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Arsenal star hopes to play last Gunners game in Europa League final vs Chelsea

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Danny Welbeck could be available to play for Arsenal in the Europa League final after returning to training.

The 28-year-old has not played after breaking his ankle in November.

The Injury was so severe it required him to go under the knife twice as part of his recovery.

However, following Welbeck’s return to full training Arsenal are now planning to take him to Baku to face Chelsea, reports the Daily Mail.

Although the player will travel with the squad it is not known what involvement, if any, the England international will have during the final on May 29.

It is expected to be a farewell game for Welbeck, after Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed the player will be leaving the club when his contract expires in the summer.

Following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton in their final Premier League game, Emery confirmed Welbeck’s departure.

“I spoke to the club with this situation and the decision is he is going to leave,” Emery said at the time.

Despite Welbeck missing half of the season through injury, he could get an opportunity to help the club qualify for the Champions League next year as Arsenal might not be taking Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Azerbaijan.

The club have made it clear they want Mkhitaryan to travel, but the 30-year-old Armenian might be caught up in political tensions if he travels to the game.

That is because there is currently a dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Arsenal are seeking guarantees from UEFA about the situation with Mkhitaryan, but the club are reputedly growing concerned about the situation.

The Gunners have already played in Azerbaijan in the Europa League this season, when they took on Qarabag FK in the group stages of the tournament.

Mkhitaryan did not travel to Baku to play but the Gunners did win 3-0 on the night.

However, it might not just be Mkhitaryan not making the journey to Azerbaijan, as thousands of fans from both clubs also face the prospect of missing out.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have only been allocated 6,000 tickets each from the 68,700 seats at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, a decision which has infuriated fans.

And those who are lucky enough to get a ticket then face the logistical nightmare of completing a 2,500 mile round trip to attend the game.

Uefa have apologised to both clubs over the travel chaos fans face but admit they hadn’t expected an all-English final.

“It goes without saying that an all-English final played by two London teams was not a very predictable event at the time of the appointment,” Uefa competitions director Giorgio Marchetti said.

“There is little doubt that this has added significant difficulties to the event logistics.

“We are really sorry for the problems that your (and Chelsea’s) fans are encountering trying to organise their journey to Baku.

“Our experts are keenly working on this matter with a view to help find cheaper solutions for travelling fans. We would welcome a joint effort with your club in this respect.”

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Arsenal star's agent admits he neared surprise Gunners exit – 'There was the possibility'

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The Uruguay international proved a real hit at last year’s World Cup in Russia, earning a move to the Emirates Stadium from Sampdoria.

He got off on the right note too, scoring against Tottenham in the north London derby to instantly prove a hit with supporters.

But as the season went on, his form dipped amid claims he was missing Italy and struggling to adapt to life in England off the field.

Now the player’s agent Pablo Bentancur has admitted that the pair discussed a return to Serie A in months gone by.

“There was the possibility. Giampaolo is in the heart of Lucas,” Bentancur told TMW.

“But Arsenal said he had no intention of selling the boy.

“Lucas is fine, the club are happy with him. This will be the year of consecration. With the Arsenal shirt.

“Milan is Milan, it will always be an important team, even if today it has some economic problems.”

AC Milan were the club most serious about signing Torreira if he became available.

That’s after his former boss at Sampdoria, Marco Giampaolo moved to the San Siro.

Speculation was ignited after the midfielder spoke to press at the Copa America while on international duty.

“I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country,” he said.

“The language [barrier] has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.

“And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.

“It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.”

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Ex-Arsenal man Emmanuel Frimpong reveals his disdain for Samir Nasri after series of bust-ups

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‘Even if he gives me five billion dollars, I will still not like him’: Emmanuel Frimpong reveals his disdain for Samir Nasri and the full story behind his bust-ups with former Arsenal team-mate

  • Emmanuel Frimpong has revealed he does not like Samir Nasri at all
  • The two former team-mates had a series of bust-ups on and off the pitch
  • Frimpong said their problems started after Nasri blamed a defeat on him
  • He said Nasri was a bully and didn’t understand responsibilities as a senior player

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has lifted the lid on his personal feud with Samir Nasri.

The pair were involved in several altercations on and off the pitch down the years during times when they were both team-mates and opponents.

Frimpong’s relationship with Nasri first became fractured after the Frenchman blamed him for Arsenal’s defeat against Liverpool back in August 2011.

Emmanuel Frimpong has revealed his disdain for former Arsenal team-mate Samir Nasri

Emmanuel Frimpong has revealed his disdain for former Arsenal team-mate Samir Nasri 

The midfielder, then 19, was making only his second Premier League appearance for the Gunners, but was sent off in the 70th minute for a second bookable offence with the score goalless. Liverpool made the most of their numerical advantage and went on to win the game 2-0.

‘Nobody needed to tell me that what I did was stupid,’ Frimpong told the Athletic. ‘After the game, everybody came into the changing room and Arsene [Wenger] was quiet. Then Nasri basically stood up in front of everybody and said we lost the game because of me.

‘OK, I can understand that, but I was thinking, “Why would somebody — especially me playing, I think that was like my second game — why would any professional do that to a young player in that kind of moment?”‘

Nasri blamed Frimpong for Arsenal's loss against Liverpool in August 2011 after he was sent off

Nasri blamed Frimpong for Arsenal's loss against Liverpool in August 2011 after he was sent off

Nasri blamed Frimpong for Arsenal’s loss against Liverpool in August 2011 after he was sent off

But the friction between the two didn’t end there. Tempers reached boiling point again when Jack Wilshere wished Nasri good luck on his new venture after he left Arsenal to sign for Manchester City just months after that defeat against Liverpool.

Frimpong responded on Twitter: ‘Pffffff come on Jack.’ The tweet had angered Nasri to the point he rang up Alex Song and asked to speak to Frimpong after a training session at Arsenal’s London Colney base. 

‘I took the phone off Alex and it was Nasri on the phone threatening me, telling me that when he sees me, this that,’ Frimpong adds. ‘I told him, “I’m not one of the players that’s afraid of you. If you want us to sort it out as men, we can sort it out as men”.

‘To be honest, at that time when he left Arsenal, I could tell him what I actually thought about him because he wasn’t there so I could basically let him know my feelings. So I just told him that I don’t like him, I don’t respect him and I will never respect him as a professional player.’ 

The two clashed during Arsenal and Man City's League Cup quarter-final in November 2011

The two clashed during Arsenal and Man City's League Cup quarter-final in November 2011

The two clashed during Arsenal and Man City’s League Cup quarter-final in November 2011

Nasri is pictured pointing to the tunnel as the two exchange verbals at the end of the match

Nasri is pictured pointing to the tunnel as the two exchange verbals at the end of the match

Nasri is pictured pointing to the tunnel as the two exchange verbals at the end of the match

The two lined up against each other in November 2011 and repeatedly clashed in an ill-tempered League Cup quarter-final tie before exchanging verbals at the end of the match. Frimpong revealed Nasri also confronted him in the tunnel prior to kick-off.

‘During the game, he told me he could buy me,’ Frimpong adds. ‘That’s how stupid this guy is. He probably could then because he had millions, but that’s no respect.

‘That’s what happened. I feel like he was a bully, I feel like he didn’t know his responsibilities as a senior player to be able to help younger players.

 ‘I have always had so much respect for senior players. You can ask Aaron Ramsey, you can ask Jack Wilshere. I never disrespected anybody. But for me, the truth is I’ve never liked Nasri and I will never, ever like this guy. Even if he gives me five billion dollars, I will still not like him.’



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