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 …

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 …