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  • 'I can't wait to continue my progress' -...

    Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and was linked with a loan move in the January transfer window. “Manchest...

    'I can't wait to continue my progress' - United youngster McTominay agrees new contract

    Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and was linked with a loan move in the January transfer window. “Manchester United has been my life since the age of five and playing for the club I've always supported is all I've ever wanted to do," he said. “I'm still young and I'm learning all the time from the manager, his coaching staff and from the world-class players in the squad. ”I can't wait to continue my progress at this great club.“ Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: "Scott has been with the club from a very young age, he has progressed through our Academy ranks and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years. ✍️ We are delighted to announce Scott McTominay has extended his contract with #MUFC until June 2023, with the option to sign for a further year. Congratulations, @McTominay10!

  • Aubameyang urges Emery to put faith in L...

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Arsenal boss Unai Emery to keep faith with a two-man strike force after being deployed alongside Alexandre Lacazette against Chelsea. Two proven frontmen have often graced the same starting XI for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger and Emery have, ho...

    Aubameyang urges Emery to put faith in Lacazette partnership

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Arsenal boss Unai Emery to keep faith with a two-man strike force after being deployed alongside Alexandre Lacazette against Chelsea. Two proven frontmen have often graced the same starting XI for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger and Emery have, however, rarely placed their trust in playing the pair down the middle together. Either Aubameyang or Lacazette is often forced to fill a wide attacking role or a deep-lying forward post – with a lone frontman selection favoured. Arsenal did, however, go with two up top against Chelsea and put in another notable derby display as they secured a 2-0 win to close to within three points of the Premier League’s top four. Lacazette opened the scoring in a crucial clash for the Gunners, while Aubameyang went close to a 15th top-flight effort of the season, and it is hoped that their partnership will be maintained. “It was really nice,” said Aubameyang. “I think we did a lot of runs, a lot of efforts for the team, we worked a lot and of course we are happy when we play together because we have such a good feeling between us. It was cool.” Quizzed on whether they can continue working in tandem, the Gabon international added: “Why not? Sincerely, I hope so because when you have a striker like Alex near to you then he’s really good to play with. I hope we will play more games together. “Since I joined Arsenal he was here and he came to me and talked to me and now we are going well, we have the same vision about football and I love him! He’s a great guy. “It is nice between us, it’s not a bad rivalry, we are friends. When one is going well the other is happy and that’s the most important thing, to do well.” While Aubameyang was unable to add to his own impressive goal tally against Chelsea, he did contribute to a priceless success. Arsenal are now very much back in the hunt for Champions League qualification, while they also have an FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester United to come on Friday and a Europa League last-32 contest with BATE approaching in February. “I can do a bit more. I hope I will. I try to. I hope I will do it,” added Aubameyang. “This win was very important. We knew that it was important to get a result. It’s a very good win for us because now we are only three points from Chelsea. We’re not far. We will try to keep the distance very low. “This gives us a lot of confidence that we can finish the season well.”

  • Matic: Man Utd ready for top-four fight

    Nemanja Matic says that Manchester United will do their best to finish in the top four after reviving their campaign with a strong run of form. The Red Devils looked to have been left behind after a poor start to the Premier League campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho, wh...

    Matic: Man Utd ready for top-four fight

    Nemanja Matic says that Manchester United will do their best to finish in the top four after reviving their campaign with a strong run of form. The Red Devils looked to have been left behind after a poor start to the Premier League campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. However, since then, United have won seven on the spin in all competitions and are back to within three points of a top-four finish, with Chelsea's 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium closing the gap. And Matic insists his side are up for the fight to finish in the top four and earn Champions League football ahead of next season. “In the Premier League, it’s always hard,” Matic said. “We will try to give our best to reach the top four until the end of the season. “The teams in front of us have quality and they will also try to play in the Champions League next season. “But I’m sure that we have enough qualities to compete with them. “We will give our best and we will try to make our supporters happy.” Following United's 2-1 win over Brighton, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reserved special praise for Matic's midfield partner Ander Herrera. “Ander is a midfielder who is a bit different to Paul [Pogba] and to Nemanja [Matic] with their physical attributes. He runs and runs. He runs with the ball and plays it simple," Solskjaer said. “He also makes some good runs into the box, although we let Paul do more of that job and Ashley [Young] maybe from the right-hand side, but I’ll never stop him making runs into the box and, hopefully, he’ll continue making them like he does.” United face a trip to the Emirates next in the fourth round of the FA Cup, before hosting Burnley in the Premier League.

  • Arsenal’s Aubameyang hails Lacazette’s i...

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his role in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League game. The 29-year-old opened the scoring before Laurent Koscielny’s header sealed the victory to help Unai Emery’s men maintain a fifth spot in t...

    Arsenal’s Aubameyang hails Lacazette’s impact in Chelsea win

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his role in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League game. The 29-year-old opened the scoring before Laurent Koscielny’s header sealed the victory to help Unai Emery’s men maintain a fifth spot in the log having garnered 44 points from 23 games. Aubameyang and Lacazette have formed a formidable partnership since the former joined the side in January 2018. They have scored 22 Premier League goals between themselves this season and the Gabon international is delighted to be reunited with his ‘friend’ on the pitch against the Blues. “It was really nice [playing with Lacazette],” Aubameyang said after the game. “I think we made a lot of runs, with a lot of effort for the team, and we worked a lot and of course we are happy when we play together because we have such a good feeling between us. It was cool. “When I joined Arsenal he was here and he came to me and talked to me and now we are going well, we have the same vision about football and I love him. He is a great guy. “I think it is nice between us, it’s not a bad rivalry, we are friends when one is going well the other is happy and that’s the most important thing, to do well.” Arsenal are three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and the former Borussia Dortmund striker believes the Gunners can finish in top four at the end of the season. “It was very important. We knew that it was important to get a result,” he continued. “It’s a very good win for us because now we are only three points from Chelsea. We’re not far. We will try to keep the distance very low.” Arsenal will now shift focus to their FA Cup tie against Manchester United on Friday.

  • Emery claims Ozil is part of his Arsenal...

    Arsenal manager Unai Emery has one again stated that Mesut Ozil is part of his plans, despite remaining as an unused substitute in the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday. The 30-year has played just 155 minutes of Premier League football since Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with W...

    Emery claims Ozil is part of his Arsenal plans

    Arsenal manager Unai Emery has one again stated that Mesut Ozil is part of his plans, despite remaining as an unused substitute in the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday. The 30-year has played just 155 minutes of Premier League football since Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on November 11 and has been linked with a host of clubs. He has also incurred the wrath of a number of former players include Emmanuel Petit and Paul Marriner, both of whom have criticised Ozil’s workmate and commitment. Yet despite this, Emery insisted Ozil could feature in the club’s next game. “He was on Saturday okay to play, but we decided not play [him],” Emery said. “I spoke with him also and I want to him be ready for the match today, for the next matches like all the players in the team. “Against Chelsea, I have the confidence in him if he played, I think he could do like we want and the next matches we are going to need every player and also his quality,” he added. While speculation continues about Ozil’s future, his agent told Goal earlier in the month that the former Real Madrid man has no desire to depart the Emirates. “Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind,” said Ozil’s agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut. “He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer. Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.” Should Ozil force his way back into Emery’s plans it would have to be at the expense of Matteo Guendouzi or Aaron Ramsey, both of whom put in excellent performances against Chelsea. However, the former World Cup winner may well get his chance in the Gunners next game, an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United. Emery rested a number of key first-team players during the previous round against Blackpool and may well do the same this time around.

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