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Man Utd vs Arsenal: Mourinho speaks on Gunner’s unbeaten run

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Manchester United manager, Mourinho has revealed what he expects when the Red Devils tackle Arsenal on Wednesday night in the Premier League fixture.

He also spoke on the Gunners’ 19-match unbeaten run so far this campaign.

Arsenal lost their opening two Premier League games this term to Manchester City and Chelsea, but haven’t lost since and are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Mourinho however stated that he expects a ‘very difficult’ game against Unai Emery’s side at Old Trafford.

Mourinho’s men head to the game following a 2-2 draw with Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League encounter.

“It’s a very difficult match for us,” Mourinho was quoted by Metro UK as saying at a pre-match press conference.

“We play against a good team in a good moment with a good run of results [but] without the accumulation of matches because they play Europa.

“When you play Europa League you normally play with second choices and you can give a good rest to your [first team] players compared to those in the Champions League, where we have to play in the maximum of our potential.

“It’s an accumulation of matches and you arrive in December where many teams pay the price for that.

“When you play Europa – I have done that – it’s not the motivation for the club but it’s good to develop the team and to have people fresh.

“Plus the confidence of the good results because when you play Europa you have good results because you win easily. Very difficult match for us but very difficult match for them in spite of our problems, with players, with selections in spite of that it won’t be easy.”

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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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