Arsenal confirm £72m club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille

first_imgArsenal confirm £72m club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille Comment Advertisement He enjoyed a superb campaign last season, scoring 22 times and laying on 11 assists in Ligue 1 – only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (33 goals, 7 assists) was involved in more goals.Speaking about the move, Pepe told Arsenal’s website: ‘Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me. I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.‘It was my family and my agents [who encouraged me to make the move].‘We talked and thought a lot about it. It was at the time of the CAN [Africa Cup of Nations] as well, we thought a lot during, before and after the CAN.‘It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.’Pepe’s arrival continues a busy summer of transfer activity for Arsenal, who have already signed Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba – who returns to Saint Etienne for the 2019/20 season – and Dani Ceballos on loan.The Gunners are also believed to be looking to offload Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny and want to sign a replacement centre-back, as well as Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, before the window closes.Where will Arsenal finish in the 2019/20 Premier League season?1st0%2nd0%3rd0%4th0%5th0%6th0%7th or lower0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Pepe’s arrival smashes the £55m Arsenal paid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille, with the Ivory Coast international signing a five-year contract at the Emirates.Unai Emery has been eager to add a new winger to his squad this summer and after being rebuffed by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal stepped up their pursuit of Pepe.The north Londoners have agreed to pay an astonishing £72million for the 24-year-old, beating off competition from the likes of Napoli, and he becomes the most expensive African footballer of all time.Pepe jetted into London on Tuesday and successfully passed a medical, as well as posing for pictures in his new club’s shirt and putting pen to paper on his contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal will reportedly only pay £20m up front this summer, with the rest paid in installments over the next five years, while Pepe will earn in excess of £100,000-a-week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWelcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

Regional Under-19 championship

first_imgT&T, Guyana in strong positions but Barbados struggleBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago along with Guyana were in strong positions to force victory but Barbados faltered against Jamaica, on the pentultimate day of the first round of matches in the CWI Regional Under-19 three-day championship here Tuesday.Playing at Conaree, T&T did well to dismiss Windward Islands for 153 to earn an 80-run first innings lead and had reached 117 for two in their second innings at the close – an overall lead of 197 runs.Resuming the day on 68 for five, the Windwards got a top score of 54 from Jeremy Layne to get up to their eventual total. They were tottering on 89 for eight but Layne struck six fours and a six in a 107-ball knock, adding 55 for the ninth wicket with Lee Louisy who made seven.Aaron Maniram claimed five for 33 while Navin Bidaisee supported with for four 29.Batting a second time, T&T lost Leonardo Francis cheaply for one with 11 on the board but Sachin Seecharan stroked 44 and Navin Bidaisee, 39 not out, to rally the innings in a 65-run, second wicket stand.When the two were separated, Seecharan put on a further 52 in an unbroken third wicket stand with Christian Thurton (26 not out), as T&T closed strongly.At Verchilds, Guyana stormed to a 221-run lead over Leeward Islands, heading into today’s final day.Resuming their first innings on 17 for one, the Leewards were dismissed for a paltry 100 to concede a first innings lead of 120 runs.Joshua Grant was the only batsman to pass 20 with 28 as seamer Ronaldo Ali Mohammed snatched five for 11 and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair, three for 33, to destroy the innings.In their second turn at the crease, Guyana closed on 101 for five, getting 36 from opener Aley Algoo and 27 from Kevin Sinclair 27. However, pacer Kian Pemberton produced an outstanding spell of four for 35 to halt their progress.Guyana were cruising at 81 for two but lost three quick wickets for 13 runs to crash to 94 for five as the Leewards clawed their way back.At St Paul’s, Jamaica fought back gallantly against Barbados to leave that contest evenly poised heading into the final day.Resuming on 11 for two in reply to Barbados’ 192, Jamaica were bowled out for 179 with Andre McCarthy getting 38, Brad Barnes, 30 and Kristoph Virgo, an unbeaten 23.McCarthy and Barnes put on 54 for the third wicket to hand Jamaica a strong start to the day but five wickets tumbled for just 43 runs to leave the innings in tatters.Shalome Parnell (22) and David Bird (13) then added 29 for the eighth wicket before Virgo and Bird put on a further 24 for the ninth, to hand Jamaica valuable runs at the end.With a narrow lead of 13, Barbados then slumped to 33 for three as off-spinner Barnes snatched all three wickets to fall.Barbados lead by 46 runs overall.last_img read more

It was all set up for the Syracuse men’s and women’s rowing teams. Before their races, the Orange honored 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Goodale, who graduated from SU in 2005, and dedicated a new shell to the 1978 IRA champions.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm It was all set up for the Syracuse men’s and women’s rowing teams. Before their races, the Orange honored 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Goodale, who graduated from SU in 2005, and dedicated a new shell to the 1978 IRA champions.Only one problem: The men failed to win their races.The men’s team lost the Varsity Eight race Saturday to Cornell and failed to win the Goes Trophy. The Big Red finished with a time of 6:03.1, about four seconds better than Syracuse’s 6:07.0. Navy finished third with 6:14.1.It was the first time the men’s team lost a cup race since it was defeated by Dartmouth on May 8, 2005. The loss to Cornell snapped the Orange’s near-three-year undefeated streak in cup races.The young Varsity Eight boat of No. 10 Syracuse, which is comprised of five sophomores, two juniors and two seniors, was matched up with tough competition in No. 9 Cornell and No. 13 Navy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We do not see it is a thing of youth,’ sophomore Kenny Marfilius said. ‘When we are out on the water rowing, we never look at ourselves as being five sophomores, two juniors and two seniors. We prefer to look at ourselves as being one unit.‘I do not believe the inexperience had anything to do with (losing the race),’ he added. ‘The ability to go out and race during our cup season allows us to see what we need to work on and ultimately work towards. We still have the same goal of getting the top seed at the Eastern Sprints and the IRA.’Despite finishing second in the Varsity Eight race, the men still had a shot at the Stagg Trophy, which is awarded to the team that finishes the regatta with the most overall points. However, the Big Red was not to be denied and swept the awards in a showcase weekend for Syracuse rowing.The women did not fare much better than the men, finishing third out of three in their Varsity Eight race. They were defeated by No. 15 Harvard and No. 21 Dartmouth. The Orange posted a time of 7:09.5, while the Crimson won the race in 6:48.6. The Big Green finished second with a time of 6:55.4.The men’s team finished the regatta with one first-place finish, three second-place finishes, and one third-place finish, while the women completed the day with two first, second, and third-place finishes in their races.The No. 24 women, newcomers to the Top 25, kicked off their day by suffering a third-place setback. The Orange entered Saturday’s regatta confident and motivated after being named the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges Coaches and Big East Crews of the Week for their performance last weekend. The SU Varsity Eght won the Orange Cup for the first time since 2005 following its three-second victory against Northeastern and Pennsylvania.The women’s freshman eight continued to perform well, defeating Dartmouth by 4.1 seconds. The Big Green edged the Crimson by less than one second to finish behind the Orange.With Saturday’s regatta in the books, the Orange will gear up for the Big East Championship in Camden, N.J., Sunday.As for the men’s squad, it does not race until Saturday, when it takes on Boston University and Columbia for the Conlan Cup – its final race before the Eastern Sprints on May 10. The Varsity Eight squad will do its best to wash out the sour taste of this weekend’s disappointing finish.‘I have no doubts about anyone on this team, I don’t care how long or how little they have been rowing for,’ senior Martin Etem said. ‘We back each other up out there, so there are no worries here. When the time comes, we will perform on race day no matter who we are racing, or where we are racing.’dfbaer@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Video: Watch Super Eagles Arrive Cameroon Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Return Leg

first_imgThe Super Eagles of Nigeria has arrived in Cameroon ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier return leg against the Indomitable Lions on Monday.Nigeria moved up to 9points after goals from Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho helped the Super Eagles to a convincing 4-0 win against the African Champions in Uyo on Friday.The @NGSuperEagles have landed in Yaounde. They are lodged at the Hilton Hhonors. #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/JIH8r1efHE— The NFF ?? (@thenff) September 3, 2017Cameroon, who have just 2 points from three matches of the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifier, host Nigeria in the reverse fixture in Yaounde on Monday, 4 September.Video Credit: Twitter.com – Nigeria Super EaglesRelatedVIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Bus Celebrations After Cameroon DrawSeptember 5, 2017In “National Team”FIFA Clears Chelsea Youngster To Represent NigeriaSeptember 2, 2017In “National Team”VIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Observe Traditional Team Walk Ahead Of Cameroon ClashSeptember 1, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more