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  • Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:12:14 +0000: David Ospina discharged from hospital after collapsing during Napoli match - Arsenal | The Guardian

    • Arsenal loanee given all clear after sustaining a head injury
    • Keeper will not be joining Colombia in international break

    The Arsenal loanee David Ospina has been discharged from hospital and given the all clear after collapsing midway through Napoli’s Serie A match against Udinese on Sunday.

    The 30-year-old goalkeeper, on loan at the Italian club from Arsenal, fell to the turf two minutes before half-time, having suffered an earlier head injury in a clash with Udinese’s Ignacio Pussetto.

    Related: Inter take the Milan derby spoils and leap over rivals in Serie A standings | Paolo Bandini

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone for your prayers and your thoughts.
    I am fine and recovering with my family.
    I hope to be back soon and stronger than ever!

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  • Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:30:09 +0000: Premier League fight for top four is on – just don’t mention the b-word - Arsenal | The Guardian

    Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea can all still win a European trophy but, if they don’t, have just eight games each to try to secure a Champions League place

    It is hard to place the exact moment when “bottle” became such an overused part of football’s lingua franca but nowadays it is hard to get through a weekend without several cases. You do not have to delve deep to find someone suggesting Chelsea bottled it at Goodison Park or Liverpool had the bottle to push themselves to a handy three points at Fulham.

    Related: As Solskjær soars, how many extra points does a manager really add? | Sean Ingle

    The four-way sprint for the third and fourth Champions League places

    Related: Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri admits top-four worry after damning defeat at Everton

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  • Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:10:10 +0000: Arsenal could miss out on Monchi after Sevilla seek technical director’s return - Arsenal | The Guardian
    • Sevilla hope to bring Spaniard back after spell at Roma
    • Arsenal want Monchi as replacement for Sven Mislintat

    Arsenal’s hopes of hiring Monchi as their technical director have suffered a setback after Sevilla made a move to bring the Spaniard back to the club where he made his name.

    Related: Monchi considers Arsenal technical director role after leaving Roma

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  • Thu, 14 Mar 2019 22:05:38 +0000: Arsenal 3-0 Rennes (agg: 4-3): Europa League last 16, second leg – as it happened - Arsenal | The Guardian

    Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal overcame a 3-1 first-leg deficit to beat Rennes and reach the Europa League quarter-finals

    Amy Lawrence’s match report from the Emirates has landed, so I’ll leave you with that. Thanks for your company, congratulations to Arsenal. Bye!

    Related: Aubameyang the hero as Arsenal beat Rennes and reach quarter-finals

    Post-match reaction

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “I missed two chances to close the game, but okay. Everyone is happy that we are through. Arsenal have to be proud to have young players like Ainsley. We are all happy. Rennes were a bit nervous and angry, but that’s football. I needed a mask to represent me, so I chose the Black Panther, because in Gabon we call the national team the Panthers.”

    The line-up for the quarter-final of the Europa League is Arsenal, Benfica or Dinamo Zagreb, Chelsea, Frankfurt, Napoli, Slavia Prague or Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal.

    Arsenal started the second leg 3-1 down, yet they were ahead in the tie on away goals by the 15th minute thanks to Aubameyang and Maitland-Niles. It was nervy and scrappy after that, but Aubameyang’s second goal gave Arsenal a safety net and they held on despite a couple of exhilarating late runs from Hatim Ben Arfa.

    Peep peep! Arsenal become the sixth English side through to this season’s European quarter-finals.

    90+4 min Iwobi gets away with kicking Traore off the ball. He could have been sent off for that.

    90+3 min Kolasinac is booked for timewasting.

    90+2 min A long cross from the left is headed to the edge of the area, where Niang cracks a left-foot volley that is desperately blocked. For the first time in the match, Arsenal are hanging on.

    90+1 min Hunou, flagged offside, shoots wide from eight yards anyway. The chance was created by another exhilarating surge from Ben Arfa.

    90 min Arsenal are five added minutes away from the quarter-finals.

    88 min An electric burst from Ben Arfa, who beats three players and slides the ball through to Hunou, whose close-range shot is smothered superbly by Cech. It wouldn’t have counted as Hunou had rightly been flagged offside.

    87 min Arsenal make their third substitution, with Lucas Torreira replacing the excellent Aaron Ramsey.

    83 min Aubameyang misses an even better chance, dragging miserablywide from eight yards after some fleet-footed brilliance from Ramsey. It was beautiful play from Ramsey - a kind of two-footed elastico pass, if that isn’t a complete contradiction. It is a complete contradiction. Just watch it on YouTube.

    83 min “Ozil has off days, like any player, but he’s far better than the English media are willing to admit,” says Petr Fremont. “For all the silly noises that get spoken and printed, name another player in that side who makes the players around him better when he plays. The more pertinent question is how does the team respond to him and the usual answer is quite well.”

    Have you been secretly filming the English football media’s Agenda Meetings?

    82 min Aubameyang misses a great chance for his hat-trick, stabbing wide from close range after a nice through pass from Iwobi.

    81 min Bourigeaud is booked for dissent. Rennes have their sulk on.

    80 min “Interesting take on ‘both sides trying it on’,” says Francis Peppett. “I count Aubameyang going down once, to at least 7-8 examples of theatrics from Rennes. Kudos to the ref for not rising to it so far.”

    I’d argue there’s more than one way to try it on.

    79 min Another Rennes change: James Lea Siliki replace Andre.

    77 min Mkhitaryan is booked for something or other. Rennes are starting to look resigned to defeat, even though they are only one goal away from taking it to extra-time.

    74 min Rennes had to score a goal anyway, so their task hasn’t really changed. The only difference is that a 2-1 scoreline would have put them through, whereas 3-1 would take it to extra time.

    73 min Aubameyang was booked for putting a mask on while celebrating the goal. Don’t.

    Another simple goal for Aubameyang. Mkhitaryan bides his time before easing a pass down the left to Kolasinac, who fizzes a superb low cross into the area. It beats everyone at the near post and is tapped into an empty net by Aubameyang at the far. He might have been offside then, too, though I suspect he was just okay.

    71 min Iwobi almost scores straight away. He controlled Mkhitaryan’s lofted pass nicely on the edge of the area before dragging a left-footed shot just wide.

    70 min Rennes also make a change, with Adrien Hunou replacing Clement Grenier.

    69 min Unai Emery changes two things, in fact. Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan replace Alex Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.

    68 min It’s all Rennes at the moment. Arsenal need to change something.

    67 min Arsenal were so good until they went 2-0 up, and then they stopped playing. It’s human nature, I know, but it could come back to bite them because they are a bag of nerves now.

    65 min Traore surges forward to win a corner for Rennes. It’s curled towards Bensebaini, who mistimes a flying header onto Koscielny and behind for another corner. That was a chance. Moments later, Bensebaini cracked a fine volley onto the outside of the far post, though he was miles offside.

    61 min: Brilliant tackle from Kolasinac! Rennes worked the ball nicely to release Sarr on the right side of the area. His first touch was slightly heavy and that allowed Kolasinac to get back and make a vital sliding block.

    60 min The brattish nonsense is so overbearing that it’s easy to forget how close Arsenal are to going out. One Rennes goal is all it would take, unless Arsenal score again.

    59 min “I’ve come in late to this game, which seems to be a mix of some football and a lot of something else, perhaps a falling-down contest,” says Charles Antaki. “Have Arsenal scored two very good tumbles? That’s fine with me, but presumably in future rounds the football will become more important.”

    58 min Now Arsenal are at it, demanding a custodial sentence for Andre after a foul on Kolasinac. The referee doesn’t show a yellow card this time. I’m not even sure it was a foul.

    57 min Sarr drives a cross straight into the hands of Cech. He’s had a very poor game so far.

    55 min Lacazette, who has been booked, is penalised for a challenge on Bensebaini. Rennes demand a yellow card, and the referee agrees: he shows it to Grenier.

    53 min Both sides are still trying it on with the referee every time there’s a challenge. It’s so boring.

    50 min A great long pass down the right from Ramsey releases Aubameyang, who goes around the outrushing keeper Koubek on the edge of the area. The angle becomes too tight, however, and he can only loft the ball into the arms of the recovering Koubek.

    48 min Niang’s shot took a deflection off Koscielny, in fact, though I’m not sure whether it would have bothered Cech without that touch. At the other end, Lacazette heads a set piece over the bar from 15 yards.

    47 min: Niang hits the post! Mustafi was faffy and lost the ball in a dangerous area to Grenier, who moved it square to Niang on the edge of the area. He took a touch and drove a low shot that beat Cech and rattled off the outside of the near post.

    47 min Evening Rob,” says Matt Emerson. “Fancy seeing a picture of Charlie George playing in a charity cricket match? Of course you do – looks like he could have been the next Denis Compton...”

    Simon Pegg alongside him has aged well.

    46 min Peep peep! Rennes begin the second half.

    “Dear Rob,” says Malte Zumbansen. “Just rushed through an exam to be able to watch as much of the match as possible... didn’t see much of that half but oh what a relief it is to see the Arsenal in the classic kit again. Last week in Rennes was shambolic, but perhaps the most embarrassing thing was the way those mint green kits emphasised the players’ sweat. A fright to the eyes, truly.”

    You need to play for Brazil in 1982 to get away with that.

    “Hi Rob,” says Graham O’Reilly. “Anyone noticed how much better Arsenal suddenly are with Ozil back in the team?”

    I don’t watch Arsenal enough to comment, but I suspect some people would answer your question with a question: anyone noticed how much better Ozil is playing since he was dropped?

    Offside update Aubameyang was well offside - and in line with the assistant referee - for the second goal. I assume the assistant was distracted by Kolasinac, but it was still a clear and obvious error.

    Half-time reading

    Related: Ronaldo’s defining display shows ‘fino alla fine’ spirit is alive at Juventus | Eni Aluko

    Peep peep! Arsenal are ahead on away goals after early goals from Aubameyang and Maitland-Niles. At that stage it looked like they could run away with the tie, but Rennes dominated possession after that, albeit without giving Petr Cech anything to do.

    45+1 min Four minutes of added time.

    45 min “Bonsoir Rob,” says James Lewis. “I studied at Rennes Uni back in the day (2000-2001) and regularly attended Stade Rennais games. Decent fans and you could stand, sing and drink with relatively no bother (unless Nantes were in town). My guess is that the fans Tekin Sahan heard shouting (ref: 6 min) were singing: ‘Nous sommes Stade Rennais, nous allons gagner!’ Which of course they won’t now...”

    44 min Both teams are trying it on all the time with the referee. It’s getting very tedious.

    42 min Ramsey is receiving treatment. He slipped when trying to foul Andre and is limping to the touchline. I think he’ll be okay to continue. The Rennes corner is eventually played short to Ben Arfa, who hits a feeble shot through to Cech.

    41 min Traore wins a corner for Rennes. Arsenal are starting to look a bit frazzled in defence, and the mood of the game has changed significantly in the last 15 minutes.

    39 min A good move from Arsenal. Ozil ghosts infield from the right and slides a pass to Lacazette, who lays it off first time to Ramsey. He opens his body to sweep a rising shot from 20 yards that is too close to Koubek.

    37 min “Rob,” says Simon Xu, “just wanted to point out his name is Bourigeaud, not Boungeaud! Talented young player.”

    Ach! Thanks. I blame my inadequate eyesight.

    36 min Ben Arfa, playing in a free role, is looking increasingly dangerous. He beats Xhaka and Maitland-Niles with ease on the left and whips another dangerous cross that skims off the head of Mustafi and away to safety.

    35 min “Just waiting for the away team to get more frustrated and start squaring up to Arsenal players,” says Matt Dony, “so the ref can advise them to ‘Walk away, Rennes.’ I’m here all week. Try the horse.”

    34 min Ozil’s flat, curling cross is scissor-kicked well wide by Aubameyang. He shinned it.

    34 min Rennes are getting increasingly radged off with the referee, and the game is heating up nicely as a result.

    33 min “Hoping Arsenal keep going and win tonight,” writes Peter Tuhill. “We have family watching it from UK, Canada and New Zealand so there will be a global meltdown if they blow it!”

    32 min Lacazette is booked for a clumsy scissor tackle on Andre.

    30 min A superb, dipping cross from the left by Boungeaud is lumped away a little awkwardly by Kolasinac. Rennes have been excellent in the last few minutes.

    28 min Aubameyang accidentally studs Da Silva in the chest as he jumps for a high ball. The Rennes players, already hacked off with the second goal, are fuming that Aubameyang has not received at least a yellow card.

    26 min Traore tries a snapshot from 20 yards with his left foot. Throw in to Arsenal.

    25 min Rennes suddenly look much more sprightly going forward. The second goal has probably reinforced their clarity - they know that if they don’t score, they are out.

    23 min Boungeaud’s corner is a stinker, straight out of play on the other side of the field.

    23 min Ben Arfa has come alive. First he flips a fine pass over the defence that just evades the stretching Boungeaud, and moments later he wins a corner down the left.

    21 min If Rennes aren’t careful, this could be over by half-time. They look a bit shell-shocked.

    18 min Moments after Monreal is not booked for taking a shortcut through the back of Grenier, Mexer is booked for an aerial challenge on Lacazette. That seems a bit harsh.

    Rennes are not happy with this goal. It was made by Aubameyang, who came infield from the left and played a square pass to Ramsey. He zipped it first-time towards Kolasinac, who realised he was miles offside and ignored the ball. Aubameyang ran onto it and stood up a lovely left-footed cross that was headed in decisively at the far post by Maitland-Niles.

    At first I thought it was a good goal, and clever play from Kolasinac to ignore the ball. But replays suggest Aubameyang was probably also offside. There’s no VAR in the Europa League.

    Arsenal double their lead!

    13 min Arsenal have been excellent so far, both with and without the ball. Rennes look slightly shocked by the speed and intensity of the game. THEY DON’T LIKE IT UP ’EM.

    11 min Lacazette and Aubameyang combine to release Kolasinac, whose dangerous low cross is booted clear by Mexer.

    9 min Maitland-Niles leads an Arsenal counter-attack, shoving the ball down the right for the speedy Aubameyang. He wins a corner, which is headed away decisively by Mexer.

    6 min “Hi Rob,” says Tekin Sahan. “I heard some chanting outside my house this afternoon and went outside to see what it was and saw a march by several hundred Rennes fans under a police cordon marching through Camden Street presumably towards the Emirates. They seemed like a jolly bunch. I waited till they were out of sight and screamed ARSENAL! behind them as any hard man would do.”

    I know you won’t believe it, but English football fans used to behave like that.

    It was a good team goal from Arsenal. They moved the ball nicely from left to right, where the overlapping Maitland-Niles had a bit of space. He waited for support and then played a short pass infield to Ramsey, whose low cross on the turn was sidefooted into the net from four yards by Aubameyang.

    That didn’t take long.

    4 min It’s been a lively start from both sides, with no suggestion that Rennes have a bus to park.

    3 min In other news, here’s Dom Fifield’s match report on Chelsea’s 5-0 win in Kyiv.

    Related: Olivier Giroud’s perfect hat-trick fires Chelsea into Europa League last eight

    2 min “I wonder how this Arsenal side would fare against their greatest team,” says Duncan Edwards. “You know, Wilson, Rice, McNab, Storey, McLintock, Simpson, Armstrong, Graham, Radford, Kennedy, George.”

    Textbook stuff.

    1 min Peep peep! Arsenal kick off from right to left. They are in red and white; Rennes are wearing their black change strip.

    The player are in the tunnel, ready for another night’s work.

    Prediction: Arsenal 5-1 Rennes (AET).

    The early games have finished, with Chelsea, Napoli and Valencia going through to the last eight. Valencia were going out to FC Krasnodar until Goncalo Guedes scored in the 93rd minute.

    Related: Dynamo Kyiv v Chelsea: Europa League last 16, second leg – live!

    On today of all days

    #OnThisDay in 1998...

    Marc Overmars silenced Old Trafford

    Some pre-match reading

    Related: Aubameyang and Lacazette pals’ act drives Arsenal towards bigger things | Amy Lawrence

    Related: Rennes admit surprise at Uefa reprieve for Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette

    In other Europa League news, Chelsea went to Kyiv with a 3-0 lead from the first leg. You will not believe the score!

    Related: Dynamo Kyiv v Chelsea: Europa League last 16, second leg – live!

    Arsenal (3-4-1-2) Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.
    Substitutes: Leno, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Denis Suarez, Guendouzi, Nketiah.

    Rennes (4-4-2) Koubek; Traore, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini; Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Bourigeaud; Ben Arfa, Niang.
    Substitutes: Badiashile, Zeffane, Doumbia, Lea Silki, Del Castillo, Hunou, Gelin.

    A main course of shallot and chicory tatin, young vegetables, new potatoes with chestnut dressing never hurt nobody. But despite the almost parodic gastronomic options at the Emirates Stadium, and the nu-footy reputation, it has become an intimidating place for away sides. Only Manchester City have picked up more league points at home than Arsenal in each of the last two seasons, and they were again impressive in beating Manchester United at the weekend.

    Arsenal’s home form – and the bonus availability of Alexandre Lacazette – means they are most people’s favourites to go through to the last eight of Europa League despite their 3-1 defeat in France a week ago. Even the Rennes manager Julian Stephan thinks so. “Arsenal remain favourites given their past and their experience,” he sniffed. “The only thing I think is that we will need to score there, at least once, if not twice.”

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  • Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:57:32 +0000: Aubameyang the hero as Arsenal beat Rennes and reach quarter-finals - Arsenal | The Guardian

    It was a night when Arsenal required superhuman effort and some heroic performances to overturn a two-goal handicap and seize their ticket for the Europa League quarter-finals. An accomplished team performance was crowned by the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plundered their third goal and relished the moment with a spot of dressing up. His chosen character, embellished by the mask that had been waiting in the goal, was Black Panther. His teammates huddled round him cherishing another important moment in what has felt like a pivotal week.

    Related: Olivier Giroud’s perfect hat-trick fires Chelsea into Europa League last eight

    Remaining teams
    Arsenal, Benfica, Chelsea, Eintracht Frankfurt, Napoli, Slavia Prague, Valencia, Villarreal

    Related: James Milner keen to avoid all-Premier League affair in Champions League

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Historic News Stories have been added below:

  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:24:32 +0000: Arsenal have bid rejected for Lacazette - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Arsenal have a bid rejected for France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, but negotiations are still ongoing with Lyon.
  • Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:53:47 +0000: Arsenal in Meadow Park groundshare deal - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Boreham Wood agree a 10-year groundshare deal with Women's Super League club Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal's youth teams.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:25 +0000: Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:16:16 +0000: The stars helping Grenfell Tower victims - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Here are just some of the many famous people who are helping out those affected by last week's tragedy.
  • Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The summer transfer action is beginning to come hard and fast for Arsenal as they now have begun to receive many offers for the want away Dutch striker Robin Van Persie who is out of contract with the gunner at the end of next season. The clubs star player has made it clear he will not be signing a new contract with the gunners and this has prompted all of Europe’s top clubs to begin a bidding war for the phenomenal striker.

Another player who could be set to leave the Emirates stadium is Carlos Vela who is now in the middle of discussions for a transfer to the Spanish side Real Sociedad who are thought to be lining up a £5.000.000 deal for the Mexican international. Vela has been on the sidelines for some time now and it is clear that his future lies elsewhere and away from London.

The capture of Lucas Podolski from Cologne a few weeks back was meant to signal the start of a new era at Arsenal as the club have been trophy less for the past five years. The German international was seen as the perfect partner for Robin Van Persie but with the Dutch striker certainly on his way out of the Emirates it is now more than likely that Podolski will be leading the line along with another new signing up from in the form of up and coming superstar Olivier Giroud.

Another player who could be leaving the London club this summer is Marouane Chamakh who has found himself out of the picture at Arsenal for the past twelve month and has only started a handful of games during this time. The Morroccan international is wanted by Fiorentina and Dutch champions Ajax and the striker is keen on a move to either of these sides in search of first team football.

Arsenal are also said to be in for the highly thought of Egyptian defender Islam Ramadan who plays for his homeland club Haras El Hodood with the twenty one year old thought to be an integral part of Wengers new defensive plans. Ramadan has also attracted a huge amount of interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs including Lyon, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.