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June 15, 2018 11:35 PM Swiss World Cup star Xhaka extends Arsenal stay

The 25-year-old midfielder, a member of Switzerland's World Cup squad, featured in all 38 Premier League matches last season. In a message on Arsenal's Twitter feed, Xhaka said: "Hi Gunners, here is the Granit. "I am happy and I am proud to sign a new contract here for Arsenal and I hope for good results in the future." New Arsenal manager Unai Emery 7

June 15, 2018 11:35 PM Watford sign Navarro from Espanyol

LONDON: Watford have signed defender Marc Navarro from Espanyol for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League club announced Friday. The 22-year-old Spaniard, who rose through the youth ranks at Barcelona, has joined the Hornets on a five-year deal. Watford chairman Scott Duxbury told the club's website: "Marc has attracted interest from a host of top European 6

June 15, 2018 2:08 PM Uruguay's Gimenez heads in late winner against Egypt

Yekaterinburg, Russia (dpa) - Uruguay's Jose Gimenez headed in a free-kick in the 89th minute to seal a 1-0 win over Egypt in their World Cup Group A clash on Friday. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was left on the bench despite Egypt coach Hector Cuper saying he was fit to play following the shoulder injury sustained for Liverpool in the Champions League 12

June 14, 2018 10:21 AM Ghana great to help run football after bribery scandal

ACCRA: Former Ghana captain Abedi Pele has been appointed to help run football in the country in the wake of a corruption scandal that saw the government dissolve the sport's governing body. Pele, a three-time African footballer of the year who played most of his club football in Europe, was named in a five-member interim committee to manage the sport 9

June 14, 2018 9:39 AM Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

LONDON: Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defence away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11-12, the English Premier League announced Thursday as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season. The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's first in English football's top flight. The exact date of the game will be confirmed 8

June 13, 2018 10:12 AM Mohamed Salah shrugs off injury to join Egypt training

GROZNY, Russia: Mohamed Salah gave Egypt's World Cup hopes a huge boost Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base. The Pharaohs' superstar has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26. However, an AFP reporter saw the forward take part in his first 7

June 13, 2018 12:58 AM Monaco to sell Lemar to Atletico Madrid

PARIS: French World Cup star Thomas Lemar (pix) looks set to quit Monaco and join Atletico Madrid, the two clubs revealed on Tuesday. "Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club," for the definitive transfer," the Spanish club said of the 22-year old. "Over the next days, both clubs 7

June 12, 2018 10:25 AM 'Fiasco': How Saudi players had a rough time in Spain

MADRID: Nine Saudi players loaned to Spanish clubs to improve their level before the World Cup left without hardly playing in what ended up as a "fiasco". "Adapting is difficult," said David Cobeno, sporting director at Madrid-based second division side Rayo Vallecano, which signed 24-year-old Saudi midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem. "Everything outside 4

June 11, 2018 7:18 AM Guardiola hits back at Toure's racism jibes

MADRID: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (pix) has hit back at Yaya Toure denying accusations he's racist in an interview on Spanish television. "He knows I'm not," insisted Guardiola when asked about Toure's previous claims the Spaniard "has problems with Africans". "What do you want me to do," added Guardiola in an interview with TV3. "We were together 6

June 9, 2018 11:58 PM Salah joins Egypt training, but doiesn't take part

CAIRO: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah turned up for Egypt training in Cairo on Saturday ahead of the Pharaohs' departure for the World Cup in Russia but didn't take part, AFP witnessed. Thousands of supporters turned up to watch Egypt's final, late night training session before taking flight for Russia, cheering wildly. Although dressed in kit, Salah stood 8