Arsenal boss Unai Emery said midfielder Mesut Ozil would continue to be rotated after making only his second start of 2019 in the Europa League victory over Bate Borisov on Thursday.
The Gunners reached the last 16 as a 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium took them through 3-1 on aggregate.
Ozil played the full 90 minutes for the first time since December.
Emery said Arsenal will need the German “sometimes in the starting XI and sometimes on the bench”.
“His spirit like today is good and his quality and capacity and combination with some players is good,” said Emery. “I think we need every player, and playing Mesut was important and positive.” Read more... (227 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)
Arsenal avoided a potentially nervy evening at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday by breezing past BATE Borisov 3-0.
Having lost the first leg 1-0, the team would have been vulnerable had they conceded. However, Unai Emery should be pleased with the professional manner in which the team eventually advanced.
With the likes of Inter, Sevilla, Napoli and Chelsea also in the last 16, the Gunners have avoided some of the top teams. However, Rennais showed how dangerous they can be with their win over a strong Betis outfit.
In Ismaila Sarr, they also possess one of Ligue 1’s most exciting and effective young wingers. Read more... (490 words, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
It’s news that Chelsea have been bracing for, for the last six months. FIFA has give the Premier League side a two transfer window ban by FIFA for breaching the rules around the transfer of minors.
The threat of the ban, which we have written about before, is one of the reasons why Chelsea splashed the cash on Christian Pulisic in January.
Chelsea have announced that they would be appealing the decision after ‘categorically’ refuting the findings of FIFA’s disciplinary committee.
The west London club’s ban relates to the signings of minors, with the investigation sparked by the circumstances surrounding the arrival of former player Bertrand Traore. Read more... (432 words, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
Arsenal manager Unai Emery says “the key is in Mesut Ozil’s hands” as the midfielder tries to regain his first-team place.
Ozil is the Gunners’ highest-paid player, having signed a £350,000-a-week contract in 2018, but has started only 13 of 26 league games this season.
“He needs to be consistent in training and for matches, without injury or being sick,” Emery said.
“Like that, we can see the best Mesut with us.”
Ozil has played 216 times for Arsenal since joining from Real Madrid for a then club-record £42m in 2013. Read more... (269 words, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool only had themselves to blame after their Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance.
Bayern Munich played with the composure of a team who have reached the Champions League semi-finals eight times in the last decade and they summoned an excellent defensive performance to secure a 0-0 draw.
But Klopp believes the result would have been different had his side’s passing been sharper, particularly during the first half when Sadio Mane missed the game’s best chance and fired wide with only Manuel Neuer to beat. Read more... (503 words, estimated 2:01 mins reading time)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Paul Pogba as “one of the best attacking midfielders in the world” after he inspired Manchester United to victory at Chelsea.
The Frenchman made a goal for Ander Herrera before scoring one himself in an impressive 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge just six days after seeing red during the Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
“It was a great response, playing against one of the best defensive midfielders in the world with [N’Golo] Kante next to him,” Solskjaer told a news conference. “We know [Pogba] is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. Read more... (408 words, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
Manchester United were drawn away to Wolves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side knocked out holders Chelsea on Monday.
Pep Guardiola’s quadruple-chasing Manchester City face a second successive trip to Wales, with Championship side Swansea their opponents.
Watford will host Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road in a repeat of the 2016 FA Cup semi-final, while 2004 FA Cup finalists Millwall will meet Chris Hughton’s Brighton.
United bounced back from their Champions League last-16 first leg defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek to beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and increase the scrutiny on Maurizio Sarri in the last of the fifth round ties. Read more... (258 words, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has revealed the Serie A leaders are interested in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.
The Argentine was replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as captain last week amid contract talks and refused to travel for their Europa League victory at Rapid Vienna a day later.
The club subsequently announced Icardi would miss the visit of Sampdoria on Sunday through injury and the 25-year-old watched his team-mates secure a 2-1 win from the stands.
Icardi’s current deal at the San Siro runs out in the summer of 2021 and Serie A rivals Juventus have made an initial enquiry. Read more... (335 words, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will definitely be free to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey after picking up another convenient card in the 2-1 defeat by Girona.
Ramos went into the match on four La Liga bookings, knowing a fifth would activate a one-match domestic ban, and was cautioned in the 64th minute for using his hands to prevent a goal.
That automatically ruled him out of next weekend’s game against Levante but the Real captain’s day went from bad to worse when he received a second yellow and was sent off after appearing to make contact with a Girona player’s head during an attempted a bicycle kick at the death. Read more... (437 words, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
Zinedine Zidane is interested becoming manager of Chelsea, providing the club can give him certain assurances.
Current manager Maurizio Sarri is under mounting pressure after what has been a difficult season and Zidane is keen to talk to the club about coming in to replace him, according to media reports.
However, the former Real Madrid boss would need the Blues to guarantee that star man Eden Hazard stays at the club.
Zidane would also need a transfer kitty in the region of £200m to improve the squad as well as being granted a major say in recruitment alongside Marina Granovskaia. Read more... (214 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)