Arsene Wenger fed up with protests talk

Arsene Wenger fed up with protests talk

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger struggled to hide his frustration with more questions about the recent fan protests against him.

Arsene Wenger was in no mood to discuss fan protests against him as Arsenal prepare to take on West Brom on Saturday.

The Frenchman has received heavy criticism in recent weeks following Arsenal’s Champions League demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich as well as underwhelming Premier League showings that have left them five points adrift of the top four.

Fans held a protest calling for his departure ahead of last week’s FA Cup win over Lincoln, but Wenger has yet to make a decision about his future at Arsenal, with his existing deal due to expire at the end of the season.

Wenger has previously acknowledged the fans’ opinion does matter to him but gave the topic of protests short shrift at Thursday’s media conference.

“I have nothing to say about that anymore,” a frustrated Wenger stated. “I have talked enough about that.

“It has been a positive week. I know that when you do not win you do not have a happy week.

“Nothing is good enough anymore. You try to do as well as you can. Success is not down to me to judge, I will leave that to the media.

“Our job is to do as well as we can, to qualify for the Champions League. It is a tough job because we have six teams fighting for four places. We are in the semi-final of the cup so we have a good chance to win that.”


Leicester City beat Sevilla to Progress into Champions League last eight

Leicester City beat Sevilla to Progress into Champions League last eight

Leicester overturned a one-goal deficit with a 2-0 home victory over Sevilla in the return leg on Tuesday to make into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time, a win sealed by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s brilliant save on a late penalty.

Juventus also became one of the quarterfinalists with a 1-0 home win, bringing it to an aggregate 3-0 over Porto.

Trailing 2-1 after the first leg, Leicester took on the lead on 27 minutes as their skipper Wes Morgan put Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick into the goal with his right knee and moved closer to the last eight with an away goal.

The Foxes, under new coach Craig Shakespeare, extended their lead nine minutes after the interval with Marc Albrighton’s left-foot shot past Sevilla goalie Sergio Rico, who showed no response at that moment.

In the 74th minute, furious Frenchman Samir Nasri of Sevilla received his second yellow card and was sent off by the match referee after a headbutt at striker Jamie Vardy.

The visitors had the chance to drag the matchup into extra time when they were awarded a penalty after Schmeichel brought down forward Vitolo inside the box, but the Dane compensated that later on with an important block on N’Zonzi’s 12-yard spot kick.

Leicester City beat Sevilla to Progress into Champions League last eight
Schmeichel saves his second penalty of the tie

“It’s incredible. We are Champions League newcomers, and we don’t expect to get this far, but now we are here,” said Morgan.

In Turin, Juventus managed a narrow win over Porto on Paulo Dybala’s 42nd-minute penalty.

The remaining two quarterfinal berths will be decided on Wednesday, with Atletico Madrid hosting Bayer Leverkusen with a 4-2 advantage, and Manchester City visiting Monaco with a 5-3 lead after the first leg.

Obafemi Martins goes out fishing in world most expensive boat

Obafemi Martins goes out fishing in world most expensive boat

Unbothered about his playing in the Chinese Super League, the forward is enjoying his life on the world’s most expensive boat

Shanghai Shenhua Obafemi Martins is apparently enjoying life in Shanghai despite his lack of playing time this season as he goes fishing on his $460,000-rated Iguana 31 Expedition yacht.

Obagoal is yet to make his mark in Gus Poyet’s team this term after two round of matches in the new Chinese Super League season.

The Nigerian who was missing in Shanghai Shenhua 1-1 draw against Tianjin Quanjian at the Hongkou Football Stadium on Saturday was caught up fishing in the world’s most expensive boat which he acquired during his birthday.

Obafemi Martins goes out fishing in world most expensive boat
Obafemi Martins goes out fishing in world most expensive boat

The 32-year-old scored nine times in the 26 league games last season but faces a stiff test against Argentine Carlos Tevez, Chinese Mao Jianqing and Lü Zheng for a starting place in the Hongkou Football Stadium outfit.

You must Vote for Issa Hayatou – Nigerian government to Pinnick

You must Vote for Issa Hayatou – Nigerian government to Pinnick

The NFF president has been directed to support the Cameroonian despite his intention to vote for Madagascar’s Ahmad

In a new twist ahead of the Caf elections that will take place on Thursday, March 16, in Addis Ababa, the Nigerian government has ordered its delegation to vote for incumbent Issa Hayatou despite its previous choice of challenger Ahmad of Madagascar.

According to an AFP report, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo asked NFF chief Amaju Pinnick to support the Cameroonian who is seeking to extend his 29-year reign at the top of African football for diplomatic reasons.

Cameroon’s government had backed the Nigerian effort to quash the terrorist group Boko Haram that created an enclave in the border area of both countries and Chad. A multinational force was needed to dislodge the group that held more than two hundred schoolgirls captive.

Pinnick, who is also contesting for a place on the Caf Executive Committee, has been in the forefront of a campaign to stop Hayatou from continuing in office, with Ahmad the beneficiary.

You must Vote for Issa Hayatou - Nigerian government to Pinnick
NFF President

However, the Nigerian government has now taken a position for Hayatou, as the NFF delegation arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday to intensify campaigns.

“There is an existing joint relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon and most recently both countries collaborated in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency,” said an unnamed high-ranking member of the Nigerian government quoted by the AFP in Abuja.

“We can’t afford to jeopardise this relationship.

“Pinnick has therefore been ordered to cast his vote for Hayatou even if every other country failed to do so, as Nigeria does not owe Madagascar anything.”

This election is the most hotly contested since Hayatou became president in 1988. It is seen as a shift towards to a more progressive and forward-minded organisation by the young Turks who want to bring an end to the 70-year-old’s time at the helm of Caf.
Ahmad has gotten the backing of the 14-member Council of Southern African Football Associations and several other FA chiefs across the continent.

“We have to follow the path of the rest of the world, as Africa cannot afford to be left behind. I believe that Africa is ready for a change. This is the first time in the history of (Hayatou’s) Caf that there is a real and possible challenge to the leadership,” Liberia FA chief Musa Bility told the BBC on Monday.

It is also believed that Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who met several African chiefs in Harare, Zimbabwe, last month, and his secretary general Fatma Samoura are in favour of a change.

Pinnick told CNN in February that there were problems between Infantino and Hayatou since the latter’s decision to support Sheikh Salman of Bahrain during the Fifa elections in 2016.

This order exposes the lack of autonomy of many African football federations. But since Article 18.1 of the Caf Statutes declare that the elections shall be a secret ballot, it is left to see if Pinnick will follow his government’s order or hold onto his convictions.

Kenya FA boss Nick Mwendwa, who failed to declare his choice, told Goal: “It is a secret ballot. People should only wait to see results after elections.”

FA Cup Semi-Final Draws

FA Cup Semi-Final Draws

Chelsea Draw Spurs, Arsenal To Face Man City In FA Cup Semis

Chelsea will face Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the Emirates English FA Cup

The Blues, who ousted Manchester United 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition on Monday night, will face Spurs in the first semi-final at Wembley.

FA Cup Semi-Final Draw
Chelsea vs Tottenham

Wembley has been used by Tottenham this season for their European home fixtures and they’ve struggled to produce results at the national stadium, winning just one of four European games played there this season.

The Blues and Tottenham met at the semi-final stage in 2012 when goals from Didier Drogba, Juan Mata, Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda secured a 5-1 win for the Stamford Bridge side.

Arsenal who defeated fifth-tier Lincoln City FC 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday will face Manchester City in the other semi-final also at Wembley.

FA Cup Semi-Final Draw
Arsenal vs Manchester City

Arsenal and City have met just twice before at any stage in the competition, with their most recent meeting coming in a 2-1 fifth-round win for the Gunners in 1971.

The semi-final matches will be played on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 by four out of the five current top English Premiership teams.

Chelsea fans to Mourinho – Judas, You’re not special anymore

Chelsea fans to Mourinho – Judas, You’re not special anymore

In yet another controversial Jose Mourinho game, The Special one was told he’s no longer special.

It was an unpleasant return to west London for former Chelsea boss Mourinho, who endured his old club’s fans calling him “Judas” and chanting “you’re not special anymore”.

Mourinho responded to the jibes by holding up three fingers to the crowd to remind them how many Premier League titles he won in his two spells with Chelsea.

Chelsea fans to Mourinho - Judas, You're not special anymore
Three fingers in the air

And, determined to have the last word, Mourinho, sacked by the Blues last season, took the opportunity to remind Conte and Chelsea’s supporters that they have a long way to go to match his achievements at the Bridge.

“They can call me what they want. I’m a professional,” he said.

“I feel responsibilities on Chelsea’s bad Premier League last season, but when I left we were in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group.

Chelsea fans to Mourinho - Judas, You're not special anymore
Mourinho was given the cold treatment by Chelsea fans that have worshipped him for years for the first time last night

“Now they don’t play in Europe. It’s not my fault.

“Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues, I am number one.

“If a manager wins four I become number two. Until then, Judas is number one.”

Cristiano Ronaldo set to become father of twins

Cristiano Ronaldo set to become father of twins

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to become the father of twin boys via a surrogate mother based in the United States.

According to The Sun, Ronaldo has told his close friends that he is expecting to add to his family “very soon”, seven years after the birth of his only other child.

Cristiano Jr was born in 2010, also understood to be through surrogate, though the full identity of the mother has never been revealed.

A source is quoted by the publication as saying: “He feels the time is right for his boy to have brothers to grow up with. Cristiano and his family can’t wait to meet the new members of their clan.

“He likes to keep a tight lid on his private life but has told loved ones and close friends the baby boys are due to arrive very soon.”
Ronaldo is currently a relationship with model Georgina Rodriguez.