Source: The Daily Brief 2020-08-02
Matteo Guendouzi tells Arsenal board he wants to leave during meeting
Matteo Guendouzi has reportedly told Arsenal he is willing to leave the club (AMA/Getty Images) Matteo Guendouzi has told Arsenal’s hierarchy that he is open to leaving the club this summer during a disciplinary meeting this week, according to reports in France. The 21-year-old was forced to answer to Arsenal’s board following his clash with Neal Maupay during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Brighton last Saturday.
Guendouzi is understood to have called Brighton’s players ‘s***’ during the match, while he is also said to have told his opponents that he earns ‘more than they ever will’. Maupay, who had his throat grabbed by Guendouzi at the full-time whistle, said after the game that the Arsenal midfielder ‘needs to learn what humility is’.
Guendouzi was subsequently dropped from the squad by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday evening. Matteo Guendouzi grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat after Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton (BT Sport) And according to L’Equipe, Guendouzi has now informed Arsenal that he would be willing to leave the club at the end of the season.
The report claims that Guendouzi does not have a bad relationship with Arteta but the French midfielder is struggling to accept playing fewer minutes than he did during Unai Emery’s reign. Out of Arteta’s 18 games in charge of Arsenal so far, Guendouzi has been given just eight starts, with only four of those being in the Premier League. Top articles by Metro Wayne Rooney accuses Sir Alex Ferguson of ‘suicidal’ tactics in Champions League finals against Barcelona
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Under Emery this season, Guendouzi had started every Premier League game before the Spaniard was sacked at the end of November. Matteo Guendouzi was told by Neal Maupay that he needed to learn humility (Getty Images)
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, Arteta insisted that the move was not because he wanted to send a warning to the rest of the squad. ‘I don’t like to make any decisions to send messages,’ said the Arsenal manager. ‘The messages that I send to the team or individually are very open and I’m clear with how I feel. Winning is the most important thing and when you win, everything is fine. ‘It was squad management. Whatever issue we have internally, I will resolve it in a private way. I explained that I cannot explain and that’s it.’
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Arsenal technical director Edu is reported to have had a word with young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi about his behaviour in a second incident during the club’s recent winter break trip to Dubai.
Guendouzi was recently axed from Arsenal’s matchday squad for the win over Newcastle, and The Athletic have now provided more information on precisely what went on.
Their report claims the Frenchman was initially reprimanded by manager Mikel Arteta during training, while Edu also warned him about his behaviour when he took his shirt off and waved it around whilst enjoying some local music on an evening out.
The Athletic go on to state, however, that Arsenal still rate Guendouzi highly and think he can have a bright future at the club, with the 20-year-old said to have responded well to his punishment over these incidents.
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AFC fans will certainly hope this does not mean the end for Guendouzi at the Emirates Stadium, with the France Under-21 international looking like a big talent and one who could go on to be one of Europe’s finest in the future.
Still, it’s clear he could do with working on his attitude in some areas, and it sounds like the club are on top of things in that respect.
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CAIRO – 27 July 2020: The Libyan National Army destroyed 3 Turkish-tanks in the early hours of Monday morning, as it was trying to advance in west of Sirte, however Libya’s Air Forces destroyed them during raids.
Libya’s National Army spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismary said in statements to Al Arabiya Sunday that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is gathering weapons and mercenaries and transferring them into Libya.
He added in his statements That Libya’s National Army is supporting the defense lines at west of Sirte to stop any possible attack.
On July 24, Mismary posted a video on his twitter official account, showing a group of new Syrian-national mercenaries on board of Libyan Afriqiyah Airways flight heading to Misurata.
“Turkey is transferring new batches of Syrian mercenaries to Libya’s Misurata in a sever challenge to the international de-escalation demands and cease fire” Mismary tweeted, adding that Ankara is breaching the international and Arab decrees which prevent transferring mercenaries and fighters into Libya.
“Turkey supports terrorism and crime in Libya. It works on achieving its dream of controlling Libya and its capabilities and wealth” Mismary said, concluding “the world is watching, Turkey expands”.
On July 9, Mismary said that total number of mercenaries Turkey transferred into Libya reached 17,000 terrorists, including 1,000 mercenaries transferred just during one week in July.
He added in statements to dmc privet channel, that Turkey dose not announce its military losses in Libya; However, the army is always ready to stop all Turkish attacks.
Mismary noted that western Sirte is still under control of the Libyan National Army, However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘is trying to escalate the situation in Libya by sending mercenaries, weapons and maritime vessels.
In another statement to Sada al-Balad channel, Mismary stressed that ‘Erdogan dreams by controlling over the Libyan oil will never happen.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned earlier July that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels”. He urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks.
Guterres described the situation in Libya as ‘gloomy’ according to AP, noting that between April 1 and June 30 there were at least 102 civilian deaths and 254 civilians wounded in Libya, “a 172% increase compared to the first quarter of 2020.”
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TMZ Sports has obtained police footage of the moment cops busted MLB catcher Reese McGuire for allegedly masturbating in public … and it’s SUPER AWKWARD.
First off, police say cameras malfunctioned in the process of recording the video, which is why most of the picture is black … but you can still hear audio of McGuire’s encounter with officers in a strip mall parking lot in Dunedin, Fla. on Feb. 7.
The conversation begins with cops asking the 25-year-old Toronto Blue Jays player if he was aware that people had called them saying they had seen him while he was half-naked in his car pleasuring himself.
McGuire tried to explain the situation … before telling the cops, “I realized, what an idiot. What a dumb place to be hanging out.”
That’s when one of the officers asked the MLB player straight-up, “Why would you come to a parking lot just to masturbate?”
Reese responded, “I just, I don’t know.”
To his credit, McGuire went on to tell the officer he was SUPER sorry for the incident … saying, “I’ve realized that I made a mistake having my pants down and doing what I was doing … I really am apologetic. And, I know I shouldn’t have been doing this.”
McGuire was eventually charged with 1st-degree misdemeanor exposure of sexual organs and was facing up to 1 year in jail if convicted.
Reese, though, cut a deal with prosecutors earlier this month … pleading no contest to a reduced 2nd-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
In exchange, a spokesperson for the State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County told us his punishment was nothing more than fines and court costs
McGuire has had a solid start to the Jays’ rebooted MLB season since putting the case behind him … he’s played in three games so far and already has a home run
Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang was born on 18 June 1989 (age 30). His place of birth is Laval, France. Despite being born in France, Aubameyang’s nationality is Gabonese. His father is Pierre-François Aubameyang “Yaya,” and his mother is Margarita Crespo Aubameyang.
Aubameyang is the son of former Gabonese international footballer Pierre Aubameyang and younger half-brother of Catilina and Willy, who have both played for Milan’s youth teams. His mother is Spanish.
Born in Laval, Aubameyang began his senior career at Serie A club A.C. Milan, eventually being promoted to the first team in 2008 after impressing as a member of the club’s youth setup. However, he never featured for Milan, and instead, began a series of loan spells in France. His loan move to Ligue 1 team Saint-Étienne was made permanent in 2011. During his time at the club, Aubameyang helped the club win the 2012–13 Coupe de la Ligue and was honored in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
On 21 August 2010, he scored his first goal for Monaco in an away match against Lens, then scored again on 29 August at home to Auxerre, where Monaco won 2–0. In January 2011, after six months with the club, Aubameyang was loaned to Saint-Étienne until the end of the 2010–11 season, finishing the season with four goals and three assists. In July 2011, the loan was extended for the entire 2011–12 season.
On 22 December 2011, Aubameyang signed with Saint-Étienne on a permanent deal. He was quickly added to the starting line up and was given the number 7 jersey. In February 2012, he scored his first hat-trick against Lorient. He became an integral part of the squad, scoring half of the team’s away goals during the season
Aubameyang joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in 2013, where he finished as the league’s top goalscorer in the 2016–17 season and won the DFB-Pokal title. He also became the club’s sixth all-time top goalscorer. In 2018, Aubameyang signed for English team Arsenal in a deal worth £56 million (€64 million), making him the most expensive Gabonese player of all time.
4 July 2013, Aubameyang joined 2012–13 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract. He made his competitive debut for his new club on 27 July 2013 against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, replacing Jakub Błaszczykowski for the last 18 minutes of Dortmund’s 4–2 victory, assisting Dortmund’s final goal, scored by Marco Reus.[unreliable source?] On 10 August, Aubameyang made his Bundesliga debut and scored a hat-trick against FC Augsburg, including a goal from his first shot in the league. In the process, Aubameyang also became the first Gabonese player to appear in the Bundesliga. On 27 November, he scored his first Champions League goal in a 3–1 win against Napoli in the group stage of the 2013–14 competition. He later took a penalty against 1860 Munich that propelled Dortmund into the next round of the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal, finishing the year with 13 league goals and 16 goals in all competitions.
On 13 August 2014, Aubameyang assisted Borussia Dortmund’s first goal and scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup. After scoring the goal, he celebrated by putting on a Spider-Man mask. In Dortmund’s next match, a 4–1 win over Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Aubameyang scored two-second-half goals and provided the assist for Adrián Ramos‘ goal. On 13 September, Aubameyang scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season, netting Dortmund’s final goal of their 3–1 win over SC Freiburg. Three days later, Aubameyang scored Dortmund’s second goal in a 2–0 win over future club Arsenal in the first group match of the Champions League.
Aubameyang ended his second season in Dortmund with 25 goals from 46 appearances, including one in the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, where Dortmund were defeated 3–1 by VfL Wolfsburg at the Olympiastadion.
On 3 February, Aubameyang made his debut for Arsenal against Everton in the Premier League in a 5–1 home victory, scoring the team’s fourth goal, chipping the ball over a grounded Jordan Pickford. After missing the Europa League matches against Östersunds FK for the Gunners due to being cup-tied, Aubameyang registered his first away goal for the club in the team’s 2–1 away defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. Aubameyang registered his first assist for the team, setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal in a 3–0 win over Watford, Aubameyang also scored the Gunners’ second goal (which was assisted by Mkhitaryan), rounding the goalkeeper.
Aubameyang kept up his fine goalscoring form by scoring twice in Arsenal’s 3–0 home win against Stoke City. Aubameyang’s goals against Stoke (one of which was also his first converted penalty for the club) made him the first player to score five times in his first six games for the club. He netted his second brace for Arsenal, in manager Arsène Wenger‘s final home game for the club, opening and closing the scoring, whilst also assisting Alex Iwobi‘s goal, in an eventual 5–0 win over Burnley. Aubameyang followed this up by scoring the only goal in Arsenal’s 1–0 away win against Huddersfield Town. Aubameyang ended the season with ten goals and four assists in thirteen Premier League games and was the last goalscorer for Arsenal under Arsène Wenger.
Aubameyang scored his first goal of the new season in a 3–2 away win over Cardiff City on 2 September 2018. After a flick from Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang took a touch before curling the ball past the Cardiff goalkeeper. Aubameyang’s strike from outside the box ended his personal run of 76 consecutive goals from inside the box in club football and was also his 150th goal in league football. Aubameyang made his European debut for Arsenal, in the 4–2 home win over Vorskla Poltava, scoring two goals, before being substituted for Mesut Özil in the 57th minute. Aubameyang’s goals meant that he had been directly involved in 12 goals in 10 appearances for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. By October 2018, Aubameyang had tallied 16 goals in Premier League play since joining Arsenal in February. According to Opta statistics, that gave him a minutes per goal ratio of 104.6, which set the record for the best minutes per goal ratio in Premier League history (minimum 10 goals).
Aubameyang became the first player to reach 10 goals in the Premier League that season, following a brace in Arsenal’s 4–2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby on 2 December. Aubameyang scored the Gunners’ opening goal from the penalty spot and later curled a shot past Hugo Lloris in the second-half; he also grabbed an assist for Arsenal’s fourth goal, which was Lucas Torreira‘s first goal for the club. The victory took Arsenal above Tottenham in the Premier League on goal difference.
Aubameyang scored his first Arsenal hat-trick in the club’s 4–2 win over Valencia on 9 May 2019. Aubameyang also set up the Gunners’ second goal, scored by Alexandre Lacazette. Aubameyang’s hat-trick meant that Arsenal reached the Europa League final, making it the club’s second European final in thirteen years. It also saw him become the first Arsenal player to score a hat-trick in the semi-finals of a European competition.
Aubameyang finished the season with two goals in a 3–1 away win at Burnley, meaning he ended the season sharing the Premier League Golden Boot title with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, on 22 goals. He played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4–1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League, failing to make a significant impact as the result meant Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification.
On 11 August 2019, Aubameyang scored his and Arsenal’s first goal of the season in their 1–0 opening match victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park, in which he demonstrated perfect technique to cushion a cross from Ainsley Maitland-Niles, to slot the ball past Martin Dúbravka, with José Mourinho hailing the strike as “a moment of genius”. Aubameyang scored his first home goal of the campaign in Arsenal’s next game, a 2–1 win over Burnley on 17 August. Aubameyang scored what turned out to be the winning goal, following an assist from Dani Ceballos. Aubameyang scored his first European goal of the season on 19 September against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, as Arsenal won 3–0 away from home on matchday 1.
Aubameyang’s five goals in September, including equalizers against Tottenham and Manchester United and the winner against Aston Villa, saw him named the Premier League Player of the Month, beating the likes of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to the award.
On 5 November 2019, after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following his angry reaction to getting booed by the Arsenal supporters during their Premier League game against Crystal Palace, head coach Unai Emery confirmed that Aubameyang would take over as the new Arsenal captain.
On 1 December, following the dismissal of Emery, Aubameyang scored both goals in Arsenal’s eventual 2–2 draw with Norwich City in interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg‘s first game in charge. Aubameyang’s first goal (a penalty) had to be retaken, after VAR discovered there to be encroachment in the penalty area. Aubameyang’s first effort was kept out by goalkeeper Tim Krul, however, his second effort (the same side as his previous attempt), was successfully converted.
Aubameyang scored in Arsenal’s 1–1 draw with Crystal Palace on 11 January 2020, but was also sent off for a late challenge on Palace midfielder Max Meyer. Aubameyang was originally given a yellow card for the tackle by referee Paul Tierney, however the card was eventually upgraded to a red card, by the VAR, resulting in Aubameyang’s first-ever red card for the Gunners and would mean that the striker would miss Arsenal’s next three matches against Sheffield United, Chelsea and Arsenal’s FA Cup tie against Bournemouth.
On 27 February, in Arsenal’s Europa League second leg round of 32 match against Olympiacos and with the aggregate score tied at 1–1, Aubameyang’s scissor kick goal in extra time allowed his side to equalize the match and lead the tie on aggregate. However, following a 119th minute goal by Olympiacos that meant Arsenal would be heading out of the competition, Aubameyang missed an open shot from five yards out in the last seconds of the match that would have seen his side through. Following Arsenal’s elimination, Aubameyang apologized for and lamented his miss, stating, “I feel very, very bad. It can happen but I do not know how I missed this chance. I was tired, I had some cramps but it is not an excuse.”
Following the resumption of the league in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aubameyang did not score or assist in the first three Premier League games after the restart for Arsenal, but eventually netted a brace on 1 July against Norwich City in a 4–0 rout. Aubameyang’s first goal was his 50th in the league for Arsenal, making him the quickest player to reach 50 goals for the club in the Premier League era, having achieved the feat in just 79 league appearances, four games quicker than all-time club goalscorer Thierry Henry, and also became the sixth fastest to 50 in the Premier League, behind Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Fernando Torres and Mohamed Salah. Aubameyang also assisted the Gunner’s second goal, which was scored by Granit Xhaka.
On 18 July, in their FA Cup semi-final against defending champions Manchester City, Aubameyang scored both goals in a 2–0 win for Arsenal, sending them to the final. On 1 August, he converted a penalty and scored the winner in the Final, as Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2–1 and Aubameyang lifted his first trophy with the club.
In his first full season in England, he won the Premier League Golden Boot (shared with Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah). He lifted the FA Cup the following season, scoring two goals for Arsenal in both the semi-finals and the final, becoming just the fifth player to score two or more goals in a cup match at Wembley on more than one occasion.
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Arsenal fans massed on the team’s Emirates Stadium tonight after their team won the FA Cup final – ignoring social distancing rules to party in the streets.
The matchhad opened to unreal scenes – as the coronavirus pandemic forced multi-million-selling pop star Emile Sande to sing to no-one from the top of the empty stadium.
In a bizarre moment in footballing history the musician performed Abide With Me from Wembley’s rooftop ahead of the match between Arsenal and Chelsea.+7
Flare for football: fireworks were let off outside Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium after the win+7
Arsenal fans watch the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Boxpark in Wembley+7
The musician was beamed out on a big screen inside the cavernous empty stadium+7
The empty stadium was the grounds for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal
One viewer said: ‘If anyone was unsure about how much the pandemic has changed the world, they certainly hadn’t by the time the game started.’