Arsenal, Chelsea face long Europa League trips

Hope Soto
September 3, 2018

"We know they will have a lot of possession and it won't be all down to us parking the bus, because these teams have great quality". The Spaniard said: "When you play two matches in a week, you have more time to prepare for the matches, to prepare the players physically".

Emery confirmed Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil was fit for Sunday's league clash against Cardiff City, having recovered from an illness that kept him on the sidelines during their 3-1 win over West Ham United last weekend.

Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France, also finished fourth in the UEFA player of the season award announced on Thursday and won by Croatian Luka Modric, a victor in the Champions League final and runner-up in the World Cup.

"You say three. I'd say 33", Warnock replied when asked about Cardiff's tough run at his pre-match press conference.

Arsenal have conceded six league goals already this season, with many pundits attributing this defensive frailty to Emery's high-pressing philosophy and insistence on playing out from the back.

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The draw for the Europa League group phase was made today and there are two Italians involved, as Atalanta lost the play-offs to FC Copenhagen on penalties last night.

But Emery, speaking shortly after the draw was announced, said he doesn't want to leave Mkhitaryan at home for the game.

For me that is one thing; I don't stop during my career for everything that the news says about me or the players. Not very well. It's for that and when I was very young, my father was coming every day with one fresh orange fruit juice.

Dembele arrived for training after spending much of the morning on social media outlining his frustration over a blocked move to Lyon, and the 22-year-old walked off the field after about 15 minutes following a discussion with Rodgers.

Asked whether he felt Ozil would play in the Welsh capital, Warnock jokingly replied: "I've got enough worries".

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