Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgArsenal face Cardiff on Tuesday night when the Welsh side will be playing their first match since the disappearance of Emiliano Sala.Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing last week and Warnock says that some players have been affected more than others, which he will take into consideration when picking his team.Cardiff fans will be reportedly giving out daffodil badges to Arsenal fans before the game and plan to reveal a large banner of Sala in the away end.Arsenal Injuries Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture.Henrikh Mkhitaryan is slowly being reintegrated into training following a broken metatarsal, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ruled out for at least two to three weeks with an ankle injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Laurent Koscielny has bruising and soft tissue swelling to his face and jaw and is unlikely to be risked.Sokratis Papastathopoulos Arsenal FA CupArsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpUnai Emery faces a selection headache in defence with Sokratis and Koscielny both out, meaning Nacho Monreal looks set to partner Shkodran Mustafi at centre-back.Konstantinos Mavropanos also remains an option at centre-back but it remains to be seen whether Emery will start the 21-year-old who only recently returned from injury.In attack, Mesut Ozil could come back in the no.10 role while Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are probably starters up front.Arsenal XICardiff Team News Cardiff manager Neil Warnock faces a decision over which players are in the right frame of mind to play following the tragic disappearance of Emiliano Sala.Sean Morrison is sidelined following an appendicitis operation.TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will not be shown live in the UK and kicks off at 7:45pm GMT (2:45pm ET). It will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBC Sports Gold.Best Opta Match Facts Arsenal have won all three of their Premier League meetings with Cardiff, scoring eight goals and conceding two.   Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 home league games (W9 D2), winning the last five in a row. Only Liverpool (32) are on a longer current such run in the Premier League.   Cardiff boss Neil Warnock’s three top-flight visits to Arsenal have all ended in defeat, all with different teams in different decades – October 1991 with Notts County (0-2), September 2006 with Sheffield United (0-3) and December 2011 with QPR (0-1).   Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have each scored four Premier League goals against promoted sides this season – no player has scored more so far this term (Harry Kane also four).   Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 23 home Premier League games against promoted sides (W20 D3), since a 0-1 loss against Newcastle in November 2010. They’ve conceded just 11 goals in that run, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process.   Cardiff have lost their other two Premier League games played on a Tuesday this season, also against London clubs (1-3 vs West Ham, 0-3 vs Tottenham). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

CAF Invites African Countries to Submit their Bids for 2019 CAN

Rabat – African Football Confederation (CAF) has invited all CAF Member Associations to submit their bid dossier for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations before Friday, December 14.Following the withdrawal of hosting rights of the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) from Cameroon, on November 30, the CAF presented an update on Thursday regarding the approval process for a new host country. CAF requirements are as follows: Request for Applications to host the AFCON 2019 have now been sent to all CAF Member Associations; Member Associations interested in bidding must submit their bid books to CAF by midnight EET [Cairo time] Friday 14 December; From December 15, 2018, CAF will make a shortlist announcement, request further information from bidders and make possible on-site visits to complete the evaluation of applications; Once the technical evaluation phase has been completed, the CAF Executive Committee will decide the new host of AFCON 2019 which will take place in summer 2019. CAF will make further statements when appropriate. Local and international news outlets have been speculating that Morocco might replace Cameroon, althoughSouth Africa might also try and clinch the hosting rights.Several Moroccan sports officials denied Morocco’s intention to replace Cameroon, repeatedly stating that Morocco supports Cameroon’s bid. But after their failure to get ready in time, Morocco could be a possible option.The head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, has publicly stated that he believes that Morocco meets all the requirements to host the African event. read more