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Jul 15, 2015

Soccer-Akpom states Arsenal case with hat-trick in Singapore

SINGAPORE, July 15 (Reuters) – Rookie striker Chuba Akpom put forward his case for more playing time at Arsenal next season by scoring a hat-trick in a lopsided 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI in the Premier League Asian Trophy on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old academy striker, who signed a long-term contract in February, has made only four substitute appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal and has been farmed out on loan to lower tier sides Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest in recent years for experience.

Jul 14, 2015

Wilshere itching for Premier League start

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Pre-season is so often hated by professional footballers, but for Arsenal’s injury-plagued midfielder Jack Wilshere it could not come soon enough.

The 23-year-old was on top form at the end of the last campaign as Arsenal successfully defended the FA Cup by beating Aston Villa 4-0 in the final. He also scored twice for England in their 3-2 win away to Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Jul 14, 2015

Soccer-Wilshere itching for Premier League start

SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) – Pre-season is so often hated by professional footballers, but for Arsenal’s injury-plagued midfielder Jack Wilshere it could not come soon enough.

The 23-year-old was on top form at the end of the last campaign as Arsenal successfully defended the FA Cup by beating Aston Villa 4-0 in the final. He also scored twice for England in their 3-2 win away to Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Jul 14, 2015

Arsenal hopeful goalkeeper can Cech mate title rivals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The arrival of goalkeeper Petr Cech has given Arsenal’s unfairly criticised defensive unit a welcome boost and could be the missing piece in the title puzzle, his new side have said.

Pundits and fans have frequently cited last line weaknesses as the reason why Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004, with David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny both culpable for errors last term as the side finished third, 12 points behind champions Chelsea.

Jul 14, 2015

Soccer-Arsenal hopeful goalkeeper can Cech mate title rivals

SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) – The arrival of goalkeeper Petr Cech has given Arsenal’s unfairly criticised defensive unit a welcome boost and could be the missing piece in the title puzzle, his new side have said.

Pundits and fans have frequently cited last line weaknesses as the reason why Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004, with David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny both culpable for errors last term as the side finished third, 12 points behind champions Chelsea.

Jun 16, 2015

Japan and Iran held by minnows, Korea duo win

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian heavyweights Japan and Iran kicked-off their World Cup bids with surprise draws against Singapore and Turkmenistan on Tuesday as the region’s minnows continued to justify the decision for a qualifying revamp.

Singapore owed much to goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud after their goalless draw at the Saitama Stadium, while Turkmenistan’s Ruslan Mingazow scored just before halftime in Dashoguz as three-times Asian champions Iran were held 1-1.

Jun 16, 2015

Soccer-Japan and Iran held by minnows, Korea duo win

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Reuters) – Asian heavyweights Japan and Iran kicked-off their World Cup bids with surprise draws against Singapore and Turkmenistan on Tuesday as the region’s minnows continued to justify the decision for a qualifying revamp.

Singapore owed much to goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud after their goalless draw at the Saitama Stadium, while Turkmenistan’s Ruslan Mingazow scored just before halftime in Dashoguz as three-times Asian champions Iran were held 1-1.

Jun 15, 2015

Games-Dominant Thailand down Myanmar to take football gold

SINGAPORE, June 15 (Reuters) – Holders Thailand overcame a spirited Myanmar and their noisy fans 3-0 in the final of the Southeast Asian Games men’s soccer tournament on Monday to cement their position as kings of the region.

Centreback Tanaboon Kesarat, who helped the full national team win the Southeast Asian championships in December, struck the opening goal, neatly angling his body and diverting a 51st minute home after Myanmar failed to clear a corner.

Jun 15, 2015

Indonesian footballers limp empty handed into FIFA abyss

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Indonesia’s fatigued footballers slumped empty-handed into the blackhole of a FIFA ban on Monday after being thrashed 5-0 by Vietnam in their Southeast Asian Games bronze medal match.

Two days after they were outclassed 5-0 by Thailand in the semi-finals, Indonesia were again short of ideas and lacked drive as Vietnam took advantage of basic errors to race into a 4-0 halftime lead at a largely empty National Stadium.

Jun 15, 2015

Games-Indonesian footballers limp empty handed into FIFA abyss

SINGAPORE, June 15 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s fatigued footballers slumped empty-handed into the blackhole of a FIFA ban on Monday after being thrashed 5-0 by Vietnam in their Southeast Asian Games bronze medal match.

Two days after they were outclassed 5-0 by Thailand in the semi-finals, Indonesia were again short of ideas and lacked drive as Vietnam took advantage of basic errors to race into a 4-0 halftime lead at a largely empty National Stadium.