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Aubameyang ready to start for Arsenal against Napoli

Thursday, 2019-04-11 06:22:50
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Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil during training - Europa League - Arsenal Training - Arsenal Training Centre, St Albans, Britain - April 10, 2019.(Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery on Wednesday said that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be ready to start Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg at home to Napoli after illness kept him on the bench for their past two games.

Emery is also waiting on late fitness tests for central defender Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Granit Xhaka. The visit of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, a distant second behind Juventus in Serie A, represents a big step up in class for Emery’s Arsenal in the competition.

* More than 100 Juventus supporters were detained by Dutch police on Wednesday before their Champions League quarter-final first leg match at Ajax Amsterdam while home fans were also arrested as a water cannon was used outside the ground to put out flares and fireworks as home fans were gathering outside the venue.

* Leicester City have been charged for failing to control their players during Saturday's Premier League win over Huddersfield Town, the English Football Association said on Wednesday. The club were charged for an incident in the 51st minute when referee David Coote gave a penalty for a foul by Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu on Karlan Grant and a number of players appeared to remonstrate with the match officials.

* Vincenzo Montella returned for a second stint as Fiorentina coach on Wednesday after the Serie A club named him as their replacement for Stefano Pioli who quit on Tuesday. The 44-year-old was in charge for three seasons between 2012 and 2015 and enjoyed remarkable consistency, leading Fiore to three successive fourth places in Serie A.

* The chances of FIFA increasing the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 is 50/50, the president of soccer's governing body Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday. Infantino, who is in Brazil for a meeting of the South American Football Confederation, told delegates he was working to ensure the increase for the Qatar tournament, which would mean a guaranteed two extra places for South American sides.

* Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is fit for Friday's Premier League game against Newcastle United after recovering from a minor groin issue, manager Brendan Rodgers said. Vardy scored two goals in Leicester's 4-1 victory against relegated Huddersfield Town last Saturday and was substituted towards the end of the match with the problem.

* AC Milan have been reported by UEFA investigators over an alleged new breach of European soccer's break-even rule known as Financial Fair Play, the governing body said on Wednesday. UEFA said the investigation found that Milan had "failed to comply with the break-even requirement" for the 2018/19 season, its most recent monitoring period, and that the case had been passed to its financial adjudicators.

* The French Professional Football League (LFP) Wednesday announced that it has rescheduled the 2019 French Super Cup a week back, also confirming the summer and winter transfer window dates of the 2019-20 season. LFP said that at the request of organising partner and in cooperation with the clubs concerned, its Administrative Council has decided to reschedule the 2019 French Super Cup from July 27 to August 3.

* Indonesian Eni Nuraeni was named by Asian Athletic Association as the best athletic coach in Asia for short-haul run category this year, Indonesian athletic sports association (PB PASI) announced on Wednesday.

Reuters, Xinhua