WOMEN'S WORLD CUP PLAY-OFFS: SWITZERLAND AND IRELAND QUALIFY

Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland have booked their places at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup play-off after their play-off round 2 wins while Portugal will travel to the inter-confederation play-offs in February. Portugal, Scotland and Wales came through Thursday's round 1 ties to join Iceland, Ireland and Switzerland in the second stage.

PREMIER LEAGUE: XHAKA IMPRESSES FOR ARSENAL

Switzerland skipper Granit Xhaka has continued to impress for Arsenal in the Premier League this season. At the start of the season, a lot of football stakeholders thought it was time for manager Mikel Arteta to remove Xhaka from his starting XI permanently, but the Switzerland midfielder has proven himself to be a key player after a sensational start to the season. Xhaka has already matched his goal contributions in each of the last two Premier League campaigns in just seven Premier League games this season.

SALIBA, GAKPO, PELLEGRINO: ARSENAL’S EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP A COMBINED XI

Reading FC tried to secure a deal to bring former England international Theo Walcott to the club, but they were unable to convince Southampton to terminate the forward’s contract so that he could end up at the Royals, the Reading Chronicle have reported. Walcott was linked with other Championship clubs on transfer deadline day, including West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City, but the 11pm deadline passed with the 47-cap international still a Saints player.

REJUVENATED XHAKA STARRING FOR ARSENAL

Switzerland star Granit Xhaka is one of the best players at Arsenal this season. His form has propelled the Gunners to the top of the Premier League table. Xhaka has been able to turn his career around at Arsenal. At one point, the Switzerland international was on his way out of Arsenal before manager Mikel Arteta intervened. He has since become unstoppable for the Gunners especially since the start of this season.

WORLD CUP 2022: GHANA TO FACE SWITZERLAND IN WARM-UP FOR QATAR

Ghana will take on Switzerland in a pre-World Cup friendly in the United Arab Emirates in the build-up to the tournament in Qatar later this year. The meeting between the Black Stars and the Swiss on 17 November at the Baniyas Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be first time the countries have faced each other at senior international level. The Ghana Football Association says the game will serve as a perfect preparation for coach Otto Addo ahead of their World Cup Group H opener against Portugal seven days later.

£6M MAN SET FOR FULHAM AFTER LOWERING £50K-A-WEEK WAGES, DEAL CLOSE

Premier League newcomers Fulham are set to seal the signing of Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga right-back Kevin Mbabu after the Switzerland international agreed to reduce his wage demands, as reported by BILD. There was a bit of a hold up earlier this month, Fulham’s deal for the one-time Newcastle United youngster hitting the buffers. Did Mbabu have concerns about joining a club who’s last two seasons in the top-flight ended in relegation? Did he want to stay and fight for his place at Wolfsburg?

WOLVES EYEING SEFEROVIC TRANSFER – REPORT

Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers are eyeing a move for Switzerland international HarisSeferovic during this summer's transfer window as revealed by the various media reports. The specific report from Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha said Wolves want to sign the 30-year-old Switzerland striker as he's set to leave Benfica in the Portuguese top flight.

PREVIEW: PORTUGAL VS SWITZERLAND

Portugal and Switzerland will both endeavour to claim their first wins of the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League at the second attempt during Sunday's League A Group 2 clash at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon.

Fernando Santos's side left it late to rescue a 1-1 draw against Spain on matchday one, while the visitors fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.

ARSENAL TO RIVAL MAN UTD FOR BORUSSIA DORTMUND SUPERSTAR

Arsenal are now reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji, with Manchester United also in the race for the Swiss international. According to Sport Bild, the north London side have entered the competition for the 26-year-old, with Akanji looking increasingly likely to leave Dortmund this summer with the club already signing two new defenders.

ARSENAL: XHAKA NOMINATED FOR PLAYER AWARD

Switzerland national team star Granit Xhakahas been nominated for the Player of the Month award at Arsenal for April 2022. The Switzerland international is on a four-man list for the award as announced by Arsenal on Wednesday. Apart from the ex-Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder, the other nominees are England international Bukayo Saka, Egyptian international Mohamed ElNeny and young England striker Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal have had a testing month in April 2022 due to a mixed run of results. They started the month with a surprising 3-0 defeat against hosts Crystal Palace in the Premier League London Derby before the 2-1 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in the same competition. The Gunners made it three matches in a row when Polish defender Jan Bednarek scored the only goal of the game to give Southampton a 1-0 win at home to the North Londoners.

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