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Arsenal learning knockout football lessons from Europa League master Emery

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 03:49:00 GMT

NAPLES, Italy -- The final hour of this tie was played out amid what, by this arena's standards, was near silence. As the last 20 minutes drew in, the population of Stadio San Paolo's famous "Curvas" thinned out to a fraction of their capacity. Think about what those two sentences mean. They mean that Arsenal came to one of the most feared venues in Europe, faced down a Napoli side that had been strongly tipped to overturn a two-goal deficit, and killed this quarterfinal stone dead against all expectation....

Transfer Talk: Arsenal target Ajax winger David Neres after Juventus win

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:59:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Arsenal eye Ajax winger David Neres Ajax have stunned the world with their run to the Champions League semifinals and now winger David Neres has attracted the interest of Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future With manager Unai Emery keen to add some width...

Unai Emery, Arsenal need to settle on a 'Plan A' and identity to progress forward

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 03:32:00 GMT

Arsenal secured their first clean sheet away from home this Premier League season and soared back into the top four with a 1-0 win over 10-man Watford. ESPN FC's Craig Burley delves into Arsenal's poor form on the road this season, after narrowly escaping 10-man Watford with three points. On the face of it, this was an excellent night for Arsenal -- three points, back into the top four, and at long last, a clean sheet away from home. But this was a hugely disappointing performance, especially when Arsenal's two matchwinners here were actually opposition players. Ben Foster's dawdling when attempting to clear a back pass resulted in him thumping the ball against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and into his own net for the lone goal. Moments later, Watford captain Troy Deeney needlessly...

Aubameyang scores, Mkhitaryan flounders as Arsenal ride fortune at 10-man Watford

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:24:00 GMT

Arsenal secured their first clean sheet away from home this Premier League season and soared back into the top four with a 1-0 win over 10-man Watford. Arsenal clung on to a 1-0 win against 10-man Watford to climb back into the Champions League places. Watford were the architects of their own downfall after a huge Ben Foster error to gift Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the game's only goal was swiftly followed by a Troy Deeney red card. Positives It will be a huge relief for Arsenal to have finally recorded their first clean sheet on their travels this season. They owe plenty to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who came off the bench to produce a brilliant...

Weekend numbers: Paul Pogba's best-ever season, Raheem Sterling's magic touch

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:30:00 GMT

The race for the 2018-19 Premier League crown promises to go down to the proverbial wire. A Raheem Sterling brace set up Manchester City's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Liverpool responded with a thrilling 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield. Brilliant stuff. Lower down in the table, Manchester United eked out a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford to stay in contention for a top four spot.  Meanwhile, across continental Europe, two giants of the game squandered chances to seal their respective...

LIVE: Transfer Talk: Arsenal could be the next stop for Lille star Pepe

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 06:00:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Man United move for Eriksen | Arsenal eye Alderweireld--> TOP STORY: Pepe is off, and could join Arsenal Nicolas Pepe is set to leave Lille at the end of the season, but where will he be heading? Although the answer remains unclear, the Sun reports that Lille are resigned...

U-17 Afcon: Will another Kelechi Iheanacho, or two, be unearthed?

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 04:50:00 GMT

The Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Sunday, as the continent's finest young players compete for the prestigious youth title over two weeks in Tanzania. Age-grade competitions are taken particularly seriously in Africa, and the Under-17 Afcon has, over the years, offered a first glimpse of some of the continent's brightest young talents. Nigerian starlets Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali, and Kelechi Iheanacho all burst into the wider public consciousness during the competition, and are...

Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Torreira lead Arsenal's attack from midfield vs. Napoli

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 03:40:00 GMT

The openness of Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Napoli can be reflected by the fact that both sides will feel disappointed they did not get more out of this Europa League quarterfinal first leg. The home side had chances to extend their advantage and put the tie out of reach, while Napoli wasted presentable opportunities after recovering from a dreadful start. But that it is advantage Arsenal, ahead of the return in Naples next Thursday, is due to the electric start they made to the contest and, in particular,...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi 335, Mo Salah 50, Lewandowski 200

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 06:28:00 GMT

Manchester City's pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple is entering its final leg -- they strolled to a 1-0 win over Brighton to book a place in the FA Cup final. Joining them there are Watford, who staged a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to win their semifinal against Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in extra time. In the Premier League, Liverpool fought back from a goal down to beat Southampton away, and moved two points clear at the top. Meanwhile, Arsenal's quest for a top four spot...

With defeat at Everton, Arsenal's dismal away form could cost them top-four place

Sun, 7 Apr 2019 09:48:00 GMT

Everton hand Arsenal a 1-0 defeat, leaving them clinging to the 4th spot in the table by goal differential alone. Following Arsenal's defeat at Everton, ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno express their concerns with Arsenal's top-four push. LIVERPOOL, England -- It turns out that old habits die hard. Arsenal would have put themselves resoundingly in the driver's seat for a top-four place if they had won at Everton, but instead produced a reminder of every possible reason to doubt them by falling to a 1-0 defeat. This was a listless, lifeless non-performance and it is far from the first time that can be said for their away displays. Their form on the road is a grave problem and, unless it is rectified in the next month, Champions...

Kolasinac, Monreal and Sokratis all struggle as Arsenal fall at Everton

Sun, 7 Apr 2019 08:24:00 GMT

Everton hand Arsenal a 1-0 defeat, leaving them clinging to the 4th spot in the table by goal differential alone. Arsenal's top-four hopes suffered a blow with a 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. A goal from Phil Jagielka -- who only came into the starting XI because of an injury sustained by Michael Keane during the warm-up -- consigned the Gunners to a damaging defeat. Positives There wasn't much to enjoy in this Arsenal performance. Arguably the best outfield contributions came from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi. Perhaps some solace can be derived from another good performance...

W2W4: Arsenal must fix away form; Watford, Wolves target Wembley return

Fri, 5 Apr 2019 12:02:00 GMT

The Premier League is cming to an exciting conclusion and the FA Cup has reached the semifinal stage. With the business end of the season upon us, Nick Miller lays out the weekend's biggest storylines. PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal need to sort out their away form There's an air of cautious optimism around Arsenal at the moment. They have already matched last season's points total and have a strong chance of making the top four after two seasons out of it. Tottenham look tired, Manchester United are wobbling...

Why Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United will -- and will not -- finish in the top four

Thu, 4 Apr 2019 03:24:00 GMT

The Premier League title race between Manchester City and Liverpool is alive and well -- but coming just behind them, things are equally fascinating in the battle for the top-four places. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); A couple of months ago, it seemed Manchester United were huge outsiders for a Champions League place. A couple of weeks ago, it seemed Tottenham were nailed-on for one of those slots, with Chelsea and Arsenal battling it out for the final place. But suddenly, the field has tightened up considerably. United's...

Premier League status report: How will rest of 2018-19 season play out?

Tue, 2 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMT

Following Mohamed Salah's response to his critics, ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains what's missing from the Liverpool forward's game this campaign. Now that we're in the final dash to the line in the Premier League, who can keep a cool head in a crisis? Which teams can perform when the heat is turned up? Who might falter unexpectedly? With all those questions in mind, and more, Ian Darke takes a club-by-club look at the league to help you decide how the rest of 2018-19 will pan out. 1. Liverpool | 79 points | 32 games played The Reds are looking far from fluent, but they've still been beaten only once all season, and are getting the...

Good times coming back to Arsenal after win over Newcastle takes them to third

Mon, 1 Apr 2019 03:50:00 GMT

Alejandro Moreno and Craig Burley explain why Arsenal's progress in Unai Emery's first season has them set up for long-term success. LONDON -- With about 20 minutes left of Arsenal's 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday, Shkodran Mustafi collected the ball on the right wing and, with two forwards in the box to aim for, lined up his cross, carefully pulled his foot back and shanked the ball high into the North Bank. Mustafi, a high-wire footballer who always introduces an element of peril into Arsenal games with the knowledge that a buffoonish error is always just around the corner, must have braced himself for the home crowd's...

Transfer Talk: Man United on alert as Varane 'considers new challenge'

Mon, 1 Apr 2019 03:35:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol delves into the latest transfer rumours surrounding Raphael Varane, Gabriel Jesus, Toby Alderweireld and plenty more. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: United on alert as Varane 'considers new challenge' Raphael Varane is thinking about leaving Real Madrid -- and that has put Manchester United on alert, according to the Mail. It reports that football agent Bruno Satin said he had spoken to Anthony Varane, the defender's...

Weekend numbers: Jadon Sancho overtakes Lionel Messi; Christian Eriksen equals David Beckham

Mon, 1 Apr 2019 02:21:00 GMT

The return of club football coincided with the real Lionel Messi standing up, inspiring Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Espanyol with a brace, maintaining a 10-point gap at the top of the table. Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid were almost embarrassed by bottom-placed Huesca, Karim Benzema's 89th-minute goal saw them pinch it 3-2. Liverpool opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester City, though, do have a game in hand...

Way-too-early look at next season: Real Madrid land Mbappe, Sancho to Man United?

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 01:35:00 GMT

The 2018-19 season isn't over yet, but with the international break upon us, we thought it would be a good time to look ahead to next season. Here, our writers and correspondents give their predictions for what will happen over the summer and how Europe's biggest teams will line up for their first game. Premier League MAN CITY -- Jonathan Smith Who will be signed? The spectre of a potential transfer ban is hanging over Manchester City. It's possible that they may be busy in this summer's...

Alex Iwobi's movement and link play essential to Arsenal's rebuilding process

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 02:17:00 GMT

Alex Iwobi has only five goals and six assists in 38 appearances, but his value is about more than goals and assists. Football is very good at comparing young footballers to previous greats -- there's a desperation to look for the next Diego Maradona, the next Thierry Henry, the next Cristiano Ronaldo. But what happens when a footballer comes along who doesn't quite fit an obvious template? Well, the simple answer is that such players' talents aren't always appreciated. Step up Alex Iwobi, Arsenal's Nigeria international who isn't really a winger, a central midfielder or a No. 10 and isn't particularly prolific...

By the numbers: Messi's 51st hat-trick, Salah's long scoreless streak

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:32:00 GMT

Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis. There's Lionel Messi, and then there's the rest. The weekend's football in Europe seemed to suggest so, although one must put this helpful caveat: Juventus gave Cristiano Ronaldo the weekend off. Here are the best numbers from the weekend: 33 Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis, also his 45th hat-trick for Barcelona across all competitions. He also has six hat-tricks for the Argentina national team, taking his overall tally in competitive...


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