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Granit Xhaka takes parting shot at Arsenal before £17m Roma transfer as he says ‘you are only as good as your team’



SWITZERLAND skipper Granit Xhaka took a parting shot at Arsenal ahead of his move to Roma.

Mikel Arteta’s side are open to allowing the 28-year-old to leave the club after five years.

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Granit Xhaka has not always enjoyed the best of times with Arsenal[/caption]

Jose Mourinho’s new side are close to agreeing a fee in the region of £17million for the midfielder.

And Xhaka, 28, couldn’t resist a dig at the Gunners when questioned about his own form, insisting ‘you’re only as good as your team’.

The bitter Gunners star said: “Football is a team sport and you’re only as good as your team.

“Of course, it was a good year for me personally. I’ve always played and performed.

“But the place at the end of the season is, of course, really bitter and disappointing for us.”

“There were certainly a number of issues that didn’t go optimally, but there is now no point in looking back.”

Xhaka has had a turbulent time in north London after telling fans to “f*** off” following being jeered off during a draw against Crystal Palace in 2019.

But the Switzerland captain actually had one of his better seasons in an Arsenal shirt, playing 45 times.



The Swiss have reached the last-16 in their last three major tournaments and Xhaka believes they should not ruled out of this summer’s Euro 2020.

He added: “I am convinced that we have developed significantly over time. I personally associate consistently positive experiences with the last 10 years.

“Certainly there were disappointing moments in major tournaments, where we were partly unhappy. But otherwise I’m very happy about my time with this great team and I’m convinced that the development of this team is not over yet.”

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Team news, injury updates and latest odds for Turkey vs Italy as Euro 2020 gets underway in Rome




AFTER more than a year of waiting Euro 2020 finally gets going as Turkey take on Italy in a mouthwatering opener tonight.

The Azzurri will have the all-important home advantage in the crucial Group A clash, with 16,000 fans allowed in to watch at the Stadio Olimpico.


Italy will have the benefit of home advantage for the first game of the tournament[/caption]

Getting underway at 8pm, fans here in the UK can settle down to watch the game – and the Opening Ceremony – live on BBC ONE.

What’s the form?

Italy enter the tournament in sparkling form and will be delighted that they’re going slightly under the radar.

Coached by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, his side have won EIGHT on the bounce – and kept a clean-sheet in every one of those victories.

A tough task then for the Turks, who will be looking to breach an Italian defence which hasn’t conceded in 795 minutes of play.

Turkey – managed by the formidable Şenol Güneş – have themselves lost just once in their last 13 internationals, memorably putting four past Holland back in March.

I know Turkish football well and the spirit they have.

They might not be the top level teams like France, Belgium, Germany or Holland, but they can still cause us a lot of problems.

Roberto Mancini, Italy coach

Who’s in and who’s out?

Back in the big time after missing out on World Cup 2018, Italy have a settled side and Mancini is unlikely to dish out any major shocks.

Ageless defender Giorgio Chiellini will be a rock at the back, with Jorginho set to pull the strings in midfield and Ciro Immobile tasked with banging them in.

Turkey were superb in qualifying and will be out to replicate their excellent tournament efforts of 2002 and 2008.

Lille magicians Burak Yilmaz and Yusuf Yazici will reunite after storming Ligue 1 this season, while Caglar Soyuncu, Merih Demiral and Ozan Kabak form a stubborn defensive trio.

Watch out for…

AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, who has been linked with a big-money move to Arsenal this summer.

Available on a freebie with his contract running out this July at the San Siro, expect Calhanoglu to impress in the shop window.

He registered nine goals and 12 assists for the Rossoneri this campaign – if he brings his A-game from the start, that Italian run of clean-sheets might be in danger.


Calhanoglu is set to be in high demand this summer as he becomes a free agent[/caption]

Italy are one of the favourites of the European Championship.

We want to show our own football against these types of teams. We will play without fear.

Şenol Güneş, Turkey coach

If the game’s rubbish…

See if you can spot Immobile’s devoted wife Jessica Melena and their three kids in the crowd.

Known as Italy’s power couple, Melena has over 950k followers on Instagram and originally dreamt of being a CSI investigator before meeting Ciro in 2012.

The pair moved in after a WEEK and Jessica is set to be in Rome to cheer on her man in the tournament opener.

Instagram / @jessicamelena

Jessica is set to be in Rome to support her husband from the stands[/caption]

Instagram / @jessicamelena

She has a huge social media following, with almost 1 million fans on her Instagram[/caption]

Instagram / @jessicamelena

The pair were married in 2014 just two years after they met[/caption]

Betting odds

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Match odds

  • Turkey to win 7/1
  • The Draw 11/4
  • Italy to win 1/2

Power prices

  • Ciro Immobile to score 2 or more – was 9/1 now 11/1
  • Ciro Immobile & Burak Yilmaz to have 2 or more shots on target each – was 12/1 now 16/1

Euro 2020 outright odds

  • Turkey 66/1
  • Italy 15/2

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Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal FREE: Live stream, TV channel and start time for French Open semi-final




NOVAK DJOKOVIC is once again looking to stun great rival Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

The Serb has generally had the better of the Spaniard at grand slams in recent years, but has barely been able to lay a glove on him at the French Open.


Djokovic is looking to stun Nadal[/caption]


Nadal is strong favourite to retain his title[/caption]

In last year’s final, Nadal was at his brilliant best as he ran out 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 winner over Djokovic.

What time does Djokovic vs Nadal start?

  • Novak Djokovic takes on Rafael Nadal on Friday, June 11.
  • The pair will take to Court Philippe-Chatrier at 4.30pm UK time – 5.30pm local time.
  • However, this could change if the other semi-final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev goes on longer than expected.

What TV channel is Djokovic vs Nadal on and can I live stream it?

  • Djokovic vs Nadal is live on ITV4 in the UK.
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  • Coverage will begin at the conclusion of Tsitsipas vs Zverev.

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Djokovic has 29 wins to Nadal’s 28 in his career.

Though at grand slams Nadal leads 10-6 in the head-to-head stakes.

However, only three of these meetings took place in the last 5 years.

Djokovic was the winner at Wimbledon and the US Open while Nadal was victorious at Roland Garros.

At the French Open, Nadal has won seven of their meetings while Djokovic has won just one.

Latest odds

Novak Djokovic 11/5

Rafael Nadal 1/3

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