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BREAKING: Arsenal’s Captain Koscielny Completes €5m Move To Bordeaux




Laurent Koscielny has completed a €5 million move to Bordeaux, with Arsenal reluctantly granting him his wish of heading home in the summer transfer window.

Goal revealed earlier on Tuesday that an agreement to take the 33-year-old back to his homeland was in place.

That has now been pushed through, with the Gunners bidding farewell to a long-serving member of their playing staff.

Arsenal had been hoping to convince Koscielny that he should see out the remaining year on his contract in north London and aid their cause in 2019-20.

They have, however, bowed to the player’s wishes after it became apparent that he wanted out and Bordeaux were prepared to put a suitable off on the table.


A statement on the Gunners’ official website read: “The centre back has made 353 appearances for us since signing from Lorient in 2010.

“He was part of our Emirates FA Cup-winning squads in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

“Laurent, who started his career in the French second division at Guingamp in 2004, has played 51 matches for France and was entering the final year of his current contract with us. We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms.

“We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future.

“The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”

Koscielny finds himself back in French football for the first time in nine years.

Arsenal were able to get loyal service out of him, but his heart was set on heading home this summer.


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Deontay Wilder Slams Joshua For Tactics Used In Defeating Ruiz



Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder, the man who may likely be heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s opponent very soon, has slammed him for the tactics he used in his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday.

Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles following a comprehensive win via unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia. Following his shock defeat at Madison Square Garden in June, Joshua used clever movement and worked behind a stiff jab to keep Ruiz at bay in their rematch. Two ringside judges scored the contest 118-110, while the other delivered a more comprehensive verdict of 119-109, all in Joshua’s favour.

But Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion and who remains unbeaten after his win over Luis Ortiz last month, has criticised Joshua for adopting a similar style to Wladimir Klitschko to get over the line against Ruiz.

‘Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day,’ Wilder told The Athletic.

‘Basically, he had Klitschko in the camp and he was a lot like Klitschko: that jab-grab-hold method. That’s all he did tonight.


Joshua had many times he could’ve gone for the finish after he landed the right hand.When you land the right hand, you’ve tackled the distance. When you land that punch, you know you’re in exact position for the second time around.
But he was so hesitant… Joshua’s mentality was to survive. The Klitschko method.–Deontay Wilder

“You want to dominate guys, man. Maybe I’m just too rough, too hardcore and too much of a dream for this time and era, maybe the world wants that nice shit… my mentality is so different from these other fighters.

‘But when I think of myself as a champion… you want to come out there and whoop his ass.

‘I’m not coming in, after losing to this guy, to just dance and grab and jab and hold. ‘I’m going to show the world and convince them I am the very best and that no one is close to me, especially with what’s going on in the division right now. It’s a time of proving who is the best.

‘Joshua had many times he could’ve gone for the finish after he landed the right hand.

‘When you land the right hand, you’ve tackled the distance. When you land that punch, you know you’re in exact position for the second time around.

‘But he was so hesitant… Joshua’s mentality was to survive. The Klitschko method.

‘The difference is my mentality is that of a beast, a warrior, a king, an emperor – all those things. If he calls himself a king, he’s just on the nicer side of it. This is a brutal sport and that’s how I treat it. I ain’t showing no love for anybody in that ring.’


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I Am Ready For Showdown With Wilder — Joshua Declares



Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua said he is ready for a showdown with American Deontay Wilder now that he has reclaimed his titles, as he really loves to unify all the boxing titles.

Wilder, since 2015 has held the WBC heavyweight title, but he has a river to cross first in the rematch with Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020, following their draw in 2018.

Joshua reclaimed the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF belts by unanimous decision over Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday in Saudi Arabia and live on DAZN, in a rematch with the man who sensationally dethroned him in June.

Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) produced a calculated performance to avenge the only loss of his professional career, the challenger prevailing 118-110 on two of the scorecards and 119-109 on the other.

After Joshua became a two-time heavyweight champion, the attention quickly turned to a potential blockbuster fight with WBC titleholder Wilder, who is set to meet Tyson Fury in a rematch on Feb. 22.


Asked whether he wanted a unification bout against Wilder, Joshua told reporters: “Yeah, definitely. I would love to. I’ve united four.

“It’s hard to keep and unite them. We will see what happens. I think me chasing, same in the fights, it may come crashing down. I’m just going to let the path take its course. When the opportunity presents itself, I’ll step up and take the challenge.”

While Joshua vs. Wilder is the fight everyone wants to see, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist is open to facing Ruiz again in Saudi Arabia to complete the trilogy. Ruiz called for a third bout as well in his post-fight interview.

“The great thing is his view on Saudi Arabia,” Joshua said when asked about Ruiz’s determination for a third battle. “That’s a positive because he was a bit wary at first, so it’s nice to see he has changed his opinion.

“It’s neutral ground and territory. If he is keen, [Oleksandr] Usyk and [Kubrat] Pulev, Ruiz, I don’t want to mention the other guys’ names, you know who they are, but when they’re ready.

“I’ve fought a lot of great names on my record and beaten some good names, too. Andy is still on that list because we make good music. He is a good dancing partner.”

Before any potential bouts with Ruiz and Wilder, Joshua has mandatory commitments to fulfil.

The WBO ordered Joshua to make his mandatory defence against Usyk within 180 days, while the IBF wants the heavyweight champion to face challenger Pulev.

“Let’s rock and roll,” Joshua said. “No problem.”

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Ferguson Makes Immediate Impact As Everton Thrash Chelsea 3-1



Duncan Ferguson made an immediate impact in his first game as Everton interim boss as the Toffees earned a huge 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton dominated the first half and got off to the perfect start, Richarlison heading in Djibril Sidibe’s cross after five minutes.

The hosts continued to press throughout the rest of the first 45 minutes as Chelsea struggled for answers.

Just as Richarlison had opened the scoring early in the first period, Dominic Calvert-Lewin did the same after 49 minutes when he took advantage of a mix-up defensively for the visitors to slot coolly past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Frank Lampard’s side did find a response, however, Mateo Kovacic drilling a low shot into the corner from the edge of the area three minutes later.


But a moment of sloppiness allowed Calvert-Lewin to seal a huge three points for the home side.

Kepa’s pass from inside his own half was wayward, allowing Ferguson’s side to counter-attack with Calvert-Lewin tapping home after a series of rebounds in the penalty area.

That cued jubilant scenes from Ferguson, who ran down the touchline and celebrated with an Everton ballboy.

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