On 19 goals for the season after scoring a brace against Everton yesterday, the feeling persists that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be a little bit too good for Arsenal. Barcelona tried to sign him in January and are still believed to be interested in bringing him to the Camp Nou this summer, while Internazionale are also reported to be ready to offer him the Champions League football he feels he deserves. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Bryan Cristante to Arsenal from Roma?
Arsenal to win the league
Stock markets, meanwhile, have taken a battering in the wake of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s comments that the outbreak would have a “big impact” on the country’s economy. Shares in Seoul plunged more than 3% and heavy losses are expected when trading gets under way in Europe and the US later. The jittery mood was not helped after experts warned earlier that the tipping point where the world would not be able to stop a pandemic was getting closer because of the spread of the virus to the Middle East and Europe. Turkey and Pakistan have closed borders with Iran, where eight people have died after contracting the virus. In Italy, authorities have imposed draconian measures to try to contain the spread of the virus in 11 towns in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto as the country notched up its third fatality. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: Wuhan eases some travel restrictions
Liverpool go into the West Ham game still stinging from their Big Cup defeat at the hands of Atlético Madrid last week, hoping to equal or break a series of records: most consecutive Premier League victories, most consecutive home wins and most fairly inconsequential records broken in a season. In the event of defeat or even an unlikely draw for West Ham, their “winner” of a manager will at least mark a little milestone of his own – 16 trips to Anfield as the boss of assorted teams without masterminding a single victory. … [Read more...] about A managerial move that could almost be interpreted as workplace bullying
Lille’s form this season has uneven, to be charitable. They finished bottom of their group in the Champions League (without winning any of their six games) and have been inconsistent in the league. Their home record remains strong – only PSG have won more points at home – and their defence is still impressively stoic, but they have not been able to stand toe-to-toe with the other clubs chasing the Champions League places, as shown by their 2-1 defeat to Marseille last weekend. They have struggled on the road. They were hammered by Monaco in Leonardo Jardim’s last match in charge and even lost to amateur side Épinal in the Coupe de France. … [Read more...] about Loïc Rémy has found his voice – and his scoring boots – at Lille