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Wenger gives reasons why he dropped Mesut Ozil for Southampton game

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mesut Ozil was rested against Southampton and was not dropped for the Premier League game because of injury.

 

The German started on the bench against the Saints with Arsenal set to travel to Russia on Thursday for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

Arsenal bring a 4-1 lead into the second leg against CSKA Moscow, but Wenger decided he wanted to give Ozil a break after a hectic workload.

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Ozil spent the recent international break with Germany and Wenger is worried the forward may be on the verge of a burn-out.

‘No it’s a factor in the way of thinking but It’s also the fact we’ve played many many games,’ Wenger said ahead of the Southampton game.

‘When you play every three days, some need more of a break than others, especially those on international duty.

 

‘There’s also a little less at stake today and it’s good for young players like Reiss Nelson.’ Jack Wilshere and Alexandre Lacazette also drop to the bench after playing against CSKA Moscow.

Teenager Reiss Nelson gets the chance to start upfront for Arsenal and is the youngest player since 2013 to start a Premier League game for the Gunners.

 

Arsenal’s league ambitions seem to have run their course with the Londoners set to miss out on fourth place and a spot in the Champions League.

Wenger’s side sit 15 points off fourth place and will need to win the Europa League to assure themselves of a place among Europe’s elite next season.

 

 

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GRAPHIC VIDEO: Angry boxer attacks coach after losing match

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Boxing fans were left shocked when a fighter on the Hughie Fury-Kubrat Pulev undercard attacked his own trainer ring-side.

Levan Shonia gave viewers more than just a warmup spar when he took on unbeaten Spas Genov.

The Georgian fighter went on to lose the match, his 12th career defeat.

But instead of calling it quits, Shonia appeared to take out his anger on his unfortunate coach.

The pair were standing in the corner, with Shonia inside the ring with his trainer standing on the edge.

And for no apparent reason, Shonia was seen throwing a punch with his right hand, hitting his trainer on the shoulder.

The stunned man took a moment to take in what was happening before knocking Shonia back with a slap.

The response then saw Shonia throw another punch, this time with his left.

Watch video here..

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Super Eagles jersey worn by Mikel Obi during 2018 World Cup added to FIFA museum collection

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The FIFA museum located in Zürich, Switzerland has just announced that the jersey worn by Mikel Obi at Nigeria’s 2-0 victory at the Volgograd Arena at the 2018 World Cup has been added to its collection.

 

Below is how they announced it…

Argentina couldn’t claim three points against hardy newcomers, Iceland, but the @NG_Supereagles did – and they did it in style. The jersey worn by @Mikel_John_Obi at Nigeria’s 2-0 victory at the Volgograd Arena at the 2018 World Cup has been added to the FIFA Museum collection

The Super Eagles jersey worn by Mikel Obi during 2018 World Cup has been added to the FIFA museum collection

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Emery demands first-half improvement despite 11th straight Arsenal win

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Unai Emery demanded Arsenal improve their first-half performances despite the Gunners recording their 11th straight win in all competitions by beating Sporting CP.

But, as in Monday’s Premier League defeat of Leicester City, Arsenal did not impress in a flat first-half performance.

Although Arsenal are closing in on Europa League qualification, Emery feels there is an obvious area where his team can get better in the weeks to come.

“Each match there is a big opportunity to improve and one is this,” Emery told a news conference. “We spoke about it before the match.

“When we were in the dressing room at half-time we spoke and said, ‘okay today also, we cannot impose our game in first 45 minutes, but the second half we have the opportunity to change the result and continue in our way, thinking only of winning this match and improving things in the second half’.

“And I think the team did that in the second 45 minutes. But we need to continue finding the solution for the first half to be better.

“The match, for the 90 minutes, there were different things happening tactically and individually.

“The first half is not clear for us, there was not a lot of chances. The second half step by step we imposed our job, our play to win this match.”

Emery has regularly spoken of his desire for Arsenal to thrive in the Europa League, a competition he won three years in a row with Sevilla.

And after Welbeck’s late impact ensured Arsenal moved clear at the top of Group E, Emery reiterated the value he places on the tournament.

“For us it’s very important because we want to finish first in this group,” Emery said of the win.

“And at the moment the other club who is with us is Sporting. But also because we want to continue this process. There were many positive things.”

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