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When Arsenal showed France tough love on Valentine's Day

Michel Platini thought playing a ‘very British’ Arsenal team at Highbury would prepare France for a World Cup qualifier in Scotland, but the plan backfired. France lost both matches 2-0

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

It’s hard to imagine Arsenal being in the title race in February and then adding an extra fixture against a national football team to their schedule. It wouldn’t happen these days but in 1989 George Graham’s team took a break from their pursuit of the championship to do Michel Platini a favour.

The France manager needed all the help he could get after a stuttering start to their qualifying campaign for the 1990 World Cup. France beat Norway 1-0 in their first qualifier thanks to an 84th-minute penalty from Jean-Pierre Papin but only could only draw in Cyprus before losing to Yugoslavia. With a difficult trip to Scotland on the horizon, Platini came up with the plan of playing a British club side to prepare his men for the challenge ahead.

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Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’

The 42-year-old former Southampton player is making his name at Sweden’s Östersund and now faces his biggest and most exciting test – a Europa League tie with Arsenal

“It’s a different kind of cold,” Graham Potter says as darkness spreads across Östersund and the temperature plummets to -20C. The inspirational manager of Östersund, who will reach the next stage of an incredible story when they host Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday, laughs when I say it’s hard to believe. I’ve felt colder on a wet February afternoon in Birmingham, not far from his old home in Solihull, than I do in this small town in remote northern Sweden.

“I know what you mean,” Potter agrees in his West Midlands accent. “This is a dry cold and it’s not too bad, is it?”

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New era edges closer as Tottenham seek to draw a line under austerity years | David Hytner

Tottenham meet Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday but next year’s derby will take place at the new White Hart Lane with the old rivals on a more-equal footing regarding revenue

Of all the numbers that cling to Tottenham’s new stadium project – and there are many, some of them mind-boggling – there is one that screams for attention in north London. It is the projected capacity of 61,559. The final figure could change. The club continue to fine-tune the design and they have applied for permission to go higher than 62,000. But what can be said for certain is that the ground will become the second-largest on England’s club football landscape.

It will be smaller than Old Trafford, which holds 75,643, but bigger than Emirates Stadium, which accommodates 59,867. That, for Tottenham, is a very big deal. Talk to anybody at the club about the new stadium, which is rising fast on the site of the old 36,284-capacity White Hart Lane, and that is the detail they invariably volunteer. It will be bigger than Arsenal’s.

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Mesut Özil, Yaya Sanogo and Arsène Wenger’s ticking doomsday clock | Barney Ronay

Özil and Sanogo were supposed to define the ambitions of the late-Wenger era at Arsenal. And indeed they have. Just not in the right way

There was a murmur of foreboding last month when it emerged that the Doomsday Clock, a metaphorical timepiece that ranks the current omens for the complete annihilation of the human race, has been set at two minutes to midnight.

This is a joint record low for mankind’s prospects, matched only once, back in 1953, when nuclear war seemed not just likely but somehow unavoidable, the sensible, grown-up option, with its own language of industrial inevitability.

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Olivier Giroud to join Chelsea and unlock Aubameyang’s Arsenal transfer

• Michy Batshuayi set for Dortmund loan
• Frenchman eyeing more starts with champions

Olivier Giroud is primed to join Chelsea from Arsenal in a deal worth £17.5m, which will pave the way for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal. Michy Batshuayi is set to complete the interlocking transfers with a loan from Chelsea to Dortmund.

Related: David Squires on … the countdown to transfer deadline day

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Arsenal seals cryptocurrency sponsorship deal

First such deal by a major sporting team will see club promoting CashBet at the Emirates

Arsenal has signed a sponsorship deal with the US cryptocurrency CashBet, which will see the Premier League club promote the firm’s initial coin offering (ICO) at the 60,000-seat Emirates stadium.

The deal, the value of which was undisclosed, is the first time a major global sporting team has officially partnered with a cryptocurrency firm. It comes as an increasing number of regulators and business leaders express concern about the dangers of consumers risking their savings in unregulated virtual currencies.

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Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan seals Arsenal move

• Sánchez hits out at former Arsenal players after joining United
• Mkhitaryan describes move to Arsenal as ‘a dream come true’

Alexis Sánchez settled into his new surroundings at Manchester United and immediately took aim at former Arsenal players.

The swap deal which had been talked of exhaustively finally came to fruition on Monday with Sánchez making the move to Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to north London.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Romelu Lukaku is weighing in with some key contributions, Christian Benteke is not and Tottenham are showing how much weaker they are without Christian Eriksen

Sergio Agüero has had a curiosity of a campaign. He has been injured, benched and below par at times. He has been outscored by Raheem Sterling for much of the season. Yet his hat-trick on Saturday meant he has scored 20 goals for a fifth successive campaign. Further milestones await: Agüero is nine away from becoming the first man to score 200 for City. He is 11 behind his career-best tally of 33 and, with successive cup ties against Championship opponents, Bristol City and Cardiff, he has the chance to make further inroads before Gabriel Jesus is fit again. Besides the numbers, the encouraging element for City is that, after an autumnal slump, Agüero looks to have regained his sharpness. He produced purposeful, elusive dribbling, often a sign he is at his best. The sense is that he is relishing the responsibility of being the only available striker while Jesus is out. Richard Jolly

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Manchester United agree Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal for Alexis Sánchez

  • Manchester United value Mkhitaryan at around £35m
  • Both players set to undergo medicals at new clubs

Manchester United have finally agreed to sign Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to move in the other direction in what is understood to be a straight swap deal. This means that as there would not be any money exchanged between the clubs, United valued Mkhitaryan at around £35m, the fee Arsenal were demanding for Sánchez.

Sánchez, who was out of contract at Arsenal this summer, is expected to sign terms at United that will make him their highest-paid player, with speculation he could earn as much as £14m-a-year after tax or £500,000-per-week.

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Nacho Monreal ignites quickfire Arsenal to blow away Crystal Palace

The noise levels around Arsenal continue to be pumped up. It was not without good reason that Arsène Wenger described the January transfer window as the “most destabilising”he has known. There was no Alexis Sánchez here, as the Arsenal forward closed in on his switch to Manchester United, while Hendrikh Mkhitaryan is primed to move in the opposite direction.

Before kick-off it emerged that Arsenal had bid 50m euros for the Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Olivier Giroud could go from Arsenal to Dortmund. Every day brings fresh intrigue.

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