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Mikel Arteta Praises Improved Mindset At Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta has told his Arsenal players to enjoy the art of defending as the Gunners kept their third-consecutive clean sheet in a narrow Europa League victory at Olympiacos.

Alexandre Lacazette’s goal nine minutes from time was enough to ensure a 1-0 victory in Piraeus with Arsenal now in pole position to qualify from this round-of-32 clash.

While the France striker wasted a couple of other decent chances to really wrap up the tie, Arteta will again be impressed with the defensive work of his players.

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Arteta On Newcastle Win And City Ban

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Mikel Arteta picked out three Arsenal stars who impressed in their 4-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates stadium.

Newcastle edged a first half in which Arsenal failed to get going, but the Gunners were a completely different team after the break, as Mesut Ozil started to find more space to cause the visitors problems, and youngster Bukayo Saka superb throughout.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a fine header, Nicolas Pepe turned in a Saka cutback before Ozil and Lacazette ended their respective goal droughts to finish off a fine second-half display.

Arteta told BBC Sport:

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How Arteta Can Turn Draws Into Three Points

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Any Arsenal fans hoping that Mikel Arteta would provide the rocket boost their season so desperately needed have been left sorely disappointed.

The Spaniard has won just one of seven Premier League matches since taking charge but conversely he has only lost one.

The Gunners have become even more of a draw specialist, with 13 from their first 25 matches setting a new Premier League record.

Their sorry tally of just six wins is the club’s lowest after 25 games of a league season since 1912-13, when they suffered relegation from the First Division.

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Arteta Happy As Arsenal Draw At Bournemouth

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was delighted with the attitude of his players as the Gunners fought back from a goal down to earn a draw against Bournemouth.

Despite heavy pressure coming from Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the opening stages, the Cherries opened the scoring through Dan Gosling after a defensive mix up led to the Bournemouth midfielder firing home.

Arsenal had the hosts parked in their own half for much of the second 45 minutes, and were rewarded for their hard work when Aubameyang latched onto a loose ball to level the game.

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Chelsea Close In On Jadon Sancho

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Chelsea are looking to beat both Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

The England international, rated at £120million, is currently a man in huge demand after shining in Germany with Dortmund and a return to the Premier League could very soon be on the cards.

According to media reports, Chelsea are now working on a deal which could see them fork out a club-record fee for one of the world’s biggest talents.

The Blues have reportedly emerged as the most likely destination for the 19-year-old winger after indicating they will match Dortmund’s big-money valuation.

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Mikel Arteta Wants To Win Trophies At Arsenal

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New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says that it is a “huge honor” to take over at his former club, adding that the board has made it “very clear” that he is to compete for trophies now that he’s in charge.

Arteta was appointed Arsenal boss on Friday following a week full of speculation and reports that he would take over as manager at the Emirates.

The former midfielder, who played for Arsenal from 2011-16, will now step in to replace Freddie Ljungberg, who has taken charge of the team following Unai Emery’s dismissal.

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Europa League Last-32 Draw Preview

The Europa League group stage is officially over after a turbulent performance from Arsenal and Manchester United as they look to the round-of-32 draw.

But now the competition really starts as eight Champions League teams including Inter Milan, Ajax and Red Bull Salzburg make their entrance following third-place finishes in the European elite tournament.

The Gunners finished top of their group despite drawing with Standard Liege after Eintracht Frankfurt were defeated 3-2 by bottom side Vitoria Guimaraes.

Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer’s men secured top-spot finish in their final game against AZ Alkmaar following 4-0 win, making a reunion with former Red Devil star Romelu Lukaku impossible in next stage of clashes.

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Arsenal Sack Unai Emery

Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal manager after 18 months in charge and has been replaced on a temporary basis by assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.

The Spaniard, who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla, was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018, succeeding Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal said the decision had been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”. The Gunners have not won in seven games and lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday. It is their worst run without a victory since February 1992, which was eight games under George Graham.

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Arsene Wenger Looking To Return To Football

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is considering taking up a technical role at FIFA but says it wouldn’t prevent him from making a return to management.

The Frenchman has been out of work since May 2018, when his 22-year association with Arsenal came to an end.

Wenger told beIN SPORTS: ‘I just want to share what I’ve learnt, and give it back to the game in a different way.

‘I’m not sure that I would stop coaching as well, because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, do I like it, and can I be efficient.’

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Arsenal Boss Happy As Young Gunners Star In Europe

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery praised the performances of his young players as the Gunners opened their Europa League campaign with a win at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Gunners boss made seven changes to the side who were held to a disappointing draw at Watford – and they paid off as the visitors ran out 3-0 victors at the Commerzbank Arena.

Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka both got on the scoresheet, the later also claiming all three assists as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the result at the death.