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Arsenal draw Slavia Prague in Europa League quarter-finals
Arsenal will face Slavia Prague in the Uefa Europa League quarter-finals after the Czech champions eliminated Ranger in last-16 of the competitions.
The Gunners booked their place in the competition’s last eight with a 3-2 victory on aggregate despite losing 1-0 to the Greek champions at the Emirates stadium last night.
The Czech side have already beaten two British sides to get to this stage of the competition after beating Leicester in the Round of 32 and Rangers in the Round of 16, means Mikel Arteta’s side need to vergence when play host to them on April 8th before travelling to the Sinobo Stadium in Prague on April 15th.
Should Arsenal able to get beyond that stage they will then face either Spurs’ conquerors Dynamo Zagreb or Unai Emery’s Villareal in the semi finals of the Europa League.
Those ties are set to be played on the 29th of April and the 6th of May, with the final after that taking place in Gdansk on May 26th.
Arsenal could have been drawn against any one of Dynamo Zagreb, Granada, Ajax, Roma, Manchester United or Villareal and will be relatively happy with the draw considering the circumstances.
Fellow English side Manchester United will be relatively pleased after drawing Spanish side Granada in the quarter finals stage of the competitions.
Arsenal back in for Feyenoord attacking midfielder Orkun Kokcu
Arsenal are reportedly back in the mix to sign midfielder Orkun Kokcu after Feyenoord agreed to lower their asking price for the 20-year-old playmaker.
Kokcu, who made impressive breakthrough into Feyenoord first-team last season, heavily linked with a move Arsenal last summer, but the deal put off due to his £23million valuation.
However, according to Spanish outlet La Razon suggest that the 20-year-old playmaker could now be available for as little as £10m, as Feyenoord need to ease their financial problems.
The reports explain in details that, Leicester City and Leeds United included La Liga club Sevilla also credited with an interest in signing Kokcu, who scored two goals and an assist in 22 Eredivisie and Europa League games this season.
Arsenal-linked Abdallah Sima wins MOTM in Slavia Europa League win over Rangers
Arsenal transfer target Abdallah Sima has delivered superb display in his side 2-0 win over Rangers last night, winning the Man of the Match award despite playing in a new position.
Sima, 19, enjoying a superb season at Slavia Prague, with 19 goals and six assists under his belt from 33 games in all competitions.
His standout performances attracted interest from Arsenal, who compared him as club legend Thierry Henry. Even earlier this month, Slovakian coach Dusan Vrto told the Talking Fitbaw podcast: ‘Teams like Arsenal are interested in him, Barcelona also are interested, he’s a very, very talented player.’
Normally deployed on the right side of attack, Slavia Prague head coach Jindrich Trpisovsky opted to name Sima as the No. 9 in a 4-2-3-1 formation in the Europa League last-16 second leg against Rangers.
It proved an inspired decision as Sima did amazingly well, helping his side to a shock 2-0 victory at Ibrox to win 3-1 on aggregate and reach the quarter-finals of the competitions.
Indeed, he won the Man of the Match award, with BBC Sport reporting: ‘he showed an elegance in possession in both legs, gliding over the pitch and posing a serious threat’.
Speaking to iSport earlier this month, Slavia president Jaroslaw Tvrdik said Sima is free to leave in the summer, but only if they receive an offer in excess of £20million.
Mikel Arteta admits Saka remains a doubt for upcoming Arsenal fixture included England’s international match
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that Bukayo Saka doubt for upcoming Gunners fixture included England’s international matches next weekend.
The 19-year-old limped out in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over last weekend, and missed Thursday’s Europa League second-half tie with Greek champions, despite appeared at London Colney training based on Wednesday.
However, ahead of trip London stadium for mouthwatering encounter with West Ham United, it’s likely that the England star will miss out again while also doubt for Three Lions three World Cup qualifiers, according to Mikel Arteta.
England will play against San Marino, Albania and Poland in their opening three group games, but they may well have to do so without Bukayo Saka, who regarded as Arsenal’s best player so far this season, with six goals and six assists across all the competitions.
‘We don’t know, it depends how he feels in the next few days,’ Arteta told a post-match press conference.
We spoke yesterday, he wasn’t near ready to be involved for today. We made the decision.
‘We will make the decision for Sunday against West Ham and then we will talk with the doctors and the national team to decide what we do.’
Meanwhile, today is the birthday of Hector Bellerin, who plays as right-back or wing back for Premier League giants Arsenal and the Spain national team.
Bellerin, who born on March 19th 1995, started his career at Barcelona before switched to London club in summer 2011, he then signed his first professional contract the following year.
He made his competitive debut away to West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the League Cup on 25 September 2013, coming on in the 95th minute as a substitute for Mikel Arteta in a penalty shootout victory after 1-1 draw.
Since made breakthrough into first-team in 2014/15 campaign, Bellerin has become ‘phenomenal’ for London club, in term of defence, goals and assists.
He claimed three FA Cup included three Community Shield included PFA Team of the Year of 2015/16 campaign.