Arsenal roped in model and Bollywood actress Esha Gupta to launch their new away kit on Thursday.
Gupta, who has been spotted taking in matches at the Emirates Stadium on multiple occasions previously, modeled the new kit at the club’s official store in London, and also addressed the millions of Arsenal fans via the club’s official Snapchat channel.
The new kit features a two-tone blue design, starting with a lighter shade before fading into navy blue.
Fans can buy the new kit from Arsenal’s online store
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed his dream striker signing would be Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The Italian, who has brought in Alvaro Morata for £58million, was not suggesting the Blues are looking to buy the England striker, but spoke of his admiration for the 23-year-old.
Kane has finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer for the past two seasons, and when answering a question about Tottenham’s title ambitions, Conte told several national newspapers:
“Tottenham is a really good squad if they are able to keep all the players. For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world.
“If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left.
“He’s a complete player. He’s one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m.
“At least. For me, if I see this price for a striker I know for sure he’s a big striker.”
Transfer fees continue to increase this summer but Spurs have yet to add any new faces to their squad, with chairman Daniel Levy critical of the amount being spent.
However, Conte believes Chelsea’s London rivals are not under as much pressure to fight for trophies as the other clubs in the top six, and said: “My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?
“If they don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy. If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy.
“If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League and go down against Gent, it’s not a tragedy.
“Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and – I don’t know – Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand this. You must understand the status of the team.”
Conte also revealed that Chelsea missed out on right-back Kyle Walker, who moved to Manchester City earlier this summer for an initial fee of £45m which could rise to £50m.
“We tried to buy Walker,” he said. “Honestly, I think now every single player is expensive. For you to even enquire about one player, he is expensive.
“You go to buy a right-back, a left-back or a central defender and he is expensive. It is very difficult in the transfer market for the teams that need to improve their squads.”
Ederson will reap the rewards from thwarting European football’s most potent attacking force, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes.
City romped to a 4-1 win over Champions League holders Real Madrid in Los Angeles on Wednesday, after a second half blitz saw Guardiola’s side secure a first pre-season victory.
However, prior to defender Nicolas Otamendi breaking the deadlock and changing the course of the game with the opening goal early in the second half, City had been indebted to new goalkeeper Ederson making several superb saves.
Ederson, signed for €40 million in June, prompted some question marks after a costly error in last week’s defeat to Manchester United.
Yet Guardiola is in no doubt that the 23-year-old is on course to become Brazil’s first-choice stopper.
“Of course it’s important for him,” Guardiola said of the strong performance on Wednesday. “We knew his quality. To make a performance like today, helps us a lot.
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“Sooner or later, he will become the Brazil national team keeper. He saved many, many balls. He has the quality to read the situations and he put in a good performance.”
Two of City’s four second-half goals in the International Champions Cup tie came from corners with centre-halves Otamendi and John Stones both getting on the scoresheet.
Those two strikes were sandwiched by a cool finish from substitute Raheem Sterling after the impressive Kevin De Bruyne had a hand in all three goals.
“When Kevin’s mood is optimistic, he puts in performances like this,” Guardiola said. “It’s difficult to find a player with his quality, fight and movement anywhere in the world.
“He’s a guy who fights, passes and assists and many other things. Hopefully he can be positive like the last three weeks.”
After going 3-0 up, City were twice denied by the woodwork. Francisco Casilla produced a stunning finger-tip save to push De Bruyne’s free-kick onto the post and then Leroy Sane smashing the ball against the near post within seconds of entering the field.
But teenage substitute Brahim Diaz eventually added a fourth for City with a superb fourth goal, before Oscar Rodriguez grabbed a late consolation for Real with an even better strike.
‘JUST A FRIENDLY’
Despite such an emphatic scoreline against the two-time reigning Champions League winners, Guardiola refused to get carried away by the magnitude of the victory.
“I want to convince them (that) playing in that way is the best way to achieve our dreams, our targets,” he said. “(I want them) to be aggressive without the ball, that is good for Manchester City.
Real Madrid were champions of Europe for the last two times. Pre-season for them is not as important as it is for us.
“Of course it’s good for the confidence, to see the players with this intensity at this level. “But it’s just pre-season. It’s just a friendly game.
“The result is nothing important. It’s the way we try to fight for each other which is the most important thing for our future.”
There was little hint of such a big win for City during the first half after Real had been in the ascendancy, with some eye-catching play in midfield. Isco, in particular, persistently stretched the City back-line with his range of passing.
Ederson was forced to produce smart saves to deny Isco, Karim Benzema and Casemiro, with the latter also heading against the post.
But once Otamendi smashed home on the rebound after Keylor Navas had kept out John Stones’s header, Zinedine Zidane’s side looked jaded and the Real boss swiftly introduced a full team of youngsters from the bench.
Zidane wasn’t too disheartened, drawing the positives from the opening 45 minutes.
“Ultimately it’s a bad result, but not a bad game,” Zidane said. “My job is to look towards the next match and improve.
“I’ve been impressed by the youngsters. I’m very happy with all of them.”
Provided by AFP Sport