Why Arsenal 19 years picked as world’s best for his age.
Bukayo Saka with the Player of the Match award (Photo via England on Twitter)

Speaking to Oh My Goal last week, Matteo Guendouzi answered questions on a range of topics. When asked about the best current young talent in football, he initially named Kylian Mbappe, before adding that Bukayo Saka is the best for his age.

“I’d say Kylian Mbappe without any hesitation,” Guendouzi said. “And if we’re talking even younger, I’d say Bukayo Saka from Arsenal.”

Guendouzi also gave Unai Emery as the best coach he’s worked with and Mesut Özil as the best player he’s played with. Perhaps some fans will find that a little controversial given the current situation at Arsenal, but you can totally understand both answers.

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Emery was the coach who really gave Guendouzi a chance to perform for a top team in a top European league. Özil and Guendouzi have clearly always been close and the German international has a great reputation despite his recent struggles.

On a lighter note, Guendouzi put forward Sead Kolasinac and Nicolas Pepe as the funniest players he knows. He also put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just ahead of Wilfried Zaha as the fastest on the pitch, joking “he’s left me in his smoke a few times”.

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Guendouzi is currently away from Arsenal on loan with Hertha BSC. Though he dropped out of the team last Friday against Bayern Munich under their new manager, he had a good impact from the bench, which will hopefully see him back in again next time.

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Why Paul Pogba was got Injury Says Ole Gunnar Solskjær
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Manchester United will be without Paul Pogba for a few weeks after the midfielder was injured in the 3-3 draw with Everton.

January’s Player of the Month has been in exceptional form and was performing well as the Reds led the Toffees in the first half, only to signal to come off when appearing to suffer a problem that has now been diagnosed as a thigh-muscle injury.

Fred replaced the World Cup winner as the Reds ultimately secured only a point, despite a tremendous overall performance at Old Trafford.

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A scan was required to assess the extent of the damage and, unfortunately, Pogba now faces an enforced spell on the sidelines with key games at home and abroad coming up.

Of course, he will miss Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup fifth-round encounter with West Ham United, in addition to the Europa League ties against Real Sociedad.

“It’s an injury that will take a few weeks to heal,” manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer informed MUTV’s Mark Sullivan in an exclusive interview on Monday afternoon. “He’s just started his recovery, working with the medical staff and we’ll get him back as soon and as safely as we can.

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“Of course, Paul has been very important for us and we’re not going to take any risks. [So it is] A few weeks definitely. 

“You never want to be injured and, especially, now Paul was really finding his form and enjoying his football. For us, we just have to take as many points and wins as possible, when you lose players.

“We’ve been very healthy and strong for a long period so we can’t moan too much.”

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Why Liverpool banned from Germany for RB Leipzig Champions League
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Liverpool’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig has been thrown into chaos with the Premier League champions banned from entering Germany due to coronavirus restrictions.

Jurgen Klopp and his side are scheduled to play the first leg of their last-16 tie at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena on February 16.

Why can Liverpool not enter Germany?

Germany has introduced stringent rules prohibiting international travel from areas deemed high risk due to mutations of the coronavirus, such as the United Kingdom.

Airline travel into Germany from these regions is prohibited until at least February 17, one day after the game is slated to go ahead.

The news has not come as a significant surprise in Germany. At the beginning of the week, the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) announced that the new restrictions would “initially not allow any exceptions for professional athletes”.

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On Thursday, the BMI confirmed that a Champions League match would not be grounds for a special permit.

“The Federal Police informed the association that the described constellation does not fall under the exceptional circumstances of the Corona Protection Ordinance,” the BMI told the Sport Information Service (SID).

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UEFA has given Leipzig until February 8 to organise an alternative plan to allow the match to go ahead.

Where could the game be played instead?

It is possible, but unlikely, that the two teams could agree to switch their home games, so the first leg on February 16 is played at Anfield. The second leg is scheduled for March 10, giving extra time for a solution to be found or restrictions to be eased.

However, it is very unlikely that Liverpool would agree to this as the club would not be keen to lose the advantage of having the decisive second leg on home soil.

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The game could be played at a neutral venue in a country with less strict coronavirus restrictions, with Russia and Hungary suggested as possible destinations by German outlet Bild.

Points will not be deducted but if a satisfactory plan is not submitted to UEFA by February 8, Liverpool will be awarded a 3-0 win.

Factoring away goals into the equation, that would put Klopp’s side at a huge advantage going into the second leg at Anfield.

Leipzig made it to the semi-finals of last year’s tournament, with Liverpool knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Atletico Madrid shortly before England went into lockdown.

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Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal may appeal David Luiz red card at Wolves
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Mikel Arteta confirmed Arsenal would consider an appeal against David Luiz’s red card after his game-changing dismissal in the defeat at Wolves.

Luiz was sent off for the third time in Arsenal colours after being adjudged to have committed a last-man challenge in first-half stoppage-time on the Wolves striker Willian Jose by referee Craig Pawson.

Contact appeared to be minimal, but the decision was upheld by VAR Jon Moss and the dismissal was compounded when Ruben Neves converted the resulting penalty to erase Nicolas Pepe’s opener at Molineux.

Joao Moutinho’s stunning second-half effort fired Wolves to a 2-1 victory over the Gunners, who ended the game with nine men after goalkeeper Bernd Leno was sent off for handling the ball outside his area.

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The defeat ended Arsenal’s seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League and Arteta confirmed the Gunners would consider appealing Luiz’s red card.

“Sat here, I would say yes, let’s go straight away,” Arteta said. “But we have to speak with legal and the club and make the decision what the best thing to do is.

“I’ve seen the replay 10 times from five different angles, and I cannot see any contact. I would like to see if VAR have different angles.

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“I don’t want to think that [the decision was made on David Luiz’s reputation]. I’m sure they made the decision based on seeing something. I was expecting to see something but didn’t see anything.

“Of course it changed the game – playing for 45 minutes with 10 men in the Premier League, without your central defender, of course it changes the game.

“It was a big decision. If the officials got it right, and can justify they got it right, I will put my hand up and apologise. But I didn’t see any contact and that is really frustrating because it was a big moment in the game.

“The way we lost the game is where it really hurts, it’s painful, but I have to take the positives. We didn’t concede any chances but Moutinho scored a ‘worldie’ and it’s 2-1. Bernd comes out and hits the ball with his hand, it’s a clear red card and we’re down to nine players and it’s almost impossible to win

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Why Marcus Rashford receives racist abuse following draw with Arsenal
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Marcus Rashford has described racist abuse he received following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal as “humanity and social media at its worst”.

Rashford took to his Twitter account after Saturday’s draw at the Emirates to call out the abuse but refused to take screenshots of the messages as “it would be irresponsible to do so”.

He said: “Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.

“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original in them. I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.”

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Chelsea defender Reece James, West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers and United’s Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial have also been targeted this week.

Manchester United have confirmed that the insults were of a similar nature to those received by the club’s other players earlier in the week.

The Football Association has vowed to work with the Government and social media platforms to eradicate racism from the game.

A statement released on the FA’s official Twitter account on Saturday said: “We are united with all of football in our abhorrence of any racist abuse. This is not acceptable in any part of society.

“We will continue to work with the rest of the game, the government and social media platforms to remove this – and all elements of – discrimination from our sport.”

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Why Solskjaer says he has open and direct conversations with Pogba
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Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he has open and honest conversations with Paul Pogba.

The France international has been the subject of plenty of media attention this season, mainly down to the comments of his agent Mino Raiola, who has said he wants to get Pogba out of Manchester United.

Since Raiola made his explosive comments in December , Pogba’s form has improved.

He has been influential in games and has been scoring goals, and now looks settled in a United side that is top of the Premier League.

Solskjaer has earned praise for getting the best out of the former Juventus man, and he suggested frank conversations have played a part in the upturn in form of the 27-year-old.

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“Paul’s job is to get himself fit and play football,” Solskjaer said. “My job is to be open and honest with him and give him my advice and I’ve never had a problem with him.

“I talk openly and directly with Paul. I’m not going to tell anyone what my advice to him is but I have always had a good relationship with him.

“He comes from a great family, he’s very understandable, he’s a very sensible boy and he knows what I’m talking about when we speak.”

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Pogba has been criticised for not contributing enough to United, but Solskjaer says that is not the case – and that the multi-lingual Frenchman works behind the scenes to help move the club forward.

“He’s upfront and honest with me too,” Solskjaer said. “And what people don’t see with Paul is even when he isn’t playing he’s contributed loads in the background.

“Sometimes he’s even acted as the interpreter – even when he isn’t playing.

“He always respects my decisions and we’ve always had a very good working relationship.”

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‘I don’t hear them’ – Why Fernandes hits back at critics of penalty record

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It has been a remarkable 11 months at Old Trafford for the playmaker, who still believes he’s got even more to give

Bruno Fernandes has said he does not care about people calling him a penalty merchant as the Manchester United star continues to score plenty of goals from the spot.

The Portuguese has had a transformative impact at Old Trafford since signing from Sporting CP a year ago. In that time he has established himself as the standout player in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad and continues to break records with his goals and assists.

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Fernandes already has 15 goals and nine assists in all competitions this season, but critics have pointed to the fact that seven of his goals have been penalties, and that he has scored 15 penalties in 48 appearances. But the playmaker does not bother himself with the criticism that has come his and United’s way when it comes to getting spot-kicks.

 

“I don’t hear them! I don’t care, honestly. You always see what people say but I really don’t care. I’m not focused on what they are saying,” Fernandes said. “I played in Portugal and when you play for Sporting, Benfica and Porto are always talking about that kind of stuff – sometimes to put pressure on the referee, sometimes just to make some noise in the press.

“But, for me, the main point is when we have a penalty, if I go to take the ball to the penalty spot, I have to do my job.

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“One thing I saw in the news the other day was that Raheem Sterling has missed his last three penalties. So, yes, it shows it’s not as easy to take a penalty as people say. You have to work on that, you have to be focused, you have to do your job. 

“I feel the pressure every day I come to train at United,” the 26-year-old said. “You have to put pressure on yourself. I think Liverpool being champions, they know what they have to do, they know what it is to have pressure on them. But we have to focus on what we have to do because we have a lot of pressure [on us].

“Everyone knows, playing for Manchester United means playing with the pressure on but this is what you want as a player. If you don’t have pressure on you, it’s because you’re not doing the right things.

“For us, for growing up, we have to go into these games to try to win.”

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Ronaldo sets another goalscoring mark with late strike in Juventus win

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The Portuguese star’s longevity has led to yet another unmatched record thanks to a late goal against Sassuolo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest strike for Juventus has further written the Portuguese into the sport’s history books as he set another goal-scoring mark.

The veteran striker struck late in Serie A to add some gloss to the Bianconeri’s 3-1 victory over Sassuolo, helping Andrea Pirlo’s side to close the gap on leaders Milan in their pursuit of another Scudetto crown.

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Juventus saw Weston McKennie and Paulo Dybala forced out due to injury, but the Serie A champions were able to take the lead through a Danilo strike.

Gregoire Defrel provided the equalizer for 10-man Sassuolo, who were up against it after seeing Pedro Obiang sent off just before halftime.

Unfortunately for Sassuolo, they were unable to overcome their disadvantage, with substitute Aaron Ramsey, who replaced the injured McKennie, firing in the 82nd minute.

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Ronaldo then sealed the three points in stoppage time, scoring his 15th goal of the season in the process.

While most goals for the 34-year-old are simply a case of adding another to his already remarkable tally, his latest is another reminder of the Portuguese star’s longevity.

With Sunday’s goal, Ronaldo became the only player to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in the top five leagues, having reached that mark in every campaign since 06-07.

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06-07: 1️⃣7️⃣
07-08: 3️⃣1️⃣
08-09: 1️⃣8️⃣
09-10: 2️⃣6️⃣
10-11: 4️⃣0️⃣
11-12: 4️⃣6️⃣
12-13: 3️⃣4️⃣
13-14: 3️⃣1️⃣
14-15: 4️⃣8️⃣
15-16: 3️⃣5️⃣
16-17: 2️⃣5️⃣
17-18: 2️⃣6️⃣
18-19: 2️⃣1️⃣
19-20: 3️⃣1️⃣

Ronaldo and Juventus currently sit fourth in La Liga, seven points being league-leaders AC Milan with a game in hand.

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Juve also sit four points before second-place Inter and one point behind third-place Roma, who have each played one more game than the defending champions.

Next up for Juve is a Coppa Italia clash with Genoa on Wednesday before focus turns towards a clash with Inter on Sunday.

Another cup clash will follow for Juve as they’ll then face Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana on January 20.

Juve will also be looking ahead to the Champions League knockout stages, where they will face Porto in February in the round of 16.

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Why Arsenal Confirm first winter signing Omar Rekik
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Arsenal has completed the signing of Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin as he becomes their first signing of the winter transfer window.

The 19-year-old joins from Hertha Berlin, and he will link up with the club’s Under23 team.

Rekik was first linked with a move to Arsenal in the last transfer window after Matteo Guendouzi had left the club for the German side on loan for the rest of the season.

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However, the Gunners couldn’t complete the transfer at the time, they have just done that.

He has had spells with Manchester City and PSV before now, and he will be hoping to break into Mikel Arteta’s senior squad soon.

He spoke to the club media after signing his professional contract with the club, and he revealed that he has been around for three weeks before his transfer was made public.

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He told the club’s website:

“It feels great to be here after a long time of hard work. It feels great. I moved in three weeks ago and I’ve been in quarantine, so I can’t wait to get started. ”

When asked why he chose to join Arsenal, he said: “The warmth of the people and the interest that they showed in me, and of course, when a club like Arsenal is interested, I don’t think anyone needs to think twice.”

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One fundamental issue with Frank Lampard’s management at Chelsea
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could benefit from keeping his emotions in check, according to former Manchester United striker Andy Cole.

Cole believes Lampard needs to find a way to detach himself from certain situations as he continues to find his way in management.

Chelsea are currently going through a sticky patch – and have now lost four of their past six Premier League matches. The Blues are sixth in the table – seven points behind leaders Liverpool – following their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

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Cole played under Kevin Keegan, a manager who wore his heart on his sleeve, at Newcastle and Sir Alex Ferguson at United – and highlighted the difference between the two men.

“I genuinely do believe you can be too emotional,” he told talkSPORT. “I played under Kevin Keegan and I think we all can say that Kevin was a very emotional manager.

“Looking at Frank sometimes and listening to some of his interviews, you know he’s a very emotional manager and a very emotional guy.

“Obviously, he wants the best for Chelsea but sometimes you do have to detach yourself from that.

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“Football is not all the time going to go your way. You’re not always going to get the results you want.

“You’ve got to try your best and do as Alex Ferguson (did) to a certain extent and detach yourself from certain scenarios and look to move forward when you’re not getting the result that you would like.”

Chelsea now turn their attention to the FA Cup and a third round tie with Morecambe next Sunday before returning to Premier League action away to Fulham on Friday, January 15.

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