January 11

Giroud unconcerned about Arsenal future

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s French forward Olivier Giroud will be hoping to start for the Gunners in their game against Ludogorets in BulgariaPARIS, France, Nov 14- Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is not breaking a sweat about his future at the club despite only having made eight appearances thus far this season.Giroud’s season began a little later than some of his team-mates due to Euro 2016, but to make matters worse, he suffered a toe injury in September and has subsequently been replaced by Alexis Sanchez. Even though Sanchez has excelled this season, scoring eight goals and notching up seven assists in 15 appearances, Giroud is optimistic that he will break into the starting XI again.“At this time, the coach has opted for the solution of Sanchez leading the attack, partly because of my injury, so I now hope to get more game time of course,” he told Telefoot.“The coach makes his own choices but I am counting on myself to come back strong and I will work hard to do so. I have no doubts over my Arsenal future.“As with each year, there is competition for places at the big clubs. There are a lot of attackers with different styles of play.“We have different profiles and can be used according to the team we are up against, but we can also be played together.”In the eight games he has played this season, Giroud has found the back of the net three times to go with two assists.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 27

Diego Costa considers different exit strategy after growing tired of Atletico

first_img1 Diego Costa is looking to leave Chelsea Chelsea striker Diego Costa is ready to consider other options after growing frustrated at Atletico Madrid’s lack of urgency.The Spain international wants to quit Stamford Bridge this summer after being told by Blues boss Antonio Conte that he is no longer in his plans.Atletico Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old as part of a deal that would see Costa return to his former club.However the Spanish side, who are banned by FIFA from registering new signings until January, are yet to make an offer.And, according to Marca, Costa is growing tired of his old side’s slow negotiations and he is willing to listen to other offers.The striker is also attracting interest from AC Milan, who are searching for a new marquee forward, and he will now hear them out.last_img read more

November 19

Chautala offers to resign if IOC disapproves his elevation

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Under intense pressure from various quarters, embattled Abhay Singh Chautala today offered to relinquish the life presidency of the Indian Olympic Association, but only if the International Olympic Committee has reservations about his elevation to the position. Chautala, who has been chargesheeted in a disproportionate assets case, and 2010 CWG corruption scandal tainted Suresh Kalmadi were made Life Presidents at the IOAs Annual General Meeting in Chennai on December 27, stunning the Indian sporting fraternity and leaving the Sports Ministry fuming. Kalmadi chose to step aside yesterday and Chautala said he was ready to do so but with a rider that IOA President N Ramachandran should take up the matter with the IOC and he will resign only after the international parent body disapproves of him taking up the honourary position. “I wish to thank the IOA for nominating me to the ceremonial position of Lifetime President and I have already informed the President IOA, through a separate letter, that if IOC is not favourably inclined to my taking over as Hon. Life President after the (IOA) President has had an opportunity of discussing this matter personally with IOC, I will be pleased to sacrifice my position in the best interest of Indian sports, sportspersons, good Governance, transparency and cleanliness in India sports,” Chautala said in a statement. He took a swipe at Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who has issued a show-cause notice to the IOA, threatening to derecognise it for the controversial decision. “I am surprised at the reaction of the Minister of Sports Shri Vijay Goel and the media attention which was given to this ceremonial recognition for my humble contribution to sports. I have made sacrifice in 2013 by resigning from the post of President, although I was elected President in accordance with IOA Constitution, Indian Constitution and in a most transparent manner in an election conducted by three eminent Judges,” said Chautala. “Even my presence to witness Rio Olympics has been questioned. I am personally aware of the conduct of Minister of Sports at Rio where IOC had questioned the behaviour of the Minister and his associates and threatened to withdraw his accreditation. I do not wish to dwell more on this subject as I do not want to embarrass the Minister. If necessary, I will brief the Honble Prime Minister on this issue of Rio Olympics.” PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more