Arsenal expect Henrikh Mkhitaryan to return to training next week after a month out with a fractured metatarsal.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old has lost his starting place to Bernd Leno at the Emirates Stadium this season and, after a 20-year playing career, has opted to quit.

In a statement on Twitter, he wrote: "This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of the season.

"Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.

"I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch."

Cech started his career at Chmel Blsany in his native Czech Republic and impressed sufficiently to earn a move to domestic giants Sparta Prague and then Rennes.

His form in Ligue 1 prompted Chelsea to offer him a trial which eventually became a transfer in February 2004, the player making the switch to England at the end of the 2003-04 season.

He swiftly established himself as Chelsea's number one, and went on to win four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.

The only blemish on his Chelsea career came in October 2006 when a clash with Reading’s Stephen Hunt left him with a fractured skull and a three-month absence.

He returned sporting his now trademark headguard – something he was worn throughout the remainder of his career.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Unai Emery accepts it is "more difficult" for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League after their 1-0 Premier League loss at West Ham.

Cesc Fabregas looks to have played in the Premier League for the final time after leaving Chelsea for Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco.

A sparkling Premier League career concludes with two winners' medals and 350 appearances over two stints in England.

The Spain international joined Arsenal in 2003 and spent eight years with the north London club, becoming captain under Arsene Wenger before departing for boyhood side Barcelona.

Fabregas was back in England with Chelsea in 2014 and finally got his hands on a Premier League title in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, winning another two years later.

With the 31-year-old seemingly unlikely to be seen on English shores again, we take a look at the numbers behind his time in the Premier League.

350 - Fabregas bows out after 350 appearances, starting on 295 occasions and playing 26,372 minutes.

104 - A sizeable chunk of Fabregas' Premier League appearances came as a teenager. Only Wayne Rooney (105) made more before his 20th birthday.

50 - Fabregas' half-century of goals has him joint-fourth for Spanish players in the Premier League. Fernando Torres (85), David Silva (54) and Diego Costa (52) have more than Fabregas and Juan Mata.

4 - Fabregas is the fourth youngest goalscorer in Premier League history. His maiden strike against Blackburn Rovers in August 2004 came at the age of 17. James Vaughan, James Milner and Rooney (all 16) have hit the net at a younger age.

15 - Fabregas' career-best Premier League season for goals came in 2009-10. As well as hitting the net 15 times, he provided 13 assists in a campaign that ended with a World Cup triumph in South Africa.

111 - The number of assists the Spaniard has tallied in the Premier League. Only Ryan Giggs (162) has managed more.

18 - The midfielder's best season for assists came in 2014-15. In Premier League history, only Thierry Henry (20 in 2002-03) and Mesut Ozil (19 in 2015-16) have bettered his 18 in a single campaign. That tally is matched by Kevin de Bruyne and Frank Lampard.

Unai Emery says Arsenal "cannot" sign players in the January transfer window.

Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League, three points outside the top four, as they seek a Champions League return in Emery's first season in charge.

But the Gunners head coach confirmed in a news conference on Thursday he will not be given funds to add to his squad this month.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega during the window, as well as defensive reinforcements.

However, Emery said the club will only be looking to add players to the squad on a loan basis, with no permanent deals being pursued.

"We cannot sign permanently," he added. "We can only loan players. Only loan players."

Of the link to Banega, former Sevilla boss Emery added: "I know this player and he's a very good player. I cannot tell you more."

Emery was also asked about rumours Arsenal are interested in Denis Suarez, with the midfielder on the fringes at Barcelona.

The Spaniard, though, reiterated Arsenal are not in the market to make permanent transfers during the January transfer window.

"I don't know his situation now," Emery said. "We can only sign players later on.

"I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now."

Arsenal travel to West Ham on Saturday before hosting Chelsea, the Blues occupying fourth place in the table, in a Premier League London derby next weekend.

Unai Emery says he respects Aaron Ramsey's decision over his future amid speculation the midfielder has agreed a deal with Juventus.

Ramsey's contract expires at the end of the season and Arsenal have withdrawn their offer of a renewal for the Wales international.

European clubs including Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain reportedly wanted Ramsey, but reports in Italy suggested Juve have sealed his signature.

Emery, though, believes Ramsey will keep his focus on Arsenal for the rest of his time at the club.

"It's an individual situation rather than the team," Emery told a news conference. "My idea and focus, I say to him every day, is that we need his performance for us. In the last match I was very happy with him.

"I asked in the last match at Blackpool [in the FA Cup] if he is okay to help us play and he said, 'Yeah, coach, I want to play' and he played with a very big behaviour and commitment to us. After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent.

"Every day he's here with us, he's working very well. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday.

"I respect his decision a lot. I cannot say more about his situation. The most important thing is that Aaron Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because he has a very private decision but he is with us every day, and I repeat that I am very happy with him.

"My last conversation with him is very important. We both spoke about the situation with respect from him and from us. His response has been a very good response in training and matches with good performances.

"I said to you before that I want to see Aaron Ramsey with this focus and these performances when he's playing. This week for example, he's been the same. He's working and training very well with good experience.

"When I look at every player and they're training like Aaron is this week, I feel calm ahead of the next match because the players are all focused."

Mohamed Salah has been named African Player of the Year for the second time in succession.

Paul Pogba should be ready to return to full training this week, according to Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Maurcio Pochettino would like to finish his career at Tottenham, so long as he can avoid the ill-feeling that stained the end of Arsene Wenger's lengthy Arsenal tenure.

Pochettino's future has been a source of regular speculation in a season where Real Madrid and Manchester United have both sacked their men at the helm.

But the 46-year-old Argentinian, who is in his fifth season in charge of the north London club, says he can envisage helming a similar dynasty to Wenger, albeit with a happier ending if possible.

"I have massive, huge respect for Arsene Wenger because when you talk about 22 years in charge of a club like Arsenal and all that happened in that period, you need to be so good - not only a fantastic coach but a great human being to translate the values you have," Pochettino told reporters ahead of Tuesday's EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea.

"It's amazing. That is why it's a little bit sad the way he finished in his club. But it shows a little bit how difficult it is, this business.

"For us it's not a business, football is a passion, but all that Arsene Wenger gave for Arsenal, to finish in the way he finished, yes, it was a little bit, completely, unfair.

"I think he deserves, an amazing recognition about his work. Only I hope, if I have one day the opportunity to talk with him, to ask, 'was it worth it to do?' I don't know what he would say, I would like to ask one day.

"I hope, or I wish maybe, to be here 20 years and [then] decide to leave or to finish my career here. But I don't know because I need to ask him if I have one day the possibility if he is so happy in the way that he finished. What I saw from my point of view, it was so unfair how the people treated him and talked. But we'll see."

Pochettino appears set to bring in no new additions for the second transfer window in succession and has called for Spurs to alter their approach to continue to compete with the Premier League's heavyweight clubs.

They remain handily placed, six points shy of leaders Liverpool after 21 games, and the former Southampton and Espanyol boss insists he is not demanding Daniel Levy tries to blow the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea out of the water in the transfer market.

"No, it's not my dream to have this type of money," he said. "Of course, it's going to help you but it's not my dream to have this money here.

"The only way the people think is about money. That is going to help but at the moment I am happy. Maybe I think in advance. Today, the club is doing what the club needs to do and I am so happy to be here and helping the club, and it's so clear the project.

"It's true the people are so impatient. We are doing well, so win, win, win, win. Of course, win titles. But it's going to arrive. Tottenham are in a project now that is normal and maybe we are in advance in the football side, but I think we are creating and Daniel Levy is creating a legacy that is going to be amazing for the future of the club.

"I can see in the future Tottenham winning trophies. I don't know if it's with us or without, in one year or in five years. But all the basis and foundation is one day to start to win titles and be like another club, so successful."

Arsenal will host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Manchester City at home to Burnley.

Maurizio Sarri believes Cesc Fabregas "needs to go" and secure a longer deal away from Chelsea.

Fabregas, whose contract expires at the end of the season, appeared to bid farewell to English football on Saturday, taking time to wave to the Stamford Bridge faithful following the Blues' FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

Monaco boss Thierry Henry - a former Arsenal team-mate of Fabregas - confirmed on Monday the Ligue 1 side are talking to the 31-year-old and Sarri thinks the midfielder should go elsewhere and seek a contract longer than the one year on offer from Chelsea.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's EFL Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: "I can say only my opinion, I don't know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.

"At this club there's a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy."

Sarri claimed to be in the dark over suggestions Fabregas was already in Monte Carlo, adding: "I don't know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don't know.

"If Cesc goes, we will of course need a replacement. With midfielders we are in trouble I think because of the situation of [the injured Ruben] Loftus-Cheek.

"If the situation is serious or not, without Cesc we have only five [midfielders]."

Monaco certainly appear front-runners to sign Spain international Fabregas, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014.

And Henry was doing little to quell the speculation when he spoke on Monday.

"Cesc can travel and have meetings with anyone," Henry told reporters.

"As you know, he had a standing ovation [in Chelsea's win over Forest] and there were some tears, because he gave so much to the Premier League.

"He's free. If we do it in July, we'll do it in July. It's true, though, that we are currently talking to him. We are waiting.

"We are talking about Cesc Fabregas, it seems that he'll leave Chelsea. But I guess that many teams would like to sign him.

"Since I left Arsenal, we talk every three days. That hasn't changed in the last few days."

Unai Emery does not expect Laurent Koscielny's latest fitness setback to be a major issue but knows Arsenal must use their captain wisely.

Koscielny pulled up during the warm-up before the Gunners' 3-0 win at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup, suffering from an apparent back complaint.

The former France centre-back missed his country's World Cup triumph due to a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during Arsenal's Europa League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid in May and only returned to action this month.

A patched-up backline kept Blackpool out at Bloomfield Road – not always in convincing fashion – and, with Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal also joining Rob Holding among the walking wounded, Emery believes it would be easy to push Koscielny too hard, too soon.

"With Laurent we need to be calm with some moments in the training sessions because we are pushing him to play a lot of matches after his big injury," the Gunners boss told BBC Match of the Day.

"So maybe he needs some time not playing, but we had another player with big commitment to play in a different position today, Stephan Lichtsteiner.

"Laurent said he could not play the match but now we have one week to rest before the next game [away to West Ham in the Premier League] and hopefully he will be okay."

Teenage midfielder Joe Willock took his chance to shine, netting a first-half brace before Alex Iwobi completed the scoring eight minutes from time.

Willock's fellow 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah passed up three first-half opportunities in front of goal but Emery was satisfied with the striker's overall contribution.

"I am very proud of Willock and Eddie because Eddie had three good chances to score and Willock scored two," he added.

"They train very well in the second team and with us in training as well."

Replays showed Iwobi to be fractionally offside when he scored Arsenal's third and the winger was not penalised for possible handball in the build up to Willock's second.

Nevertheless, Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips did not want to dwell upon those incidents after his players acquitted themselves impressively.

"I think they know they've been in a game," he told BT Sport, having also overseen a 2-1 EFL Cup loss at Emirates Stadium this season.

"The last goal was offside but, in two games home and away against Arsenal, we've given it a real good go.

"I'm really proud of the lads. I've not seen the second goal – our footage isn't good enough. I'll see when I get home but my mate has text me about it."

Joe Willock joked that the linesman in Arsenal's 3-0 third-round win at Blackpool "crushed my dreams" of an FA Cup hat-trick.

The 19-year-old midfielder netted a pair of opportunistic finishes before half-time to put the Gunners in control of an entertaining tie.

He thought he had a third 10 minutes from time but the goal was ruled out due to offside against Sead Kolasinac.

"It's a brilliant day for me on a personal note but I'm proud of how we did as a team as well. I don't think the scoreline reflects how well we played," Willock told BBC Match of the Day after Alex Iwobi completed the scoring at Bloomfield Road.

"I always try to get in the box and make myself available for crosses or rebounds, so it was good to get two goals.

"The linesman crushed my dreams with the hat-trick but that's football and hopefully I can get another opportunity soon.

"Hopefully the boss keeps believing in me and giving me opportunities. I'm always eager to play, so I'll always do my best if I'm picked."

Speaking to BT Sport, Iwobi reserved praise for his young colleague.

"It's good we have the youngsters who can come in and perform like Joe," he said.

"It's a good headache for the manager if everyone who plays does well."

Each of the top-six Premier League sides in FA Cup action on Saturday came through unscathed, but the third round was not without its shocks.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all eased to victories, although none of them could match the standards set by seven-goal Tottenham at Tranmere Rovers on Friday.

United maintained their winning start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku downing Reading, while Alvaro Morata netted twice in Chelsea's win over Nottingham Forest.

In one of the day's late kick-offs, Arsenal travelled to Blackpool and teenager Joe Willock grabbed a brace in a 3-0 away success.

However, standout results came at Gillingham, where the League One outfit upset top-flight Cardiff City, and Bristol City, as Huddersfield Town lost to the Championship side.


Elliott List hit the target for Gillingham nine minutes from time and Neil Warnock's Cardiff, who lined up with several first-team players, could not muster a response.

Huddersfield also crashed out in a 1-0 defeat, with Josh Brownhill grabbing the only goal for Bristol City 18 minutes from the end.

Southampton did take their place in the fourth-round draw, but they face a replay at home to Derby County after letting a two-goal first-half lead slip to draw 2-2 at Pride Park.

Matt Ritchie rescued a draw for Newcastle United against Blackburn Rovers.

Outside the Premier League, the day's biggest scalps saw Ipswich Town suffer more FA Cup frustration as they were beaten 1-0 at Accrington Stanley, while rivals Norwich City dramatically lost at home to Portsmouth in injury-time.


With VAR in use in the six matches hosted by Premier League clubs on Saturday, some sides were experiencing use of the technology for the first time.

Manchester United saw a Fred goal disallowed for offside, only for the replay to indicate a foul and a penalty, which Mata dispatched, and there was further drama as Burnley beat Barnsley 1-0.

The Clarets thought they had been awarded a first-half penalty at Turf Moor, only for the decision to be overturned for offside as Matej Vydra started his run-up. Chris Wood scored a stoppage-time spot-kick following a second delay.

Sean Dyche said afterwards: "I am a big fan of the concept but, for the first penalty, I felt the time to get to the decision was the big thing.

"The referee allowed the set-up for a penalty and I know we are learning about it but I think the referee should grab the ball and walk outside the penalty area, so there are no implications."


Brighton and Hove Albion, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace all booked their places in the next round, with the Seagulls winning at top-flight rivals Bournemouth 3-1 after a quickfire first-half double.

West Ham, Everton and Palace were less assured, with the Hammers waiting until stoppage time for an emotional Andy Carroll to add to Marko Arnautovic's opener in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City.

Marco Silva's Toffees netted early through Ademola Lookman and Bernard but could not increase their lead, settling for a 2-1 victory at home to Lincoln City.

Palace left it late, scoring through Jordan Ayew in the 86th minute as Grimsby Town, who played with 10 men for 88 minutes, were beaten at Selhurst Park.

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