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Arsenal’s 14-man shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger including Massimiliano Allegri, Joachim Low and Thierry Henry

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ARSENAL are understood to have compiled a 14-man shortlist in their hunt to identify Arsene Wenger’s Emirates replacement.

The latest shock name under consideration is Jose Mourinho’s Manchester Unitedassistant Rui Faria.

 Who will be the man to replace Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge?

AFP: Who will be the man to replace Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge?

SunSport unveils some of the names likely to be on the list – and assesses their chance of becoming the first new Gunners boss in 22 years.

Check out the full list, below…

MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI

 Massimiliano Allegri was the favourite to take over after Arsene Wenger's exit announcement, but could now be set to stay at Juventus

EPA: Massimiliano Allegri was the favourite to take over after Arsene Wenger’s exit announcement, but could now be set to stay at Juventus

Juventus chief has made no secret of his interest in coming to the Premier League and could have the choice of Arsenal or Chelsea.

The Italian is the new bookies’ favourite and just waiting for the call.

Gunner rating: If Arsenal want him, he’ll want them.

JOACHIM LOW

 Joachim Low is another big-name boss on Arsenal's radar

GETTY: Joachim Low is another big-name boss on Arsenal’s radar

Germany boss has plenty of admirers for his work with the world champions but he has signalled he wants to stay on with Die Mannschaft until 2020.

Could be a Real Madrid target too if he changes his mind.

Gunner rating: Plenty of people at the Emirates would fancy him but does not seem likely.

LEONARDO JARDIM

 Leonardo Jardim could be the new Arsenal manager, replacing Arsene Wenger

AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS: Leonardo Jardim could be the new Arsenal manager, replacing Arsene Wenger

Portuguese boss of Monaco made a massive impact as he steered a fledgling team to last year’s Champions League semi-finals and then had half of the side sold that summer.

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An English speaker who is ready for a new challenge.

Gunner rating: Appears to have slipped down the radar this season but could re-emerge.

THOMAS TUCHEL

 Thomas Tuchel has been on Arsenal's radar for some time now

REUTERS: Thomas Tuchel has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time now

Former Borussia Dortmund coach appeared the perfect Arsenal fit given his relationship with new Emirates big-hitter Sven Mislintat.

But while Tuchel fell out with the Dortmund players and Arsenal dithered, PSG pounced and he is expected to be announced as Unai Emery’s successor later this month.

Gunner rating: Too late – they’ve missed the boat.

RUI FARIA

 Rui Faria is a left-field option for the Gunners this summer

MARK ROBINSON – THE SUN: Rui Faria is a left-field option for the Gunners this summer

Surprise candidate, especially given his long-standing close relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Initially a fitness coach under Mourinho, whom he first met at Barcelona, during their period with Leiria, and has moved up the pecking order as a loyal lieutenant.

Gunner rating: A shock contender and even more of a shock appointment.

CARLO ANCELOTTI

 Carlo Ancelotti has a hatful of experience at the highest level

REUTERS: Carlo Ancelotti has a hatful of experience at the highest level

Double-winner with Chelsea in 2010 before harshly sacked a year later for only finishing second, Ancelotti is the ultimate managerial fixer.

He’s got Juve, Milan, Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich on his CV, too.

Has a home in London and would definitely fancy it.

Gunner rating: If Arsenal want a smooth transition, there is nobody smoother.

PATRICK VIEIRA

 Arsene Wenger's first Arsenal signing, Patrick Vieira, could now replace him as boss

GETTY: Arsene Wenger’s first Arsenal signing, Patrick Vieira, could now replace him as boss

Wenger’s first Arsenal signing and still revered by Gunners fans for his role as the midfield enforcer of the Invincibles.

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Fell out with his fellow Frenchman and ended up on the payroll at Manchester City’s global empire.

Currently coaching their New York offshoot in the MLS.

Gunner rating: Despite his Arsenal past, City might have first call on his future.

BRENDAN RODGERS

 Brendan Rodgers is being tipped to take over at the Emirates Stadium

PA:PRESS ASSOCIATION: Brendan Rodgers is being tipped to take over at the Emirates Stadium

Success at Celtic has given Rodgers his sheen back after his last 18 months at Liverpool became increasingly tough.

Rodgers is thought to have been house-hunting in the London area and would relish the prospect of another big Premier League job.

Gunner rating: Winning with a dominant Celtic not the same as competing against City and United but would play attractive football.

JULIAN NAGELSMANN

 Julian Nagelsmann would be a youthful alternative for Arsenal

EPA: Julian Nagelsmann would be a youthful alternative for Arsenal

The Hoffenheim coach was only 28 and the youngest coach in Bundesliga history when he took charge in 2015.

He has already made a steady and strong impression with his youth and enthusiasm.

Under contract until 2021 but ambitious and would relish the challenge.

Gunner rating: Youth against him – but Stan Kroenke appointed a 30-year-old head coach at the Los Angeles Rams last year.

DIEGO SIMEONE

 Diego Simeone would be a strong option for any Premier League side

GETTY: Diego Simeone would be a strong option for any Premier League side

Many have seen the Europa League semi-final as a public audition for the Argentine pitbull.

In which case, being sent to the stands after 12 minutes last week probably did not help.

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A defensive coach who preaches team values and a proven winner. Anything goes in the pursuit of success

Gunner rating: Would give Arsenal backbone but unclear the fans would want to watch a team play so cautiously.

MIKEL ARTETA

 Mikel Arteta could return to Arsenal to take over as manager

EPA: Mikel Arteta could return to Arsenal to take over as manager

Former Gunners midfielder is another who has joined the City staff, where he is part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom team.

Has impressed many by bringing the same calmness he showed on the pitch to a coaching role.

But hard to see him returning as the main man.

Gunner rating: More likely to come back as part of a coaching team rather than the boss.

THIERRY HENRY

 Arsenal's best ever forward Thierry Henry could now become Gunners chief

PA:EMPICS SPORT: Arsenal’s best ever forward Thierry Henry could now become Gunners chief

Arsenal’s greatest striker, arguably their greatest player, and cutting his coaching teeth as Roberto Martinez’ Belgium No2.

Whether the Frenchman would really fancy getting his hands dirty every day, when he has a lucrative Sky contract in his pocket, is another matter.

Gunner rating: Blotted his copybook with some perceived criticisms of Wenger but would be a huge popular candidate.

MAURIZIO SARRI

 Napoli chief Maurizio Sarri has emerged as an option for Arsenal

AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS: Napoli chief Maurizio Sarri has emerged as an option for Arsenal

Chain-smoking Napoli boss has made his side one of the most attractive in Italy.

He’s had the Neapolitans dreaming of a first Serie A crown since Diego Maradona’s day before the weekend thumping at Fiorentina.

Appears to have tired of owner Aurelio De Laurentiis and would be open to the chance.

Gunner rating: Philosophy would seem a natural fit but not a proven winner.

ZELJKO BUVAC

 Zeljko Buvac is sensationally being tipped for the Arsenal job

PA:EMPICS SPORT: Zeljko Buvac is sensationally being tipped for the Arsenal job

For so long Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s No2, Buvac is now being strongly tipped with the soon-to-be vacant position at Arsenal.

Said to be the real brains behind the Reds’ exhausting “Gegenpress” defensive tactic, Buvac could be the man to finally add some grit to the Gunners’ back-line.

Gunner rating: Strong defensive mindset but lacks experience as a No1 manager, having spent just three years at German minnows Neukirchen.

 

 

 

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Oyo: Sports Minister, Sunday Dare donates relief materials to Akesan fire victims

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare on Thursday said that the priority of all tiers of government should be to ensure that victims of the Akesan Market fire get the needed assistance to enable them get back on their feet.

He stated this in Oyo Town when he visited the Palace of Alaafin Oyo to present relief materials to victims of the fire. He said he was in the ancient town to also commiserate with the people on the fire disaster that razed Akesan market in the early hours of last Sunday.

“I have written and spoken with Minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, who is on lesser Hajj. She has assured that NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) will intervene.
“I am confident that the minister will do the needful when she visits Oyo next week,” the Minister disclosed.

“I had promised to work with all the relevant stakeholders to bring succor to those affected by the fire. Earlier today I was in Ibadan, where I engaged Governor Seyi Makinde on this matter. I will continue to engage with relevant stakeholders to see what intervention can be made to bring relief to victims of the fire.
“The priority is to ensure that victims of the fire get the needed assistance to help them get back on their feet,” the Minister added.

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Mr. Dare, who hails from Oyo State, later presented the relief materials to the Alaafin of Oyo.

The Minister also visited the burnt market where he encouraged victims of the fire not to lose hope while charging that they have the potential to rise up stronger from what had befallen them.

 

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Liverpool Wins Club World Cup

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Roberto Firmino was again the hero for Liverpool as the forward’s extra-time goal allowed Jurgen Klopp’s side to beat Flamengo 1-0 in the Club World Cup final in Doha on Saturday and lift the trophy for the first time.

Firmino was picked out by Sadio Mane and waited for goalkeeper Diego Alves to commit before slotting low into the net in the 99th minute of an absorbing contest at the Khalifa International Stadium.It was the moment that finally punctured the hopes of the Brazilian side and their vibrant support, after Liverpool had been denied a penalty by VAR at the end of normal time.The Qatari referee initially gave a spot-kick for a foul on Mane by Rafinha on the way into the box, but changed his mind following a lengthy review, forcing the contest into an extra 30 minutes.Still, the European champions had enough to come out on top, with Firmino repeating his semi-final heroics, when he scored an injury-time goal to secure victory against Monterrey of Mexico.The win allows Liverpool to complete a fabulous year with a third piece of silverware to go with the Champions League and UEFA Supercup.Having earned the title of world champions, if Klopp’s team can see out their huge lead at the top of the Premier League this season, they will have a case to be remembered as the finest side in the illustrious history of the club.Flamengo had been hoping to repeat their win over Liverpool in the old Intercontinental Cup back in 1981 and thereby become the first non-European winners of the Club World Cup since fellow Brazilians Corinthians beat Chelsea in 2012.They fell short, but they certainly gave the Premier League leaders a game in what was their last outing of a long season.

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– Van Dijk back, Firmino hits post –

Klopp had welcomed back Virgil van Dijk after the inspirational Dutchman sat out Wednesday’s semi-final due to illness.That allowed skipper Jordan Henderson to return to his usual midfield berth, while Firmino, Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold were all recalled after starting on the bench against the Mexicans.Firmino, Naby Keita and Alexander-Arnold all came close for Liverpool in the first six minutes as they came flying out of the traps.Fielding the same team that started their semi-final win over Al Hilal, the Brazilian and South American champions gradually settled into the game, spurred on by their raucous travelling support.Bruno Henrique, the star of their semi-final victory, had their best opportunity in the first half, coming inside from the left to meet a long ball forward by goalkeeper Alves before seeing his shot deflected past.The Rio giants, with veteran Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus on the touchline, matched the European champions for much of the first half but were lucky not to fall behind at the beginning of the second period.Less than two minutes after the restart, Firmino controlled Henderson’s ball forward and sent a shot off the inside of the post before seeing it rebound away.However, Liverpool also needed goalkeeper Alisson to come to the rescue with a fine stop from a Gabriel Barbosa strike, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then went off injured as extra time began to loom.Then Alves stretched high to his left to tip a net-bound Henderson shot from 25 yards over the bar before, with the match in injury time, the English side thought they had a penalty for Rafinha’s tackle on Mane.However, referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim dramatically cancelled the decision after coming across to review the footage on a pitchside monitor.Liverpool finally found a way through nine minutes into the first half of extra time though, with Mane finding Firmino after being pushed wide of goal by Rafinha.Firmino made no mistake, and Flamengo were unable to respond.AFP

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2019 Ballon D’Or Winners {See Full List}

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The winners and other top finishers in the four trophies awarded at the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday in Paris are:

Men’s Ballon d’Or

  1. Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona)
  2. Virgil van Dijk (NED/Liverpool)
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus)
  4. Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool)
  5. Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool)
  6. Kylian Mbappe (FRA/PSG)
  7. Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool)
  8. Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich)
  9. Bernardo Silva (POR/Manchester City)
  10. Riyad Mahrez (ALG/Manchester City)

Women’s Ballon d’Or

  1. Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC)
  2. Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon)
  3. Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando Pride)
  4. Ada Hegerberg (NOR/Lyon)
  5. Viviane Miedema (NED/Arsenal)
  6. Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon)
  7. Sam Kerr (AUS/Chicago Red Stars)
  8. Rose Lavelle (USA/Washington Spirit)
  9. Ellen White (ENG/Manchester City)
  10. Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon)

Kopa Trophy

(Best player under 21 on December 31)

  1. Matthijs de Ligt (NED/Ajax Amsterdam then Juventus)
  2. Jadon Sancho (ENG/Borussia Dortmund)
  3. Joao Felix (POR/Benfica then Atletico Madrid)

Yashin Trophy

(Best goalkeeper, presented for the first time)

  1. Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool)
  2. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GER/FC Barcelona)
  3. Ederson (BRA/Manchester City)

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