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Euro 2020: Ex-Arsenal Star On Target In Spain Rout

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Santi Cazorla

Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has scored his first goal for Spain in four years after he was on target during the 7-0 thumping of Malta in what was their last home as far as the Euro 2020 qualifiers are concerned.

The Villarreal midfielder has made a miraculous return to the pitch in the last one year as he was able to defeat the Achilles injury that threatened to end his career abruptly.

Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata scored the first goal of the game for Spain before Cazorla added a second goal on 41 minutes to give his team a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval.

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The second half saw Spain score five goals to make it a dominant scoreline.

The likes of Gerard Moreno, Dani Olmo, Jesus Navas, Pablo Sarabia and Pau Torres were all on the scoresheet.

Santi Cazorla played 53 minutes of the game before he was replaced by Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer.

The petite midfielder spent six years at Arsenal following his move from Spanish club Malaga in 2012.

He was a key player for the Gunners before injury struck towards the end of his Arsenal career.

Santi Cazorla left Arsenal at the end of his contract last summer before returning to former club Villarreal.

Segun is a regular contributor to beIN sports and has worked at several publications, including Aljazeera, and taslkSport.

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EPL: Stalemate Confirm Prediction For West Ham vs Arsenal Clash

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Former Premier League player Robbie Savage has predicted a draw for the league clash between West Ham United and Arsenal.

The ex-Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers player made his prediction on Premier League TV as he said the London Derby game between hosts West Ham and Arsenal at the London Stadium will end in a 1-1 draw.

The two teams start the game in the bottom half of the league table and a draw will be of little use to the two London sides.

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Arsenal are presently in 11th position with 19 points, while their hosts West Ham United have 16 points and are in 16th position on the table.

The Hammers are just points above the relegation zone, while Arsenal are four points better than the last relegation spot occupied by Southampton at the moment.

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is in serious trouble at the club and a loss against the Gunners could spell the end of his reign with the East Londoners.

He was appointed as the Hammers boss at the start of last season and he led them to a top-ten finish in his first campaign.

West Ham United fans expected the side to build on the performance from last season in this campaign but Pellegrini and his players have not been able to do this.

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What Mauricio Pochettino Said About Vacant Arsenal Managerial Job

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Europa League finalists Arsenal are still in the process of finding a new permanent manager to take over from the sacked Unai Emery, and Mauricio Pochettino is one name that has been seriously linked with the job.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager has finally responded to the speculation linking him with the Arsenal job as the former Argentine national player said that he would be open to taking up the role despite his ties with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Mauricio Pochettino lost his job as the Spurs manager last month after the poor start made by his team this season.

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He was sacked five months plus on from the Champions League final which the Argentine tactician masterminded.

Pochettino led Spurs to the Champions League final for the first time in their history but they were unable to go one better after the 2-0 defeat to eventual champions Liverpool in the final.

The Arsenal job became vacant some days after his sacking as the Spurs manager as Unai Emery ended his association with the Gunners after just 18 months.

Unai Emery led the North Londoners to a run of seven games without a single victory in all competitions and that led to his dismissal as the Arsenal boss.

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Arsenal Managerial Target Set To Sign New Rangers Deal

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is closing in on a new contract at the Scottish Premiership club and that would effectively rule him out of the equation as far as the vacant managerial job at Arsenal is concerned.

The news of his contract extension at Rangers was revealed by the Daily Mirror as it was confirmed that the Liverpool legend will sign a new deal until 2024.

The former Liverpool midfielder has impressed a great deal since being appointed into this post as the Rangers manager last summer.

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He is in his second season at Ibrox with Rangers in serious contention for the league title alongside rivals Celtic.

The former Liverpool skipper has been mentioned as one of the managers in contention for the Arsenal job which became vacant at the end of last month.

The Gunners sacked Unai Emery at the end of last month after results nosedived.

The Spanish tactician lost his job at the end of a seven-game winless run and was swiftly replaced by Freddie Ljungberg who’s a club legend.

The winless run of games has been extended to nine matches under Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg.

Arsenal managerial target Steven Gerrard has also been mentioned as the potential successor to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

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Spurs Join Arsenal, Man Utd In Race To Sign 22-year-old Centre Back

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Tottenham Hotspur are said to be the latest Premier League team to join the race to sign highly rated Leeds United defender Ben White.

This is according to the Football Insider which revealed that Spurs are now in the race to sign the 22-year-old centre back alongside fellow Premier League sides like Arsenal and Manchester United.

The interest of Tottenham Hotspur in Ben White was confirmed by ex-England international shot stopper Paul Robinson who represented Spurs, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United during his successful football career.

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According to him, his former club is eyeing a mini-defensive overhaul under the new managerial reign of Jose Mourinho with key defenders like Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertoghen close to the end of their respective contracts.

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertoghen have six months left on their various Tottenham Hotspur contract and their respective futures at the club are in doubt as a result.

Ben White has impressed for Leeds United in the English Championship thus attracting the interest of the biggest clubs in England.

The young defender is on loan at Leeds United from Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Arsenal Plotting Audacious Bid For Man United Player

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Struggling Premier League giants Arsenal have turned their attention to a Manchester United loanee as they try to solve their glaring defensive problems according to the Daily Mirror.

Arsenal have made a poor start to the Premier League this season and that could be traced to their problems defensively.

The Gunners have two clean sheets only in 15 league games this season.

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The aforementioned report said that the North Londoners are interested in signing AS Roma defender Chris Smalling who’s on loan at the Italian capital club from Manchester United.

Chris Smalling became surplus to requirements at Manchester United after the world-record arrival of Harry Maguire from fellow Premier League team Leicester City this summer.

Manchester United paid £80m for Harry Maguire thus making the England international the most expensive defender in world football ahead of Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk.

Chris Smalling had no choice but to leave Manchester United and he has been better for it after his sensational start to life at AS Roma.

Arsenal sent scouts to watch him in action on Friday night during the Italian Serie A game with hosts and league leaders Inter Milan.

Everton and Leicester City are also monitoring his situation at AS Roma ahead of next summer.

 

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Finally, Arsenal To Swoop In For 30-year-old Defender

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North London giants Arsenal are said to be interested in signing one of the best defenders in the Italian Serie A this season.

This is according to the publication from the stables of the Daily Mirror which revealed that the Gunners are keen to sign AS Roma center-back Chris Smalling who has been one of the standout defenders in the Italian top flight this term.

Chris Smalling has been able to turn his fortunes around in the Italian capital of Rome in this campaign following a couple of average seasons with Manchester United before his transfer in September.

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The England international player joined AS Roma from Manchester United on loan until next summer.

England manager Gareth Southgate has left Chris Smalling out of his squad for the better part of the last two years and that could be about to change after he watches him in action alongside his assistant Steve Holland.

Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland were in attendance as AS Roma played out a goalless draw with hosts and league leaders Inter Milan during their league meeting on Friday night.

Chris Smalling played the entire duration of the game for AS Roma and was one of the best players on the pitch.

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Mourinho To Rival Arsenal, Man United For This Defender

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen his squad on the defensive front and has already identified an Italian Serie A defender as the man to bolster his team.

Mourinho and his Tottenham Hotspur team have struggled defensively since he took over the team with the North London club conceding two goals in each of the last four games in all competitions before the emphatic win over Burnley in the Premier League this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur kept their first clean sheet under Jose Mourinho after beating hapless Burnley 5-0 at home.

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Mourinho became the Spurs manager last month as the replacement for Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked after an indifferent start to the current league season in the English top flight.

According to the publication from The Sun, Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur will have to battle with Arsenal and Manchester United in the chase for Italian Serie A defender Merih Demirel who plays his club football for Italian champions Juventus.

Merih Demirel signed for Juventus from Sassuolo in the summer but the Turkish international center-back has not been able to break into the starting XI with the duo of Matthijs De Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci the preferred choice at the heart of the Juventus defense.

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Man Utd Ahead Of Liverpool, Arsenal In Race To Sign Midfield Maestro

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Three-time European champions Manchester United are reportedly the favorites to sign one of the best players at Italian Serie A side Parma.

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United are ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal in the race to sign Dejan Kulusevski when the transfer market opens again next year.

Dejan Kulusevski is one of the best players at Parma in the Italian top flight this season and he’s on loan from fellow Italian Serie A club Atalanta.

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Manchester United have already contacted the agent of the player according to the aforementioned publication.

Italian Serie A leaders Inter Milan are also interested in the player.

For now, Manchester United are in pole position to sign the player ahead of the other three interested clubs namely Arsenal, Liverpool, and Inter Milan.

Manchester United are expected to strengthen their squad in the transfer window especially in the midfield area after their failure to replace the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.

Belgian international star Marouane Fellaini left Manchester United for the Chinese Super League in January and the Red Devils have not signed a replacement for him to date.

Ander Herrera also left the club for French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and has not been replaced to date.

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