David Ospina has been discharged from hospital and given the all clear after collapsing during Napoli's Serie A match on Sunday.

The Colombia goalkeeper underwent a scan after cutting his head in a collision with Udinese winger Ignacio Pussetto at Stadio San Paolo.

Ospina, who is on loan at the Serie A side from Arsenal, received treatment on the pitch and initially played on before collapsing just prior to half-time.

The 30-year-old spent the night under observation and Napoli confirmed further tests came back clear.

Ospina has withdrawn from his country's upcoming friendlies against Japan and South Korea as a precaution.

"David Ospina was this afternoon discharged from the clinic where he had been admitted last night for a series of investigations and specialist visits," read a Napoli statement.

"All tests are negative. The visits [ruled out] any problems.

"The player has been advised to have a few days off and will not respond to the call-up of his national team."

Marc Overmars has ended speculation linking him with a return to Arsenal by extending his contract at Ajax through to June 2024.

The Gunners are searching for a technical director and reportedly turned attention to their former winger after missing out on Monchi, who opted to reunite with Sevilla following a spell at Roma.

Overmars appeared to be a strong alternative, having overseen the emergence of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and more since being appointed director of football at Ajax in 2012.

The 45-year-old spent three seasons with the Gunners during his playing career and represented Netherlands at two World Cups.

"There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I'm having a good time here," said Overmars.

"We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team. From a sporting point of view, we still want to show a lot.

"What is also important to me is that it is nice to work with the people around me. I get pleasure and satisfaction from that."

Arsenal parted ways with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat in February.

Following almost two years away at Roma, revered sporting director Monchi makes his return to Sevilla on Monday having previously played an inspirational role in transforming the club.

After retiring as Sevilla goalkeeper in 1999, the next year he was hired as the club's new sporting director following relegation to the second tier.

Little did the Sevilla hierarchy at the time know what Monchi's work would go on to achieve, as they swiftly won promotion back to LaLiga and embarked on the most successful period in the club's history.

During Monchi's 17 years in charge, Sevilla won the second division, five Europa League/UEFA Cup titles, the Spanish Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and two Copa del Rey crowns.

Key to Sevilla's success was Monchi's knack of signing players on the cheap and selling for a significant profit, something he will be hoping to resume when he takes office on April 1.

Below, we examine the best deals of Monchi's first tenure at the club prior to his mixed spell at Roma…

 

Dani Alves

Surely Monchi's crowning achievement. In 2002, Alves was plucked from the obscurity of Bahia while still a teenager, initially joining on loan before signing permanently for a reported €550,000 fee. The attacking full-back formed a fine partnership on the right with Jesus Navas and played a crucial role in back-to-back UEFA Cup wins. He joined Barcelona in an apparent €41.5m deal in 2008, winning every title possible in one the greatest eras in the club's history. He has gone on to become one of the most decorated players to ever play the game.

Freddie Kanoute

In the Premier League with West Ham and Tottenham, Kanoute was effective, but by no means a star. Sevilla were said to have parted with €6.5m to bring him to Spain, and after a decent first season, he really found his groove with 21 LaLiga strikes in the 2006-07 campaign. He formed one of the best striker partnerships in Europe with Luis Fabiano and was vital in their back-to-back UEFA Cup triumphs. Although the club never turned his form into a transfer profit, he became a Sevilla icon and is regarded by many as their greatest ever player.

Ivan Rakitic

A little like with Kanoute, Monchi brought Rakitic to Sevilla when he appeared to be struggling to live up to his early promise. He paid Schalke just €2.5m for the Croatian in January 2011 and the midfielder enjoyed an excellent first few months. His first full season showed why doubts about him had arisen in Germany, as he failed to score a single goal in LaLiga, but Unai Emery's arrival in the 2012-13 campaign saw his fortunes transform. The following season Rakitic inspired Europa League success, earning his €18m move to Barcelona, where he continues to be a key player.

Ever Banega

The early years of Banega's career were mired by scandals and fitness problems, sometimes combining the two like when he managed to run himself over with his own car. When he first joined Sevilla in 2014, there was an air of 'now or never' for the gifted Argentina international, costing just €2.5m as Valencia reportedly just wanted rid of him. After a slow start he became one of the first names on the team sheet, playing arguably the best football of his career and winning two Europa League titles. He left for Inter in 2016, but returned a year later, with Monchi counting him as one of his best buys.

Vitolo

It all got a bit ugly when Vitolo moved from Sevilla to Atletico Madrid in 2017, as he was alleged to have verbally agreed to a contract extension which would have seen his release clause increase to €50m just before Diego Simeone's side triggered his previous €37.5m buy-out figure. However, prior to that and the subsequent legal battle, the winger had four successful seasons in Andalusia, his powerful running and work-rate fitting perfectly into Emery's counter-attacking style. He was instrumental in the three successive Europa League triumphs and, considering he only cost €3m in the first place, Vitolo is a classic Monchi signing.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs expects Aaron Ramsey to emulate Gareth Bale and reach a higher level by moving to Juventus at the end of the season.

Ramsey is set to end an 11-year stay at Arsenal and make the switch to the Serie A champions when his contract expires in June.

The 28-year-old has been an influential regular for club and country, yet Giggs hopes Ramsey can go on to discover his untapped potential by testing himself in Italy.

"You've seen what going abroad has done for Gareth. It will be a great experience for Aaron," Giggs said, referring to Bale's big-money move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013.

"Look at the facilities Juventus have got, they are a massive club.

"He is going to a great club, the biggest in Italy.

"He is playing well at the moment and [the prospect of leaving Arsenal] has not affected him."

Giggs' Wales have a friendly meeting with Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday ahead of a Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia next weekend.

Revered sporting director Monchi is in closing in on a return to his former club Sevilla after leaving Serie A side Roma, dealing a blow to Arsenal.

Monchi left Sevilla in 2017 after 17 years as a director having inspired the most successful period in their history, helping the club win five Europa League titles.

The former Sevilla goalkeeper earned a formidable reputation for his work in the transfer market, becoming renowned for signing players on the cheap and then selling them – or academy products – at a massive profit, with Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Jose Antonio Reyes, Alberto Moreno and Ivan Rakitic among the biggest deals.

He departed Sevilla in search of a new challenge, but things did not go entirely to plan at Roma, as his signings came in for criticism and he was reportedly against the idea of dismissing coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

Arsenal – managed by his former Sevilla colleague Unai Emery – had been heavily linked with a move and reportedly thought they had the deal tied up, but the LaLiga side appear to have stolen a march after sacking coach Pablo Machin and replacing him with previous sporting director Joaquin Caparros.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, president Jose Castro said: "The conclusion we have reached is that there is no one better than Caparros, a successful coach, who could take charge of the squad, which has been constructed by him.

"He will no longer be a sporting director. Sevilla is already working for a new sporting director and we are looking for the best. We think Monchi is the best.

"We have contacted him already and he has been very receptive. We have to agree on an idea of ​​the future and both parties are optimistic.

"We do not need a sporting director for the end of the season, we need one for now, because Caparros is already with the first-team. Our conversations [with Monchi] have gone well and soon, possibly, Monchi could be our sporting director.

"The club knows him perfectly. The team does, too. We have talked about everything, and I repeat that I am very optimistic.

"I think I've explained it several times. The conversations with Monchi have been good and we see him very receptive to being part of the project for the next years.

"I think we just need to finish talking about some things. There is no date, but from the moment that Caparros is no longer the sporting director, we need [a new] one as soon as possible. I cannot take long.

"We've been talking for a few days now. He rescinded his contract with Roma and, from there, we talked. He is in favour of the projects we have in mind."

Arsenal face a tough test against Napoli while Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Unai Emery's Gunners overturned a first-leg deficit to progress at the expense of Rennes on Thursday but will now have to get past Serie A's second-placed side if they are to progress to the last four.

An all-Premier League final in Baku remains a possibility after Arsenal and Chelsea, who will be wary of a Slavia Prague team who knocked out Sevilla in the previous round, were kept apart in the semi-final draw.

In the other quarter-final ties, Villarreal will go up against familiar foes in LaLiga rivals Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt's reward for ending Inter's European campaign is a clash with Benfica.

Arsenal were initially set to host Napoli in the second leg at Emirates Stadium on April 18 but their fixtures have been switched to make sure they do not play at home on the same day as Chelsea, in accordance with UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles.

After dismissing Dynamo Kiev 8-0 on aggregate, the Blues will travel to Prague on April 11. Maurizio Sarri's side will have home advantage a week later for the return game, though in between they travel to Liverpool in Premier League action.

Relegation-threatened Villarreal are struggling domestically but will hope to upset domestic rivals Valencia, who progressed in dramatic circumstances on Thursday when Goncalo Guedes' injury-time equaliser away to Krasnodar secured a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

Frankfurt sealed their place in the quarters with a 1-0 victory at San Siro, Luka Jovic – who is on loan at the Bundesliga club from future opponents Benfica – grabbing the only goal in the first half.

 

Europa League quarter-final draw in full:

Arsenal v Napoli
Villarreal v Valencia
Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
Slavia Prague v Chelsea

Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association after a fan ran on the pitch and confronted Manchester United defender Chris Smalling during Sunday's Premier League match at Emirates Stadium.

The spectator entered the field to join in with the Gunners players' celebrations after Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang converted a second-half penalty, shoving Smalling as he ran past him.

Arsenal have until Friday, March 22 to respond to the charge, which relates to breaches of FA Rules E20(a) and (b).

A statement issued by the FA read: "It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator[s] conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday."

Police arrested a man on suspicion of common assault and pitch invasion, while Arsenal announced their intention to issue a ban.

The fan in question, Gary Cooper, gave an interview to the Daily Mail and apologised for his actions.

"I am just so ashamed and have let myself and my family down. What happened was out of character. I am still in shock and feel awful," he said.

"I got caught up in the emotion of the game and made a foolish mistake to run on to the pitch.

"I had no intention of approaching Chris Smalling. He happened to be there as I ran to congratulate the Arsenal players.

"I am deeply ashamed of my actions and would never do anything to harm any of the players."

The incident came at the end of a weekend where instances of supporters encroaching on to the pitch stained British football.

Rangers captain James Tavernier was confronted by a fan at Hibernian during last Friday's 1-1 draw in the Scottish Premiership, while Jack Grealish was punched by a supporter at Birmingham City before going on to score the only goal in a 1-0 derby triumph for Aston Villa.

Paul Mitchell was subsequently jailed for 14 weeks by magistrates in Birmingham for his attack on Grealish.

Arsenal teenager Daniel Ballard has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the first time for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Estonia and Belarus.

The 19-year-old featured three times for the Northern Ireland Under-21s last year, scoring in the 1-0 win over Iceland and starting in the victories over Spain and Slovakia.

He is the only new face in Michael O'Neill's 27-man group, though there are recalls for forwards Will Grigg and Conor Washington.

Sheffield United midfielder Oliver Norwood has been omitted for personal reasons while Jamie Ward, Kyle Vassell, Michael Smith and Trevor Carson are all missing through injury.

Northern Ireland, who reached the last 16 at Euro 2016, begin Euro 2020 qualifying against Estonia on March 21 in Belfast before another home game against Belarus three days later.

Their group also includes Germany and Netherlands.

Northern Ireland squad: Michael McGovern, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Conor Hazard; Jamal Lewis, Conor McLaughlin, Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley, Tom Flanagan, Paddy McNair, Aaron Hughes, Daniel Ballard; Corry Evans, Stuart Dallas, Steven Davis, Shane Ferguson, George Saville, Niall McGinn, Jordan Jones, Gavin Whyte, Jordan Thompson; Kyle Lafferty, Liam Boyce, Will Grigg, Conor Washington, Josh Magennis, Paul Smyth.

The Birmingham City fan who attacked Jack Grealish has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison and handed a 10-year ban from football matches.

Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, pleaded guilty to pitch invasion and assault after punching Aston Villa midfielder Grealish during the Second City derby at St Andrew's on Sunday.

Mitchell, 27, was also ordered to pay £350 in fines and is prohibited from attending games in the United Kingdom for the next decade.

The incident occurred just hours before a man ran across the field of play and pushed Manchester United defender Chris Smalling during their Premier League match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

The Football Association has resolved to work with other authorities in order to provide greater protection for players and match officials.

"This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour," an FA spokesperson said in a statement.

"On Sunday we saw two separate incidents, at Birmingham City and Arsenal, of individuals entering the field of play and assaulting players.

"Not only is it an offence to enter the pitch, which could result in a club ban and criminal charges for the individual, but it also puts the safety of the players at risk.

"This is entirely unacceptable and we strongly condemn both incidents.

"We will be working with the clubs, the leagues and the police to discuss what collectively needs to be done to protect players and officials on the pitch.

"In addition, we have written to both Birmingham City and Arsenal to seek their observations to examine the security measures they had in place."

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno admits they were inspired to seek revenge on Manchester United by Jesse Lingard's celebrations in the FA Cup clash last month.

The Gunners ended United's 100 per cent away record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, with Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang securing what could be a vital three points in the top-four race.

United won 3-1 at Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup in January, with Lingard's moonwalking after his goal apparently still fresh in the minds of the Arsenal players.

The club's official Twitter account and Mesut Ozil each poked fun at the idea of the Emirates being Lingard's 'dancefloor', and Leno concedes it had been hard to forget the scenes of that cup defeat.

"In your mind you will never forget something like that, when someone is celebrating," he said. "You don't want to see it again, so we were motivated.

"We knew before the game about our chance because Manchester United had one point more than us. Now we have two points [more than them] and that was enough motivation for us.

"We are in the top four and the other teams now wait for our mistakes. There are still eight games and we want to win every game. We don't play against the other top-six teams, so I think we can beat the others."

Leno had an impressive game, making some key saves from Romelu Lukaku in particular to help preserve a clean sheet and see the Gunners move back into the top four.

"I feel for a long time now I have adapted to this team, to this club," he said. "The manager gave me the time and when I got the chance, I played good, so he said, 'you will stay in goal'. I am pleased to play for Arsenal and I want to give the club and the team something back with my performances."

Roma have announced that sporting director Monchi has left the club.

The 50-year-old departs the Italian capital after just under two years in the role.

His exit comes only a day after head coach Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked in the wake of Roma's Champions League last-16 exit to Porto.

Monchi was appointed on a four-year deal in April 2017 after a hugely successful spell at Sevilla, where he helped the club to win five Europa Leagues and two Copas del Rey over 11 seasons.

However, he has come in for criticism for Roma's recruitment policy over the last year in particular and reportedly clashed with fans following the loss in Porto this week.

Monchi issued an apology to supporters after it was claimed he made a threat towards them at the airport, although he insisted his comments had been misreported.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are among the teams linked with a move for the former goalkeeper, who spent his whole playing career with Sevilla before retiring in 1999.

Monchi, who signed players including Robin Olsen, Patrik Schick, Javier Pastore and Gregoire Defrel ahead of the 2018-19 season, will be replaced by Frederic Massara.

"I would like to thank president [James] Pallotta, the club's management, staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club," said Monchi in a statement released by the club.

"I wish Roma a lot of success in the future."

Roma chief executive Guido Fienga added: "I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football."

According to reports, Claudio Ranieri is expected to be appointed as Di Francesco's successor.

Roma have announced that sporting director Monchi has left the club.

The 50-year-old departs the Italian capital after just under two years in the role.

His exit comes only a day after head coach Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked in the wake of Roma's Champions League last-16 exit to Porto.

Monchi was appointed on a four-year deal in April 2017 after a hugely successful spell at Sevilla, where he helped the club to win five Europa Leagues and two Copas del Rey over 11 seasons.

However, he has come in for criticism for Roma's recruitment policy over the last year in particular and reportedly clashed with fans following the loss in Porto this week.

Monchi issued an apology to supporters after it was claimed he made a threat towards them at the airport, although he insisted his comments had been misreported.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are among the teams linked with a move for the former goalkeeper, who spent his whole playing career with Sevilla before retiring in 1999.

Monchi, who signed players including Robin Olsen, Patrik Schick, Javier Pastore and Gregoire Defrel ahead of the 2018-19 season, will be replaced by Frederic Massara.

"I would like to thank president [James] Pallotta, the club's management, staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club," said Monchi in a statement released by the club.

"I wish Roma a lot of success in the future."

Roma chief executive Guido Fienga added: "I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football."

According to reports, Claudio Ranieri is expected to be appointed as Di Francesco's successor.

Harry Kane will no retrospective action following his altercation with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta during Tottenham's 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.

England skipper Kane clashed with Azpilicueta during the first half of Wednesday's Premier League encounter and appeared to move his head towards the defender.

However, the 25-year-old is not in line for punishment over the incident as the match officials saw it at the time and decided no sanction was necessary.

It means Kane is free to play in Saturday's north London derby against Arsenal at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are aiming to respond following back-to-back defeats that appear to have all but ended their bid for the Premier League title.

Arsenal beat their bitter rivals 4-2 at Emirates Stadium last December, although Spurs prevailed 2-0 later that month when the sides met in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

The Gunners are fourth in the table, four points behind Spurs, having thrashed Bournemouth 5-1 on Wednesday.

Former Arsenal and France midfielder Abou Diaby confirmed his retirement on Monday after a career riddled by injuries.

Diaby, 32, last played competitively in August 2016, when he lined up for Marseille in Ligue 1.

However, injury woes disrupted and cut short his career, which included nine and a half seasons at Arsenal – the club he arrived at from Auxerre in January 2006.

"I put an end to my professional career," Diaby told RMC Sport.

"It was time. For a number of years, it has been difficult for me to come back. I had a lot of physical problems."

He added: "I decided to stop simply because the body was not following. It's difficult because I have spent most of my life in football. It's a closing chapter.

"There is a new one that opens. It is a well-considered decision. When I left Marseille, I gave myself a year.

"It turned out to be more complicated than I thought. I got to a point where even in my daily life it bothered me."

Such were his injury struggles, Diaby made just 122 Premier League appearances during his time at Arsenal.

 

Alexandre Lacazette will miss Arsenal's entire Europa League last-16 tie after the striker was handed a three-game suspension following his sending off against BATE.

France forward Lacazette was shown a straight red for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic in the late stages of last week's 1-0 loss away to BATE and will no play no part in either of next month's matches against Rennes.

The 27-year-old has already served one match of his ban, sitting out the 3-0 home triumph over the Belarusian side in the return encounter at Emirates Stadium, meaning he is free to return for the quarter-finals if Unai Emery's men advance past their Ligue 1 opponents, whom they were drawn against on Friday.

Arsenal had few troubles in overturning the deficit incurred against BATE as Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos both struck after Zakhar Volkov's early own goal to confirm an ultimately comfortable 3-1 win on aggregate.

Valencia, meanwhile, have lost Geoffrey Kondogbia for both meetings with Krasnodar after UEFA punished the midfielder for deliberately picking up a booking in their first-leg victory against Celtic.

Kondogbia was cautioned for time wasting in Glasgow in an apparent attempt to serve a yellow-card ban before the last 16, which he will now sit out.

UEFA's decision is a timely one with the governing body investigating Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos after he allegedly committed a similar act away to Ajax in the Champions League knockout rounds.

Elsewhere, Serie A outfit Lazio have had a charge of racist behaviour levelled against them - stemming from the 3-0 aggregate loss to Sevilla - which will be heard by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on March 28.

The circumstances behind the allegation are unclear.

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