Arsenal Draws CSKA Moscow In Europa League Last

London club Arsenal be trashing it out against CSKA in the Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.

There was an all Iberian cast in another eye-catching quarter-final draw as capital outfits Atletico Madrid, who many see as the figure head to the title, drew Sporting Lisbon.

Former European champions Marseille will challenge the rising German force RB Leipzig, while exciting Italian outfit Lazio face the draw’s minnows Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, who knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the last round.

All the matches will be played on the same day with the first leg coming on April 5 and the return a week later on April 12.

Arsenal Stars Want Henry

Arsene Wenger has been told by senior Arsenal players to employ the services of Thierry Henry for the final months of the season, reports say.

Henry has been fantastic in his role as Belgium assistant coach and Arsenal’s biggest stars are passionate and hungry for some kind of change at the club.

A 2-0 away win at AC Milan in the Europa League has helped reduced concerns after four defeats in a row for Wenger’s side.

But, the turmoil is far from over at the Emirates and Wenger’s players want Henry to come in and freshen up training, reports say.

Henry has coached the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne in the Belgium set-up and Arsenal’s key players are convinced the former Gunner can help them rediscover their form.

Arsenal must win the Europa League to claim a spot in the Champions League, with the Londoners currently languishing sixth in the Premier League table and 11 points off fourth place.

Henry has already made it clear he would jump at the chance to join Arsenal’s coaching ranks, but Wenger has resisted his pleas in the past.

Wenger is confident he, and he alone, can turn his side around and it may be a battle to convince the Frenchman to bring Henry in.

However, Josh Kroenke, the son of major shareholder Stan, is a massive fan of Henry and may use his growing influence at the club to hire Henry.

Wenger is set to keep his job until the end of the season, but there is now a serious possibility the 68-year-old will be forced out of the club in the summer.

Arsenal are on the hunt for a fresh manager, which would end a remarkable 22-year reign for Wenger at the club.

The Gunners face Watford on Sunday looking for their first win in the league since the start of February

Arsenal Should Let Go Of Wenger, Says Ian Wright

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has called on cried out to  Arsene Wenger to step down as reports suggest his replacement task has already begun.

The Frenchman, under contract at the Emirates until 2019, is under a growing pressure following a devastating performance in Sunday’s 3-0 League Cup defeat against Manchester City their sixth loss in 12 games this year.

Arsenal are 10 points below a fourth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League and look likely to miss out on Champions League football for the second time

“There are excuses (from Wenger) and he is mollycoddling a team,” Wright told BBC radio.

“Whether he stays at the end of this season, I could not make a case. I am not sure anyone can. This development of mediocrity has to be arrested.”

Wright also had harsh words for American owner Stan Kroenke.

“The owner has to take a lot of blame for this,” he said. “Kroenke does not care. If he cared, Wenger would not have got a two-year deal.

“Everyone else can start to see that is it getting to a point where Wenger needs to go. The owner has to be here, find out what is happening, how is this working, what are we going to do, how are  we going to get back to where the fans want us to be.

“The fans have been saying it for years but no-one is paying any attention to them. The owner has not done anything and has given Wenger carte blanche to carry on.”

Wright’s comments follow stinging assessments from the club’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry and former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville, who labelled Arsenal’s performance against City “spineless”.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that Wenger’s position would be reviewed at the end of the season but said that Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim and former captain Mikel Arteta were among replacements being considered.

The Sun said Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, Arteta and Germany head coach Joachim Loew were at the head of a seven-man list.

Henry, 40, who is a member of Belgium’s coaching staff, said after the Wembley defeat on Sunday that it would be a “dream” for him to manage Arsenal one day.

But Wright urged caution over appointing the man who overtook him as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

“Arsenal are not in a position where they can go from someone like Arsene Wenger, who we love so much, yet who you mention to some people in the fan base and their faces screw up.

“They are so angry. I would not want that to happen to Thierry, because he has taken the job straight after Wenger.”

Arsenal Draw AcMilan In Europa League  Round Of 16

Arsene Wenger’s side have reached the next round of the competition despite losing 2-1 at home against Ostersunds on Thursday evening. They won the away leg 3-0.

The Gunners were the last team drawn from the pot on Friday afternoon, meaning they will be the away side in the first leg of their tie. AC Milan also ,oved to the last-16 with a 4-0 aggregate win against Ludogorets.

The first-leg at the San Siro will take place on March 8, kicking off at 6pm UK time, while Milan travels to the Emirate a week later on march 15

Arsenal’s most recent European meeting with AC Milan saw them exit the competition with a 4-3 loss on aggregate in the 2011-2012 edition of the Champions League.

Milan are led by Gennaro Gattuso, the former midfield general who has been handed the manager’s role despite a lack of experience at the top level.

Gattuso famously clashed with then-Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan when his Milan side took on Spurs in the Champions League in 2011.

He headbutted the former Manchester United and Leeds player during a touchline row.

Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s best hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season. They are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.

Even more notable was the sort of players they were signing. Leonardo Bonucci, a €42m addition from Juventus, saw them sign one of the most coveted defenders in Europe, snapping him up from a rival to boot.

It seemed as though this apparently newly moneyed side had everything going for them.

That said, doubts arose very early on about the new owners of the club and there were suggestions that the funding was not really there. Bonucci’s transfer was temporarily held up and there was a delay in him making his debut as a result.

But it was still a shock when they were heavily off the pace by the end of November. A 0-0 draw against Torino meant they were 18 points behind leaders Napoli and had no hope of challenging them.

That ended Vincenzo Montella’s time in the dugout. He was quickly replaced by Gennaro Gattuso.

Absolutely. The former Milan midfielder was in charge of the club’s Primavera youth team when he was given the call.

Known more for his fury than any coaching nous, he left Pisa twice in the space of a year. He also tendered his resignation while in charge of Crete and left Sion, the first club he managed, after just four months.

This is not, on paper, the manager to lead you to a Champions League berth.

He has played Giacomo Bonaventura, which is different to Montella. His use of four at the back in some games has made Milan more solid.

And his manner on the touchline means they have been given a bounce — Montella was a bit disconnected from on-field matters.

In a surprising choice, Fabio Borini has been given a chance up front, rather than as a left wing-back. That has worked for Milan.

In the main, though, he has been picking many of the same players that his predecessor did. And they are in the same position they were under Montella — seventh.

Gattuso is well-aware that he demands a lot of his players and spends a lot of time screaming at them.

So he has come up with an unconventional way of motivating them after a good result. The club legend stands in the middle of the team and allows his players to slap him on the head.

His explanation? ‘I do it to make the players happy.

‘There are one or two who won’t get into the team, and so they start to look at me funny.

‘In that moment there, they have the chance to give me a clip round the ear.

‘I go and stand in the middle of the huddle and that way I make sure no one tries to hit me in the changing room.’

It has been decent while not being particularly spectacular.

They have not lost a game since December, a run of 11 games without defeat for the San Siro club.

And they have won each of their last four games, including tricky away visits to Spal and Ludogorets.

But, as mentioned before, it has not been good enough to see them climb up the league under Gattuso. It is, though, more solid than Europa League opponents Arsenal.

Patrick Cutrone, who made his debut at the end of last season, has impressed after being given opportunities. The 20-year-old striker has scored five goals in his 18 games. A double against Spal earlier this month has upped his reputation even further.

Giacomo Bonaventura has been restored to the starting line-up under Gattuso. The 28-year-old midfielder repaid the manager’s faith with a winning goal against Sampdoria.

Suso, the former Liverpool winger, has flattered to deceive since joining Milan. But he has been in excellent form under Gattuso, scoring a stunning long-range against Udinese.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was one of the best young players in Europe last season but has struggled under the weight of pressure this time out. Has feuded with the Milan fans amid suggestions he’s keen to leave the San Siro.

Ricardo Rodriguez cost the club €17m in the summer, arriving as one of Europe’s most coveted left-backs. He has not lived up to his reputation and has only played in two of the last four games.

Lucas Biglia is another player who came in with a big reputation. Has not been up to his usual level, providing no assists all season and scoring just once.

Arsenal Moves Into The Round Of 16 Despite Loss At Home

Two quickfire first-half goals gave Swedish minnows Ostersunds hope of a sensational comeback at the Emirates, but Sead Kolasinac’s goal just after the interval saw Arsenal go on a 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds.

The north London giants move into Friday’s last-16 draw, but Ostersundstakes all the credits for a display of bravery and quality.

“At 2-0 we thought we had a chance. We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle,” Ostersunds coach Graham Potter said.

Having cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal appeared complacent and were caught out by the vibrant visitors to the Emirates.

Midfielder Hosam Aiesh capped off a slick move for the underdogs to pull one back in the 22nd minute, running onto Saman Ghoddos’ through ball and slotting into the corner with the aid of a deflection off Calum Chambers.

The hapless Arsenal centre-back was caught out just 69 seconds later as the home fans were left stunned, with winger Ken Sema spinning Chambers and drilling a low finish past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina.

Potter may have been thinking back to his side’s missed injury-time penalty in the first-leg 3-0 loss, but they continued to press as Arsenal laboured.

The Premier League side made it to half-time with a 3-2 aggregate lead intact, but were booed off the field by their own supporters.

Unsurprisingly, Wenger’s men were much-improved after the break and left-back Kolasinac capitalised on uncertainty in the Ostersunds defence to hammer home with his weaker right foot.

But instead of building on that goal, Arsenal continued to be largely outplayed by their unheralded opposition, with Ghoddos and Curtis Edwards both going close to restoring the two-goal cushion.

The Swedes ran out of legs as their continental adventure came to an end with a famous victory, but Arsenal were left facing plenty of questions ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City.

“We were nowhere near it and not good enough,” said Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

“We are through and that is all that counts. We will see who we get tomorrow and refocus on the big game on Sunday.”

Arsenal Announce Record Shirt Contract With Emirates

Arsenal announced the club’s biggest-ever sponsorship contract on Monday, extending their shirt collaboration with Dubai based airline Emirate by 5 years.

The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which officially started its  sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would keep featuring  on the training kit and shirt of all of their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.

“Our shirt partnership is the longest-running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” said Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of the club, who have not given a figure for the deal.

“This mutual commitment is a testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship.”

“Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a club, make them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand.

“As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.”

Emirates also has naming rights to the stadium until 2021.

Mkhitaryan: Arsenal Can Win Europa League Trophy

Henrikh Mkhitaryan said Arsenal are good enough as favorites to win the Europa league Throphy

Arsenal had a  3-0 away win in their first leg of the round of 32 clash against Swedish club Oestersunds on Thursday night.

Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil were on the score sheet and an own goal from Sotrios Papagiannopolos sealed the win for Arsenal.

“Why not?” Mkhitaryan responded to Reuters when asked if Arsenal can emerge champions of the Europa League.

“We have to keep fighting, we have to win every game and then at the end, we’ll see where we’re at.”

The Armenian, who won the Europa League with Manchester United last season, also said that the Premier League side could not afford to rest key players for the return leg against Ostersunds, ahead of the League Cup final against Manchester City on Feb. 25, despite being in prime position to seal a last 16 spot.


“We have to focus in every game. It doesn’t matter if we have got a good result or not. We have to win in every game to get more confidence and to have better success,” the 29-year-old said.


“It doesn’t matter who we are going to play after the second leg, yes, we have a game in the cup final but we have to play with the same team, I think, and to win at home.”

Arsenal Signs Aubameyang From Dortmund

Dortmund announced the news on their Twitter account on Wednesday, before Arsenal then shared a series of pictures of Aubameyang posing in the club’s home kit, pulling a variety of animated poses. He is presently the highest paid player in the club with a three years contract.

The 28-year-old striker is involved in a merry-go-round that will see Olivier Giroud leave Arsenal  for Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi quitting Chelsea to replace Aubameyang at Dortmund.

But Aubameyang having being a subject of ill-mannered behavior brings with him the reputations.  A statement from Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc alluded to the recent problems, saying: ‘Apart from the unpleasant events of recent weeks, we like to remember that the story of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB for more than four years was a single success story.

‘He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund at this time, scored many important goals and is part of the team that brought the DFB Cup to Dortmund in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.’

He has found himself in hot water at Dortmund in recent times as he pushed for a transfer away from the club

The move for the explosive striker has been driven by Arsenal’s recently-appointed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Aubameyang does not fit the usual profile of player the Gunners have tried to sign in recent years.

At 28, he is likely to have little resale value. Similarly, his sometimes criticised attitude represents a shift from the type of personality the club have targeted under Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager and chief executive Ivan Gazidis arrived at their London Colney training ground on Wednesday morning as they tied up the Aubameyang deal.

Wenger appeared in serious mood as he drove in just hours after his side’s humiliating 3-1 defeat at struggling Swansea.

But the boss may well have a smile back on his face after completing the impressive signing of a striker who has excelled in the Bundesliga. He scored 141 goals in 212 appearances for Dortmund.

Aubameyang was spotted leaving Dortmund Airport on Tuesday, gathering his belongings from a gold Range Rover before heading towards a back entrance.

The Gabon international then flew to Luton Airport on a private jet, accompanied by his father Pierre and his brothers Catilina and Willy, to finalise the move.

After touching down in England, he headed to Arsenal’s training ground and was spotted arriving at the London Colney base where he then had his medical.



Arsenal  Desperate For Carabao Cup Success

Arsenal on Wednesday will take on Chelsea in the return leg of the Carabao cup. The winner takes on Manchester City who are already in the finals.

Arsene Wenger who has not taken the tournament seriously has  has reasons to actually go in with all hands on deck to make sure he wins the cup

86 first-team debuts in the League Cup has been handed out by Arsene Wenger during his time as the boss in Arsenal. It started with Alex Manninger, Matthew Upson, Alberto Mendez and Paolo Vernazza in a third-round win over Birmingham City in October 1997. It continued with academy graduates Josh Dasilva, Joe Wilock, Matt Macey and Ben Sheaf this season.

Wenger’s League Cup selection policy has launched some fantastic careers, with Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin the most notable names among the 86, but it also reflects a level of indifference towards the competition. Wenger has always seen the League Cup as little more than an inconvenience; an inconsequential trophy which clogs up the fixture list.

This season, however, it has taken on new significance. Wenger persisted with his rotation policy up until Arsenal’s quarter-final with West Ham, but there was a different feel to the side which faced Chelsea in the first leg of the semi-final. Alexis Sanchez was left on the bench amid speculation over his future and Petr Cech was rested for David Ospina, but otherwise the team was at full-strength.

Having come away from Stamford Bridge with a goalless draw, Wenger’s selection will be similarly strong at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Sanchez is gone and his replacement Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied, but Mesut Ozil will come back into the team and so too might the previously injured Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey.

The circumstances dictate that Arsenal can ill-afford to gamble. Wenger has never won the League Cup and only reached the final twice in his 19 full seasons in charge, but a failure to treat Wednesday’s game as a priority would be difficult for disillusioned supporters to stomach.


Ex-Arsenal Player, Emmanuel Eboue, Broke, Can’t Afford Washing Machine, Sleeps On Floor

Former Arsenal defender, Emmanuel Eboue, cannot afford a washing machine and sleeps on the floor in a friend’s place after suffering a dip in fortunes.

The Ivory Coast’s former player pocketed millions of pounds per year while plying his trade in England, but in a bare-all and heart wrenching interview with The Mirror, the 34-year-old revealed he had been pushed to the brink of suicide.

Apart from sleeping on the floor of a friend’s home, Eboue – who also played for Galatasaray and Sunderland, claimed he dodges court ­bailiffs on a daily basis.

How did Eboue’s fortune changed? The right back, who is currently unable to play football because of ill-health, lost all his assets to his wife Aurelie after a divorce battle.

He was ordered by a judge to transfer his home to Aurelie, so the former Arsenal defender has since hidden from bailiffs for three weeks.

“I can’t afford the money to continue to have any lawyer or barrister. I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come.” Eboue told The Mirror.

“Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.”

To add to his woes, the 34-year-old has not seen his children since June. Not to mention the fact that his grandfather Amadou Bertin, who raised him throughout his life, died in October.

Eboue spoke about being naive and has warned other young African footballers to learn from the mistakes he made:

“I look back and say ­’Emmanuel, you have been naive… why didn’t you think about that before?’ It is hard. Very, very hard. The money I earned, I sent it to my wife for our children.” Eboue said.

“In Turkey I earned eight million euros. I sent seven million back home. Whatever she tells me to sign, I sign.

“She is my wife. The problems with FIFA were because of people advising me. People who are supposed to care. But it was because of them FIFA banned me.”


Messi Rates Ozil Ahead Of Coutinho

Barcelona ace Leo Messi rates Arsenal attacker Mesut Ozil ahead of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Both attackers have been linked with Barca ahead of the January market.

And Don Balon says Messi has told Barca chiefs to consider signing Ozil next summer instead of Philippe Coutinho.

Messi feels Ozil would be a smarter buy compared to the Liverpool playmaker.

The German is off contract in June and still to settle on new terms with the Gunners.

Liverpool, meanwhile, rejected three bids from Barca in the summer for Coutinho, 25, and rate him at €200m.