should also ask ourselves whether the qualities we extol or condemn during the leadership recruitment process  actually correlate with what we expect those leaders to accomplish in office.

Let me give a simple test here by posing two hypothestical questions: Question 1: Assuming you are given a choice between someone you know is corrupt but has the capacity to govern well  and someone you know lacks the capacity to deliver but is not corrupt, who will you choose?

Question 2:  Assuming you are given a choice between a politician who is a ‘political prostitute’ (as all our politicians are)  but is known to have the capacity to take the country to the next level, will you prefer the man who has remained loyal to only one party but has no proven capacity to deliver?

Let me underline that I am not extolling party hopping or corruption. My point is that the qualities we extol or condemn as we search for our leaders should have relevance to such leaders’ ability to govern effectively.

This piece was written by Jideofor Adibe. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Antonio Conte Reveals He’s Already Apologized To The Referee After Getting Sent To The Stands

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Antonio Conte has said that he must always “respect” the decision of the officials after being sent to the stands in his side’s 1-0 win over Swansea City.

Just before half time, Antonio Conte claimed that Swansea had started to waste time after shutting the Blues out during the opening 45 minutes, leading to the frustrated Italian being ordered away from the touchline.

However, Conte has acknowledged that he made a mistake, and has revealed that he had taken time to apologise to the referee and the fourth official.

Antonio Conte told Sky Sports: “I saw that the opponent was wasting time and that is the reason I spoke a few times with the fourth official.

“I didn’t see that the situation change and I was frustrated with the fourth official. For this reason, I have to apologise to him and the referee. In that moment, I was angry but I know that is it right to apologise to them.

“It is fair, I don’t know, but I know that the referee took this decision and for this reason, we have to accept and respect his decision. It is not simple sometimes during the game, there is a lot of frustration but at the same time, I think that you can make a mistake and I did this.”

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Mauro Icardi’s Wife Speaks About The Possibility Of Him Leaving Inter Milan

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Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, has suggested the striker could leave Inter Milan in the future.

“Mauro is an important player, and there are top clubs who have been following him for some time,” she told Corriere dello Sport.

“I won’t deny though that a lot of teams are interested in him, many more than you hear around the place. Will he move elsewhere in future? It’s difficult to say, because in football you never know what will happen.”

Mauro Icardi has been on top form once again this season, having netted 15 times in 14 Serie A matches to fire Inter Milan to second in Serie A, two points behind leaders Napoli.

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Antoine Griezmann Reveals How Arsenal Ended Up Signing Yaya Sanogo Instead Of Him in 2013

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Antoine Griezmann claimed Arsenal kept him “waiting” over a potential move in 2013 and that he would not consider a move to the Emirates in the future.

The Atletico Madrid forward, who was playing for Real Sociedad at the time, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was intent on signing him during the summer window four years ago.

But in his autobiography, Behind The Smile,Antoine Griezmann says: “I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting … when there was no news, Eric called Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting.

“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen.

“So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him: ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us.”

Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a then club record fee, but the only young French talent they acquired that summer was Yaya Sanogo.

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan Hails Wizkid On His MOBO Award Victory

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Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has showered words of praises to Nigerian Singer, Wizkid who just made the country proud with a Best International Act Award win at MOBO Awards.

The “Ojuelegba” crooner hit the record book to be the first African Act to win “Best international act” at the awards.

In a long post on Facebook, the former president wrote;

When Nigeria does well, I cannot help but feel well. My happiness is tied to the happiness of Nigeria and when Nigerians break records and take the name of Nigeria to greater heights it exhilarates me. Thank you Wizkid for raising Nigeria’s flag high for the positive, not the negative.

Your emergence as the Best International Act at the #MOBOAwards is a proud moment for Nigeria. And the fact that you emerged over JAY-Z and Drake makes it even more celebratory. WELL DONE. GEJ.

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Las Palmas Sack Manager Pako Ayestaran After Just Two Months In Charge

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Las Palmas have sacked their head coach Pako Ayestaran, just two months after his arrival at the Canary Islanders.

Spanish media report that Paco Jemez, who has recently quit as manager of Mexican side Cruz Azul, is in the frame to take over as his successor.

Under Pako Ayestaran, Las Palmas lost six and drew one of their seven games to leave them one off the foot of the table.

The club made the announcement in a statement on their website after the 3-2 defeat at home to Deportivo La Coruna in the King’s Cup, even though they still reached the last 16 of the tournament 6-4 on aggregate.

A former assistant to Rafa Benitez at Liverpool and Valencia, Ayestaran holds the record for the most consecutive defeats in Spanish top flight history.

He lost 13 games in a row in charge of Valencia last season and Las Palmas this term.

He brought that dismal run to an end with a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad last Sunday, which took the side off the bottom of La Liga and up to 19th.

Ayestaran took charge of Las Palmas on September 27 after Manolo Marquez resigned from the role following two wins and four defeats.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Germany

Chelsea could enter the race for Mesut Ozil, whose contract at Arsenal is up in the summer. The German has been heavily linked with Barcelona. (Sport Bild)

Jurgen Klopp is now a potential candidate to take over at Bayern Munich at the end of the season when Jupp Heynckes leaves. Thomas Tuchel is also being considered, but a move for Julian Nagelsmann is unlikely, with the 30-year-old Hoffenheim boss being seen as too young for the job right now. (Sport Bild)

While Borussia Dortmund would love to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to the club, it’s unlikely they would be able to pay his wages or the fee demanded by Manchester United. (Kicker)

Spain

Real Madrid want a striker in January with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema only managing two league goals each so far this season. Top of the list is Inter’s Mauro Icardi, but RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Krasnodar’s Fedor Smolov are also being considered. (Marca)

Real Madrid will strengthen their goalkeeping options in January by bringing in Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga. The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Los Blancos will pay the buyout clause in his current deal, which stands at €20million (£17.6million). (Marca)

Gremio midfielder Arthur is a Barcelona transfer target. Their technical director Robert Fernandez was at the Copa Libertadores final to watch the 21-year-old. (AS)

Sergi Roberto is set to agree a new deal at Barcelona that would see him stay with the La Liga leaders until the summer of 2022. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy

Mauro Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda Nara says the striker only sees his future at Inter, despite being a Real Madrid transfer target. If he is to leave the San Siro, she says he’ll cost €200million (£176million). (Corriere dello Sport)

Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi is on Inter’s radar ahead of the January transfer window. He has four Serie A goals so far this season. (Tuttosport)

Portugal

After Everton failed to land Marco Silva, and before they turned to Sam Allardyce, they tried to get Benfica boss Rui Vitoria. But they were refused permission to speak to him, after only offering €6million (£5million), rather than the €15million (£13million) in the 47-year-old’s contract. (O Jogo)

Lisandro Lopez, who is thought to be a Newcastle United transfer target, wants to leave Benfica in January, but is worried that the club may ask for more than what he’s worth. (Record)

France

Valencia have started negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a move for Javier Pastore, with owner Peter Lim flying to the French capital to discuss a deal for the Argentine. (Le10Sport)

Slovakia

Milan Skriniar’s agent says he believes €40million (£35million) won’t be enough to buy his client, who has been subject of Barcelona and Manchester City transfer talk. “He signed a five-year contract with Inter in the summer, so no one within the club is thinking about selling him,” said Karol Csonto.

“It may happen that someone offers so much money that Inter have to consider it, but I don’t want to speculate if it would be €50million (£44million) or €70million (£61million).

“He’s doing really well in Milan, he’s playing well so obviously his price is increasing. It’s premature to talk about a move to Barcelona or Manchester City though. If Inter paid €25million (£22million) for Skriniar, I don’t expect them to sell him for €40million or €50million. Inter aren’t currently in a position where they’d have to sell players.” (SME Sport)

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Fuel Scarcity Looms As Oil Marketers Threaten Service Withdrawal From Dec. 11 In Lagos

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Fuel scarcity may loom in Lagos as oil marketers under the aegis of the State’s chapter of the Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) have threatened to withdraw their services from December 11, over the alleged breach of agreement by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The association is accusing the NNPC of undersupplying its members with Premium Motor Spirit, claiming further that the country’s apex oil firm has defaulted in a bulk purchase agreement to sell fuel to them at N133.28 per litre.

The accusations were contained in a statement released by the state chairman of IPMAN, Alanamu Balogun, on Thursday.

Balogun claimed members have been running their fuel stations at a loss in the last eight months, due to “NNPC’s default” in the bulk purchase agreement.

The association particularly complained of a shortage of product supply to Ejigbo satellite depot, which, it said, serves more than 900 filling stations in Lagos.

“We have endured enough and are set for a showdown with the NNPC for irregular supply at Ejigbo satellite depot, Lagos,” the association said.

The statement continued: “Now, a litre of petrol is being sold to IPMAN members by Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPMAN) at N141, apart from running costs, bank charges and other expenses.”

“This made it impossible for IPMAN members to sell a litre of fuel at the controlled price of N145, but N146 per litre.

“While the NNPC had refused to sell fuel to its members regularly, the corporation is diverting the supplies to DAPMAN at a price of N117 per litre.

“DAPMAN in turn is selling to IPMAN members at N141 per litre.”

IPMAN then called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, the ministry of petroleum resources and other relevant stakeholders to look into the matter.

“If not, IPMAN members will withdraw their services and shut down all their stations in Lagos state.”

“We have held many meetings with both the NNPC and DAPMAN, questioning why should the NNPC supplies fuel to DAPMAN at N117 per litre and DAPMAN will turn around to sell the same fuel to IPMAN members at N141 and the NNPC wants marketers to sell to the public at N145 per litre.

“The NNPC made it as a condition that we must renew our agreement with it or we will not get fuel supply. This agreement has been renewed yet, the NNPC has refused to supply us with fuel. The same agreement the NNPC signed with us is what it signed with DAPMAN. While DAPMAN gets supplies, IPMAN members are being denied fuel supply, which means the NNPC officials are into a game.

“The Federal Government should step into this matter between now and December 11 to avoid fuel crisis.”

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Davido Thrills Fans With Exciting Performance At MOBO Awards (WATCH VIDEO)

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DMW boss, Davido delivered an exciting performance at the just concluded MOBO Awards ceremony held in Leeds, UK. His performance was a record-breaking moment as the first African Artiste to perform on the MOBO Award stage.

Meanwhile, the singer bagged his first MOBO award at the event, claiming the prize for ‘Best African Act’. With lots of excitement written all over his face after receiving the award, Davido made history with a thrilling performance.

Watch video below;

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Buhari Writes Senate, Requests Confirmation Of 10 CCB Nominees

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President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate seeking the confirmation of 10 nominees of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

It was gathered that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki read the president’s letter on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

The letter is seeking urgent confirmation of the president’s nominees.

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Buhari, in the letter, stated that the request was in compliance with Section 541 of the 1999 constitution as amended and in pursuant to sections 1(2) and 1(3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Act LFN 2004.

“The curriculum vitae of the nominees are attached herewith. It is my hope that this Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will in their usual expeditious manner consider and confirm the nominees. Please accept Mr. Senate President, my assurances of my highest consideration.”

Here are the names of the nominees below:

Muhammed Isa – Chairman Jigawa, North West

Murtala Kankia – member, Katsina North West

Emmanuel Attah – member, Cross River, South Sputh

Danjuma Sado, member, Edo South

Obolo Opanachi, member, Kogi North Central

Ken Madaki Alkali, member Nasarawa, North Central

S.F. Ogundare, member, Oyo, South West

Ganiyu Hamzat, member, Ogun South West

Sahad Abubakar, member, Gombe North East

Vincent Nwanne, member, Ebonyi South East

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Stormzy, Davido, Wizkid Dominate At 2017 MOBO Awards | Here’s Full List Of Winners

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Stormzy was the biggest winner at the 2017 MOBO awards, as he picked up three out of a possible five gongs: best male artist, best grime act, and best album.

Stormzy, Davido, Wizkid Win Big At 2017 MOBO Awards | See List Of Winners

Stormzy

The London-born artist dominated the star-studded ceremony as he fought off competition from Sampha, J Hus and Skepta to be crowned Best Male Act and Best Grime Act.

Nigerian artistes, Wizkid and Davido both won big at MOBO Awards 2017 which was held in Leeds at the First Direct Arena on Wednesday, November 29.

Wizkid beat Jay-Z, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and others to clinch the best international artist award, while Davido defeated Wizkid, Maleek Berry, Mr Eazi and others to clinch the Best African Act award.

See full List of winners below: 

BEST MALE ACT

Bugzy Malone

Chip

Dave

Giggs

J Hus

Maleek Berry

Mostack

Sampha

Skepta

BEST FEMALE ACT

Stefflon Don- Winner

Emeli Sandé

Jessie Ware

Jorja Smith

Lady Leshurr

Little Simz

Mabel

Nadia Rose

NAO

Ray BLK

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Wizkid – Winner

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

Drake

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar

Migos

Solange Knowles

SZA

Travis Scott

BEST AFRICAN ACT

Davido –Winner

Eugy

Juls

Maleek Berry

Mr Eazi

Sarkodie

Tekno

Tiwa Savage

Wande Coal

Wizkid

BEST ALBUM

Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer-Winner

J Hus – Common Sense

Nines – One Foot Out

Sampha – Process

Wretch 32 – Growing Over Life

BEST NEWCOMER

Dave-Winner

Jorja Smith

Kojo Funds

Lotto Boyzz

Loyle Carner

Mabel

Mist

Not3s

Stefflon Don

Yxng Bane

BEST SONG
J Hus “Did You See”-Winner

Stormzy “Big For Your Boots”

Kojo Funds Feat. Abra Cadabra “Dun Talkin’”

Not3s “Addison Lee”

Yungen Feat. Yxng Bane “Bestie

BEST VIDEO

Mist “Hot Property”-Winner

Stormzy “Big For Your Boots”

Bossman Birdie “Walk The Walk”

J Hus “Spirit”

Loyle Carner “The Isle Of Arran”

BEST HIP HOP ACT

Giggs-Winner

Little Simz

Loyle Carner

Nines

Stefflon Don

Wretch 32

BEST GRIME ACT

Stormzy-Winner

AJ Tracey

Chip

P Money

Skepta

Wiley

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

Craig David –Winner

Jorja Smith

NAO

Ray BLK

Sampha

BEST REGGAE ACT
Damian Marley-Winner

Aidonia

Alkaline

Chronixx

Popcaan

BEST JAZZ ACT

Moses Boyd-Winner

Cleveland Watkiss

Daymé Arocena

Mr Jukes

Terrace Martin

BEST GOSPEL ACT

Volney Morgan & New-Ye- Winner

Lurine Cato

Mali Music

S.O.

Triple O

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MOBO AWARDS 2017: Wizkid Defeats Jay-Z, Migos, Drake And Others To Win Best International Act

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In the just concluded 2017 MOBO Awards, Popular Nigerian Singer, Wizkid emerged winner in the Best African Act category defeating Jay-Z, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Migos, DJ Khaled, Solange, Drake, SZA and Kendrick Lamar.

This win is another record breaking achievement for Wizkid being the first African Artiste to win in the Best International Act category at the prestigious MOBO AWARDS.

Award for Best International Act is a significant career growth for Wizkid as he joins the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj, Eminem and co. on the list winners of that category.

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Wayne Rooney Admits His Everton Wonder Goal Might Be His Best Ever

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Everton striker Wayne Rooney has revealed that he’s never before “struck a football better” than he did when scoring from inside his own half to complete his first Everton hat trick

Wayne Rooney had already scored twice in the first half when West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart cleared the ball away to midfield, where it fell to Rooney to belt home a drive into the gaping net from 60 yards out.

At 32, Rooney has scored nine hat trick in his career, but the previous eight came for Manchester United, and he said he was thrilled to record his first for Everton in the 4-0 win.

Asked if he has ever scored a better goal than the one which clinched his treble, Rooney told BT Sport: “I don’t think so. It’s one of, if not, the best goal I’ve scored. I hit it as well as I’ve ever kicked a football. “To make it my first hat trick for Everton, I’m delighted.”

Rooney’s hat trick was his first in the Premier League since Sept. 10, 2011, when he helped United beat Bolton 5-0. The gap between the two hat tricks is the longest by any player in Premier League history, according to Opta.

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JAY Z Admits He Cheated On Beyonce, Reveals Therapy Kept Them From Divorce

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Jay Z, who had apparently hinted on 4:44 that he had cheated on his wife Beyonce, has now outrightly admitted to the accusations of infidelity, after her 2016 album Lemonade alluded to him of being unfaithful.

He got real about everything from his marriage to Beyoncé to his mother’s sexuality and his relationship with Kanye West on Wednesday during an interview with T Magazine.

The hip hop legend and Grammy award winner did not only admitted that he been unfaithful to his wife of nine years, but also said that therapy kept them from getting divorced.

“You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions. So, even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect. … In my case, like, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity,” he said during the interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet.

Jay Z also spoke about listening to Lemonade for the first time, and Beyoncé’s experience listening to his album 4:44, describing the experience as “uncomfortable” for them both.

“But the best place in the hurricane is in the middle of it. The best place is right in the middle of the pain. And that’s where we were sitting,” he said.

“And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations.  [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing.”

He added that “the hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself.”

Jay confirmed that he and Bey worked on a joint album together around the time Lemonade dropped and that they “still have a lot of that music” that is unreleased.

“We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So, her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on.”

He added: “We still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, “I’m making this album.” I was right there the entire time.”

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Hova also discussed the current state of his sometimes contentious relationship with Kanye West, which he described as “complicated.”

“I’ve always been like his big brother,” Jay-Z said in the interview. “And we’re both entertainers. It’s always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother. And we both love and respect each other’s art, too. So it’s like, we both — everyone wants to be the greatest in the world.”

Jay recently talked to West, saying that “there’s genuine love there.” And even though there’s tension, “in the long relationship, you know, hopefully when we’re 89 we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that.”

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Pep Guardiola Reveals What He Said In Angry Exchange With Nathan Redmond

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he couldn’t control his emotions after jumping on the pitch to celebrate Raheem Sterling’s 96th-minute winner in the victory over Southampton

Pep Guardiola also went further to explain his chat with Nathan Redmond afterward.

Manchester City maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over the Saints and extended their club-record winning streak to 19 games.

Guardiola was also seen having an odd exchange with Southampton winger Redmond after the full-time whistle, gesticulating at the player, but said he was telling him what a good player he was.

“It was a good night, I think all the supporters create some special moments tonight and in the last second we enjoyed the situation,” the City boss told a new conference.

“You have to celebrate it. It was a good moment in the last minute, in the locker room, all the staff so happy it makes sense to enjoy our celebration. It makes sense, our job to enjoy these sort of situations.

“I said [to the referee] I apologise because i couldn’t control it, I was so happy like all the fans and players. I ran after Raz but I’m not quick enough but we were so happy.”

Explaining his comments to Redmond, he added: “I said what good a player he is. Last season he destroyed us here. I didn’t know him last season and didn’t realise how good he is. Today he could not attack because he defends all the time.”

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