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EPL: Ian Wright Identifies ‘Weak Link’ in Tuchel’s Chelsea Squad
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EPL: Ian Wright Identifies ‘Weak Link’ in Tuchel’s Chelsea Squad

  Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has named Kurt Zouma as Chelsea’s “weakness” in their 1-0 defeat to the Gunners on Wednesday evening. Emile Smith Rowe netted the winner in the first half, following Jorginho’s poor back pass. Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel, was without Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for the match, so Zouma started on the left side of a three-man defence with Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta. Wright believes Zouma looked “nervous” in that role due to his indecisiveness on the ball in the build up to Arsenal’s winning goal. “The thing is I think Kurt Zouma is somebody who you should put pressure on, especially playing on the left-hand side of the defence,” Wright told Premier League Productions. “He’s not comfortable, he looks very nervous and t...
Tuchel Reveals Kante Injury Blow Ahead of FA Cup final
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Tuchel Reveals Kante Injury Blow Ahead of FA Cup final

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed midfielder N’Golo Kante had “no chance” of facing Arsenal on Wednesday night due to an Achilles injury. The Blues lost 1-0 to the Gunners at Stamford Bridge, as Jorginho’s error led to Emile Smith Rowe’s winning goal in the first half. Kante was left out of the squad and ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Leicester City on Saturday, Tuchel gave an update on the France international. “N’Golo was [left out] for pain management,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV. “He has pain in the Achilles and he suffers from that, so there was no chance [that he could play against Arsenal]. “We miss [Mateo] Kovacic, we didn’t have N’Golo on the bench. This is a huge blow for us in terms of intensity and attitude.”...
‘They put things on me that I never said’ – Arteta rages at media after Arsenal win over Chelsea
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‘They put things on me that I never said’ – Arteta rages at media after Arsenal win over Chelsea

The Gunners boss felt his pre-match comments were taken out of context by some media outlets Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta hit out at the media after his side defeated Chelsea 1-0 on Wednesday. Emile Smith Rowe scored early in the match at Stamford Bridge after a Jorginho error, and the goal stood up as the Gunners defended resiliently through the second half. After the match, though, Arteta felt compelled to lash out at what he felt was an unfair interpretation of pre-match comments in which he appeared to suggest some Arsenal players weren't giving their all.
Nothing is Broken in Arsenal Squad – Arteta Insists after 1-0 win at Chelsea
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Nothing is Broken in Arsenal Squad – Arteta Insists after 1-0 win at Chelsea

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted his players are giving him 100% and nothing is broken within the squad. Arteta was speaking after the Gunners beat Chelsea 1-0 to complete a rare league double on Wednesday night. The Spaniard criticized the media for twisting his comments and claimed they were trying to “break” a bond with his players. He told Sky Sports: Nothing is broken inside. I don’t know how they want to try from the outside. They try to put things on me that I never said. “You can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt the efforts. “I said if I don’t get 120% off each player it’s my fault and responsibility. It wasn’t like this in the press. I’m so annoyed by that. “My players, I will defend them from everybod...
Chelsea’s Top Four Place under Threat after 1-0 Defeat to Arsenal
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Chelsea’s Top Four Place under Threat after 1-0 Defeat to Arsenal

  The Premier League’s top-four race has been blown wide open, following Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Chelsea on Wednesday night. The Gunners’ victory at Stamford Bridge leaves the door ajar for the Blues’ closest rivals. Mikel Arteta’s men won a game which was crucial to both sides’ quest to play European football next season, thanks to an Emile Smith Rowe’s goal, caused by a poor Jorginho back pass. Chelsea were viewed as favourites to clinch fourth spot, especially with their impressive form since Thomas Tuchel arrived in January. However, an Emile Smith-Rowe goal – caused by a costly error from Jorginho – handed Mikel Arteta’s Gunners all three points to deal a blow to the Blues’ top four aspirations. West Ham, Liverpool and Leicester are vying for the last two posit...
Chelsea vs Leicester: Thomas Tuchel Names Goalkeeper to Start in FA Cup final
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Chelsea vs Leicester: Thomas Tuchel Names Goalkeeper to Start in FA Cup final

  Thomas Tuchel has said that Kepa Arrizabalaga will be in goal for Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester City. Kepa was in goal last night when Chelsea lost 1-0 to Arsenal in the Premier League but could do little about the goal that won the game for the Gunners. Jorginho made a woeful back pass to Kepa which almost rolled into the empty Chelsea net with Kepa clawing the ball off the line. But the loose ball met Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who teed up Emile Smith Rowe to score for the visiting Gunners after 16 minutes. Tuchel said Kepa was given the chance to pick up some match rhythm ahead of the clash at Wembley this Saturday. “We thought it was a good idea to give him the game before,” Tuchel told a press conference. “Because first of all we t...
Jorginho Howler Hands Arsenal Win at Chelsea
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Jorginho Howler Hands Arsenal Win at Chelsea

Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho's howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The Blues would have all-but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances. Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel's loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno's bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho's equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle h...
We haven’t got the best out of Willian’ – Arteta demands more from Arsenal midfielder after he breaks goal duck
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We haven’t got the best out of Willian’ – Arteta demands more from Arsenal midfielder after he breaks goal duck

The Spanish head coach was pleased to see the midfielder shine against West Brom, and has now challenged him to deliver on a more consistent basis Arteta has demanded more from Willian after he broke his Arsenal goal duck, while admitting the club "haven’t managed to get the best out of him". Willian has struggled since joining Arsenal on a free transfer last summer, having previously established himself in the Premier League at Chelsea. The 32-year-old hadn't scored in his first 36 games across all competitions for the Gunners, but finally opened his account in a 3-1 win over West Brom on Sunday - much to the relief of his manager
Arteta gives Smith Rowe injury update after Arsenal youngster limps off against West Brom
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Arteta gives Smith Rowe injury update after Arsenal youngster limps off against West Brom

The 20-year-old playmaker was forced out of the 3-1 victory over the Baggies, but the hope is that no serious damage has been suffered Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has offered an update on Emile Smith Rowe's fitness after the 20-year-old limped out of the 3-1 victory over West Brom. The Gunners' home-grown star - who had recorded his first Premier League goal for the club - was forced off against the Baggies in the 63rd minute. A hamstring problem has been picked up by Smith Rowe, but the hope is that he will not be laid low for long.
Sam Allardyce Reacts to being Relegated from Premier League
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Sam Allardyce Reacts to being Relegated from Premier League

  West Brom manager, Sam Allardyce, has reacted after he suffered relegation from the Premier League for the first time in his managerial career. The Baggies lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Sunday night, confirming their drop from the Championship. Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners a two-goal lead, before Mathaus Pereira pulled one back for West Brom. Willian then struck a sublime free-kick late in the game to seal Allardyce’s men’s fate. Allardyce had established himself as a relegation escape artist during his various managerial spells in England’s top flight, but his 17th season in the division ultimately ended in failure, with West Brom relegated from the division for a joint-record fifth time. “It’s not sunk in yet. But I’m sure I’ll wake up ...
Arsenal Send West Brom Down with 3-1 Win
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Arsenal Send West Brom Down with 3-1 Win

Arsenal sent West Brom down with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium as Sam Allardyce suffered relegation from the Premier League for the first time in his career. The Gunners, 10th in the Premier League table ahead of kick-off and playing for little more than pride after their Europa League exit on Thursday, took the lead when the excellent Bukayo Saka, playing at left-back, crossed for Emile Smith Rowe to volley home (29). Arsenal doubled their advantage soon afterwards when Nicolas Pepe cut inside from the right flank and curled a stunning effort beyond the outstretched Sam Johnstone (35), but they had some nervy moments after that. West Brom pulled a goal back in superb style when Matheus Pereira broke forward from inside his own half and, with Arsenal defenders backing off ...
‘I’m just so sorry’ – Aubameyang apologises to Arsenal supporters following Europa League failure
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‘I’m just so sorry’ – Aubameyang apologises to Arsenal supporters following Europa League failure

The Gabon striker has admitted that the Gunners didn't do enough to beat Villarreal in their semi-final tie Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has apologised to Arsenal supporters following their Europa League failure, admitting that they have had to endure "such a difficult season". Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage against Villarreal on Thursday, losing the tie 2-1 on aggregate after being held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Emirates Stadium. Aubameyang says the whole Gunners squad were desperate to salvage a trophy from a miserable 2020-21 campaign, but also admits that they fell short of the required standard to reach the final.
EPL: Kroenke Reveals his Plans for Arteta after Poor Season
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EPL: Kroenke Reveals his Plans for Arteta after Poor Season

  Arsenal owner, Stan Kroenke, is planning to back manager Mikel Arteta seriously in the summer market. The American billionaire will not sack the under-fire Spaniard despite the Gunners’ disastrous season. Instead, Kroenke will sanction a free-spending summer transfer window, according to the UK Sun. Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage to Villarreal. Arteta’s men are now unlikely to qualify for any European football next season, as they currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League. Fans have begun calling for the coach’s head, but Kroenke doesn’t agree, and is convinced that the former midfielder is the right man to lead the club forward. It is claimed that at least two or three big-name players will arrive at the Emirates t...
We Cannot be Crying – Arteta Vows to Carry out ‘Ruthless’ Arsenal Overhaul
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We Cannot be Crying – Arteta Vows to Carry out ‘Ruthless’ Arsenal Overhaul

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said he will carry out a “ruthless” overhaul of his squad this summer. The Gunners are likely not to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years. They were sent out of the Europa League by Villarreal on Thursday and currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League. Following a disappointing end to the campaign, Arteta is keen to revamp his playing personnel ahead of next season. “This year is not year one. I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon, if we do what we have to do. But we have to be ruthless. “We cannot be crying and stuck on what we don’t have. We have to see what we do have and maximise it to get what we want,” Arteta sa...
Arsenal eye £7m move for Ajax keeper Onana but face wait over doping ban appeal
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Arsenal eye £7m move for Ajax keeper Onana but face wait over doping ban appeal

The Cameroon keeper is wanted by the Gunners but is currently serving a 12-month suspension which is due to last until February 2022 Arsenal are interested in signing Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana this summer - but will wait for the verdict in his upcoming appeal against a doping ban before deciding to step up their interest. Onana is currently serving a 12-month suspension handed to him by UEFA after he was found to have the banned substance Furosemide in his urine sample. But he is currently fighting against the ban and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear his appeal in early June, with a verdict due to be given later that month.
Arteta Reveals how Arsenal can Still Qualify for Europe after Europa League exit
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Arteta Reveals how Arsenal can Still Qualify for Europe after Europa League exit

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said the Premier League offers the only route for his team to play in Europe next season. The Gunners were dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday night, following a goalless draw with Villarreal. Arteta’s men had lost 2-1 in Spain last week. Their only realistic path to playing in Europe is if they finish in the top six spots. “The only way [to qualify for Europe] is through the Premier League so we know what we have ahead of us. “Today is a big disappointment because we tried everything,” Arteta told BT Sport.
Arteta Expected to be Sacked after Europa League Flop, Allegri, Rodgers Linked to Arsenal
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Arteta Expected to be Sacked after Europa League Flop, Allegri, Rodgers Linked to Arsenal

  Mikel Arteta’s odds of being sacked as Arsenal manager have been slashed, after they were dumped out of the Europa League by Villarreal on Thursday night. The Gunners played out a goalless draw at the Emirates, after losing 2-1 in the semi-final first leg. Arteta had been priced at 14/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave, but his odds have tumbled to 15/2. Bookmakers are now pricing up potential replacement for Arteta. Former Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, is favourite to take over, with Betfred offering odds of 13/5 for the Italian. Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, is priced at 3/1. Arsenal legends Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry are 10/1 and 22/1 respectively.
Arteta Under Huge Pressure after Being Embarrassed by Unai Emery – Keown
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Arteta Under Huge Pressure after Being Embarrassed by Unai Emery – Keown

  Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has warned Mikel Arteta that he is now under immense pressure, after they crashed out of the Europa League against Villarreal. The Gunners lost 2-1 and could only draw 0-0 with Unai Emery’s side at the Emirates on Thursday night. Although Arteta insists he is still the best man for the job, there are already speculations about his job. Arsenal sit in ninth place in the Premier League and are now staring at the prospect of a season without European football for the first time since 1995/1996. “The manager comes under enormous pressure, you start to look at the wisdom of a young manager coming in to take a job here. It’s a huge job, massive job at this football club. “You have to be a quick learner as a manager. I’m not sayi...
Arsenal take Final decision on Sacking Arteta after UEL Exit to Villarreal
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Arsenal take Final decision on Sacking Arteta after UEL Exit to Villarreal

  Arsenal have decided to let Mikel Arteta remain as Gunners manager despite their crashing out of the Europa League in the semi-final, according to Eurosport. The Gunners have assured the Spaniard his future is safe at Emirates. Arsenal were beaten 2-1 in Spain in the first leg and were held to a goalless draw at the Emirates in the second fixture. Winning the competition was Mikel Arteta’s side’s only hope of playing in the Champions League next term. However, their failure on Thursday means that Arsenal will be without any form of European football next season. However, the board members have decided that the Spaniard will continue as the club’s boss despite the outcome. The newspaper further claimed that the board are even prepared to give the former Manch...
Europa League: Arteta Explains Why Arsenal Failed to Qualify for Final
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Europa League: Arteta Explains Why Arsenal Failed to Qualify for Final

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said his team failed to qualify for the Europa League final because of small details. The Gunners played out a 0-0 draw with Villarreal on Thursday night, bowing out on a 2-1 aggregate defeat. Arteta, speaking after the game, insisted they tried everything but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. “We are devastated, really disappointed, but we have to congratulate Villarreal. We tried everything until the last minute. “I think over two legs and what happened today in the second-half, I think we deserved to win the game, but the details defined this tie. “When we had the opportunities, we didn’t score. We hit the post twice, we had three big chances. They didn’t have anything but they are through,” Arteta told BT Sport...
Emery’s Villarreal End Arsenal’s Europa League Hopes
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Emery’s Villarreal End Arsenal’s Europa League Hopes

Arsenal's season was left in tatters as Villarreal held on for a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium to secure a 2-1 aggregate victory and a place in the Europa League final against Manchester United. Following a 2-1 defeat in Spain in the first leg last week, the Gunners were sluggish as they tried to find the goal they so desperately needed, but they did have chances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's volley struck the outside of the post in the first half and the Gunners skipper's header hit the inside of the upright and bounced out with 11 minutes remaining. The hosts, who threw on Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian in the closing stages, piled forward, but it was not to be their night as Unai Emery got the better of his former side, with Villarreal reaching their ...
Ryan tells Arsenal he’s a ‘world-class goalkeeper’ amid questions of Leno’s future
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Ryan tells Arsenal he’s a ‘world-class goalkeeper’ amid questions of Leno’s future

Mat Ryan has told Arsenal that he can be a "world-class" option for them between the sticks, with questions being asked of Bernd Leno's future at Emirates Stadium. A Germany international goalkeeper has remained first-choice for the Gunners throughout the 2020-21 campaign, but has made the odd mistake and seen a summer transfer speculated on. Ryan is hoping to make his own move in the next window, with the Australian eager to turn a loan switch from Brighton into something more permanent, and the 29-year-old is adamant that he has what it takes to be No.1 in north London.
It was a Bad Moment – Aubameyang Speaks on Arteta Dropping him for North London Derby
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It was a Bad Moment – Aubameyang Speaks on Arteta Dropping him for North London Derby

  Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally spoken about Mikel Arteta’s decision to drop him for the North London derby in March. Aubameyang was taken out of the starting XI for the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Tottenham, after he arrived late for the squad’s meet-up before the game. The Gabon striker never made it off the bench, as Arsenal saw off their rivals at the Emirates. “Of course I regret that. It was a bad moment but my feeling after the game was just that we had won the derby and this is it. “This is part of this season and now it’s gone. We just have to look forward and keep focused for the rest of the season. “But of course I regret some things this season. But I can’t do anything about the past. I am just looking forward to end the season well...
Europa League: Unai Emery Calls Aubameyang “killer” ahead of Semi-final Second leg
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Europa League: Unai Emery Calls Aubameyang “killer” ahead of Semi-final Second leg

Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, has said that his team is “expecting the best version” of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while describing the Arsenal captain as a “killer”. Emery’s men travel to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their semi-final tie against the Gunners on Thursday night, with a 2-1 aggregate lead. Aubameyang played the last few minutes of the game at El Madrigal but will be available for selection tomorrow. Emery, who worked with Aubameyang for a year-and-a-half at Arsenal before he was sacked in November 2019, is wary of the threat the Gabon international could pose to his side. “He’s a killer and always will be,” the Spaniard told a pre-match press conference. “He’s back now, and that means the alarms go off. He’s very hard to stop. “We work exp...
Ian Wright Predicts Arsenal vs Villarreal Match at Emirates
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Ian Wright Predicts Arsenal vs Villarreal Match at Emirates

  Former Arsenal player, Ian Wright, has the Gunners to beat Villarreal when both teams clash in the UEFA Europa League, UEL, semi-final second-leg tie on Thursday at Emirates. Arsenal had lost 2-1 against Villarreal in the first-leg last week in Spain. Mikel Arteta’s side head to the game following a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League last weekend. “For me, I think that Unai’s Coquelin substitution when they were flying, that has to come back to bite him,” Wright said on Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast. “He’s done it with us before he’s done it before in his career. It’s something he’s always done, and it has cost him, and I think that was our way back in. We were not meant to be in the game. “They should’ve finished us and they didn’t, ...
Thierry Henry Confirms Plans to Buy Arsenal From Kroenkes
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Thierry Henry Confirms Plans to Buy Arsenal From Kroenkes

  Thierry Henry has confirmed that Spotify owner, Daniel Ek, has “reached out” to the Kroenkes, to table an offer to buy Arsenal. Ek is expected to make a bid of around £1.8bn for the Gunners before the end of the week. He is confident Kroenke will listen to the offer and has the full backing of Henry and other Arsenal legends like Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp. Henry, speaking on Monday Night Football, said: “I know a lot of people wanted to hear about [the takeover]. “It is true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan. He did not say it for any publicity. He has been an Arsenal fan for a very long time. “He already reached out [to the Kroenkes] and already said himself that he had collected the funds to make sure that he can put in a good bid. He added: “I think it i...
Arteta Hints at Issue Between Martinelli, Tierney
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Arteta Hints at Issue Between Martinelli, Tierney

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has suggested Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney need to work on their connection down the left flank. Arteta was speaking after Martinelli was awarded man of the match, following their 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday. According to the Spaniard, Martinelli’s performance was aided by Granit Xhaka’s presence at left-back. Mohammed Elneny gave the Gunners an early lead, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 in the second half. Martinelli provided the assist for the second goal and recently came back into the fold, having gone seven straight league fixtures without making an appearance. Curiously, his return to the team has coincided with the absence of left-back Tierney, who has been sidelined for each of those games. And...
Stan Kroenke ‘puts Arsenal up for sale’
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Stan Kroenke ‘puts Arsenal up for sale’

Arsenal  are up for sale despite Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke affirming that they are not willing to entertain offers for the club, according to a report. The Gunners' owners KSE have been widely criticised by the Arsenal fanbase during their time at the club, and their involvement in the failed European Super League project saw supporters protest outside the Emirates in the hundreds. Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek has expressed a "very serious" interest in taking over the club, but a recent statement by the Kroenke's insisted that they are "100% committed" to Arsenal.
Aubameyang equals Sanchez’s Arsenal mark vs Newcastle United
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Aubameyang equals Sanchez’s Arsenal mark vs Newcastle United

The Gabon international was in fine form as the Gunners defeated the Magpies in Sunday’s English elite division outing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has matched Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal mark following his goal in the club’s 2-0 away defeat of Newcastle United on Sunday evening. With his effort against the Magpies, the African striker has now scored in all three of his matches against Steve Bruce’s men in the 2020-21 season. He is the first Arsenal player to score in three separate matches against an opponent in a single season since Sanchez versus Hull City in the 2014-15 campaign.
‘It’s not good news’ – David Luiz injury spoiled perfect afternoon for Arsenal, says Arteta
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‘It’s not good news’ – David Luiz injury spoiled perfect afternoon for Arsenal, says Arteta

The Brazil international centre-back limped off early in the second half as he played his first match since March Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says that an injury to David Luiz spoiled an otherwise perfect afternoon as the Gunners won 2-0 at Newcastle in the Premier League. Goals from Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in either half allowed Arteta’s men to put a Europa League loss against Villarreal behind them and move back up to ninth in the Premier League standings. However, David Luiz left the field injured early in the second half as he made his Premier League return after around six weeks out.
Arteta ready to discuss Smith Rowe deal at Arsenal and is braced for ‘crucial’ summer window
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Arteta ready to discuss Smith Rowe deal at Arsenal and is braced for ‘crucial’ summer window

The Gunners boss admits one home-grown star has earned the right to talk terms, with plans being drawn up for further additions Mikel Arteta admits that Arsenal are ready to enter into contract talks with Emile Smith Rowe, while a "crucial" transfer window is fast approaching for the Gunners boss. Home-grown talent has been tied down on a regular basis at Emirates Stadium this season, with Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun among those to have committed to the club. Smith Rowe may be next, with the 20-year-old playmaker - who is currently working on a deal through to 2023 - about to be presented with an improved offer.
Villarreal vs Arsenal: Arteta Confirms Ceballos Ignored his half-time Instruction
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Villarreal vs Arsenal: Arteta Confirms Ceballos Ignored his half-time Instruction

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has claimed he told Dani Ceballos to be careful during his half-time team-talk in their 2-1 defeat to Villarreal on Thursday night. Ceballos was shown a second yellow card with the Gunners already two goals down. Villarreal opened the scoring in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final after Manu Trigueros fired home. Unai Emery’s men made it two, with Raul Albion ghosting in at the far post. Arteta said of the red card following the match: “I haven’t seen the action. Obviously, we talked at half-time that you have to be careful. “I was going to take him off but by the time Gabi (Gabriel Martinelli) was ready to come on, that action happened and he was out.”
Pepe Provides Europa Lifeline For 10-man Arsenal
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Pepe Provides Europa Lifeline For 10-man Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe's penalty provided a Europa League lifeline for 10-man Arsenal as they were beaten 2-1 by Unai Emery's Villarreal in a dramatic semi-final first leg in Spain. Arsenal endured a dismal first half at Estadio de la Ceramica as poor defending allowed Manuel Trigueros to smash home from inside the box (5), before an unmarked Raul Albiol doubled Villarreal's lead from close range following a corner (29). Arsenal were second best to their former manager's side and their hopes of reaching the final appeared in even greater doubt when Dani Ceballos was shown a second yellow card for planting his studs on Villarreal's Dani Parejo early in the second half. But the Gunners were handed a scarcely-deserved route back into the tie when Bukayo Saka was tripped by Trigueros to win...
Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal
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Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal

  Former Real Madrid player, Michael Owen, has predicted tonight’s Europa League fixtures. Manchester United will host AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final first-leg tie at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will face Villarreal in Spain. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “Manchester United come into this after playing out a cagey 0-0 draw away to Leeds at the weekend. “Roma suffered a 3-2 defeat against Cagliari, not the ideal preparation going into a Europa League semi-final first leg. “That said, I think the Italians would settle for that kind of result here. They will be all too aware of how important it is to take a goal or two back to Italy. “For all I have been massively impressed by United on the road this season, they have made a marked improve...
Arsenal Should Give Arteta More Time, Says Emery
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Arsenal Should Give Arteta More Time, Says Emery

Villarreal coach Unai Emery has urged former club Arsenal to show patience with current manager Mikel Arteta as he prepares to meet the Gunners in Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg for the first time since being sacked in November 2019. Emery was fired less than one and a half seasons after taking the reins following 21 years under Arsene Wenger and he believes the club should show faith in Arteta despite poor domestic results. Arteta guided Arsenal to the FA Cup last season but they sit 10th in the Premier League standings and winning the Europa League looks like being their only chance to qualify for continental competition next season. "This is a process that needs a bit of time to execute a game plan. I am convinced we need to let managers work, we need to have...
Europa League: Arsenal Receive Major Injury Boost Ahead of Villarreal Clash
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Europa League: Arsenal Receive Major Injury Boost Ahead of Villarreal Clash

  Arsenal defender, David Luiz, has returned to full training ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash with Villarreal. His availability represents a timely injury boost for the Gunners Mikel Arteta’s men travel to Spain for Thursday’s first-leg and Luiz could be included in the squad. Luiz has not played since March 21, after undergoing surgery on a knee problem. Arteta will now have to assess whether the 34-year-old is ready to play any part in the game. The Brazilian’s current deal ends this summer and talks are yet to begin over an extension.
Europa League: Unai Emery Name-checks 11 Arsenal Players Ahead of Semi-final
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Europa League: Unai Emery Name-checks 11 Arsenal Players Ahead of Semi-final

  Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, has praised some of the players he worked with while at Arsenal. The Spaniard is preparing his side to face the Gunners in the Europa League semi-final. Emery spent 18 months at Arsenal, before being fired in November 2019 and replaced by Mikel Arteta. Having taken over at Villarreal last summer, Emery is bidding to take the club to their first major final at the expense of his former employees. He told UEFA: “Saka made his debut on 1 January [2019] against Fulham, which I remember we won 4-1. I think it kicked off at 12:30pm, and he played the last eight to 10 minutes and didn’t touch the ball. Now he’s establishing himself at a high level. “Many of the players I coached are still there. I have fond memories of them: Hector Bell...
Nigerian striker, Folarin Balogun signs new long-term deal with Arsenal
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Nigerian striker, Folarin Balogun signs new long-term deal with Arsenal

Nigerian striker, Folarin Balogun has signed a new long-term deal with Premier League side, Arsenal. His current contract was set to run out this summer but Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu convinced the player to commit his future to the club. The 19-year-old has an impressive record for Arsenal's U23s this season, scoring eight and providing two assists in 16 games. Balogun also made his first-team debut this season, scoring twice in six appearances for the senior side with both goals coming in the Europa League group stage, away at Molde and Dundalk. On the announcement, technical director Edu said: "It's great that Flo (Balogun) will continue to be with us. "He is a very promising young talent and has already shown so much quality in his perfo...
Arteta Names Arsenal First Choice Goalkeeper after Leno’s Error in 1-0 Defeat to Everton
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Arteta Names Arsenal First Choice Goalkeeper after Leno’s Error in 1-0 Defeat to Everton

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has insisted that Bernd Leno is the club’s number one goalkeeper despite his mistake that led to his side 1-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Friday The Spaniard insisted that mistakes are just a part of football. Richarlison’s tame cross was fumbled into the net by Leno in the 76th minute as the Gunners suffered their ninth home defeat and 13th in all, in the Premier League this season. Asked about his goalkeeping situation and whether he had spoken to Leno following his mistake, Arteta said, “No. I think we have two really good goalkeepers. “Mat [Ryan] got a chance [against Fulham] because he deserves it. I said before the game that he’d been training really really well and Bernd is our number one keeper and he’s been doing ...
Graeme Souness Criticises two Arsenal Players after Everton’s 1-0 win
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Graeme Souness Criticises two Arsenal Players after Everton’s 1-0 win

  Liverpool hero, Graeme Souness, has criticized two Arsenal players, Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno, following the Gunners’ Premier League 1-0 defeat against Everton on Friday night at Emirates. Souness said he was disappointed with both Leno and Xhaka for their roles in Everton’s winner, describing the goalkeeper’s mistake as ‘farcical’. Xhaka was beaten easily by Everton striker Richarlison before the Brazilian got to the byline and put a tame cross into the box, which Leno bizarrely diverted into his own net to give the visitors all three points against Mikel Arteta’s men. “Richarlison eases Xhaka off the ball too easily,” Souness told Sky Sports. “He makes his mind up, “I’m going to stand my ground and tackle and win the ball”, instead of forcing him down the line...
Arsenal Misery Continues after Furious Fans Blast Kroenke
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Arsenal Misery Continues after Furious Fans Blast Kroenke

Gunners fans made their voices heard before Friday's game, and a Bernd Leno howler then proved costly against Everton Sometimes the game just doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t happen often, but that’s how it felt at Emirates Stadium on Friday night. Arsenal played Everton and they lost 1-0 - but as the match meandered on, the main event was still taking place outside the ground. Throughout the first half you could hear the chants rippling through the crisp north London air from the thousands of Arsenal fans who had spent the past two hours protesting outside against the ownership of Stan Kroenke. “Kroenke Out”, “We want our Arsenal back”, “Stan Kroenke, get out of our club.” It was an ever-constant hum, punctuated from time to time by the sound of police sirens or fir...
Premier League: Iwobi Benched As Everton Claim First Win At Arsenal In 25 Years 
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Premier League: Iwobi Benched As Everton Claim First Win At Arsenal In 25 Years 

Alex Iwobi was an unused substitute as an error from Bernd Leno saw Everton clinch a 1-0 win at the Emirates, their first at the Gunners since 1996. Everton have now done the double over Arsenal for the first time since 1986. Also, Arsenal have lost seven home league games for the first time since the inaugural Premier League season of 1992-93 The win for Everton put more pressure on those above them in the race for the Champions League spots, while leaving Arsenal way behind the pack. The Merseyside club are on 52 points just three points behind Chelsea in fourth position while Arsenal are ninth. Leno spilled Richarlison’s cross through his own legs in the 76th minute to give the Toffees the lead from what was one of their only attacks of the second half. Arsenal wer...
Villarreal vs Arsenal: Mohamed Elneny Takes Swipe at Unai Emery
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Villarreal vs Arsenal: Mohamed Elneny Takes Swipe at Unai Emery

  Arsenal star, Mohamed Elneny, has taken a veiled swipe at the club’s former manager, Unai Emery, ahead of the Gunners’ UEFA Europa League semi-final tie with Villarreal on April 29. Elneny said he is now happy at Emirates under current Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, adding that Emery didn’t give him a chance to play. The midfielder made 17 appearances in all competitions during Emery’s regime at Emirates. The 28-year-old was loaned out to Besiktas last season but was offered an opportunity to resurrect his Arsenal career at the start of the current campaign under Arteta. “If you are good, you will play, if you are not good, you will be on the bench, or you will be out of the squad,” Elneny told Sky Sports. “This is what I love from Mikel Arteta because it is fa...
Super League: Arsenal Owners Take Final Decision on Selling Club
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Super League: Arsenal Owners Take Final Decision on Selling Club

Josh Kroenke has revealed that his father and majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke has no intention of selling Arsenal. This is despite the unprecedented fan-led backlash they have faced in the wake of the club’s attempt to pull away from UEFA and join the European Super League, ESL. Josh was asked during an online question and answer session with a selection of supporters on Thursday evening whether or not KSE felt they were in a position to carry on as owners of the Premier League giants. He said, as quoted by REDactionAFC: “We will rebuild, we believe we are fit to go forward with Arsenal football club. We were put in a difficult situation by sources outside the club. “I want to get back to London, I want to do this. I am aware we never had trust, we need to build a bridge...
Arteta Reveals Kroenke Family Position after Failed European Super League Plan
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Arteta Reveals Kroenke Family Position after Failed European Super League Plan

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has disclosed that the Kroenke family (the club’s owner) apologized to him and his players over the Gunners’ failed European Super League plan. Arteta stated this on Thursday ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Everton on Friday night at Emirates. Arsenal, along with Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool, were one of the 12 founding members of the European Super League, which was created to replace the Champions League and the Europa League. But after widespread criticisms from fans, pundits, and some key figures in football, all six Premier League clubs announced on Tuesday night that they were withdrawing from the competition. When asked if he and his players have received an apology from the club’s hier...
I’m Disappointed, Gutted over 1-1 Draw with Arsenal – Fulham boss, Scott Parker
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I’m Disappointed, Gutted over 1-1 Draw with Arsenal – Fulham boss, Scott Parker

  Fulham boss, Scott Parker has said that he was disappointed and gutted after his team failed to hang on for a crucial win over Arsenal in their Premier League clash on Sunday. A win would have boosted Fulham’s chances in their bid to avoid relegation back into the Championship. Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to equalise for the Gunners in the injury-time after Josh Maja’s penalty put the visitors ahead. “I’m disappointed and gutted and the overriding factor is the team have worked tirelessly today, given everything, come to a place like this against a very good side and manged to get our nose in front,” Parker told a postmatch press conference. “I’m immensely proud of the team and the journey they have been on and I often say a young team lacking Premier League ...
God help Arsenal – Roy Keane blasts Gunners after 1-1 draw with Fulham
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God help Arsenal – Roy Keane blasts Gunners after 1-1 draw with Fulham

Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane has blasted Arsenal, describing Mikel Arteta’s side’s performance in their Premier League 1-1 draw against Fulham as ‘shocking’ and ‘dreadful’. Eddie Nketiah came on from the bench to score an injury-time equaliser to save Arsenal’s blushes after Josh Maja’s penalty put the visitors ahead. But Keane was shocked by Arsenal’s poor display and said that only God can help Mikel Arteta’s team. Sunday’s result leaves the Gunners ninth in the league, nine points behind fourth-placed West Ham United. Keane told Sky Sports: “I don’t think Fulham deserved to win, they were poor. But the lack of quality from both teams, it was dreadful. “Arsenal were even worse. God help Arsenal going forward. I thought they were shocking, dreadful. “N...
Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta Set to Break Reliance on Saka, Smith Rowe
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Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta Set to Break Reliance on Saka, Smith Rowe

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted that the team depends too heavily on Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. However, Arteta is hoping the Gunners can find a way to win when the two youngsters are rested. The Gunners’ record with Saka and Smith Rowe on the pitch, is much better to when they are left out of the starting XI. But with fixtures coming thick and fast, Arteta ahead of Sunday’s game against Fulham, is keen to avoid burnout and has called on the rest of the squad to step up in their potential absence. “They know that playing every game is impossible, so we have to change those stats. “That’s what we have to do. We have to find that solution. “It tells a lot about what has happened this season. Eight months ago, if anybody had said we were goin...
Arsenal vs Fulham: No more excuses – Arteta fires warning to Pepe
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Arsenal vs Fulham: No more excuses – Arteta fires warning to Pepe

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has warned Nicolas Pepe that his period of “adaptation” at the club is over and there are “no excuses” not to perform from now on. Pepe joined the Gunners in a club record £72million transfer. The Ivorian winger scored a goal in each of the two legs of Arsenal’s 5-1 aggregate Europa League win over Slavia Prague, but has struggled to perform consistently throughout his time at the Emirates. Arteta admits it has taken time for Pepe to settle, although he was clear that the period of transition has to end. “Nico has this ability – it depends on him, we can help him as much as we want but he needs to have the right mindset and consistency to do what he can do. “Because that is the level that we are going to ask of him, the level I am...
Mikel Arteta Reveals how UEFA, Match Officials, Felt About Lacazette’s Gesture Before Slavia Game
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Mikel Arteta Reveals how UEFA, Match Officials, Felt About Lacazette’s Gesture Before Slavia Game

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has revealed how he, the club, UEFA and the match officials felt about Alexandre Lacazette’s powerful gesture ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League tie against Slavia Prague on Thursday. The Frenchman, who captained the Gunners for the night, took the knee directly in front of the Slavia players and stared them down. All the other Arsenal players joined him, kneeling in unison, in a gesture to raise awareness in combating racism. And while the Arsenal team passed the message, the Slavia Prague team stood with their arms around each other’s shoulders. UEFA had earlier in the week handed Slavia Prague player, Ondrej Kudela, a 10-match ban for ‘racist behaviour’ towards Rangers’ Glen Kamara. And the football body’s decision of just a 10-ma...

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