Arsenal’s Brazil Under-23 striker, Gabriel Martinelli, has signed a new long-term contract at the Premier League club.
The news comes 48 hours after a fellow teenager, Bukayo Saka, 18, also agreed a new long-term deal with the Gunners.
The 19 year old Martinelli, who penned his new contract exactly a year after joining Arsenal, has scored 10 goals in 26 games for the club since moving from Brazilian side Ituano last year.
He has been sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in training which required surgery.
“I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us.
“He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.
“We are looking forward to getting him back to full fitness and to watching his development at our club,’’ Manager Mikel Arteta told the club website
Martinelli is the first teenager to score 10 goals in a season for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka over 20 years ago.
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Liverpool’s title win a ‘gift that keeps on giving’, says owner Henry
Nearly 10 years after Fenway Sports Group took over Liverpool, owner John W. Henry said that he could not be prouder of the club after they won their first top flight league title for 30 years.
Under Juergen Klopp, the Anfield club had won their sixth Champions League crown last season but Henry said getting their hands on the league title for a 19th time was the icing on the cake.
“It was a long time coming. “I just want to say (to the supporters) that you’ve waited a long time for this … this really feels sort of like the gift that keeps on giving.
“Every day I get up, it’s front and centre that we won (in) England finally.
“So, that’s my wish for you, that every morning you get up for the next, as long as you can accomplish it, think about what we accomplished this year in Europe, England and I hope you feel as proud as I do,” Henry told the club website
Henry, whose Fenway Sports Group took over Liverpool in October 2010, also praised Klopp for his role in the club’s success.
“I could go on and on about Juergen and how his heart is larger than his frame, how his enthusiasm affects all of us positively every day.
“But I think what’s important is he is determined every day to do the right thing, whether it’s with regard to what happens on the pitch, whether it’s regard to nutrition for the club… and that rubs off,” the 70-year-old American businessman said.
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2020/2021 EPL start date too early for Chelsea, Lampard says
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting the new English Premier League (EPL) season on Sept. 12 is too early.
The former England international said his players run the risk of sustaining injuries, given the short turnaround between campaigns.
Chelsea trail Bayern Munich 3-0 heading into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie on Saturday.
Even if they fail to overcome the deficit, Lampard’s side will have little over a month to recover before the new season begins.
“I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we go against Bayern Munich,” Lampard said.
“It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern Munich —- the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.
“Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern Munich, the 12th (Sept. 12) feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.”
Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro picked up injuries during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final and Lampard fears other players could meet a similar fate.
“The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this. I will like to think the Premier League will look seriously at that,” he said.
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Fires on the rise in Brazil’s Amazon despite ban
In spite of a ban, the number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon region continues to rise, according to official figures released Saturday.
In the nine Brazilian states bordering the Amazon basin, the number of fires rose by more than 20 per cent in July compared to the same month last year, data released by the National Institute for Space Research Inpe revealed.
According to this, 6,804 fires were registered in July this year, against 5,318 in July 2019.
Officials fear that 2020 could be even worse for the rainforest in Brazil.
On Thursday alone, satellites spotted 1,007 fires in the Amazon, for what Greenpeace Brazil called a negative 15-year record for a July day.
Greenpeace activist Romulo Batista said that the official decree prohibiting fires would not work unless there is more surveillance in the field.
In mid-July, Environment Minister Ricardo Salles and President Jair Bolsonaro banned the burning of land in the Amazon region and in the Pantanal, the largest swamp area in the world, for 120 days.
Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist, is a supporter of the economic exploitation of the Amazon.
He was heavily criticised for the devastating fires in the Amazon region last year.
He is accused of accepting the destruction in order to open up new areas for agriculture, animal husbandry, and mining.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)