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Will Arteta’s Reign As Arsenal’s Manager End Against Norwich?

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There are strong feelers that Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta is on the verge of finding himself jobless. To save his job, Arsenal must win against Norwich City today, their first match after the international break, which came as a relief to the team.

Arsenal started the Premier League very badly this season losing the first three games of the season, the first time they would record such embarrassing statistics in their history.

After the defeat at the hands of newly promoted side, Brentford, Mikel Arteta’s faced two EPL giants, Chelsea and Manchester City and fell like a park of cards.

That string of results left the North London club rooted at the bottom of the Premier League standings, behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City.

Arsenal have spent £130 million ($179m) on new signings this summer, more than any other club in England. Yet only one of those – Martin Odegaard – started at the Etihad.

Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Lokonga and Nuno Tavares were all unused substitutes, while White was absent due to Covid-19.

The Spaniard is under severe pressure to produce positive results with the club’s only win since the start of the season, a 6-0 success over a youthful West Brom side in the EFL Cup.

With Arsenal looking to improve on two successive eighth-placed finishes, many have questioned why so much money has been spent on players who are deemed not ready to make an immediate impact.

And fans will understandably also point to the fact that talented young centre-back William Saliba has been sent out on loan again, while Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Kolasinac remain at the club and struggling to command a first team shirt.

Former England midfielder Joe Cole sees Mikel Arteta coping with his situation quite well. But he believes Arsenal’s match against Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday will determine Arteta’s fate.

“I like the way Arteta has handled the situation. He has hardened as a manager, you can see it in him. So I think he can deal with it,” the Chelsea academy manager told reporters. Coral quoted Meter.

“He is obviously a coach who has been taught well due to his time with Pep (Guardiola). He is a wise man.”

“He is in a stormy situation right now. He has to get a result against Norwich and if he can’t beat Norwich, I think maybe it will be the end for him,” added the former West Ham United, Chelsea and Liverpool player.

Arsenal’s manager doesn’t just need wins to ease the pressure, he needs performances.

His team have managed just seven shots on target in their opening three games, what many frustrated fans of the club consider unacceptable – no matter how many first team players have been missing.

The embarrassing capitulation against City once again proved the mess that Arsenal are in and they now find themselves rooted to the foot of the Premier League for the first time ever after more than two games.

This has to be rock bottom. If it isn’t, then Arteta’s time in charge surely has to come to an end.

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Israel Adesanya Beats Jared Cannonier To Retain UFC Middleweight Title

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Israel Adesanya defeated Jarred Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain the UFC middleweight championship.

Adesanya fought against middleweight contender Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 at the T-mobile Arena, Las Vegas Sunday morning.

Since making his debut in 2018, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has looked better each time he’s stepped into the Octagon and is still undefeated in the middleweight. He first captured the interim title in the Fight of The Year winner against Kelvin Gastelum in 2019.

‘Izzy’ then defeated Robert Whittaker and unified the titles that same year.

He has successfully defended his title four times since then. On an otherwise perfect record for Adesanya (22-1), his only loss was during his unsuccessful step up to light heavyweight, losing to then-champion Jan Blachowicz.

On Sunday, the Nigerian-born New Zealander successfully defended his middleweight title for the fifth time.

While Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker in February for the second time to retain his middleweight strap, Cannonier knocked out Derek Brunson in the second round in February to become the weight’s No.1contender.

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Ekiti Election: INEC Calls For Speedy Prosecution Of Arrested ‘Vote-Buyers’

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday called for the quick prosecution of all those arrested for vote-buying during the Ekiti State governorship election.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the call during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security in Abuja.

He said he was satisfied with the conduct of security agencies during the election, and that the speedy prosecution of culprits of vote-buying will serve as a deterrent for others.

“Vote busying remains a major area of concern. We appreciate the role played by anti-corruption and security agencies,” he said.

“We are working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the prosecution of persons arrested in the Ekiti governorship election.”

The INEC Chairman also highlighted the commission’s activities lined up for the forthcoming Osun State scheduled for July 16.

According to him, INEC is committed to the conduct of pre-election activities to perfect the Osun polls.

“The Commission is deploying a readiness assessment team to Osun State next week to assess our preparations. We will visit some of our local government offices in the state, hold meetings with our staff, we will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some polling units across the three senatorial districts in the state,” the INEC Chairman added.

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Let Me Go, I Hate Playing In Europa League, Ronaldo Tells Man United

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Cristiano Ronaldo has asked Manchester United to let him leave should they receive a satisfactory offer this summer, the UK Times reports.

The 37-year-old’s decision is driven by his desire to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career.

Ronaldo has featured in Europe’s top tier club competition for the last 19 consecutive seasons since he left Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

The Portugal captain has made 183 appearances in the Champions League, notching 140 goals and providing 42 assists.

Ronaldo has never played in the Europa League, in which the Red Devils will feature this season, after they could only finish sixth in the Premier League.

According to Ronaldo, he has “three or four years” left at the highest level.

The player has been linked with Chelsea and Bayern Munich in recent weeks.

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