Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills claims that it is a major disadvantage for Arsenal to be playing the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals away from home. After having come back from a huge deficit against Rennes, Arsenal were disappointed to learn about facing Napoli in the next stage of the Europa League. Even though Napoli have not been as good in the 2018-19 campaign, the quality of the team certainly means that it is a difficult test for the Gunners. It has just been made to due to the scheduling of the second leg matches.
Arsenal were set to play the second leg at home at the Emirates Stadium. However, Chelsea also had a similar Europa League draw and they were up against Slavia Prague in the second leg tie at the Stamford Bridge. Since UEFA decided that it cannot have to London clubs playing on the same evening, it was decided to shift one of the ties are the other way around. As a result of Chelsea’s FA Cup success last season, the West London outfit took precedence in the draw and they were handed a second leg tie at home. Arsenal, meanwhile, will be playing the first leg at the Emirates and the second leg will be at the Stadio San Paolo.
Thomas Vermaelen’s agent Alex Kroes has revealed that the defender has told Arsene Wenger that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season, according to the Metro.
The 28 year old has failed to hold down a first team place with the Gunners this season due to the continued form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Metersacker.
The Mirror understands that Arsenal are set to offer Tomas Rosicky a new contract amid surprise interest from European Champions Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga leaders, who will face the Gunners in the last sixteen of this season’s Champions League, have registered an interest in the Czech Republic international, who moved to North London from Borussia Dortmund in 2006.
Arsenal missed out on top spot in Group F after losing 2-0 to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo yesterday evening.
Goals from former Gunners target Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon secured victory for Rafael Benitez’s men, who joined Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund on twelve points but miss out due to their head to head record against both teams.
Tags: Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli, Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad
Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury concerns for this evening’s crucial Champions League clash with Napoli.
Bacary Sagna, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby, Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain side-lined for the match against Rafael Benitez’s side, who can book their place in the knockout stages with victory, should Borussia Dortmund drop points against Marseille.
Tags: Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bacary Sagna, Borussia Dortmund, Gonzalo Higuain, Lukas Podolski, Marseille, Mesut Ozil, Napoli, Olivier Giroud, Ryo Miyaichi, Yaya Sanogo
Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Arsenal, the Express understands.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has said that the Frenchman is the best manager in the English top flight, and believes that the club can win their first title in ten years.
A Jack Wilshere double inspired Arsenal to victory against Marseille at the Emirates yesterday evening, and all but secured their places in the knockout stages of the Champions League for a fourteenth season in succession.
The England international opened the scoring after just thirty seconds, before doubling the host’s advantage twenty minutes into the second half.
Mathieu Flamini is set to return to the Arsenal line up to face former club Marseille in tonight’s Champions League group F clash.
The France international missed Saturday’s Premier League win over Southampton through suspension after amassing five yellow cards, but could feature at the Emirates Stadium.
Tags: Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Borussia Dortmund, Lukas Podolski, Marseille, Mathieu Flamini, Napoli, Robert Pires, Theo Walcott, Thierry Henry, Yaya Sanogo
Arsenal lost for the first time since the opening day of the season as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates yesterday evening.
Reorted Gunners fan Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave the visitors the lead on sixteen minutes only for Olivier Giroud to fire in an equaliser from close range four minutes before the break.
Arsenal’s winning streak away from home was brought to an end after they were held to a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion yesterday afternoon.
The point was however enough to see them return to the top of the Premier League, having been briefly replaced by Liverpool following their win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.