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Arsenal are too reliant on Saka and Smith Rowe, admits Mikel Arteta

Youngsters shone in Europa League win in Prague‘We have to change that reality’ says managerMikel Arteta accepts Arsenal must curb their reliance on Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe if they are to sustain any success, admitting he could not have imagin…

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‘No excuses’: Arteta backs Pépé to shine at Arsenal after change in mindset

Arsenal manager says striker’s period of adaptation is over‘He needs to have the right mindset and consistency’Mikel Arteta says he has detected a change in Nicolas Pépé’s mindset and the forward would have “no excuses” when looking to explain any inco…

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Tuchel: Chelsea will ‘hunt’ Manchester City from day one next season

Chelsea manager accepts there is a gap nowClubs meet in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-finalThomas Tuchel has promised Chelsea will “hunt” Manchester City from the opening day of next season in a push to close the 20-point gap that currently separates the side…

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Mikel Arteta backs Arsenal’s players for taking knee before Slavia Prague win

Lacazette led team in powerful image before kick-offKudela banned for 10 games for abusing Kamara Mikel Arteta revealed that a group of senior Arsenal players asked him whether they could take a knee prior to their resounding Europa League quarter-fina…

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Lacazette sinks Slavia Prague to send rampant Arsenal into semi-finals

Arsenal made light of the dangers associated with this encounter and, in doing so, set up one of the stories of the season. Their hopes of progressing to the Europa League final, and potentially performing a feat of alchemy on their year’s work, rest o…

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Arteta refuses to imagine first Arsenal season without Europe since 1995-96

Job at Slavia is to keep European hopes alive, says Leno Aubameyang a doubt but Saka and Smith Rowe fitMikel Arteta says he has not even considered the possibility of Arsenal missing out on European football next season as he prepares his players for a…

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Arteta refuses to imagine first Arsenal season without Europe since 1995-96

Job at Slavia is to keep European hopes alive, says Leno Aubameyang a doubt but Saka and Smith Rowe fitMikel Arteta says he has not even considered the possibility of Arsenal missing out on European football next season as he prepares his players for a…

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Arsenal’s in-demand striker Folarin Balogun close to signing new contract

Clubs across Europe hoped to get him on free this summerBalogun, who turns 20 in July, awaiting Premier League debutThe Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is close to signing a new long-term contract, ending months of speculation about his future and disa…

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‘Unreal potential’: Sima’s rapid rise from farmland practice to Arsenal tie

Slavia Prague forward is hot property and Senegal international after rising from obscurity in France and Czech RepublicAt the tail end of a harsh south Bohemian winter, the higher echelons of European football could hardly have seemed further away. Ab…

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Thomas Tuchel delighted at Chelsea’s response to West Brom setback

Chelsea beat Porto in Champions League quarter-final first legWest Brom had inflicted first defeat under Tuchel at weekendA happy Thomas Tuchel praised Chelsea’s reaction to adversity after they took a potentially decisive 2-0 win from the away leg of …

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Kieran Tierney could miss rest of season with knee injury in Arsenal blow

Defender out for up to six weeks after ligament damageWillian demands action over racism on social mediaArsenal have been dealt a significant blow by news that Kieran Tierney will be absent for up to six weeks with a knee ligament injury, meaning he co…

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Ipswich enter new era with £40m takeover by Gamechanger 20

Three board members of US club Phoenix Rising involvedDerby say sale agreed with Erik Alonso’s No Limit Sports Ipswich Town’s takeover by Gamechanger 20, a group that includes three board members of the US club Phoenix Rising, has been completed in a t…

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Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela not returning to UK for Arsenal game

Kudela accused of racism at Rangers, which he deniesDefender said by club to be ill and injuredSlavia Prague have announced that the defender Ondrej Kudela, who is at the centre of Uefa and police investigations into alleged racial abuse, will miss the…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold takes inspiration from England omission | Nick Ames

Perhaps angered at being left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad, the Liverpool right-back put in a masterful performance in a comprehensive win over a lacklustre Arsenal sideNot bad for a fourth-choice right-back. The omission of Trent Alexander-Arnold f…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold takes inspiration from England omission | Nick Ames

Perhaps angered at being left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad, the Liverpool right-back put in a masterful performance in a comprehensive win over a lacklustre Arsenal sideNot bad for a fourth-choice right-back. The omission of Trent Alexander-Arnold f…

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Arsenal face series of shootouts for their future at the top level

Mikel Arteta is about to find out who can handle the pressure with players’ futures at stake, starting against LiverpoolThe refrain has become familiar, even exhausting. Since mid-February every week in the life of Arsenal has been laced with the same …

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Lacazette’s Arsenal future to be decided in summer, Arteta confirms

Manager says how club finish season will shape planForward’s contract expires in June 2022Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will address the in-form Alexandre Lacazette’s future this summer, and has suggested their prospects of offering him a new contract will…

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‘Absolutely impossible job’: Boothroyd’s verdict on England Under-21s

He points to need to produce players for seniors and also winEngland face Croatia on decisive day for tournament hopesAidy Boothroyd has described his England Under-21 manager role as the “utterly impossible job”, citing the dual demands surrounding pl…

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England need to improve to win honours, says Gareth Southgate

Manager criticises game management in win in Albania‘We have to keep pushing this group of players’Gareth Southgate says England must do more if they are to fulfil their potential and hit the standards required to win major honours.Goals from Harry Kan…

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Albania 0-2 England: player ratings for Gareth Southgate’s team

Harry Kane took his chance when it mattered while Declan Rice did his best to raise the tempo in a comfortable England winNick Pope Untroubled and will cherish a sixth clean sheet in six, but a couple of iffy moments with the ball at his feet. 6Kyle Wa…