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Jose Mourinho reveals fitness update ahead of Arsenal clash

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Jose Mourinho has delivered a fitness update ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal.
Mourinho will be without Sergio Romero for Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday, but has everyone else available.

“Everybody’s fine,” Mourinho said.

“I have 22 players and apart from Romero as a goalkeeper, everyone is fit to play.”

United face Arsenal in what will be Arsene Wenger’s final game at Old Trafford in charge.

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And Phil Jones has hailed the Frenchman
“He’s been a fantastic manager,” said Jones. “I’ve seen a lot of things in the press at the moment and it’s true. He changed the game of football and the way teams like to play.

“He’s managed some terrific Arsenal teams over the years, that I’ve grown up watching, and he should be respected and get the send-off he deserves.”

Alexis Sanchez also faces his old team and Jones has admitted he may have an extra incentive to do well.When asked if he thought it would be weird for Sanchez he said: “Not so much at home. I think, if it was away at the Emirates, it might be a bit different.

“Going back to a place where he’s very fond of, knows the pitch well and the fans well.

“So, at home, it’s a little bit different but he will still get that added incentive to try to put one over on them.”

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Wenger reveals Ozil’s problem under Emery

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Arsene Wenger has suggested Arsenal’s decision to give Mesut Ozil a long-term contract may have left the playmaker in a “comfort zone”.

The Gunners handed Ozil a deal until 2021 last January amid speculation that he would follow Alexis Sanchez out.

Wenger was still manager at the time, and although the move to tie down the player was seen as a positive one, the German has slipped down the pecking order under new boss, Unai Emery.

Ozil last started a game on Boxing Day and has made just two substitute appearances in all competitions in 2019.

“I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases.

“Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practise, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.

“He has a contract but the problem is that, if you want to buy a player like him, you have to spend £100m. And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Özil case, it is more about the way football is structured.

“To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?” Wenger said after being honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.

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Arsenal to sell Guendouzi to PSG in £60m deal

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Arsenal will demand at least £60 million for Matteo Guendouzi following interest from Paris Saint-Germain, The Sunday Express reports.

Guendouzi signed for the Gunners last summer, joining in a £6m deal from Lorient.

The 19-year-old has quickly established himself at the heart of Unai Emery’s midfield and has made 33 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

PSG have been monitoring Guendouzi’s progress in the Premier League and are considering a bid this summer.

But the Gunners have set a £60m asking price, if the French champions do decide to make a move.

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Lacazette apologizes to Arsenal fans following 1-0 defeat to BATE

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Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette, has apologized to fans, after being sent off in a shock 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov, in Thursday’s Europa League last 32 tie.

Lacazette was shown a straight red card in the 85th minute, for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic with an elbow.

“Letting the team down like that is the worst feeling.

“I should have stayed calm but it’s not always easy. Sorry.

“There are still 90 minutes to play and I believe that my teammates will make it to the next round,” Lacazette wrote on Twitter.

Unai Emery’s side now need to win by at least two goals at home next week to advance.

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