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Arsenal To Keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang With £250,000-A-Week Offer

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Arsenal are ready to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new £250,000-a-week contract in a bid to keep him at the club, according to reports.

Aubameyang has 12 months remaining on his current deal but Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep his top goalscorer as he considers him vital to making the club top-four contenders once more.

The Telegraph report that the Gunners are set to put their improved contract offer to the striker in
the next few days but must convince him they are willing to back Arteta in the transfer market.

Aubameyang currently earns £198,000-a-week but improved offer would still see the 31-year-old on less money than the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil, who is on £350,000-a-week.

The striker has been linked with a move to Barcelona as well as other European clubs including Inter Milan and Manchester United.

But Aubameyang has formed a close relationship with Arteta since the Spaniard took over in December and is willing to consider signing a new deal at the Emirates.

The Gunners will have another season without Champions League football and are set to finish outside the top six for the first time since 1995.

They can still qualify for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup and doing so may convince the forward to sign the new deal.

The Telegraph’s report claims Aubameyang will need assurances that the club are willing to buy into Arteta’s vision with financial backing in the next transfer window.

The Arsenal boss may have to raise funds by selling but he was adamant he has the full backing of the club’s board following their defeat by Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Fans had flown a banner which called for owner Stan Kroenke to leave the club over Villa Park with a message that read ‘Back Arteta, Kroenke Out’.

Arteta said: ‘I have full support from the Kroenkes, the board, the sporting director and we are putting a very strong plan together to try to do as much as we can in the shortest period.’

Aubameyang has 20 league goals this season and is three behind the Premier League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy. If the Leicester striker fails to net against Manchester United, Aubameyang could share the golden boot by scoring a hat-trick against Watford.

He won the award jointly with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season.

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Nigeria Not Yet Ripe For World Cup Triumph — Rohr

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Nigeria Not Yet Ripe For World Cup Triumph — Rohr

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr

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Olusola Jide Jide
Wed Feb 24 2021

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that Nigeria is not yet good enough to win the FIFA World Cup yet.

Rohr who stated this in a YouTube interview session with New Central TV also said Africa cannot challenge other continents for the coveted title.

“We are not ready to win the world cup, for some reason, First reason for me is the organisation, still a lots of problems in travelling arrangement, preparations and venue for games.

“France is the champions at the moment, where are they playing? They are playing in PSG, Bayern Munich. Four of them are world champions at their clubs also.

“When you have your players in the best clubs there is a probability that you are the best team in the world.

“So what we have in Nigeria for example, we have our players in Fulham, in West Bromwich. It’s not Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United or Barcelona. But the other ones have their players there.

“So it would be a miracle if we actually win the world cup, Rohr said.

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Ex-Italy Defender Dies After Legs Amputated Due To COVID-19

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Ex-Italy Defender Dies After Legs Amputated Due To COVID-19

Ex-Italy defender Mauro Bellugi had died after having both of his legs amputated following complications with Covid-19.

Bellugi was admitted to hospital in early November after being diagnosed with the virus.

He then underwent emergency surgery to amputate both of his legs after a pre-existing condition worsened.

The former Inter Milan player remained in a Milanese hospital and passed away on Saturday at the age of 71.

His loss has been felt across Italy where Serie A clubs all held a minute’s silence before kick-off at the weekend.

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CL: Liverpool / Leipzig Clash Doubtful Over New German Travel Rules

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Germany’s strict new travel restrictions have cast doubt over RB Leipzig’s Champions League last 16 meeting with Liverpool, after a government spokesperson told AFP on Monday that the rules do not exempt professional athletes.

 

The ban on travellers from countries hit by new, more contagious coronavirus variants such as Britain contains “no special provision for professional sportspeople”, an interior ministry spokesperson told AFP.

 

Introduced on Saturday and in place until February 17, the new rules could scupper Premier League champions Liverpool’s trip to Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena the day before.

 

Unless they are granted special exemption, Liverpool staff and players would be unable to enter Germany from Britain according to the rules.

 

While coach Jurgen Klopp would be allowed into the country as a German national, he would have to leave most of his team behind.

 

Germany introduced the tougher travel restrictions on certain countries in a bid to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants.

 

The countries affected by the ban are Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa, as well as the southern African kingdoms of Lesotho and Eswatini.

 

The entry restrictions cover arrivals by air, bus, rail and sea, and allow exceptions for medical workers and others in key jobs.

 

Yet the interior ministry spokesperson said Monday that there would only be “a few, narrow exemptions”.

 

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