Aubameyang is a goal off Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot (Picture: Getty)‘It’s not easy. We have great strikers in this league. I stay focused most important is Champions League first and If I can get that, great,’ he said.‘I think we have [top four] in our hands, but we know it will be tough to finish in the top four.‘We are confident. We did well this week. It was important to win this game.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Coral BarrySunday 10 Mar 2019 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link321Shares Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s second from the spot (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he made one small adjustment in his penalty technique after his successful spot-kick against Manchester United.The Arsenal striker helped his side beat United 2-0 at the Emirates, but was the surprise choice to take a 69th minute penalty against the Red Devils at the Emirates.Aubameyang had missed his previous effort against Tottenham, meaning Unai Emery’s side had to settle for a point in the north London derby. Advertisement (Picture: Getty)Lacazette won the penalty for Arsenal, but immediately told Aubameyang the spot-kick was his, much to the delight of his fellow frontman and his manager.The 2-0 victory saw Arsenal leapfrog United into fourth place in the Premier League table, and the Gunners are now the favourites to claim the final Champions League spot.Aubameyang’s strike against United is his 17th league goal of the season. The Arsenal star is now just a goal behind Golden Boot leader Sergio Aguero, but Aubameyang insists top four is his main objective.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang corrected penalty technique before Manchester United game Aubameyang said he looked down at the crucial moment against Spurs (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘The last moment I remember I was looking down and that was my mistake.‘The spirit of the team is really great. That’s why I’m feeling good today.’Aubameyang was given the chance to redeem himself by his strike partner Alexander Lacazette, who insisted his team-mate take the penalty. Advertisement (Picture: Getty)But after questions were raised about the forward’s form from the spot, Aubameyang revealed after the United game it was a minor fix.ADVERTISEMENT‘I was confident. All my teammates gave me a lot of confidence. Laca gave me the penalty and that was cool from him,’ Aubameyang said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I was really focused. I looked down at the last moment and I missed [the penalty against Tottenham]. Being focused, you score a penalty.’
By Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – UEFA’s claim that Manchester City “disguised equity funding” from their owners was “unsubstantiated” but the club showed “blatant disregard” to the Financial Fair Play investigation, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said yesterday.The CAS panel that heard Premier League City’s appeal published their full reasoning for overturning the English club’s two-year ban from European football earlier this month.The decision allows City to compete in next season’s elite Champions League competition. Sport’s highest court also reduced the fine for City’s failure to cooperate with UEFA to 10 million euros ($11.72 million) from 30 million euros.European soccer’s governing body UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious FFP breaches and failed to cooperate with its investigation.The FFP regulations are designed to stop clubs running up big losses through spending on players. They also ensure sponsorship deals are based on their real market value and are genuine commercial agreements and not ways for owners to pump cash into a club to get around the rules. UEFA opened an investigation into City in March 2019 after the publication of ‘Football Leaks’ documents led to allegations that the club’s Abu Dhabi owners inflated sponsorship agreements to comply with the FFP requirements.The leaked documents included club emails which referred to money being “routed” through sponsors. CAS ruled that the leaked documents could be used as evidence but noted that they did not prove the existence of any actual transactions that broke UEFA’s rules and no evidence was produced that such payments were carried out.The court also pointed out that the leaked emails were distributed internally and not sent to sponsors or other parts of the club’s United Arab Emirates-based owners.The panel also said that some of UEFA’s charges related to material that was over five years old and was therefore time-barred according to UEFA’s own rules. City did not supply UEFA’s investigation with the original emails related to the leaked documents but CAS also noted that UEFA did not “pursue” that evidence before the hearing.“UEFA’s approach in this regard is understood, because it was faced with a dilemma between trying to obtain additional evidence and having an award issued before the start of the 2020-2021 UEFA club competitions season,” said the CAS panel.Explaining the decision to overturn the ban, CAS said that the charge of “dishonest concealment of equity”, which was unproven, was more serious than the failure to cooperate with UEFA’s investigation.“The majority of the panel therefore does not consider it appropriate to impose any ban … for MCFC’s failure to cooperate with the investigations alone,” the judgment concluded.