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Arsenal, Premier League

Arsenal Manager Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus and the club’s game against Brighton on Saturday has been postponed.

The Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate. The Premier League will hold “an emergency club meeting” on Friday to discuss future fixtures.

“This is really disappointing,” said Arteta. “I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”

Arsenal expects a “significant number of people” will self-isolate, including the “full first-team squad”.

Champions League, La Liga, Liverpool

Bad Loser Klopp Hits Out At Atletico After Defeat

Champions League Trophy

Jurgen Klopp believes Atletico Madrid should play “proper football” instead of relying on counterattacks after they eliminated his Liverpool team from the Champions League on Wednesday.

Diego Simeone’s team beat the Reds 3-2 after extra time in the second leg of their last-16 tie at Anfield, sending the defending European champions crashing out of the competition.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s first half strike took the game into extra time and Roberto Firmino put the European champions in the driving seat just four minutes in.

But Atletico recovered thanks to a Marcos Llorente double and a late goal from Alvaro Morata to make it 4-2 on aggregate.

Europa League, Inter Milan, Man Utd., Tickets

Chaos In Europa League As Sevilla and Getafe Don’t Want To Play Italian Teams

Europa League 2020 Final

Chaos in the Europa League as Getafe president Angel Torres has confirmed his side will not travel to Italy for their scheduled Europa League tie at Inter Milan on Thursday.

It has already been confirmed that the Round of 16 match will be played behind closed doors but the Lombardy region of Italy is the most affected in Europe with the coronavirus.

“Unless this situation change a lot, Getafe will not travel to Italy tomorrow,” Torres told Onda Cero on Tuesday night.

“We have asked UEFA to consider an alternative to playing in Milan. We have asked for help from the Spanish FA too.

Champions League, Man City, Real Madrid

Courtois “A Doubt For Manchester City Clash”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is reportedly ‘doubtful’ to play against Manchester City in the Champions League next week after limping off after the shock defeat by Betis.

The Belgian shot stopper is set to have tests on his left leg on Tuesday to discover how serious his injury is, according to Spanish outlet AS, who say he must wait an extra day to be looked at ‘due to inflammation’ in the area.

Madrid next play against at home against Eibar on Friday night before travelling to the Etihad to face City, and he will be a question mark for both games.

Man City, Man Utd., Premier League, Rivalries, Tickets

Ole Looking At Next Season As United Beat City Again

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Bruno Fernandes had energised “the whole club” but insists Manchestre United still need new players after their derby victory over Manchester City.

United boss Solskjaer also hailed the character of the January signing after he had the last laugh in a heated exchange with City manager Pep Guardiola late in United’s 2-0 success at Old Trafford.

Portugal midfielder Fernandes, who set up the opening goal for Anthony Martial, put his fingers to his lips after arguing with Guardiola moments before Scott McTominay sealed victory in injury time.

Arsenal, Chelsea, FA Cup, Man City, Man Utd., Tickets

FA Cup Quarter-Finals: Newcastle v Man City Headlines Draw

Holders Manchester City will travel to Newcastle United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. That match will be played on Saturday, 21 March with a 19:00 GMT kick-off.

Arsenal, who have won the FA Cup a record 13 times, visit Sheffield United while Chelsea, who last won it in 2018, are away to Leicester. The final game sees Norwich host Manchester United.

The matches will be played across the weekend of 21 and 22 March.

Pep Guardiola’s City side progressed to the last eight with a 1-0 win at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday to continue their quest for a domestic and European cup treble.

FA Cup, Liverpool

Klopp Under Pressure As Liverpool Season Hits Bump

Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend his team-selection on Tuesday night as Liverpool’s dream of a historic Treble was dashed by Chelsea.

Adrian’s calamitous error gifted Willian the opener before Ross Barkley’s marvellous solo effort booked Frank Lampard side’s place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Klopp made seven changes from the side that lost to Watford on Saturday – and included youngsters Neco Williams and Curtis Jones in his starting XI as well as fringe players Adrian, Adam Lallana and Takumi Minamino.

We made seven changes because we knew it would be intense. We made the changes because there would be a lot of sprints because of how Chelsea play in midfield,’ he said.

Man Utd., Premier League

Solskjaer Backs De Gea After Another Error

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted David de Gea’s mistake for Everton’s opening goal in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United was “unfortunate”, but praised him for his later saves.

The Spanish goalkeeper hesitated on the ball before lifting a clearance directly into Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who diverted it straight into the net for an early opener.

However, he saved well from Calvert-Lewin moments later before making a superb stop in the dying minutes to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson a winner.

“It’s something that happens in football once in a while if you take too long on the ball,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport of the early error.

Arsenal, Premier League

Arsenal Need To Sell Before They Buy

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits difficult decisions will have to be made this summer in the transfer market.

The north London club saw their best route back to the Champions League closed on Thursday night when they exited the Europa League after a shock defeat to Olympiacos.

And then just 24 hours later Arsenal announced a loss after tax for 2018-19 of £27.1 million. It was the club’s first overall loss since 2002.

“Our player trading profit for this financial year was limited and this combined with a second consecutive season of Europa League football,” commented chairman Sir Chips Keswick.

Man City, Premier League, Tickets

Manchester City Win Carabao Cup For Third Consecutive Season

Pep Guardiola saluted his Carabao Cup-winning Manchester City side as the club won the trophy for the third season running with victory over Aston Villa.

Sergio Aguero hit the opener for City at Wembley, before Rodri doubled their lead 10 minutes later to put Guardiola’s charges in a commanding position.

Mbwana Samatta then pulled one back just before half-time to keep Villa in the running and ensure an uncomfortable second half for City.

But despite some fierce attacking City kept their rivals at bay to take the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 victory.