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Victor Moses Cleared for Community Shield Match

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It is the traditional curtain raiser for the English football season. Call it encore raised to power two as Arsenal and Chelsea meet again at Wembley this Sunday.

Less than three months ago, both met in the final match of the FA Cup with Arsenal winning 2-1 to record a third triumph in four seasons.

Nigeria’s Victor Moses who was red-carded in the last official match of last season, the FA Cup final, has been cleared for the Community Shield match.

But he will serve his one match ban in Chelsea’s first league match next weekend against Burnley.

Back to the Chelsea versus Arsenal clash, both teams met two weeks ago at the Bird Nest Stadium where Chelsea had a comfortable 3-0 win in a pre-season friendly encounter.

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Not only that, both teams are no strangers to each other in the Community Shield matches.

They had met twice before when Chelsea were victorious by 2-1 in 2005 while Arsenal won the Community Shield encounter, 1-0 in 2015.

For this particular match, there is a big cloud over whether Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi  will be fielded by Arsene Wenger, preferring to rest them for the Premier League opener next week.

Another player with doubts in the Arsenal camp is Laurent Koscielny. There are some doubts over his availability owing to some confusion surrounding his ban.

The Frenchman received a red card and a three-match ban for a ridiculous foul on Enner Valencia in Arsenal’s final league match against Everton, ruling him out of the FA Cup final, as well as the first two league matches of the new season.

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Francis Coquelin is a definite absentee after an ankle ligament injury, but Aaron Ramsey is expected to recover from a slight muscular scare to partner Granit Xhaka in midfield.

New signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are expected to feature prominently.

As for Chelsea, last season’s star players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are unavailable, the Belgian winger is recovering from a broken ankle and Costa has been exiled from the squad by Antonio Conte.

Pedro is also a doubt meaning summer signing Alvaro Morata might start in a more withdrawn role behind Michy Batshuayi. Tiemoue Bakayoko will also miss the clash with a knee injury.

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Anthony Martial confirms departure from Manchester United

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June, the Frenchman said on May 27.

The 28-year-old arrived at Old Trafford from AS Monaco in 2015 and has since scored 90 goals in 317 games for the Red Devils.

The departure was expected, as he had struggled with injuries in recent seasons and had not been in the squad for months.

He not in the team for the 2-1 FA Cup final victory against Manchester City on May 25.

“It’s with great emotion that I write to you today to say goodbye. After nine incredible years at the club, the time has come for me to turn a new page in my career,” he said on Instagram.

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“You have been an unwavering support, through the good times and the difficult. Your passion and loyalty have been a constant source of motivation for me.”

French defender Raphael Varane also stated he would leave United earlier in May.

-Reuters

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Thomas Tuchel believes he’s new Man Utd manager

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Former PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich manager, Thomas Tuchel who is one of those being touted as possible replacement for sack-threatened Erik ten Hag has spoken out that he believes he will be Manchester United next manager.

According to different sources in Europe, the 50-year old German  reckons he is already nailed on for the job.

Hag who led Manchester United to a dramatic FA Cup win over city rivals, Manchester United on Saturday will officially learn his fate in the coming week.

Reports in Germany claim that theTuchel turned down the chance to remain in charge of Bayern Munich  because he wants another crack at the English Premier League by succeeding Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

Bayern announced that Tuchel was leaving the club after it became clear that Bayer Leverkusen would be crowned Bundesliga champions. But the Bavarian club then decided to perform a U-turn by offering to hand him a new contract to stay in charge.

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They were shocked when Tuchel turned down the proposal – and the suggestion in Munich is that he believes United have identified him as the man to replace Ten Hag.

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Premier League breaks new scoring record after last-day goal spree

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Premier League - Manchester City v West Ham United - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - May 19, 2024 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and teammates celebrate with the trophy after winning the Premier League REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Thirty seven goals hit the back of Premier League nets in Sunday’s finale making it officially the highest-scoring season since the competition started in 1992.

The 380 matches produced 1,246 goals at more than three per game — eclipsing the previous best of 1,222 in the inaugural Premier League season when there were two extra clubs.

Manchester City topped the scoring charts as they won an unprecedented fourth title in succession, their 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Sunday taking their tally to 96.

Runners-up Arsenal managed 91 with Liverpool 86 and Newcastle United their best-ever Premier League haul of 85.

Bottom club Sheffield United concluded the season with a 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, meaning they conceded 104 in the campaign — a Premier League record.

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