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August 28, 2016

Joel Campbell debuts for Sporting CP

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Joel Campbell made his first appearance for his new team Sporting CP when he came off the bench in the 69th minute to take on Porto on Sunday.

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He had a successful pre-season with his owner club Arsenal after scoring three times in their five preseason friendly games and was considered fit enough to take part in this encounter. He came on to replace Gelson Martins and had a positive impact on the game, helping them to maintain their 2–1 lead. After beating Porto, they now stand first in the league at nine points having won all three matches so far.

On August 21 Arsenal announced they have let their Costa Rican forward, 24 year old Joel Campbell to leave on a loan spell to Portuguese club Sporting CP for the season 2016-17. Apart from participating in Premeira Liga where they came second last season behind Benfica he’s also expected to take part in the elite European club championship UEFA Champions League.

Joel had joined Arsenal in 2011 but didn’t meet the criteria for attaining a work permit to play in England. Consequently he was loaned out the next three years to FC Lorient, France, Real Betis, Spain and Olympiakos, Greece. After an impressive performance for his country in the World Cup 2014, he was retained in the Arsenal squad but despite making a few starts struggled to get sufficient opportunities and was shipped again to Villarreal, Spain in January, 2015.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has often praised Campbell for his technical qualities, fighting attitude and his defensive work but both he and the player felt at 24, he needed more playtime to develop further and felt the best way to do that was to go out on loan again. This is his fifth loan spell away from Arsenal since joining them in 2011.



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August 21, 2016

Joel Campbell leaves Arsenal for another loan spell

Joel Campbell leaves Arsenal for another loan spell

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

On August 21, 2016 Arsenal announced that they have let their Costa Rican forward, 24 year old Joel Campbell to leave on a loan spell to Portuguese club Sporting CP for the season 2016-17. There he will be participating mainly in the Premeira Liga where they came second last season behind Benfica and also take part in the elite European club championship UEFA Champions League.

Joel had joined Arsenal in 2011 but didn’t meet the criteria for attaining a work permit to play in England. Consequently he was loaned out the next three years to FC Lorient, France, Real Betis, Spain and Olympiakos, Greece. After an impressive performance for his country in the World Cup 2014, he was retained in the Arsenal squad but despite making a few starts struggled to get sufficient opportunities and was shipped again to Villarreal, Spain in January, 2015.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has often praised Campbell for his technical qualities, fighting attitude and his defensive work but both he and the player felt at 24, he needed more playtime to develop further and felt the best way to do that was to go out on loan again. This would be his fifth loan spell away from Arsenal since joining them in 2011.



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July 11, 2016

Petr Čech retires from international football

Petr Čech retires from international football

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Monday, July 11, 2016

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On Friday, Arsenal F.C. goalkeeper and Czech Republic football captain Petr Čech announced retirement from international football.

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Debuting fourteen years ago, Čech made 124 international appearances and became his nation’s most capped player. The 34-year-old goalkeeper said, “This is a purely football-based decision. […] I’m now 34 and the next [international] tournament is in two years which, in football, is a very long time.”

Čech said his childhood dream was to play a match in the national jersey. He has conceded 115 goals. Debuting against Hungary, he played his last international match against Turkey in the UEFA Euro 2016 group stage.

Čech has played four Euro tournaments, winning the bronze medal in 2004. He was voted Czech Footballer of the Year eight times and won the golden ball ten times.

Čech plays for Arsenal in the Premier League. He has made 367 Premier League appearances for Chelsea F.C. and Arsenal.


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July 8, 2016

Pete Čech retires from international football

Pete Čech retires from international football

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Friday, July 8, 2016

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On Friday, Arsenal F.C. goalkeeper and Czech Republic football captain Petr Čech announced retirement from international football.

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Debuting fourteen years ago, Čech made 124 international appearances and became his nation’s most capped player. The 34-year-old goalkeeper said, “This is a purely football-based decision. […] ’m now 34 and the next [international] tournament is in two years which, in football, is a very long time.”

Čech expressed that his childhood dream was to play a match in the national jersey. He has conceded 115 goals. Debuting against Hungary, he played his last international match against Turkey in the UEFA Euro 2016 group stage.

Čech has played four Euro tournaments, winning bronze medal in 2004. He was voted Czech Footballer of the Year eight times and won the golden ball ten times.

Čech is to play for Arsenal in the Premier League. He has made 367 Premium League appearances forChelsea F.C. and Arsenal.


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May 25, 2016

Arsenal signs Granit Xhaka

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Today, London-based football club Arsenal signed 23-year-old Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Swiss international has made 41 appearances and joined the German side in 2012 from his childhood club FC Basel.

Xhaka said, “I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League.” Xhaka made 108 Bundesliga appearences and 141 caps for The Borussians. Swiss midfielder captained Mönchengladbach last season when their side came fourth in the league table and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. He won two Swiss Super League titles with Basel.

Xhaka’s has passed his medical tests and he will be joining The Gunners after Euro 2016 tournament with his contract affecting from July 1st. Arsène Wenger said “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.” His transfer fee is not yet disclosed.


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Arsenal signs Mönchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Today, London-based football club Arsenal announced signing 23-year-old Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Swiss international has made 41 appearances for Switzerland and joined the German side from FC Basel, his childhood club, in 2012.

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Cquote1.svg I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League. Cquote2.svg

—Granit Xhaka

Xhaka said, “I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League.” Xhaka made about 140 appearances for Borussia. He captained Mönchengladbach last season when their side came fourth in the league table and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. He won two Swiss Super League titles with Basel.

Xhaka has passed his medical tests and is to join The Gunners after the Euro 2016 tournament with his contract in force from July 1. “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player,” said Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, “already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.” Borussia’s sporting director Max Eberl said, “We’re losing a very, very good player, but the agreed transfer fee provides us with the opportunity to make sensible additions to our squad”((de)).

Xhaka’s transfer fee was not disclosed.



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February 24, 2016

Messi scores twice against Čech, Bayern draw against Juventus in Champions League Last 16

Messi scores twice against Čech, Bayern draw against Juventus in Champions League Last 16

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Yesterday, in the Last 16 round of the UEFA Champions League 2015–2016, Spanish football club FC Barcelona defeated London-based club Arsenal F.C. 2–0 — Lionel Messi scoring both of those at the Emirates Stadium. Munich-based club Bayern Munich were held to a 2–2 draw against Italian club Juventus FC in the Juventus Stadium.

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Cquote1.svg Barcelona is a great team[…] We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average. Cquote2.svg

—Arsène Wenger

At London, Barcelona had a greater ball possession against The Gunners. The match saw two yellow cards. Unbeaten in their last 32 games, Barça were not able to net goals for more than an hour. Arsène Wenger’s team Arsenal held the defending champions, and it took 49 minutes for the Catalonians to have one shot on target. In the 71st minute, Barcelona won the ball and began counter-attacking, where Messi–SuárezNeymar, the MSN trio, broke the deadlock as the Argentine Messi scored his first goal against Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech.

In the 83rd minute, Mathieu Flamini who was just subbed in brought the Argentine down in the penalty area and the visitors won a penalty. Messi scored his second of the night leaving the English side facing an uphill battle. Arsenal have been eliminated in the Last 16 round five consecutive times. After the match, Wenger told BT Sport “Barcelona is a great team[…] We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average.”

Barcelona in their last 33 unbeaten games have netted 100 goals. Arsenal are to play the second leg at Camp Nou on March 16.

In the other fixture of the night, between Bayern Munich and Juventus, the Germans had better ball possession. Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben put the visitors 2–0 up, netting in the 43rd and the 55th minute respectively. But after the hour mark, Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro brought Juventus level by scoring in the 63rdand the 76th minutes, and the first leg finished in a 2–2 draw. The match saw four bookings, three for the visitors.

Juventus continued their unbeaten streak of now seventeen home matches in European competition since defeat in 2013 against Bayern Munich.



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February 23, 2016

Messi scores twice against Čech, Bayern held for 2-2 draw against Juventus in UEFA Champions League Last 16

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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On Monday, in the Last 16 round of the UEFA Champions League 2015–2016, Spanish football club FC Barcelona defeated London-based club Arsenal F.C. 2–0 — Lionel Messi scoring both of those at the Emirates Stadium. Munich based club Bayern Munich were held for a 2–2 draw against Italian club Juventus FC in the Juventus Stadium.

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Cquote1.svg Barcelona is a great team, We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average. Cquote2.svg

—Arsène Wenger

At London, Barcelona had a greater ball possession against The Gunners. The match saw two yellow cards. Unbeaten in their last 32 games, Barça was not able to net goals for more than an hour. Arsène Wenger’s team held the defending champions, and it took 49 minutes for the Catalonians to have one shot on target. In the 71st minute, Barcelona won the ball and began counter-attacking, where Messi—SuárezNeymar, the MSN trio, broke the deadlock as the Argentine Messi scored his first goal against Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech.

In the 83rd minute, Mathieu Flamini who was just subbed in brought the Argentine down in the penalty area and the visitors won a penalty. Messi scored second of the night leaving the English side in an uphill battle. Arsenal has been eliminated for five consecutive times in the Last 16. After the match, Wenger told BT Sport “Barcelona is a great team, We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average.”

Barcelona in their last 33 unbeaten games has netted more than 100 goals. Arsenal is to play the second leg at Camp Nou on March 16.

In he other fixture of the night, Bayern Munich and Juventus, the Germans had better ball possession. Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben opened the scoring and the visitors were 2–0 up netting in the 43rd and the 55th minute. But after the hour mark, Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro scored the equaliser for Juventus in the 63rdand the 66th, and the first leg was held for a 2–2 draw, Munich having the benefit of the away goal. The match saw four bookings, three for the visitors.

Juventus continued their unbeaten streak of now seventeen home matches in the European competition; they faced their last defeat in 2013 against the Bavarians.



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January 27, 2016

Costa scores only goal as Chelsea beats Arsenal

Costa scores only goal as Chelsea beats Arsenal

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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On Sunday, London-based football club Chelsea F.C. defeated local rivals Arsenal F.C. 0–1 in a Premier League match played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

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The Gunners were reduced to ten men in the 18th minute. Per Mertesacker brought down Diego Costa after a pass from Willian gave Costa a good opportunity to run towards Arsenal’s goal, and the referee showed Mertesacker the red card. Five minutes later, Costa scored at close range from Branislav Ivanović‘s cross, putting the visitors 1–0 ahead.

The local derby saw four yellow cards and at least 25 fouls. Oscar was the first player to be booked in the 11th minute. Mathieu Flamini was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Willian moments before the end of the first half.

The Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger substituted Alexis Sánchez for Joel Campbell in the 57th minute. Three minutes later, Nemanja Matić received a yellow card. Costa was injured during the match, and Loïc Rémy replaced him in the 68th minute. John Obi Mikel was booked in the 72nd minute. The match ended 0–1, and Guus Hiddink‘s team, who had had the greater share of possession of the ball during the match, collected three points.

After the match, Wenger blamed Costa for Mertesacker’s sending-off. Wenger said, “He got him sent off — you cannot say it’s not true.”

In Sunday’s other Premier League match, Everton lost 1–2 at home to Swansea.



January 24, 2016
Arsenal 0–1 Chelsea Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,072
Referee: Flag of England.svg Mark Clattenburg, England
Sent off after 18' 18′ Per Mertesacker
Booked after 45 minutes 45′ Mathieu Flamini
(0–1) HT Scored after 23 minutes 23′ Diego Costa
Booked after 11 minutes 11′ Oscar
Booked after 60 minutes 60′ Nemanja Matić
Booked after 72 minutes 72′ John Obi Mikel

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January 24, 2016

Costa scores only goal as Chelsea beat Arsenal in local derby

Costa scores only goal as Chelsea beat Arsenal in local derby

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

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On Sunday, London-based football club Chelsea F.C. defeated local rivals Arsenal F.C. 0–1 in a Barclays Premier League match played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

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Image: Aleksandr Osipov.

The Gunners were reduced to ten men in the 18th minute. Per Mertesacker brought down Diego Costa after a pass from Willian gave Costa a good opportunity to run towards Arsenal’s goal, and the referee showed Mertesacker the red card. Five minutes later, Costa scored at close range from Branislav Ivanović‘s cross, putting the visitors 1–0 ahead.

The local derby saw four yellow cards and 27 fouls in total. Oscar was the first player to be booked in the 10th minute. Mathieu Flamini was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Willian moments before the end of the first half.

The Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger substituted Alexis Sánchez for Joel Campbell in the 57th minute. Three minutes later, Nemanja Matić received a yellow card. Costa was injured during the match, and Loïc Rémy replaced him in the 68th minute. John Obi Mikel was booked in the 72nd minute. The match ended 0–1, and Guus Hiddink‘s team, who had had the greater share of possession of the ball during the match, collected three points.

After the match, Wenger blamed Costa for Mertesacker’s sending-off. Wenger said, “He got him sent off – you cannot say it’s not true.” In the previous meeting between the sides, Gabriel Paulista received a red card.

In Sunday’s other Premier League match, Everton lost 1–2 at home to Swansea.



January 24, 2016
Arsenal 0–1 Chelsea Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,072
Referee: Flag of England.svg Mark Clattenburg, England
Sent off after 18' 18′ Per Mertesacker
Booked after 45 minutes 45′ Mathieu Flamini
(0–1) HT Scored after 23 minutes 23′ Diego Costa
Booked after 10 minutes 10′ Oscar
Booked after 60 minutes 60′ Nemanja Matić
Booked after 72 minutes 72′ John Obi Mikel

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