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Wenger fumes over gruelling schedule

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has criticised the gruelling schedule that forces Arsenal to play three games in the space of just seven days.

Wenger’s side eased to a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s brace at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Napoli’s resilience impressing Sarri ahead of Feyenoord

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Coach Maurizio Sarri believes Napoli have the resilience to bounce back from their damaging Champions League opening defeat on Tuesday against Dutch champions Feyenoord.

The Italians fell 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine in their Group F opener as Feyenoord suffered a 4-0 home defeat to Manchester City.

Lacazette double takes spotlight from Barry milestone

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London (AFP) – Alexandre Lacazette stole the spotlight from record breaker Gareth Barry as the Arsenal striker’s double clinched a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Albion midfielder Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record by playing in his 633rd game, but it was Lacazette who ended the night as the centre of attention at the Emirates Stadium.

Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

Suso extends AC Milan contract until 2022

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Milan (AFP) – Spanish international Suso has extended his contract with AC Milan until June 30, 2022, the Serie A club confirmed on Monday.

“We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, all agreeing on the outcome. Now the contract has been signed, it’s official,” the team said in a statement.

Albion’s Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

Dortmund out to ruin Ronaldo milestone

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s 150th European appearance.

Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running.

The teams drew both games 2-2 last season as the Germans topped the section before bowing out in the last eight while Real went on to win a record 12th title.

Klopp grouchy ahead of Liverpool’s Spartak test

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Moscow (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cut a tetchy figure during a slightly shambolic press conference in Moscow on Monday to preview his side’s Champions League game against Spartak Moscow.

Sound issues, some peculiar questions from local reporters and a confused interpreter made for a surreal atmosphere, but Klopp was also irritated by the questions he received from the British journalists present.

FA backs chief executive over Sampson sacking

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London (AFP) – The English Football Association on Monday gave chief executive Martin Glenn a vote of confidence over his handling of Mark Sampson’s dismissal as England women’s team manager.

Sampson was sacked last week, a day after leading his team to a 6-0 win over Russia, for “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” in his previous role as manager of Bristol Academy.

Ex-football star Weah hopes to lead change in Liberia

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Paris (AFP) – Former football star and presidential hopeful George Weah on Monday called for change in Liberia and said he was confident ahead of next month’s election in the west African nation.

The first African player to win both FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or, Weah unsuccessfully ran as a presidential candidate in 2005, when he was defeated by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Oumar Niasse goes from outcast to savior at Everton’s Goodison Park

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“We made a fast decision about [Oumar] Niasse and others who will find it difficult to be part of the team. If Niasse likes to play football, he needs to leave Everton.”

Those were new Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s scything remarks in August 2016, delivered before a ball had even been kicked in the English Premier League.

Pep warns City players against complacency

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola on Monday warned his on-fire Manchester City team they must guard against complacency or risk seeing a great start to the season disintegrate once again.

City are top of the Premier League after winning five and drawing the other of their opening six matches, while also enjoying victories over Feyenoord in the Champions League and West Brom in the League Cup.

Juventus president banned for year over illegal ticket sales

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of tickets to fan groups, the Italian Football Federation said Monday.

Agnelli was also fined 20,000 euros ($23,770) while champions Juventus copped a fine of 300,000 euros ($356,000).

Juventus president banned for year over ticket sales – federation

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of tickets to fan groups, the Italian Football Federation said Monday.

Agnelli was also fined 20,000 euros ($23,770) while champions Juventus copped a fine of 300,000 euros ($356,000).

Homesick Conte ready to return to Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he misses his native Italy and plans to return home soon.

“Yes, I miss Italy. And in my mind, there’s no doubt I will be home before long,” Conte said in an interview Monday with Italian radio station Anch’io Sport.

“Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back.