In today’s news roundup, Arsene Wenger has blasted UEFA’s away goal rule following Arsenal’s exit from the Champions League earlier in the week. A disappointed Wenger – who termed the away goal rule as ‘outdated’ – advised the football body to do away with the rule which was created in the sixties.
Elsewhere, three Arsenal players have received a call up to the national team ahead of the international break. This is ahead of England’s EURO qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly against former World Champions Italy. These and more interesting stories in today’s news roundup.
Arsene Wenger blasts away goal rule after Champions League exit
Arsene Wenger tasted defeat against his former side as Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League by French side AS Monaco on Tuesday night. Although the Premier League club won 2-0 on the night, the Gunners failed to register a place in the last 8 after a 3-3 aggregate score, in which they conceded 3 away goals but only managed to score 2 away from home.
It is due to this that the gaffer has come out guns blazing to blast the away goal rule, terming it as ‘outdated’ and ‘from the sixties’.
Its two teams that have gone out on away goals that it should be questioned. It is a rule that is outdated. (Daily Mirror).
In direct knockout you can be a bit lucky as well. None of the teams apart from Barcelona appear to be that much superior. It should count maybe after extra time.
This rule has been created in the sixties. The weight of the away goal is perhaps too big today.
I still thinking you can count it maybe after extra time.
What’s your take Gooners?
Wenger gives Arsenal injury update ahead of Newcastle clash
Arsene Wenger has revealed the injury status of the squad ahead of our Premier League clash against Newcastle United on Saturday at St. James’ Park. After missing a number of games – including Tuesday night’s clash at the Stade Louis II – due to an illness, Tomas Rosicky could be make his comeback against John Carver’s side.
The boss is also reported to have said that Jack Wilshere is still far from making his return to full fitness stating:
He is still a few weeks away.
Three Arsenal stars receive England call up
With the international break just around the corner, Roy Hodgson has called up three Arsenal stars for England’s Euro qualification match against Lithuania and their friendly against Italy.
Danny Welbeck’s heroics against Manchester United in the FA Cup could have played a part as the 23-year old has landed a place in the Three Lions squad despite exhibiting dismal performances on several occasions. However, the surprise inclusion to the squad is the duo of Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott.
Walcott – who missed out for most of last year due to a nasty injury – has only managed to make 10 appearances this season and is far from the finished product.
Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out on selection due to their respective injuries while Calum Chambers was snubbed – understandably so – due to his limited game-time since the return of Laurent Koscielny.
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