OFFICIAL: Arsenal confirm the signing of former Chelsea star Willian on free transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 10:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement The Brazilian has swapped Stamford Bridge for the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have confirmed the signing of former Chelsea winger and free agent Willian, with the Gunners beating off a host of competition to land the Brazilian.Willian confirmed he had left Chelsea after seven years last weekend, having been unable to agree fresh terms despite Frank Lampard having wanted to keep him following a strong campaign.The Brazilian had two offers from Premier League sides, two more from European clubs and a lucrative deal to move to Major League Soccer. Arsenal confirm the signing of former Chelsea star Willian on free transfercenter_img Comment Willian had to watch Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Chelsea from the Wembley stands (Picture: Getty)In an open letter to Chelsea fans, he wrote: ‘The time has now come to move on. I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt.‘There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.’Willian is likely to be one of a number of new arrivals at Arsenal this summer, with Arteta looking to sign a new centre-back and several midfielders of varying skillsets, while the club hope to announce a new deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang imminently.MORE: Arsenal target Willian confirms Chelsea departure in emotional letter to fansMORE: Arsenal hierarchy ignored departing scout’s recommendation to sign Tottenham-bound Pierre-Emile HojbjergFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Willian scored nine Premier League goals and laid on seven assists (Picture: Getty)But it is Arsenal who have won the race for his signature, with the 32-year-old believed to have signed a three-year contract worth £220,000-a-week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after the deal was confirmed, technical director Edu told Arsenal’s official website: ‘I know him very well, since a long time ago because we’ve been working together for the Brazilian national team and of course I was following him because he played for another club. ‘He has a lot of fantastic attributes as a person, as a football player of course, his character. ‘I’m 100 per cent sure that everybody in the dressing room, the fans, myself and Mikel will enjoy having Willian in our side.’Mikel Arteta was reportedly the driving force behind the deal, with the Arsenal boss keen to add both Willian’s experience to his young squad as well as his winning mentality and culture.Willian missed Chelsea’s final two games of the season with an ankle injury, watching from the stands as Arsenal won the FA Cup at Wembley before the Blues were dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite his advancing years, Willian enjoyed the most productive season of his career in the 2019/20 campaign, scoring nine times in the Premier League and proving particularly influential after the season restart.Willian made 339 appearances for Chelsea after signing from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for £30million in 2013, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.last_img read more

Saipem Reduces Q4 Deficit; Books €12M Profit in 2019

first_imgItalian offshore services player Saipem has reported fourth-quarter 2019 loss of €32 million on revenues of €2.35 billion.This result compares to net loss of €115 million on revenues of €2.47 billion in the prior-year comparable period.Adjusted result was net profit of €74 million, against €8 million profit in Q4 2018.Saipem reported Q4 2019 EBITDA of €280 million (€206 million in Q4 2018) and €1.15 billion for the full year 2019.Contract awards in 2019 are valued at approximately €20 billion when including new contracts awarded by non-consolidated companies.Reported backlog stands at close to €25 billion, against €14.5 billion at December 31, 2018.For the twelve months of 2019, Saipem generated profit of €12 million on revenues of €9.1 billion, versus net loss of €472 million on revenue of €8.5 billion in 2018.In 2020, revenues are expected to be approximately €10 billion, with adjusted EBITDA above of €1.1 billion and capex of approximately €600 million.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

USWNT starts World Cup victory tour with win over Ireland

first_img Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles Alex Morgan plans for future on USWNT: ‘I want another World Cup’ The United States Women’s National Team began its victory tour Saturday in California.The reigning World Cup champions hosted Ireland in a friendly at the Rose Bowl, and in what was more like an All-Star game — minus some of the team’s biggest stars — the team earned yet another commanding victory. The US beat Ireland 3-0 in what will be the first of five games across the United States that will run through October.There was no Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan in this match, but that just meant some of the team’s other stars got to shine. Related News Women’s World Cup expands from 24 to 32 teams beginning in 2023, FIFA announces Christen Press, who impressed throughout the World Cup, fed the ball to Tobin Heath who then scored the team’s first goal of the [email protected] to @TobinHeath, love to see it.#VictoryTour | #USAvIRL— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) August 4, 2019The WNT quickly added to its total, and Ireland had no answer for the Americans.Samantha Mewis and Lindsey Horan quickly partnered up for the next goal. Aaaand we’re back at it! @sammymewy finds some space, @LindseyHoran with that sweet finish.#VictoryTour | #USAvIRL— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) August 4, 2019Veteran Carli Lloyd capped off the team’s scoring with the third goal in the first half.That was goal No. 114 for @CarliLloyd.what how wow 🤯#VictoryTour | #USAvIRL— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) August 4, 2019Next up, the US will face Portugal on Aug. 29 in Philadelphia. The game will air on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Fun-Filled Entertainment and Events at the Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Thurston County FairLive and Local concert series, Savor South Sound tastings part of 2014 highlightsThis year’s Thurston County Fair is chock full of sights, sounds and tastes to entertain the whole herd from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. Photo credit: Whitewood Cider.Savor South Sound Beverage TastingsThe Savor South Sound beverage tasting event is back this year and better than ever, featuring dozens of delectable Northwest drinks. You’ll find Savor South Sound on the Gazebo Green this year with tastings from a dozen cideries, breweries and wineries on Friday and Saturday between 5 and 10 p.m. Patrons must be 21 or over to enter the event. Don’t forget to try some of the hors d’oeuvre pairings provided by local growers and producers that are new to Savor South Sound this year. Get more Savor South Sound details at by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab.Live & Local Concert SeriesIf you are looking for even more reasons to visit the fair this year, then consider the line-up of local entertainers that will be delighting crowds with their sizzling summer sounds during the “Live & Local” concert series that is free with your fair admission. The Live & Local line-up features South Sound favorites like Artesian Rumble Arkestra on Wednesday, Brittany Kingery on Thursday, The Blackberry Bushes on Friday, and an encore appearance by The Brown Edition on Saturday along with DBST, all playing on the Main Stage sponsored by Les Schwab. New to the Live & Local line-up this year are some musical pairings on the Food Court Stage with the neighboring Savor South Sound event. And be sure to catch this year’s KACS Sunday Concert featuring legendary Christian rocker Bryan Duncan. Get more Live & Local details and other entertainment information at by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab.Other new events in 2014 include up close and personal displays and presentations by Predators of the Heart in front of Heritage Hall. You can visit with all of the feathery, furry and scaly friends all five days at the Thurston County Fair. New on Saturday, August 2 is the Tattoo Art Contest where local tattoo artists will have their skill and artistry on display and cash prizes on the line. Also new in 2014 is the Rescue Pet Roundup on Sunday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hicks Lake Barn. Come meet all of our furry friends who are available for adoption. There are also several fan favorites making a comeback this year at the fair, including:One Buck Wednesday on July 30, when admission is just $1 per person when you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Thurston County Food Bank. Tons of other $1 deals are featured inside the fair.Kid’s Day Thursday, July 31. Kids 14 and under pay just $2 for admission, and carnival armbands that get you unlimited carnival rides for the day are buy-one-get-one free for your buddy. Don’t forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair!Military Appreciation Day is Friday, Aug. 1. Active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission to the fair with your military ID. Just present your military ID for lots of other military deals inside the fair.Author’s Corner is back in the Sharp Building will once again feature local authors selling books, greeting fans, and autographing everything from children’s books to crime dramas.The Antiques Appraisal event is back on Friday, Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. in Heritage Hall, when a professional appraiser will evaluate collectibles and antiques provided by local residents.The Thurston County Commissioners Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfast is free with fair admission. Join us on the Gazebo Green on the east side of Heritage Hall.The annual Animal Market Sale will be in the Hicks Lake Barn on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.The annual 4-H Equine Western Games begin early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.For more information about these events and other fair entertainment and attractions, go to and click on the “Daily Events Calendar” link.The last day to purchase discount carnival ride armbands is Tuesday, July 29. Visit and click on “Fair News” for more information about discount carnival armbands and other discounts and deals.To learn more about this year’s events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit“Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!” July 30 – Aug. 3last_img read more

Nelson Ultimate thrilled after amazing season on the frisbee pitch

first_imgThere is much to celebrate this year for the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association. The club was happy to host over 150 people from 10 teams July 21-22nd at Disc Break 2012, the revival of the Nelson Ultimate tournament and received rave reviews from all teams that participated and look forward to organizing the tournament next year, and for many years to come.Nelson Ultimate hopes to expand the tournament to include 16 teams to keep up with interest and align Disc Break 2013 with Nelson’s July Marketfest to show off Nelson in all its summer splendor.Nelson’s competitive touring team, Nelson Homegrown, made some major gains this year doing very well on the summer tournament circuit.  Homegrown played five tournaments including Nanaimo, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon and reaching the finals in two tournaments only narrowly missing top prize in both cases. The Canadian Ultimate Championships was held in Victoria, BC this August 16-19th and  Homegrown represented Nelson in the Open (men’s) division finishing 15th with one point losses to Vancouver and Toronto teams and were the Spirit Champions for their division.One final note of pride for Nelson Ultimate was the representation of three Nelson players on the Masters (over 33) winning team at the World Ultimate Frisbee Championships held this July in Sakai, Japan.Congratulations to Adam Chouchinoff, Greg Jewitt, and Anthony Maley for winning a gold medal for Canada. Currently, the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association is gearing up for our winter season.  We play indoor Ultimate Monday evenings at 8 p.m. at Soccer Quest.Nelson Ultimate is looking for players to commit to the full season so that we can boost our time slot and get a full two hours of play.  Anyone interested in joining, please email or go to to sign up.  No experience necessary. Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee is a great way to stay fit, meet new friends and have fun!  See you on the field.last_img read more

Major Midget tryouts set for NDCC Arena

first_imgHead coach Mario DiBella is going have his eyes glued to the NDCC Arena ice as more than 50 players are expected for the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Evaluation Camp.Team officials and BC Hockey High Performance evaluators will evaluate players at the three-day camp.  Final selections of the 20 players, including two goaltenders, which make up each Major Midget team will be made by September 15.Evaluation camps are run every year in order to evaluate players and help select the following year’s teams.Camp registration is designated as “open” registration, meaning that the number of players who can attend each camp is unlimited.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.Also this weekend at the NDCC Arena, the Kootenay Wildcat Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. and Noon to 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

You haven’t seen the best of me yet! Man United summer signing vows to prove doubters wrong

first_img Luke Shaw Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has vowed the club haven’t seen the best of him yet in a Red Devils shirt.The England left-back has had a tough start to life at Old Trafford after his £30m move from Southampton in the summer.A series of niggling injuries have restricted the 19-year-old to just three Premier League appearances and he has had his fitness levels publicly questioned by boss Louis van Gaal.But after completing 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw at West Brom on Monday night, Shaw is determined to prove his doubters wrong.“They haven’t seen the best of me yet,” the Saints academy graduate declared.“They know I haven’t reached my full potential. I think people can maybe see that at the moment. I’m trying hard, it’s sort of getting used to everything. When you come to a club like this it’s never easy for a young player like me.“I’ll get myself started soon and put in good performances.” 1last_img read more