Arsenal ready to take £20m gamble on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Raul Sanllehi policy U-turn

first_imgAdvertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are willing to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang run down his contract at the club after Raul Sanllehi, the Gunners’ head of football, relaxed a policy over players entering the final 12 months of their deal.The 30-year-old has 13 months to run on his existing deal and he’s yet to sign an extension, though it’s unclear if Arsenal have officially tabled a new contract to the Gabon international.Nevertheless, the striker’s intimated he would not sign a new deal if they club fail to qualify for the Champions League for a fourth successive season and his situation has attracted interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have an unfortunate recent history of letting players either leave for free or for cut-price fees due to the club’s failure to tie their best players down to long-term deals.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jun 2020 11:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares Comment Arsenal ready to take £20m gamble on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Raul Sanllehi policy U-turn Aubameyang had been valued at £50m before the pandemic hit (Picture: Getty)Sanllehi vowed to put an end to that following the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United but the Sun report that he’s now willing to relax that policy given the unprecedented circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic.The financial effects of the virus have been grave and clubs are not expected to spend the amounts that have been seen in previous transfer windows.Though Arsenal’s intention has always been to keep Aubameyang, they would have listened to offers of around £50m for the forward if he intimated that he would not sign a new deal. 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 CityThat’s now an unrealistic figure but Arsenal will not accept derisory fees with the Sun claiming they would rather allow Aubameyang to leave on a free in 2021 than accept bids of less than £20m for the forward. Aubameyang has bagged 61 goals in 97 appearances for the club and Arsenal doubt their chances of replacing him this summer, particularly for some of the paltry figures that have been suggested.MORE: Odion Ighalo fires warning to Man Utd rivals over Bruno Fernandeslast_img read more

Lakmal bowls Sri Lanka to victory over Zimbabwe

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) – Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal claimed four scalps to help dismiss Zimbabwe cheaply as Sri Lanka wrapped up a 10-wicket victory on the final day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.Resuming on 30 without loss, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 170 in their second innings, leaving Sri Lanka to knock off 14 runs for the win.Lakmal took 4-27 in 20 overs as he ripped through the top order with Zimbabwe losing three quick wickets for the addition of just eight runs in the morning session. He had Prince Masvaure (17) caught by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella in his first over, while Brian Mudzinganyama (16) was dismissed lbw in his second.First innings top-scorer Craig Ervine (7) was the victim in his third over, caught by captain Dimuth Karunaratne at short leg.Following that setback, the hosts moved the score to 120 before Lakmal claimed the prized wicket of Brendan Taylor (38), who showed no movement of the feet as he picked out Kusal Mendis at mid-on.Zimbabwe tried to bat time after that, but when Lahiru Kumara (3-32) ripped through their lower order with the second new ball, their fate was sealed. Sri Lanka amassed 515 for nine declared in their first innings, with Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 200.Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 358.The second Test will start on Monday at the same venue. Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket for the first time since their tour of Bangladesh in 2018. They were briefly suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year because of government interference. .ZIMBABWE 1st innings 358SRI LANKA 1st innings 575 for 9 declaredZIMBABWE 2nd innings o/n 30-0Prince Masvaure c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal 17Brian Mudzinganyama lbw Suranga Lakmal 16Craig Ervine c Dimuth Karunaratne b Suranga Lakmal 7Brendan Taylor c Kusal Mendis b Suranga Lakmal 38Sean Williams c Niroshan Dickwella b Kasun Rajitha 39Sikandar Raza stp. Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 17Regis Chakabva b Lasith Embuldeniya 26Donald Tiripano lbw Lahiru Kumara 6Kyle Jarvis b Lahiru Kumara 1Ainsley Ndlovu b Lahiru Kumara 0Victor Nyauchi not out 0Extras: (b-2, nb-1) 3Total: (all out, 92.0 overs) 170Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-36, 3-41, 4-120, 5-120, 6-148, 7-159, 8-163, 9-165.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 20-8-27-4 (nb-1), Kasun Rajitha 14-6-23-1, Dhananjaya de Silva 11-6-12-0, Lahiru Kumara 21-8-32-3, Lasith Embuldeniya 26-8-74-2.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsOshada Fernando not out 4Dimuth Karunaratne not out 10Extras: 0Total: (no wkt, 3.0 overs) 14Bowling: Donald Tiripano 2-0-8-0, Victor Nyauchi 1-0-6-0.last_img read more

Wenger rumours – ‘I don’t think there was a chance’ Flamini tells talkSPORT

first_img1 Arsene Wenger signed a new contract with Arsenal Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes there was no chance of boss Arsene Wenger leaving the club at the end of last season, praising the Gunners chief’s impact on the club and his career.Prior to the club’s FA Cup victory in May, rumours claimed that Wenger was considering his future at the Emirates, but he quelled such speculation by agreeing a three-year contract extension.Speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s new Puma manufactured home and away kits, Flamini told talkSPORT that he didn’t think for one second that Wenger would leave though.“To be honest I don’t think there was a chance [of Wenger leaving].“He means so much to this club and he’s done so much for this club and Arsene Wenger for me represents Arsenal.“He has been here for so long and he brought the club from one stage to another one, so I was not surprised when he signed a new contract.”Flamini was brought to north London as a 20-year-old by Wenger and – perhaps fittingly – commented on his own situation as he modelled Arsenal’s alternative away strip dubbed the ‘future’ edition.“This club means a lot to me. It’s played a big role in my career and Arsene Wenger has too, as he’s the one who bought me when I was 20 years old. I feel at home here.“If you ask me whether this will be my last club, I don’t know because I’m still 30 years old, I still have a few years in front of me. I really feel at home here and hopefully we have a positive year.”last_img read more