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London is Red: Arsenal reclaim top spot with Chelsea win as Aubameyang struggles




Arsenal reclaimed top spot in the Premier League as they beat Chelsea and denied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a dream reunion with his former side.

The Gunners had fallen behind Manchester City following their dramatic win over Fulham on Saturday but underlined their title credentials with a mature display at Stamford Bridge. Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes gave the Gunners a deserved second-half lead as he converted from close range following Bukayo Saka’s cross.

Heading into the showdown at Stamford Bridge, there was of course plenty of talk surrounding Aubameyang’s reunion with his former club. The Gabonese attempted to stir the tension ahead of the clash with a few choice words. That – coupled with his somewhat acrimonious exit from the Emirates Stadium – saw him receive loud boos from the away end.

Unfortunately for Aubameyang, he really struggled to have an impact on the game and display the lethal goalscoring instincts that were regularly on dissplay across the capital. He was eventually withdrawn midway through the second-half in place of Armando Broja.

Loser Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang endured a miserable time of things against Arsenal ( Image: Getty Images)
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Whilst Arsenal boss Arteta assured reporters that he only wanted to focus on his side instead of Aubameyang ahead of the game, he had no choice but to put his focus on the Gabonese midway during the first-half. The former Barcelona striker produced a crunching tackled on Gunners’ defender Ben White – leaving him sprawled on the floor.

Referee Michael Oliver very quickly brandished a yellow card for Aubameyang but that did nothing to cool Arteta’s mood as he was left apopleptic at the tackle.

The Spaniard continued to cut a stormy figure throughout the game and remonstrated with the fourth official after Bukayo Saka was booked for a foul on Marc Cucurella. His mood will no doubt have improved after seeing his side hit the front after the break and hold onto what could be a vital three points.

In all honesty, there was a real lack of goal-mouth action throughout the game but that does not mean there was a lack of competitiveness.

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During the 90 minutes, a vast number of heavy challenges were flying in from both sides – potentially indicating how much of an evenkeel both sides are currently on. Throughout the match, there was 31 free-kicks awarded with all of Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah, Saka and Aubameyang all receiving bookings.

The stop-start nature of the game certainly made it tough for each side to build momentum so Arsenal must be credited for finding a route through to goal in an extremely bitty affair.

Chelsea are currently in the doldrums of a defensive injury crisis with the likes of Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Wesley Fofana all restricted to the sidelines – and that appears to be a major reason behind their struggles.

After shipping four at Brighton last time out, the Blues’ backline did not cover itself in glory for Gabriel’s opener. Saka’s cross somehow managed to find its way through a clutch of Chelsea players before finding its way to the unmarked Brazilian – who had the simple task of firing home unchallenged.

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Graham Potter certainly has his work cut out in tightening up a defence that has looked lost at sea for weeks.


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Messi to the rescue: Hope alive for Argentina after beating Mexico





Stunning goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez saw Argentina defeat Mexico and keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Lionel Scaloni’s side would have been eliminated from the competition had they lost this clash following their shock opening day defeat to Saudi Arabia, while Mexico themselves are now on the brink of an exit having been held to a scoreless draw by Poland in their opening game.

It was a first half which was wonderfully scrappy but devoid of any flair, creativity, rhythm or generally quality. It was dominated by sloppy passes, late challenges and nerves. The opening half produced no shots on target and 16 fouls.

Argentina improved after the break and won the game with the encounter’s only true moment of quality; Messi’s strike from outside the area beating Guillermo Ochoa and finding the corner of the net.

Scaloni’s side wrapped up the vital victory late on with a stunning strike from substitute Fernandez. Mirror Football analyses the five main talking points from an emotional clash at the Lusail Stadium.

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Maradona pulled his nation to a sensational World Cup triumph in 1986, with his legacy of propelling Napoli to their only ever two league titles in their history also ensuring that his level of achievement is unlikely to be surpassed.

This will be Messi’s last World Cup – he will be a 39-year-old by the time the 2026 edition comes around – and football’s most prized asset has continued to allude him. Nobody can doubt the star’s all-time status among the greats, yet glory on this stage would have been the ultimate crown in a stunning career. His dream lives on after his part in this clash.

Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni made wholesale changes to his starting line-up from Argentina’s shock opening day loss against Saudi Arabia. Only one of those changes was enforced – as Lisandro Martinez replaced Cristian Romero in the heart of defence.

Scaloni changed both his full-backs with Sevilla pair Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna coming in, while Guido Rodriguez replaced Leandro Paredes at the base of the midfield while Brighton ’s Alexis MacAllister came in for Papu Gomez.

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World Cup: Saudi Crown Prince promises players Rolls Royce for beating Argentina





The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, has promised each player in the national team a Rolls Royce Phantom for their win against Argentina in their World Cup opener in Qatar.

A resilient Saudi Arabian side on Tuesday defeated the Copa America winners 2-1 with all odds against them.

It is not the first time that a Rolls Royce would be awarded to a Saudi Arabian player. In the 1994 tournament Saeed Al-Owairan receiving one of the luxury cars after scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Belgium.

In 2022 however, despite having arguably the best player in the world on their team, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, a struggling Argentina could not get any point out of the match although they were the dominant team for most of the game.

Messi’s penalty in the first 10 minutes of the game saw the middle eastern team go into half time with a bleak finish in sight, however, Saudi Arabia turned the game around immediately after the second half resumed with Saleh Alshehri’s goal, 48′, leveling up with Argentina and Saleh Aldawsari’s 53rd minute winning goal.

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A national holiday had already been announced the day after the win by Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. All employees in public and private sectors as well as students in all phases of education were given the day off to celebrate the stunning victory.

Saudi Arabia are currently top of Group C, being the only team in the group to have won so far in the tournament with Mexico and Poland playing out goalless draws, leaving two-time winners Argentina bottom of the group.


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Meet Bukayo Saka’s Nigerian girlfriend Tolami Benson





Arsenal and Nigerian-born Bukayo Saka has no doubt established himself as one of England’s brightest prospects in recent years, and is likely to be key to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans.

The Arsenal star appears to have some further support off the pitch too, dating long-term partner Tolami Benson who will be cheering him on at the World Cup.

Tolami Benson is 22-years of age, making her one year older than Bukayo Saka.

Benson, who has 6,000 Instagram followers, is regularly spotted on social media relaxing on holiday, sometimes with the Arsenal ace by her side.

She is also quite the Gunners fan, posting pictures of herself in the shirt as well as following the club on Instagram.

How long have they been dating?

The pair are thought to have started dating in late 2020 but have kept their relationship secret until recently.

They do not share pictures of them together, and don’t even follow each other on social media.

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