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Replacing Wenger an impossible job, says Arsenal chief

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London (AFP) – Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes he is now faced with an impossible task in finding a fitting replacement for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger, 67, announced he will step down from his role at the end of the season on Friday after 22 years in charge.

Juanmi double blows hole in Atletico title hopes

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Madrid (AFP) – A brace from late substitute Juanmi sealed a precious 3-0 win for Real Sociedad on Thursday to virtually end Atletico Madrid’s fading hopes of challenging for the Spanish league title.

With a 12-point deficit to Barcelona, Atletico were already facing an uphill task to overhaul the runaway La Liga leaders.

Juanmi double blows hole in Atletico title hopes

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Madrid (AFP) – A brace from late substitute Juanmi sealed a precious 3-0 win for Real Sociedad on Thursday to virtually end Atletico Madrid’s fading hopes of challenging for the Spanish league title.

With a 12-point deficit to Barcelona, Atletico were already facing an uphill task to overhaul the runaway La Liga leaders.

Underwhelming Real held to draw at home by Athletic Bilbao

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid may the favourites for the Champions League but a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday will hardly have struck fear into Bayern Munich.

Zinedine Zidane’s side started complacently at the Santiago Bernabeu and ended frantically, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 87th-minute equaliser cancelling out a delightful early chip from Athletic’s Inaki Williams in between.

Cech tells Gunners to set their sights on unbeaten run

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London (AFP) – Petr Cech believes Arsenal will have to win all their remaining matches if they are to secure a place in the top five of the Premier League.

The Gunners are currently six points adrift of fifth-placed London rivals Chelsea, with both sides having a maximum of 15 points to play for from their five remaining league games this season.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day title drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day title drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Aguero relieved to avoid last day drama

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s latest Premier League triumph lacked the drama of Sergio Aguero’s winner with virtually the last kick of the season in 2012, but the Argentine is relieved to have won the title with five games to spare.

City also claimed the title on the final day of the 2013/14 season, but Aguero believes his third league winner’s medal in England is just reward for the best football he has been involved in since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Torres and Griezmann on target as Atletico stroll past Levante

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Fernando Torres marked the announcement of his Atletico Madrid departure with a goal after coming off the bench to score in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday.

Six days after confirming he will be leaving his boyhood club at the end of the season, Torres rolled back the years with a volleyed finish the 34-year-old would have been proud of in his prime.

Torres and Griezmann on target as Atletico stroll past Levante

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Fernando Torres marked the announcement of his Atletico Madrid departure with a goal after coming off the bench to score in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday.

Six days after confirming he will be leaving his boyhood club at the end of the season, Torres rolled back the years with a volleyed finish the 34-year-old would have been proud of in his prime.

Arsenal face Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-final

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League in a mouth-watering clash of two big clubs that have taken a backseat in their domestic leagues in recent years.

French club Marseille will play FC Salzburg, the club backed by soft drinks giant Red Bull, in the other semi-final.

Griezmann denies Barcelona deal is done

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann denied he had decided to join Barcelona next season, saying in an interview aired on French television on Sunday that such reports “were not good information”.

Told by a reporter on TF1 that “according to our information you are going to sign”, the French international replied: “I don’t where your information comes from but, for now, there’s nothing.

Griezmann denies Barcelona deal is done

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann denied he had decided to join Barcelona next season, saying in an interview aired on French television on Sunday that such reports “were not good information”.

Told by a reporter on TF1 that “according to our information you are going to sign”, the French international replied: “I don’t where your information comes from but, for now, there’s nothing.

Messi hat-trick helps Barcelona equal record unbeaten streak

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history as a Lionel Messi hat-trick inspired the runaway leaders to a 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday to make it 38 league games unbeaten.

The Catalan giants will look to break the record that Real Sociedad set in 1979-80 when they host Valencia next weekend, with Ernesto Valverde’s side now just seven matches from becoming the first La Liga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat.

Bale puts hand up for Juve selection after Las Palmas double

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale made a strong case for a starting spot against Juventus by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Las Palmas on Saturday.

Bale’s double in Gran Canaria served as a timely reminder to coach Zinedine Zidane, with the trip to Turin for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals to come on Tuesday.

Barcelona head to Sevilla with unbeaten record on the line

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Madrid (AFP) – The last time a club was this close to an unbeaten season in La Liga, they came unstuck at Sevilla.

Barcelona, with concerns over the fitness of Lionel Messi, travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Saturday, looking to extend their own undefeated run this term to 30 league games.

Brazil suffer World Cup blow as Filipe Luis breaks leg

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Madrid (AFP) – Brazil’s World Cup preparations have suffered a blow with serious injury to Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.

He had been preferred over Juventus’ Alex Sandro in Brazil coach Tite’s squad released Thursday for the upcoming friendlies against France and World Cup hosts Russia.

Brazil suffer World Cup blow as Filipe Luis breaks leg

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Madrid (AFP) – Brazil’s World Cup preparations have suffered a blow with serious injury to Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.

He had been preferred over Juventus’ Alex Sandro in Brazil coach Tite’s squad released Thursday for the upcoming friendlies against France and World Cup hosts Russia.

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The best Arsenal formation that could overwhelm Atletico Madrid

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HOW DO ARSENAL BEAT ATLETICO MADRID? Clearly, Arsenal's season defining moment is here. The Europa League draw on the 13th of Friday for those who are superstitious gave Arsenal a ghastly baddest draw against Atletico Madrid. The worst possible outcome as Arsenal drew the ‘best' team remaining in the competition.

Maybe Arsenal will find it easier than we think against Atletico Madrid?

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It would seem that most Arsenal fans think that the Gunners have absolutely no chance when we come up against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League, but perhaps our pessimism could be misplaced? The fact is that Atletico are on their way to qualifying for the Champions League through their position of [.

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid is HUGE in so many ways….

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Arsenal V Atletico Madrid Is A Great Draw For Fans by Neil Watson / The Screens Without question the last team Wenger would have wanted to draw in the semi finals is Atletico Madrid and yet somehow as fans, maybe, just maybe, its a game we need. In the Champions League we have of recent [...]

Europa League Semi-Final Draw: Arsenal To Take On Atletico Madrid In Almighty Clash Of The Favourites

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The Europa League semi-final has been performed at UEFA HQ over in Nyon and it's official: Arsenal's reward for stumbling past CSKA in the quarters is a big last-four double-header against fellow favourites Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners had to tussle back from two goals down to salvage a draw out in Moscow (thus maintaining their flawless record of having never won a competitive match on Russian soil) but a late goal from Aaron Ramsey was enough to spirit them into the semi-final pot.

Europa League draw Live – Arsenal tough task confirmed!

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The European draws are set to take place this morning as we anxiously await news on who we will have to beat to reach the final of the Europa League, and Atletico Madrid remain the team to avoid for Arsenal. The Spanish giants have made two Champions League finals in recent seasons, and deserve their [.

Arsenal could agree ‘impossible’ £150m deal with Atletico Madrid for ‘most wanted’ star

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According to AS, Arsenal are interested in Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul and may have to complete an ‘impossible’ deal worth £150m to land his signature. The 23-year-old signed a nine-year contract in 2017, which will take his stay to 19 years, so the Gunners might have their work cut out getting him to England.

News roundup: U.S. women thrash Mexico, Union’s bus program, and Earnie moving on?

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Liverpool could agree deal for £88m Arsenal-target

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According to Mi Otra Liga, Liverpool will battle Arsenal to agree a deal with Atletico Madrid for goalkeeper Jan Oblak. The 25-year-old has impressed since moving from Benfica to the Wanda Metropolitano and could be on his way out of Spain this summer as a result.

Lorius Karius has become Liverpool’s first-choice between the sticks this season, but his future is in doubt as The Merseysiders continue to be linked with stellar shot-stoppers in Europe.

Arsenal gifted boost in their pursuit of £63m-rated goalkeeper

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Arsenal ready to splash out £89 million, fans should be excited

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Arsenal are ready to splash the cash on Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The Gunners are on the lookout for Petr Cech’s long-term replacement and Spanish media outlet AS has claimed the club are poised to meet his £89 million release clause.

Cech will have just a year left on his contract this summer and the report says that Arsenal’s director of football, Raul Sanllehi, wants Oblak to replace the former Chelsea stopper.

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Wednesday Kickoff: Guardiola critical of referee, Atletico push to keep Griezmann and more

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One manager was highly critical of a referee following a Champions League exit while one of La Liga's biggest stars remains the subject of transfer talk.

Pep Guardiola criticized referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz after being sent to the stands in Tuesday's Champions League defeat to Liverpool, stating that the referee "likes to be special".

Monday Kickoff: Griezmann denies Barca links, Salah questionable for Man City clash, and more

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While one star denied a transfer move, another's immediate future is up in the air with a gigantic match looming.

Antoine Griezmann says reports linking him with a Barcelona move are "not good information". (REPORT)

Jurgen Klopp says he is "not sure 100 percent" if Mohamed Salah will play against Manchester City in this week's Champions League quarterfinal second leg.

Manchester City could agree part-ex deal worth £88m with Atletico Madrid for £192k-per-week star

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According to Diario Gol, Manchester City are considering a part-exchange deal with Atletico Madrid for Antoine Griezmann. Sergio Aguero could be used as a makeweight as a result of his injury problems and advancing age, let alone his ties to the Spanish club.

The 29-year-old joined City from Atleti in 2011 and has gone on to score and create 257 goals in 290 games.

Manchester United blow as Barcelona agree £88m deal for £192k-per-week star

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Manchester United have been dealt a major blow, with Barcelona agreeing an £88m deal with Atletico Madrid for French striker Antoine Griezmann, reports The S*n.

The £192k-per-week star looks on his way to the Camp Nou, not Old Trafford, at the end of the season. He’s been in fine form this season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, and will make up an outstanding Barcelona attack already featuring Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.

Wednesday Kickoff: Griezmann's future, Neymar injury and more

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While one star's future will be decided soon, another's recovery remains a talking point heading towards the World Cup.

Antoine Griezmann says his club future will be decided before the World Cup. (REPORT)

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says he and the medical team at PSG have been in "total harmony" over Neymar's injury treatment.

Manchester City could sign £192k-per-week 'plan b' instead of £198m 'crack'

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According to Diario Gol, Manchester City are considering an approach for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann if they can’t land the signature of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this summer.

Kane is a top target for Pep Guardiola, having scored 24 goals in 29 Premier League games this season.

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Dortmund, Man United, Tottenham headline first five clubs announced for International Champions Cup

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Christian Pulisic is coming stateside this summer for the International Champions Cup.

Pulisic and Dortmund will be joined by Manchester United, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid this summer as the tournament organizers announced the first five teams set to come to the U.S. this summer.

Friday Kickoff: Bale hopes to remain with Real Madrid, Kane nears return to lineup and more

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While one ex-Tottenham star's future remains up in the air, a current Spurs striker could soon return to the starting XI.

Gareth Bale reportedly wants to remain at Real Madrid despite ongoing reports that he could leave the club. (REPORT)

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is nearing a return to Tottenham's starting XI.

Former Chelsea star urges Spurs to sign 27-yr-old, he could win them the title

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Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has urged Tottenham to make a move for Antoine Griezmann.

The French international is one of the best players in the world right now and he has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid in the recent weeks.

Tottenham could certainly use another quality attacking option and Griezmann would be a sensational addition.

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Sounders aren’t going to sign Fernando Torres

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Whether or not it makes sense on paper, we've confirmed it's not happening.

Fernando Torres has announced that he's leaving Atletico Madrid in the summer, and he's said his preference is to go to China or MLS. That's kicked the rumor mill into overdrive, with MLSsoccer.com speculating that "The Spaniard could pair well with target man Will Bruin, and provide another quality bridge to the major squad rebuild coming over the next couple years.

Newcastle set to get rid of these 2 players, Benitez has made the right call

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Newcastle are looking to release their Spanish defender Jesus Gamez at the end of this season and it will prove to be the right decision.

The former Atletico Madrid player joined the Magpies back in 2016 on a free transfer and he has failed to make any impact whatsoever. The 32-year-old defender was a Champions League runner-up with the La Liga giants before he joined Newcastle but his time in England has been plagued with injuries.