Petr Cech: ‘Abramovich didnt want to see me in an Arsenal shirt’

The keeper on being in a coma, not watching back his greatest moment and the prospect of facing Chelsea in his final game Petr Cech begins at the end. The hope is a playing career that has spanned two decades will extend for another fortnight, that Arsenal progress beyond Valencia and, in far-flung Baku, their veteran goalkeeper is 3-1 advantage from the first leg, but there would be something splendidly appropriate about Cech bringing down the curtain with a 15th winners medal after a collision with Chelsea at the Olympic stadium. After all, he had moved to Arsenal in 2015 intent upon guiding the club to European success, emulating in part what he had achieved over that glittering 11-season stint …

The Premier League teams ineptitude index 2018-19

Its awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who cant take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards Welcome to the Guardians fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor. As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed. So here is a (not always serious) commemoration of cackhandedness: heres where to cheer goalkeepers who help the opposition, those who cant score from 12 yards, players given cards for removing their shirts, and professionals who cant even …

Aubameyang the hero as Arsenal beat Rennes and reach quarter-finals

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles also on target, as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0, and 4-3 on aggregate, to reach the Europa League quarter-finals It was a night when Arsenal required superhuman effort and some heroic performances to overturn a two-goal handicap and seize their ticket for the Europa League quarter-finals. An accomplished team performance was crowned by the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plundered their third goal and relished the moment with a spot of dressing up. His chosen character, embellished by the mask that had been waiting in the goal, was Black Panther. His teammates huddled round him cherishing another important moment in what has felt like a pivotal week. Aubameyang had spoken of his hunger for this challenge …

Aubameyang atones from spot to help Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United

Granit Xhaka and a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 2-0 win over Manchester United to go fourth in the Premier League After the the euphoria of Paris Manchester United tasted Premier League defeat for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjr. This topsy-turvy season continues to confound and, as the dust settled, the fight for third and fourth places in the top-flight table could not be more tantalisingly poised. Arsenal had been abject in the 3-1 defeat in France on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 but they found a way to maintain their imposing form at the Emirates Stadium. It was not a vintage display but one in which they laboured for …