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Arsenal wins appeal against Mohamed Elneny red card

Arsenal has won their appeal against midfielder Mohamed Elneny’s red card in their 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton last Sunday.

Elneny, 25, was dismissed in stoppage time following a confrontation with Saints defender Cedric Soares, but the Football Association overturned the decision after an independent panel accepted the Egyptian was “wrongly dismissed for violent conduct”.

The repealed red meant that Elneny would now available for Arsenal’s next three Premier League matches.

The Gunners would be facing Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday before hosting West Ham on 22 April and travelling to Manchester United on 29 April.

Elneny was sent off moments after Saints defender Jack Stephens was dismissed for a clash with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in a fractious finale at the Emirates Stadium after a sterile first-half atmosphere.

Arsenal lead twice then, and the game that saw two late red cards it was awarded a surprisingly loud roar at the final whistle, there was certainly entertainment at the on Sunday despite the empty seats.

Gunners manager Arsenal also heaped praise on his team after the game as they stole a victory against a club struggling against relegation.

“It’s not easy because we played against a team who fights not to go down, mentally it is very difficult,” Wenger said. “Some of our players had heavy legs but we still won the game when we were questioned, I really like the spirit in this team.”

“Every game you win makes you stronger, it’s important that you keep your run going. We have gone through a difficult spell, but because the players are proud we came back. Now we hope to keep this going.”

Wenger and his players would head to Moscow with a spring in their step, still believing they can reach the Champions League next season by winning the Europa League. They hold a 4-1 advantage from the first leg of the quarter-final.

Mesut Ozil: it was “easy to say yes” to Arsenal contract extension

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil claims that it was “easy to say yes” to an contract extension with the club as the German international sets his sights on “some titles with the team”.

There had been intense speculation regarding his future at the Emirates throughout the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, with an expiring deal offering cause for concern.

However, the World Cup winner ended the speculation by committing his future to the Gunners in February with a new long-term contract.

The 29-year old also insisted he never considered heading elsewhere as he believes he still have unfinished business at Emirates Stadium following three FA Cup triumphs to date.

“It feels really good (to sign the contract extension,” Ozil said. “I’m really happy to sign here for such a big club like Arsenal. I’ve always said to the club that i’m happy here and now I’ve signed, I’m really happy.”

“My teammates and family have always supported me. I have a lot of goals here with the team, I want to reach those and I’m really happy. I love the city.”

“Before I signed the contract, I spoke with my family about what the best decision was for me. At the end of the day, it was really easy for me to say ‘yes’ to the club. I’m here for more years and I hope we will win some titles with the team. I believe in that.”

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of £42.5 million in the summer of 2013, before going on to make 189 appearances for the club, netting 37 goals as well as providing a steady supply of assists.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will naturally be hoping for another key contribution from his star playmaker on Thursday when the Gunners take on AC Milan in north London for the second leg of a Europa League last-16, a tie which Arsenal currently lead 2-0.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan agrees swap with Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has agreed to join Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez set to move in the opposite direction in a direct player swap.

Sanchez, who was initially named in Arsenal’s match-day squad to face Crystal Palace on Saturday, was allowed to leave the team hotel late on Friday night after being told by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that there had been a breakthrough in negotiations over his transfer to Manchester United.

The player subsequently travelled north to complete his medical at Manchester while a deal to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Emirates Stadium in exchange is also nearing completion.

Armenia international Mkhitaryan, 28, will have a medical over Sunday and Monday, while Chile forward Sanchez, 29, will have his on Sunday.

Sanchez is believed to be signing a contract at Old Trafford worth as much as £14m a year after tax, or £500,000 per week, having at first seemed poised to join City. On the other hand, the length of Mkhitaryan’s contract and his salary remains undisclosed.

An announcement is now expected in the next 48 hours.

Mkhitaryan previously signed for the United for £26.3m from Borussia Dortmund in July 2016, and has made 63 appearances for United — 22 this season — scoring 13 goals.

Sanchez, meanwhile, scored 80 goals in 166 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since joining them from Barcelona for £35m in July 2014.

The Chile international, whose contract Arsenal was due to expire in the summer, had looked set to join Manchester City last August and earlier this month, before it emerged this week that City had decided not to pursue their interest in signing Sanchez during the current transfer window.