Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey miss out on BATE trip

Arsenal midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have not been included in the squad to face BATE Borisov in their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday. Ozil has returned to full training after recovering from illness but has not travelled to Belarus for the match. Ramsey, who on Monday signed a £400k a week deal to join Juventus in the summer, misses out with a knee injury. 🔜 #UEL Here's our travelling squad for @FCBATE 📋 pic.twitter.com/gsthwX3qNA — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 13, 2019 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka are back after…

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey agrees massive wage deal to join Juventus in the summer

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has agreed a mammoth £400,000 a-week deal with Italian champions Juventus, according to a BBC report. “The 28-year-old has agreed a four-year contract that will see him join the Italian champions as a free agent, ending his 11-year spell with Arsenal. “Ramsey passed a two-part medical in January, having picked Juve following talks with a host of European clubs. “He will be the highest-earning British player ever based on basic salary. “The Wales international’s Arsenal contract expires on 30 June and the Gunners will receive no…

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Denis Suarez joins Arsenal on loan from Barcelona

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan until the rest of the season. The 25-year-old arrives with an option to buy for the north London club, should manager Unai Emery decide he wants to retain the Spaniard beyond the summer. Suarez played under Arsenal manager Unai Emery during a loan spell at Sevilla. Finally, the notification you’ve all been waiting for 😉 Welcome to Arsenal, @DenisSuarez6 👋#HolaDenis 🔴 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2019 “We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us,”…

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Inter confirm Ivan Perisic transfer request amid Arsenal interest

Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Arsenal after Internazionale rejected the Premier League side’s attempt to sign him on loan. The Croatia international has emerged as Unai Emery’s key target for the January transfer window, with Arsenal having already seen an offer turned down to take the 29-year-old on loan until the end of the season with a €40m option to buy. It is believed Inter are minded to allow Perisic leave but only if they can get a permanent deal done this…

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Arsenal confirm departure of recruitment guru Mislintat

Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s Head of Recruitment, will leave the club on February 8, the club confirmed on Monday. There had been widespread speculation that Mislintat was set to leave after deciding his future lay away from the Emirates Stadium. Mislintat only joined the club in November 2017 and had spoken about remaining in north London “for a decade”, but departs after just 16 months at the club. “It’s been an amazing experience to work at a great club like Arsenal in what has been a big time of change,” Mislintat…

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech annnounces end of season retirement

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. The 36-year-old won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during a hugely successful 11-year spell with Chelsea. He moved to Arsenal in 2015 and went onto win another FA Cup in 2017. Announcing his decision to retire on Twitter on Tuesday morning, the player, who also won 124 caps for the Czech Republic, wrote: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it is 20 years since…

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Arsenal to face Manchester United in FA Cup fourth round

Arsenal have been drawn at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners. The two sides met in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in 2015 when Danny Welbeck scored the winner against his former side as Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford. Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford. League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third…

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Keylor Navas commits future to Real Madrid amid transfer speculation

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has renewed his contract with the club for an extra year, taking his new deal to June 2021. The Costa Rican has fallen out of favour since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois and, since the appointment of Santiago Solari as head coach, his minutes have dwindled further. Navas had been expected to seek a move away from the Bernabeu in search of playing time, and there were reports of a £14m bid from Arsenal last week. Arsenal manager Unai Emery dismissed such speculation this week saying Navas had not been discussed…

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Juventus confirm interest in Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey

Juventus have officially signalled their interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey whose contract expires in the summer, and is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. The midfielder was set to sign a new contract at the club before it was withdrawn amid a cloud of mystery earlier this season. With only six months left on his deal, the 28-year-old is now free to negotiate with foreign clubs under the Bosman ruling. The Juventus sporting director, Fabio Paratici, said of Ramsey: “He’s a great player, we really like…

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery fined for Brighton bottle incident

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association for kicking a bottle which hit a Brighton fan during last week’s Premier League match between the sides. The FA charged Emery with improper conduct following the incident near the end of the 1-1 draw on 26 December. The Spaniard apologised for the incident, which was not included in the officials’ match report. “I said to them I’m sorry,” Emery said after the game. “It wasn’t hard but it touched one supporter.” An FA spokesperson said Emery had “accepted the…

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Lille reveal price for hotshot Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe will only be allowed to leave the club for a fee of €80 million (£72m), according to the club’s sporting director. The 23-year-old has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs following an impressive start to the season that has seen him score 12 goals and provide five assists in 19 Ligue 1 appearances. Arsenal have consistently been mooted as a potential destination for the Ivorian international. “I hope he will stay this winter. We’ll do everything to keep him,” Lille sporting director Luis Campos…

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Arsenal dealt injury blow as Mkhitaryan is ruled out for up to six weeks

Arsenal have been handed a blow in the packed festive season after midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a fractured metatarsal in his right foot. Mkhitaryan, 29, was replaced at half-time during the Carabao Cup quarter-final loss to Tottenham and missed the Premier League win over Burnley. The Armenian has scored four goals and provided three assists for the Emirates Stadium side this season. He joins a lengthy injury list for Arsenal that also includes long-term absentees Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding, with both not…

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Turkish club declare interest in Arsenal’s Ozil

Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir have declared an interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. The World Cup winner has endured a difficult season under new manager Unai Emery with many rumours of a breakdown in relationship between the two men. Ozil has been linked with an exit from the club with a return to Real Madrid or a switch to Inter Milan mooted as potential destinations but Istanbul Basaksehir president Goksel Gumusdag has thrown his side’s hat into the ring. “Mesut Özil is a very valuable player,” Gumusdag told BILD. “I hope that…

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Arsenal face familiar opponents in BATE as Chelsea draw Malmo in Europa League

Arsenal face a reunion with their former midfielder Alexander Hleb after being drawn against Belarussian side BATE Borisov in the Round of 32 of the Europa League. Chelsea, who won the competition in 2013, take on Swedish side Malmo, with Scottish champions Celtic drawn to face Spanish side Valencia. The two-legged ties will be played on 14 and 21 February 2019. Arsenal are at home in the second leg of their tie and the game will kick off at 17:55 GMT on Thursday, 21 February to avoid a clash with Chelsea’s…

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Arsenal’s Rob Holding ruled out for up to nine months with knee injury

Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding has been ruled out for up to nine months after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Wednesday. The 23-year-old suffered the injury in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Holding had made 16 appearances for Unai Emery’s side this season. “Rob will undergo surgery in the coming days and rehabilitation is expected to take between six to nine months,” said an Arsenal statement. “Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to…

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Tottenham face FA inquiry after fan throws banana skin at Aubameyang during fiery derby

Tottenham face a Football Association investigation after one of their supporters was arrested for throwing a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Arsenal’s 4-2 derby win at the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal striker had scored the first of his two goals from the penalty spot when he ran to celebrate in front of the travelling supporters. A host of projectiles were thrown at him, with still photography showing that a banana skin was among them. CCTV footage was used to confirm the identify of the fan who threw it and he was arrested. The…

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Arsenal’s Europa League match with Vorskla Poltava in doubt after venue switch

Arsenal’s Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava on Thursday is in doubt after the Ukrainian side said they could not guarantee they would be able to fulfil the fixture after a late venue change. Thursday’s fixture was moved from Poltava to Kiev on Tuesday after the Ukrainian parliament voted to introduce martial law in parts of the country, not including either city. Vorskla vice president Oleh Lysak says the club hasn’t received confirmation from the Olympic Stadium that it will host the game. There are also unresolved questions about how…

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LA Galaxy release Ashley Cole as contract expires

Former England left-back Ashley Cole has been released by LA Galaxy after his contract at the Major League Soccer club expired. The club decided not to exercise an option to re-sign Cole, 37, along with seven other players. The former Arsenal and Chelsea defender joined LA Galaxy in 2016 and was named captain in March, two months after signing a one-year contract extension. Cole scored three goals in 86 appearances for the club, who narrowly missed out on progression to the MLS playoffs this season. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of…

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Arsenal confirm Super League discussions after leaks

Arsenal have confirmed they were involved in discussions over a breakaway European Super League, but have insisted they do not want to abandon the Premier League. German magazine Der Spiegel have reported that some of the continent’s biggest clubs have been in talks about breaking free from the Champions League, and possibly their domestic leagues as well, to form a new competition. The competition would feature 16 of Europe’s biggest sides, who have grown tired of sharing revenues with smaller clubs in their domestic leagues and the Champions League. The allegations were based on documents purportedly attained from whistle-blowers…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Arsenal fear Danny Welbeck could be out for long time with injury

Arsenal fear forward Danny Welbeck has suffered a “very big injury” after he was carried off on a stretcher during his side’s Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. It ended goalless at Emirates Stadium as the Gunners secured a place in the last 32, but the match was overshadowed by the 27-year-old England international’s ankle injury. “He is at the hospital. The news is that we are going to wait, but we think it’s a serious injury,” said Arsenal boss Unai Emery. “Every injury is different. This could…

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Nicklas Bendtner sentenced to 50 days in jail in Denmark for assault

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been sentenced to 50 days in jail in Denmark for assaulting a taxi driver. But the 30-year-old Rosenborg player has appealed and has been released until a hearing at a higher court. The incident took place in September, with the City Court of Copenhagen shown CCTV footage in which it appeared Bendtner struck the driver in the face. The Denmark international admitted hitting the taxi driver but said it was because he felt threatened. Bendtner said the driver threw a bottle or a can…

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Arsene Wenger rules out England move as he eyes 2019 return

Arsene Wenger has revealed he will return to management at the beginning of 2019 but would not be drawn on a potential destination although he has ruled out a return to England due to his Arsenal connections. The 69-year-old has been out of the game since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years with the Premier League club. The Frenchman has been linked with the vacant coaching position at Real Madrid following the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui, but a move to the Spanish giants looks unlikely…

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Carabao Cup: Arsenal to host Spurs in quarter-finals

Arsenal have been drawn against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. The Gunners, last season’s beaten finalists, will host their neighbours at Emirates Stadium during the week starting 17 December. League One Burton Albion, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, go to Championship side Middlesbrough. Chelsea host Bournemouth, while Leicester or Southampton will play the winner of Manchester City and Fulham. A rearranged date and kick-off time for Leicester’s tie against Southampton at King Power Stadium has yet to be confirmed. The match, originally scheduled…

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