Team news and stats ahead of Arsenal vs Molde in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.Team newsArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that David Luiz will return to the squad against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Brazilian defender has missed the last two matches after he was forced off with a thigh injury during the home defeat to Leicester on October 25. Arteta initially feared Luiz would be out for “a few weeks”, but the 33-year-old has resumed training and is available for selection.Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns following the victory at Manchester United. Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) remain long-term absentees.Molde are still without injured defender Kristoffer Haraldseid, but midfielder Martin Ellingsten should be restored to the starting line-up, having come off the substitutes’ bench in the 3-1 win over Mjondalen at the weekend. Image:Arsenal made it two wins from two in the Europa League with a routine victory over Dundalk – Advertisement – – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League 2:59 How to followFollow Arsenal vs Molde with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms from 6.30pm on Thursday; kick off 8pm.Opta statsArsenal will face Molde for the very first time in this match. The Gunners have won three of their four matches against Norwegian opponents (D1).Arsenal’s last match against Norwegian opposition was a 5-1 win against Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League in December 2004, with goals from José Antonio Reyes, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie.This will be Molde’s first meeting with English opponents; Norwegian sides have never beaten English opposition away from home, drawing twice and losing 20 times, with a goal difference of -87 (13 scored, 100 conceded).Molde have won four of their last six away matches in the UEFA Europa League (D1 L1), beating Scottish (Celtic) and Irish (Dundalk) opponents on this run.Since the start of the 2018-19 season, only Munas Dabbur (13) has scored more goals in the UEFA Europa League than Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12). Molde at a glanceThe coach: Erling Moe replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, initially as caretaker manager, when he left for Manchester United in December 2018 as interim boss. Moe, a former Molde player, had been Solskjaer’s assistant and was given the job on a permanent basis when it became clear Solskjaer would not be returning.European pedigree: The Norwegian club reached the Champions League group stage during the 1999/2000 season and the group stage of the Europa League in 2012/13. In 2015/16 Molde topped a group containing Fenerbahce, Ajax and Celtic to reach the round of 32 in the Europa League, losing 3-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Sevilla.Form: Second in the Norwegian Tippeligaen but 16 points behind league leaders Bado Glimt. Molde have won their last four domestic fixtures and, like Arsenal, both of their opening two games in the Europa League. They arrive in London on a six-match winning run.
Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jan 2020 4:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5kShares Kurzawa is out of contract with PSG this summer (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementThe report claims that PSG are willing to let Kurzawa leave and are not looking to sign a replacement.The left-back has made 14 appearances for PSG this season but often as a substitute.When asked about securing potential signings for Arsenal this month, Mikel Arteta said: ‘Yes, but it has to be the right player, in the right context that financially we can compete and we can attract and all these factors, if you put them together, are not easy in this market.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal PSG set asking price for Arsenal to sign Layvin Kurzawa Arsenal have been in talks to sign Layvin Kurzawa from PSG (Getty Images)Arsenal will need to pay between €5 million and €7m (£4.2m – £6m) to sign Layvin Kurzawa from Paris Saint-Germain this month, according to reports in France.The Gunners have been in talks with agent Kia Joorabchian, who is attempting to broker a deal between the two clubs.Kurzawa is out of contract at the end of the season and with PSG not renewing his deal, the 27-year-old would be available on a free transfer this summer.But Arsenal are looking to complete a deal in the January transfer window and L’Equipe claim that PSG are holding out for a small transfer fee.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Advertisement
“I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family. His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites.“We have applied for landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad, “Piinnick told the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Osimhen gets private jet to attend father’s funeral ritesPatrick Osimhen, 80, died in Lagos on Saturday night after a brief illness. Loading… Read Also:Ronaldo, Iniesta inspire Angel Gomes“The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”Oismhen announced the death of his father on the social media on Sunday morning.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 French Ligue 1 club Lille have granted Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen a private aircraft to travel to Nigeria for his father’s funeral rites.Advertisement
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has tipped Neil Warnock to bounce back from his sacking by QPR. Warnock and AVB clashed in October.Warnock, who previously hinted he would retire after leaving Loftus Road, is considering his next move after being given the boot by majority shareholder Tony Fernandes following a run of bad results.The two bosses disagreed after QPR’s controversial victory over the Blues in October, but Villas-Boas has backed Warnock to make his mark at another club.He said: “It’s up to Tony Fernandes to decide what is best for the future of QPR and they decided to part company with the manager who brought them up to the Premier League.AdChoices广告“Managers are in the spotlight and under pressure to get results. Tony Fernandes obviously had a different perspective for QPR and unfortunately for Neil it comes to an end.“But, because of the person and character Neil is, I think we will see him back in action soon.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
There were also points from Liam McGrath, Steven O’Brien, Jason Lonergan, Brian Fox and Kevin O’Halloran.Tipperary Senior Football manager Liam Kearns believes a strong start really stood to them. It was two for two for Tipperary at Semple yesterday as the Senior Footballers also secured victory in their league clash with Louth.Liam Kearns’ men secured Division 2 action next season and possible promotion after breezing past the Wee County by 2-17 to 0-09.Conor Sweeney clocked up 7 points including five from frees while the goals came courtesy of Michael Quinlivan and Bill Maher who also put a point each on the scoreboard.
ON THE BIG STAGE–A large image of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin quarterback Colin Kaepernick decorates a building in New Orleans, Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) by Howard FendrichNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Super Bowl closes a tumultuous year for the NFL.Suicides by former NFL players. Thousands of others filing concussion lawsuits. New studies linking football to brain disease. Still no testing for human growth hormone. The specter of other purported performance-enhancing products — deer-antler spray, anyone? — being peddled to players.A pay-for-pain bounty scandal. A lockout of officials resolved only after a ludicrous game-ending call. Zero minority hires for 15 coach or general manager openings.And yet the league is as popular as ever.Advertisers paid nearly $4 million per 30-second television commercial for the right to reach the 100 million or so Americans expected to tune in to Sunday’s Super Bowl between the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens and NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. Eleven of the 12 most-watched TV programs during the last 2½ years were NFL postseason games, according to the league.Uncertain, though, is what the future holds for an NFL still coming to grips with the dangers of a brutal sport that makes it tremendously wealthy.“The game has changed and keeps changing. … It is such a violent game, and such a collision game, that careers are going to be kind of like not long at all. Because you take those licks — you’ve only got so many in your body, and at some point that’s going to wear it out,” said Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery, who played that position for the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions from 1977-85.