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Win a family matchday experience at Burnley

Win tickets to every Arsenal Premier League game with JGs and Octopus Energy

We're thrilled to announce that once again, we'll be running an amazing season-long giveaway with Octopus Energy for our JG Members. Up for grabs are two adult and two JG tickets to a Premier League Arsenal home game.

That's not all, to make this a real family matchday experience you'll be seeing the players up close as they arrive at Emirates Stadium, then heading pitch-side to meet Gunnesaurus and have your photo taken by an official Arsenal photographer.

Octopus Energy will also be throwing in a £25 food and drinks voucher so you can enjoy a half time snack, along with a £30 gift card to spend in one of the three Arsenal superstores or online at ArsenalDirect.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply log in and answer the question below:

Who was Arsenal's top Premier League goalscorer last season?

Stay tuned to JGs throughout the season as we'll be giving you the chance to win this experience at every Arsenal Premier League home game. 

Entry is open to all paid Junior Gunners Members aged 4-16 and closes on 7th August 2019, 11.59pm. 

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These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) set out the basis on which you can participate in the Family Matchday Experience - Burnley (“Promotion”). By entering the Promotion, you accept these terms and conditions in full. If you do not accept these terms and conditions, you should not enter the promotion and you will not be eligible to win the prize. 

PROMOTION PERIOD: The start date for entries is July 2019 once live on the Junior Gunners website (UK time) (“Start Date”). The closing date for entries is August 7th 2019 at 23.59 (UK time) (“Closing Date”). Entries received after the closing date will not be entered into the promotion.

TO ENTER: To enter the promotion, you need to visit the Junior Gunners website [] or [the Junior Gunners app]. You will need to [answer the multiple choice question and completed the form] by no later than the closing date. Membership details will be requested.

ELIGIBILITY: Entry is open to Junior Gunners members and digital members, aged 4-16 years. only. Only one entry per person is allowed.

If entrants are under 18, consent from a parent or guardian must be obtained prior to entry and the parent or guardian must agree to these terms and conditions in full.  

Employees of The Arsenal Football Club Plc (company number 109244) (“Arsenal”), the promoter or members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter the promotion.

No purchase is required to enter but you will require email and internet access to enter the promotion. No refund may be claimed for any expenses incurred relating to the use of an email account or internet connection for the purpose of entering the promotion.

PRIZE: Four tickets (two adult and two Junior Gunners) to Arsenal v Burnley on 7th August 2019 (the “Prize”). The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.

The promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize (or any part of it) for a prize or prizes of equivalent or greater monetary value if this is necessary for reasons beyond its control.  There is no cash alternative to the prize (or any part of it) and unless agreed otherwise in writing the prize is non-refundable and non-transferable. All costs and expenses not included within the prize are the responsibility of the winner(s).

Third party terms and conditions apply to parts of the prize where applicable.

SELECTION OF WINNER: The winner will be picked at random from all eligible entries received between the start date and the closing date. 

The winner will be contacted using the contact details provided on entry within 72 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond to confirm details for delivery of the prize within 14 days, an alternative winner will be selected at random from the remaining eligible and correct entries.

PUBLICITY AND PERSONAL DATA: If the winner is aged 18 or over, the winner agrees to take part in reasonable publicity relating to the promotion and the [promoter][and Arsenal] may use the winner's name and image and his/her comments relating to the Promotion and/or the prize for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media worldwide without notice and without any fee being paid.

Details of the winner’s name and county will be available on request for one month after the closing date by writing to the promoter (including providing a stamped self-addressed envelope and stating the name and closing date of the promotion) at the address set out below.

The promoter will use entrants’ personal details for the purposes of administering the promotion and awarding the prize. 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Entries must not be submitted through agents or third parties. No responsibility can be accepted for lost, delayed or incomplete entries, or for electronic entries or winning notifications that are not received or delivered (for any reason including as a consequence of communication or network failures). Any such entries will be deemed void. 

The promoter reserves the right to withdraw or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions if circumstances outside its reasonable control make this unavoidable. 

Entries must be strictly in accordance with these terms and conditions. Any entry not in strict accordance with these terms and conditions will be deemed to be invalid and the prize will not be awarded in respect of such entry. The promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any entrant and to exclude any entries which it believes to be invalid or in breach of these terms and conditions.

The promoter’s decision is final in all matters relating to the promotion (including the prize) and no correspondence will be entered into.

Except in respect of death or personal injury resulting from any negligence of Arsenal, to the maximum extent permitted by law, neither Arsenal nor any of its officers, employees or agents shall be responsible for (whether in tort, contract or otherwise):

any loss, damage or injury to you and/or any third party or to any property belonging to you or any third party in connection with the Promotion and/or the Prize (including the winner’s receipt or use of the same), resulting from any cause whatsoever; or

any loss of profit, loss of use, loss of opportunity or any indirect, economic or consequential losses whatsoever and howsoever caused.

GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION: Please note that this agreement is governed by English law. This means that your entry into the promotion and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it will be governed by English law. You and the promoter both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have non-exclusive jurisdiction in connection with any such dispute or claim.

SPIRIT OF THE PROMOTION: If you attempt to compromise the integrity or proper operation of the promotion by cheating or committing fraud in any way, [the promoter and Arsenal each reserve][the promoter reserves] the right to render your entry invalid, seek damages from you and ban you from participating in any of their future Promotions.

CONTACT: If you have any questions about the Promotion, please write to The Junior Gunners Team, Marketing Department, The Arsenal Football Club PLC, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London N5 1BU.

PROMOTER: The “Promoter” of the Promotion is [Junior Gunners][on behalf of Arsenal].

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source.

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Sebastien Haller: West Ham set to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker for up to £45m

Sebastien Haller was part of the Eintract team that finished seventh in the Bundesliga and reached the Europa League semi-finals last season

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller is travelling to West Ham for a medical before a transfer worth up to £45m - a club record for the Hammers.

The 25-year-old former France Under-21 international scored 20 goals in 41 games for the German side last season.

If the deal goes through, it would eclipse the £36m fee paid by West Ham for Brazilian Felipe Anderson in 2018.

Haller has scored 33 goals in 77 appearances in two years at Bundesliga club Eintracht.

He joined them from Dutch side Utrecht, where he scored 51 times in 98 games.

Strikers Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll have all left the Hammers this summer, and earlier on Tuesday manager Manuel Pellegrini said the club are "trying to bring in good players".

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adidas x Arsenal away kit 2019/20

We can now unveil our new away kit for the 2019/20 season!

Inspired by the iconic ‘bruised banana’ away strip seen during the early ’90s, the new shirt celebrates the club’s history with a progressive interpretation of a classic kit synonymous with Arsenal.

Available to buy now at ArsenalDirect

The design features a modern twist on the historic ‘bruised banana’ graphic. A minimal, shaded zig-zag pattern adorns the famous bright yellow of the Arsenal away shirt. The revived and redesigned kit for this season, previously a symbol of the adidas and Arsenal partnership, brings the past into the present with this bold new design.

This kit features a modern, navy crew neck collar with colour-matched navy adidas stripes on the shoulders and logo. The navy detailing matches the navy used in the 1991-3 design graphic, a subtle nod to an old era brought into the future.

The new kit will be worn for the first time at our pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 17 and its first Premier League airing will be in our first game of the Premier League season against Newcastle United on Sunday, August 11.

The away kit is available to purchase at ArsenalDirect well as Arsenal and adidas stores, retailers and fashion stores across the globe.

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source.

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Laurent Koscielny ‘very hurt’ by Arsenal row – Olivier Giroud

Koscielny 'very hurt' by Arsenal conflict - Giroud

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is "very hurt" by his conflict with the club, his friend and former team-mate Olivier Giroud has told the BBC.

Koscielny has refused to travel on the pre-season tour of the USA after the Gunners rejected his transfer request, and is facing disciplinary proceedings.

The 33-year-old French defender has been criticised, but Giroud said: "You cannot make a judgement when you don't have all the clues. I'm pretty sure we don't know everything in this situation."

The Chelsea and France striker, who played for Arsenal between 2012 and 2018, added: "I hope both sides will find the best agreement."

Koscielny joined Arsenal from Lorient for about £10m in 2010 and has made 353 appearances for the Premier League club, leading the side intermittently before being appointed permanent captain a year ago.

An Achilles injury ruled him out of France's triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign, but the centre-back returned in December and helped the Gunners reach the Europa League final, which they lost to Giroud's Chelsea.

Before that match in Baku, Arsenal were in talks with Koscielny over a new contract.

However, it is understood the defender was unhappy with their offer - and that, along with growing discontent over the way his playing schedule was managed and the direction he felt the team and club were going, led Koscielny to ask for a move.

Arsenal rejected his plea and also deny the Frenchman's assertion there was some form of agreement in place allowing him to be released for free this summer.

Gunners boss Unai Emery was pleased with Koscielny's performance last season and still sees him playing a key role, so would only consider sanctioning his exit if a suitable offer arrived, which has not yet happened.

Koscielny is training in London while the club consider his punishment for refusing to tour.

"Lolo is a good friend of mine," said Giroud in an exclusive interview. "I've known him now for 10, 11 years. We played together in the second division [in France, at Tours].

"He's been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he's been the skipper for so many years - very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players.

"The club gave him the opportunity to play at Arsenal, and it was a big, big opportunity for him to show his quality in the Premier League. I think he has always been grateful about that and respectful to the club. I don't understand how we have got to this situation.

"I feel very sad for him because he's a great person and the media wants to give a bad image of him.

"I'm not at the club, I don't know what really happened - but one thing for sure is Lolo is very hurt by what's happening and he's an emotional person."

'I can understand the Arsenal fans'

Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud played for opposite sides in the 2019 Europa League final

Giroud's five-and-a-half-year spell at Emirates Stadium came to an end when he was sold to Chelsea after Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018.

The 32-year-old has won the FA Cup and Europa League with the Blues, as well as helping the side reach last season's Carabao Cup final.

"I didn't want to leave," Giroud said.

"I spoke with the boss - at this time, Arsene [Wenger] - and I told him: 'Look, gaffer, I need some game time to play at the World Cup, that's massive for me.'

"At the end of the day, we won it, so it was very important for me to leave.

"It was tough for me, but it was amazing to sign for a club like Chelsea. It was like an improvement for me because - OK, it's Manchester City now - but Chelsea have been the best club in England over the past 10 years.

"It was a new challenge with big motivation, big targets."

After 19 consecutive seasons in the Champions League, Arsenal face a third year in the Europa League and are operating with a restricted budget in the transfer market as a result.

On Monday, a group of 16 prominent supporters' groups and bloggers signed a letter calling on Gunners owner Stan Kroenke to "reinvigorate" the club.

Giroud expressed sympathy - "I can understand the fans" - and said there is perhaps a difference in mindset between his previous and current employers.

"With Arsenal it was difficult to fight for the title. We were always fighting for the Champions League places," he said. "I won a few FA Cups and Community Shields. When you can't win the league, winning the FA Cup is quite nice, so I've got amazing memories.

"Chelsea is a club where you have maybe more expectations, higher expectations. They were winning more titles these past 10 years and obviously Arsenal wants to come back to the 'Invincibles' days, but it's not easy.

"I'm not going to say we are doing things better at Chelsea. We just try to be as competitive as we can, to step up and win more trophies."

When asked if it could be a mentality issue, Giroud replied: "Maybe.

"In football, for me, it's two-thirds of the quality you need to have. I've seen so many talented players - but without mental strength they can't step up and get out of their comfort zone. Mental strength is massive in football and sport in general."

'We can compete for title despite transfer ban'

Chelsea need to be 'competitive straight away' - Giroud

This summer, Chelsea triggered an option to extend Giroud's stay at Stamford Bridge by 12 months and, despite the club being banned from signing players for two transfer windows, the France international is confident they can compete for honours under new boss Frank Lampard.

"He's a proper Chelsea legend," Giroud added. "As a player, he was an example for the young players and the fans. He loves the badge and the club, so I think he is the right person.

"He's coming with big energy and we are working very hard, and in a good way.

"I think he's got the squad to compete in the different competitions this year.

"Many young players sometimes have to go on loan to get some game time. This transfer ban gives them an opportunity to play more, show their qualities and - honestly, trust me - we've got plenty of young, talented players at Chelsea.

"The Champions League is very tough. We've got a talented squad, but it's quite young. Everybody knows the Champions League is a lot about experience.

"We're going to fight in every competition - but the main target will be to compete with City and Liverpool for the Premier League title."

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Will Cocu succeed at Derby?

Phillip Cocu will be looking to bring the good times back to Derby

Phillip Cocu will be looking to bring the good times back to Derby

Phillip Cocu is the new Derby manager but what will he bring to the club? Adam Bate speaks to a former PSV striker and one of the Dutchman’s former colleagues at the Eredivisie club to find out more about the pros and cons of the appointment…

While Chelsea supporters are celebrating the return of Frank Lampard, Derby fans are equally excited about the appointment of his successor. Dutchman Phillip Cocu is the first foreign manager in the club's history and his arrival has sparked renewed hope that, after a series of near misses, Derby could take that final step back to the Premier League.

Lampard did well at Pride Park but there is still a buzz in the city that the club has now received compensation for both him and his predecessor Gary Rowett - and still managed to upgrade. Like Lampard, Cocu is a former world-class midfielder. Unlike Lampard, he comes with proven coaching pedigree having won the Eredivisie three times with PSV.

That accomplishment might have been devalued around these parts given that former Derby boss Steve McClaren also won the trophy with FC Twente, but it should not be underestimated given the circumstances. PSV had not won the title for five years when Cocu got the job. He was central to the overhaul that brought success back to Eindhoven.

1:05 Fan reaction to the appointment of Cocu on a four-year deal at Pride Park

Fan reaction to the appointment of Cocu on a four-year deal at Pride Park

Pascal Jansen took over from Cocu as PSV U19 coach when he got the top job at the club, later serving as U23 coach and finally academy manager during their five years together. It was a transformation that reaped rewards under sporting director Marcel Brands with Cocu embracing a more joined-up approach that put greater emphasis on youth.

"We began the project in 2013," Jansen tells Sky Sports. "Prior to that, PSV had players coming through the academy but the focus within the club was not really on developing players. Back then, there was not the focus on making sure that at least 50 per cent of the players came through the academy to the first team. Things changed in 2013.

Cocu won plenty of silverware during his five-year stay in Eindhoven with PSV

Cocu won plenty of silverware during his five-year stay in Eindhoven with PSV

"It was partly because of finances but it was also because of a change of vision. They decided that in their plan for the future, the academy would play a major part. They wanted players for the first team and that meant they had to invest more than before. They had to be creative and initiate new ideas to deliver players for the first team in a certain way."

Jansen is now the assistant at AZ Alkmaar, while Brands has moved on to Everton, but Cocu is joined at Derby by Chris van der Weerden, his long-time assistant, and Twan Scheepers, another coach with a background in youth development. The new Derby manager has already stressed that there will be an emphasis on the academy and that make sense.

Commitment to youth

Derby owner Mel Morris has invested heavily in youth and there are some positive signs with the U18 side becoming national champions in May with a 5-2 hammering of Arsenal after narrowly losing out to Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup. Jansen is optimistic that Cocu and his former colleagues are well placed to make the most of the talent in the setup.

He is very interested in the academy and helping young players to develop. He has a very clear view of what he wants

Pascal Jansen, former Jong PSV coach

"That's one of his qualities, of course," says Jansen. "In the five years when he was the coach at PSV we worked closely together in terms of preparing the talented players from the academy to join the first team. He is very interested in the academy and helping young players to develop. He has a very clear view of what he wants from the young players.

"He knows the importance of it because when he finished playing he went into the PSV academy and coached the U19 team together with Chris. Those two played together for PSV and have known each other forever. I also know Twan very well because he was my former assistant with the U23s. These are good guys with good knowledge and good qualities.

Phillip Cocu enjoyed a fine playing career including a six-year stay at Barcelona

Phillip Cocu enjoyed a fine playing career including a six-year stay at Barcelona

"Obviously, when it comes to Phillip you are talking about someone who has played over 100 games for the national team. He has played World Cups and played for Barcelona for six years, captaining a very special team. He was also the captain of PSV winning a lot of titles and has then gone on to win a lot of titles with them as a coach too.

"So this is someone with the winning ingredients in terms of how to live and how to work. He is very calm and very analytical. He has the winning formula in his DNA and for all of these reasons he is someone who I think will do very well in England."

Concerns over style

This question of DNA is an intriguing one because the recent image of the Dutch coach abroad, particularly in England, is not altogether positive. Like Cocu, Frank de Boer arrived as a former Barcelona player, but his brand of football received short shrift at Crystal Palace amid a perception of a lack of pragmatism - a particularly useful trait in the Championship.

However, while there are some parallels with De Boer given that the pair won seven out of eight Eredivisie titles between them from 2010/11 to 2017/18, Cocu cannot be accused of being a total football zealot. Indeed, if there was a criticism of him during his time at PSV it was over his style of play. Former PSV forward Rob McDonald thinks it could be an issue.

Derby's youngsters won the U18 Premier League trophy so the talent is there

Derby's youngsters won the U18 Premier League trophy so the talent is there

"They have a good youth setup at Derby and Phillip will certainly give some attention to that," McDonald tells Sky Sports. "He was a great footballer, a real winner, and he has played for some big clubs. I genuinely hope it works because he is a really nice bloke but the thing with Phillip is that the style of football that he had at PSV was actually quite defensive.

"You would imagine that a club like PSV would be playing in the final third for most of the time, but he would sit in a lot of the time instead and try to hit teams on the counter-attack. It was not the free-flowing style of Ajax or even the football Feyenoord are playing now.

"It is a choice that coaches make but the reason why I am saying it might be a problem is that in England, especially at a club like Derby, you have no choice. You have to attack.

"The DNA of Derby, if I am not mistaken, is that they will want to play attractive, attacking football. So I am really curious how he will do in terms of the style because he is more defensive than English clubs would expect. He has got to realise that with the group of players he has at Derby they must be among the favourites so he has got to attack.

"His mindset will need to change."

Could that happen? "It could," says McDonald. "He played at Barcelona, after all, and they only attacked. He might have had his reasons for doing that at PSV but I look at the squad he had there and I would say he could have attacked more than he did with those players."

Cocu is already making the right noises, saying that he 'likes having the ball', but supporters can expect him to continue to be practical in his outlook. He has spoken of finding the right balance between the qualities of the Derby players and the style that he wants. It is not only about possession, he insists. His team will be more direct when they need to be.

The hope is that this pragmatism will be a strength.

But perhaps the biggest factor in whether or not Cocu is able to bring success back to Derby will be time. He was denied that during a frustrating spell at Fenerbahce last year, but if he is given the opportunity to build something at Derby, as he was at PSV, then there is every reason to believe it can work. There is certainly an appetite for continuity among supporters.

None of the previous half a dozen Derby managers have stayed beyond their first full season in charge. Appointing a proven winner who wants to work closely with the club's academy offers the hope of something more. "He has signed a four-year deal which means they are looking for consistency," says Jansen. "I think he is going to do very well."

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