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Arsenal starlet, Bukayo Saka confused on which country to play for.

…says I haven’t made decision yet.

Arsenal starlet, Bukayo Saka, has said he is finding it difficult to decide which international side to play for.

Saka, 18, who has Nigerian parents was born in Ealing, London. He, therefore, can play for England or Nigeria

The winger, who is currently playing at left-back for the Gunners, has represented the Three Lions at U-16, U-17, U-18, and U-19 levels.

“I am always thinking about it but I haven’t made a decision yet,” Saka said.

“No one has been in touch but when I make a decision you will find out.”

Saka has also praised Unai Emery for giving him his debut before the Spanish boss was sacked by Arsenal.

The youngster said, “I have a lot of thanks to give him because he gave me so much confidence, he gave me my debut and he kept pushing me. I am grateful to him always.

‘It’s just something I have always dreamed of, coming up from the academy to the first team.’

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0-0: Real Madrid still 2nd position after stunning draw with Athletic bilbao

Real Madrid finished off 2019 with a second successive 0-0 draw and gave Barcelona an inch in the La Liga title race, as they laboured to a goalless home point against Athletic Club on Sunday evening.

Zinedine Zidane opted to freshen things up from that stalemate during the week. Eder Militao, Luka Modric, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior were all reintroduced, hoping to do their bit to keep the pressure on their title rivals.

Barcelona had responded to that midweek draw with a rampant 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves 24 hours earlier, moving themselves three points clear at the top, so a win against an Athletic side that had conceded just 12 goals in their opening 17 league matches was a must for Real – but that was never going to be easy.

And so it proved. The home side dominated the territory in the early proceedings, but an effort cleared off the line by Unai Nunez after Karim Benzema had neatly rounded Unai Simon was as close as they came in the first half.

Kenan Kodro had a goal ruled out for offside in one of the visitors’ few threatening ventures forward, but they were largely content to sit in and frustrate their more esteemed hosts, and with the clock ticking down, Gareth Bale and and Luka Jovic were thrown on in an increasingly cagey second 45 to try and make something happen.

Toni Kroos stung the crossbar and Jovic later clipped the post with a deft header, but Gaizka Garitano’s men stood strong in the face of pressure.

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Real had as many as 20 efforts at goal, but the eight that hit Simon’s target were dealt with well, and it finished with a point that will frustrate Zidane’s men ahead of their brief winter break that comes to an end with a trip to Getafe on January 4.

For now, it’s advantage Barcelona in the title race.

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Everton confirms Carlo Ancelotti as new manager.

…says he is the perfect appointment

English Premiership side, Everton has confirmed Italian Carlo Ancelotti as the Club new manager.

Marcel Brands, Everton’s Director of Football, said: “Following a rigorous process conducted by all of our Directors, it is a pleasure to now welcome Carlo Ancelotti to Everton. He is one of the finest managers in world football and a proven winner, having achieved a remarkable level of success in each of Europe’s major leagues.

“He is the perfect appointment for us. He embraces our vision for the Club and we are sure that his enthusiasm to take the helm at Goodison together with his tactical abilities and well-renowned man-management will make him successful in this role.

This was a clear and exciting decision for the Board to make. It was a unanimous choice and one we were all fully united behind throughout.

Carlo has proven time and again, he knows how to build a trophy-winning side and we share the excitement of our fans at the prospect of him leading our team in the years ahead. We’re all greatly looking forward to working with him.”

Ancelotti, who recently quit Napoli, will attend today’s Premier League match against Arsenal at Goodison as a spectator with the Club’s Owner and Chairman prior to meeting the players and taking up his new role from Sunday.

Ancelotti’s first match in the dugout will be the visit of Burnley to Goodison Park on Boxing Day, the club announced.

“This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base. There is a clear vision from the Owner and the Board to deliver success and trophies.

That is something that appeals to me as a manager and I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the Club to help make that vision a reality.

“I have seen from the performances in the last two weeks that the players are capable of so much. The work Duncan has done is a great credit to him.

Strong organisation, strong discipline and the right motivation are some of the key ingredients in football and I’m pleased that he will be part of my backroom team moving forward,” Ancelotti said.

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I will create winning mentality – Mikel Arteta Promise Arsenal.

…to convince the players

Mikel Arteta says he will try to install a “winning mentality” at Arsenal after being appointed as Unai Emery’s successor in north London.

It’s the 37-year-old’s first step into management after spending three years working alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where Arteta has been credited for having a major impact on their success.

But after returning to the club where he spent the last five years of his playing career, Arteta says Arsenal’s players have to be prepared to accept “a different way of thinking” if they want to start being successful once again.

“I have to try to convince the players about what I want to do and how I want to do it,” Arteta said, quoted by The Telegraph. “They have to start accepting a ­different process, a different way of thinking, and I want to get all the staff and everybody at the club with the same mindset.

“We have to build a culture that has to sustain the rest. If you do not have the right culture, in the difficult moments the tree is going to shake.

“So, my job is to convince everybody that this is how we are going to live, and if you are going to be part of this organisation it has to be in these terms and in this way.

“What I have learnt [from Guardiola] is mostly that you have to be ruthless. You have to be consistent and you have to fit every day the culture of the club to create a ­winning mentality.”

Arteta has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal and will be watching on as Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of his last game against Everton on Saturday.

Arsenal’s new boss will be in the dugout for the first time when they face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

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2-1: Borussia Dortmund fall prey at Hoffenheim’s rage.

Borussia Dortmund were made to pay for their inefficiency in front of goal as Hoffenheim fired two late goals to pick up a surprise 2-1 victory.

Lucien Favre’s side came into the game on a five-match unbeaten run and were looking to close the gap to Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

They got off to a good start, with Mario Götze firing home from close range after 17 minutes to give Dortmund the lead. The German finished off an impressive team move, but it was not a sign of things to come.

Instead, Hoffenheim grew into the game and came close to grabbing a quick reply. Robert Skov saw his free-kick cannon back off the bar, but Dortmund looked to be doing their job well enough as the hosts could not find a way through.

Favre’s men created plenty of good opportunities, with Jadon Sancho and Nico Schulz both coming close, but they were unable to put the game out of the hosts reach.

They paid for their profligacy in the 79th minute as substitute Sargis Adamyan powered home an equaliser, and things went from bad to worse eight minutes later when Andrej Kramarić headed home to complete the comeback.

Dortmund pushed for their own equaliser but could not find it before the full-time whistle, bringing their five-game unbeaten streak to a sudden end.

The loss leaves Dortmund in fourth place in the Bundesliga, but they could drop down to fifth if Schalke can beat Freiburg at the weekend.

The biggest concern for Favre will be the fact that his side now run the risk of seeing their title rivals pull away from them. Bayern Munich are only ahead on goal difference, while Borussia Mönchengladbach and leaders Leipzig remain four points clear, but all three of those sides now have a game in hand.

Dortmund could now enter the winter break outside the top four, so they will be desperate to bounce back when they return to action against Augsburg on 18 January.

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