Man United Transfer Rumors: Mkhitaryan, Romero, Mesut Ozil, Willian

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The January transfer window will be open sooner rather than later, so it’s time to talk Manchester United transfer rumors. Let’s dive right in with attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian has been left out of seven of the last eight matchday squads and thus linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

Rumors continue to swirl about United picking up a new winger to replace him. Ivan Perisic and Gareth Bale are the two names that continue to resurface. Mourinho did nothing to squelch the Mkhitaryan departure rumors yesterday, as he explained why he currently has no room for the Armenian.

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Arsenal FC Receive Very Favorable UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Draw

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Arsenal FC received their UEFA Europa League draw on Monday and it’s Ostersund FK, a Swedish side who play in play in Allsvenskan, Sweden’s first tier. They achieved promotion to the top flight only in 2016, and they were way down in Sweden’s fourth tier as recently as six years ago.

It would be fair to classify them as “minnows” and thus a very favorable draw for the Gunners. If Arsenal are to get back into the Champions League next season, winning Europa League might be their best route, a la Manchester United last season.

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Sergio Romero Being Heavily Linked with Potential Move to Arsenal

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There are juicy transfer rumors, and then there are juicy transfer rumors involving two clubs in the Premier League’s big six. Sergio Romero, back-up goalkeeper at Manchester United, is being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal FC today. Romero reportedly wants out in order to gain more playing time and prove himself in time to gain a spot on Argentina’s World Cup squad.

If that’s the case, then there’s little time remaining, and his move would have to be in January. Sergio Romero established himself as United’s UEFA Europa League #1 last season, and that worked out well for all involved as the Red Devils won their first Europa League title in club history and with it a return to the UEFA Champions League.

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Arsene Wenger Fires Back at Jose Mourinho Over Alexandre Lacazette Remarks

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains that he was being straight-forward and honest about his team’s fitness and injury information, specifically relating to striker Alexandre Lacazette, heading into last weekend’s home loss to Manchester United.

The Frenchman, speaking at his news conference ahead of the Gunners Europa League clash against BATE Borisov, responded to United manager Jose Mourinho’s very sly swipe at him. Mourinho accused Wenger of gamesmanship and intentionally misleading his opponent.

It was yet another chapter in the book of Wenger versus Mourinho: arch-nemeses.

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Full FA Cup Draws Released, Manchester United Get Derby County

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Monday saw the FA Cup draws released, and the headliner tie is Liverpool versus Everton, a Merseyside derby taking place at Anfield in the oldest competition. The only other match-ups between two Premier League sides are Burnley at Manchester City, and Crystal Palace at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Manchester United host Derby County while Chelsea will travel to Norwich City. Arsenal begin their defense of the FA Cup title with a trip to Nottingham Forest.

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Arsene Wenger Believes His Side is Still Alive in League Title Race

Arsenal have not held the league title trophy since 2003-04, and the current odds strongly suggest that the streak won’t be ending this season. Arsenal are currently 15 points behind league leaders Manchester City after five defeats in their first 15 games. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes his team is alive in the title race, despite residing in fifth place.

“I am not (Tottenham Manager Mauricio) Pochettino, I am Arsene Wenger,” the Arsenal boss said. “I am here to fight as long as I can. As long as mathematically it’s possible you have to fight. You cannot give any other message out.”

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Arsene Wenger Rips the Officiating in Loss to Man United

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger did not hold back when giving his strong opinions on the officiating in his side’s 3-1 home loss to Manchester United tonight. The Gunners dominated the game, owning three quarters of the possession and blasting 33 shots. If not for United keeper David de Gea having an out of this universe performance, tying the Premier League record with 14 saves, the Gunners might have had this one.

There were however two incidents, Alexandre Lacazette versus Marcos Rojo in the first half and Danny Welbeck tangling with Matteo Darmian in the second, in which the referee might have considered award a penalty kick to the Gunners.

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Jose Mourinho Slams Arsenal, Laurent Koscielny in Particular

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Manchester United played the last 16 minutes, plus injury time, down a man but still emerged 3-1 winners at Arsenal today. This was mainly due to an out of this world performance from David de Gea. For United manager Jose Mourinho it was his first away win against a top six side during his Old Trafford tenure, and thus cause for celebration. After the match though Mourinho was not all puppy dogs and rainbows.

He hit out at his opponent, accusing them of diving, in a witty manner. He took a blatant swipe at Laurent Koscielny, and made a back-handed compliment as a way to slam the way Arsenal handled the news surrounding striker Alexandre Lacazette.

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United Goalkeeper David de Gea Dominates Both Arsenal and Social Media

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It’s certainly been a #DaveSaves kind of night, as Manchester United currently lead 3-1 at Arsenal (they would go on to win by that margin), with Red Devils #1 David de Gea registering seven saves in the first half and 12 through the first 67 minutes. One of those saves was even off his own teammate, Romelu Lukaku, and the own goal that almost happened, certainly had social media buzzing, and deservedly so.

United got two goals from Jesse Lingard and another from Antonio Valencia to provide the lead, despite the fact that Arsenal have dominated the game. The Gunners have retained huge advantages all afternoon/evening long in possession, shots and shots on goal.

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David de Gea Saves Romelu Lukaku Own Goal (Video), Twitter Users Have Fun

Manchester United headed to the locker room leading Arsenal 2-0, but the Gunners dominated in possession and chances. The Gunners finished the first half up 71%-29% in possession with 14 shots to United’s five. The home side has put seven of those shots on goal while United have just those two.

The difference was obviously David de Gea, who has looked like the world’s best goalkeeper thus far tonight. It’s certainly been a #DaveSaves kind of night, and those saves included one preventing teammate Romelu Lukaku from scoring an own goal.

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Antonio Valencia, Jesse Lingard Provide Fast Start for United (Goal Videos)

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Manchester United could not have asked for a better start to their crunch clash at Arsenal, as they found the back of the night twice in the first 11 minutes. Defender Antonio Valencia scored in the 4′ for the visitors, and attacking player Jesse Lingard added on in the 11′.  Lingard of course did a celebration dance, but it was one that was….uhm, not his best.

We now head to halftime with the score United 2, Arsenal 0. Here is the video of both goals scored.

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Jose Mourinho Doesn’t Rule Out Acquiring Mesut Ozil

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On the eve of Manchester United visiting Arsenal, Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho was asked about the possibility of acquiring Gunners No. 10 Mesut Ozil. “No comment,” Mourinho responded.

Ozil has been strongly linked to United in transfer rumors for quite some time, and his Arsenal deal expires in June, so if he’s not renewed, he’ll get to go out on a free. Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger had said earlier this season that there was a possibility of both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, his brother in expiring contract, being sold in the January transfer window.

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