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So Impressive: Watch How Luiz, Tierney, Lacazette, Aubameyang & rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad prepared for Villarreal clash

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David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had taken major part in Arsenal finals prepared ahead of their Uefa Europa League semi-finals first-leg tie against Villarreal on Thursday evening.

Luiz, who sustained knee problem in recent weeks, returning to training alongside Lacazette, Aubameyang and Kieran Tierney, who establish himself as one of the pivotal player in Gunners shirt.

Earlier this morning, Mikel Arteta has already been confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney and club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all in contention to face Villarreal on Thursday evening.

However, it looks like trio, who are perhaps three of the most important players in Arsenal’s entire squad, regained their fitness at the perfect time as they Mikel Arteta’s squad hoping of taking their disappointing display at weekend behind and focus on biggest match of their season.

The absence of Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, caused a lot problem in Arsenal’s last two league games, in which Mikel Arteta’s men draw one and loss one, with their latest defeat was against Everton at Emirates last weekend.

And head into their biggest match of their season, Tierney, Luiz, Lacazette and Aubameyang taken major during the Wednesday training session with rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad at London Colney after the Spaniard revealed that all in contention to face Villarreal tomorrow.

If all four proved to be 100%, you would expect all four to make the starting line-up in mouthwatering encounter with Villarreal in the Uefa Europa League semi-finals first-leg tie at Estadio de la Ceramica stadium.

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admits that the feeling inside the squad is that of excitement, before he revealed that he is expecting all of his absentees to make the squad.

The manager was asked what the feeling was around the squad in his pre-match conference: ‘Extremely excited to travel today and play the game tomorrow, knowing that this tie is going to take us to the final if we do the right things and we earn it. We have a tough opponent in front of us but we really want to be there.’

Arteta was then asked whether he had news on the missing players, and he confirmed: ‘They are all in contention. All of them. Including Aubameyang, Laca and Kieran. They are all in contention for the game. Yes it is good news’

Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe, Folarin Balogun are also involved in first-team training session and hoping of taking their side through to the final of the prestigious Uefa Europa League, by produced another solid display to seeing of the La-Liga side.

Meanwhile, Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek says he wants to bring back the ‘glory’ to Arsenal as he plans to test the resolve of the club’s American billionaire owner Stan Kroenke with a takeover bid.

The Gunners have been majority-owned by American billionaire Stan Kroenke since 2011. In that time, they have won four FA Cups but have struggled to compete for the Premier League or in Europe.

Stan Kroenke has become an unpopular figure at the Emirates Stadium, with many fans believing that he has no interest in the club.

Following the recent European Super League debacle, fans protested outside the ground, calling for him to sell his stake in the club.

This prompted Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek to declare his interest in purchasing Kroenke’s stake.

The Swede wrote on Twitter that he had been a fan of Arsenal since he was a kid and would ‘throw his hat in the ring’ if the current owners were considering selling.

He has received support from many at the Gunners, including several of the club’s legends. Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Patrick Vieira are all said to be part of his takeover bid, while Arsene Wenger has also offered his support.

Today, Ek has been interviewed by CNBC (via Football Daily), reaffirming his plans to buy the club.

‘I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was eight years old. I love the team, I love the history, and of course, I love the fans,’ he said.

‘I see a tremendous opportunity to set a vision for the club, to bring it back to its glory. I want to establish trust with the fans, and I want to engage the fans again.

‘I’m very serious. I have secured the funds for it, and I want to bring what I think is a very compelling offer to the owners, and I hope they hear me out.

‘I just focus on the club, I focus on the fans, and I focus on trying to bring the club back to glory. I’m first and foremost a fan. I want the club to do better. That’s my primary interest.’

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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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