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Ozil shines on return as Arsenal crush PSG in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Mesut Ozil enjoyed a successful return to action at the end of a tumultuous week as the German midfielder scored the opening goal for Arsenal in a 5-1 victory over a makeshift Paris St Germain side in a pre-season friendly in Singapore on Saturday. Ozil sensationally quit the national side on Sunday citing “racism and disrespect” for his Turkish roots as he bore the brunt of criticism following Germany’s disastrous World Cup, but he looked relaxed and focused against the French champions. Arsenal…

Mourinho confident Sanchez will sign

LONDON: Jose Mourinho believes Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will sign for Manchester United, he said on Saturday. Sanchez is set to move to United in a blockbuster deal that will reportedly make him the Premier League's highest paid player. United will reportedly pay £35 million (39.6 million euros, $48.5 million) for Sanchez, a £20 million transfer fee to Arsenal and £15 million to the player's agent Fernando Felicevich. United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is said to have agreed to join Arsenal as part of the deal.…

Arsenal’s Iwobi sends Nigeria to 2018 World Cup

ABUJA: Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi sent Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup finals with the winning goal in a 1-0 African qualifying victory over Zambia on Saturday. The Super Eagles became the first African team to advance to Russia after taking an unassailable lead atop Group B. It will be their sixth World Cup finals appearance. Substitute Iwobi blasted home from a pullback by Shehu Abdullahi 17 minutes from time to secure qualification. In a high tempo first half, Zambia thought they had taken the lead when Augustin…

Bayern run riot to crush dispirited Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate

LONDON: For an hour Arsenal were at least salvaging some pride against Bayern Munich, then the ceiling came crashing down as they exited the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday with a matching pair of 5-1 defeats against the merciless Bundesliga giants. A second-half capitulation after captain Laurent Koscielny was sent off resulted in Arsenal conceding five goals for the first time at their Emirates Stadium as they suffered their worst home defeat for 19 years. Arsenal were attempting an unlikely comeback after their…

Trump wants US nuclear arsenal at ‘top of the pack’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea "very easily if they want to," ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang's increasingly bellicose actions. Trump also expressed support for the European Union as a governing body,…

Sanchez, Martial on mark as Arsenal, Man Utd rise

LONDON: Alexis Sanchez brought manager Arsene Wenger some breathing space with a brace of goals as Arsenal overcame Hull City 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. The Chilean forward contentiously scored with his hand in the 34th minute and netted a stoppage-time penalty to get Arsenal back to winning ways following successive defeats by Watford and leaders Chelsea. They provisionally climbed to third place, nine points behind Chelsea, while Manchester United moved to within a point of the Champions League places by…

Premier League: Mignolet denies Chelsea, Watford stun Arsenal

LONDON: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet went from zero to hero as Premier League leaders Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, while Arsenal's title challenge was torpedoed by Watford's shock 2-1 win on Tuesday. Antonio Conte's Chelsea grabbed the lead in the 25th minute when David Luiz cheekily took a quick free-kick that flashed past Mignolet, who was caught out while he lined up his defensive wall. Mignolet looked bewildered that the Brazil defender's effort wasn't ruled out, but referee Mark Clattenburg…

Chelsea’s title to lose, says Arsenal’s Wenger

LONDON: Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League title is "Chelsea's to lose" and the Arsenal manager is ready to salute Antonio Conte's men should they surpass the Gunners' record of 14 consecutive top-flight victories. Chelsea lie six points clear of the field, nine ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal, and will strengthen their position further if they extend their club record winning streak to 13 by beating Stoke City on Saturday. "At the moment Chelsea are the super-favourites (for the title)," Wenger told a news…

Premier League: Fabregas earns Chelsea perfect 10, City and Liverpool win

LONDON: Chelsea maintained their stranglehold on the Premier League by beating Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday to register their 10th successive win and move six points clear at the top of the table. Cesc Fabregas's first-half strike ensured the Blues took full advantage of Tuesday's slip-up by second-placed Arsenal to leave Liverpool, 3-0 winners at Middlesbrough, and Manchester City, who beat Watford 2-0, to keep up the chase. Manchester United continued their recent improvement with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace and…