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Iwobi suffers defeat at Swansea

Iwobi Struggles As Swansea Shock Arsenal, West Ham Hold Crystal PalacePetr Cech’s howler rocked Arsenal as they crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat at Swansea, while Liverpool cruised to victory over Huddersfield on Tuesday.

Arsenal goalkeeper Cech’s miscued attempt to clear allowed Jordan Ayew to slot home Swansea’s second goal at the Liberty Stadium.

It was the killer blow for Arsenal, who had already seen Sam Clucas equalise just one minute after Nacho Monreal put the visitors ahead from Mesut Ozil’s pass in the 33rd minute.

Clucas claimed his second four minutes from time to finish off Arsenal, who have now won just once in their last five league games.

The result leaves Gunners manager Arsene Wenger still searching for his first away win of 2018, despite a second-half debut for substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan following his move from Manchester United.

The Gunners are in sixth place, trailing eight points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in the race to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish.

The arrival of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, set to sign on Wednesday’s transfer deadline day, can’t come soon enough for Wenger.

“We will know more about that tomorrow morning,” Wenger said of the Aubameyang move.

“I felt defensively we were very poor and made big mistakes. It’s better not to talk about the second or third goals.

“Swansea were sharp, disciplined and hungry. Unfortunately I believe we were not good enough, we were not disciplined enough.”

The result also completes remarkable back-to-back victories for Swansea over Liverpool and now Arsenal.

They are out of the relegation zone and have transformed their season with three wins in five league games under new boss Carlos Carvalhal.

At the John Smith’s Stadium, Liverpool got back on track in emphatic fashion thanks to goals from Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in a 3-0 win.

The Reds had endured frustrating defeats against Swansea in the league and West Brom in the FA Cup.

But Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated possession and from the moment Emre Can rocketed home a long-range opener in the 26th minute the result was never in doubt.

Firmino extended Liverpool’s lead on the stroke of half-time when he somehow squeezed the ball home from the byline after being played in by a clever Sadio Mane back-heel.

Klopp had left Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk on the bench, but the absence of the club-record signing was hardly noticed as the Reds continued in cruise control.

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Arsenal Advance Past Chelsea Into Carabao Cup Final

Iwobi, Moses In Action As Arsenal Advance Past Chelsea Into Carabao Cup FinalArsenal have qualified for the final of this season’s Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea 2-1 in the second leg semi-final at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Arsenal won 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge weeks ago.

Super Eagles duo Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses started for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively before both players were replaced in the second half.

An own goal by Antonio Rudiger and a Granit Xhaka strike saw Arsenal seal the nervy win over Chelsea who took the lead through Eden Hazard.

The last time Arsenal played in the League Cup final was in 2011 when they lost 2-1 to Birmingham City.

Arsenal will face Manchester City in the final which will be played on 25 February 2018 at Wembley Stadium .

Chelsea thought they had gone ahead on five minutes but Pedro Rodriguez’s header was correctly ruled out for offside after the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

In the seventh minute, Chelsea went 1-0 up through Hazard who raced on to Pedro’s pass before shooting past David Ospina with a left-footed strike.

Arsenal went close to equalising in the 10th minute but Willy Caballero stopped Jack Wilshere’s initial effort before also denying Monreal from converting the rebound.

In the 12th minute, Arsenal were back on level terms as Monreal’s header from a corner came off Marcos Alonso before reflecting off Rudiger and ending inside the net.

Chelsea were forced into an early change as Willian went off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by new signing Ross Barkley who was brought on for his debut for the Blues.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Arsenal were awarded a free-kick in a decent position but Granit Xhaka’s effort took a deflection before going off target.

On the stroke of half time, Mesut Ozil had a chance to put Arsenal ahead following a pass from Wilshere only to see his shot take a deflection off Andreas Christensen and go inches off the post.

In the early part of the second half, Arsenal were on top possession wise but Hazard took off in his trade mark runs but was excellently stopped with a sliding tackle by Laurent Koscielny.

In the 60th minute, Arsenal went 2-1 up thanks to Xhaka who poked home after Alexandre Lacazette’s cross took a hefty deflection.

Arsenal should have extended their lead in the 77th minute through Iwobi but the Nigerian was denied by Caballero.

Few minutes later Alonso brought down Davide Zappacosta’s cross and hit a volley which was blocked by Hector Bellerin.

And in the 88th minute Chelsea won a free-kick after Barkley was tripped around 30 yards from goal but Alonso’s effort went off target.

Trending: Sanchez Joins Man Utd In Swap With Henrikh Mkhitaryan who now plays for Arsenal

Image result for Alexis SanchezManchester United have signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, in a swap deal with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Chile forward Sanchez, 29, who almost joined Manchester City last summer, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal worth £14m a year after tax.

City ended their interest last week as they felt making him their best-paid player may affect team spirit.

Mkhitaryan, 29, moves in the opposite direction to Sanchez after scoring 13 goals in 63 appearances for United.

Valencia unveils €13.5 Coquelin from Arsenal

Valencia Confirm €13.5 Coquelin Arrival From Arsenal, Set €80m Buy-Out Clause DealLa Liga side Valencia have announced the signing of Francis Coquelin from Arsenal in a deal believed to be worth around €13.5m.

The 26-year old midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Mestalla, which includes a reported €80million release clause.

“Valencia have this Thursday reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Francis Coquelin,” the club confirmed in a statement.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday that a deal was likely to be concluded, with Coquelin having grown frustrated by his lack of game time.

“He goes to Valencia, he didn’t get enough games,” Wenger said following his side’s 0-0 EFL Cup semi-final draw with Chelsea. “I let him go.”

Arsenal also bid the Frenchman, who joined the club in 2008, farewell on their official twitter handle.

Coquelin has only made one start in the Premier League this season.

Former-Arsenal Star Rosicky Retires At 37

Ex-Arsenal Star Rosicky Retires At 37Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has retired from football at the age of 37.”After careful consideration I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires,” Rosicky announced via his last club Sparta Prague’s website on Wednesday.

“I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career in big clubs, and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most.”

The former Czech Republic international began his professional football career at Sparta Prague in 1998 from where he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2001.

He joined Arsenal in 2006 and spent 10 years at the Emirates Stadium, making 246 appearances and scoring 28 goals while winning two FA Cups in 2014 and 2015. He also won the German title in 2002 with Borussia Dortmund.

Rosicky made 12 appearances and scored a goal for the club since his return to Sparta Prague in 2016.

Football: Iwobi Delighted With Arsenal’s ‘Big Win’ Over Tottenham

Iwobi Delighted With Arsenal’s ‘Big Win’ Over TottenhamArsenal forward Alex Iwobi has expressed happiness over his team’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s Premier League game at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez proved amid the uncertainty over their futures that they remain Arsenal’s star performers with match-winning displays in the match that helped the Gunners to move up in the Premier League table.

Iwobi who scored a brace against Argentina in Tuesday’s international friendly match in Russia, described the victory as a big win for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Nigeria defeated Argentina 4-2 in the Tuesday’s game.

The Super Eagles forward who replaced Mesut Oezil in 84th minute would have put his name on the scorer’s sheet shortly after he was introduced but he missed a goal off a shot from outside the box.

UEFA Europa League matchday 4 results:

Europa League: Iwobi Rested As Arsenal Advance; Nwakaeme, Gero In Action, Ogu BenchedArsenal sealed qualification into the next round of the UEFA Europa League despite a 0-0 draw against Red Star Belgrade in Group H at the Emirates on Thursday.

Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was not included in the Arsenal squad for the game while Chuba Akpom was an unused substitute.

Arsenal remain top of the group on 10 points with Red Star second on five points. In the group’s other game, Cologne defeated BATE Borisov 5-2, a result that confirmed Arsenal’s progress into the round of 32.

In Group G, Super Eagles invitee Anthony Nwakaeme was in action for Hapoel Beer-Sheva but fired blanks in their 1-1 away draw against FC FCSB.

Other results are :

Rijeka 1 vs 4 Austria Wien
AEK Athens 0 vs 0 AC Milan
Lyon 3 vs 0 Everton
Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 vs 1 FC Astana
Slavia Prague 0 vs 2 Villareal
Partizan Beograd 2 vs 0 Skenderbeu
Young Boys 0 vs 1 Dynamo Kyiv
Istanbul Basaksehir 1 vs 1 Hoffenheim
Ludogorets 2 vs 0 Sporting Braga
Apollon Limassol 1 vs 1 Atalanta
FC Copenhagen 3 vs 0 Zlin
Lokomotiv Moscow 1 vs 2 FC Sheriff
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