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Newcastle transfer news: Rafa Benitez set to clash with Arsenal over midfielder

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The Toon have endured a tough start to the season and Rafa Benitez is in desperate need of reinforcements.

Almiron has been a standout performer Stateside for Atlanta United and the experienced chief is sniffing around.

The Sun reckon the Paraguay international is valued at around £11m but Benitez will face serious competition for his services.

The attacking midfielder is wanted by Arsenal – along with West Ham and Tottenham.

Almiron has hit 12 goals in 32 appearances for United.

Unai Emery has earmarked him as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey who looks destined to leave north London.

Arsenal are also monitoring Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella.

However, he was coy when quizzed about his future earlier this month.

“I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers,” he explained.

Newcastle, meanwhile, managed a 0-0 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

The Toon are still winless this season with 10 games played.

Speaking after the clash, Benitez said he was eyeing fresh faces.

“I think confidence is crucial in football – and in life,” he told reporters.

“When you have the ability, but also you have the confidence, you can do whatever you want.

“In this case we are in a bad position, so obviously the lack of confidence is for us, and for them [Southampton], very clear.

“Still we are fighting, we are working very hard and we kept a clean sheet and got a point from this game.

“So I think it is important to take the positives.

“But we have to be mentally strong and carry on to be sure that in January we are in a good position – and then hopefully we can improve in January and see where we are.

“I will tell you that for me it means nothing [to be off the bottom of the table]. It is better that you see you are not at the bottom, but it doesn’t change anything for me.

“I want to be outside the bottom three and in the middle of the table, so we will try to improve our performances, get points, and be where we have to be – which is a little bit higher up the table.

“It will be massive for the confidence of the players if you are out of the bottom three.

“But, because we did what we did last year when we finished 10th, we have to be positive and think we can do it again.”

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[Image] No Lacazette or Ozil – How Arsenal should line-up vs Everton

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Arsenal take on Everton at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the line-up I’d like Mikel Arteta to select…

We’ve kept three consecutive clean sheets so we shouldn’t tinker too much with the back four. David Luiz has been very good recently and fair play to Shkodran Mustafi too as he’s put-in some solid performances.

I’m a big Rob Holding fan and would like to see him playing more but right now it’s hard to argue that Luiz and Mustafi shouldn’t start, especially as Sokratis picked up a knee injury on Thursday and is a major doubt for the Everton game while Pablo Mari is lacking match fitness.

Bukayo Saka continues to be a revelation at left-back after grabbing another assist in the Europa League so he deserves to keep his place while Hector Bellerin should return at right-back after being rested in midweek.

Torreira returns

Lucas Torreira missed Arsenal’s win over Olympiacos due to illness but he’s expected to be back in contention to face Everton and I think he should come straight back in to partner Granit Xhaka.

Matteo Guendouzi didn’t really grasp his opportunity after being recalled against Olympiacos following his bust-up with Arteta so the Frenchman should drop to the bench.

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Mesut Ozil missed the trip to Greece to be with his wife for the birth of their baby and it’s unknown whether he’ll be available on Sunday. With the inevitable sleepless night’s that come with newborns, Ozil probably won’t be in any state to start! Therefore, I’d go with Dani Ceballos in the advanced midfield position as Joe Willock was disappointing against Olympiacos.

Lacazette out

Alexandre Lacazette grabbed the all-important away goal in Athens but I still don’t think we can justify playing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out wide any longer. He’s our best goalscorer so let’s start him through the middle.

That would allow Gabriel Martinelli to play from the left wing where he’s been far more productive as I think he’s struggled on the right in recent matches.

In addition, Martinelli switching flanks will pave the way for Nicolas Pepe to be recalled and I actually think Martinelli/Auba/Pepe is our best and most balanced front three right now.

Arsenal will have the likes of Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah on the bench along with Lacazette if needed.

Here is how I hope Arsenal line-up:

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Premier League fixtures: Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea find out April TV changes

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Sky Sports have announced their latest batch of Premier League fixtures to be broadcast in April. The key match of next month is undoubtedly the clash between defending title holders Manchester City and champions-elect Liverpool.

City will welcome Jurgen Klopp’s side to the Etihad Stadium on April 5, with their match kicking off at 4:30pm.

The game is a pivotal one for the Reds – who top the league by 22 points – as it could see them crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

The second north London of the season will also be broadcast by Sky on April 26, with Arsenal travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 26.

The full list of fixtures to be broadcast by Sky in April can be seen below.

Fri April 10: Newcastle vs West Ham (8pm)

Sat April 11: Tottenham vs Everton (5.30pm)*

Sun April 12: Chelsea vs Watford (2pm)*

Sun April 12: Liverpool vs Aston Villa (4.30pm)*

Mon April 13: Wolves vs Arsenal (8pm)

Sat April 18: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (12.30pm)*

Sat April 18: Arsenal vs Leicester (5.30pm)*

Sun April 19: Sheff Utd vs Wolves (2pm)*

Sun April 19: Aston Villa vs Man Utd (4.30pm)*

Mon April 20: Brighton vs Liverpool (8pm)*

Sat April 25: Brighton vs Man City (5.30pm)*

Sun April 26: Sheff Utd vs Chelsea (2pm)*

Sun April 26: Tottenham vs Arsenal (4.30pm)*

Mon April 27: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace (8pm)

*subject to progression in the Champions League

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Man City vs Liverpool moved as Sky and BT reveal April's TV fixtures

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Liverpool’s Premier League title showdown with Manchester City among games moved in April as Sky and BT reveal latest TV picks while first north London derby at Tottenham’s new stadium is also switched 

  • The Premier League has confirmed which games in April will be shown on TV
  • Manchester City will host Liverpool on April 5 as the Reds look to secure the title 

The Premier League has confirmed the games to be shown on live TV in April, with Manchester City hosting Liverpool at 4:30pm on Sunday April 5 on Sky Sports. 

Towards the end of the month, the north London derby will be shown at 4:30 on Sky Sports on April 26, as Tottenham host Arsenal

Sheffield United vs Wolves will also be shown on Sky Sports on the afternoon of April 19 as the two teams try and chase down a European spot for next season. 

More to follow 

Liverpool versus Manchester City is one of the games to be moved for live TV in April 2020

Liverpool versus Manchester City is one of the games to be moved for live TV in April 2020



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