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SzczesnyPretty shocking claims from Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny thathe has learned more in the past four months of his loan spell at Roma than he did in 10 years at Arsenal.

The 26-year-old was shipped out by Arsene Wenger in the summer after Petr Cech’s arrival shunted him down to third in the Gunners’ goalkeeping pecking order, behind Cech and David Ospina.

Szczesny is first choice at Roma and has previously said he is open to remaining with the Serie A side beyond the end of his loan spell.

sassuloJuventus’ late 1-0 win over AC Milan in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio Olimpico had far-reaching implications across Italy, as it sealed Sassuolo‘s first-ever qualification to the Europa League.

When the final whistle rang out in the capital at 11.19pm, a growing pocket of Neroverdi fans started their own party in Sassuolo, having watched the action unfold on a giant screen in the town square.

Over 1,000 people had gathered in the Piazza Garibaldi, becoming temporary Bianconeri fans as their own side’s sixth-place finish, their best-ever since being founded in 1922, earned them a spot amongst Europe’s second-most elite competition.

juve-coppa-italiaJuventus made history in Rome on Saturday as they beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Coppa Italia final to become the first Italian club to achieve back to back domestic doubles.

The Bianconeri wrapped up the Scudetto earlier this month, and Massimiliano Allegri added another piece of silverware to the cabinet to complete back-to-back doubles since taking charge in Turin.

Alvaro Morata scored the winning goal for Juve, with the Spaniard coming off the bench and breaking the deadlock in the second half of extra-time to leave Milan supporters heartbroken.

ac-milan-dinnerThe AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has often hit the headlines for astonishing comments or behavior and that’s happened once again.

The former Italian prime minister was obviously not impressed with Milan’s season as they finished a disappointing seventh place in Serie A – not enough to qualify for a Europa League spot via their league position.

However, the club could still be in Europe next season if they manage to pull off a shock and beat Juventus in Saturday’s Coppa Italia final.

inter-milan-fansDespite a disappointing second half to the season, Inter still managed to average the biggest crowds in Serie A this season.

This past season the Nerazzurri averaged 45,538 fans for each home match at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. That 22.2% increase over last season translates into an extra 8,268 per games,

Most teams did not fair as well as Inter as there was only a slight increase in attendance in Italy’s top flight this season, with an average gate of 22,078 compared to 22,057 last year. There is a worrying trend in Serie A figures though, as the last two seasons have produced the worst average attendance figures in the last six seasons.

top-20-valuableFor maybe the last time in the foreseeable future, Inter, Roma and Napoli have made Forbes top 20 list of the valuable football clubs in the world.

I see foreseeable future as Inter are currently ranked 16th, Roma 18th and Napoli 19th. Wth the massive influx of TV money into the Premier League next season it is easy to envision a scenario where all three clubs drop out of the top 20.

The most valuable clubs are Real Madrid ($3.65B), Barcelona ($3.55B) and Manchester United ($3.32B). These three clubs are playing in a different financial game than anyone else in world football.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists anyone interested in signing record breaking striker Gonzalo Higuain will have to meet the Argentine striker’s €94m (£74m) release clause.

The 28-year-old Higuain, had a career year for Napoli scoring at least 17 more goals than any other player in Serie A this season (36) and helping Maurizio Sari’s side challenge Juventus all the way for the Serie A title.

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The Argentina international has been linked with a move to the Premier League as a result of his form this season and the striker did little to dispel those rumors:

alexis-sanchezJuventus are being strongly linked with a move for Arsenal’s disgruntled striker Alexis Sanchez.

According to reports out of England Sanchez is growing frustrated with life in north London and his prima donna behavior has upset Arsenal manager Wenger and a number of the Chile international’s team-mates.

Sanchez reportedly stormed straight out of the Emirates after being substituted against Norwich City recently and then was also conspicuous by his absence from the group of players who went over to acknowledge the Arsenal away supporters at Manchester City.

conteGood news for Chelsea and the Italian national team as Antonio Conte has bene found not guilty in the Calcioscommesse match-fixing trial has found Italy coach, absolving him of any blame or involvement.

Charges related to the alleged fixing of a game between his Siena side and AlbinoLeffe in 2011, which it was claimed he had knowledge of but failed to report to the authorities.

Gazzetta World report that the prosecution team in Cremona had called for Conte to be handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and an 8,000 fine for his involvement in the entire affair.

Italy-FansItaly coach Antonio Conte has called up seven new players to his Italy side ahead of their training camp this week.

The national team will meet up at Coverciano on Wednesday to begin their preparations for Euro 2016, and the tactician has named 28 players to the team.

Marco Sportello, Armando Izzo, Lorenzo Tonelli, Marco Benassi, Danilo Cataldi and Leonardo Pavoletti are named to the side for the first time, while Fabio Borini and Antonio Mirante make their first appearance under Conte.

Angelo Ogbonna and Federico Marchetti were also named to the team for the first time since October 2014 and March 2015 respectively.