North London giants Arsenal will have to see off competition from several European sides in the race for FC Porto midfielder Hector Herrera ahead of the winter transfer window.
The 28-year-old has less than a year left on his FC Porto contract thereby leading to talks over his future with the Portuguese champions.
According to the publication from trusted Portuguese media portal Record, the Gunners will have to fend off other interested sides like AS Roma, Inter Milan as well as the London duo of Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.
With less than one year remaining on his current deal, the Mexican international player can start to talk to foreign clubs about a possible free transfer as from the 1st of January.
Arsenal are in need of midfield reinforcements in the New Year as a result of the doubts over the long-term future of both Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed ElNeny.
Former Cardiff City star Ramsey is on his way out of Arsenal after the Gunners hierarchy withdrew their contract offer to him in September.
For ElNeny, reports claim that he’s surplus to requirements and that the North London giants are open to the idea of selling him when he
Arsenal Midfielder Doubtful For Remainder Of Season
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a big doubt for the rest of the season following the injury that he sustained during the Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with Napoli on Thursday night.
The Welsh international player was subbed off for Armenian player Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he suffered a hamstring injury.
Ramsey played for just 34 minutes before his exit as Arsenal booked their spot in the final four of this year’s Europa League.
The former Cardiff City midfielder made a telling contribution in the first leg when he scored the opening goal in the first leg against Napoli which the Gunners won 2-0.
Ramsey gave Arsenal the lead at the Emirates Stadium in the 15th minute before an own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly wrapped up the win for the hosts.
On the injury to Ramsey, Arsenal manager Unai Emery told reporters that it’s serious before adding that the midfielder is a doubt for the remainder of the season.
Without Ramsey on the pitch, Arsenal defeated Napoli for the second time in two days after Alexandre Lacazette scored a fine freekick in the 36th minute to give the Gunners a 1-0 win in the second leg and a 3-0 aggregate win.
Arsenal will now face Spanish club Valencia in the last four of the Europa League.
Champions League: Ter Stegen Explains Why He Didn’t Celebrate Goal vs Man Utd
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen has the reason has explained why he didn’t celebrate the second goal against Premier League giants Manchester United during their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash on Tuesday night.
In an interview with Spanish radio Cadena COPE, the Barcelona shot stopper said that he was sympathetic towards the plight of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and that was why he didn’t celebrate the second goal scored by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
David De Gea was at fault for the second goal after he allowed the right-footed shot from Messi to squirm under his body and into the back of the net.
Messi had given Barcelona the lead five minutes earlier with a left-footed strike that The Manchester United defence had no answer to.
The two Messi goals gave Barcelona a 2-0 lead before former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho added a third goal in the second half with a fine finish from the edge of the box.
Coutinho’s strike gave the Blaugrana a 3-0 win on the night and a 4-0 aggregate victory over the Red Devils.
Barcelona will now face Liverpool in the last four of the Champions League with the first leg scheduled for the Nou Camp before the second leg in England.
Arsenal Legend Delighted With Unai Emery Impact
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has showered high praise on Gunners boss Unai Emery for his impact at the club since his appointment last summer.
Unai Emery replaced legendary manager Arsene Wenger at the start of the season after the Frenchman resigned from the job after almost 22 years in North London.
Since his appointment, the former Almeria and Valencia player has led the Gunners to the top four on the Premier League table as well as semifinals of the Europa League.
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour was part of the Gunners squad that won two Premier League titles under legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
The ex-England international player talked about Unai Emery extensively while he was doing his punditry work on trusted media channel Sky Sports.
Ray Parlour confessed that he didn’t expect the level of success achieved by Unai Emery since his time at the club.
Unai Emery and Arsenal are on course to qualify for the Premier League top four as well as also win the Europa League title.
Arsenal are in fourth spot on the Premier League table with five games left to play in the quest to qualify for the Champions League.
The Gunners also face a semifinal tie with Spanish La Liga club Valencia with the two legs scheduled for the start of next month.
Unai Emery Praised For His Boldness Against Napoli
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been lauded by one of the club’s former players for his boldness against Italian Serie A giants Napoli in their Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash on Thursday night.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown was impressed with his approach for the Napoli game as the Gunners booked their spot in the semifinals of the Europa League with a 3-0 aggregate win over the Italian Serie A giants.
The Gunners had won the first leg 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium before the 1-0 away win over the Italians.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was full of praise for Spanish tactician Unai Emery for his selection for the second leg in Naples in his column on the Daily Mail.
The Arsenal manager started both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette together against Napoli and he was rewarded when French international Lacazette scored the only goal of the game.
Lacazette scored the 36th-minute freekick after he was brought down outside the Napoli box.
Arsenal will now face Spanish La Liga club Valencia in the final four of the competition.
The Gunners will host the Spanish club in the first leg on Thursday, May 2 before the second leg scheduled for the Mestalla on the 9th of May.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery will face his former club while ex-Gunners players like Francis Coquelin and Gabriel Paulista are expected to face their former side.
Arsenal See Off Napoli To Secure Europa League Semifinal Spot
Arsenal are through to the Europa League semifinals after they saw off Italian Serie A giants Napoli in their quarterfinal tie.
The Gunners faithfuls would have expected a much tougher test from the second best team in Italy but the Arsenal players made light work of the threat posed by Napoli over two legs.
Arsenal had won the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at home via a 2-0 victory made possible by goals from Aaron Ramsey and Kalidou Koulibaly (own goal).
The comfortable lead was not in danger throughout the second leg meeting which ended in a 1-0 win for Arsenal.
French international Alexandre Lacazette was brought down outside the Napoli box and he stepped up to convert the resulting freekick to give the Gunners a 36th-minute lead.
Arsenal were able to preserve that lead to seal a 1-0 win on the night and a 3-0 aggregate victory over their Italian opponents.
The Gunners will now face Spanish La Liga club Valencia in the last four of the competition.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery will face his former club while ex-Gunners players like Francis Coquelin and Gabriel Paulista are on the payroll at Valencia.
The Gunners host Valencia in their first leg before both teams face each other again in Spain for the second leg to determine this year’s Europa League finalists.
Sokratis Adaptation Lauded By Gunners Boss
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised the way that summer signing Sokratis Papasthathopoulos has been able to adapt to life in England following his move to the Gunners at the start of the season.
The Gunners boss lauded the impact of the Greek international on the Arsenal team during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Napoli game in the Europa League.
Sokratis Papasthathopoulos signed for Arsenal last summer after the Gunners paid around £17m for his signature.
The Greek centre back joined Arsenal from German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and he has been a key player for the North Londoners since his transfer last summer.
Sokratis will return to the Arsenal starting XI for the away game at Napoli in the Europa League after he missed the league match at Watford on Monday night.
He was banned for two Premier League games after accruing ten yellow cards since the start of the season.
The Greek defender missed the 1-0 win over the Hornets and will also sit out the home game against London rivals Crystal Palace.
Sokratis and Arsenal take a 2-0 lead to Naples from the first leg.
A 15th-minute strike from Welsh international Aaron Ramsey and an own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly gave the Gunners a comfortable advantage ahead of the second leg on Thursday night.
No MLS Job For Arsenal Legend – Report
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been linked with the managerial job at Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls but recent reports claim that the club is not looking to make a change in that department.
According to MLSoccer.com, the Arsenal legend is unlikely to take over the New York Red Bulls managerial job.
Thierry Henry attained legendary status at Arsenal after he finished as the Gunners’ all-time topscorer during his two spells at the club.
He was a pundit with Sky Sports before he resigned from the job to concentrate on his managerial career.
Thierry Henry was the assistant manager with the Belgium national team setup under manager Roberto Martinez.
The Frenchman was part of the coaching crew that masterminded a third-place finish for the Red Devils of Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Henry took the managerial job at French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco but didn’t spend more than three months before he was sacked.
The former Gunners striker was previously a player at AS Monaco before his ill-fated spell at Juventus.
Thierry Henry went on to join Arsenal from the Italians in 1999.
The Arsenal legend was replaced by Leonardo Jardim at Monaco earlier this year.
Betting Preview: Napoli vs Arsenal: Hosts Favourites
North London giants Arsenal would be hoping to banish their away day blues when they travel to take on fellow Europa League favourites Napoli in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie.
Arsenal lead 2-0 from the first leg but their poor away record in the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League has the Gunners faithfuls fretting ahead of the second meeting with Italian Serie A giants Napoli.
Aaron Ramsey and Kalidou Koulibaly (own goal) got the goals for the Gunners when both sides met last week Thursday.
Arsenal warmed up for their game against Napoli with a largely unconvincing 1-0 win over Watford on Monday night.
The Gunners’ topscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game to secure three points in the race for Champions League football via a top-four finish on the Premier League table.
Gabonese international Aubameyang has now scored 23 goals in all competitions for Arsenal.
Napoli also won their last league game, a 3-1 away win over Italian Serie A bottom club Chievo Verona.
Arsenal are second favourites ahead of the Napoli game at the odds of 4.70 according to Surebet247.
A Napoli victory is at the odds of 1.66 while the possibility of a stalemate is at the odds of 4.20 as confirmed by Surebet247.
Arsenal Secure Top-four Spot With Narrow Win
North London giants Arsenal are up to fourth spot on the Premier League table after the Gunners sealed a 1-0 win over Watford in their Premier League clash at Vicarage Road on Monday night.
Arsenal knew that an away victory over Watford will take them into the top four places on the Premier League table and that was what they recorded against Hornets side that finished the game with ten men.
The Gunners took an early lead through a 10th-minute strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who profited from a goalkeeping error from the Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Aubameyang has now scored 18 goals in the Premier League this term and only Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero have scored more (19).
Watford were then reduced to ten men when their captain Troy Deeney was sent off for an elbow on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
The hosts held their own against Arsenal despite playing the majority of the game with a man down.
Watford hit the crossbar twice while Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno made several saves to keep the advantage for the Gunners.
The win over Watford takes Arsenal above London rivals Chelsea and into fourth spot on the Premier League table.
Arsenal also kept a clean sheet for the first time this season away from home.
Watford Boss Defends Deeney Over Red Card vs Arsenal
Watford manager Javi Gracia has leapt to the defence of his captain Troy Deeney after the Hornets striker was sent off during the defeat to Arsenal on Monday night.
Deeney was sent off in the first half of the game shortly after Arsenal took the lead via an error from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
He was dismissed for an elbow on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
In his post-match thoughts after the game, Javi Gracia told reporters that the red card given to Troy Deeney by centre referee Craig Pawson was harsh.
Troy Deeney’s dismissal came shortly after Arsenal took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Saint Etienne star Aubameyang capitalised on an error from Watford shot-stopper Ben Foster to give the Gunners the lead in the tenth minute before the incident that led to Deeney’s dismissal one minute later.
Despite playing 80 minutes with ten men, Watford played very well against the Gunners and were denied a well-deserved equaliser by the combination of woodwork and good goalkeeping from Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno.
Arsenal held on for the slim win to record only their sixth win on the road in the Premier League this term and the victory made sure that they will stay in the Premier League top four until the weekend at least.
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