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Arsenal Team News vs Slavia Prague: Saka, Smith-Rowe, Partey, Xhaka & Martinelli

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Mikel Arteta & co. trip to the city of Praha in Czech Republic to take on Slavia Prague in the second-leg of their Uefa Europa League quarter-final at Sinobo Stadium.

The Gunners, who made impressive return to winning ways in domestic league, with 3-0 defeat Sheffield United on Sunday evening at Bramall Lane, head into the game aiming of progress to the semi-finals of the Uefa Europa League.

With miserable form in the Premier League, in which saw Mikel Arteta’s side sitting in ninth position on league standings, their hope of qualifying for European competitions next season now base on claimed Europa League title this season.

Mikel Arteta’s men, who already find themselves narrowly behind after the first-leg, albeit on away goals, drawing 1-1 conceding in stoppage time at the Emirates stadium, now head to the Czech Republic needing to score and to get a big result to progress to next round of the competitions.

And ahead of mouthwatering encounter with Slavia Prague, who beat local rivals Sparta Prague 2-0 at the weekend to make it 23 games unbeaten across all competitions, Mikel Arteta’s & co. have received an huge boost concerning the situation regarding Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe injuries problem.

Saka, who limped off during the win over Sheffield United last weekend, back in full training while Martinelli, who also picked up before scored his side’s second goal at Bramall Lane, took major part during Wednesday’s training session.

Emile Smith-Rowe, who sprained his ankle during the first leg against Slavia last week, is back in full training and fit to start but Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubt for tonight tie against Czech champions, who yet to test defeat since December 2020 against Bayer Leverkusen.

David Luiz and Kieran Tierney remain out injured for Arsenal. Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is unlikely to make a whole lot of changes to the side that performed well time out.

In goal, Bernd Leno remains the first choice while the centre-back Pablo Mari and Rob Holding should remain intact as well, meaning Gabriel Magalhaes misses out for a second game in a row.

Despite Calum Chambers impressed at right-back at the weekend, Hector Bellerin should start ahead of him due to just recently returned from an injury while Granit Xhaka, who started as a makeshift left-back against Sheffield United is likely to return to his natural habitat in midfield with Cedric occupying the left-back slot.

The Swiss should pivot alongside Thomas Partey in the middle of the park. The Ghanaian had a good game at the weekend and must look to build on it after what has been a difficult debut season so far.

The fit-again Emile Smith;Rowe should slot in as the No. 10 for Arsenal since Martin Odegaard remains doubt while Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe take up the flanks, meaning Gabriel Martinelli will be the unlucky one to miss out.

Alexandre Lacazette, who bagged a double against the Blades last time out, should once again spearhead the attack for Arsenal with Aubameyang’s availability for the selection yet to be determined.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette

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Chelsea Team News vs Man City: Kante, Pulisic, Rudiger, Mount, Havertz, Kovacic & Jorginho

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Thomas Tuchel & co. will be trip to the North West England to take on Manchester City at Etihad stadium in the Premier League Matchday 35 of the 2020/21 season.

The Blues, who produced solid display in the Uefa Champions League semi-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid to reach final stage of the competition, head into the game, aiming of consolidate their fourth place on league standings by claim all three points.

The west London club defeat Real Madrid 3-1 over two legs to set up a European battle with their counterparts, City, who booked their tickets to Istanbul with a 4-1 aggregate victory over last year’s runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.

A win here for Manchester City would also confirm their status as Premier League champions, while Chelsea are still embroiled in a fight for a top-four finish.

And ahead of mouthwatering clash with City, who sitting top of the league standings by collected 80 points from 34 match, Thomas Tuchel & co. does not have any fresh issue on their plate.

The major absentee for Chelsea remains Mateo Kovacic, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury that has rendered him unavailable for nearly a couple of weeks now.

Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to make a lot of changes to the side that performed well last time out. So we can expect minimum changes to the team that defeated Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge early of the week.

Edouard Mendy should continuing in the goal after a brilliant display mid-week against Madrid. Kurt Zouma ought to return to the side, slotting in as left-sided centre-back in place of Antonio Rudiger while Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen should hold on to their places.

As for the two wing-back positions, club Reece James is expected to slotting in at right wing-back expense Cesar Azipilicueta while Marcos Alonso should start ahead of Ben Chilwell on the opposite side.

As for the midfield, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should continuing in middle of park when Blues visit Etihad stadium this afternoon. Both are produced standout performances in Chelsea’s 2-0 won over Madrid and hope of taking that spirits into today mouthwatering encounter with The Sky Blues.

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Mason Mount, who has establish himself as one of the pivotal player in Blues’ squad, should hold on to his place as one of the two attacking midfielders while Christian Pulisic ought to return after came off the bench to setup Mount’s goal against Madrid.

Timo Werner had a good outing against Madrid but Kai Havertz, who continue to delivered impressive performances in Chelsea’s recent games, ought to line up as the centre-forward for Blues against City.

Chelsea predicted XI (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Christensen Alonso; Jorginho, Kante; Pulisic, Mount, Havertz

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Time and Date: Saturday, 08 May, 2021 kick off at 5.30 pm (UK), 12.30 pm (EST, USA)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistants: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn.

Fourth official: Jonathan Moss.

VAR: Stuart Attwell.

Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday.

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So Impressive: Watch Edouard Mendy top ten brilliant save for Chelsea this season

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Edouard Mendy has been in excellent form in England with Chelsea since arrived from Rennes last summer.

The 29-year-old, who was brought to replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal, establish himself as one of best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

Edouard Mendy brilliant save against Real Madrid

The Senegalese is not even up to a year at Stamford Bridge but he is enjoying his best-ever season in the Premier League by recorded 16 clean sheets.

Mendy, who produced brilliant save in several occasions for Chelsea this season, has cemented his name alongside the likes of Ederson Morales, Martinez, David De Gea and Bernd Leno in term of best stopper in the Premier League.

Totals he keep 23 clean sheets in just 39 appearances and that’s a quite incredible record of 57%, the best of any keeper in the top flight this season.

Particular in Chelsea’s two previous games, Mendy produced remarkable performance especially against Real Madrid in mid-week.

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Arsenal news live: Arsenal makes decision on Arteta future, Gunners move for Onana, Bissouma & Kehrer latest

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Arsenal news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Emirates stadium.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke makes decision on Mikel Arteta future after Europa League exit

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke will not sack Mikel Arteta before the start of next season despite the club’s knockout of Europa League on Thursday, according to reports.

The Gunners had crashed out of European competitions with a whimper, drawing 0-0 at home to Villarreal to lose the 2-1 on aggregate.

Despite Mikel Arteta start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka in front-line against Villarreal, they managed just one shot on target and they failed to broken the deadlock in a match they simply had to win.

As a result their hopes of qualifying for European football next season is over due to their miserable form in the Premier League that saw them sit ninth position on league standings.

However, according to several media, including Mirror and Daily Mail, Arsenal hierarchy are prepared to give the Spaniard the summer window to rebuild a hugely-underperforming squad.

It is understood the Arsenal hierarchy are not convinced that an immediate change in their managerial position is necessary, with the unusual circumstances of this Covid hit season providing some mitigation.

Arsenal eye move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana

Arsenal have reportedly positioned themselves in bids to land Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana if his appeal against a 12-month ban is successful.

Bernd Leno disappointing display entirely this season and Mat Ryan temporary deal end at the season, means the Gunners could be in market for a new stopper.

And according to a report from Goal, Mikel Arteta’s side monitoring the situation surrounding the Cameroon star, who’s currently serving a 12-month ban handed to him by UEFA for using banned substances.

Onana is fighting the ban, however, and is expecting a verdict from an appeal in June and currently, he won’t able to play until February 2012 but if his suspension is reduced a summer move could be on the cards.

Arsenal have held a long-term interest in the goalkeeper, with the Gunners contacting his representative in January, however, reports by Goal explain in details that the north London club could launch a region of £7million on Cameroon star in summer if his appeal against a 12-month ban is successful.

Gunners ahead of Tottenham and Everton in race for Yves Bissouma

Arsenal are reportedly close to winning the race for Yves Bissouma’s signature, with club boss interested in services of Mali box-to-box midfielder.

Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen his midfield options after landing Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid last summer.

And according to The Daily Star, Arsenal believe they are winning the race to land Yves Bissouma in a £30 million deal.

The reports explain in details that Mikel Arteta is a huge admires of Bissouma and Gunners chief have already made a move ahead of summer transfer window.

The Mali box-to-box midfielder still have two years remaining on his deal with Brighton this summer but the club will be happy to cash in on a player who they signed for £15million in 2018.

Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Everton also made approached for Bissouma but it appears that the midfielder is likely to heading to Emirates this summer.

Arsenal make €9m offer to PSG for Thilo Kehrer

According to Paris Fans, Arsenal have made a bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer, with Gunners starting their recruit ahead of next season.

The French news outlet claim that Mikel Arteta’s side have submitted a €9million (£7.8 million) bid for the 24-year-old, who PSG signed from Schalke 04 for €37million (£32 million) in 2018.

But reports by Paris Fans, explains in details that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are happy to sell Kehrer this summer, the Gunners want to using the opportunities to bringing in the 9-camp Germany international.

It is mentioned in the report that PSG would like €25 million (£21.6 million) for their No.4, means Gunners need to increase their offer if they want to signing the defender.

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