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Ramsey’s status uncertain for Arsenal in Carabao Cup final

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Europa League position gives Wenger opportunity to test youth

Arsene Wenger says winning Europa League is not how Arsenal want to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsene Wenger hasn’t ruled out Aaron Ramsey for the Carabao Cup final and remains hopeful the midfielder will be available against Man City. Arsenal take on Östersunds FK at the Emirates on Thursday from a strong position. They won the first Europa League leg in Sweden 3-0 and it means that Arsene Wenger can rotate his squad with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final in mind. While still taking the game seriously to avoid what he calls a “bad surprise,” he will want to keep his key players fresh. That...

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey out; Danny Welbeck, David Ospina to start for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. LONDON — Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenal’s Europa League match against Ostersunds, but Arsene Wenger is hopeful they will both be fit for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final. Ozil and Ramsey both trained at London Colney on Wednesday, but Wenger said the German playmaker struggled with an illness earlier this week while the Wales international is just returning from a groin injury. Wenger said Ozil should be available against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, while he has “not ruled out” Ramsey. “He [Ozil] was in bed Monday, Tuesday for sickness,” he said. “I would certainl...

Arsenal’s Petr Cech ‘doesn’t expect to play’ Carabao Cup final vs. Man City

Arsenal took advantage of some woeful defensive errors to brush aside Ostersunds and put one foot into the Europa League round of 16. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsenal took advantage of some woeful defensive errors to brush aside Ostersunds and put one foot into the Europa League round of 16. Petr Cech expects to be on the bench for the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City with David Ospina set to continue in goal. Ospina has played in every round of the competition this season and will not lose his place to Arsenal’s No. 1 at Wembley. Cech, 35, has won the League Cup three times with Chelsea in the past but a winners’ medal this year wil...

Arsenal need to rest starters for Sunday, play the kids vs. Ostersunds

With the Carabao Cup final set for Sunday, Arsene Wenger must be smart and rest his starters Thursday vs Ostersunds. Arsenal have two cup games on the agenda this week, although you wouldn’t know it if you were going on the conversation among Gunners supporters. The fixture against Ostersunds is passing almost without mention, as eyes and tongues understandably focus on Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. It’s clear where the fans’ focus is, and Arsene Wenger should follow suit. With just a few days between the two games, there is no need to risk the first team in the Europa League. This is the definition of a meaningless contest. Arsenal got the job done in the first leg, coming through with a comfortable 3-0 win. The Gunners deserve considerable cr...

Arsene Wenger: Pep Guardiola visited me as he targeted Arsenal move

Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsenal took advantage of some woeful defensive errors to brush aside Ostersunds and put one foot into the Europa League round of 16. Arsene Wenger has said Pep Guardiola visited his house during his time as a player because he wanted to move to Arsenal. Wenger and Guardiola face each other in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday as the Gunners take on Manchester City at Wembley. The Arsenal manager told beIN SPORTS that Guardiola could have played for the Londoners after his time as a Barcelona midfielder had come to an end. “I talked to him a few times, and once he came to my house when he was a player because he wanted to pla...

Arsenal need of new blood and summer could bring major changes

Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side in their comprehensive victory. Though there’s plenty of this season left to run and Arsenal still have the chance to procure silverware from two competitions (Carabao Cup and Europa League), the summer of 2018 is bound to be in the planning stages at this point. It remains to be seen if Arsene Wenger will be the man in charge of the team. Success — or indeed lack of it — could see him depart with 12 months of his contract remaining, although he last week signalled his intention to see out the duration of his deal. January saw the Gunners do some serious business to revamp their attacking lineup. Out went Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, replaced by Pierre-Emerick ...

Transfer Rater: Chelsea-City swap deal for Aguero?

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Arsenal sign biggest-ever sponsorship deal with Emirates

Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsenal have extended their shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates until 2024, calling it the largest commercial contract in the club’s history. Emirates have been Arsenal’s shirt sponsor since 2006 and the current deal runs until 2019. The latest five-year extension “is the largest sponsorship deal ever signed by the club,” Arsenal said in a statement. While the club didn’t disclose the value of the deal, it should exceed the £150 million five-year deal they signed with Puma in 2014. “Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world...

Alexis Sanchez’s demands often ‘too much’ at Arsenal – Hector Bellerin

ESPN FC’s Ale Moreno feels Alexis Sanchez will attract more attention from defenders, which will then allow Romelu Lukaku more space in the attack. Jose Mourinho explains how important it was for Alexis Sanchez to get among the goals for Man United. Hector Bellerin has admitted that Alexis Sanchez’s demanding attitude could be “too much” for his teammates at times, but downplayed talk about a dressing room divide over the Chilean. Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in January after refusing to sign a new contract with the club, in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way. Sanchez’s attitude had been widely questioned after he struggled to reach his top form during the first half of the season, and Bellerin was asked during a recent Q&A s...

Malcom set to decide on Prem move as Arsenal, Man United, Spurs watch on

ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner takes a look at the latest transfer rumours surrounding the likes of Jack Wilshere, Emre Can, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and more. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target Malcom has told Brazilian media he will leave Bordeaux in the summer and “will choose my next club” soon. Malcom, 20, was linked with United before they bought Alexis Sanchez, and to Arsenal after they had sold the Chile international. ESPN FC sources also revealed that Tottenham had met the player’s representatives last month and had made him a transfer target for the summer. Bordeaux would not sell the forward in the winter window, but have told their top scorer he can go at the end of the campaign. “I already said I wanted to leave this winter for a new chall...

Unsung Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny earn top marks for Arsenal at Ostersunds

Arsenal took advantage of some woeful defensive errors to brush aside Ostersunds and put one foot into the Europa League round of 16. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsenal’s Europa League campaign this season might best be described as functional. There’s been little out of the ordinary, and despite a 3-0 win in Sweden on Thursday night — their first away from home in 2018 — ordinary seems a good way to sum up the performance. These looked like players going through the motions, and although some might point to the conditions, it was a bit cold; and the pitch, it was a bit artificial, they rarely got out of first gear. So much so that ...