PREVIEW: PORTUGAL VS SWITZERLAND

Portugal and Switzerland will both endeavour to claim their first wins of the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League at the second attempt during Sunday's League A Group 2 clash at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon.

Fernando Santos's side left it late to rescue a 1-1 draw against Spain on matchday one, while the visitors fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.

ARSENAL TO RIVAL MAN UTD FOR BORUSSIA DORTMUND SUPERSTAR

Arsenal are now reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji, with Manchester United also in the race for the Swiss international. According to Sport Bild, the north London side have entered the competition for the 26-year-old, with Akanji looking increasingly likely to leave Dortmund this summer with the club already signing two new defenders.

ARSENAL: XHAKA NOMINATED FOR PLAYER AWARD

Switzerland national team star Granit Xhakahas been nominated for the Player of the Month award at Arsenal for April 2022. The Switzerland international is on a four-man list for the award as announced by Arsenal on Wednesday. Apart from the ex-Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder, the other nominees are England international Bukayo Saka, Egyptian international Mohamed ElNeny and young England striker Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal have had a testing month in April 2022 due to a mixed run of results. They started the month with a surprising 3-0 defeat against hosts Crystal Palace in the Premier League London Derby before the 2-1 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in the same competition. The Gunners made it three matches in a row when Polish defender Jan Bednarek scored the only goal of the game to give Southampton a 1-0 win at home to the North Londoners.

ARSENAL: XHAKA LEFT-BACK EXPERIMENT FAILS

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wanted a trusted player at left-back the last Premier League clash with Brighton&Hove Albion in the absence of the injured Kieran Tierney and he went for experienced Switzerland player Granit Xhaka. In the end, the gamble made on the Switzerland senior national team skipper didn't work as Arsenal made it two successive losses in the Premier League with the 2-1 loss at home to Brighton last weekend.

XHAKA FEATURES AS ARSENAL RUN ENDS

Switzerland senior national team skipper Granit Xhaka was on from start to finish asArsenal suffered defeat to Liverpool in their rescheduled Premier Leagueencounter at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. The Switzerland international started the game as part of a two-man central midfield alongside Thomas Partey, but he could not stop Liverpool from beating his team via a 2-0 scoreline with goals from Diogo Jota and substitute Roberto Firmino in the second half. Switzerland player Xhaka is an important member of the Arsenal squad under current manager Mikel Arteta.

SCHAR ON TARGET AGAINST BRIGHTON

Switzerland international Fabian Schar was one of the goalscorers for Newcastle United as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 at home in the Premier League to move further away from the relegation zone.

ODEGAARD RETURNS TO TRAINING FOR LIVERPOOL

Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Norwegian playmaker Martin Odegaard has returned to training ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash with Liverpool. Arsenal will take on Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night and Odegaard is expected to return to the starting XI after missing the first leg due to Covid-19. The ex-Real Madrid and Real Sociedad midfielder returned to training earlier in the week as confirmed by Charles Watts, the Arsenal correspondent for popular media outlet Goal.

FIVE CLUBS IN TALKS FOR MIDFIELDER

Five European clubs have held talks over a move for Switzerland national team star Dennis Zakaria according to the latest reports emanating from the media. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano specifically revealed three of the five teams keen to sign the 25-year-old Switzerland international.

Romano stated that German champions Bayern Munich, Spanish giants Barcelona, Italian team Juventus and two unnamed English teams are keen on signing Zakaria who plays his club football for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the German top flight at the moment. He has six months left on his existing contract at Borussia Moenchengladbach and the midfielder can start to speak with foreign teams over a free transfer move in the summer of 2022.

PREMIER LEAGUE:XHAKA RETURN FOR ARSENAL

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka provided the North London giants with a timely boost before the busy festive period following his early return from the knee injury that has forced him to watch his teammates from the sidelines. The Switzerland national team skipper was not expected to feature for Arsenal until the New Year’s Day at least only for him to return to action one month earlier than expected.

Switzerland star Xhakahad missed the last nine Arsenal games in all competitions because of the aforementioned knee injury before he made his return from injury during the Premier League clash with Everton on Monday. The former Borussia Moenchengladbach player was absent for eight league games, with the other game coming in the Carabao Cup.

ARSENAL: XHAKA RETURNS TO LIGHT TRAINING

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has returned to light training as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The Switzerland senior national team player has been missing since he suffered the knee problem towards the end of the North London Derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the league at the end of September.

Switzerland midfielder Xhaka posted pictures of him in light training on his official Instagram account last week.

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