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Santi Cazorla's Arsenal career not over, says hopeful Arsène Wenger

  • Manager may offer midfielder new contract in the summer
  • ‘I’ve not spoken about it much but we missed him a lot’

Santi Cazorla’s Arsenal career is not yet over, with Arsène Wenger still hoping to be able to offer the midfielder a new contract when he returns from a period of rehabilitation this summer.

The Spanish international has not played for the Gunners since sustaining a serious achilles tendon injury in October 2016. A gangrenous infection sustained after repeated surgery on the tendon almost led to Cazorla having his foot amputated last year. Since then the player has been recuperating in Spain and Wenger believes he is now making good progress.

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When Arsène Wenger and Alex Ferguson fought bitterly to be top dog | Rob Smyth

The Battle of Old Trafford, Pizzagate and that FA Cup replay are recalled in a riveting documentary about the feud between Arsenal’s and Manchester United’s managers

The Premier League is the richest league in the world but money cannot buy hate. English football is crying out for an immense, sprawling rivalry between two great teams. There have been some interesting conflicts in recent times but nothing close to the epic nine-year war between Arsenal and Manchester United from 1996 to 2005.

It’s the rift that keeps on giving. Five years after ITV’s memorable Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies, Channel 5 is to broadcast a documentary on the broader rivalry between the sides, and especially the managers. Fergie v Wenger: The Feud (Monday 10pm) is an exhilarating hour of time travel that includes interviews with more than a dozen players, coaches and journalists – and a series of clips that instantly evoke the nuclear intensity of the time.

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Arsenal fans warned over Europa League ‘hot potato’ in Moscow

• Government advice for supporters after spy-poisoning row
• Fans going to quarter-final in Moscow may face anti-British feeling

Arsenal have encouraged their supporters to follow advice from the Foreign Office after the club was drawn to play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals – a pairing described as a “hot potato” by an Arsenal fans’ group.

The tie comes at a time of tension between the government and the Kremlin over the poisoning of the Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in Salisbury this month.

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Danny Welbeck double eases Arsenal past Milan and into quarter-finals

Danny Welbeck thought about it. He had felt the slightest touch from the Milan left-back, Ricardo Rodríguez, inside the area and he went down. The official behind the goal thought about it some more. The seconds ticked by. Milan were unconcerned. But then, a crackle across the airwaves and there was the Swedish referee, Jonas Eriksson, pointing to the spot. Milan erupted with rage. Arsenal could sense their place in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Welbeck scored and, at long last, Arsène Wenger could feel his luck was in. The Arsenal manager’s team had trailed to Hakan Calhanoglu’s long-range blast and, at that point, things could have turned angsty. Instead, Welbeck had them back in charge.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang frustrated by forced absence from Europa League

• Arsenal striker says lack of midweek action has hampered his start
• ‘Now I play once a week or have a long time between games’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says his Uefa-enforced absence from the Europa League has hampered his attempts to find an early rhythm at Arsenal. The striker, who joined for a club record £56m from Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the January transfer window, is cup-tied in the Europa League – which is a huge frustration to him.

Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has criticised the Uefa rule and he believes it will be scrapped, largely because of the huge sums of money involved in mid-season transfers. Aubameyang played for Dortmund in this season’s Champions League but they finished third in their group to drop into the knockout phase of the Europa League, where Arsenal are competing.

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Arsenal cast off gloom with Europa League first leg romp against Milan

After all the weeks of swimming against the tide, the games when their heads dipped, their bodies felt heavier, Arsenal grasped hold of their Europa League lifebelt and gave themselves a chance of saving their season.

If the latter Wenger years have seen Arsenal drift from challenging for the league, their reinvention as a cup team and ability to conjure one-off performances of the calibre that make you wonder why they cannot do this more often, remains intact. They came to Milan and played like a team determined not to take any more punishment. They reminded their critics – and perhaps even themselves – that on their day they can produce a meaningful win.

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Analysing just how bad Arsenal have been this season | Martin Laurence

Arsenal have lost their last four away games and are conceding more goals than relegation-threatened Newcastle

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport Network

Arsène Wenger’s toughest task in his long tenure at Arsenal may well be putting a positive spin on a decline that will surely bring his time at the club to an end in a real whimper. Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton on Sunday was their fourth in their last five league games and their fourth in succession on the road. Wenger managed to avoid losing four straight away games in his first 20 years at the club but has now succumbed to that fate in two consecutive seasons.

Arsenal have only picked up seven points from their eight league games so far in 2018. They join Everton as one of two sides who have not won a single point on the road in 2018. Arsenal are already 33 points off the searing pace set by Manchester City at the top and it would be a surprise if that gap didn’t extend to 40 or more by the end of the season. With 13 points separating themselves and fourth-place Tottenham, their hopes of returning to the Champions League places ended some time ago.

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Arsène Wenger insists he is ‘still the right man for the job’ at Arsenal

• Arsenal manager admits Brighton defeat ended top-four hopes
• Four defeats in a row spell worst Arsenal sequence since 2002

Arsène Wenger admitted Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four Premier League finish were over after the 2-1 defeat at Brighton. The club lag 13 points behind fourth‑placed Tottenham Hotspur and the Europa League appears to have become their only shot at Champions League qualification. They play Milan in the last 16.

Related: Arsenal crash at Brighton to pile more pressure on Arsène Wenger

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Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín a Juventus target as he seeks new challenge

• Juventus believe they can seal summer deal to sign Bellerín
• Right-back questioning his career direction at Arsenal

Héctor Bellerín is a prime summer transfer target for Juventus. The Arsenal right-back has come to question his career direction in north London and Juventus believe they can close a deal for him.

Arsenal have previously resisted attempts by rival clubs to take the 22-year-old. Manchester City and Barcelona have tried and failed and Juventus had an opportunistic offer turned down on the final day of last summer’s window.

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