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    Arsenal want Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan in £32m January transfer as Mikel Arteta bids to rescue season

    ARSENAL want Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan to sort out their stuttering start to the season.
    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has identified the Spaniard, 26, as the answer to his team’s struggles, with the North Londoners having tracked his progress for three years.

    Joan Jordan is being considered as a possible option to strengthen Arsenal’s midfieldCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Sevilla have put a £55million buy-out clause on the all-action midfielder but the LaLiga side are ready to listen to offers of around £32m.
    And that is a price Arsenal will be willing to pay to fire up their floundering campaign and start giving Arteta and his side the “identity” they crave.
    Fans have never hidden their disdain for Granit Xhaka, whose low stock plummeted even further with a series of lacklustre displays and a red card against Burnley, despite a fine free-kick in the Boxing Day success over Chelsea.
    On-loan Dani Ceballos has failed to impress and injury-hit star summer signing Thomas Partey has made just four Premier League starts since his £45m move from Atletico Madrid.

    That has seen Arteta pushing for a January recruitment drive — and he has placed the former Eibar man at the top of his shopping list.
    Jordan made 40 appearances in his first season at Sevilla after a £13m move from Eibar.
    That included starts in all four of their Europa League knockout ties, which brought victories over Wolves and  Manchester United, en route to a final triumph over Inter Milan.
    Jordan — full name Joan Jordan Moreno — has remained a key member of Julen Lopetegui’s side this season.

    But it is understood  the chance of a move to the Premier League,  especially under fellow Spaniard Arteta, would appeal to him.
    Jordan is a combative central midfielder, willing to mix it when required.
    But he has also  displayed passing vision and the ability to switch play, linking up with  former Manchester City man Jesus Navas on the right and Tottenham star Sergio Reguilon, when he was at Sevilla last season, on the opposite flank.

    Joan Jordan’s tenacious Sevilla performances have attracted Mikel Arteta’s interestCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    He can also shoot from distance and has good dead-ball delivery.
    That ability to lead and inspire has seen him catch Arteta’s eye.
    The Gunners chief is out to prove his Arsenal vision can succeed once he gets a squad of his own choosing together.
    ⚽ Read our Arsenal live blog for the latest news from The Emirates

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    Europa League overtakes Champions League as premier competition with 13 league leaders left – and NONE in top tournament

    EUROPE’S premier footballing competition may no longer be the Champions League.
    Incredibly, there are NO league leaders in the competition.

    Spurs are currently on top in the Premier League but play on Thursday nights in EuropeCredit: Reuters

    While there are a massive 13 table-topping sides in the supposedly inferior Europa League, ESPN revealed.
    Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are currently top of the pile in the Premier League but play on Thursday nights in Europe.
    Tottenham celebrated clinching sixth-place and a Europa League spot on the final day of last year’s league season and now somehow appear to be plying their trade in the tournament full of the best current sides.
    Spain also has a surprise LaLiga leader with Real Sociedad flying high.

    They face Manchester United in the Europa League knockout stage with Chelsea’s Champions League last 16 opponents Atletico Madrid in second spot.
    In Serie A, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan are leading the way with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus down in fourth as they look to make it TEN Scudettos in a row.
    Even reigning Champions League champs and favourites for this year’s crown, Bayern Munich, are not on top of the Bundesliga.
    Instead, Europa League group winners Bayer Leverkusen are out in front.

    Just seven players have managed to score a hat-tricks of CL hat-tricks

    Similarly, French giants Paris Saint-Germain are one point behind Lille in Ligue 1.
    So perhaps Thursday night really is the new Tuesday or Wednesday?
    Not all fans were convinced though.
    One tweeted: “Thursday night will never be “where it’s at” delete this immediately.”
    It is still early on in proceedings across Europe’s major leagues and not everyone in the Europa League is excelling domestically – just ask Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

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    Europa League draw LIVE REACTION: Man Utd face Real Sociedad, Arsenal visit Benfica, Tottenham take on Wolfsberger

    THE Europa League draw has been made and there are challenging ties for Arsenal and Manchester United. But there are gentler ties for Tottenham, Leicester and Rangers who face Wolfsberger, Slavia Prague and Antwerp respectively. Europa League draw Wolfsberger vs Tottenham Dynamo Kiev vs Club Brugge Real Sociedad vs Man Utd Benfica vs Arsenal Red […] More

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    Man Utd get horror draw against La Liga high-flyers Real Sociedad as Arsenal face Benfica and Spurs take on Wolfsberger

    MANCHESTER United and Arsenal were both handed horror Europa League draws as Uefa gave Spurs a much-easier early Christmas present. United, still reeling from their Champions League exit at the hands of Leipzig, must face surprise La Liga leaders Real Sociedad. And Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, having a desperate time after four successive home Prem […] More

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    Giroud taunts Chelsea chief Cech about Europa League final goal he scored against him in last ever game for Arsenal

    OLIVIER GIROUD has rubbed further salt in the wounds of Arsenal supporters by stating his goal in the Europa League final was the best header of his career.
    The former Gunners fan favourite opened the scoring for Chelsea against the North Londoners in the eventual 4-1 win in Baku on May 29, 2019.

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock against Arsenal in the Europa League final in 2019Credit: Reuters

    Chelsea chief Petr Cech failed to claim silverware in his last game in goalCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    His comments may also not go down well with Blues chief Petr Cech, who was between the sticks for Arsenal in what was his last appearance before retiring.
    Following the match he returned to Stamford Bridge to become the club’s technical and performance advisor.
    Giroud broke the deadlock with diving header after latching onto the end of Emerson Palmieri’s delivery.
    In an interview with Chelsea’s website, Giroud spoke of his aerial attributes where he was asked to comment on the best headed goal he’s scored technically.

    He said: “There are a few! I liked that one against Liverpool (at Stamford Bridge in 2018) because it was not easy.
    “I liked the one in the Europa League final.
    “I like diving headers because it means you come with pace and you have the force of your body.
    “Petr can tell you I maybe couldn’t have had a better connection.

    “I went 100 per cent for it and didn’t even think my friend Laurent Koscielny could put his foot and hit me.
    “This was definitely one of the best.”
    Giroud has been in fine form for the Blues this season, despite playing second fiddle to Timo Werner in West London.
    The World Cup winner has found the back of the net on seven occasions from 12 games.
    But with his contract to expire next summer, he could be sold in January, with Inter Milan a possible destination.
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    Sivasspor stranded at airport for hours after losing crunch Europa League clash against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel

    TURKISH side Sivasspor were left stranded at the airport after their 1-0 Europa League defeat to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel.
    The Super Lig side had travelled south in the hope that they could sneak through in Group I.

    Sivasspor’s travelling party were left ‘stranded’ at Ben Gurion AirportCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The frustrated group were made to waitCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The night ended in disappointment, however, after Enric Saborit’s effort gave the home side all three points, dumping Sivasspor out of the competition.
    But that was only the beginning of their woes.
    The understandably frustrated team arrived at Ben Gurion Airport down in the dumps, ahead of their four hour flight home.
    But the disgruntled travelling party were left even more frustrated, as they were made to wait ‘for hours’.

    They took to social media to vent their frustrations, posting a video showing the group shouting and clapping their hands in protest at the slow service.
    They accompanied it with the message: “Our group, preparing to return to Sivas after the Maccabi Tel Aviv match, is stranded in the airport.
    “The Israeli authorities are creating all kinds of difficulties for our group by closing the [electronic] system and crossings.”
    They tagged a number of accounts in their complaint, including that of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Europa League itself.

    The Turkish Super Lig side crashed out of the Europa League after a 1-0 defeatCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Club chairman Mecnun Otyakmaz explained to Anadolu Agency: “They said the automatic pass system was malfunctioning. They tried to process things manually. There was only one officer.
    “We’ve been stuck here for two hours. The treatment was very uncomfortable.”
    A statement from Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lior Haitat hit back: “The Sivasspor convoy was held in Tel Aviv because it arrived late. The plane will take off at 5:30 (6:30 am).”
    And on the subject of why it had to be so late, he explained: “No flights are made at the airport between 1 and 5am due to noise at night.”
    The Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv are understood to have contacted Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the issue, with Sivasspor finally arriving home this morning.

    Sivasspor finally got home on Friday morningCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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