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Arsenal could play in Community Shield even if they lose FA Cup semi-final vs Man City – Metro.co.uk
Mikel Arteta is set to get an early shot at silverware at the start of the 2020/21 season.
Mikel Arteta could be handed an early shot at silverware to start the 2020/21 season (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal could be surprise opponents for Liverpool in the Community Shield next month even if they lose their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, according to reports.
The curtain-raising showpiece is usually contested by the winners of the FA Cup and the champions of the Premier League, with the second-placed side in the league taking the spot if a team does the double.
But UEFAs rearranged European tournaments have created big issues with the FAs hopes of staging the Community Shield this year.
Arteta won the Community Shield twice with Arsenal while skipper (Picture: Getty Images)
The Europa League final does not take place until August 21, with the Champions League final following two days later, and Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are still involved as well as being in the FA Cup semi-finals.
With the proposed date for the Community Shield currently just a week later, on August 30, any team that wins the FA Cup and also goes deep in European competition will be unable to take part.
However, according to the Daily Mail, FA bosses are still absolutely determined for the Community Shield to go ahead as planned, even if United or City win the FA Cup and play in a European final.
Their new plan is to invite the most successful club in the Shields history to take part against Liverpool instead, which is Arsenal, who have won the trophy 15 times.
The proposal represents something of a double-edged sword for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who twice won the trophy as captain of the club in 2014 and 2015, as well as lifting it while coach at Manchester City.
Citys European adventure has opened the door for Arsenal to take on Liverpool (Picture: Getty)
On the one hand, it would give Arteta an early shot at lifting silverware at the start of the 2020/21 campaign, but on the other hand it would cut into the already preciously short preparation time Premier League clubs will be afforded.
As things stand, players are only expected to receive two weeks of holiday after the final game of the current season with Premier League bosses hoping to get the next campaign up and running for the weekend of September 12.
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Man Utd ‘move ahead’ of Chelsea and Man City in £60m Ben Chilwell transfer race – Mirror Online
Leicester and England left-back Chilwell has been on Chelsea’s radar, but United have reportedly leapfrogged the Londoners and Manchester City in race to sign defender
Manchester United have reportedly moved ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for £60million-rated Ben Chilwell.
The Leicester left-back is on Chelsea’s radar with Frank Lampard looking to add more quality this summer, having already signed striker Timo Werner and winger Hakim Ziyech for a combined £89m.
City are also keen on England ace Chilwell as Pep Guardiola strengthens his defence, with current left-back Benjamin Mendy having failed to fully convince.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United have now taken pole position in the race for Chilwell’s signature, according to The Sun.
The publication reports that 23-year-old Chilwell is one of Solskjaer’s top targets this summer as he bids to turn his Champions League-chasing side into title contenders.
Leicester will be desperate to hold on to Ben Chilwell in the face of interest from United, Chelsea and City (Image: Plumb Images)
If United land Chilwell it will cast doubt over the future of his fellow England left-back Luke Shaw, whose place in the team has come under threat this season from youngster Brandon Williams.
Chelsea boss Lampard thought he had Chilwell lined up for a move to Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.
The manager will oversee a revamp of his squad this summer, and left-back Emerson Palmieri is one of those who could be shipping out, with Inter Milan showing interest in a potential £15m move.
At City, Guardiola’s top priority is a centre-back to replace Vincent Kompany, who left the club a year ago.
Chilwell would be reunited with Harry Maguire if he joins United (Image: Manchester United via Getty Imag)
However, the Catalan also needs a new left-back, with Mendy having struggled for fitness and form despite showing glimpses of his ability.
Guardiola has often used Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, having converted the 23-year-old from a midfielder.
But Chilwell would be a step up – a specialist of the kind of quality City need to boost their vulnerable rearguard.
However, the Sun claims the favourites to land Chilwell are United, who could reunite him with his former Leicester defensive colleague Harry Maguire.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes are aiming for Champions League qualification and will be desperate to hold on to one of their most prized assets.
If Chilwell is to leave, Leicester are likely play hardball over a fee. They did the same with Maguire a year ago, eventually trousering £80m – a world record for a defender.
With the player potentially facing a choice of suitors, one factor that may help to sway his decision will be Champions League football.
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Manchester City, Chelsea and his current club Leicester are all currently in the top four – although Guardiola’s side are awaiting a decision on Monday on their appeal against a two-year European ban.
United are currently fifth – which will be enough for a Champions League place if City’s ban is upheld – although they are only a point behind fourth-placed Leicester.
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Real Madrid maintain winning run against Alavés and close in on title – The Guardian
Goals From Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio gave Real Madrid their eight consecutive win to move them closer to a first Spanish title in three years
Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a home win against Alavés. Karim Benzema converted an early penalty and later provided the assist for Marco Asensios second-half tap-in as Zinedine Zidanes side edged closer to clinching the title.
Real, who registered their eighth straight league victory, need two more wins from their remaining three games to secure their first La Liga crown in three years.
Real were given an early scare when Alavéss former Stoke and Newcastle striker Joselu headed against the crossbar. Benzema then converted an 11th-minute penalty his 18th goal of the season after Ximo Navarro was adjudged to have made contact with Ferland Mendy in the area.
Benzema turned provider by setting up Asensio for Reals second goal, with video footage showing the Frenchman was onside when receiving the ball after it had been referred to VAR.
Domingos Duarte struck a late winner for Granada, who boosted their hopes of European football next season with a 3-2 win at Real Sociedad. Duarte headed home in the 88th minute after Sociedad had fought back from 2-0 down at half-time.
Antonio Puertas and Roberto Soldado put Granada in control before Mikel Merino and Mikel Oyarzabal hauled the home side briefly level. Granada, promoted to the top flight last season, climbed to within one point of seventh-placed Sociedad, who occupy the final Europa League berth.
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