A pinch of Pepe and a bag of Saka

Arsenal’s recent moves in the transfer market demonstrate a clear plan for the future of the defence. Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhães have arrived as Arteta’s desire for a left-footed centre-half is laid bare. William Saliba was signed last summer but arrived this. 19-year old and 22-year old centre-halves signed at great expense are demonstration of a succession plan.

Most of us assume that Arteta wants to, eventually, move away from the 343 (ish) system to a back four and a midfield three. That might be an incorrect assumption- Arteta has no history in management so many of us assume that Arsenal will turn into a Manchester City-lite. We will see but one would imagine that the intention is to pivot to a back four with Gabriel and Saliba at the heart of the defence.

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Djokovic Dominates En Route To Third Round At Roland Garros

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has faced few problems at Roland Garros, cruising into the third round at the clay-court Grand Slam on Thursday for the 15th consecutive year.

Djokovic beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes to improve his 2020 record to 33-1. The Serbian star, who recently won the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, has won 16 of 17 sets on clay this season.

This is Djokovic’s 70th Roland Garros win, moving him into a tie for second-most all-time alongside Roger Federer. Only Rafael Nadal (95) has more.

“Grand Slams are obviously
the biggest tournaments in our sport. Historically, they count the most. So of course winning that
many matches [at] each Slam is a great achievement,” Djokovic said. “Of course it makes me proud, makes me happy.”

Most Wins At Roland Garros (all-time)

 Player  Roland Garros Record
 Rafael Nadal  95-2
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Romano delivers brutal blow to Man United's striker options

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has delivered Manchester United fans a blow in regards to their hopes to see a new striker at Old Trafford with Luka Jovic being ruled out.

Real Madrid were believed to be keen on loaning out the powerful forward as they look to develop him further before seeing him flourish in Spain.

Jovic transferred to the La Liga giants after an impressive stint at Eintracht Frankfurt but he’s failed to perform at the same level since.

Karim Benzema has been Madrid’s go-to man and so it had looked like as though they were willing to temporarily offload the Serbian striker.

However, that no longer seems to be the case and United, who were offered Jovic, must now consider alternatives.

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Champions League draw: Liverpool discover who they’ll face in the group stages

The Champions League draw has now been concluded and Liverpool have been lined up with an exciting trio of clubs from across Europe.

The Reds will compete against Ajax, Atalanta and Midtjylland in the group stages of world football’s most illustrious competition.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to make a statement early on and set his sights on finishing top of the pile, which may be a lofty task given the opposition.

Bayern Munich are the reigning champions, but we’re backing the Reds all the way to equal Italian outfit AC Milan on a record seven titles this season.

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One major difference this time around is that fans won’t be able to attend fixtures for the foreseeable future, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Full Carabao Cup Quarter Final Draw: Arsenal get Man City as their reward for Anfield triumph

The draw for the Carabao Cup Quarter Finals has been made, and there’ll be a meeting for old friends at the Emirates Stadium.

After dispatching Liverpool at Anfield, Arsenal’s reward is a home tie against Manchester City, pitching Mikel Arteta against his former club and boss, Pep Guardiola.

The Gunners, have already beaten the Citizens with Arteta at the helm, and with home advantage this time, the north Londoners might fancy their chances once again.

The other standout tie from the last eight sees Manchester United head to Goodison Park and a tough assignment against a rejuvenated Everton side.

In the remaining two ties, Brentford’s reward for their demolition of near neighbours Fulham is a home tie against Premier League opposition in Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.

Juve handed tough CL draw but certainly not the worst

Juventus have been drawn against Barcelona for the group stages of the Champions League, but they will be thankful not be in the group of death.

The toughest group looks set to be Group H, with Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.

The next most open group look to be Group A or B, with European champions Bayern set to take on Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, while Inter Milan will have to get the better of Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach.

All eyes will be on Group G for different reasons. Lionel Messi looks likely to leave Barcelona next summer following his attempt to quit the club earlier in the current window, and his side will come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus during what looks to be his last campaign with the Spanish giants.

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Celta 0-3 Barcelona: Match Summary

Barcelona played their second game of the La Liga campaign at the usually tricky Balaídos in the Galician region. In Galicia, Barça played beautiful football but had some problems at times. For Ronald Koeman’s second game in charge of the Culés, it was an excellent display and, after the Champions League draw earlier, the fans must have a lot of expectations for the remainder of the term.

First Half

Barcelona started exquisitely, absolutely annihilating Celta’s men with their constant passing of the ball and the usually lively Galician side found themselves in a lot of precarious situations. Before the half-time whistle, Barcelona had more than 60{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa} of the ball, and Celta, who started with ten men behind the ball began to play more.

However, Ansu Fati’s early goal settled the nerves early on for Barça as they usually find it hard to score at Balaídos. After a great build-up, Coutinho … Read the rest

Canyon Dude carbon fat bike goes 27.5 x 3.8″ on exclusive new DT Swiss BR2250 wheels

Canyon’s carbon Dude fat bike has been around for years mostly unchanged. But for 2021 it gets a facelift – moving to larger diameter 27.5″ wheels with a new wheelset developed with DT Swiss, and a longer travel suspension fork option. More capable across a wider range of terrain – the new Dude doesn’t have […]

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Sho Tsuboi Takes Maiden Super Formula Win at Okayama

Having retired from the opening race of the 2020 Super Formula season at Twin Ring Motegi, 2018 All-Japan Formula 3 Champion Sho Tsuboi took a superb victory at the Okayama International Circuit as he led home a JMS P.mu/cerumo – INGING one-two ahead of team-mate Hiroaki Ishiura.

The race was the second of seven planned for the disrupted 2020 season, and it saw a number of drivers missing from the entry list due to quarantine regulations in place in Japan for coronavirus, which meant all the drivers who competed in last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans were missing.

Nineteen Cars on the Grid as Le Mans Combatants Ruled Out

The 24 Hours of Le Mans, held just one week prior to the race weekend at Okayama, meant a host of drivers were ruled out of the weekend’s events as they were not given special permission to skip … Read the rest

Arsenal have six days to sort out the midfield

One game against Liverpool down, one more still to come this week, although I suspect that the Carabao Cup tie isn’t high on our list of priorities – whatever Mikel Arteta has to say about it beforehand.

No manager is going to come out and admit ‘We don’t really care about this competition, we have more pressing priorities this season, and frankly we could do without the complication and extra fixtures.’ The team selection from both managers on Thursday should do plenty of talking, and from an Arsenal perspective some of our choices might be restricted due to the imminent close of the transfer window.

Some players who would ordinarily be involved might not be available or risked in case it scuppers a potential outward deal. Sead Kolasinac, for example, is being strongly linked with a €10m move to Bayer Leverkeusen. Good business if you ask me – it’d be … Read the rest