West Ham & Arsenal Target Set for Summer Exit From Milan After Bust-Up With Teammate

​Franck Kessie is edging closer to a potential exit from Milan after a bust-up with teammate Lucas Biglia during the derby with Inter last weekend.

The Ivorian was involved in a heated argument with Biglia after the former was substituted mid-way through the second half, with the entire altercation being caught on camera.

In the post-match interviews, ​Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso condemned the actions of Kessie, with the midfielder’s agent supposedly summoned to the training ground to discuss what had happened.

Now, according to Italian publication ​Calcio Mercato, the ‘quarrel’ between Kessie and the club has yet to be resolved, and that there seems to be a growing tension amongst the board about the 22-year-old’s actions.

The report adds that it is because of this that Kessie’s fine was allegedly higher than the one given to Biglia, and the Ivory Coast international has a lot to do in the coming months to ‘recover the confidence of Rino Gattuso’.

Franck Kessie

With Kessie’s two-year loan deal at San Siro ending at the end of the current campaign, Calcio Mercato add that despite the midfielder’s footballing abilities, he could be ‘sacrificed for reasons related to both the club’s budget and conduct’.

The Ivorian has been a long-term target of Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham side, whilst recent reports have suggested ​Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have also kept an eye on developments in view of a potential summer move.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal WSL Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Liverpool Women are back at Prenton Park on Sunday afternoon, as they host Arsenal Women in the Women’s Super League.

The Reds will be eager to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat, when they lost 3-0 to league leaders Manchester City at the Academy Stadium.

Meanwhile Arsenal will be looking for their third straight league victory, following last week’s 4-0 win over Bristol City. The Gunners are just two points off the top of the table, with a valuable two games in hand.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?                        Sunday 24 March                       
What Time Is Kick Off? 12:30 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? Prenton Park
              TV Channel/Live Stream?                 BT Sport 1
Referee? N/A

Team News

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk

​Neither side has any newly reported injuries or suspensions, with both having full strength sides for Sunday’s encounter. Arsenal will see the return of three players, with Danielle Carter, Jessica Samuelsson and Viktoria Schnaderbeck all once again available for the Gunners.

In a game between two very attacking sides, it will be a battle between the respective top scorers. Liverpool’s Courtney Sweetman-Kirk has had a super season joining this summer from Everton, scoring ten goals in 17 appearances.

However all eyes will be on Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, who has scored an incredible 36 goals in 42 games across all competitions this season. The Dutch international will need to be in fine form once again, as she continues her hunt for the golden boot.


Predicted Lineups

Liverpool Preuss; Robe, Purfield, Little, Bradley-Auckland; Rodgers, Coombs, Fahey; Sweetman-Kirk, Linnett, Daniels.
Arsenal Peyraud-Magnin; Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Veje; Bloodworth, Little, Van Der Donk; McCabe, Miedema, Mead.

Head to Head Record​

Katie McCabe,Satara Murray

The last meeting between Arsenal and Liverpool was six months ago, when they met at Meadow Park last September. It was ended in an emphatic 5-0 win for the Gunners, as goals from Kim Little, Lisa Evens and a hat-trick from Miedema secured all three points.

Arsenal’s recent record over the Reds has been pure dominance, with the Gunners winning their last three meetings in style. Joe Montemurro’s beat Liverpool on all three occasions last year, scoring 11 goals and conceding none.


Recent Form

Gemma Bonner

With Arsenal two points off league leaders ​Manchester City with five games to play, they are in excellent form. The Gunners have won four of their last five league affairs, keeping three consecutive clean sheets in their most recent games.

On the other hand, Liverpool are going through a poor run of form. The Reds, who sit eighth in the table, have lost their last two games without scoring following four straight wins. Vicky Jepson’s side will be desperate for a win, despite having little more to play for this season.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

Liverpool Arsenal
      Manchester City 3-0 Liverpool (17/03)        Arsenal 4-0 Bristol City (14/03)
Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea (13/03) Arsenal 0-0* Manchester City (23/02)
Liverpool 2-0 Millwall (17/02) Arsenal 3-0 Yeovil Town (20/02)
Liverpool 6-0 MK Dons (10/02) Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal (17/02)
Liverpool 1-0 West Ham (28/01)       Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United (07/02)      

*Manchester City won 4-2 on penalties


Prediction

Danielle Van de Donk,Laura Coombs

It won’t be an easy game for Liverpool, who welcome one of the league’s most inform sides to Prenton Park. Their recent form and record against the Gunners will give them little confidence, though they can believe and aim to pull off a shock win.

However, it looks like Arsenal will be far too strong for their hosts. They are in red hot form, have an outstanding record against Liverpool and are yearning for a first league title since 2012. They are clear favourites for Sunday, as they continue to push for the Women’s Super League title.

Prediction: Liverpool 0-3 Arsenal

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Bayern Munich Lead Race for Benfica Starlet Jota as Arsenal & Liverpool Remain Keen

​Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are leading the race for Benfica wonderkid Jota, but face serious competition from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for his signature.

The 19-year-old has excelled for Benfica’s academy sides, but has struggled to break through into the first-team, prompting rumours of an imminent departure from the Estadio Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

News of​ Bayern‘s interest in Jota comes from ​O Jogo, who state that the ​Bundesliga side sent scouts to watch Benfica’s Europa League victory over Dinamo Zagreb, and they will again watch the winger when he visits Germany with Portugal’s Under-20 side on Friday.

Jota and his team will face the Germans in the Under-20 Elite League, before hosting England on Tuesday, which will also give ​Arsenal and ​Liverpool chance to fully evaluate the young prospect.

Mauricio Pochettino’s ​Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with a move for Jota in recent weeks, and it is believed that the youngster has a release clause of around €30m in his contract. However, the Eagles are desperately looking to tie him down to a new contract and increase his release clause.

Bayern are said to be looking to snap Jota up as soon as possible, as they begin their summer of heavy spending. Club president ​Uli Hoeness has confirmed that they are looking forward to an incredibly active summer, as they seek to cement Bayern’s place as a European powerhouse for the foreseeable future.

Moves for ​Chelsea‘s Callum Hudson-Odoi and ​Crystal Palace‘s Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been touted, whilst the likes of Timo Werner and Lucas Hernandez have also found themselves heavily linked with a switch to the Allianz Arena.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The Bavarians have already recruited World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard, and it is widely expected that there will be several more signings as Bayern look to replace their ageing core of players, including the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

They believe that Jota, despite having only made four appearances for Benfica’s senior side, would be able to make an immediate impact on the squad, in a situation which bears a striking similarity to their pursuit of Hudson-Odoi.

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Reiss Nelson Reveals Per Mertesacker’s Advice Amid Reports of Disciplinary Issues at Hoffenheim

Reiss Nelson has revealed the advice he’s received from Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker, after the on-loan Hoffenheim star was supposedly dropped for disciplinary issues. 

Nelson has followed the recent trend of young English players opting to move to the Bundesliga in search for first-team football, after joining Hoffenheim on loan for the 2018/19 season. 

Nelson enjoyed an encouraging start with the German side, boasting an impressive six goals in his first 11 appearances. However, despite his blistering early form, the 19-year-old has since struggled to earn a starting place in the side. 

Reiss Nelson,Daniel Brosinski

In addition, Julian Nagelsmann admitted to dropping the starlet for ‘educational reasons’, amid reports of disciplinary issues.

However, Nelson remains in contact with Arsenal academy manager Mertesacker, who is helping him remain focused on and off the pitch. Reflecting on these issues, the starlet opened up about adapting to the new league and culture.

“I’m learning a different culture. I’m taking in the environment,” Nelson said, via the ​Metro. “Per’s just been very direct to me, telling me it’s not always about football sometimes it’s about off the pitch.

Per Mertesacker

“‘He tells me ‘you’re learning a new language, new environment, just keep up with your performances.'”

Mertesacker had a positive outlook of Nelson’s development in Germany back in December, explaining, via Goal“It’s quite interesting for him, the journey he’s facing in Germany. The challenges and he’s describing it as a tough time.

“Everyday in training there’s something he takes on. With a young manager [Nagelsmann] who really believes in him and gives him chances, sometimes he comes off the bench and makes the difference.”

Patryk Dziczek,Krystian Bielik,Reiss Nelson

Nelson is not the only young England forward attempting to showcase his talent in German football, with Jadon Sancho helping ​Bundesliga giants ​Borussia Dortmund’s title challenge. Nelson has also admired close friend Callum Hudson-Odi’s rise this season, amid speculation of his move to ​Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.  

Hudson Odoi and Sancho will be linking up for the first time together in the England senior squad, as they take on the Czech Republic and Montenegro in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Jadon Sancho,Callum Hudson-Odoi

Nelson, talking to ​Sky Sports, spoke highly of his admiration for Hudson Odoi’s recent progress, stating: “I’ve played against him in the youth league when he was at Chelsea.

“He’s my friend so you want to get there as well. ‘It’s very inspiring, just wants to make you push even more, train even harder and get to that level.”

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David Alaba Admits Being an Arsenal Fan as He Discusses Idea of Premier League Move

Bayern Munich star ​David Alaba may have put the Premier League’s powerhouses on high alert after admitting he could be interested in a move to one of England’s ‘big clubs’, while also admitting a childhood support for Arsenal.

Austria international Alaba has made over 300 appearances caps for the Bavarians and has asserted himself as one of the worlds top left backs. 

At only 26 years of age, he has already won six Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League. While happy at Bayern for the moment, Alaba has discussed the option of looking for a new challenge elsewhere in the future.

David Alaba

Speaking to German newspaper ​Bild, as quoted by ​Goal, the Austrian said: “I can imagine trying something else but I really feel very comfortable at Bayern. 

“Every year there are new challenges and new objectives and the pressure will always be there. I’m happy in Munich but of course I can imagine seeing something else [in the future].”

When asked which leagues interest him, the left back replied: “Spain, England. In Spain it would be the two big clubs, I guess? Real or Barcelona. Also the big clubs [in England].”

David Alaba,Hector Bellerin

​Arsenal supporters will be particularly pleased to hear that Alaba is a Gunners fan, revealing that he has supported them from a young age.

He added: “Yes, I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been Arsenal fan as a kid you will be one your whole life in some way.”

Known for his versatility, Alaba would have his pick should he choose to leave ​Bayern at some stage and his latest comments will have the top sides hoping to lure him away sooner rather than later.

As for now, he and his team find themselves in a close race with ​Borussia Dortmund for the ​Bundesliga title. Bayern will be back in action on 30 March when they travel to Freiburg looking to continue their run of six consecutive wins. 

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