Arsenal Announce Record Shirt Deal With Emirates

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Arsenal announced the club’s biggest-ever sponsorship deal on Monday, extending their shirt partnership with Dubai-based airline Emirates by five years.

The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which began its sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would continue to feature on the shirts and training kit of all of their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.

“Our shirt partnership is the longest-running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” said Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of the club, who have not given a figure for the deal.

“This mutual commitment is a testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship.”

“Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a club, make them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand.

“As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.”

Emirates also has naming rights to the stadium until 2021.

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Emirates Announces $16 Bn Deal For 36 A380s

This file photo taken on September 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai’s International Airport. Emirates announces $16 bn deal to buy 36 Airbus A380s, AFP reports on January 18, 2018. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

 

Emirates Airlines said Thursday it has struck a $16 billion deal to buy 36 Airbus A380 superjumbos just days after the European manufacturer said it would have to halt production without new orders.

The company said it had placed firm orders for 20 of the double-decker aircraft with options for a further 16. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020.

Emirates is already the world’s biggest customer for the A380 with 101 in its fleet and 41 more firm orders previously placed.

The Dubai-based airline said that with the new order it will have commitments for a total of 178 A380s worth $60 billion.

The deal was expected to be signed during the Dubai Airshow in November but was delayed without any explanation amid reports of tough negotiations.

Instead, Emirates inked a deal to buy 40 Boeing Dreamliners for more than $15 billion.

Airbus’s decision in 2007 to pursue the A380, capable of packing in 853 seats, was diametrically opposed to Boeing’s bet on the Dreamliner, marketed as a more efficient plane that could be used for both medium and long-distance flights.

But the economics of the A380 have proved daunting, with airlines having to fly every flight at full capacity in order to make a profit.

Airbus warned on Monday that it might have to end production of the A380, having booked no new orders for the plane in two years.

It said it regarded Emirates as the only airline with the capacity to place an order of the size required to keep production going.

“We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates,” the airline’s chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said.

“Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix.”

Emirates operates a fleet of 269 wide-bodied aircraft and flies to 157 destinations.

Wenger Desperate For Win In Race For Champions League Places

Wenger Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal cannot afford another slip-up when they face Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium aiming to end a damaging run of three Premier League games without a win.

Wenger’s team played a scoreless draw at West Ham United on Wednesday and is in seventh place going into Saturday’s meeting with Rafael Benitez’s team.

Only one point separates the Gunners from Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, but in what is shaping up to be a tight battle for the Champions League places, Arsenal can ill-afford to drop more points against a struggling team.

The West Ham draw was preceded by a stalemate at Southampton — both games Wenger would have expected to win — reinforcing the view that Arsenal have not yet recovered from the blow of losing to Manchester United at home.

Wenger shuffled his pack for the short trip to West Ham, with both Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud making their first Premier League starts of the season.

Wilshere declared himself satisfied with his performance but admitted that he has yet to open talks with the club about an extension to his contract, which runs out at the end of the season.

“There’s not really a date in the diary for talks,” the England midfielder told London’s Evening Standard newspaper.

“At the moment, I’ve just played my first game in the Premier League. I’m concentrating on staying fit and staying in (the) team. That will look after itself and when it’s the right time, I’m sure the boss will pull me (in) so we can have a chat.”

“The games come thick and fast and that’s a good thing because we dropped points tonight (Wednesday) but have the chance to get three points on Saturday,” he added. “We need to recover now and be ready for that.”

– Newcastle struggles –

Newcastle travel to the North London with problems mounting for manager Rafa Benitez.

Even though a £300 million ($403 million) takeover of the club by Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners is set to go through early in the New Year, a battle for Premier League survival threatens to overshadow the arrival of new owners to succeed the unpopular figure of Mike Ashley, the Sport Direct billionaire who is set to relinquish control after a decade in charge at St James’s Park.

The Tynesiders are just a point above the relegation zone after losing seven of their past eight games are in danger of an immediate return to the Championship.

England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey starts a two-match suspension after being sent off in the 1-0 home defeat to Everton, while goalkeeper Karl Darlow is set to drop to the bench after making costly errors in the past two matches.

“I don’t think you can say we’re in a relegation battle at this stage,” said captain Jamaal Lascelles. “Lots of people would probably have been happy with the points tally we are on if they were asked at the start of the season, so I’m not going to say we’re in a relegation battle.

“There have been a few home truths said in the dressing room, because we don’t want to leave it too late for things like that to be said. The reality is we’re not in a great position and sometimes things need to be said that players don’t want to hear. Hopefully, we’ll get a reaction against Arsenal.”

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Wenger Admits Top Four Finish Not Easy

Arsenal Wenger Admits Top Four Finish Not EasyArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has admitted that it will be difficult to finish top four in the English Premier League this season.

Following a two-all draw with Manchester City at the Emirates over the weekend, Wenger said the task is “not as easy as it looks”.

The Frenchman has led the Gunners to a top-four spot and the UEFA Champions League qualification for the past 20 seasons.

However, Arsenal are currently in sixth place, seven points off the Premier League’s leading quartet with 10 games left.

UK, U.S. Ban Electronic Devices On Flights

UK, U.S. Ban Electronic Devices On FlightsThe United States and United Kingdom have announced a new ban on laptops on passenger flights from the Middle East and some North African countries.

The British ban, which was announced a few hours after the American ban, was similar but applied to different airlines.

According to the UK, airline passengers on 14 carriers would not be able to carry laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

In its reaction, Turkey condemned the U.S. ban as wrong, and advised it be reversed.

The nine airlines affected by the U.S. ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Arlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

The ban takes effect on Saturday, with no end date in sight.

Wenger Says Arsenal’s Title Dream Not Over

Wenger Says Title Dream Not Over For ArsenalDespite back-to-back Premier League defeats Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal side are still in the Premier League title race.

The Gunners are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with 14 matches to play but Wenger insists his fourth-placed team are not yet out of the running.

“It’s never over – we cannot behave like that,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Even if you think it is, I don’t. We cannot even think like that.

“We look at the teams around us and we’re all in a pack that is very tight, where the fight for every position will be massive like it has always been in the Premier League, maybe even more this season than ever before.

“The way we respond to our disappointing result last Saturday is vital. If it is over for us, it’s over for everybody else. We are all together in a pack there, so first we have to focus on staying at the top, and then if we can reduce the distance between us and Chelsea after, you never know.

“They have an advantage where they aren’t playing in Europe. They have no midweek games, so of course they are in a very strong position.”

Arsenal next play a revitalised Hull City side fresh from a 2-0 victory over Liverpool, at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Wenger is not underrating The Tigers taking close look at their revival under new manager Marco Silva.

“Not really because I felt they played well since the start of the season but they had not always the results,” he said.

“The Premier League is difficult for everybody – they were a bit unlucky sometimes so they are a tough opposition for us.

“Every game is difficult, especially at the Emirates. We have to prepare well to face a Hull team with more confidence than when we played them, so we have to prepare well.

“We need to focus on what we do well and the quality of our game. As well these players have been great players [before] last Tuesday, they are still great players one week later. You are not a different player. You have to have common sense a little bit.”

Arsenal Share Points With Tottenham In Premier League Clash

Arsenal, Tottenham ,Premier League Arsenal played 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in their English Premier League match at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners toiled to win the North London derby, knowing that the victory would place them at the top of the table but Spurs remained resolute in defending.

Arsenal got the lead few minutes to the end of the first half through an own-goal as Kevin Wimmer glanced Mesut Ozil’s free-kick past his own keeper, Hugo Lloris.

Then, shortly after the second half began, a penalty was awarded in favour of the Spurs.

Harry Kane took full advantage with a brilliant penalty to level the score.

Both teams went on with a goal apiece till the end of the match.

Arsenal are fourth on the table with 24 points while the Spurs are fifth with three points behind the Gunners.

Middlesbrough Scuttle Arsenal’s Six-match Winning Run

arsenalArsenal’s six-match winning run came to an end against Middlesbrough but a point was enough to move them top of the Premier League table.

Manager Arsene Wenger – celebrating his 67th birthday – watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third.

The Gunners managed five efforts on target, but only one worried Boro keeper, Victor Valdes, when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny Alexis Sanchez.

Aitor Karanka’s side defended brilliantly and, despite conceding much of the possession to the home side, created the better chances.

Arsenal keeper, Petr Cech, blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header, twice denied the outstanding Adama Traore and also saved from Alvaro Negredo.

With A Bit Tired Legs

The home side briefly thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil’s effort was rightly ruled out for offside.

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Arsene Wenger says the energy was a bit down today

Despite remaining in 17th place, Boro should be buoyed by the display and unexpected result.

In his post-match comment, Wenger said his team had the possession but with a bit tired legs. There was not enough left in our legs today.

For him, one remarkable thing was that the team made sure they did not lose the game.

In other matches, Scott Arfield’s 90th-minute winner gave Burnley their third win of the season in a match dominated by Everton.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as stoke comfortably won at hull to move out of the relegation zone.

Nigeria striker, Ahmed Musa, scored his first goal for Leicester City, as the champions stretched their unbeaten home run to 20 games.

Winston Reid scored a late winner for West Ham to extend Sunderland’s losing streak to nine games.

EPL: Arsenal Confirm Alex Iwobi’s Return

Arsenal, Alex Iwobi, Arsene WengerArsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Nigerian striker, Alex Iwobi is in line to feature in Saturday’s clash against Southampton at the Emirates.

“Iwobi is back in the squad. The only one who is not ready is Aaron Ramsey. He is on the good way, but not completely ready for Southampton or Tuesday,” Wenger said.

The attacking midfielder missed the Gunners last two games in the English top-flight and the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania after suffering a thigh injury on the opening day of the season.

The news is a big boost for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, who is expected to announce his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Zambia in the next two weeks.

Hull City Force Arsenal FA Cup Replay

fa cup-ArsenalFA Champions, Arsenal, will play a fifth-round replay at Hull City after failing to beat the championship leaders at the Emirates.

The Tigers created little, but defended admirably to frustrate Arsene Wenger in his 100th FA Cup game as Gunners manager.

Championship side, Reading, came from behind to earn a shocking 3-1 fifth round win over West Brom.

Despite falling behind to a Darren Fletcher goal in the 54th minute, goals from Paul McShane, Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon gave the Royals victory at the Madjekski stadium.

Odion Ighalo’s Watford progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 after Scott Wootton’s own goal gifted them victory against Leeds.

Everton also secured passage to the next round with a 2-nil away victory over AFC Bournemoth.

Walcott, Willian Expect Tough Arsenal vs. Chelsea Clash

Arsenal-chelseaPremier League players from both Arsenal and Chelsea are expressing cautious views ahead of the Sunday clash at the Emirates.

Chelsea midfielder, Willian believes his team has improved in the last few games and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott admitted that indeed, they would face a “completely different” Chelsea during the weekend.

“It is going to be a completely different team we face. They will be up for the challenge,” Walcott said, admitting also that Chelsea remains a threat to Arsenal’s title chances as they are likely to face another big battle on Sunday.

“They are always a threat. They have got top-quality players, even though some of them are not playing to the standards they set last year but in these games, nobody can call it,” Theo said.

Willian Borges da Silva, while describing the improvement in their squad, expressed belief that Chelsea is capable of winning the game at the Emirates.

He said; “Arsenal have a great team, we know that, but we know we can do it and bring back three points to Stamford Bridge”.

The Brazilian warned that he would also be out to score against his former Chelsea teammate and now Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech.

Sinai Plane Crash Victims Flown Back To Russia

SinaiThe bodies of over 140 people who died in Saturday’s air crash in Egypt have been flown back to Russia.

All 224 people on the plane – most of them Russians – died when it came down over the northern Sinai Peninsula. So far 163 bodies have been found.

According to Russia’s emergency ministry, which organised the flight, identification will begin later on Monday at a crematorium in Saint Petersburg where remains of the victims were to be taken in a motorcade.

Family members have been providing DNA samples at a crisis centre set up close to the airport, now the site of an impromptu memorial where people are bringing flowers and cuddly toys to commemorate the victims, many of them children as young as 10 months old.

On Sunday, Russia observed a day of mourning after experiencing its worst air disaster.

As investigations continue into the cause of the crash, Russian air transport agency head, Aleksandr Neradko, says the airliner disintegrated at high altitude.

The Kogalymavia airbus A321 came down early on Saturday, shortly after leaving the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Russian city of St Petersburg.

Jihadists allied to the Islamic State (Is) in Sinai, claimed responsibility for the crash but Egypt’s Prime Minister dismissed claims by the Islamic State (ISIS), that it is responsible for the crash, saying a technical fault was most likely the cause.