Robinho swaps Sivasspor for Istanbul’s Basaksehir

Former Brazil forward Robinho transferred on Thursday to Turkish Super Lig leaders Basaksehir, the club said, from Sivasspor whom he had signed with earlier this year.

Istanbul’s Basaksehir club announced it has reached an agreement with Sivasspor for the transfer of Brazilian forward Robinho (pictured February 2018)

“The club has reached an agreement with Demir Group Sivasspor Club for the transfer of Robson De Souza (Robinho),” Goksel Gumusdag, chairman of Istanbul’s Basaksehir, said in a statement.

The club did not give more details on the transfer.Sivasspor, based in the city of Sivas in central Anatolia, signed the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City player in a one-and-a-half year deal in January despite his rape conviction.

Robinho was found guilty by an Italian court last year of taking part in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A.

Robinho, 34, has insisted he is innocent and was appealing the conviction while his sentence remained suspended.

During his time with Sivasspor, he scored 12 goals during 30 matches and provided five assists.

Sivasspor are ninth in the Super Lig.

FA charge Emery after Brighton bottle-kick

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after kicking a water bottle into the crowd during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.

A Football Association spokesman says that Arsenal manager Unai Emery (pictured December 22, 2018) “has been charged following the game against Brighton” when he kicked a water bottle into the crowd

A Football Association spokesman said Thursday: “Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged following the game against Brighton yesterday (26 December 2018).”It is alleged his action of kicking a water bottle during the fixture amounts to improper conduct. He has until 6pm (1800 GMT) on 2 January 2019 to respond to the charge,” the FA spokesman added.

Spanish boss Emery went to speak to the home supporter nearest where the bottle landed immediately after the incident and again at full-time at the Amex Stadium.

Emery, speaking earlier Thursday before the FA’s announcement and ahead of Arsenal’s trip to league leaders Liverpool this weekend, said he hoped his apology would draw a line under the incident.

“I say yesterday my apologies, I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter, I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies. There is not another communication.

“I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention.”

Emery, while hoping the matter was done and dusted, added he would respect any decision taken by the FA.

“I hope so, yes,” he replied when asked whether his apology should close the book on the incident.

“But I have to respect the decision because it is a circumstance of my action but not another intention from me with the supporter. I say to them my apology,” the 47-year-old added.

Emery says Liverpool can equal Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’

Arsenal coach Unai Emery believes Liverpool can match the achievement of Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ by going through a Premier League season without losing a match.

Arsenal coach Unai Emery has been impressed by Liverpool’s form this season

The Gunners travel to leaders Liverpool on Saturday with Jurgen Klopp’s men six points clear at the top of the table, having won 16 of their 19 league matches so far this season and drawing the other three.Wenger’s side were undefeated as they won the Premier League in the 2003/04 season but Emery believes Liverpool, who have won their last eight games, could follow suit.

“At the moment they are doing it and they can do it,” Emery said when asked if Liverpool could go through a Premier League campaign without defeat.

“They can do that because they are doing it at the moment. We played against Liverpool three years ago with Sevilla in the final of the Europa League and I look at this progress and they are a very good example.”

Emery, who succeeded the long-serving Wenger after the end of last season, added: “The progression with Liverpool is clear. Three years ago, they were out of the Champions League through the Premier League and through the Europa League, because they lost against us (Sevilla).

“This progress is also one example for us, now, in our moment. But we need to be very, very demanding of ourselves to do this step quickly in our way. But we need also time and sometimes the patience is very important for us.”

Arsenal head to Merseyside having dropped points in a Boxing Day draw at Brighton — a result that highlighted their problems in defence.

“We need more, but we need more from everybody and we need more also in our demanding ideas and we need to continue working on things,” said Emery.

“Mistakes are not only one player or two players or three players, but maybe also in the ideas. But at the moment, in the first half of the season, we are happy with 38 points. We need more. But it’s not bad, these points on the table.

“We need to improve defensively, because we are scoring a lot of goals and before yesterday we were second in the table for scoring. But we need to get better in the defensive moments and concede less goals and less chances for the opposition.

“Also, in the last matches we are having a lot of injuries in the defensive positions.”

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