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Arsenal vs. Liverpool score: Aubameyang the hero as Gunners win Community Shield in penalty kicks

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Arsenal vs. Liverpool score: Aubameyang the hero as Gunners win Community Shield in penalty kicks

Arsenal won the FA Community Shield on Saturday in penalty kicks over Liverpool, winning the shootout 5-4 after regulation ended at 1-1. The Gunners put on a clinical display with their attempts, making all five with brilliantly placed shots, while Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster was as the lone taker to miss, rocking his shot off the crossbar. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored the opening goal, put away the winner to start the celebrations.

In regulation, Arsenal scored in the first half and Liverpool equalized with less than 20 minutes to go. Aubameyang made it 1-0 for the Gunners just 12 minutes in with a brilliantly placed ball from the top of the box to the far post, while it was Takumi Minamino’s shot from close that brought things level in the 73rd minute.

There was no extra time, with rules stating action goes right to penalty kicks. It was a deserved result in the end for the Gunners, who are riding a wave after winning the FA Cup final over Chelsea earlier this month.

Here are three takeaways from the match:

1. Aubameyang owns Wembley 

Surely Aubameyang likes to play at the Emirates, but Wembley is now his home away from home. He’s scored five goals in his last three games, including two in the FA Cup semifinal and two more in the FA Cup final before his goal on Saturday, which came with a “Wakanda Forever” celebration to honor Chadwick Boseman, who died on Friday.

The sign that he is stepping up in the big games against big opponents will be key to success this season for the Gunners, who enter the match with higher expectations thanks to the last month of play.

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2. Keeping Maitland-Niles now?

With Ainsley Maitland-Niles linked with a move to Wolves, will he ultimately stay at the club after this one? He got the start, put together a man of the match performance and looked really sharp. He defended well, he was good on the ball getting forward and was arguably the best player on the pitch. 

According to The Guardian, his potential move is about getting first-team minutes. He may have just earned a bunch more in this game.

3. Liverpool might have to accelerate pursuit of Thiago

It’s just a glorified preseason match, but the Reds’ creativity just wasn’t there. The team lacked a bit of calmness on the ball, and don’t be surprised if that increases the rumors of Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich joining. He’s been linked with the club for a while now. Liverpool created 15 shots, putting just four on frame, but they will want to avoid overreacting. The fact is, Liverpool hasn’t looked sharp for a while now, including the end of the Premier League season and the losses to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16. Having a player like Thiago could change this team completely in the final third, which is a scary thought for other teams. But it’s important to realize the team didn’t have key players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson. Chances are, they will be fine, but there is no question that adding Thiago would be huge.

Arsenal 1, Liverpool 1 (Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties)

⚽ Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12′)
⚽ Liverpool: Takumi Minamino (73′)

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″

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″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe’s costume″

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Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

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BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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