Europa League

  • Arsenal legend Martin Keown questions Mo...

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown disclosed that he is not impressed with Mohamed Elneny’s role in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Ostersunds on Thursday. Though Arsene Wenger’s men progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League with a 4-2 aggregate win, the Egypt international who played ...

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown questions Mohamed Elneny’s role in Ostersunds' defeat

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown disclosed that he is not impressed with Mohamed Elneny’s role in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Ostersunds on Thursday. Though Arsene Wenger’s men progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League with a 4-2 aggregate win, the Egypt international who played for the entire duration of the tie has been criticised for his performance. The former England international faulted the midfielder for Ken Sema's goal that gave the Swedish top-flight a two-goal lead in the first half, after Hosam Aiesh opened the scoring for the visitors at the Emirates Stadium. After citing Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets as example, Keown clarified what is expected of the 25-year-old who joined the north London outfit from Basel in January. “Within the build-up for that, Elneny, I’m not sure he knows his role and responsibilities in midfield,” Keown told BTSport. “I watched Rakitic and saw Busquets play the other evening and they sat in midfield. “Elneny is running ahead of (Jack) Wilshere, Wilshere’s coming back and is the deep-lying man. “Know your responsibility in the team, the protection is not there. “You’ve got to protect these two young central defenders, especially when the two full-backs push forward like they do.” Following their progress to the last-16 of the Europa League, Arsenal will lock horns with AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium on March 8.

  • Dortmund boss Stoger hoping to avoid 'cu...

    Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger believes that facing Arsenal in the Europa League would be "curious and funny". Both clubs overcame shocks in their second legs to earn their places in Friday's last-16 draw, with Dortmund scoring a late equaliser against Atalanta to adv...

    Dortmund boss Stoger hoping to avoid 'curious and funny' clash with Arsenal

    Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger believes that facing Arsenal in the Europa League would be "curious and funny". Both clubs overcame shocks in their second legs to earn their places in Friday's last-16 draw, with Dortmund scoring a late equaliser against Atalanta to advance on a 4-3 aggregate score. Arsenal held a 3-0 lead from their first leg with Ostersunds, but two first-half goals from the visitors put Arsene Wenger's side under pressure before Sead Kolasinac sealed their progression. The Gunners broke their club transfer record to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng from the German side during the January transfer window, and Stoger is hoping that the two clubs will not meet in the next round of the Europa League. It would be the first time since the 2014-15 Champions League group stage for the pair to meet, with both clubs recording 2-0 wins in their home grounds that season. In the early part of the decade, the sides seemed to be constantly drawn against each other, facing off in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Champions League group stage as well as in 2014-15. Stoger believes it would be interesting to face the Gunners again, but would prefer a different name to be drawn from the pot, telling Sport1, it would be "curious and funny, but there are certainly other clubs that we would rather have now." The Europa League last-16 draw takes place on Friday, February 23 at 12:00 GMT and is being held at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon. It is an open draw with no seeding, meaning any of the 16 teams could face each other.

  • Twumasi on target as Astana crash out of...

    Patrick Twumasi scored as Astana fought back to claim a 3-3 draw against Sporting CP, but, eventually lost out on a place in the Europa League last-16. Last week, Sporting claimed a 3-1 victory in the first leg of the round of 32 tie in Kazakhstan and they started Thursday’s retu...

    Twumasi on target as Astana crash out of Europa League

    Patrick Twumasi scored as Astana fought back to claim a 3-3 draw against Sporting CP, but, eventually lost out on a place in the Europa League last-16. Last week, Sporting claimed a 3-1 victory in the first leg of the round of 32 tie in Kazakhstan and they started Thursday’s return fixture positively after Bas Dost opened the scoring in the third minute. Before halftime, Marin Tomasov levelled proceedings for the visitors but they were pegged back after the restart as Bruno Fernandes registered a brace. With ten minutes to full time, Twumasi reduced the deficit before Dmitriy Shomko scored late in the game to end the tie in a three-all stalemate. The aggregate score was 6-4 in favour of Jorge Jesus’ side who have now progressed to the round of 16 as their Kazakhstan counterparts were ousted from the competition. The 2017 Astana Player of the Year now has no chance to add to his haul of five Europa League goals, which he gathered in eight games.

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