In what could serve as a slice of good news for domestic football fans who are hoping to see their leagues finish over the course of the summer, it has been officially confirmed by UEFA that Euro 2020 is going to be postponed until summer 2021 – with the hope being that the leagues can, in fact, finish. The following statement was issued by UEFA and their president Aleksander Čeferin.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku where the Gunners are set to face Chelsea in the Europa League final, the club have confirmed.
With political tensions between his country and Azerbaijan rising, there have been heavy concerns over the safety of the Armenian on the potential trip. He has already missed the away game against Qarabag in the group stage of the competition because of the problem, and he will now miss the final as well.
Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side Napoli in the quarterfinals of this season’s UEFA Europa League.
No draw result at this stage of the competition would have been exactly easy will only the best eight of all the participants remaining in the running, but Napoli certainly seems like one of the hardest, if not the hardest opponent of all.
The side led by the experienced Carlo Ancelotti boasts huge quality in all departments, with Arsenal loanee David Ospina in goal, the much coveted centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in front of him, midfielders like Allan and Piotr Zielinski, and forwards like Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik.
As you’re probably aware by now, Arsenal have been drawn to face BATE Borisov in the round of 32 of this season’s Europa League, with the first game being played in Belarus, and the rematch scheduled for February 21, at the Emirates.
However, according to Sky Sports, there was some commotion regarding the timing of the second leg. UEFA tried to avoid two games in the same competition being played in the same City on the same evening, and as Chelsea are set to host Swedish side Malmo on that date, Arsenal’s clash with BATE was moved to Wednesday, February 20. That would, of course, mean that the game would now be overlapping with Champions League encounters, and they had therefore decided to move the kick-off time to 5PM.
UEFA have officially opened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal following their 1-0 Europa League win over Qarabag, the European football governing organization has confirmed. The only goal of the game was scored by Alexandre Lacazette in the 16th minute of the match, as a rotated line-up saw out the group stage with qualification guaranteed beforehand.
A statement on the UEFA official website says:
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Arsenal FC and Qarabağ FK (1-0), played on 13 December in England.
Arsene Wenger’s side will need to go down the hardest possible route in order to reach the UEFA Europa League Final, as they’ve been drawn to face Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals. The two teams have played each other once before, in a friendly back in 2009, which was won by the Gunners by a scoreline of 2-1.
As we approach Arsenal’s big-time showdown with CSKA Moscow on Thursday night, it’s time to take a look at some of the best bets and odds available to Gunners fans out there courtesy of bet365. The game, which will be a UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie, holds a massive amount of potential for Arsene Wenger’s men as they’ll be attempting to really lay down a marker prior to the second leg over in Russia.
It’s no secret that they’re making this competition their priority, and that’s the smartest possible thing they can do right now. Manchester United did the same thing, which is the reason why they were able to compete in the Champions League throughout the 2017/18 season.
As reported by Metro, Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey will be making their return to the starting XI tomorrow night in what can only be described as a season-defining game against AC Milan.
The Gunners head into this two-legged tie off the back of four consecutive defeats, knowing that an exit from the Europa League would likely sign the death warrant on Arsene Wenger’s two-decade tenure as manager. It’ll be all hands on deck during the first leg to ensure that they get off to a flying start, as the Frenchman attempts to win European silverware for the first time with the club.
Arsene Wenger is set to be given another touchline ban (the third in a year!) by UEFA for his rant at the Slovenian referee Skomina after Arsenal’s Champions League exit on Tuesday night.
He also made his feelings clear in his post-match comments when he said: I was not happy with the referee tonight because I felt he gave many free kicks in the middle of the park. Every time MIlan’s players went down a free kick was given to them, and they sensed that very quickly and used it very well.”