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Arsenal , Lyon eye U 23 Eagles striker, Emmanuel Dennis

Arsenal, Lyon Chase U23 Eagles Forward DennisIt has been reported that Arsenal have reportedly made a £12m offer for Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis.

According to Turkish outlet Fanatik, Arsenal and Lyon have both made £12m bids for Dennis as he looks set to leave the Belgian club this summer.

The report also claims that Fenerbahce are interested, but are not willing to match the offers from Lyon or Arsenal.

Dennis scored seven goals in the Belgian top division in 26 appearances this season, with a further six goals in cup competitions.

Unai Emery can call upon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front but the departure of Danny Welbeck means that youngster Eddie Nketiah is the next most senior striker in the Gunners ranks.

It’s tempting to conclude that there are areas of Emery’s side that need improving more urgently than their striking options, but it would be understandable if the Spaniard wanted a third striker through the door this summer.

The calibre of the other sides in the chase may suggest that Dennis is not a world-beating prospect, but Arsenal’s best approach in their current situation is to take younger players and try and blood them into stars.

Dennis has obviously made a big impression in Belgium, but his club team-mate Wesley could perhaps be the better bet.

How African players ruled EPL joint top goal scorers Sallah, Mane, Aubameyang 

 African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos)These are beautiful moment for the African trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who are top scorers of English Premier League 2019.

The Premier League Golden Boot award was shared among three African footballers, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after they finished on 22 goals each for their clubs.

Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Senegalese Sadio Mane who both plays for Liverpool received their honours after Liverpool’s 2  – 0 win against Wolves at Anfield. Both goals were scored by Mane.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon scored twice in Arsenal‘s 3-1 win at Burnley to receive a golden boot after also scoring 22 goals for his club. African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos) African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos) African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos)

 

 

Chelsea Win Frankfurt on Penalties ⚽ to Set Up Europa League Final with Arsenal

Image may contain: one or more people, people playing sports and outdoorChelsea football club players are very happy as your are reading this piece.

@chelseafc beat Frankfurt 4-3 in a penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge as the Blues reached the final of the Europa League.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek @rubey_lcheek put Chelsea 2-1 in front on aggregate with a well-taken goal after half an hour tonight, only for Jovic to reply just before the hour to make it 2-2 on aggregate.

The match went to penalties, where Kepa saved twice in the shootout and Eden Hazard hit the winner.

Meanwhile Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang @auba14hd scored a superb hat-trick as Arsenal stormed into the Europa League final by winning 4-2 away to Valencia, progressing 7-3 on aggregate.

Kevin Gameiro’s early opener cut the deficit for Valencia, beaten 3-1 last week, but Aubameyang swiftly hit back for the Gunners at Mestalla on Thursday.

And when Alexandre Lacazette, who scored twice in the first leg, put Arsenal ahead, their place in the Baku final later this month was seemingly secure, despite this week’s European drama.

Gameiro struck again but Aubameyang killed the tie off with a second goal of his own and Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, a three-time winner of the competition with Sevilla, will now have a chance to add a fourth title after downing former club Valencia.

Arsenalfc and Chelsea have qualified for the Europa League final, completing an historic week with European football’s two major finals now featuring Premier League teams.

The London clubs will face one another in Baku on 29 May while Liverpool will take on Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on 1 June.

It will be the first time in the history of European football that one country has monopolised the two finals and means that both trophies will head to England.Image may contain: 1 person, smiling

Europa Cup update: Iwobi makes Arsenal proud

europa-alexiwobi-arsenalSuper Eagles forward Alex Iwobi made his seventh UEFA Europa League appearance and provided a great assist for Arsenal’s firts goal in their 4-2 home win over Ukrainian side, Vorskla Poltava, in Thursday’s Group E clash.

The Nigeria international gave Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the assist to score the curtain raiser in the 32nd minute. Iwobi played for 70 minutes before he was subbed off for Emile Smith-Rowe.

A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, strikes from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a bright start to the competition despite consolatory goals from Volodimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar for the visitors.

In the other group E game, Portuguese side, Sporting CP defeated Qarabag FK 2-0 to move second in the standings after matchday one.

In group C, Samuel Kalu made his debut in the UEFA Europa League for Bordeaux who lost 1-0 to Slavia Prague in Czech.

The Nigerian international featured for all 90 minutes but was yellow carded in the 74th minute of the encounter. In the other Group C match, FC Copenhagen played out a 1-1 draw at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

Robert Mak gave Zenit St Petersburg the lead in the 44th minute before Pieros Sotiriou drew the hosts, FC Copenhagen level in the 63rd minute.

in Greece, Stephen Odey made his debut in the competition for ten-man FC Zurich who defeated AEK Larnaca 1-0. Odey failed to score in 75 minutes before he was subbed off for Assan Ceesay. Pa Modou

Jagne was sent off six minutes from time for a second bookable offence.

In the other group game, Bayer Leverkusen edged Bulgarian side, Ludogorets Razgrad 3-2 in a five-goal thriller.

In Scotland, Leigh Griffiths was the match winner for Celtic who pipped Rosenborg 1-0 in a group B clash while RasenBallsport Leipzig lost 3-2 to Salzburg in the other group game.

Turkish side, Fenerbahce lost 4-1 away to Croatian side, Dinamo Zagreb while Anderlecht lost 1-0 to Slovak side Spartak Trnava in group D.

AC Milan defeated Luxembourgish Football club F91 Dudelange to go top of Group F after Olympiacos and Real Betis played out a goalless draw.

Aubameyang, Mahrez in face off over African Player of the Year Award

Image result for Riyad MahrezBorussia Dortmund’s Gabonese goal king Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains in the running to defend his African Player of the Year crown after making the final shortlist of five players on Tuesday.

But the 27-year-old faces competition from Leicester’s Algerians Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Senegal’s Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah who also made the final cut for the African Football Confederation’s annual award.

The winner will be announced on January 5 in Abuja, Nigeria after votes by a panel of ten experts and 54 national team coaches.

Aubameyang was voted German Bundesliga player of the year last season and would appear favourite to retain the African title he clinched after a four-year spell of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure winning.

But the pin-point passing and astonishing focus of 25-year-old winger Mahrez impressed as he helped propel Leicester City to the English title last season. He scored 17 goals with 11 assists in that campaign.

Slimani is coming off a very good season with Sporting Portugal earning a switch to Leicester.

Salah has been brilliant for both Egypt and AS Roma after a difficult time at Chelsea but at 24 may not quite have peaked.

Mane, also 24, has been on glittering form since joining Liverpool for a fee that made him the most expensive African in football history.

Five-player shortlist:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Dortmund/GER)

Riyad Mahrez (ALG/Leicester/ENG)

Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool/ENG)

Mohamed Salah (EGY/AS Roma/ITA)

Islam Slimani (ALG/Leicester/ENG)Image result for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

(Read ) Top Big-name African players who could move in the January transfer window

Odion Ighalo WatfordOdion Ighalo: He finished 2015 as the top scorer in the whole of England with 30 goals and he has already scored 14 this season. The Nigeria international is said to be the subject of a £12m bid from Atletico Madrid and but Watford may well raise his price tag to anywhere around £20m if they sense any real interest. He has recently sent out a ‘come and get me’ shout to Manchester United, saying: “I don’t think I will be moving, but I’m not sure I’d say no if United called.” Arsenal are also linked.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: With 40 goals last year, this would surely be one of the major January transfers, if it happens. He is reportedly being priced at anywhere between £44m and £52m, with Arsenal his biggest suitors and Liverpool also mentioned due to the Jurgen Klopp link. The player himself shut down any transfer talk recently, saying: “I don’t want to go to Arsenal,” said the forward. “I won’t leave Dortmund soon.” We have, however, seen players go back on their word countless times should the right deal come along.

Sadio Mane: This transfer is more likely to happen in January than Auba’s. United have already had a £30m bid for Mane rejected, with people saying this is an extortionate fee for a player who has scored only three goals this season. That being said, the fact that money has already been put on the table means that there is concrete interest. Mane and Ronald Koeman have been at loggerheads recently – a situation that could see the transfer come to fruition.

Riyad Mahrez: One will be forgiven to think it was a travesty of sorts that Leicester City only paid £400,000 for his services. Now valued closer to ten times that fee, the Algerian international would surely improve any team on the planet. He is truly that good! Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, even Barcelona . . . the list of top clubs who are interested is endless. There is no doubt that he will eventually make a move, but will he jump ship in January or see out the season at a title-chasing Leicester side?

Victor Wanyama: Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan, having worked with him at Southampton, and the 24-year-old Kenyan is reportedly angling for a move away from St. Mary’s. Given Tottenham’s impressive run so far this season, a move for Wanyama this January could open them to new possibilities, as they’re not far away from the top of the Premier League table. United and Arsenal are also linked. The former are well stocked in that area, and the latter are about to sign Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny, making Spurs favourites.

Baba Rahman: The Ghanaian struggled under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink has offered him little more since arriving at the club. Chelsea paid £17m for the 21-year-old full-back but stand to lose him if they cannot ensure that he plays. It is unlikely that he will leave just six months after moving to the English capital, but if someone can offer him game-time immediately then he might just jump. A loan move, if anything, is most likely.

Wilfried Bony: The Ivorian is struggling for game-time at Man City, with competition from Sergio Aguero and young Kelechi Iheanacho making life difficult for him. Rumours have just started doing the rounds suggest he could move back to Swansea. True or not, a number of teams could benefit from his services, but would he leave the Etihad where he earns £120k p/w?

Sofiane Feghouli: The Valencia winger is courting interest from the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United, Galatasaray and Inter Milan. With the Spanish club struggling under new coach Gary Neville, the Algerian could well see a move away as a blessing. He is eligible to sign a pre-contract in January and leave for free at the end of the season.

Jordan Ayew: The Aston Vila striker has done very well since joining the club, but with their impending relegation he might just want to jump ship. The club are said to have put a £6m price tag on the Ghanaian.

Toure, Udeze at war over comment on winning CAF Footballer of the Year

…Yaya is selfish

Ex-Nigeria Football International  left-back Ifeanyi Udeze  is at war with Ivory Coast Midfielder, Yaya Youre.

Udeze described Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure as “selfish”, after the Manchester City star insisted that he and not Gabonese Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, should have been named the CAF African Player of the Year for 2015.

The award was decided by votes of coaches and technical directors from countries under the Confederation of African Football, With Aubameyang winning ahead of second-placed Toure and Ghana’s Andre Ayew, who was third.

Aubameyang, Gabon’s captain had a fantastic outing in 2015, scoring 29 goals. He has already scored 18 goals in 17 games for Dortmund to emerge leading scorer in the Bundesliga this season.

But four-time winner Toure said CAF, Africa’s football governing body, was “indecent” and “pathetic” after failing to win the award for a fifth successive time at an elaborate ceremony in Abuja on Thursday.

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