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England international discusses Tuesday’s Women’s Super League win over Liverpool and bringing up her half-century in style

There’s an early update on Atletico Madrid’s team news, while three of our stars also feature in today’s round-up

Joe Montemurro on Jordan Nobbs scoring her 50th goal for the club, the win against Liverpool and the response from the team

France international discusses his friendship with the Atletico Madrid forward ahead of our Europa League semi-final

Watch the video 2018 SEMS Medical Conference here.

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Arsene Wenger says Atletico Madrid have no discernible weaknesses as he prepares Arsenal for their first European semi-final since 2009. Having won the Europa League twice in 2010 and 2012 and made the final and semi-finals of the Champions League in the last two years, Diego Simeone’s side arrive in London as the bookies’ favourites to […]

After the leak of the home shirt for the 2018-19 season, a full picture of the away shirt for next season has been leaked. As ever it has come via Footy Headlines who appear to have the inside track with every kit manufacturer. See the pic below: They have some more pics here. The dark […]

At this afternoon’s press conference Arsene Wenger appeared to suggest that he did not control the timing of the announcement that he will leave Arsenal this summer. Asked by a German reporter at his pre-Atletico Madrid press conference why he’d decided to call it quits when his contract has a year to run, he replied: […]

Danny Welbeck says that while it would be the ‘icing on the cake’ to see Arsene Wenger leave the club having guided his team to a trophy, the players don’t need any extra motivation to try and win the Europa League. The Gunners face Atletico Madrid at the Emirates tomorrow night in the first leg […]

Arsenal held an open training session ahead of tomorrow night’s encounter with Atletico Madrid. It’s going to be a tough task against such a good side, and you can get the latest team news right here. Watch the training above or below.

United miscalculated the Alex Ferguson succession and, as Arsène Wenger prepares to visit Old Trafford for the final time with Arsenal, his club has all that potential disruption to come

Arsenal have only three away games left in the Premier League this season but happily there is still time for Arsène Wenger to return to Manchester United, the scene of many of the highs and lows in his extraordinary career.

One suspects the image that will surface most often this weekend is the iconic one of Wenger banished to the stands in 2009, arms outstretched at the pettiness of it all after being told by match officials that kicking a water bottle in frustration was far too grievous an offence to be allowed to remain on the sidelines.

Related: David Squires on … Arsène Wenger's 22 seasons at Arsenal

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The Hatters’ promotion from the fourth tier stirs memories of being a ballboy when they won the League Cup with an underdog comeback worthy of Rocky

Tuesday marks the 30-year anniversary of one of the great Wembley cup finals – perhaps even the greatest. It was Luton versus Arsenal in the League Cup, underdog versus coming force, and to these eyes it had everything: four goals and a penalty save in the last 19 minutes, a whirler‑twirler of a match that swung one way and then the other and ended in a shock 3-2 win. Then again I am horribly biased, given I enjoyed my only experience as a ballboy that day.

Even as a 13-year-old it felt like an out-of-body experience. How many kids are fortunate enough to get changed in a Wembley dressing room – in my case swapping a Luton Schools Under-13 side shirt and tie for an official white and green Littlewoods Cup tracksuit? Or, as a few of us did before the game, get to play keepie‑uppie with the Luton midfielder, Danny Wilson, in the Wembley tunnel?

Related: Arsenal fans ambivalent despite win as Arsène Wenger starts long goodbye | David Hytner

Luton celebrated by partying for 48 hours and damaging the trophy. We ballboys had to settle for some cold chips

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This morning’s tittle-tattle is feeling the heat

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the first Mill since Arsène’s Big Announcement. You are reading history. Savour the moment. Savour the exclusivity. Print this out and frame it on your favourite wall. Although be advised: the Mill has absolutely no news to bring you regarding Arsenal’s next manager, with the press not even mustering the imagination to link Igors Stepanovs, Gunnersaurus, Nicklas Bendtner, Tim Sherwood or Claude and Ty with the hallowed vacancy. Wenger out! This is a disgrace.

Still, at least we can shed some light on where Wenger might be heading next. Paris Saint-Germain are sniffing around, offering Wenger a chance to experience Neymar’s ego, and it seems that there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund, who will look to replace Peter Stöger at the end of the season.

Related: Arsène Wenger already attracting job offers for after Arsenal, says David Dein

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Arsenal manager seizes opportunity to talk about how worldwide image of the club has taken a battering, not helped by fans inside the Emirates

It was never going to be a totally normal day. Even if so much of it slipped into the old routines – Arsenal played with every typical Arsenal characteristic and the crowd watched on without getting overly dramatic – there was a surreal sense that underneath it all nobody quite knew what to do about the bombshell. It felt like that quintessentially English thing of having a cup of tea or talking about the weather rather than delving into the deep emotional consequences of a turn of events everybody really cares about.

During the game itself Arsène Wenger tried to do the same, focusing on the job still at hand and not much else. But afterwards, entering the press room to face his first inquisition, feeling the intense currents coursing round as the questions rattled from the floor in search for finer details surrounding Wenger’s big decision, the man himself began to open up.

Related: Alexandre Lacazette’s late double seals Arsenal rout against West Ham

Related: This is the one decision nobody is saying Arsène Wenger has got wrong | Daniel Taylor

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