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UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE: Express Need To Beat Vipers To Survive Relegation 

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Express coach Nsimbe

 

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Express 0-0 SC Villa

BUL FC 1-2 Bright Stars

UPDF 1-2 Soana 

Maroons 0-1 Police

Having failed to win at home against SC Villa, Express FC now have to do it the  hard way and win their remaining games to survive relegation in the Azam Uganda Premier League.

Their game against the Jogoos ended goalless and Express failed to capitalise on UPDF loss to Soana by 2-1. Michael Birungi tried to get a goal for ‘Mukwano Gw’abangi’ but Villa defenders had a good day on a slippery field that wasn’t favourable for both teams due to the heavy rain that started in the morning.

“We tried our level best and we shall fight till the last game,” said Coach Bisaso.

Villa supporters left Wankulukuku disappointed because their team didn’t show any desire to win in their fight for the tittle. Villa is third with 54points but KCCA who are second have a better goal difference. Express have a task of winning the remaining two games against Vipers to survive relegation.

Ssenkatuuka can’t stop scoring;

Nelson Ssenkatuuka’s brace helped Bright Stars to get three points off BUL FC in the Azam Uganda Premier League. Kambale Muhindo put the hosts in front and Ssenkatuuka pulled one back for Bright Stars before halftime. Referee Ali Kaddu awarded a penalty in the second half but the Bright Stars keeper saved it. Ssenkatuuka took his tally 15 goals after bagging the second in the 90th minute.

Tue 22-05-2018

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CHAMPION’S LEAGUE FINAL: Can Klopp Win His First Final? PLUS Everything You Need To Know About The Two Teams

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The eyes of the football world will be glued on the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday night as two historic clubs in Liverpool and Real Madrid contest the 26th Champions League final.
Zinedine Zidane’s all-conquering Real Madrid are looking to make history by winning the iconic trophy for a third year in a row. In order for this to happen though, this will have to see off Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring Liverpool side, who are looking to pick up the big cup for the sixth time in their illustrious history, after a swashbuckling European campaign.
Los Blancos will head into the match in Kiev as the favorites, with Liverpool being the slight underdogs for the final – which is probably exactly how the Reds want it.

Recent Form
Recently, Real Madrid’s domestic form has been inconsistent at best. The Spanish giants surrendered a two-goal lead against Villarreal on the final La Liga match of the season, leaving Zidane’s side with just one win in their last five games heading into the final.
Since beating Roma is the Champions League semifinal, Liverpool’s form has dipped with one eye looking ahead to the big match in Kiev.
Two wins in their last six games does not read too well for Klopp’s men, but they did secure Champions League football for next season after a big win against Brighton on the last day of the Premier League season, as Mohamed Salah returned to goal-scoring form to secure the Premier League Golden Boot and record tally for a 38-game season.

Team News
Zidane has a fully fit squad to fit choose from, with Dani Carvajal fit to return after missing the semifinal second leg against Bayern Munich.
Gareth Bale is also pushing for a start in the final. The Welshman has only started three Champions League games all season, but five goals in his last four starts suggests a timely return to form which may give him the edge to make the starting lineup ahead of Isco or Lucas Vazquez. Cristiano Ronaldo, after recovering from his ankle strain, will lead the line alongside Karim Benzema.
For Liverpool, they have received a massive boost heading into the final with both Emre Can and James Milner passed fit to play in Kiev.
Milner missed Liverpool’s match with Brighton last Sunday, while Emre Can has not played since March due to injury. A place on the bench is more likely for the German, due to his lack of game time of the past few months.
Liverpool-born teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold will complete an unbelievable season by starting at right back in Kiev, after being used in more advanced roles in the last couple of Premier League games.


Where is the Champions League taking place?
The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.
The match venue will be the NSC Olimpiyskyi Stadium, which has a capacity of 70,050 people.

Possible line-ups
Liverpool: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Salah
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee ligaments), Gomez (ankle), Matip (thigh)
Doubtful: Emre Can (back)

Liverpool’s Champions League Stats
Here are all the stats for Liverpool’s Champions League campaign from group stages up to the semi-final:

Wins – 7
Losses – 1
Draws – 4
Goals – 40
Total Shots – 152
Shooting Accuracy – 58.55%
Assists – 31
Big Chance Total – 50
Big Chance Conversion – 56%
Touches in the opposition box – 393
Errors leading to goals – 3
Goals Conceded – 13

Top Five Goalscorers for Liverpool
Mohamed Salah – 10
Roberto Firmino – 10
Sadio Mane – 9
Philippe Coutinho – 5
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 2

Possible line-ups
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema
Out: none
Doubtful: none

Real Madrid’s Champions League Stats
Here are all the stats for Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign from group stages up to the semi-final:

Wins – 8
Losses – 2
Draw – 2
Goals – 30
Total Shots – 163
Shooting Accuracy – 51.5%
Assists – 21
Big Chance Total – 51
Big Chance Conversion – 43.1%
Touches in the opposition box – 391
Errors leading to goals – 3
Goals Conceded – 15

Top Five Goalscorers for Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo – 15
Karim Benzema – 4
Marcelo – 3
Nacho – 1
Sergio Ramos – 1

What the coaches say
Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
This will probably be the hardest final we’ve ever had to play. We will have to be at our very best – we know that – and on all levels, not just physical. They’re an English team, so they will never give up, but they don’t just rely on their physical attributes. Liverpool are also good technically, with a lot of speed and great individual players.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager
There are many reasons why we are where we are right now, and I’m immensely proud of what the boys have achieved. We aren’t anyone else. We are Liverpool, on the way to becoming a really good team, and performing at such a high level is very cool. It’s been a crazy ride but, after all, we’ve earned our place here.
Experience is very important. I am pretty sure in the second before the game Real Madrid will be more confident than we are but the game doesn’t end in that second, it only starts. When you see Real Madrid play you say ‘wow they are really strong’ but they never played us. Nobody expected us to be here, but we are here because we are Liverpool. We are not only a really good football team. This club has it in its DNA that it can really go for the big things. Nobody expected us to be here, but we are here. Because we are Liverpool.
Form guide
Ramos watches back his 2014 and 2016 final goals
Most recent game
19/05: Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid (Martínez 70, Castillejo 85; Bale 11, Ronaldo 32)
13/05: Liverpool 4-0 Brighton (Salah 26, Lovren 40, Solanke 53, Robertson 85)

Last ten games (most recent first)
Madrid: DWLDDWWDWL
Liverpool: WLLDWDWWDW

Did you know?
Ronaldo could become the first player to win this competition five times in the UEFA Champions League era.
Klopp has lost his last five major finals as a manager.
Sergio Ramos helped Spain win UEFA EURO 2012 at this same stadium.


RONALDO VS SALAH THIS SEASON

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have been making the headlines and setting new standards all season and now they’ll fight it out for the greatest prize in European club football.
We take a look at the very impressive numbers behind these two superstars.

NUMBER OF APPEARANCES

It’s been a hectic campaign for both players, with their clubs so heavily reliant on their moments of magic to prosper in the various competitions they participate in.
Therefore, Salah has already made 49 appearances for Liverpool and Ronaldo has played in 41 games for Real Madrid this season.
Salah has been one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s teamsheet since arriving from Roma last summer and has only missed two Premier League fixtures, starting 32 of the 36 games they have played.
He has started all but one of Liverpool’s matches in the Champions League and the one he began on the bench was the second leg of their last-16 tie with Porto, when Liverpool already led 5-0 from the away game.
Ronaldo, who at 33 is eight years Salah’s senior, has played less because he started the season with a five-match suspension for being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.
As the season has progressed and it became increasingly apparent Barcelona were going to run away with La Liga, Zinedine Zidane has strategically rested Ronaldo in certain league games to keep him fresh for Europe.
Therefore, since the resumption of the Champions League in February, he has not been picked in the Real squad for five league fixtures. He also doesn’t have to bother with the Copa del Rey.
Real’s obsession with triumph on the European stage is underlined by the fact Ronaldo has started all 12 of their Champions League games this season – he is a true specialist on that stage.

NUMBER OF GOALS
Both men have enjoyed exceptional scoring seasons in all competitions. When added together, Salah has scored 43 goals in his 49 matches and Ronaldo has netted 42 goals in his 41 games.
Nobody expected Salah to have such a sensational impact – he struggled to make an impression in the Premier League when at Chelsea and his two full seasons with Roma yielded returns of 15 and 19 goals.
But the way he has fitted seamlessly into Klopp’s well-oiled attack has taken the breath away and the goals have flowed at all points in the season.
Salah started the Premier League campaign by scoring at Watford and hasn’t looked back. The 31 in the league have put him four goals clear of Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.
The Egyptian has scored 10 goals in 12 Champions League matches, or 11 in 14 if you include the two legs of the play-off round against Hoffenheim. He also scored against West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup.
Of Ronaldo’s 42 goals, 24 have come in La Liga though he trails his great rival, Lionel Messi of Barcelona, by eight in the current top scorer charts.
In Europe, he continues to excel, with a superb 15 goals in 12 outings this season. Indeed, up until the two legs of the semi-final against Bayern Munich, Ronaldo has scored in every single match.
In addition, the Portuguese netted in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup final with Barcelona (prior to his sending off) and also got two in the FIFA Club World Cup staged in Abu Dhabi back in December.
Though Ronaldo has already matched the 42 goals he scored last season, his final return will be down on the seasons before that.

ASSISTS
Of course, it isn’t all about finding the net. Both Salah and Ronaldo have contributed an impressive number of assists for their team-mates this season.
Salah has 13 in total, with nine coming in the Premier League and four in Europe.
Ronaldo has five in La Liga and two more in the Champions League.

DOUBLES, TREBLES AND QUADRUPLES
Both Salah and Ronaldo are players who love to steal the show and usually do so by scoring two or three goals in the same match.
This season, the Liverpool man has scored twice on seven separate occasions. In the Premier League, these doubles have come against West Ham, Southampton, Stoke City, Leicester City and Tottenham.
And in the Champions League, Salah netted twice in the 7-0 group stage thrashing of Maribor and against Roma in the first leg of the semi-final.
But his most sparkling afternoon in front of goal came in the 5-0 win over Watford back in March, when he scored four times in an unstoppable performance.
As we well know, when Ronaldo is in the scoring mood, he is really in the scoring mood. He has 11 two-goal hauls, one hat-trick and one quadruple this season.
Those doubles in La Liga have come against Sevilla, Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Alaves, Getafe and Eibar.
In the Champions League, Ronaldo has netted twice in the matches against APOEL Nicosia, both home and away, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
That hat-trick came in a 5-2 league win over Real Sociedad and the quadruple came in a 6-3 victory over Girona.

SCORING STREAKS
Both players have been on hot scoring streaks this season – Salah has twice been on a sequence of seven consecutive scoring games.
The first was from the FA Cup fourth-round tie with West Brom on January 27 until the league match with Newcastle United on March 3, including goals against Huddersfield, Tottenham, Southampton, Porto and West Ham in between.
Those four goals against Watford sparked another seven-match scoring run that included games with Crystal Palace, Manchester City (home and away in the Champions League), Bournemouth, West Brom and Roma.
Remarkably, Salah’s longest run without managing to find the net is just three games – against Spartak Moscow, Newcastle and Manchester United back in September and October.
Ronaldo went better, however, with a stunning 12-match scoring streak between February and April.
Beginning with the hat-trick he scored against Sociedad on February 10, Ronaldo went on to score 22 times in those dozen games.
They included both legs of the Champions League ties against PSG and Juventus, plus eight league fixtures.
Like Salah, his longest non-scoring run stands at three games – against Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Villarreal back in December and January.
So as we have seen, neither player is kept quiet for too long.

ZINEDINE ZIDANE VS JURGEN KLOOP

It has all the ingredients for a classic Champions League final. Two heavyweights of European football – Real Madrid and Liverpool – going head-to-head in the Kiev final on May 26.
Under the guidance of their managers – Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp – these teams have not only reached European football’s showpiece but got there in sumptuous style.
On the night, it is going to come down to which manager sends their team out with the better gameplan, which can get the best out of their prodigiously talented squads.
Here is a comparison between the two managers…

PLAYING CAREER
Zidane was arguably the most gifted player of his generation, a French playmaker who could conjure moments of magic without apparent effort.
The master of the silky touch, the pirouette, mazy dribble and defence-splitting pass, not to mention unstoppable shots at goal, he turned out for two of Europe’s great clubs in Juventus and Real Madrid.
While there, he won pretty much everything there is to win, including the Champions League with Real in 2002 thanks to his memorable volleyed winner.
But his crowning glory came in 1998 when he starred in France’s World Cup triumph on home soil, scoring twice in the final as Brazil were beaten 3-0.
Klopp’s career spanned 14 years but was rather more modest. He was a striker during the early stages of his career before converting into a defender at his one principal club, Mainz, in the mid-nineties.
He made 325 league appearances for Mainz during 11 years there, scoring 52 times, before he retired at the age of 34 to become the club’s manager.

COACHING CAREER
Zidane has made a spectacular start to his coaching career. A player well-versed in the unique pressures that come from representing Real Madrid, he seamlessly made the transition into their coaching set-up.
Initially, he was a special adviser to Jose Mourinho during his time in charge and then became manager of the B team, Real Madrid Castilla, in the summer of 2014.
It sparked controversy at the time in some quarters because Zidane didn’t have any coaching qualifications but within 18 months he was appointed Real Madrid’s manager, replacing Rafa Benitez.
Bringing an injection of fresh ideas, Real remarkably ended his first season as Champions League winners, defeating their neighbours Atletico Madrid on penalties in the Milan final.
The following season was even more exceptional, regaining not only the La Liga title and winning the FIFA Club World Cup, but becoming the first team to retain the Champions League when they beat Juventus 4-1.
That European success has continued this season, with Real defeating Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich to reach yet another final as they pursue their 13th European Cup success.
Klopp cut his managerial teeth in familiar surroundings at Mainz and led them into the Bundesliga for the first time in 2004 and, even more remarkably, guided them to the UEFA Cup the year after.
Although they suffered relegation in 2007, his sterling efforts had not gone unnoticed and Borussia Dortmund appointed Klopp as their manager in 2008.
After two seasons of noticeable improvement and top-six finishes, Klopp then won the Bundesliga title in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
One of the most thrilling teams to watch in Europe at the time, Klopp’s success then translated onto the European scene as they reached the Champions League final in 2013, losing in heart-breaking late fashion to rivals Bayern Munich.
Klopp, an immensely popular figure around the club, announced he was to leave Dortmund at the end of the 2014-15 season and Liverpool moved to recruit him when Brendan Rodgers left in October 2015.
A breath of fresh air around Anfield, Liverpool fans quickly took Klopp to their hearts and he rewarded them with appearances in the League Cup and the Europa League finals in his first season, though they lost both.
Gradually, Klopp has rebuilt Liverpool once again into an attractive, attack-minded team and they have been fun to watch as they’ve taken the Champions League by storm this season.

MEDAL COLLECTION
As a player, Zidane twice won Serie A with Juventus and won La Liga with Real in 2003. A year before that, the Spanish giants lifted the Champions League and they followed that up with the Intercontinental Cup.
On the international stage with France, he inspired them to World Cup glory in 1998 and success in the European Championships in 2000.
He was winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1998 and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Success has followed him as a coach, with those two Champions League successes, back-to-back World Club Cups wins and the Spanish title 12 months ago.
Klopp didn’t win much as a player but that changed when he took to the dug-out. He won promotion into the Bundesliga with Mainz in 2004 and claimed two Bundesliga title with Dortmund in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as well as the German Cup in 2012.
We await his first piece of silverware at Liverpool.

EUROPEAN PEDIGREE
Zidane’s European record as Real coach could not be better. Two cracks at the Champions League and two successes mean a very special hat-trick is in the offing.
Zidane has led his team in nine knockout ties in the Champions League so far, plus those two finals, and boasts a 100 per cent record.
This season’s route to the final has been arguably their trickiest yet, with the champions of France, Italy and Germany (PSG, Juventus and Bayern) overcome in the last three rounds.
He has most definitely reasserted Real’s dominance of the European scene and restored their aura of invincibility in the Champions League.
Liverpool are a club rightly proud of their European achievements and Klopp has led a modern-day resurgence that has recaptured some of the old glories.
His first full season in charge saw Liverpool reach the final of the UEFA Europa League, beating the likes of Dortmund and Villarreal en route, only to lose 3-1 to Sevilla in the final.
Having sat out European competition last season, they have returned with a vengeance this time. Resounding wins over Porto and Manchester City have been followed by this latest success over Roma.

PLAYING STYLE
Zidane has certainly adhered to the grand Real Madrid tradition of front foot, attacking football and the fans certainly love him for it.
With a star-studded cast of players at his disposal, and perennial game-changer Cristiano Ronaldo at his disposal, Real have the capability to blow most teams away.
He has managed to marry star names such as Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos with emerging talents such as Isco and Marco Asensio.
However, there remain some questions marks about the defensive line, with Real almost throwing away commanding positions in the last eight against Juventus and the semi-finals against Bayern.
Klopp has long gained plaudits for the high-intensity, high-press approach and has moulded his Liverpool team into a well-oiled attacking machine.
The forward three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has been absolutely unplayable at times this season, racking up the goals as they carve open defences.
Klopp makes no apology for going all out in matches but perhaps the biggest improvement this season has come from fixing their leaky defence with the January signing of Virgil van Dijk.

PERSONALITY
Often seen with an intense expression on his face, Zidane is a perfectionist constantly trying to push his team to greater heights.
You will seldom see him crack a smile on the touchline, issuing commands with a steely gaze and complete focus.
There is a lighter side, of course, and this often can be seen in training where he retains a touch and pass every bit as good as his players.
Klopp is an exceedingly likeable character and the Liverpool faithful soon took the German to their hearts.
With that beaming, pearly white smile never too far from the surface, a cheerful demeanour and invariably well-considered insights on any topic, Klopp is certainly popular.
If he can add silverware to that personality, he’ll be a Liverpool legend forever.


WHAT OUR UGANDAN EXPERTS THINK

Kussam Kalema (Tip Star/Editor):
Real Madrid vs Liverpool-2/over
Liverpool come as under dogs but Jurgen Klopp has instilled Character in his boys. They are good on the counter attack and Real Madrid’s problem this season has been poor defending letting. Those putting a stake do not forget an ‘over’/ ggoolo ggoolo.

Allan Ssewanyana ‘Musajja wa bwino'(MP/Sports Pundit):
Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 0

Ssali Mahadi (Tip Stars):
Real Madrid 4-2 liverpool
Thisi is going to be a good game because both coaches don’t believe in defending. Goals are expected but Real Madrid might score more golas and take it because they have the quality.

Coach Alex Gitta (former Express Coach):
Real Madrid vs Liverpool -2
Jurgen Klop is a good coach when he is playing big clubs, though he is not a winning coach in finals. Real Madrid or in general Spanish teams know how to play the final games, but all in all I think Liverpool might take the day.

Coach Ayiekoh Charles (Kirinya Jinja SSS):
Real Madrid vs Liverpool -1
Real Madrid have all the rights to lift the title because , they have every player any manager craves for on his first team. There is also the element of Zinedine Zidane being a winner.

Coach Asaph Mwebaze (Maroons):
Real Madrid ve Liverpool -2
Real Madrid cannot handle that speed and tenacity.

Antonio Flores (former SC Villa coach)
Real Madrid vs Liverpool-1

 

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Mouthwatering Premier League Finale Today: Can Express Survive Relegation, Will KCCA Grab The Trophy From Vipers? Managers And Players Speak Out

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Express technical staff addressing players during their last training session

Final FIXTURES: (MD30): Friday, 25-05-2018 (All games start at 4:00pm)
Soana FC Vs Maroons FC – Kavumba Recreation Centre
Masavu FC Vs Express FC – Fisheries Training Institute (Bugonga) – Entebbe
Mbarara City FC Vs Kirinya Jinja SSS FC – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara
Proline FC Vs URA FC – StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Police FC Vs KCCA FC – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
SC Villa Vs BUL FC – Masaka Recreation Ground
Onduparaka FC Vs Bright Stars FC – Green Light Stadium, Arua
Vipers SC Vs UPDF FC – St. Mary’s Stadium – Kitende

 

Today has been dubbed the most exciting day for all football fans across the country with over three mouthwatering ties that involve Vipers, KCCA who are fighting for the title and Express, Proline who are fighting relegation, on the final day of the Uganda Premier League.

Vipers only need three points off a relegation threatened UPDF side, to be crowned champions of 2017/18 season.

“We can’t afford to lose to UPDF, we are ready mentally and physically,” said Vipers midfield anchor Taddeo Lwanga.

Vipers are yet to lose a game in the second round of this season so the odds are against UPDF, who haven’t won a game in the last five away league games.

KCCA will be praying they beat Police and Vipers lose if they are to have any chance of retaining the title.

“We are not under pressure, it is Vipers’ trophy to loose but the boys have to do their job against Police as we wait for results to come,” said coach Mike Mute of KCCA.

Express, Masavu and Proline in do or die games;

Mathematically, any of the three above mentioned teams can still survive. Express ‘Mukwano Gwabangi’ take on Masavu, and coach Alex Gitta expects a tough game.

Gitta who once coached Express and Masavu says that, “Express have been very poor away from home this season and they are playing a Masavu side that isn’t under pressure, so I’m scared we might see the mighty Express play in the Big League next season.”

Proline fighting to stay against the tax collectors URA

Proline will take on Sam Ssimbwa’s URA, at Lugogo. Proline need three points and if UPDF loses to Vipers, they will survive relegation despite having the same points with Express and what will separate them is who scores most goals.

“By the blessings of Allah, we can survive and we are ready for the battle,” said Mujib Kasule.

Soana only need a point to be safe and Paddy  Muhumuza, one of the Soana skippers say they will have to win their game to avoid the mathematics.

.”We are coach less but we have been working as a team, I believe we shall win,” said Muhumuza.

 

 

 

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UGANDA TOURISM BOARD DO YOU COPY? Arsenal Sign Three-year Shirt Sleeve Sponsorship Deal With Visit Rwanda

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Arsenal have signed a three-year shirt sleeve sponsorship deal with Visit Rwanda.

The tourist board’s logo will feature on the Gunners’ official jerseys from next season and will run until the end of 2020/21.

Arsenal unveiled their new home kit on Tuesday in what could be their last year with PUMA, with the current £30m-a-year deal expiring at the end of the season.

Arsenal have been tipped to agree a new blockbuster deal with Adidas but before then have unveiled their latest home kit.

The 2018/19 shirt includes horizontal red stripes on the white sleeves and is accompanied by white shorts and socks.

There is also a “pulse” diamond shape pattern running through the body of the shirt.

The new shirt will feature sleeve sponsorship for the first time after the Gunners struck a deal with Visit Rwanda, who also become their official tourism partners.

It comes after Arsenal announced multiple squad number changes ahead of the new Premier League season.

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