Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s priceless reaction to stunning Nicolas Pepe free-kick Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 5:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.6kShares Nicolas Pepe scored twice in ten minutes (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe rescued Arsenal with two stunning free-kicks in the final ten minutes to hand the Gunners a 3-2 win against Vitoria.Unai Emery’s side were far from their best and found themselves 2-1 down in the second half after Marcus Edwards and Bruno Duarte scored for the visitors either side of Gabriel Martinelli’s strike.Arsenal were headed towards a discouraging result in what has been a difficult week for Emery but Pepe popped up twice to reverse the result.The Ivorian’s first was a clever strike that wrong-footed the goalkeeper but his second was even better as he clipped an exquisite effort round the wall and into the top corner.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was a huge win for the Gunners and the relief was written all over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s face in the stands.The Gabon forward was not part of the matchday squad and watched on with team-mate Sokratis.And he couldn’t keep his hands of the Greek defender as he wildly celebrated Pepe’s winner in injury [email protected] and @SokratisPapa5 reaction to Pepes goal 😍😍 #arsenal pic.twitter.com/BX0QizlNY7— shah (@shah486) October 24, 2019Arsenal can now take confidence into Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace at the Emirates.Aubameyang can be expected to come straight back into the side, though Alexandre Lacazette started on Thursday meaning the Gabon forward could be pushed out to the left again.MORE: Robin van Persie slams Arsenal boss Unai Emery and reveals why he’ll never compare to Arsene Wenger Advertisement Advertisement
The Argentinian authorities have officially awarded the exploration license of offshore block MLO 124 to an Eni-led consortium.Eni said on Monday that the award is the outcome of the consortium’s successful bid in the International Bid Round “Ronda Costa Afuera n. 1” held on April 16, 2019.A total of 38 blocks were on offer in the licensing round, the first open bid round for Argentinean offshore acreage in more than 20 years.Block MLO 124 is located offshore in the Cuenca Marina Malvinas (the Malvinas Basin), some 100 kilometers off the coast of Tierra del Fuego, and encompasses an area of 4,418 square kilometers in water depths ranging from less than 100 to 650 meters.Eni holds 80% working interest and is the operator of a consortium, which also includes Tecpetrol S.A. and Mitsui & Co. Ltd., with 10% each.The activity to be completed during the four years of the First Phase of the Exploration Period mainly consists in a 3D geophysical survey covering the entire block and other geophysical potential field surveys.Eni has been present in Argentina since 1991 with its subsidiary Eni Argentina Exploración y Explotación S.A., which owns a 30% working interest in the offshore concession “Tauro-Sirius”, located in Tierra del Fuego’s shallow water.It is worth reminding that ExxonMobil increased holdings in Argentina after its subsidiary ExxonMobil Argentina Offshore Investments and an affiliate of Qatar Petroleum won three exploration blocks during Argentina’s first offshore bid round. The award added approximately 2.6 million net acres to its existing holdings in Argentina. ExxonMobil was named the operator of the blocks with a 70 percent working interest and a Qatar Petroleum affiliate was awarded the remaining 30 percent.Furthermore, Norwegian Equinor added seven offshore exploration blocks in Argentina to its portfolio – five as the operator and two as a partner – as part of the country’s first Offshore Licensing Round.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s backing for Scotland’s Euro 2020 bid has been hailed as a critical factor in Glasgow’s knife-edge victory over Cardiff. Both Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan and David Gill, the Manchester United director who is a UEFA executive committee member, believe former United manager Ferguson’s influence was key to Glasgow’s success. Regan said: “Sir Alex Ferguson came in last week with a video in support of our bid and spoke passionately about it and I am sure that must have helped. “We knew we had a strong bid. We focused on the fact this is the 60th anniversary and we focused on the history and heritage of football. We knew (UEFA president) Michel Platini was a football man and that’s what we played strongest on and that’s why we used Alex Ferguson. “It was football that has won the day. This is a tournament about 60 years of European football. We have had one of the most famous matches in European football at Hampden Park and we played heavily on that in our video and in our submission.” Gill added: “He was a key factor in that whole thing. Wales had a very good bid as well. “I don’t think it was the one factor but, clearly, it does help if you have someone like Alex promoting you. He’s a great advocate of football and Scottish football in particular.” The Scottish bid also played on the success of the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “Everyone saw what Glasgow was capable of with the Commonwealth Games and that really put Glasgow on the map – it was a huge factor and we used that in our film,” Regan said. Hampden Park won the right to host three group games and a last-16 match at the European Championship after beating Cardiff by a single ranking point in UEFA’s preferential voting system. London’s Wembley Stadium will stage the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, while Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will also host three group games and a last-16 match. Wales are now expected to target hosting a Champions League final at the Millennium Stadium before 2020. Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford said: “We are bitterly disappointed, but on the technical side we could not have put in a better bid.” “We have always talked to UEFA about other events and certainly I would hope with so many cities being used in 2016, 2018 and 2020 there will be other cities chosen to stage major events and that Wales will have one of those.” John Delaney, the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, said staging European Championship matches would be a huge boost to the sport in the country. Delaney said: “We put in a very good technical bid, we knew that and scored very well in the ranking. “It means everything to football in Ireland. It will be the biggest field sport event that will ever come to our country. “Years ago no-one thought we could do something like this – we would never have dreamt it.” UEFA is staging the tournament in 13 cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first European Championship. The quarter-finals and three group matches will be held in Munich, Baku, Roma and St Petersburg. The other host cities, which will hold three group games and a last-16 game, are Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest and Brussels. The group-game hosts will be guaranteed to play at least two games at home – if they qualify – but England’s group matches will be down to the luck of the draw, and they could even be drawn to play in Scotland. England will also have to qualify for the tournament. UEFA president Michel Platini believes there may have been some support for Scotland in tribute to David Taylor, the former SFA and UEFA executive, who died suddenly earlier this year. He said: “I think that David’s disappearance, in one way or another, has probably helped Scotland and the city of Glasgow. “I’m even convinced of it, knowing the approach of members of the ExCo and the work that David carried out for many years in Scottish and European football.” Delaney also paid tribute to the influence of Taylor’s memory. He said: “David was a great friend of mine and I hope he’s looking down on us. The last time I saw him was in April. I’m pleased for his family. It was always going to be Scotland or Wales and the Scots just nicked it.” Press Association