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Arsenal fear Alexis Sanchez will not be ‘mentally fit’ following Chile’s failure to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup

ARSENAL are facing a new Alexis Sanchez crisis. The Gunners fear he will not be mentally fit following Chile’s World Cup KO — especially as a blunder from club-mate David Ospina cost him his place in Russia. The Colombia keeper touched an indirect free-kick into the net to gift Peru a 1-1 draw and send […]

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ARSENAL are facing a new Alexis Sanchez crisis.
The Gunners fear he will not be mentally fit following Chile’s World Cup KO — especially as a blunder from club-mate David Ospina cost him his place in Russia.

Alexis Sanchez was left crestfallen as Chile failed to qualify for the Russian World Cup
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The Colombia keeper touched an indirect free-kick into the net to gift Peru a 1-1 draw and send Chile out.

Sanchez is due back at the club today after his country’s 3-0 defeat against Brazil.
Nobody at Arsenal knows what frame of mind the sulky striker will be in ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford.
Some at the club think last season’s 30-goal top scorer will now feel he has nothing to play for while he runs down the final months of his contract.

Arsenal fear the Alexis Sanchez returning to the club after the international break may be severely affected by Chile's failure
Arsenal fear the Alexis Sanchez returning to the club after the international break may be severely affected by Chile's failure
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may once again have to deal with Alexis Sanchez issues
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may once again have to deal with Alexis Sanchez issues
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Sanchez, 28, has already rejected a new contract worth £250,000 a week and is wanted by French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
And their Brazilian star Dani Alves yesterday urged him to sign.
Alves said: “He is being heavily courted by many teams. If it is to come to us, then that’s better.”
However, Arsenal may be close to agreeing a new deal with fellow contract rebel Mesut Ozil.

His agent, Erkut Sogut, said: “Our contacts with Arsenal continue and are going in a positive way.
“Ozil wants to play another two to three years in the Premier League.”
Defender Calum Chambers, 22, has signed a two-year extension, tying him to the club until 2021.

Chile were comfortably seen off by Brazil, and other results elsewhere meant they failed to reach Russia 2018
Chile were comfortably seen off by Brazil, and other results elsewhere meant they failed to reach Russia 2018
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‘Ronaldo vs Neymar’: Real Madrid draw PSG in the Champions League last-16 as two of Europe’s biggest clubs go head-to-head… and Twitter loves it

REAL MADRID will play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 as two of Europe’s biggest clubs were drawn against each other. The reigning European champions will now need to go up against fearsome trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani after Friday’s exciting draw. Elsewhere, Chelsea will face Barcelona, Liverpool take on Porto, Manchester […]

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REAL MADRID will play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 as two of Europe’s biggest clubs were drawn against each other.

The reigning European champions will now need to go up against fearsome trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani after Friday’s exciting draw.

Holders Real Madrid will go up against PSG in the Champions League last-16
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Elsewhere, Chelsea will face Barcelona, Liverpool take on Porto, Manchester City draw Basel, Manchester United go up against Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham set to play Juventus.

Real Madrid were always set to face a tougher draw than they’re used to, after slipping to second in their group.

Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos finished behind Tottenham in Group H, after dropping EIGHT points on the way.

Meanwhile, PSG edged Bayern Munich to top spot in Group B, both of whom earned 15 points out of a possible 18.

Real Madrid were drawn against PSG in a thriller of a last-16 tie
Real Madrid were drawn against PSG in a thriller of a last-16 tie
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PSG will be optimistic of denting the reigning champions' chances
PSG will be optimistic of denting the reigning champions’ chances
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Real Madrid vs PSG looks set to be an astonishing tie, after the Ligue 1 giants set the new record for goals in a group stage, with 25.

The draw now means one of the tournament favourites will be going home early, opening the door for one of England’s FIVE clubs to go all the way.


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However, it was the worst possible morning for Chelsea, who – after slumping to second in their group – ended up drawing Barcelona in the last-16.

Liverpool and Manchester City enjoyed seemingly favourable draws though – going up against Porto and Basel respectively.

PSG will go up against holders Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16
PSG will go up against holders Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will hope to improve on their shaky form against PSG
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will hope to improve on their shaky form against PSG
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Tottenham meanwhile face a tricky tie against Italian giants Juventus.

Manchester United will go up against Sevilla, who finished second in their group, behind Liverpool.

Full Champions League last-16 draw

The Champions League draw appears favourable for most Premier League sides
The Champions League draw appears favourable for most Premier League sides
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Juventus vs TOTTENHAM

Basel vs MAN CITY

Porto vs LIVERPOOL

Sevilla vs MAN UNITED

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma

CHELSEA vs Barcelona

Bayern Munich vs Besiktas

The clash is 'lready being tipped as a "Neymar vs Cristiano Ronaldo' battle
The clash is ‘lready being tipped as a “Neymar vs Cristiano Ronaldo’ battle
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Cristiano Ronaldo will go up against Neymar in a clash of the titans
Cristiano Ronaldo will go up against Neymar in a clash of the titans
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Europa League draw: Live stream, TV channel, start time, seedings and Arsenal and Celtic’s possible knockout stage opponents

ARSENAL secured their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade over a month ago. And now the Arsene Wenger’s side will finally find out their last 32 opponents. A wide range of opponents are available to the Gunners, from an intimidating trip to Dortmund to […]

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ARSENAL secured their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade over a month ago.

And now the Arsene Wenger’s side will finally find out their last 32 opponents.

Arsenal have qualified for the Europa League last 32
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A wide range of opponents are available to the Gunners, from an intimidating trip to Dortmund to a match against minnows Ostersund or Ludogorets.

They will also be joined by Celtic, who finished a distant third behind PSG and Bayern Munich in arguably the Champions League’s toughest group.

When is the Europa League draw?

The Europa League draw will take place on Monday, December 11 at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

It will commence at 12pm UK time, or 1pm CET.

What TV channel is the Europa League draw on?

The Europa League draw will be live on BT Sport.

Who could Arsenal and Celtic face in the last 32?

This season’s Europa League is set to be a lot tougher than the tournament won by Manchester United last year.

Arsenal can face any of the second placed teams from the 12 Europa League groups (apart from Red Star Belgrade) or the worst four third placed teams in the Champions League group stage.

Conversely, Celtic can play any of the first placed teams from the 12 Europa League groups or any of the best four third placed teams in the Champions League group stage.

Who are the seeded and unseeded teams for the Europa League draw?

Seeded

Villarreal

Dynamo Kiev

Braga

AC Milan

Atalanta

Lokomotiv Moscow

Viktoria Plzen

ARSENAL

Red Bull Salzburg

Athletic Bilbao

Lazio

Zenit St Petersburg

CSKA Moscow

Atletico Madrid

RB Leipzig

Sporting CP

Unseeded

Astana

Partizan

Ludogorets

AEK Athens

Lyon

Copenhagan

FCSB

Red Star Belgrade

Ostersund

Marseille

Nice

Real Sociedad

Napoli

Spartak Moscow

CELTIC

Borussia Dortmund

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Mikel Arteta covers his face on way to training after being hurt in Manchester derby tunnel bust-up

MIKEL ARTETA arrived for training with Manchster City covering his injured face. The City coach allegedly had a bottle thrown at him in the tunnel after yesterday’s Manchester derby. Arteta was ‘left with blood pouring down his face’ after City’s 2-1 win. More follows  

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MIKEL ARTETA arrived for training with Manchster City covering his injured face.

The City coach allegedly had a bottle thrown at him in the tunnel after yesterday’s Manchester derby.

Mikel Arteta covers his face as he arrives at the Etihad campus
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Arteta was ‘left with blood pouring down his face’ after City’s 2-1 win.

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