Mikel Arteta labelled his youngsters a “joy to watch” as Arsenal put Slavia Prague to the sword to reach the Europa League semi-finals for the third time in four years.Academy graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both starred for the Gunners as they shocked the hosts with a fine first-half display, hitting three goals in six minutes en route to a 4-0 win on the night.Smith Rowe had a goal ruled out by VAR for offside before Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring, Alexandre Lacazette then converting a penalty after Saka was fouled before the England international added the third himself.
Mikel Arteta insists he is still the man to lead Arsenal back to glory despite his side failing to reach the Europa League final after being eliminated by Villarreal.The Gunners face a first season without European football in 25 years after drawing a blank in their semi-final second leg against Villarreal.Arteta’s side were trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Spain and failed to overturn the deficit as Unai Emery got one over his former club to once again reach the final of a competition he thrives in.
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Mikel Arteta pointed the finger of blame at VAR and not pre-match protests from Arsenal fans as a Bernd Leno own goal saw his side lose at home to Everton.Thousands of Arsenal supporters marched on the ground to protest against the club’s owners.
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed he received a personal apology from the club’s owners as he saw supporters send the “strongest message” in the history of football to bring to an end plans for a breakaway European Super League.The Gunners were one of six Premier League clubs to announce on Sunday night that they had signed an agreement to form a new competition with other elite teams from across Europe.
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A financial settlement worth a combined £22million has been reached between England’s six Super League rebel clubs and the Premier League, the PA news agency understands.Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham announced themselves as founder members of the competition on April 18, but had withdrawn within 72 hours amid fan protests and opposition from the Premier League, UEFA, FIFA and even the British Government.
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Roy Hodgson has refused to completely rule out a return to football when he leaves Crystal Palace at the end of the season, but hinted Sunday is likely to conclude his career in the game.The Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday that the 73-year-old would depart his managerial role this summer once his current terms expire, meaning the upcoming fixtures with Arsenal on Wednesday and Liverpool this weekend are set to be his last in a coaching career which started back in 1976.
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Arsenal star and Black Panther fan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoyed a preview of Madame Tussauds' new Black Panther waxwork in London.Aubameyang famously struck the 'Wakanda Forever' pose after a Community Shield goal against Liverpool in 2020, in tribute to the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.The new waxwork stands in Madame Tussauds' Marvel Hall of Heroes, alongside comic book and film legends including Captain Marvel and the Hulk.Aubameyang said: “People know that I’m a huge fan of Black Panther and the panther is also a huge part of our national team in Gabon, so I couldn’t say no when Madame Tussauds London asked me to help them unveil their newest figure.“I love the way they even have the vibranium in the suit light up. It was great to be able to bring my family with me to meet one of my heroes and I hope my fans and their families will be able to make special memories together again soon.”
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Thomas Tuchel shouldered the blame for Chelsea's minds wandering to Saturday's FA Cup final in Wednesday's 1-0 Premier League loss to Arsenal.Jorginho's miscued back-pass left the out-of-position Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambling to parry off his own line, allowing Emile Smith Rowe to slot home the winner at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea saw a Christian Pulisic effort chalked off for offside after a video assistant referee review, while Rob Holding escaped punishment for blocking Mason Mount's shot with his hand on the goalline.
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Sam Allardyce refused to commit his future to West Brom after suffering his first relegation from the Premier League following defeat at Arsenal.The Baggies are the eighth club Allardyce has managed in the competition but a 3-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium saw them condemned to the drop.The writing had been on the wall for some time and, despite a good start in London, goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe had them on the ropes. Matheus Pereira reduced the arrears with a memorable strike but Willian’s first Arsenal goal from a late free-kick sealed West Brom’s fate.
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Villarreal manager Unai Emery holds a press conference in Gdansk after his team won the Europa League final 11-10 on penalties against Manchester United after drawing 1-1 at the end of extra time in Gdansk.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United’s players must use the pain of their heartbreaking Europa League loss to Villarreal to fuel improvements as the manager underlined the need for summer signings.Without a trophy since winning this competition in 2017, Jose Mourinho’s successor saw his side flounder in his first final as manager of the club he enjoyed so much success with as a player.Wednesday’s match came 22 years to the day since Solskjaer’s last-gasp effort wrapped up the treble, but the United boss was unable to secure his first trophy at the helm in Gdansk.
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