In today’s news roundup we discuss Arsenal progress into the semi final of the FA Cup after knocking out Premier League rivals Manchester United. The Gunners won 2-1 and will face the winner of the Bradford and Reading quarterfinal.
Elsewhere, Arsenal’s midfield target has hinted a move away from Southampton in a bid to play at a higher lever. These and more stories in today’s news roundup.
Arsenal beat Manchester United to progress into FA Cup semis.
Arsenal confirmed their commitment to retaining the FA Cup after registering an emphatic 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night. Nacho Monreal gave Arsenal the lead in the 25th minute after some nice work from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, before Wayne Rooney canceled it out with a powerful header four minutes later.
Danny Welbeck became Manchester United’s worst nightmare when he capitalized on a mistake by Antonio Valencia in the 61st minute to go past David De Gea and send the ball bulging into the back of the net.
Arsene Wenger’s side progressed into the semi-finals and will face the winner between Bradford and Reading. Here is the full FA Cup draw.
Bradford/Reading v Arsenal Aston Villa v Liverpool/Blackburn
A much deserved victory and a huge boost as the race for Champions League qualification intensifies.
Midfield target hints on move.
Although Morgan Schneiderlin has denied claims by tabloids that he has agreed on a deal with Arsene Wenger, the Southampton midfielder insists that he is keen to play at the “highest level”. Wenger has made his admiration for the French midfielder, labeling him as “top, top player” as quoted via Daily Mail.
The 25-year old had the following response to the claims:
“I haven’t had contact with [Arsene] Wenger. Clubs are interested in me but I’ve not given my word to anyone,” he told Canal Plus (via Evening Standard).
“I want to play at the highest level, We players, we like competition. I think he (Yohan Cabaye joining PSG) does not regret his choice at all.”
With Abou Diaby out of contract and skipper Mikel Arteta’s current contract expiring in June, bringing Schneiderlin on board sounds realistic. But then again, Francis Coquelin has been a revelation in defensive midfield and given Jack Wilshere’s flexibility, bringing on board another defensive midfielder should perhaps not be Wenger’s biggest concern.
Arsenal target £45.3M striking pair.
According to Mirror Football, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, a transfer that could cost the club £45.3M. This is because Danny Welbeck has only managed to get on the score sheet seven times while Olivier Giroud has failed to deliver consistently against tougher oppositions.
According to the report, Arsenal will meet the £29.9M asking price on Dybala by Serie A Palermo. Signing Mario Mandzukic may prove difficult especially after he was made available by Bayern Munich but Wenger failed to make any bids.