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Monday, January 27, 2014

Arsenal signs Puma kit deal after 20 years with Nike

Premier League leader Arsenal has announced it is changing kit maker to Puma from Nike, after two decades with the US sportswear firm Nike.

The German firm Puma has not revealed the exact value of the five-year deal, but it is worth more than £30m a year. Puma will officially become the kit supplier from 1 July. Until then, no official kit designs will be released.

Puma said the deal was the biggest ever, for both itself and the football club. "Arsenal represents a major commercial and marketing opportunity to reinforce Puma's credibility as a global sports brand," Puma chief executive Bjoern Gulden said.

Puma's biggest name athlete is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

Monday, January 13, 2014


British bookmakers have suffered their heaviest losses ever on football over the weekend, losses estimated at over £25 million pounds, due to what has been described as a ‘perfect storm of football results'.

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Simon Clare, Coral spokesman, explained, “The football results on Saturday were absolutely shocking for bookmakers. Fourteen of the top fifteen best backed selections all won yesterday and by this morning thousands of small stakes punters across Britain had landed winning accumulators paying £500 or more.”

“Coral had fifty customers winning £2,000 or more for stakes of between £1 and £20 on football accumulators, but we knew there would be many more accumulators running on to Manchester City and Liverpool this afternoon and with City and Liverpool both winning our losses kept growing.”, said Clare.

“We estimate the bookmaking industry handed over £25 million over the weekend. These are the biggest losses that the betting industry has suffered since Frankie Dettori rode seven winners in an afternoon at Ascot in September 1996, and it’s not even over yet as there will be many more accumulators still running on to Arsenal tomorrow night,” added Clare.

One customer that is representative of hundreds more across Britain this weekend, is John Sinclair from Acklington, Northumberland. John, 31 years old, placed a £2 accumulator bet on Coral’s website with eighteen selections and all eighteen selections won netting him a return of £40,600 pounds.

John Sinclair, said this afternoon, “It was my birthday on Saturday and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better present. We’ve just had our second baby and thanks to this amazing win I will be able to pay off some of my mortgage and other debts and make life more comfortable. To be honest I’m still in total shock”.

Get yourself a good bookmaker for next weekend's round of football action by checking out the Gooners Guide Bookmaker Review Section.

Monday, January 06, 2014

FA Cup Fourth Round Draw - Arsenal home to League One Coventry in fourth round

Arsenal's reward for beating London rivals Tottenham on Saturday is a home tie against League One Coventry City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Chelsea will host Stoke, while Manchester City would play Bristol City or Watford if they defeat Blackburn in their third-round replay.

Swansea City's reward for beating Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday is a trip to either Championship side Birmingham City, Bristol Rovers of League Two or League One Crawley.

Holders Wigan Athletic will entertain Crystal Palace if they beat MK Dons in their replay after the two sides drew 3-3 on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez's Everton head to League One Stevenage, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City will travel to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

Liverpool, who defeated League One Oldham 2-0 on Sunday in their third-round fixture, will travel to either Championship side Bournemouth or League Two Burton.

Ties will be played on 25 and 26 January.

Full FA Cup fourth-round draw
Sunderland v Kidderminster or Peterborough
Bolton v Cardiff
Southampton v Yeovil
Huddersfield v Charlton or Oxford
Port Vale or Plymouth v Brighton
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich or Preston
Southend v Hull
Rochdale v Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Coventry
Stevenage v Everton
Wigan or MK Dons v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Stoke
Blackburn or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford
Bournemouth or Burton v Liverpool
Birmingham, Bristol Rovers or Crawley v Swansea
Sheffield United v Norwich or Fulham