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Neville tasks Sanchez, Ozil to learn from diligent Iwobi, Welbeck

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has praised Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi for his hard-work in Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Iwobi who made his first league start, was a surprise pick ahead of Chile star Alexis Sanchez who started from the bench while Mesut Ozil was out due to injury.

And after an impressive performance, Iwobi was later replaced by Mohamed Elneny with 10 minutes left.

The former England international also Hails Danny Welbeck for his tireless efforts in the London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Neville commends the attitudes of both Iwobi and Welbeck noting that their disciplined performances were an example to both Sanchez and Ozil when they come back into the side.

“Arsene Wenger made a difference,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He chose attitude and hard work over talent. Granit Xhaka (L) partnered Aaron Ramsey (R) in Arsenal’s midfield.

“Iwobi and Welbeck did what Ozil and Sanchez didn’t do at Liverpool. They attached themselves to the two central midfielders.

When I saw Xhaka and Ramsey in this team today, I thought they would get bulldozed in midfield, however, Iwobi tucked in, making Chelsea go wide and Welbeck did the same on the other side.

Neville added: “When you think about Ray Parlour and the job he did for Arsenal over the years, of course there would have been more talented players than him but he put in the hard work and showed the right attitude.

“In big matches at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson went with Ji-sung Park and Darren Fletcher, why? Because they were the most talented players at the club? No, but because they needed to show discipline and respect for the opposition.

“Wenger chose a hard-working attitude over talent. They got into the shape and did the job that we’ve been demanding from them over the last few years.

“It’s not difficult and ultimately that video should go to Ozil and Sanchez because they do need to come back in, but if they are not going to do the job required, sit in the stands and let two players with less talent do the job you need to do in a big match.

“There’s no excuse for any player not to work back into a defensive position. The only player I saw have that luxury in 20 years was Cristiano Ronaldo and in big matches he was shoved up front.

“However, he scored 40 goals a season and United were winning things. That’s when you can get away with it. Sanchez does normally work hard but Ozil now has no excuse not to get back into his position after seeing this game.

“What Arsenal did is show some respect at Stamford Bridge and they got the result because of that. I was delighted to see it because we’ve been crying out for it for many, many months.”

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Ozil hails team-mates after reaching Europa quarter final

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Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil has hailed his teammate for reaching the UEFA Europa League quarter-final.

Arsenal will tackle Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final next month.

The Gunners reached the Europa League last eight on Thursday night after defeating Rennes 3-0 at Emirates.

Ozil took to his official Twitter page to praise Unai Emery’s men for showing good character and determination to reach competition’s next round.

He wrote: “Great comeback from the team! A difficult week for us, but we showed good character and determination to reach the #UEL quarters!”

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Europa League: Arsenal charged over pitch invader

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Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over the pitch invasion that occurred during Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

This is coming after the Gunners defeated Rennes 3-0 in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg tie on Thursday night at Emirates.

The incident occurred in the 69th minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory when a supporter ran on to the field to celebrate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal and shoved Man United defender, Chris Smalling.

He then approached Arsenal’s players with his arms aloft before stewards escorted him off the pitch.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the man was later arrested.

“Arsenal FC has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E20(a)and (b),” the FA said in a statement.

“It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator(s) conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday.”

Arsenal have until March 22 to respond to the charge.

Pitch invasions in England and Scotland over the weekend have raised fears for player safety, with those in the game warning of potential tragedy unless firm action is taken to tackle the problem.

Before the incident at Arsenal, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was punched in the face by a man in a Championship (second tier) game at local rivals Birmingham City.

While in Scotland, Rangers captain, James Tavernier was attacked at Hibernian.

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Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal qualify for quarter-final

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Chelsea and Arsenal will fly the Premier League’s flag in the Europa League quarter-final this season.

The Blues, who were all but assured of their place after a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, won 5-0 in Ukraine.

Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick, while Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also got on the score sheet for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

Arsenal overcame a 3-1 deficit, to beat Rennes 3-0 at at the Emirates.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in each half and set up a goal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The draw for the last eight will be conducted Friday afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland.

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