Europa League

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the Europa League.

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Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan Could MISS Europa League Final

Arsenal could be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their Europa League final against Chelsea due to ongoing diplomatic tensions between his native Armenia and host country Azerbaijan.

The Gunners booked their place in the showpiece final on May 29 with a comfortable win over Spanish side Valencia on Thursday night.

Mkhitaryan only came on as substitute for Unai Emery’s side at the Mestalla but he could miss the final against their Premier League rivals later this month completely.

The Armenian missed Arsenal’s trip to Qarabag during this season’s group stage and the political strain between his homeland and Azerbaijan could mean he is unavailable again.

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Welcome Back To The Europa League Manchester United

Manchester United will be back in the Europa League next season after a putrid 1-1 draw to relegated Huddersfield on Sunday.

Chelsea’s victory over Watford, combined with United’s failure to pick up three points against the relegated Terriers means it will be Thursday night football again for United next season.

United have been abysmal since beating PSG in Paris in the Champions League, taken only eight points from their last eight Premier League games.

That run of form could cost United as much as £65m in lost TV revenue and prize money from the Champions League next season and his triggered a 25% reduction in wages next season.

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UEFA Threaten AC Milan With Two-Year Europe Ban

AC Milan must break even by June 2021 or face being banned from European competition for two years under Financial Fair Play rules, UEFA has announced.

The decision from the European governing body’s adjudicatory chamber comes after Milan successfully appealed against a two-year ban being immediately imposed this summer, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport referring the matter back to UEFA to impose a ‘proportionate disciplinary measure’ in July.

Milan had been found to be in breach of the break-even requirements of the Financial Fair Play regulations, and Friday’s ruling leaves the club at risk of sitting out European competition in 2022-23 and 2023-24 should they qualify.

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Sarri Criticizes Loftus-Cheek After hat-Trick

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri warned Ruben Loftus-Cheek he must still improve his defensive game if he is to break into his Premier League line-up, despite a Europa League hat-trick against Bate Borisov on Thursday night.

Loftus-Cheek, who has made only two appearances for a combined 33 minutes for Chelsea in the top-flight this season, was handed a rare start at Stamford Bridge and he responded by scoring twice inside the opening eight minutes. He then added a third in the second-half to seal a hat-trick for his team in a 3-1 win.

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Spain Dominates FIFPro World XI Nominations

FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA have announced the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from almost 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

This year’s list includes some familiar names, and standout statistics. Ten of last year’s World11 return to make the 55-man list, with Real Madrid the most-represented club side, seeing a full 11 players make the cut. Spain (nine) and France (eight) are the countries with the most players represented on the list.

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Atletico aAdrid Look To Erase Pain Of Finals Defeats

After painful defeats in recent continental finals, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are determined to justify their status as favourites in Wednesday’s Europa League showpiece against Marseille in Lyon.

Atletico lost in extra time to Real Madrid in the Champions League final of 2014, having been seconds away from victory in 90 minutes, and then lost on penalties to their city rivals in the final of the same competition two years later.

An exit from this season’s Champions League in the group stage came as a big surprise for a formidable side spearheaded by Antoine Griezmann in attack, but they have put that behind them to close in on glory in Europe’s less prestigious competition.

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Why Do Premier League Sides Keep Losing To Spanish Opposition?

The common perception in England is that the Premier League is the world’s greatest – but Spanish fans certainly now have a strong case to dispute that.

After Atletico Madrid dumped Arsenal out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage on Thursday night, Spanish sides have beaten their English counterparts in 23 of their last 27 meetings in European competition knockout ties.

Diego Costa’s goal at the Wanda Metropolitano proved enough to carry Atletico into the Europa League final and was just the latest tale of woe for the Premier League against La Liga opposition.

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Diego Simeone Given Touchline Ban For Europa League final

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has received a four-match Uefa ban and will be absent from the touchline when his side face Marseille in the Europa League final on 16 May.

Simeone was found guilty of insulting a match official during the first leg of Atletico’s semi-final at Arsenal.

The 48-year-old was sent to the stands after Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card. He served the first match of his suspension as Atletico completed a 2-1 aggregate win on Thursday.

It is not the first time that the Argentine, who was also fined 10,000 euros (£8,800), has been in trouble.

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Arsene Wenger ‘very sad to leave the club’ after Europa League exit

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he is “very sad to leave the club with this exit” after the Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League by Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

Wenger’s hopes of ending his 22-year reign with at trophy ended with a 1-0 loss that put Atletico through to the final with a 2-1 aggregate score.

It means Arsenal’s season is effectively over, as the three remaining Premier League games will only determine whether the team finishes sixth or seventh — their worst-ever campaign under Wenger.

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Arsene Wenger Insists Arsenal Can Complete Mission Impossible In Madrid

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can complete mission impossible in Madrid next week despite leaving themselves with an uphill struggle to reach the Europa League final.

Alexandre Lacazette’s opener put Arsenal on course for a vital win only for a comedy of defensive errors to allow Antoine Griezmann to fire home a late equaliser, and crucially an away goal.

Having played against 10 men for over 80 minutes following Sime Vrsaljko’s early dismissal; the Gunners carved out a host of opportunities to take a convincing lead into Thursday’s second leg.