Arsenal's 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City didn't just cost them a chance to leapfrog Tottenham in the Premier League table. A loss of €1million was confirmed even before Raheem Sterling scored what turned out to be the winning goal at the Emirates Stadium inside the opening two minutes. By handing Mari a surprise start, Arteta's decision has cost Arsenal in the region of €1m. This is about the 27-year-old joining the Gunners on a permanent deal last summer after initially arriving on loan in Arteta's first transfer window as manager/head coach. Brazilian outlet Global Esporte reported in January that Arsenal have to pay Flamengo a bonus of €1m (£865,000) every time Mari makes 10 Premier League appearances, up to a maximum of 80 outings
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that defender Thiago Silva will not be available for Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid as he continues to recover from injury. Silva has missed the last four Blues games after sustaining a thigh injury in the victory over Spurs in the first half of the victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He has been back in training for the last few days but was not risked for the draw at Southampton, which was the original target return date for the veteran Brazilian defender.
Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri made his debut for Alaves on the weekend. The Uruguayan, who is on loan at the Spanish club until the end of the season, came on as a 57th-minute substitute in a 4-0 defeat by Real Sociedad. It was the first taste of La Liga for the 19-year-old after he had been an unused substitute for previous games against Real Valladolid and Barcelona. Alaves are battling relegation in the Spanish top-flight. They are currently 16th, one point clear of the relegation zone, ahead of Saturday’s home game against Osasuna.
Manchester United is still interested in Jadon Sancho and is playing “transfer poker” with Borussia Dortmund, according to Bild. The Athletic reported today that United had cooled their interest in the Dortmund winger, while the MEN understands that the club will focus this summer on signing a center-back and a striker. However, German publication Bild bbelievesOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s side “absolutely wants Sancho and is trying to drive down the transfer fee by giving the impression that they are not interested. Dortmund wanted €120million for the England international last summer.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice hopes that the club will sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard permanently in the summer. Lingard, who is on loan with the Hammers until the end of the season, scored his third goal for the club on Sunday to help them record a 2-1 win over Tottenham.
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