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Arsenal thrash Brentford 3-0, To Go Top Of EPL table

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By Emma Onuwa

Arsenal returned to winning ways on Sunday trashing Brentford with 3 unreplied goals to go top of the Premier League table.

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Fabio Vieira, making his first Premier League start in the absence of the injured Martin Odegaard, got his first goal for the club as he rifled a stunning effort that rift off the post from 25 yards ou to cap a commanding victory for Mikel Arteta’s men.

Earlier, the impressive William Saliba had opened the scoring with a flicked, near-post header from Bukayo Saka’s corner (17), before Gabriel Jesus doubled Arsenal’s advantage with a similarly well-taken header from Granit Xhaka’s diagonal centre (28).

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The Gunners’ last visit to the Gtech Community Stadium ended in a dismal 2-0 defeat on the opening day of last season but on this occasion they were totally dominant, the victory underlining their recent improvement and sending them a point clear of Manchester City and Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal made Premier League history in stoppage time, sending on academy player Ethan Nwaneri, who only turned 15 in March, to become the youngest-ever player to feature in the competition.

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Tobi Amusan:Why I took $50k loan to prepare for 2022 World Championships

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Tobi Amusan, the women’s 100m hurdles world record holder, says she took a $50,000 loan to aid her preparation for the World Athletics Championships earlier this year.

Amusan spoke in a chat with reporters in Lagos on Wednesday.

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On Tuesday, the World Athletics ratified her 12.12 seconds finish at the world championship semi-final as the new world record.

Amusan became the first Nigerian world champion after she stormed to a sensational 12.06 seconds in the final — but a strong in-race tailwind which was higher than allowed meant it was not acknowledged.

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Speaking on the circumstance leading to the historical moment in Oregon, Amusan said she was injury prone, hence the need to take the loan to enable her to stay in shape for the competition.

“Yes, definitely. I’ve got injuries a couple of times,” she said.

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“There was so much I needed to do when it comes to my health as a professional athlete, and staying on top of my game required a lot of funding.”

The 25-year-old consolidated her feat with a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games before retaining her Diamond League title to put a brilliant wrap on her season.

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Bukayo Saka shocked after winning England Player-of-the-Year

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Bukayo Saka looked visibly shocked as he was handed the England Player of the Year award on Friday.

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The Arsenal star, who edged England captain and runner-up Harry Kane and third-place finisher Declan Rice to the gong, was recognised as England’s standout performer over the last 12 months by voters.

Daily Mail reports that Saka, 21, made nine international appearances this season for the Three Lions and chalked up three goals, putting in a man-of-the-match performance during England’s 4-0 victory against Andorra on his birthday last September.

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After a year, the Gunners winger has been offered the perfect vote of confidence from fans as England get ready to take on Italy in the Nations League, Friday night.

Reacting, Saka said in disbelief, “No way! I did not expect this, honestly. I’m honoured.”

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“I’m so happy, I can’t put into words how happy I am. It’s really nice to be awarded this trophy, and that’s all I can really say!

“Playing for England is so special, there are so many kids who want to play football for teams and it’s really difficult, so to then get picked to play for your country, it’s another level of honour and pride in yourself.

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“So I’m just really happy every time I get to come here, pull on the shirt and play at Wembley in front of all the fans.

“It’s a beautiful feeling,” the Daily Mail quoted him.

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FA Charge Cristiano Ronaldo For Improper Conduct

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By Emma Onuwa

NaijaBlitzNews reports that Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with ‘improper and/or violent conduct following the incident where he appeared to knock a mobile phone out of a supporter’s hand.

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The incident happened at Everton’s Goodison Park after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat last April.

Footage shared on social media showed the Portugal international appearing to smash a phone out of a young fan’s hand as he left the pitch and headed towards the tunnel.

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Ronaldo was cautioned by police regarding the incident in August and later issued an apology to 14- year-old Jacob Harding on his Instagram account, admitting his emotions after such a damaging result had got the better of him.

United have announced they will be supporting their player in response to the charge.

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A statement from the FA read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 for an incident that took place after Manchester United’s Premier League match against Everton FC on Saturday 9 April 2022.

‘It is alleged that the forward’s conduct after the final whistle was improper and/or violent.’

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