Alchemy teases all-new Arktos full suspension mountain bike & lots of travel options

Typically, when a decent-sized brand like Alchemy runs out of inventory, it’s not because they forecasted poorly. More likely, it means they intentionally sold off old inventory to make room for something new coming. And that seems to be exactly the case with their mountain bikes. Just before the holidays, they posted that they’d sold […]

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FA Cup rotation likely: will we get Partey started again?

We begin our defence of the FA Cup today, a trophy we’ve won more than any other club, when Newcastle come to the Emirates later on.

I expect Mikel Arteta to rotate his squad quite a bit today. There’s a Premier League game on Thursday, we face today’s opposition in the league the following Monday, and although the schedule itself hasn’t been as taxing as it might have been, this is more about keeping players who haven’t had minutes fresh rather than resting those who have.

It’s quite something to think that someone like Emile Smith Rowe, about whose potential the manager spoke in glowing terms, could be sitting this one out to save him for Palace when just a few short weeks ago this was the kind of fixture you’d be looking for him to play in. It must be tempting to stick with what works, but like … Read the rest

Arden Motorsport Join BRDC British F3 for 2021

There will be two new names on the BRDC British F3 grid in 2021, as Arden Motorsport branch out to Britain’s premier single-seater series. Ginetta Junior champions Elite Motorsport also replace the outgoing Lanan Racing.

Founded by Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner to allow him to compete in Formula 3000 in 1997, Arden has since kept extensive links with the Red Bull Junior Team and has fielded several Red Bull junior drivers.

These include Porsche factory driver Neel Jani, Sébastien Buemi, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz Jr and Dan Ticktum. Yelmer Buurman competed with Arden in GP2 in 2008, and raced for RAM Racing in the 2020 Intelligent Money British GT Championship, finishing fifth.

Arden have tasted some success in 2020, including Alex Quinn’s Formula Renault Eurocup Rookie title and a third-place in the British F4 Teams Cup.

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Surprise playmaker?: Man United have sensational creator hidden in their ranks

Manchester United may have a dangerous weapon in their arsenal in the form of Alex Telles who showed what he can bring in the win over Watford.

It’s clear the former Porto man can still bring even more to the table but against the London club, he managed to hold his own.

It was Telles’ delivery that Scott McTominay headed in for the narrow 1-0 victory but it wasn’t the only chance he created.

The Brazilian defender was signed in the summer for a cut-price figure and fans celebrated his arrival as they looked forward to his attacking talent.

Telles hasn’t yet settled in fully but there are signs he can press on now and make the left-back position his own in the absence of Luke Shaw.

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“We will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense” – RB Leipzig CEO pitches in on Upamecano links

Oliver Mintzlaff has said that RB Leipzig are prepared to sell their top talents, provided that a potential transfer makes financial as well as sporting sense, in light of recent speculation over Dayot Upamecano’s future, as reported by the Echo.

The Bundesliga star has been linked with a move to a number of elite European clubs including Liverpool and league rivals Bayern Munich.

“We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality,” the Leipzig CEO admitted. “So we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view.”

While not directly mentioning the Frenchman, it’s thought that Mintzlaff’s words are in reference to the 22-year-old centre-half.

There’s no doubt that the German outfit have done extraordinarily well despite losing a host of top talent over the years to the Premier League from Naby Keita … Read the rest

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives update on injured Man United star in wake of hefty collision during FA Cup triumph

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shed light on the condition of Eric Bailly after the centre-back was withdrawn during Manchester United’s victory over Watford.

United’s win over the Hornets was less than convincing, but they returned to winning ways and progressed to the next round of the FA Cup – what else matters?

All that will be of concern to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in wake of the game is the condition of Bailly, who was forcibly taken off as a substitute after a hefty collision with goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

MORE: Opinion: Solskjaer deserves more credit for United’s league turnaround

At the time of the incident it looked as though it could have been a head injury, concussion being the assumption, hence why the physios were so insistent to get him off the field.

“I still need to improve” soon to be Juventus player agrees that he needs more playing time

Nicolò Rovella is set to become the next Italian teenage star to play for Juventus.

The Genoa man has impressed in the few games that he has played for them, and Juventus is looking to secure his future.

The Bianconeri are set to sign the 19-year-old and allow him to remain with Genoa until the end of next season.

The midfielder has now explained the rationale behind the decision which he seems to be happy about.

He said that his career development needs him to be at a club where he will be playing matches regularly so that he can develop himself further.

Rovella then says that it will only happen at Genoa now and he will also be given the chance to make a mistake as he continues to grow as a footballer.

This is why his immediate future is with them.

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Koeman talks Messi, Puig, Griezmann, Umtiti following Granada victory

Ronald Koeman’s Barça won three games in a row for the first time this season. After beating Huesca and Athletic Club, the Catalans had a superb performance in Granada. With this win, Barça are now two points behind Real Madrid, who play today against Osasuna.

Koeman addressed many subjects in the post-game press conference (quotes via Barça TV+). The Dutchman responded to questions concerning the league, his side’s performance against Granada, Antoine Griezmann’s game, Riqui Puig and Samuel Umtiti’s return.

A superb performance to cap off a great week

On the three wins in a week: “We played three games this week, and had three wins. That’s a good thing.”

On the team’s improved effectiveness: “We needed more chances to score earlier, now we are more effective in front of the goal.”

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Turner goes all Ti? Nitrous Titanium hardtail adds another metal bike to the lineup

Turner Bikes are probably best known for their full suspension frames. Originally crafted from aluminum, that eventually gave way to carbon fiber as the industry evolved. But recently, it seems like it’s been all Ti, all the time. Most recently, Turner introduced their ARTi, or All Road Titanium, which was in addition to the Cyclosys […]

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Arsenal take a loan for cash flow … and squad management?

Morning all.

It’s Friday, on Saturday we play Newcastle in the FA Cup, but I’ll leave any previewing of that game till tomorrow.

Let’s start this morning with news from yesterday which saw the club announce they had taken a £120m loan from the government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) scheme.

The statement read:

We are taking a short-term £120 million loan through this facility to partially assist in managing the impacts of the revenue losses attributable to the pandemic. This is a similar approach to that taken by a wide variety of major organisations across many industries including sport, and is repayable in May 2021.

The CCFF is designed to provide short-term finance at commercial rates during the pandemic to companies that have strong investment ratings and which make significant contributions to the British economy.

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