Ozil signs for Arsenal

Mesut_Ozil_2655225bMesut Ozil has sealed a spectacular 40 million pound move to Arsenal after signing a five-year contract.

The Gunners have smashed their transfer record to land the Germany international, who underwent the second part of his medical in Munich on Monday after agreeing personal terms with the club.

“We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil,” Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said. “He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”

Goal has learned that Ozil has signed a deal worth £130,000-a-week that will run until 2018 after Real Madrid gave the green light to his departure.

He has comfortably become Arsenal’s highest-paid player as well as the club’s record signing, after Wenger sanctioned the first £20m-plus transfer in their history.

Goal revealed on Sunday that Arsenal was in advanced discussions with Real to sign Ozil before Monday night’s transfer deadline.

The two clubs agreed a £40m fee before Ozil’s representatives began discussing personal terms with senior Arsenal officials.

An agreement was reached late on Monday morning, as was revealed by Goal, before Ozil underwent medical tests in Germany, where he had been based as the national team prepare for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League,” Ozil said. “It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger.”

Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano passed a medical on Monday morning, and agreed the terms of a season-long loan from Palermo.

source: Goal.com


Arsenal Complete Capture of Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano

125910982_42838Arsenal have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan deal from Palermo.

The 27-year old, who has six Italy caps to his name, spent last season on loan at Fiorentina where he made 32 Serie A appearances, having joined from Inter Milan in 2012.

Viviano has also previously had spells at Brescia and Bologna, and he is a goalkeeper that Arsene Wenger has followed for some time.

The Arsenal manager told the club’s official website: “Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan.

“He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.”

The deal for Viviano could be the first of three signings that Arsenal are hoping to complete before the transfer window closes at 11pm.

Arsenal are also understood to be interested in a loan deal for Chelsea striker Demba Ba and are also trying to finalise a club record deal for Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.

source: myjoyonline.com

‘Essien is not using Ghana to revive his career’

Michael-EssienGhana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi sharply disagrees with the asserting that Black Stars returnee Michael Essien is taking advantage of Ghana to revive his career which seems to be faltering.

The Chelsea midfielder took a break from international football following injuries he sustained playing for Ghana- first was at the 2010 Nations Cup.

The 30-year-old, who is yet to play in the premiership for his club side Chelsea after returning on a season long loan from Spanish side Real Madrid this season has been described as an opportunist and is only returning to the Black Stars because he wants to revive his career by some football pundits.

But Nyantakyi who doubles as chairman of the Black Stars management committee disagrees.

“We should appreciate the fact that Essien has gone through a lot, the two career threatening injuries that afflicted his life all occurred during his time with the national team,” said Nyantakyi.

He added: “I don’t agree with that suggestion because there is no guarantee that if he plays for the national team it will enhance his career opportunities, I do not think that is the motivation for him to come back and play but is out of the love he has for his country.

“All the players are patriotic Ghanaians and that is why they have decided to come and play for Ghana, if you read ulterior motives to their actions you may not be fair to them.”

source; ghanaweb.com

World Cup Qualifier: Kevin arrives tonight

kevGhana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is expected to arrive in Accra on Monday night to rejoin the Black Stars ahead of their deciding World Cup qualifier against Zambia on Friday.

The 26-year-old made his debut for Schalke in their 2-0 win over Bayern Leverkusen on Saturday following his move from AC Milan a day earlier.

The versatile midfielder is now expected to get a huge reception on his return to join the Black Stars haven rescinded his decision to quit international football.

Boateng shocked the world over two years ago when he announced his premature retirement from the Black Stars.

He however wrote to the Ghana FA last month to declare he was available for national team selection after several consultations.

Boateng will however miss Ghana’s opening training session which begins on Monday evening at the Accra Sports Stadium at 4pm local time.

Captain Asamoah Gyan has already arrived to lead the team in the opening training session on Monday.

He will be joined in training by Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Fatau Dauda and Mahatma Otoo.

Others to train on Monday include Razak Braimah, Rashid Sumaila, Awal Mohammed, Mubarak Wakaso and Albert Adomah.

source: ghanaweb.com

Black Stars get down to work in Accra

wpid-Ghana-could-be-camping-in-Ethiopia-for-Nations-CupThe Black Stars held their first training session on Monday in Accra, marking the beginning of a key week for Kwesi Appiah’s men.

Ghana take on Zambia on Friday in Kumasi in the last match of the second round qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

With the Black Stars sitting top of the Group D standings and looking to confirm their place in the third round stage, twelve players turned up for training on the first day at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Captain Asamoah Gyan, Albert Adomah, Rashid Sumaila, Mahatma Otoo, Kwadwo Asamoah, Jonathan Mensah, Razak Braimah, Fatau Dauda, Rabiu Mohammed, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso and Awal Mohammed were all present on the first day.

Also joining in was Michael Essien, who took part during the groups running sessions but remained on the sidelines when the ball work started.

Kwesi Appiah expects more player arrivals for Tuesday’s double session.

The Black Stars are in first place and one point better than Zambia on the table ahead of their final meeting at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Winners of the second round stage will advance to the final round where ten sides will be paired off for the final stage during October and November with the winners of the five home-and-away ties qualifying for Brazil 2014.

source: modernghana.com

Juan Mata holding talks with PSG

Chelsea's Juan Mata celebrates scoring during his side's 4-2 Premier League win at Tottenham HotspurSpanish footballer Juan Mata is presently holding talks with French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). The French television station Infosport Plus is confirming that Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is presently holding talks with PSG.

‘Signing the Spaniard would, in my eyes, make perfect sense for Laurent Blanc’s team. The French champions may be getting consistent results in Ligue 1, yet they continue to appear disjointed with no obvious link between midfield and attack. ‘Their current playmaker Javier Pastore has been operating as part of a midfield three of late, with Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Lavezzi in attack, but the Argentinian – who certainly hasn’t set the capital alight following his £35m move from Palermo in 2011 – is struggling badly this season and has been jeered at the Parc des Princes in the last two home games.


source: modernghana.com

Asamoah, Atsu and others to arrive tonight ahead of Black Stars opening training session on Monday

aaaaaaaaaaKwadwo Asamoah and Christian Atsu will be arriving on Sunday night to join the Black Stars camp ahead of the opening training session towards the deciding World Cup qualifier against Zambia on Monday.

Asamoah boarded a direct flight to Accra in Amsterdam earlier this morning after helping Juventus to an emphatic 4-1 win over Lazio in the Serie-A the night before.

The talented midfielder was joined by Christian Atsu on the same flight in Amsterdam haven completed his Chelsea medical at Vitesse Arnhem and signed for the Blues 24 hours earlier.

The duo’s arrival will swell the numbers of already confirmed arrivals for national team duty.

Captain Asamoah Gyan was the first to arrive on Saturday morning after playing for Al Ain in their UAE Super Cup defeat to Al Ahli on Friday night.

Gyan’s confirmed arrival was followed by that of Fatau Dauda, Mubarak Wakaso and Mahatma Otoo.

With Asamoah and Atsu set to arrive on Sunday night, Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah will have an appreciable number of players to work with on Monday as other unconfirmed arrivals are expected tonight.

The Black Stars will begin training towards Friday’s deciding 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia with an opening training session at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday at 4pm local time.

The Black Stars camp is expected to have recorded a near full house by the time the team takes to the pitch on Monday evening.

Ghana is determined to beat Zambia by a resounding margin on Friday despite needing only a draw to progress in the qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Black Stars currently lead Group D by just a point and remain on track towards qualifying for a third successive World Cup finals.

source; ghanasoccernet.com