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EPL: You’ve to go – Thierry Henry advises Arsenal star

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has offered advice to Aaron Ramsdale, suggesting that he should contemplate leaving the Gunners after losing his position as the starting goalkeeper to David Raya.

Ramsdale had established himself as the preferred choice of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta in the previous season, surpassing Bernd Leno, who subsequently departed Arsenal to join Fulham. During that season, the 25-year-old impressed by keeping 15 clean sheets in 41 appearances across various competitions for Arsenal and contributing to the team’s qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

However, in the current season, Ramsdale lost his starting role to Raya, despite initially starting in Arsenal’s first five games and winning the Community Shield. Raya, who arrived at the North London club on loan from Brentford, has managed to maintain four clean sheets in six appearances for Arteta’s side and seems to have become the new first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Ramsdale.

Thierry Henry believes that Ramsdale faces a decision of competing with Raya for the number one position or seeking opportunities at another club in the upcoming transfer window, similar to what Leno did by moving to Fulham. Henry acknowledged that at a big club, competition is a fundamental aspect that players must accept, and if they are dissatisfied, they may need to explore other options. He drew parallels with how Manchester City continuously acquires players, and even a talented player like Phil Foden needs to embrace the reality of competition within a big club.

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UCL: Calzona warns Osimhen, others on player selection

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Napoli coach Francesco Calzona has issued a stern warning to Victor Osimhen and his fellow players, emphasizing that he will base his selection for matches solely on performance, without considering their names or reputations.

Taking over from Walter Mazzarri on Monday, Calzona made significant substitutions during Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night, including star forwards Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Despite the Serie A champions securing a draw in the first leg of the Round of 16 contest at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Osimhen was replaced immediately after scoring the equalizer in the 75th minute.

“I keep the players on the field who are performing well, I don’t take into account their names,” Calzona emphasized to Sky Sports Italia after the match.

Calzona further explained that he had not been tempted to keep Osimhen on the field longer after his goal. “No, in fact, I had been prepared to substitute him earlier, but due to tactical considerations, I kept him on for a few more minutes.”

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Ex-Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel confirms exit from Bayern Munich

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Thomas Tuchel has verified his exit from Bayern Munich. The club had previously announced that the German coach would depart at the conclusion of the ongoing season. The decision to part ways was mutual between the club and Tuchel. Confirming the conclusion of his tenure with Bayern, Tuchel informed reporters on Tuesday, “We have agreed to terminate our partnership after the conclusion of this season. Until then, my coaching staff and I will continue to strive for maximum success for FC Bayern.”

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2024 Olympic Qualifiers: 11 players arrive Super Falcons camp ahead Cameroon clash

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Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon, 11 players have reported to the Super Falcons’ camp in Abuja. The camp commenced on Tuesday morning. Among the early arrivals are goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie, Tochukwu Oluehi, Linda Jiwaku, and Akudo Ogbonna. The remaining players include Rasheedat Ajibade, Michelle Alozie, Tosin Demehin, Rofiat Imuran, Abiodun Deborah, Ifeoma Onumonu, and Gift Monday. Ten more players are expected to join the camp soon. Additionally, Head Coach Randy Waldrum has also arrived from the United States of America.

The first leg of the encounter will be hosted by Cameroon at the Stade de la Reunification, Douala, on Friday. The reverse fixture is scheduled for next week Monday at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

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