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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Feb 22:17

Miracle needed at Arsenal, says Ostersunds' Graham Potter

Ostersunds, a club formed a month after Arsene Wenger was appointed Arsenal boss in 1996, travel to the Emirates Stadium after losing the first leg 3-0 in snowy Sweden last week.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 21 Feb 20:52

Ramsey and Ozil missing as Arsenal face Ostersund

Arsenal Östersunds FK ESPNDeportes, BT Sport 2, ESPN3 8:05 PM UTC Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 0 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be without the injured Aaron Ramsey and ill Mesut Ozil for Thursday's Europa League clash with Ostersund.The pair's absence is not costly given his side go into the second leg of the last-16 tie against the Swedish minnows at the Emirates Stadium boasting a 3-0 lead from the first leg.But Ramsey, who trained with his team-mates on Wednesday morning as he bids to overcome a groin injury, is also a doubt for Sunday's Carabao Cup final with Manchester City.Wenger, who...

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 21 Feb 17:50

Europa League position gives Wenger opportunity to test youth

Arsene Wenger says winning Europa League is not how Arsenal want to qualify for next season's Champions League. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a 'nervous' Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsene Wenger hasn't ruled out Aaron Ramsey for the Carabao Cup final and remains hopeful the midfielder will be available against Man City. Arsenal take on Östersunds FK at the Emirates on Thursday from a strong position. They won the first Europa League leg in Sweden 3-0 and it means that Arsene Wenger can rotate his squad with Sunday's Carabao Cup final in mind. While still taking the game seriously to avoid what he calls a "bad surprise," he will want to keep his key players fresh. That opens the door for some others to play, and perhaps show their manager they can push for the first team. Arsenal Östersunds FK ESPNDeportes, BT Sport 2, ESPN3 8:05 PM UTC Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 0 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats For three players in particular,...

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 21 Feb 17:34

Ramsey's status uncertain for Arsenal in Carabao Cup final

Arsene Wenger hasn't ruled out Aaron Ramsey for the Carabao Cup final and remains hopeful the midfielder will be available against Man City.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Feb 17:27

Arsene Wenger hangs with the Arsenal kids at training

Arsenal face Ostersunds in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash, and after a 3-0 win , the pressure is off, and it showed at training, with Arsene Wenger in good mood.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 17:17

Euro Paper Talk: Juve star hands transfer blow to Man Utd

Man Utd have suffered a setback in their hopes of luring a £53m summer target, while Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told Lionel Messi that Liverpool are chasing a Real Madrid striker, according to Wednesday’s European papers.

 

MIXED MESSAGES OVER ALEX SANDRO FUTURE

Manchester United’s hopes of bringing Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro to the club appear to have stalled after the player hinted he wanted to honour his contract at the club.

United have watched the player on multiple occasions and were thought to be keen to strike a deal in the region of €60m (£53m) this summer.

The player has also been tracked by Chelsea, but assessing his future at Juve, Sandro told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I have always remained focused on my work and my only thought has always been Juventus, with whom I still have two years of contract.”

The former Porto man’s agent Federico Pastorello refused to close the door on a future transfer, however, and told RAI Sport: “The goal is to look around and he could still think about the Premier League. No doubt his non-renewal is a sign of his point of view.”

 

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POLITICAL INTERVENTION TO ENSURE LIVERPOOL, SPURS MISS STRIKER TARGET

Warning: this might be one of the most bizarre stories you will read this week….

North Korean striker Han Kwang-song is more likely to sign for Juventus this summer than fellow suitors Tottenham or Liverpool, according to reports in the Italian press.

The forward has come under the watchful eye of the trio in recent months and was subject of a failed bid from Juventus during the January transfer window.

However, it’s strongly suggested both Spurs and Liverpool have kept a watch on the player and are considering summer moves to bring the talented striker to the Premier League.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, however, the player looks destined to move to Juventus, however – due to the intervention of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un!

According to the paper, the North Korean leader has a ‘strong relationship’ with Italian senator Antonio Razzi and it was the two of them who brokered the player’s move to Cagliari in the first place.

Quite how that happened is not explained, but Kim Jong-un is reported to be a huge fan of Italian football and is keen to ensure his countryman, Han, moves to Juventus ahead of the Premier League.

Explaining why Juventus lead the charge for Han, Razzi told the paper: “Kim is a huge football fan. When he was studying in Switzerland, he used to go to the San Siro to watch AC Milan and Inter.

“Han to Juventus would be something extraordinary. He would be a perfect testimonial for life in North Korea.

“Thanks to this guy, Cagliari and Sardegna are well known in North Korea now and if the player join Juve, the club will be even more followed in the country.”

It may all sound a little strange, but the news could be enough to put Liverpool and Spurs off a move for the striker….

 

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AND THE REST

Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi that Liverpool want to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (Don Balon)

Dortmund are plotting a surprise summer swoop for Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal. The 22-year-old has 10 goals and 10 assists in 36 games so far this season (A Bola)

 

AC Milan are plotting a surprise summer swoop for former Manchester United wing flop Memphis Depay, who has recaptured his best form at Lyon (Calciomercato)

Memphis Depay: Scored a stunner against Toulouse

Samuel Umtiti has opened the door on a move to Manchester United after expressing his anger at his current contract (Don Balon)

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has given a surprise reason why Mauro Icardi should snub Real Madrid and Manchester United – saying plain shirts don’t look good on him and the Nerazzurri’s stripes suit him better (Corriere dello Sport)

Toni Kroos: Signs new mega-deal with Real

Manchester United will be given permission to sign Toni Kroos in a £80m deal this summer – if they are willing to sacrifice their prized asset, David De Gea (Don Balon)

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur for €40m. However, the deal won’t go through until January 2019, according to multiple Spanish sources (Diario AS / Mundo Deportivo)

AC Milan are set to open talks with Roma striker Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian came close to joining Chelsea in January until the deal broke down over personal terms (Tuttosport)

Juventus and Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing Roma star Alessandro Florenzi whose contract with the Giallorossi expires in 2019 (Tuttosport)

Lyon fear Liverpool are closing to announcing a deal for their 18-year-old midfield starlet Mohamed Bahlouli (France Football)

Luka Modric will leave Real Madrid this summer. The Croatian has offers from Inter Milan and Napoli, but Manchester City are emerging as contenders to sign him, while Tottenham are also expected to make a bid to re-sign the midfielder (Don Balon)

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed that he would like to manage his old club Real Sociedad if he decides to go into management (AS)

Thibaut Courtois expects Real Madrid to contact his agent over a possible move to the Bernabeu this summer (Cadena COPE)

Liverpool want to solve their goalkeeping problem with the acquisition of Keylor Navas (Diario Gol)

AC Milan have reportedly tied up the free transfer capture of Sampdoria left-back Ivan Strinic this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is also on AC Milan’s transfer radar this summer (Calciomercato)

Cristiano Ronaldo wants five new players in at Real Madrid this summer after a disastrous La Liga campaign (Diario Gol)

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri admits he would relish the chance to manage the Italian national team (Tuttomercatoweb)

Real Valladolid striker Jaime Mata has rejected the chance to join Chinese club Zhejiang Greentown (Marca)

Zinedine Zidane has vowed to continue fighting in his role as Real Madrid manager (AS)

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has declared he will not play for another Italian team, opening the door to a move to China or Major League Soccer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij looks set to favour a move to Manchester United over Liverpool this summer (MediaSet Premium)

 

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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Feb 17:06

David Ospina to start for Arsenal in Carabao Cup final

Arsene Wenger confirmed he will honour his promise to David Ospina despite the proximity of the games. The Colombian goalkeeper plays in all cup competitions when available.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 16:26

Wenger confirms Arsenal goalkeeping plan for Carabao Cup final

Arsene Wenger has confirmed David Ospina will start in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and has paved the way for the Colombian to feature throughout the Europa League campaign.

Ospina captained the Gunners to a comfortable 3-0 win over Ostersund last week and will retain his place when the Allsvenska outfit visit the Emirates Stadium this Thursday, with the hosts looking to ease into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Petr Cech, Arsenal’s usual first choice, suggested earlier this week that he will sit out the Carabao Cup final as Ospina lines up against Manchester City.

Ospina has played in all but one round to get Arsenal to the final, with Matt Macey deputising in the narrow extra-time victory over Norwich.

Wenger set clearly defined roles for his keepers this season and, when asked if Ospina would play on Thursday, he replied “yes” before going on to confirm he would then remain in goal for the cup final.

“It’s always a difficult decision but I think they are clear about that,” he said about his goalkeeping selection.

“Since the start of the season, it’s clear. He (Ospina) played in the whole competition. I have two world-class goalkeepers and I decided from the start to have clarity in the games they play. I maintain that.”

 

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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Feb 15:56

Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil in race to be fit for EFL Cup final

Mesut Ozil has been ruled out of Thursday night's Europa League game against Ostersund after picking up an illness at the start of the week. And he has to work hard to be in contention for Sunday.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 21 Feb 15:51

Wenger: Arsenal want to qualify for UCL through Premier League

Arsene Wenger says winning Europa League is not how Arsenal want to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 15:01

Arsene Wenger gives fitness updates on Ozil and Ramsey

Arsene Wenger has a major question mark over the fitness of Aaron Ramsey, while Mesut Ozil has missed training this week.

The Gunners face Man City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley, but not before they face Ostersund at The Emirates on Thursday – 3-0 up from the first leg of their Europa League clash.

Ramsey trained with his team-mates on Wednesday morning but a groin injury means he will not feature against Ostersund and is still a doubt for the meeting with Manchester City.

“He’s not in the squad tomorrow,” Wenger confirmed when asked about Ramsey’s availability.

“He had a good training session but he’s a bit short for tomorrow. We’ll see how his evolution goes now from today until Sunday.

“I don’t rule him out yet, it depends on how well he can improve with the intensity of training until Sunday.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will start on Thursday as he is ineligible for the cup final, having played for Manchester United earlier in the competition.

Surprisingly, Ozil played the whole 90 minutes of the opening leg against Ostersund in sub-zero conditions.

He will be absent this time around due to illness, although Wenger believes he will be fine to feature in the final.

“Mesut was sick,” he added.

“Today was his first training session. He was in bed on Monday and Tuesday with sickness. I would certainly have played him but he was sick.

“He will have to work hard and he will not be involved tomorrow. He should be OK for Sunday.”

 

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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Feb 13:53

Arsenal train ahead of Ostersunds return leg

Arsene Wenger is almost certain to rotate his Arsenal team for the second leg of their Europa League tie with Ostersunds with one eye on Sunday's EFL Cup final.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 21 Feb 13:45

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey out; Danny Welbeck, David Ospina to start for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says winning Europa League is not how Arsenal want to qualify for next season's Champions League. LONDON -- Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenal's Europa League match against Ostersunds on Thursday but Arsene Wenger is hopeful they will both be fit for Sunday's Carabao Cup final. Both trained at London Colney on Wednesday, but Wenger said Ozil struggled with an illness earlier this week while Ramsey is just returning from a groin injury. Wenger said Ozil should be available against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, while he hasn't ruled out Ramsey being available as well. "[Ozil]...

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 12:50

Arsenal legend claims Wenger?s hopes rest on Europa League triumph

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes Arsenal’s only hope of reaching the Champions League next season is by winning the Europa League.

The Gunners, who sit sixth, are well off the pace in the Premier League as they trail leaders Manchester City by 27 points, while they are eight points adrift of fourth-placed side Chelsea.

And with Arsene Wenger and his side facing an uphill battle to finish fourth, Pires thinks their best chance of playing in the Champions League next season will come through winning the Europa League.

“The Europa League has to be Arsenal’s priority now, already,” Pires told The Sun.

“The objective has to be to do what Manchester United did last season – they are a good example.

“United won the Europa League and went straight into the Champions League – for Arsenal it is very important to get this state of mind.

“It’s a trophy, a good trophy, so it’s very important. And this season it is the last opportunity Arsenal have of making the Champions League.

“Unfortunately, but if you see the table it’s very difficult for Arsenal to reach the top four.

“I want to see Arsenal playing again in the Champions League. But it is very difficult with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea all above them.”

The Gunners face Ostersunds on Thursday in the second leg of their last-32 tie with Wenger’s men leading 3-0 on aggregate from the away leg.

 

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 11:14

The Joy Of?Players celebrating to wind up fans: Neville, Adebayor

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 28 Jun 22:24

Arsenal have bid rejected for Lacazette

Arsenal have a bid rejected for France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, but negotiations are still ongoing with Lyon.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 27 Jun 16:53

Arsenal in Meadow Park groundshare deal

Boreham Wood agree a 10-year groundshare deal with Women's Super League club Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal's youth teams.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 23 Jun 19:18

Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell

Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 20 Jun 13:16

The stars helping Grenfell Tower victims

Here are just some of the many famous people who are helping out those affected by last week's tragedy.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 14 Jun 10:00

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