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Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Confirms He’s Leaving The Club

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 03: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal FC gestures during the UEFA Europa League 2017-18 semi-finals (2nd leg) match between Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal FC at Wanda Metropolitano on May 03 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

After months of speculation, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has confirmed that he is to leave the club when his contract expires. Arsenal had been hoping to keep the 26-year-old at the Emirates beyond this summer with the offer of a new deal (albeit on a reduced salary), but Wilshere, despite agreeing to sign the agreement, has now confirmed that he …

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Russia Swat Egypt Aside To Put One Foot In The World Cup Last 16

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 19, 2018: Russia's Denis Cheryshev celebrates scoring in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group A Round 2 football match against Egypt at St Petersburg Stadium. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

World Cup hosts Russia are on the verge of becoming the first side into the knockout stages after a commanding victory over Egypt on Tuesday night. Much was expected of the Pharaohs to respond after an opening-game 1-0 defeat to Uruguay – particularly with star forward Mo  Salah back in the starting lineup – but Hector Cuper’s side never really …

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Done Deal: Arsenal Confirm The Signing Of German International Bernd Leno

EPPAN, ITALY - JUNE 01: Bernd Leno looks on during a training session of the German national team at Sportanlage Rungg on day ten of the Southern Tyrol Training Camp on June 1, 2018 in Eppan, Italy. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen. The 26-year-old has become the latest arrival as the club begins the Unai Emery era, in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £19.2m. He’s a keeper 😁#HeyLeno pic.twitter.com/iGDIhOt5Ah — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 19, 2018 Leno made more than 300 appearances for …

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World Cup 2018: Best XI From The First Round Of Games

SOCHI, RUSSIA - June 15: Cristiano Ronaldo #7 of Portugal looks on before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The first week of World Cup fixtures has thrown up a number of strong individual and team performances. Many of the favourites have so far struggled to get going in these finals, while the likes of hosts Russia have surprised many by flying right out of the traps. In a first round of fixtures that has seen hat-tricks, brilliant free …

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Galway United Owners Vote In Favour Of Saudi Takeover

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway 27/10/2017 Galway United vs Dundalk A view of Eamonn Deacy Park

In a move that could have massive consequences for Irish football, Galway United have voted to accept an off ser from Saudi Arabian investors for a majority stake in the club. The First Division side have responded favourably to the investment proposal, on that is set to see the potential buyers invest €500,000 into the club in the next few days. A …

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Five Things We Learned As England Strike Late To Get Out Of Jail

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

England began their 2018 World Cup campaign with a Group G clash against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday evening. Although the expectation surrounding the Three Lions has been somewhat dimmer than in recent tournaments, it was nonetheless hoped that they would begin the finals with a win against the African side. Indeed, they made the perfect start to proceedings as …

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Derek McGrath Steps Down As Waterford Hurling Manager

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 4, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/6/2018 Limerick vs Waterford Waterford manager Derek McGrath

Derek McGrath has stepped down as Waterford hurling manager following their elimination from this year’s All-Ireland Championship. The Déise failed to come through the new round-robin Munster Senior Hurling Championship format, losing three and drawing one of the clashes against their provincial rivals. In a statement released by the Waterford county board on Monday night, McGrath confirmed that had stepped …

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The Venue For This Year’s Munster Hurling Championship Final Has Been Confirmed

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 1, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cok 20/5/2018 Cork vs Clare Cork's Conor Lehane celebrates scoring a goal

The venue for this year’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship final between Cork and Clare has been confirmed. The showpiece of the Minster senior hurling calendar will take place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, July 1st. Cork will play Clare in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final on Sunday July 1st at 2pm in Semple Stadium Thurles. Tickets will …

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