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EPL: Empty Stadium May Help Arsenal At Manchester City, Arteta Says

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Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta applauds at the end of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Everton

Arsenal face four successive away games when English football resumes next week but, with stadiums closed to fans, manager Mikel Arteta believes that run is not as daunting as it could be.

The Spaniard takes his side to Manchester City in the English Premier League (EPL) on Wednesday, before trips to Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton.

It is a run that will be crucial if Arsenal are to mount a challenge for a top-four finish.

They then travel to Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

Arteta knows how tough a trip to Manchester City will be, having served as Pep Guardiola’s assistant there until returning to manage his former club in December.

But he says the unusual circumstances forced by the COVID-19 pandemic will level the playing field.

“I hope it is (an advantage),” Arteta, whose team were on a three-match winning streak but still down in ninth spot when the Premier League shut down in March, said.

“It’s going to help. Football is passion and energy and when you lose that, things balance much more in my opinion.

“But I know how strong they are and what they are able to do if they are all switched on on the day.”

Arsenal have only two away wins to their name this season, but next Wednesday will feel almost like a fresh start.

Arteta, who himself caught coronavirus in March, believes the three-month stoppage will create difficulties for all clubs.

“We’ve played friendly games, but that’s not a Premier League rhythm at all,” he said. “I think it will be very difficult to sustain big rhythms for 90 minutes for the first few games.

“We were on a really good run before we stopped. The aim is to be a better team than we were then,” he said.

(Reuters/NAN)

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Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash

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US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .

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FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles

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FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City

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Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing

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Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

 

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