Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with team-mates. AFP
Olivier Giroud is relishing the prospect of beating his old Arsenal team-mates when he lines up for Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29. The 32-year-old French World Cup winner’s move across London 18 months ago has failed to deliver the regular first team football
Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four, but made hard work of seeing off 10-man Watford 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fortunate early opener on Monday. Aubameyang profited from an error by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster as he blasted an attempted clearance in off the Gabon international.
Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy.
Atletico Madrid failed to win for a third straight game in all competitions as an inspired performance from Ruben Blanco secured Celta Vigo an unexpected 0-0 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Leipzig retained top spot in the German League with a facile 3-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday. While Willi Orban opened Leipzig’s account in the 13th minute, Marcel Sabitzer in the 35th and Marcelo Saracchi in the 83rd minute were the other scorers for the winners on the night.
Defending champions New Zealand put the rugby World Cup on notice with an impressive 23-13 win over South Africa on Saturday after France and Australia both survived major scares.
Manchester City powered to their record Premier League win as the champions scored five times in the first half of an incredible 8-0 thrashing of Watford, while Leicester enjoyed a VAR-assisted 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.