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Kylian Mbappe gives PSG a late win over Rennes ahead of Real Madrid showdown - Sports News, Firstpost

The result allows PSG to extend their lead at the top of France to 16 points before second-placed Marseille play Metz on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeKylian Mbappe scored an injury-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid by beating Rennes 1-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday. Mbappe fired home from a Lionel Messi assist in the third minute of added time at the Parc des Princes after a deflected shot came back off the post and a goal was denied by the tiniest of offside calls. However, the nature of Mauricio Pochettino's side's performance suggests they will struggle when Madrid advance to the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 next Tuesday. Aside from Mbappe's interventions, what made the evening most notable was the decision of the 'Ultra' groups, who provide the most vocal support at the Parc des Princes, to take their seats half an hour into the game. "The fans have the democratic right to express themselves, but we all have to go into an important phase of the season together," said Pochettino. "There are things we are still trying to correct and we have to be self-critical if this club is to be one of the best in the world." Mbappe's future continues to dominate the headlines in Paris, especially ahead of the Madrid clash, with expectations that he will move to the Spanish capital at the end of this season when his contract expires, rather than signing a new one for PSG. While he scored his 21st goal in all competitions this season to decide the game, Messi's influence was again limited, at least until he laid on the winner. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner continues to look a shadow of his former self in Paris but there must be hope that a Champions League clash with Real will bring out the best in him. It also remains to be seen whether Neymar will be able to play a role in this game after he has been absent since late November through injury. "We have to be careful when it comes to talking about expectations. He could be there but let's see how things develop in the coming days," Pochettino said of the fitness of the world's most expensive player. "If things go well he could be in the squad and I hope he will be." With the Brazilian absent and both Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi on the bench at kick-off, 18-year-old Dutchman Xavi Simons started alongside Messi and Mbappe in Paris' attack against Rennes. Mbappe saw a deflected shot come back off the post five minutes from half-time, with Simons failing to convert. Messi then played into Mbappe just after the hour mark and this time the French superstar only hit the net to rule out the goal as VAR pictures showed him a fraction ahead of the last defender. After inflicting PSG's only defeat of the season back in October, Rennes was comfortably heading towards the point that would have put them back in the top four. But then Messi found Mbappe in stoppage time and this time he was undeniable.

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Mbappe gives PSG a late win over Rennes ahead of Real Madrid showdown

Fbl FRA Ligue1, Mbappe gives PSG a late win over Rennes ahead of Real Madrid showdown, Football | Sports | Mathrubhumi English (Author: Gardener)

RennesParis: Kylian Mbappe scored an injury-time winner in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Rennes on Friday. Mbappe fired home from a Lionel Messi assist in the third minute of added time at the Parc des Princes after a deflected shot came back off the post and a goal was denied by the tiniest of offside calls. Aside from Mbappe's interventions, what made the evening most notable was the decision of the 'Ultra' groups, who provide the most vocal support at the Parc des Princes, to take their seats half an hour into the game. "The fans have the democratic right to express themselves, but we all have to go into an important phase of the season together," said Pochettino. "There are things we are still trying to correct and we have to be self-critical if this club is to be one of the best in the world." Mbappe's future continues to dominate the headlines in Paris, especially ahead of the Madrid clash, with expectations that he will move to the Spanish capital at the end of this season when his contract expires, rather than signing a new one for PSG. While he scored his 21st goal in all competitions this season to decide the game, Messi's influence was again limited, at least until he laid on the winner. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner continues to look a shadow of his former self in Paris but there must be hope that a Champions League clash with Real will bring out the best in him. It also remains to be seen whether Neymar will be able to play a role in this game after he has been absent since late November through injury. He could be there but let's see how things develop in the coming days," Pochettino said of the fitness of the world's most expensive player, with the Brazilian absent and both Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi starting on the bench , 18-year-old Dutchman Xavi Simons started alongside Messi and Mbappe in Paris attack against Rennes.Mbappe saw a deflected shot coming back from the post five minutes before half-time and Simons failed to convert the port.Messi then played briefly in Mbappe after the hour mark, and this time the French superstar only scored to prevent the goal as VAR pictures showed him going a fraction ahead of the last defender after already inflicting his only loss of the season to PSG in October, comfortably controlling Rennes heading for the point that would have put them back in the top four but then Messi found Mbappe in stoppage time and this time he was undeniable.

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Paris' final preparations ahead of next week's Real Madrid showdown (Author: Gardener)

1Paris Saint-Germain host Stade Rennais at the Parc des Princes on Friday with a 19-point gap between the two in the Ligue 1 table. Bruno Genesio's men are in fifth place and fighting for Europe, while Mauricio Pochettino's side have a 13-point lead at the summit. For Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and their team-mates, this is dress rehearsal before they take on Real Madrid in next week's UEFA Champions League on Paramount+. PSG: Neymar, Sergio Ramos and Ander Herrera are all injured, while Alexandre Letellier and Edouard Michut have tested positive for COVID-19. Idrissa Gueye and Abdou Diallo are back from action at the Africa Cup of Nations with champions Senegal but will miss it. Rennes: Alfred Gomis is available again after AFCON's stint with the Senegalese, while Jeremy Doku, Flavien Tait and Romain Salin are all absent and Jonas Martin can play again before his suspension kicks in. PSG: For the hosts it's just about getting ready for next week's clash with Real. Last week's stunning away win at Lille OSC was unexpected and a similar performance will build real momentum ahead of the clash with the Spanish giants. Since exiting the Coupe de France and taking the lead in Ligue 1, the Champions League is more important to Les Parisiens than ever. Rennes: Genesio's men, still based in Europe, are trying to secure qualification for the UEFA Europa League and they are currently on target. UCL may be too far behind at six points adrift of Marseille, but OM have started to stutter lately which might offer an opportunity to push. If the Champions League mentality has already taken hold, there could be a performance similar to that against LOSC. Expect Mbappe and Messi to try to pick up where they left off given the uncertainty surrounding Neymar's suitability for Real.

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PSG Coin Price Prediction 2022, 2025, 2030

The PSG coin price is giving a very bearish outlook for the rest of 2022. However, the price could rise to $192 by 2025 and even higher by 2030. (Author: Gardener)

2030PSG coin price appears to have doubled after being rejected twice in 2021 from the $60 price level. For our bullish PSG coin 2022 prediction, the reversal that took place in late January needs to hold. However, should the fan token narrative heat up, the price of PSG coins could surge well past $100 by 2025. Although these clubs bring in millions of dollars in revenue each year, very few pay anything back to their fans. One of the few football clubs that has taken fan engagement to a new level is Paris Saint-Germain FC. He is one of the biggest clubs in the world with a turnover of 540 million euros in 2021. The club launched its fan token called PSG Coin Chiliz in 2020. Other clubs including heavyweights like Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the FC Barcelona, ​​​​also launched their fan tokens on Chiliz. The PSG coin price is $17.15 at the time of writing. The Fan Token was introduced by top football clubs to give exclusive privileges to their fans. These privileges include voting rights on important club decisions, merchandise discounts, matchday entries, etc. Before we look at the Paris Saint-Germain Fan Token price prediction, let’s take a look at the roadmap. The top football club launched its fan token in January 2020. He sold 1,288,396 tokens via a fan token offering (FTO) on Chiliz's Socios platform. The fan token offer price was €2. The total supply of PSG tokens has been set at 20 million. After almost 6% of the tokens were distributed to its fans, the club kept the remaining tokens for themselves. The club's own tokens had a blocking period of eight years. According to the latest PSG coin news, holders can earn various rewards in the Socios app. The app also has several other features like voting, fan token offers, token hunt etc. The PSG coin can be used to earn rewards like match day access, VIP experiences, cashback at official stores and exclusive NFTs. In the future, PSG fans could also use the token to buy VIP goods and services. PSG coin price peaked at $59 on April 27, 2021. Given the double spikes in the traditional market, another all-time high for PSG coin price in 2022 seems highly unlikely. On January 24th, the PSG token price rebounded from $11.7. If the recent uptrend continues, the price needs to break above $27 in the short term to signal a bullish reversal. A clear break above $44 could also give the PSG coin a chance for a fresh ATH. In such a bullish scenario, $42-44 can be a good conservative price prediction for PSG coins for 2022. This price target is the 0.618-0.65 Fib pocket from the August 2021 high and January 2022 low. The price of the PSG fan token depends on the success of the PSG team as well as the Chiliz ecosystem. If Chiliz achieves much-awaited user adoption by 2025, we can move on to a bullish PSG coin price prediction for 2025. Many big tech investors like Raul Paul are pretty optimistic about the future of social and fan tokens. If fan tokens really do become the next big narrative in crypto by 2025, then PSG price will rise as well. In such a bullish scenario, PSG price could target the 3.618 Fib level at $192 in 2025. We can predict the corresponding PSG coin price by taking the current value of the PSGBTC pair. At the time of writing, 1 PSG token equals 0.0004 BTC. If we assume the same parity, we get a PSG coin price prediction 2030 of $520. However, annual inflation from untransferred team tokens may add additional selling pressure to the price. All of these Paris Saint-Germain token price predictions are based on pure speculation and should not be construed as financial advice. PSG coin price has bounced off $11.7 without making a lower low than the June 2021 low of $10.78. However, given that fan tokens represent the next frontier of crypto like NFTs, the current price may be a good buy. An even better idea might be to calculate your position in PSG tokens at an average dollar cost.

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Mbappe gives PSG a late win over Rennes ahead of Real Madrid showdown

Kylian Mbappe scored an injury-time winner as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid by beating Rennes 1-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridMbappe fired home from a Lionel Messi assist in the third minute of added time at the Parc des Princes after a deflected shot came back off the post and a goal was denied by the tiniest of offside calls. Aside from Mbappe's interventions, what made the evening most notable was the decision of the 'Ultra' groups, who provide the most vocal support at the Parc des Princes, to take their seats half an hour into the game. Mbappe's future continues to dominate the headlines in Paris, especially ahead of the Madrid clash with expectations that he will move to the Spanish capital at the end of this season when his contract ends while scoring his 21st goal in all competitions this season to decide the game, Messi's influence was once again limited, at least until he determined the winner. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner continues to look a shadow of his former self in Paris but there must be hope that a Champions League clash with Real will bring out the best in him. It also remains to be seen whether Neymar will be able to play a role in this game after he has been absent since late November through injury. With the Brazilian absent and both Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi on the bench at kick-off, 18-year-old Dutchman Xavi Simons started alongside Messi and Mbappe in Paris' attack against Rennes. Mbappe saw a deflected shot come back off the post five minutes from half-time, with Simons failing to convert. Messi then played into Mbappe just after the hour mark and this time the French superstar only hit the net to rule out the goal as VAR pictures showed him a fraction ahead of the last defender. After inflicting PSG's only defeat of the season back in October, Rennes was comfortably heading towards the point that would have put them back in the top four. But then Messi found Mbappe in stoppage time and this time he was undeniable.

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Mbappe grabs the winner in added time as PSG warm up for Champions League clash with Real Madrid

PSG defeated Rennes 1-0 in Ligue 1. (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueKYLIAN MBAPPE SCORES an injury-time winner in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Rennes on Friday in Ligue 1. Mbappe fired home from a Lionel Messi assist in the third minute of added time at the Parc des Princes after a deflected shot came back off the post and a goal was denied by the tiniest of offside calls. Aside from Mbappe's interventions, the evening was most notable for the decision of the 'Ultra' groups, who provide the most vocal support at the Parc des Princes, to take their seats half an hour into the game. When they came out, they displayed a number of banners to show their dissatisfaction with the club's management, particularly sporting director Leonardo. Mbappe's future continues to dominate the headlines in Paris, especially ahead of the Madrid clash, with expectations that he will move to the Spanish capital at the end of this season when his contract expires, rather than signing a new one for PSG. While he scored his 21st goal in all competitions this season to decide the game, Messi's influence was again limited, at least until he laid on the winner. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner continues to look a shadow of his former self in Paris but there must be hope that a Champions League meeting with Real will bring out the best in him. It also remains to be seen whether Neymar will be able to play a role in this game after he has been absent since late November through injury. With the Brazilian absent and both Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi on the bench at kick-off, 18-year-old Dutchman Xavi Simons started alongside Messi and Mbappe in Paris' attack against Rennes. Mbappe saw a deflected shot come back off the post five minutes from half-time, with Simons failing to convert. SEE SPORT Messi then played into Mbappe just after the hour mark and this time the French superstar just found the net to rule out the goal as VAR pictures showed him a fraction ahead of the last defender. After inflicting PSG's only defeat of the season back in October, Rennes was comfortably heading towards the point that would have put them back in the top four. But then Messi found Mbappe in stoppage time and this time he was undeniable. Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella set a record for the second time in a day following news of Johnny Sexton's injury and Illtud Dafydd joined the boys on line from Paris for a great insight into all things Les Bleus.

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Minute report: Will Chelsea knock Arsenal off WSL summit? Join John Brewin to find out (Author: Gardener)

Women's Super LeagueThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute report: Will Chelsea knock Arsenal off WSL summit? 84 minutes: Arsenal are now putting pressure on Chelsea struggling to get out. But suddenly Sam Kerr shuffles over a couple of defenders before Kym Little rushes back to stop them. Sam Kerr fights with Kim Little. Photo: Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters 89 min: Was that coincidence? She appears to be in great pain and Jordan Nobbs replaces her. 88 min: Chelsea cheap free-kick after a foul on Foord, from the left. Maanum will take and there is an almighty scramble to clear the ball. Then another tussle ensues as Arsenal again try to force a chance. That was a dramatic moment, with Bright and Berger both clearing the line. 85 mins: Miedema appears injured; a concern for Arsenal in this closing phase and perhaps for the weeks to come. She suddenly decided not to chase the ball. 82 min: Chelsea change, Fran Kirby starts, Niamh Charles comes. 81 minutes: Arsenal resume it while Leah Williamson dictates from behind. Parris gets a chance to shoot, but with her left, she can't get her angles right at all. 79 min: Maanum, the Arsenal sub, takes the ball down and shoots. Easy save for Berger, who has no problem stopping Arsenal's first shot on goal. 75 mins: Harder runs from deep and Kirby tries to get the ball into Kerr. Arsenal sits deep and may need to as Ji has been a huge influence since joining. 78 minutes: Bright has to follow when Parris threatens and so it's a corner for Arsenal. There are some difficulties but Chelsea eventually smuggle the ball away when Parris threatens again. 77 mins: Chelsea continue, Arsenal's changes haven't changed the dynamic much; the defending champion looks more likely. 73 min: Nikita Parris has a chance to make his mark; She has yet to score for Arsenal. 72 mins: Kirby controls the ball on the touchline while Chelsea seek a path. Arsenal make a double substitution with Mead and Maritz leaving, Parris and Wienroither coming on. 70 mins: Arsenal are now taking it on as Foord tries to find Blackstenius in the penalty area. Chelsea seem to have Arsenal's measure and Miedema has rather left the matter. 59 min: Arsenal get close. Williamson's ball finds Blackstenius on the wing and the ball goes to Walti on the edge of the box, but the shot is hit wide by the defender, who is leaning back on the ball. 68 minutes: Jess Carter makes an important block just as the ball is about to fall to Caitlin Foord from a deflection of a ball from Kym Little. 67 min: Sam Kerr is getting more and more involved, trying to make room. Surely a chance will come your way? Chelsea push forward. 65min: The loss of Rafaelle has led to a rejig from Arsenal and Chelsea suddenly force a good chance. Harder, again from the left, plays into the pass and Reit snatches the ball. Another chance is wasted, but Chelsea seem to be the stronger team here. 63 min: Rafaelle Souza looks injured and limps away to be replaced by Frida Maanum. 60 mins: Foord has blocked the ball from Carter in the Chelsea box and then the ball goes all the way down to the other end and suddenly a shot on target only looks like Ji's shot is lost by Zinsberger before Williamson falls over. It's all getting very nervous. 58 mins: Chelsea sub is imminent and Erin Cuthbert is down with a hamstring problem she was strapped to. Cuthbert looks pained. Instead comes Ji, who lost to South Korea in the Asian Cup final. 56 min: Two great chances for Chelsea! Harder comes off to the left and Kerr swings and misses, and then Mead blocked her shot. Arsenal immediately go down the other end and force a corner. 54 min: Charles Antaki chimes in: "Curious to see Leah Williamson relinquish some of her usual duties to Raffaela - perhaps a matter of carefully getting back on track. More please." 53 mins: Another yellow card as Cuthbert is withdrawn by Lia Walti. The fouls coming in now, the game perhaps a little less unimaginative than in the first half. 46 mins: We're back in Kingsmeadow and hoping for more of these two teams Sam Kerr of Chelsea has blocked her cross Photo: Katie Chan/Action Plus/REX/Shutterstock 52 mins: Riding was booked for Chelsea after picking up Maritz, the only player booked in the first half , had been knocked down 51 mins: Emma Hayes no doubt left her players with fleas on their ears - and some detailed tactical instructions 49 mins: The corner comes to Chelsea's Andersson, who puts in a shot with everyone standing and watching him go through the slightest distractions The corner misses here but Arsenal on the backfoot 48 mins: Chelsea starts brightly, with Pernille Harder in the foreground Cuthbert gets a shot after being knocked by Kirby egg nplayed and blocked for a corner. 47 mins: Looks like Miedema will be closely tagged by Sophie Ingle and that appears to be Emma Hayes' big change for her Chelsea side. The chances were never too clear but it was an enterprising half with both teams trying their best to win the game. Danger in attack from the likes of Miedema and Kerr, it was high quality and despite missing a goal it was an opportunity to make the ante. 45 min: One minute has been added. It was relentless, breathless stuff and the half nearly ended with a Kerr goal as Rafaella comes over to block what appeared to be a goal-bound shot from Sam Kerr from close range...that's the final action of the half. 44 min: First booking, and it's Arsenal's Maritz, yellowed for pulling back a fast harder. After the free kick, Arsenal clears their lines with some effort. 43 min: Arsenal's golden chance now awarded. it opens Foord lashes the ball and Blackstenius should have done a lot better. 41 min: Arsenal keeper Zinsberger comes out to stop Kirby after a nice streak from Sam Kerr. Chelsea starting to find his attacking skills? Looks like. 39 mins: Berger comes out to catch a Mead cross and some relief for Chelsea who were nervous at the back. A Chelsea chance at the other end as the ball gets to Erin Cuthbert, who hits the ball for the first time but fails to hit the first defender. 37 min: The Chelsea fans start again. There are gasps as Sam Kerr misses a sitter, although an offside flag spares her the blush. 35 min: Berger has to save in the Chelsea goal when Kym Little smashes in a ball from the flank. Then Miedema Blackstenius almost gets through with a nice back pass. 27 min: Miedema shoots from outside the box, prepared again by Blackstenius. There's the makings of a real partnership there, where Miedema really gets room to roam. Vivianne Miedema shoots at the Chelsea goal. Photo: John Walton/PA Photo: John Walton/PA 33 min: Cuthbert is robbed to set up an Arsenal counter and then Mead speeds all the way to the other end of the field only to run out of peers. 31 mins: Arsenal try to calm things down a bit and then Miedema falls low to try and play in Mead when Millie Bright comes over to take out the threat. 29 min: Fran Kirby takes advantage of a Rafaella mistake but gets a little irritable and shoots over the bar. 26 mins: Beth Mead races towards a Miedema pass but then she's pushed off. Blackstenius gave way and that's a problem for Chelsea; Arsenal's strikers create space for each other. 24 min: Arsenal have been tight and compact in defense and Chelsea are really struggling to connect in attack. 22 minutes: Chelsea fans cheer as Arsenal pass the ball around the back, but the visitors have been the better side so far. 6 min: Harder is in the middle but this time her pass to Kerr is crooked. Pernille Harder fights for possession with Lia Walti. 20 min: The guy shouting "Come on Chelsea" in the stands has the vocal style of a darts announcer. A corner from Arsenal that they take short and that comes at the far post to Miedema, who hits with typical power and the woodwork? 18 mins: Foord escapes Carter in the Chelsea box and then falls to the ground but no penalty nor request despite Carter taking a risk in the challenge. 1 min: And here we go, and it's pretty loud out there. "Champions of England, we know what we are," chanted the Chelsea fans. 16 min: Cuthbert punches the ball towards Kerr from behind but the ball drifts out of play. Chelsea are trying to return to Arsenal. 14 min: Blackstenius chases the ball into the corner, but Nouwen guides him well out of the danger zone. Miedema also shows her first flash. 12 mins: Arsenal win a free-kick down the inside left channel and Chelsea narrowly escape. It's been a good game so far. 10 mins: Suddenly Beth Mead springs into action and a ball whizzes over the goal from the right, begging for an Arsenal striker to play. 8 min: All of Chelsea, Arsenal struggling to win the ball. Blackstenius doesn't have much possession yet to release Miedema. 5 mins: Sam Kerr almost gets away when Leah Williamson puts the ball straight at Pernille Harder, but then puts the ball straight at Leah Williamson. The sound of Harry J. and the All-Stars Liquidator means kick-off is not far off in Kingsmeadow. It's sold out down there and it's pretty loud from the stands. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images 4 min: A big miss by Fran Kirby. Harder runs down to the left, reaches the byline and pulls it back. Kirby takes it for the first time and smashes wide. 2 min: Chelsea start with some attacking intent and it needs intervention from Kym Little to remove the threat. We tried to pick the starting XI that will hurt Chelsea. [About Leah Williamson] So far she's played very well for us so we're glad she's playing for us. I look forward to seeing her partnership with Rafa. I hope you see Blackstenius will keep the Chelsea defense busy. And hoping to ask a Chelsea defense question. We often make changes for tactical reasons and that's part of our plan. What does this team news mean? Emma Hayes makes just one change from the Chelsea side that beat Manchester City 1-0 on Sunday, with Fran Kirby replacing Jessie Fleming. Arsenal are without the suspended Katie McCabe but the strength of their options is showing by bringing in Leah Williamson, Rafaelle Souza, Stina Blackstenius and Caitlin Foord for Jennifer Beattie, Tobin Heath, Jordan Nobbs and McCabe. Here are the teams An interview with Rafaelle Souza, Arsenal's new Brazilian star. "We have so much talent that we send a lot of players to the women's national team, but we don't have as many resources or opportunities to be seen." After beating Chelsea 3-2 in the opening weekend of this season, Arsenal are looking to complete the WSL double against the Blues for the first time since the 2013 season under boss Shelley Kerr. Chelsea's Pernille Harder has scored more WSL goals against Arsenal than against any other side (3), with all three goals coming in their last two such games. Arsenal's Beth Mead has 35 assists in the Women's Super League and needs one more to surpass Karen Carney as the most-assists player in the competition's history. Only Toni Duggan (11) has scored more WSL goals against Chelsea than Arsenal's Beth Mead (8), although each of those goals have come in home games and have failed to score in seven away games against the Blues. A fist-smashing scream on his knees propelled the Chelsea players as they beat Arsenal 3-0 in December's FA Cup final. Related: Chelsea's Hayes relieves pressure ahead of title showdown with Arsenal This is massive, make no mistake. Should Arsenal win then they will keep their London rivals at bay, should Chelsea win then they will climb to the top and a game in hand on Arsenal. You can tell it's a big one as managers downplay its importance. "The twists and turns will go all the way, regardless of the outcome," says Emma Hayes. "It's not a game Arsenal need to win. A draw or even a defeat either way isn't necessarily decisive.” “I don't have a crystal ball,” said Arsenal manager Jonas Jonas Eidevall. This is about going out there with an attitude and trying to win the game without fear of losing." Classic fake war stuff, although there will be an audience watching on Friday night and Arsenal have their slip in 2022 stop if they want to stop Hayes and Chelsea who have such know-how in these situations.

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Women's Super League – live!

Minute report: Will Chelsea knock Arsenal off WSL summit? Join John Brewin to find out (Author: Gardener)

Women's Super LeagueThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute report: Will Chelsea knock Arsenal off WSL summit? 31 mins: Arsenal try to calm things down a bit and then Miedema falls low to try and play in Mead when Millie Bright comes over to take out the threat. 29 min: Fran Kirby takes advantage of a Rafaella mistake but gets a little irritable and shoots over the bar. 27 min: Miedema shoots from outside the box, prepared again by Blackstenius. There's the makings of a real partnership there, where Miedema really gets room to roam. 26 mins: Beth Mead races towards a Miedema pass but then she's pushed off. Blackstenius gave way and that's a problem for Chelsea; Arsenal's strikers create space for each other. 24 min: Arsenal have been tight and compact in defense and Chelsea are really struggling to connect in attack. 22 minutes: Chelsea fans cheer as Arsenal pass the ball around the back, but the visitors have been the better side so far. 6 min: Harder is in the middle but this time her pass to Kerr is crooked. Pernille Harder fights for possession with Lia Walti. 20 min: The guy shouting "Come on Chelsea" in the stands has the vocal style of a darts announcer. Really dark, like Joe Fagin on That's Livin' Alright. A corner from Arsenal that they take short and that comes at the far post to Miedema, who hits with typical power and the woodwork? Yes, she got over the ball but couldn't turn the ball in. 18 mins: Foord escapes Carter in the Chelsea box and then falls to the ground but no penalty nor call for one, although Carter took a risk making the challenge. 1 min: And here we go, and it's pretty loud out there. "Champions of England, we know what we are," chanted the Chelsea fans. 16 min: Cuthbert punches the ball towards Kerr from behind but the ball drifts out of play. Chelsea are trying to return to Arsenal. 14 min: Blackstenius chases the ball into the corner, but Nouwen guides him well out of the danger zone. Miedema also shows her first flash. Arsenal's turn to dominate. 12 mins: Arsenal win a free-kick down the inside left channel and Chelsea narrowly escape. It's been a good game so far. 10 mins: Suddenly Beth Mead springs into action and a ball whizzes over the goal from the right, begging for an Arsenal striker to play. 8 min: All of Chelsea, Arsenal struggling to win the ball. Blackstenius doesn't have much possession yet to release Miedema. 5 mins: Sam Kerr almost gets away when Leah Williamson puts the ball straight at Pernille Harder, but then puts the ball straight at Leah Williamson. The sound of Harry J. and the All-Stars Liquidator means kick-off is not far off in Kingsmeadow. It's sold out down there and it's pretty loud from the stands. 4 min: A big mistake by Fran Kirby. Harder runs down to the left, reaches the byline and pulls it back. Kirby takes it for the first time and smashes wide. That's a waste. 2 min: Chelsea start with some attacking intent and it needs intervention from Kym Little to remove the threat. We tried to pick the starting XI that will hurt Chelsea. [About Leah Williamson] So far she's played very well for us so we're glad she's playing for us. I hope you see Blackstenius will keep the Chelsea defense busy. And hoping to ask a Chelsea defense question. We often make changes for tactical reasons and that's part of our plan. What does this team news mean? Emma Hayes makes just one change from the Chelsea side that beat Manchester City 1-0 on Sunday, with Fran Kirby replacing Jessie Fleming. Arsenal are without the suspended Katie McCabe but the strength of their options is showing by bringing in Leah Williamson, Rafaelle Souza, Stina Blackstenius and Caitlin Foord for Jennifer Beattie, Tobin Heath, Jordan Nobbs and McCabe. Here are the teams An interview with Rafaelle Souza, Arsenal's new Brazilian star. She compares her life story to other players from the north-eastern region, such as Marta, who was born in the neighboring state of Alagoas. It was always difficult for us,” she says. Brazil is an unequal country and even now women's football is developing faster than ever in the south-east, while still struggling in the northern regions. "We have so much talent that we send a lot of players to the women's national team, but we don't have as many resources or opportunities to be seen." After beating Chelsea 3-2 in the opening weekend of this season, Arsenal are looking to complete the WSL double against the Blues for the first time since the 2013 season under boss Shelley Kerr. Chelsea's Pernille Harder has scored more WSL goals against Arsenal than against any other side (3), with all three goals coming in their last two such games. Arsenal's Beth Mead has 35 assists in the Women's Super League and needs one more to surpass Karen Carney as the most-assists player in the competition's history. Only Toni Duggan (11) has scored more WSL goals against Chelsea than Arsenal's Beth Mead (8), although each of those goals have come in home games and have failed to score in seven away games against the Blues. A fist-smashing scream on his knees propelled the Chelsea players as they beat Arsenal 3-0 in December's FA Cup final. The budding rivalry between Hayes and Eidevall was much more diplomatic this time around, with neither seeming eager to motivate their opponents any further. Related: Chelsea's Hayes relieves pressure ahead of title showdown with Arsenal This is massive, make no mistake. Should Arsenal win then they will keep their London rivals at bay, should Chelsea win then they will climb to the top and a game in hand on Arsenal. You can tell it's a big one as managers downplay its importance. "The twists and turns will go all the way, regardless of the outcome," says Emma Hayes. "It's not a game Arsenal need to win. A draw or even a defeat either way isn't necessarily decisive.” “I don't have a crystal ball,” said Arsenal manager Jonas Jonas Eidevall. "It's the most important game because it's the next game. This is about going out there with an attitude and trying to win the game without fear of losing." Classic fake war stuff, although there will be an audience watching on Friday night and Arsenal have their slip in 2022 stop if they want to stop Hayes and Chelsea who have such know-how in these situations.

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Minute report: Will Chelsea knock Arsenal off WSL summit? Join John Brewin to find out (Author: Gardener)

Women's Super LeagueThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Chelsea swept aside Arsenal in the FA Cup final in December. Minute report: Will Chelsea knock Arsenal off WSL summit? What does this team news mean? Emma Hayes makes just one change from the Chelsea side that beat Manchester City 1-0 on Sunday, with Fran Kirby replacing Jessie Fleming. Arsenal are without the suspended Katie McCabe but the strength of their options is showing by bringing in Leah Williamson, Rafaelle Souza, Stina Blackstenius and Caitlin Foord for Jennifer Beattie, Tobin Heath, Jordan Nobbs and McCabe. Lots of big hitters on the Jack Goodchild Way tonight. Here are the teams An interview with Rafaelle Souza, Arsenal's new Brazilian star. She compares her life story to other players from the north-eastern region, such as Marta, who was born in the neighboring state of Alagoas. Brazil is an unequal country and even now women's football is developing faster than ever in the south-east, while still struggling in the northern regions. "We have so much talent that we send a lot of players to the women's national team, but we don't have as many resources or opportunities to be seen." After beating Chelsea 3-2 in the opening weekend of this season, Arsenal are looking to complete the WSL double against the Blues for the first time since the 2013 season under boss Shelley Kerr. Chelsea's Pernille Harder has scored more WSL goals against Arsenal than against any other side (3), with all three goals coming in their last two such games. The last player in the competition to score in three straight games against the Gunners was Jane Ross in September 2017. Arsenal's Beth Mead has assisted 35 goals in the Women's Super League and needs one more to top Karen Carney as the player with the most Templates to surpass the history of the competition. Only Toni Duggan (11) has scored more WSL goals against Chelsea than Arsenal's Beth Mead (8), although each of those goals have come in home games and have failed to score in seven away games against the Blues. A fist-smashing scream on his knees propelled the Chelsea players as they beat Arsenal 3-0 in December's FA Cup final. The budding rivalry between Hayes and Eidevall was much more diplomatic this time around, with neither seeming eager to motivate their opponents any further. Related: Chelsea's Hayes relieves pressure ahead of title showdown with Arsenal This is massive, make no mistake. Should Arsenal win then they will keep their London rivals at bay, should Chelsea win then they will climb to the top and a game in hand on Arsenal. You can tell it's a big one as managers downplay its importance. "The twists and turns will go all the way, regardless of the outcome," says Emma Hayes. "It's not a game Arsenal need to win. A draw or even a defeat either way isn't necessarily decisive.” “I don't have a crystal ball,” said Arsenal manager Jonas Jonas Eidevall. "It's the most important game because it's the next game. This is about going out there with an attitude and trying to win the game without fear of losing." Classic fake war stuff, although there will be an audience watching on Friday night and Arsenal have their slip in 2022 stop if they want to stop Hayes and Chelsea who have such know-how in these situations.

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Arsenal agree to sign the New England Revolution goalkeeper with the American to join the Gunners this summer

Arsenal sign goalkeeper Matt Turner from New England Revolution; The MLS club say the American will join the Gunners this summer for an undisclosed fee pending a medical. Turner was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year last season; Turners' arrival leaves Bernd Lenos in doubt about Arsenal's future (Author: Gardener)

this summerArsenal have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Matt Turner from MLS club New England Revolution, with the American joining the Gunners this summer. Awaiting a medical, Turner will arrive at the Emirates in late June after Arsenal agreed an undisclosed fee for the 27-year-old with New England. Turner, who was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year last season, will remain with New England throughout the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League season and nearly half of the 2022 MLS regular season. The USA international has capped 16 caps for his country and started all six games at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Turner's arrival in north London is likely to cast doubt on the future of Bernd Leno's arsenal this summer. Aaron Ramsdale is currently Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper after joining the club in a deal worth up to £30million last summer. Gabriel delivered a 1-0 win that put the Gunners a point behind fourth-placed West Ham - and they have two games in hand. It was Arsenal's first win since Boxing Day but despite his strong position, Arteta remains calm. “They are three big points, especially coming here with the way they played. I think they were pretty close to us too, and coming here and the way we've done it I think shows it and I think it's a good summary of who we are. We scored a good goal and we had total control in an action that all started with a free kick where we were in control and we're a bit naive and in the end we have 10 men for 20 minutes." We did played four of the last six games with 10 men and winning football games in this league is very, very difficult and with 10 men it's almost impossible. "If we're going to have any chance of achieving our goals, we've got to keep playing the 16 games with 11 players." Follow every Arsenal game in the Premier League this season with our live blogs on the Sky Sports website and app and watch game highlights just after full-time for free. Bookmark our Arsenal news page, see Arsenal fixtures and Arsenal latest scores, watch Arsenal goals and videos, keep track of the Premier League table and see what Arsenal games are live queue up on Sky Sports. Get all this and more - including notifications sent straight to your phone - by downloading the Sky Sports Scores app and setting Arsenal as your favorite team.

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