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Arsène Wenger: Europa League final ‘little bit of a nightmare’ for Arsenal

• Mkhitaryan’s absence ‘something that should not happen’• Frenchman says he is ready for return to footballArsène Wenger has described Arsenal’s predicament in heading to Baku for the Europa League final as “a little bit of a nightmare”. The club’s fo…

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Arsène Wenger: ‘All of us have competition. My toughest one was with myself’

The former Arsenal manager tells Amy Lawrence he is enjoying life away from football but is still looking for the next big innovationWhen Arsène Wenger bade farewell to Arsenal with a theatrical bow after four uninterrupted decades in management, he co…

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Arsenal face prospect of having to leave Mkhitaryan at home for Baku final

• Anger within club that safety fears costing player trip• Gunners release statement about ‘extreme’ travel issuesArsenal are preparing for the prospect of leaving their Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan at home for the Europa League final in Baku…

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Pressure and thrills: what it’s like to sit in the press box at a football match

There is nothing quite like reacting to the twists of a live game – especially an intro-busting late goalWin the chance to watch a Premier League game from the press box in our young sportswriters’ competitionAs anybody who has ever attempted a match r…

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Arsenal urge Uefa to guarantee Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s safety for Baku final

• Armenian sat out Europa League group game in Azerbaijan• Arsenal ‘hugely concerned’ player could miss Chelsea matchArsenal have expressed concern that they have not yet received “acceptable guarantees” from Uefa that their midfielder Henrikh Mkhitary…

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Arsenal’s long road to Baku leads to defining moment of their season | Amy Lawrence

If Unai Emery’s side win the Europa League final against Chelsea and qualify for the Champions League their campaign has been a successful one. Lose and the problems run deeperLast May, in a series of pow-wows to determine the chosen candidate to repla…

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Unai Emery’s reunion with Valencia brings painful memories for Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

While the manager has history with his Europa League opponents, Arsenal bear long-standing wounds from past experiencesUnai Emery is not a man for harking back to the past – and it is not as if he has much time to given the mounting issues of the prese…

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Unai Emery’s reunion with Valencia brings painful memories for Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

While the manager has history with his Europa League opponents, Arsenal bear long-standing wounds from past experiencesUnai Emery is not a man for harking back to the past – and it is not as if he has much time to given the mounting issues of the prese…

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Edwin van der Sar: ‘We reached a level of football nobody really expected’

The Ajax CEO explains the strategy that kept their thrilling young side together and paved the way for Champions League heroicsLast season, as Ajax’s future balanced on a gossamer thread, the club’s hierarchy called in seven of their most talented youn…

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Aaron Ramsey hopeful of returning for Arsenal before end of season

• Midfielder suffered leg injury against Napoli in Europa League• Player tells manager he hopes to play again before Juve moveAaron Ramsey has told Unai Emery he is hoping to play for Arsenal again before the end of the season. The Wales midfielder lim…

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Europa League: Unai Emery calls on Arsenal to seize the moment at Napoli

• Gunners manager keen to silence Stadio San Paolo crowd• Napoli have lost just once at home since the start of the seasonUnai Emery insists Arsenal are in Naples with victory on their minds as they face the delicate task of how best to prepare for wha…

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Ancelotti back in London with fond memories but focused on Arsenal test

• Napoli manager won Premier League with Chelsea• Italian wants team to defend well and ‘attack even better’Carlo Ancelotti arrived in London with Napoli unable to forget the last time he came across Arsenal when he was manager of Bayern Munich and gui…

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‘I don’t care about the stadium’: Kevin De Bruyne says Spurs have no advantage

• Spurs host Champions League quarter-final first leg • ‘Everybody has a stadium. Everybody has supporters’Kevin De Bruyne has rubbished suggestions that Tottenham’s new stadium could influence the outcome of the Champions League quarter-final against …

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‘I don’t care about the stadium’: Kevin De Bruyne says Spurs have no advantage

• Spurs host Champions League quarter-final first leg • ‘Everybody has a stadium. Everybody has supporters’Kevin De Bruyne has rubbished suggestions that Tottenham’s new stadium could influence the outcome of the Champions League quarter-final against …

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Steve Foster: ‘Brighton came alive but I wasn’t allowed any alcohol’

Brighton’s former captain still regrets being on antibiotics when they won their last FA Cup semi-final in 1983 and says the current team have nothing to lose against Manchester City on SaturdaySteve Foster has very lucid memories of the last time Brig…

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Steve Foster: ‘Brighton came alive but I wasn’t allowed any alcohol’

Brighton’s former captain still regrets being on antibiotics when they won their last FA Cup semi-final in 1983 and says the current team have nothing to lose against Manchester City on SaturdaySteve Foster has very lucid memories of the last time Brig…

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Arsenal’s elite girls thrive after being put on an equal footing with the boys

Club make player quality paramount regardless of gender and top girls respond by more than holding their own with the boysAs fog blankets the pitch on a Monday evening training session a group of Under-12 academy footballers strive to generate sharp pa…

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Catch them while you can: Messi and Ronaldo will not be around for ever

Seeing a great player in person has an elemental magic – make it a must to see these two in their primeTo a 70s kid the sense of awe even to meet anyone who had seen Pelé or Eusébio or Johan Cruyff play was overwhelming. Just imagine that … watching su…

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Premier League: fight for top four is on – just don’t mention the b-word

Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea can all still win a European trophy but, if they don’t, have just eight games each to try to secure a Champions League placeIt is hard to place the exact moment when “bottle” became such an overused par…

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Lucas Torreira confident Arsenal can overturn Rennes Europa League deficit

• Midfielder calls on attacking players to lead charge• ‘We have complete faith and confidence we will do the job’Lucas Torreira has outlined his confidence that Arsenal have the firepower to overturn Rennes advantage in the Europa League on Thursday n…