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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists Arsenal are a 'big rival for the title' ahead of derby clash

Antonio Conte will face Arsene Wenger on Sunday Saturday, September 16, 2017 Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is adamant Arsenal are a Premier League title contender. The Gunners have lost two of their first four matches and the most recent away game prior to their trip to Stamford Bridge was a 4-0 loss at Liverpool, which reignited debate about Arsene Wenger’s position as manager. Arsenal have not won at Chelsea since October 2011 and have won two of 21 games against the established top six since the start of the…

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Wenger surprised Arsenal-Cologne game went ahead after crowd trouble

Arsene Wenger was surprised Arsenal’s Europa League game went ahead after crowd problems caused by ticketless Cologne fans delayed kick-off. About 20,000 away supporters turned up in London despite the German club being given a ticket allocation of 2,900. After Thursday’s 3-1 win, Gunners boss Wenger said: “I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images.” Arsenal announced they have launched a review into the events on Thursday. The club statement read: “We worked with our colleagues at Cologne to stop supporters…

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Transfer news: Everton outcast Oumar Niasse wanted by Fenerbahce ahead of Turkish transfer deadline

Oumar Niasse spent last season on loan at Hull City Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Fenerbahce are hopeful of landing Everton outcast Oumar Niasse this week after his proposed transfer to Crystal Palace collapsed on deadline day. The 27-year-old, who scored four goals in 17 Premier League outings on loan at Hull last term, is no closer to the first team at Everton. He looked set to join Palace before the close of the window but the move broke down late on, leaving Niasse out in the cold. Fenerbahce are long-term…

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Jeff Hendrick to be assessed ahead of Republic of Ireland clash against Serbia as he battles thigh injury

Jeff Hendrick Sunday, September 3, 2017 Jeff Hendrick could yet play a part in the Republic of Ireland’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Tuesday night as he battles his way back from injury. The 25-year-old Burnley midfielder missed Saturday night’s 1-1 Group D draw in Georgia with a thigh problem, but underwent a session with the Football Association of Ireland’s medical team in Dublin on Sunday afternoon and will be further assessed on Monday. Hendrick emerged as one of his country’s key players during last summer’s Euro 2016…

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News: PyeongChang praised by IOC ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics

Following its ninth and final visit to PyeongChang, the International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission has left Korea “very confident” the city is prepared to welcome the world to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. “Over the course of our three-day evaluation visit, PyeongChang’s readiness to host the Olympic Winter Games 2018 was highlighted,” said IOC coordination commission chair Gunilla Lindberg. “We saw first-hand the advances that have been made on venues and infrastructure, as well as heard updates on plans to further engage with Olympic fans. “While details must continue to…

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News: London mayor launches refreshed tourism strategy ahead of autumn season

London mayor Sadiq Kahn has launched a new vision to accelerate the capital’s status as a world-class tourist destination. Tourism numbers in London are set to rise sharply, with more than 40 million people expected to visit the city annually by 2025, an increase of 30 per cent on the 31.2 million visitors who came to the capital in 2016. The Tourism Vision for London, which is backed by more than 100 industry partners and supported by the mayor, also projects visitor spending to grow by almost 50 per cent…

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News: ITB Asia sells out ahead of October show

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, ITB Asia 2017 has completely sold out ahead of its October staging. The show holds its strong Asian support with 60 per cent of exhibiting companies from the continent. ITB Asia 2017 will feature many firsts for the show. For the first time this year, ITB Asia will host Brazil’s Rio Convention & Visitor Bureau, the Moscow City Government, Promote Iceland, as well as an African Pavilion, among many others. The strong growth performance at ITB Asia 2017 is led by BRICS economies that show exceeding…

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