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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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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: 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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How Arsenal defeated Man United – Emery

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Arsenal Manager Unai Emery on Sunday said his team-imposed their game plan on English Premier League rivals Manchester United which ensured that the Gunners defeated the Red Devils 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.

It was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first Premier League defeat since being appointed Manchester United’s interim manager.

Emery told newsmen that it was a well deserved win for his side, adding that they were very competitive throughout the game against the most in-form team of the moment in the league.

“I think today we can be very proud of our players and supporters because I think we had a good atmosphere here which gave the players all they needed to beat the best thing in this moment.

“Manchester are a very good side with great players but today we were very competitive over the 90 minutes, finding our moments and I think we deserve this victory.

“We knew Manchester United were in a good moment and could use different systems and tactics within 90 minutes but we wanted to impose our game plan and I think we did just that.

“We needed our goalkeeper at some crucial moments in the game and he made some very good saves, Also our players with their quality, intensity and support here at home (Emirates Stadium) we pushed and created a lot of chances.

“Overall, we proved that we cannot only create chances but can also put them away. I think we can be very happy today and Xhaka scored a very good goal,’’ he said.

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