Vivianne Miedema hit four goals in a 5-2 win at Slavia Prague to put Arsenal on the verge of the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals. The Netherlands striker had a hat-trick inside 39 minutes and added a fourth after half-time. Kim Little’s penalty made it 5-0 before Katerina Svitkova and Mia Persson cut Arsenal’s lead with late goals. Glasgow City won 2-0 at Brøndby while Lyon, the European champions, won 4-0 at Fortuna Hjørring with Ada Hegerberg and Eugénie Le Sommer both scoring twice. Bayern Munich scored five without reply at BIIK Kazygurt while Wolfsburg hit FC Twente for six. Topics Women's Champions League Arsenal Women Women's football news Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this content … [Read more...] about Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema hits four in Champions League win at Slavia Prague
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Mesut Özil seems to have accepted his days at Arsenal are numbered, having made just a paltry two appearances for the club in all competitions this season. With his manager Unai Emery reported to be unimpressed with the playmaker’s attitude in training, a January move elsewhere looks increasingly likely even if his current employers are forced to heavily subsidise his £350,000 weekly stipend. Turkish newspaper Takvim, which your polyglot Rumour Mill has delivered daily, report that Fenerbahce have opened talks with Arsenal about a loan deal and say the “dream move can come true in January”. Not for the first time in recent months Manchester City are mulling over the possibility of trying to sign Nathan Aké, having identified the central defender as the man to help plug the conspicuous Aymeric Laporte-shaped hole in their beleaguered defence. Speculation linking Aké with City during the summer ultimately came to naught, but knowing how desperate … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Mesut Özil to leave Arsenal for Fenerbahce?
It was telling that it was two substitutes combining to deliver Chelsea’s 2-1 humbling of the reigning Women’s Super League champions Arsenal on Sunday. The strategy of the Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes, has always been to build a strong, deep squad, not just to have quality on the bench but also to provide as competitive an environment in training as possible. That paid off in 2017-18 as Chelsea won the double, Nick Cushing’s Manchester City struggling to keep up with the Londoners as they fought relatively comfortably on all fronts. At the end of that season Cushing pointed to the difficulties posed by the switch from a summer to winter season but also to the lack of depth in his squad. “Listen, people will always question the teams that don’t win because ultimately the standard is set by the teams that win, I get that,” he said. “Maybe we learnt a little bit about the season last year, changing to a winter season meant we played Champions … [Read more...] about Will Montemurro’s small squad come back to haunt Arsenal this season?
The England forward Toni Duggan will face a familiar foe when she pulls on the red and white of Atlético Madrid in Manchester on Wednesday night. The 28-year-old was a key part of the Manchester City project, spending four years at the club and helping them to a first League Cup win, a first Women’s Super League title and another League Cup in 2016, and a first FA Cup in 2017. Now, she will face her former club for the first time, competitively, since departing for Spain, in the tastiest fixture of the Champions League last 16. The unseeded Arsenal, who are England’s other team in the tournament and who could have faced the holders Lyon, were handed the kinder tie against Slavia Prague. It has been a tough year for Duggan, who joined Barcelona alongside the star of the Netherlands’ Euro 2017 campaign Lieke Martens to help usher in a new era of investment in Catalonia. She left Barça this summer after a season which the club ended empty handed, having lost a … [Read more...] about Atletico’s Toni Duggan returns to Manchester City with point to prove
For Petr Cech it was a dream start to a somewhat surreal change of careers. In his first game for Guildford Phoenix ice hockey team the Premier League and Champions League-winning goalkeeper was the hero of the evening, saving the crucial shot in the penalty shootout to secure a victory that, in its own way, ranks highly in the 37-year-old’s long list of achievements. For sure Cech looked delighted as he was named Phoenix’s man of the match amid their celebrations at Guildford Spectrum leisure centre, a place where pensioners can swim for less than a fiver and families of four can go tenpin bowling for £23 exactly. To call it modest compared to some of the venues Cech has competed in would be an understatement. But then this was always going to be an unusual occasion and one that arrived in something of a blur given it was only last Wednesday that Cech’s signing for Phoenix was announced. Yet, to some extent, Cech’s move from top-level football to … [Read more...] about Petr Cech breaks the ice with match-winning penalty shootout save