The Stat-Smith

Without a drought

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It was 17 years to the day on Thursday since Arsenal signed a certain Thierry Henry. The French striker club’s went on to become the Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer, netting 226 goals in 369 games.

Henry is also France’s record goalscorer, and rivals Alan Shearer as the best striker to ever grace the Premier League. Henry signed for Arsenal in 1999, and it took him 7 matches to score his first goal.

Amazingly, that was the longest drought the former Monaco striker ever endured at the club.

A Tale with a ‘Twist’

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Juventus beat Spurs 2-1 in a preseason friendly in Melbourne last week, but it was a momentous occasion for one young Spurs player. 20 year old midfielder William Miller made his senior debut for Pochettino’s side, and impressed in his cameo.

If the academy graduate looks familiar, perhaps you recognize him from his performance in the titular role of the BBC’s successful 2007 adaption of Oliver Twist, which also starred Timothy Spall and Tom Hardy.

After a debut which impressed the gaffer, Miller is sure to be asking Pochettino for more.

Fantastic Frampton

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Belfast boxer Carl Frampton (23-0) made history last week, when he overcame Leo Santa Cruz to win the WBA super featherweight title.

Frampton moved up a weight class to face Cruz, and entered the fight at the Barclays Centre in New York City as the underdog, but both he and his coach Shane McGuigan were always confident of victory.

The  impressive points victory means that ‘The Jackal’ has become the first two division world champion in the history of Northern Ireland, and the first two-weight champion of the world since Steve Collins.

Read more about Frampton’s rise to world champion here.

Delightful Dundalk

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Dundalk FC enjoyed argubaly the best night in their history when they beat BATE Borisov 3-0 (3-1 agg) in Tallaght last week.

The Airtricity champions are now guaranteed at least 8 European matches this season, and a minimum of €7 million in prize money.

Dundalk will now face Legia Warsaw in a Champions League playoff, and their striker David McMillan is currently the competition’s top scorer with five goals, two of which came against BATE in Tallaght.

Amazingly, that win over BATE will earn Stephen Kenny’s side as much money as winning the Airtricity League 20 times in a row!

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