Over the last few days, media outlets have been full of the news that Edin Dzeko is about to make a move away from Manchester City. A couple of days ago, the Bosnian was on his way to Borussia Dortmund, all set to replace Robert Lewandowski. The next day Dzeko was winging his way to Italy to sign for Inter Milan, in hopes of bolstering their rather fragile attack, and possibly pushing aside Rodrigo Palacio as the lone forward. Now, the papers are hot with the news that Arsenal are ready to pick up Dzeko in January.
From a footballing perspective, it makes sense that Dzeko would want away from City, particularly considering it’s a World Cup year. Since his arrival in Manchester in 2011, Dzeko’s never been first choice for a full season. He’s had his opportunities, sure, but the forward has made the most impression as a super sub. This season he’s made seven league appearances, three of those as a starter. Dzeko’s last Premier League start was in City’s 3-2 loss to Aston Villa, in which he scored the second goal. He also started the Capital One Cup match against Newcastle, scoring and assisting in his side’s two goals, and came on to add another in City’s 7-0 route over Norwich. Dzeko is certainly a valuable player, and it’s easy to see why he might not feel valued by his club.
Although why, if Dzeko is tired of warming the bench, he would move to Arsenal and sit behind Olivier Giroud, has not been explained. It’s also not clear how the Gunners are going to afford to pay the wages of any former City player. Or why Manchester City would want to sell to a direct rival in the middle of the season. But it’s an international week, and that gives plenty of time for coming up with implausible rumors about upcoming transfers.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.
After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.
Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.
Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.
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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.
Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.
Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.
Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.
Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.
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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.
The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.