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Emery make move on signing Carrasco

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has decided to make a move for Yannick Carrasco after the Gunners were offered the chance to sign the Belgium international, according to reports.

Carrasco left Atletico Madrid for Chinese side Dalian Yifang a year ago, although Belgian newspaper HLN claims he is unhappy and instructed his representatives to make contact with Arsenal.

According to Foot Mercato, Emery has responded favourably to the opportunity to sign Carrasco and a formal bid is expected “in the coming days”.

The Arsenal boss is a big fan of Carrasco while he has made no secret of his desire to sign a player to bolster his options out wide, confirming he wanted to recruit ‘a winger, right or left, one player can help us in this position’.

However, Arsenal could struggle to convince Dalian Yifang to sell with the side having paid £27m to sign Carrasco just a year ago

Carrasco is currently earning around £8.8m a year in China, a salary Arsenal cannot match, though he appears open to accepting a pay cut in order to return to Europe.

The former Atletico winger has enjoyed a solid first campaign in China, scoring seven goals in 25 games in all competitions and playing a key role in avoiding relegation.

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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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