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first_imgThe super-agent has rubbished fears over his growing role at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Kia Joorabchian has swatted away concerns over his influence on Arsenal’s transfer business, instead attacking former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, while he says Willian will announce his next club soon.Arsenal controversially announced 55 redundancies last week, with the majority of the staff let go coming in the scouting department as technical director Edu and head of football Raul Sanllehi pivot towards a more contact-led approach to signings.One agent who looks set to play a big role in the Gunners’ transfer business is Joorabchian, who already represents David Luiz and Cedric Soares in the Arsenal squad and has reportedly offered them Willian and Philippe Coutinho. Comment Kia Joorabchian slams former Arsenal chief Sven Mislintat and provides Willian update Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 2:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Advertisementcenter_img Willian’s move to Arsenal should be announced in the coming days (Picture: Getty)‘He’s been under various managers, he’s won multiple trophies and he has a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard], he respected him a lot.‘But I think that particular cycle had come to a moment where it’s a good moment to leave. At the moment, just for now I can’t say where he’s going to go. But it won’t be long before we announce it. We know where he’s going, so it won’t be long.’MORE: Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at ChelseaMORE: Mikel Arteta plans on playing Willian in new position after move from ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Joorabchian took a surprising dig at Mislintat, who now works at Stuttgart (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s shift in approach has concerned a number of fans but Joorabchian has allayed those fears, saying the club are in much better hands now with Edu and Sanllehi than they were previously with Mislintat.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDenying he has any say on Arsenal’s transfer business, Joorabchian told talkSPORT: ‘People forget about the previous guy, Sven.‘He made a bunch of, I don’t like to use the word, but, cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.’He added: ‘I actually think a lot of rumours have occurred and I don’t know why. But obviously I think when Covid happened there was not much to say so people figured David Luiz was the key picture to speak about.‘And the situation of David because he is a big player, he is an important player, created this vibe of: “Oh, I have such great influence at Arsenal”.’Back in January 2019, just 14 months after being prised away from Borussia Dortmund, Mislintat parted ways with Arsenal having signed the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are expected to announce the signing of former Chelsea winger and free agent Willian on a three-year contract worth £100,000-a-week, with Joorabchian confirming the Brazilian had chosen his next club – though refused to reveal his destination.He continued: ‘He is a free player. He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea when he left [Anzhi]. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGhana U20 side returned home on Sunday night after finishig third at the World Cup in Turkey.The Black Satellites were given oas rousing welcome following their satisfactory showing in the competition as Africa’s best side.Some football supporters joined the team at the Kotoka International Airport as they welcomed the players and officials back home.Several top Ghana FA officials were at the airport to welcome the team to show that their impressive showing was appreciated.Ebenezer Assifuah underlined his status as the top-scorer at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, as he helped Ghana beat Iraq 3-nil to secure third place at the tournament.That was his sixth goal in total at the tournament. France were crowned Under-20 World Cup champions for the first time after a tense final. France drew 0-0 with Uruguay after extra time and won the subsequent penalty shootout 4-1.After the match, Uruguay’s Guillermo De Amores was named best goal-keeper of the tournament by Fifa.It was a particularly memorable event for Ghana’s Ebenezer Assifuah.The man who wears the number 17 shirt for The Black Satellites and plays his club football for Liberty Professionals FC in Ghana, won the Golden Boot for being the top goal-scorer with six.Ghana – the winners of this competition in 2009, were the only former champions left in the semi-finals. Iraq matched their best achievement in a FIFA competition after also coming fourth at the 2004 Athens Olympics.last_img read more

first_imgBENDER: Conference-only is college football’s best hope for 2020The season is supposed to start Aug. 29, but that seems like a stretch given the state of the five most powerful conferences.  Here is a closer look at where each one stands:  ACC On July 29, the ACC unveiled a plus-one model for the 2020 college football season. Notre Dame, a FBS independent, will be a full member as part of that 10-game conference scheule. The Irish also are eligible to compete in the conference championship game, which is scheduled for either Dec. 12 or Dec. 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Notre Dame will split its television revenue with the other schools in the conference, and that includes money generated from its NBC television contract. The schedule left room for one nonconference game. The conference announced that the first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12, and the 11-game schedule will span a 13-week period with two weeks.  Big Ten  The Big Ten was the first to adopt a conference-only model for the 2020 season, announcing the change on July 9.  That means key nonconference games such as Michigan-Washington, Oregon-Ohio State and Notre Dame-Wisconsin won’t happen. The 11 nonconference games with the Mid-American Conference also are off the schedule.  The Big Ten plays a nine-game conference schedule (six intradvision, three crossover), so it will be interesting to see whether there are changes to the matchups.  Big 12 According to ESPN.com, conference will decide in late July how to proceed.  “As we go forward, we’re going to have our own set of criteria,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “We’re mostly relying on the advice of scientists and doctors who are advising us. We believe the decisions ought to be made slightly later.” The Big 12 also canceled its plan for a virtual media day on Aug. 3. Pac-12 The Pac-12 followed the Big Ten’s lead and moved to a conference-only model for 2020 on July 10.  “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities,” commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.  The Pac-12, like the Big Ten, plays nine conference games, but this year it won’t be playing in nonconference games that could have helped its College Football Playoff chances. The conference has not been represented in the Playoff the last three seasons and has the fewest appearances (two) among the Power 5 conferences. SEC On July 30, the SEC moved to a conference-only model for the 2020 college football season. Sports Illustrated first reported the news.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States, and it continues to impact the looming 2020 college football season.  The Power 5 conferences in the FBS have already shifted their views about a potential season, but not everybody is on the same page. The conference-only model is in effect in some places, but it is not a universal plan.  The SEC will begin play on Sept. 26, which is three weeks after the scheduled start of the college football season. The SEC will maintain its seven-team division format, and teams will play two more crossover games with the new schedule. In addition, the SEC has moved its conference championship game to Dec. 19. Traditional SEC-ACC rivalry games such as Florida-Florida State, Kentucky-Louisville, Georgia-Georgia Tech and South Carolina-Clemson will not be played as a result of the decision.last_img read more