West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic is said to be nearing an exit from the Hawthorns this summer after having a poor season at the English club, and he has been linked with several clubs across Europe and beyond. The former Chelsea right-back joined the Baggies on a free transfer last summer in a bid to help them shore up things at the back, but it appears to not be working and he may leave this summer.
Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard has talked about staying at Arsenal beyond his loan deal which expires at the end of this campaign. Odegaard is on loan from Real Madrid at Arsenal after he agreed to sign for the Gunners on a temporary deal in a bid to get more playing time under his belt.
Greek champions Olympiacos might need to produce their best European performance in the history of the club if they want to seal a place in the Europa League quarterfinals at the expense of Premier League heavyweights Arsenal, who are in a very good position after their first leg meeting last week. The two teams met last week Thursday in the first of the two instalments as far as their round of 16 tie is concerned and it was the Gunners who recorded a commanding 3-1 win from their away leg in Athens ahead of the second leg at home in London on Thursday.
Football governing body UEFA have released a statement to confirm that Premier League side Arsenal will face off with their Portuguese counterparts Benfica in their next European tie. The Gunners have been pitted against the Portuguese giants in their last-32 double-header fixture in the UEFA Europa League which they will be looking to win as they would like to maintain their European form.
According to the statement released by UEFA, the North London club will lock horns with Benfica on Italian and Greek soil as a result of the Covid-19 travel restrictions and government rules and regulations. The first leg of the fixture has been slated to hold at the StadioOlimpico, Rome's stadium. Benfica will be the home side for this fixture which has been scheduled to be played on the 18th of this month. The match will be played by 8pm.
Mikel Arteta and his men will be the home team in the second leg of this tie.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has continued his massive clearout at the club amid his aim and desire to set up a group of players of his own that are capable of helping the club meet the set goals. While there have been some exits at the club, there have also been some additions with the London club finally meeting the demands of the fans to engage in some serious transfer activity instead of them folding their arms and watch rivals do business.
Following the always-expected departure of Mesut Özil, there have been a few other ins and outs at the Emirates Stadium and with Arteta also seeing his side improve their form, the current transfer business going on at the club may well have some more positive impact on how the club performs both on and off the pitch in a couple of months to come.
Greek Super League giants Olympiakos are the latest club to show interest in SokratisPapasthathopoulos who plays his club football at Arsenal in the Premier League. The interest of Olympiakos in the Greek international centre back was revealed by journalist Chris Wheatley who works for Football London.
It was stated that Olympiakos are long-term admirers of the 32-year-old who was left out of the Arsenal squad for the Premier League this season. SokratisPapasthathopoulos was left out of the Premier League squad alongside Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil. Both Sokratis and Ozil have six months left on their respective Arsenal contracts and they can start to speak with foreign clubs about a potential free transfer move in the summer.
Greek Super League leaders Olympiacos have the opportunity to seal a landmark victory over rivals AEK Athens when the two teams meet again in the league this weekend. Olympiacos will play hosts to AEK Athens in the star match of the next set of games in the Greek top flight.The game between Olympiacos and AEK Athens is the standout clash of matchday 14 matches in the Greek Super League and Olympiacos are on 29 wins ahead of the game. A win over AEK Athens will take their number of victories over their rivals to 30.
Olympiacos and AEK Athens have met 54 times with the former recording more wins than the latter. Olympiacos have 29 wins as pointed out earlier, while opponents AEK Athens are on 14 wins. There has been 11 draws between the two clubs. The last meeting between AEK Athens and Olympiacos ended in a 1-1draw in what was their penultimate game of the year. Greek winger MariosVrousai scored the opening goal of the game for Olympiacos ten minutes into the second half as he broke the deadlock after a goalless affair in the first half.
campaign with a 1-0 loss against Olympiakos. Admittedly, the Greek outfit had home advantage that they managed to use quite effectively. However, the game was not won until the last minute when Koka managed to take the crucial goal. After coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute, the 27-year-old was able to make an instant impact that left little time for Marseille to react.
The result coupled with Manchester City’s win over FC Porto means that Marseille have taken a major setback in their first trophy from the group into the knockout stages. Meanwhile, Olympiakos will have a significant advantage to begin with. The team are up against Porto in the next round and manager Pedro Martins is delighted with the coach from his team.
Ahmed Mahgoub came up with a crucial goal that helped Olympiakos registry victory over Marseille in the Champions League group match. The victory has helped the Greek outfit get a strong start to the campaign. Olympiakos were coming into the game hopefully to take something out of the match knowing that a strong start was essential. Since there was home advantage, there were a lot of reasons to expect a positive outcome for the Greek outfit and this indeed turned out to be the case in the last few minutes of the match when Ahmed Mahgoub, who is also called as Koka, scored the winner.
Incredibly, manager Pedro Martins had decided to utilise the services ofMahgoub shortly, as he was called on to action in the 84th minute. The substitute made an instant impact by managing to convert an excellent opportunity. There were options to score for both teams in the first half, but they were wasted due to lacklustre finishing. Even though there were changes from both sides towards the end of the match, it was Olympiakos gained the crucial advantage throughMahgoub. Mathieu Valbuena managed to set up the Egyptian international for his second goal in six matches. This performance is surely likely to see him start the match when Olympiakos take on Porto in the next Champions League encounter.