The Gunners and the Toffees had endured an extremely alarming start to the Premier League season and their pre-campaign European dreams already seemed a million miles away.
Due to their terrible domestic form, both Unai Emery and Marco Silva were fired by their clubs and the hunt had begun for their next appointments to usher in a new dawn.
Emery was fired by Arsenal at the end of November with the eighth club in the Premier League, already eight points from the top four and after their worst run without a win since February 1992
Meanwhile, Everton decided to say goodbye to Silva in early December after the club languished 18th in the relegation zone after three consecutive defeats.
Both clubs had a hard time and urgently needed inspiring managers to raise confidence and mood in the dressing room.
Their next movements were critical – miss it and they would fall even further into mediocrity or do well and maybe go hunting for European places – so both parties were more than willing to wait their time for their desired goals.
Arsenal and Everton found themselves at a crossroads and many management names were drifting around – they go with someone with a wealth of experience to arrest the slump or start again with a young candidate who may have had a great future in
It led to both Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti being connected to the vacancies of Arsenal and Everton, many claiming that the Gunners needed the Italians to partially restore the glory days, while others argued that the Toffees look young had to see to rebuild for the future.
But after much deliberation and knowledge of the next step, the key was, f Arsenal and Everton called their husband just before Christmas, and ironically just before the two teams fought it in Goodison Park in what turned out to be a boredom.
And both teams decided to go for the more bizarre option – Arsenal appointed Arteta to start over, while Everton chose Ancelotti to bring immediate success.
Arteta and Ancelotti were both standing in the stands on Merseyside watching their new games play one of the faintest games of the Premier League season. It was clear that Arsenal and Everton had a huge lack of confidence – and that was their first task to deal with.
They both led for the first time on Boxing Day (Arsenal was 11th and Everton 15th at the time) and since then have enjoyed a revival in fortunes, especially Everton.
Despite a gripping 1-0 defeat for rivals Liverpool, who failed their children in the third round of the FA Cup, things are clear to Ancelotti and are now somehow only four points out of the Champions League.
Since the appointment of Ancelotti at Goodison Park, Everton has the second best record in the Premier League – winning an impressive 17 points from eight games, scoring 14 goals and nine.
Only Liverpool, who sprint to their first ever Premier League title, have a better record after winning all their games since Boxing Day.
The Toffees are extremely efficient in the fall thanks to the exploits of Richarlison and Dominic Calv ert-Lewin, produced 118 shots in the eight games of Ancelotti, with an expected goal ratio of 15.86.
Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin have been a constant threat to the defense of the opposition since the Italian came to the helm, with the latter mainly enjoying a golden curse in front of the goal.
The young Englishman, who was looking for a place in the Euro 2020 team of Gareth Southgate, has six goals and one assist in eight games and he continues to take threatening positions – with 30 shots during that time with a conversion rate of 20 percent.
Calvert-Lewin has also created nine opportunities for his Everton teammates, showing that he has the creativity to go alongside his goals instinct.
Richarlison has three goals and one assist in six games under Ancelotti, producing 18 shots on goal with a conversion of 16.7 percent. The Brazilian continues to link the game brilliantly and he has proven that by creating eight opportunities for his teammates.
Meanwhile, it was a slower journey for Arsenal among the inexperienced Arteta, but there are plenty of encouraging signs that the triple Premier League winners are coming back to life.
Arteta has led the outfit in North London to only two Premier League wins in his first eight games – including an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United on New Year's Day and an emphatic 4-0 game from Newcastle last weekend.
They have only taken 11 points out of a possible 24 points and are eighth in the rankings since the Spaniard – previously employed as assistant to Pep Guardiola in Manchester City – took over.
But despite their sad shape throughout the season, with only seven games in total, they somehow only have so many points from the top four. They cannot believe their own happiness and Arteta will quietly watch an unlikely berth in the Champions League after the two-year ban of his former employers.
Arsenal slowly but surely start to find their rhythm for the goal again, the pace of competitions much more dominating under Arteta – with an average of 54.3 percent possession per match – but that is not the most important improvement.
Defensively, Arsenal recently looked much more compact and kept three clean sheets in a row in all competitions (two in the Premier League). They are faced with 97 shots after the arrival of Arteta, with only 31 of them on target.
Many stars show great signs of improvement in the Emirates, notably Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi – two players whose future in Arsenal seemed dead and buried in December.
But it is the rise and development of the next generation among Arteta that mainly excites Arsenal fans, with Bukayo Saka ahead despite playing out of position as left back after injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney.
The teenager born in Ealing has shown maturity far beyond his years and his impressive form has led him to attract interest from people such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
The 18-year-old-old played seven times under Arteta in the English top flight, admitted only six times alongside the rest of his defending teammates and made 13 tackles, five interceptions and won 58.2 percent of his duels .
So fast forward from the scoreless draw in Goodison Park on December 21, and now things feel very different on the way to the Premier League meeting in the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams appear on the rise again and face the confident collision of the weekend, somehow competing for a European spot after gloomy starts at the
Although it might is too early to say that their respective management agreements have been a success, it is certainly going in the right direction and the feel-good factor seems to be back at both the Emirates and Goodison Park.
Sunday's game is an intriguing battle in both the race for Europe and to see what Arteta and Ancelotti could have done for their opponents if things were turned off in December.
Head of Sporting Lisbon claims that Manchester United paid £ 16.5 million MORE for Bruno Fernandes in January than last summer after the club split up £ 68 million to finally land a long-term goal
- Bruno Fernandes joined Manchester United of Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £ 67 million
- The two clubs were a lengthy battle for the player's price tag
] Sporting Lisbon's vice president believes his club has reached the better end of the deal
Sporting Lisbon Vice President Francisco Salgago Zenha has asked that his club got the best deal from the sale of midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
Manchester United stood at odds with the Portuguese giants in a lengthy transfer dispute over the price tag of the highly valued midfielder.
The Red Devils finally gave in and agreed to pay Sporting a fee that could rise to £ 67m with add-ons to land the 25-year-old.
After the long discussions that led to the signing just before the deadline, Zenha said he believes he was the party to win the negotiations and that United & # 39; about the opportunities & # 39; paid.
As reported by the Mirror Zenha said: "I realized during the negotiations that Manchester United was convinced that we would admit and that he would make the deal for 50 million euros Close. Well, they finally paid 65 million.
& # 39; They were wrong and ultimately paid what we wanted. We received 20 million more than if we had sold four months ago. & # 39;
After completing his move to Old Trafford, Fernandes was immediately introduced, his debut made just two days after completing the move, playing 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with Wolves.
Fernandes signing was much expected after the conversation first started about a possible move back in the summer.
The clubs were unable to make a deal at the time, but the talks continued until January's transfer window with Manchester United and wanted to strengthen their team after a tumultuous start to their season.
It is hoped that his signing could help cause an improvement in form that could help them to challenge the Champions League places.
Club teammate Diego Dalot has said that Fernandes already fits well in the team.
He told the official website of Manchester United : & # 39; Perfect. I mean, it's like he's been here two years.
& # 39; He gets along very well with the boys, it is very good to have him here, it is very good for me, very good for the team he is a fantastic player and a fantastic person.
& # 39; So it's another one to help the team. & # 39;
& # 39; I remain firm in the UK & # 39 ;: Lando Norris admits that he is not paid enough – £ 400,000 a year – by McLaren to want to move to Monaco
- Lewis Hamilton lives in Monaco and wants to sign a lucrative new contract
- A new deal with Mercedes can be worth around £ 60 million a year
- Lando Norris has £ 400,000 a year and can't afford to move to Monaco.
- & Maybe, one day I would earn more Monaco can think, & # 39; he said
Formula 1 star Lando Norris is not going to follow Lewis Hamilton to Monaco – because he cannot afford it.
While Hamilton wants to exploit his status as a six-time world champion with a new Mercedes deal that is worth £ 60 million a year, his countryman rubs just £ 400,000.
That means that Norris, 20, would rather stay in Surrey than go to the playground of the high-rollers of the grid.
Speaking at the launch of McLaren in Woking on Wednesday prior to the first race of the season in Melbourne on March 15, he said: & # 39; I don't earn enough to move to Monaco quickly.
& # 39; I just got a new house on the road from the factory – 3 minutes 20 seconds in my car, driving within the speed limits.
& # 39; Before that I was in Guildford, but this is even easier. And I enjoy being close to the factory and close to my friends instead of being stuck in Monaco.
& # 39; I can go to London and live a better life that way.
& # 39; Hopefully I can look forward to that in the future. & # 39; I like everything the way it is now. I love to go out with my group of friends and I still have a lot of fun. When I move to Monaco, I don't enjoy things at all. & # 39;
& # 39; Maybe if I earn more one day, I could think of Monaco. But for the time being the financial benefit does not outweigh what I would lose. & # 39;
& # 39; I'm being noticed a bit more, but I'm not Lewis Hamilton, & # 39; Norris added.
& # 39; I am not stopped everywhere I go. I'm at the point where it's cool. I'm not yet at the point where I have to go undercover.
& # 39; Occasionally you stare at you while eating. You try to eat and then you have a man who looks at you, which is kind of weird, but I don't mind. & # 39;
Norris, who finished eleventh in his debut season last year, promises to show a more difficult edge from now on, especially in his posts on social media.
& # 39; Some trolls saw that I was kidding or having fun and then blamed things that went wrong in the way they saw my approach, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It was not how I was. I was focused.
& # 39; Most of the criticism was funny, but some things could play in my mind. & # 39;
Players in tears, teams deliberately run through the 24-second shot clock and stars with sincere messages written on shoes … how emotional NBA paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after the tragic death of the legend
- ] Kobe Bryant died tragically in California at the age of 41 on Sunday
- The LA Lakers legend died when his private helicopter crashed in Calabasas
- ] Tributes have been received from celebrities, other basketball players and teams
- The 24-second shot clock was broken during competitions in honor of Bryant & # 39; s jersey
- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has announced that they are the No. 24 jersey
The world of basketball is in shock after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.
The 41-year-old and his daughter Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.
His premature death saw tributes pour in from all over the world, while his former colleagues honored his memory.
Although there was much consultation or games going on just Several hours after his death, many teams decided that it is what the Los Angeles Lakers legend would have wanted. see the 24-second shot clock to start the game, while others immediately triggered the eighth offense on the defensive half to recognize the two numbers that Bryant wore during his career.
& # 39; I think it was the right decision for us to go outside and compete today. I think he would have wanted that & # 39 ;, said the Portland Trail Blazers guard, Damian Lillard.
& Of course you think about it during the game. The timeouts, and just random dead moments of the game, he's in your mind because it's just such a sad situation. It was a difficult game to play your energy as far as possible and where your heart is, to say the least. jersey in honor of Bryant.
For some, the news seemed too much, with many NBA stars breaking out in tears on the field after the devastating news.
Good friend Kyrie Irving appeared for the Brooklyn Nets game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden before he left after hearing the news.
LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers gave a heartbreaking pre-game interview in which he admitted that he could not tell his players to go out & # 39; play out & # 39; just a few hours after Bryant's death.
& # 39; Sorry, I don't have much to say, & # 39; said Rivers. "I have to talk to a team before a game and tell them to play and I can't."
Cordial messages were stuck in front of shoes on shoes a few hours after the news was announced on the west coast of America .
Atalanta Hawks point guard Trae Young paid homage by putting on the No. 8 jersey to start the game before switching to his typical No. 11 in the 152-133 win over the Washington Wizards.
& # 39; One of the last conversations we had was that he just told me how much he saw my game and he is just happy for me, & # 39; Young said between breaks.
& # 39; He said how proud he was of me and how he wants me to continue to grow up as a role model for children and for Gigi and all the children who look up at me to inspire these children and keep playing my heart out. & # 39;
Javier Hernandez becomes the highest paid player in MLS after he has agreed to leave Seville for LA Galaxy
- Javier Hernandez plans to join LA Galaxy after one agreement was signed with Seville
- Hernandez, 31, is expected to be the highest paid player in MLS
- The former West Ham attacker will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaced in an attack ]
Javier Hernandez will become the highest paid player in MLS after agreeing to move from Seville to LA Galaxy.
Galaxy boss Dennis te Kloese told the Spanish newspaper Marca earlier this month that he was interested in the 31-year-old.
Kloese said: "We're going to seriously try to sign it, it would be a good deal for us."
Hernandez, who left West Ham for Seville earlier this season, has previously spoken of his love for MLS and his desire to play in America one day.
The deal to get him from Seville has been reported to be worth £ 8 million – £ 3 million more than Galaxy they paid Villarreal for Giovani dos Santos in 2015.
Carlos Vela, who made the switch to MLS in 2018, also spoke about the suitability of his fellow Mexican to play Stateside.
Vela said: & # 39; He is a scoring machine – he is always looking for goals – and he is doing a really good job for his team.
& # 39; I think the Mexican fans excited. & # 39;
Ed Woodward of Manchester United is STILL the highest paid club director in the Premier League after earning £ 3.16 million last season … despite being paid less than 12 months ago and the club as sixth ended in the top flight
- Ed Woodward was the best paid club director in Manchester United in 18/19
- Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby became Charlton last year also nicely paid
- Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is closest to Woodward at £ 3m per year
Woodward's stunning pay package is £ 1 million less than 12 months ago, but he remains the largest earning chef in England, before Tottenham President Daniel Levy at £ 3 million.
Companies House accounts showed that the UK paid £ 6.8 million to directors, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, for the year ending June 30, 2019.
Male United Vice President Ed Woodward is still the highest paid director in England
United finished sixth in the Premier League last season and failed to win a trophy, but Woodward's right to activate shares to display his service to the club saw him another bumper wage received.
Woodward has been working for United since 2005 after helping the club's owners, the Glazer family, secure their takeover of the club.
Despite United's problems on the field, their commercial success is unmatched in world football, with revenues that continue to grow.
The club has made a profit of £ 19 million last year, although a lack of Champions League football will probably reduce earnings season this year.
United has molded their huge income thanks to partnerships with more than 50 global and regional sponsors.
But Woodward remains unpopular with large parts of the club's fan base who have accused him of making a profit on the pitch.
The former accountant oversaw a troubled period in the history of United after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
During that period, the club wasted hundreds of millions in transfer costs and three fired several managers, while not winning any Premier League title.
Roman Abramovich pumps £ 247m into Chelsea in the space of a year despite visiting Stamford Bridge barely in line over his British visa (and £ 26m of which Antonio Conte went to plunder!)
- Antonio Conte was fired by Chelsea in July 2018 after two years of leadership
- His resignation was for a club as revealed by the latest accounts
- Blues paid more than £ 26 million to Tell, his staff and legal costs
- Roman Abramovich spent a total of £ 247 million in total last season
The newest accounts of the Premier League show the Stamford Bridge outfit paid a total of £ 26.6 million, to compensate former manager Count and his backroom staff and legal costs.
Count was fired by Chelsea in July 2018 after two years at the helm and was later replaced by Maurizio Sarri
Club bill wages increased by £ 41 million in 2019 despite not playing in the Champions League.
And there were also big money movements for new players, including Kepa Arrizabalaga, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.
Chelsea has now spent £ 90 million firing managers since Abramovich took over. He continued to invest heavily, despite the fact that he led the club from abroad, due to continuing problems in his UK with the aim of cooling off diplomatic relations between the government and Russia.
Former Italy midfielder Conte sent Chelsea to the 2017 Premier League title, but was fired a year later with 12 months left on his contract when the Blues finished fifth and did not qualify for the Champions League .
& # 39; Exceptional items in the current year from £ 26.6 million report to changes regarding men's team management and coaching staff, along with associated legal costs, & # 39; read Chelsea & # 39; s latest set of published accounts for the year ending June 30, 2019.
Chelsea has paid more than £ 90 million in compensation for layoffs since Roman Abramovich became the owner of the club in 2004.
FIFA wrongly tries £ 1.5 million & # 39; to be recovered, paid by former President Sepp Blatter to then UEFA chief Michel Platini in 2011
FIFA will try to claw the two million Swiss French back who & # 39; wrongly & # 39; had been paid to Michel Platini by Sepp Blatter in 2011, following the conclusion of a governance review in the organization.
In a letter to the Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, that is by Sportsmail the Chairman of the Governance Committee said there was unanimous approval for the £ 1.54 to be recovered million payment.
They ruled that & # 39; this money should now be claimed by FIFA & # 39; in addition to the imposed fines and associated costs.
It is understood that FIFA has taken this step, because the statute of limitations means that they only had time to claim for the money until the end of this year to submit.
The letter from the committee chairman Mukul Mudgal to Alasdair Bell, deputy secretary general of FIFA, said: & # 39; We kindly inform you that the Governance Committee unanimously approves the attached resolution and the FIFA administration recommends the relevant authorities in Switzerland against both Mr Blatter and Mr Platini to ensure that the CHF 2 million wrongly paid by Mr Blatter to Mr Platini is returned to FIFA (together with interest at the appropriate rate) ) and the disciplinary fines and imposed costs are reclaimed. & # 39;
In 2015, an investigation was found that & # 39; based on a contract was & # 39; before payment and that it was & # 39; as an illegal & # 39; gift & # 39; or & # 39; inappropriate payment & # 39; had to be considered.
Platini, who was UEFA president between 2007 and 2015, along with Blatter, FIFA president from 1998 to 2015, during the Euro 2012 final in Warsaw
Platini served a four-year ban that ended in October of this year, but always insisted that the money was spent on FIFA work between 1998 and 2002.
The full written resolution says: & # 39; On November 25, 2019, the FIFA Governance Committee fully took matters into consideration taken into consideration and decided to put the following resolution into circulation:
In rela on the & # 39; undue payment & # 39; of CHF 2 million approved by Mr Blatter on 18 January 2011 and received by Mr Platini on 1 February 2011, the FIFA Governance Committee believes that this money should now be recovered by FIFA according to the relevant legal proceedings
& # 39; The same applies to the fines imposed and the costs of the Federal Court, both ordered but not paid today.
There was unanimous approval from the FIFA board for the & # 39; reclaim undue payment & # 39; through court
& # 39; The FIFA Governance Committee underlines that this & # 39; undue payment & # 39; from Mr. Blatter to Mr. Platini had and has based on the law, and that this fact has been consistently and repeatedly established in various courts and tribunals, up to the level of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. "
It adds:" Given the circumstances of the case (s) and their very close relationship, the FIFA Governance Committee believes that the clauses against Mr Blatter and Mr Platini should be made at the same time. & # 39;
& # 39; The emotional and mental well-being of the players is low point & # 39 ;: the Macclesfield team calls League Two clash with Crew because they have not been paid for a month
- Macclesfield are intended to host Crewe in a League Two competition on Saturday
- The Macclesfield team says the competition will not take place because they have not been paid
- A destructive statement was issued by the team on Thursday morning
The players of Macclesfield say they have their League Two have canceled against Crewe on Saturday because they have not been paid for a month and their & # 39; emotional and mental well-being lies at the bottom & # 39 ;.
The 14th Place League is currently subject to a winding-up order that is supported by former manager Sol Campbell, who owes £ 182,000 to the club.
On Thursday, the Macclesfield team issued a statement that said: & # 39; As a group, we want to inform the EFL and Crewe Alexandra that the game will not take place despite growing reports that the & # 39; business as usual & # 39; is. class = "blkBorder img-share" />
& # 39; This is due to the fact that no salaries were paid last month
& # 39; We have not been training a squadron since last Thursday due to the fact that we are on training ground.
& # 39; The most important thing is that the game cannot continue for the emotional and mental well-being of the players that is currently the low point.
& We hope that our own fans, who have been great, Crewe fans and the entire football community can understand this decision because it such an important month is for us all on and off the field. & # 39;
Jose Mourinho becomes SECOND best paid manager in the world for Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp with £ 15m-a-year Tottenham deal … but Portuguese boss is still behind old rival Pep Guardiola
- Jose Mourinho is the second highest paid manager in world football
- He has signed a monstrous contract to become a Tottenham manager
- ] However, Mourinho follows Pep Guardiola with the Manchester City boss at £ 20m
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is just in the top 10 at £ 7m per season
It has turned out that Mourinho will earn almost double the wages of his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino after taking the lead at the North London club on Wednesday morning.
This is the first time in Tottenham's history that they have appointed a manager of Mourinho's pedigree – he has won 25 trophies in his management career – and it seems that they have paid a high price .
Jose Mourinho is the second highest paid manager in football at Tottenham
TOP 10 HIGHEST PAID MANAGERS
1. Pep Guardiola – Manchester City ( £ 20m)
2. Jose Mourinho – Tottenham (£ 15m)
3. Diego Simeone – Atletico Madrid (£ 13m)
[1 9459022] 4. Rafa Benitez – Dalian Yifang (£ 11.5m)
5. Fabio Cannavaro – Guangzhou Evergrande (£ 10m)
5. Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid (£ 10m)
7. Antonio Conte – Inter Milan (£ 9m)
8. Thomas Tuchel – PSG (£ 8m)
8. Ernesto Valverde – Barcelona (£ 8m)
10. Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool (£ 7m)
* Figures according to T uttomercato
According to Tuttomercato Mourinho's £ 15 million annual salary sees him jumping directly into the list of the highest earners at number two.
He still follows nemesis Pep Guardiola with the Manchester City boss who in 2018 signs a new two-year contract worth £ 20 million per season
The Spaniard is the highest paid boss in world football, but has become worth every penny after winning back Premier League titles on Etihad
Under Mourinho in third place is Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid. The Fiery Argentine has been responsible for the Spanish giants since 2011, wins La Liga in 2013-14 and brings the club to two Champions League finals.
Simeone earns a cool £ 13 million a year and has a contract with Athletic until 2022.
China is known to pay big wages and it is no surprise that two of the top five most earning managers come from there.
Rafa Benitez takes home £ 11.5 million season with Dalian Yifang after joining Newcastle when he left Newcastle in the summer, while Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro earns £ 10 million a year for his work with Guangzhou Evergrande .
Zinedine Zidane shares fifth place with Cannavaro The Real Madrid boss made a sensational return to the Bernabeu the end of last season and managed to negotiate at £ 10m per year's salary.
Antonio Conte comes with his £ 9m per season salary at Inter Milan.The Italian returned to his homeland in the summer and is extraordinary his side is only one point behind Juventus after 12 matches.
The rest of the top 10 consists of three European heavyweights, and Thomas Tuchel of Paris Saint-Germain is paid £ 8 million a season if he misery v when the club in the Champions League finally wants to end.
Ernesto Valverde is perhaps surprised to see that he is paid 2 million less than rival Zidane, given that he was the most successful of the two in recent seasons. The Barcelona boss takes £ 8 million a season to manage Lionel Messi and Co.
The top 10 is then supplemented by Jurgen Klopp, the boss of Liverpool. The rise from his side to the top of European and domestic football is sensational and some claim that he is worth more than the salary of £ 7 million a year he earns at Anfield.