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Arsenal Appoint Former Captain, Arteta As Head Coach

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Arsenal have confirmed their former captain Mikel Arteta as their new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Arteta will watch Saturday’s game from the stands at Goodison Park leaving Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge since Unai Emery was dismissed.

The 37-year-old won had been working as a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, joining the club in 2016 after retiring as a player

After his new appointment, Arteta said “this is a huge honour,” adding that “we need to be competing for the top trophies in the game”.

Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi said the Premier League club met “several top-class candidates” before choosing Arteta as Emery’s replacement.

“Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” he said.

Arteta would lead the team against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Arteta spent five years with the Gunners as a player between 2011 and 2016, winning two FA Cups before retiring and making the move into coaching.

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BREAKING: FIFA Bans Africa Football Chief Ahmad Ahmad For 5 Years Over Corruption

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The global governing football body announced FIFA has on Monday suspended the head of African football Ahmad Ahmad for five years for corruption

FIFA in a statement announcing the suspension said Ahmad, who has been president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) since March 2017 and was standing for re-election had “breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President”.

The 60-year-old Madagascan official was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000) by FIFA for the misdeeds, which related to “the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca” and his involvement in CAF’s dealings with a sports equipment company.

In 2019, Ahmad was detained for questioning by French authorities on the eve of the Women’s World Cup over an equipment deal with a firm that appeared to have little connection with soccer.

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Pep Guardiola Signs Man City Contract Extension

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Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year deal that will see him remain as Manchester City manager until the summer of 2023.

The 49-year-old has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three league cups since joining in 2016.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of this season.

Guardiola’s current five-year stay is the longest commitment he has made to a team since becoming a manager in 2008.

City have won nearly seventy-four percent, or 181 of their 245 matches, under Guardiola.

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FIFA Club World Cup To Be Held In Qatar In February 2021

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The 2022 world cup hosts, Qatar, are set to host the world’s continental club championship for the second time in February, after hosting the 2019 edition that was won by Liverpool.

Two clubs have already qualified for the tournament. European champions Bayern Munich will be joined by Qatar stars league winners Al Duhail who are the host nation’s representatives.

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