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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil will be missing in action tonight in the UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg clash between the Gunners and Bayern Munich due to ill health. Ozil was absent from Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday and although the German star has returned to training, club gaffer Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe he is ready to face Bayern. Losing the World Cup winner for the Emirates Stadium showdown is another blow for Arsenal, who faces the daunting task of having to overturn a 5-1 deficit from the first leg. “Ozil is not in the squad. He was…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as Manchester United put one foot in the Europa League Round of 16 with a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford. The striker netted a deflected free-kick, scored from close range and converted a late penalty to seal his first treble for the Reds, taking his tally to 23 goals in all competitions this season. It ensured Jose Mourinho’s men have a comfortable advantage heading into next week’s second leg in France. Watch Zlatan’s goals and the rest of the action from the Round of 32 first leg in the video above by http://twii.edgeboss.net/download/twii/manutd/video_mufc_20170216_HLStEtiene.mp4…

As Arsenal capitulated in the second half at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, the whole of Twitter lit up looking forward to Arsenal Fan TV. And, there is absolutely no doubt that Arsenal Fan TV delivered with a special video just a couple of hours after full time against Bayern. It was Troopz first up and the regular on Arsenal Fan TV absolutely laid into Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Troopz tears into Arsene Wenger Arsenal Fan TV host Robbie started by saying that Gooners are upset about how many negative videos there are on the channel right now. And,…

Arsene Wenger’s future was plunged into further doubt on Wednesday as Thiago Alcantara inspired Bayern Munich to a 5-1 rout of his hapless Arsenal team which left the Gunners facing a seventh straight Champions League last-16 exit. Bayern extended their Champions League record to 16 home wins by flooring the Gunners with three goals in ten second-half minutes. Bayern knocked Arsenal out at the same stage in 2005, 2013 and 2014 and were looking comfortably placed to make it four times after romping through Wednesday’s first leg. The Allianz Arena defeat raises the pressure on Wenger for the return leg…

Bayern intend to make home advantage tell against an Arsenal team who, having bowed out in the round of 16 for six seasons running, now need to break with recent history in order to survive. Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern coach You need character and luck to win the UEFA Champions League, but above all courage. We won’t focus on avoiding conceding, but we want to control possession as Arsenal have quick players and can counter well. Arsène Wenger is experienced, has a strong identity and his team play with great style. I have a lot of respect for him.…

Perhaps the tie of the round sees holders Madrid defend their enviable home record in the UEFA Champions League against Europe’s in-form team, Napoli. Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach The first leg is at home and we want to take advantage, to damage our opponents’ hopes – but obviously they can do the same to us. We’re ready for it. Napoli play good football and Sarri is doing a great job as coach, evidenced by their results. It’s going to be a great game. Everyone wants to win the Champions League but it’s a long, hard road and we’re on it. That’s…

A dominant Paris Saint-Germain display saw Barcelona fall to a 4-0 thumping at the Parc des Princes on Valentine’s night. The French giants scored twice in each half to record the massive result in the first leg of their last-16 tie of the Champions League against the Catalans. Birthday boy Angel Di Maria struck twice – on 18 minutes and another in the second half. Angel Di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain humbled Barcelona during a dominant display at the Parc des Princes Di Maria gave the hosts the lead as his free-kick clipped off the wall before ending…

Benfica and Dortmund have suffered recent setbacks but remain wedded to their attacking styles, a prospect that could mean no shortage of excitement in Lisbon. Rui Vitória, Benfica coach Jonas is in the squad but he’s at his limit and will have difficulty trying to make the game. We will test him on Tuesday and see where we are. If he recovers, he’s in; if not, someone else plays. We’re up against a strong team, a tricky side that can count on that characteristic of impressive attacking power. Along with that, they change their system frequently yet they don’t drop…

Unai Emery has stressed Paris Saint-Germain do not feel inferior to any team ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona . Unai Emery, Paris coach It should be a good, attractive tie. It’ll come down to who plays better at crucial moments, who gets their tactics right and who wins the duels on the pitch. We want to seize this chance because we’re playing against one of the best teams in Europe and the world. The squad is very motivated. We don’t feel inferior to anyone. We have very important players who are growing…

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