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.

SWITZERLAND BOOST WORLD CUP HOPES

Switzerland have boosted their Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament hopes with an emphatic away win over Lithuania in Group C of the European qualifiers.

Switzerland began the latest set of qualifiers in the group with a six-point deficit to leaders Italy but they have been able to close the gap following wins over the Northern Ireland and Lithuania. The Swiss team took complete of the Italians not in action to take a big step towards automatic qualification in the group.

It is important to point out that only the group winners will advance to Qatar 2022 automatically, while the teams in second place will have their own opportunity to qualify for the tournament via the playoffs.

SCHAR OUT OF FAVOUR AT NEWCASTLE

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Switzerland defender Fabian Schar has fallen out of favour at Newcastle United after missing out on the starting XI in each of the last three matches in the Premier League. He missed his third league game in a row as Magpies boss Steve Bruce opted for the centre back partnership of Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez in the last league game at the home of newly promoted outfit Watford last weekend. Switzerland national team player Schar was left on the bench for the entire duration of the Watford game.

ARSENAL: XHAKA BACK FROM SUSPENSION

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Switzerland national team skipper Granit Xhaka is in contention for the North London Derby encounter between home team Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium this weekend after serving a three-match ban. The Arsenal midfielder was given a three-game ban for his red card during the big Premier League defeat to Manchester City in August. The Swiss player has not featured in any game this month partly due to suspension and Covid-19.Xhaka missed the three Switzerland games earlier this month after testing positive to Covid-19. He has since returned a negative test.

XHAKA AGREES NEW ARSENAL DEAL

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has agreed a new deal at the club as reported by English publication Football London. It was revealed that the Switzerland player will stay in North London after his proposed move to Italian Serie A team AS Roma didn't see the light of the day.

Jose Mourinhois a big fan of Xhaka and he wanted the Switzerland national team skipper at Roma this summer but the club was unable to meet the asking price from the Gunners. Arsenal demanded for €20m from Roma for Xhaka but the Italians were able to offer just €12m plus €3m in add-ons.

Xhaka had two years left on his Arsenal deal and the club has moved to tie him down to a longer deal by offering a new contract that takes him till 2025.

SHAQIRI CONFIRMS HIS INTENTION TO LEAVE LIVERPOOL

XherdanShaqiri has revealed his desire to leave Liverpool as he wants to play regular football starting from next season. The Switzerland international attacker has been limited to only a little amount of game time under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as he prefers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Diogo Nota ahead of Shaqiri in the pecking order.
The winger, who is a constant fixture for Switzerland in the national team, has lamented a lack of opportunities under Klopp and has hinted that he is now fed up and is ready to leave Anfield as early as this summer in a heart-to-heart conversation with the Reds boss.

SHAQIRI CONFIRMS HIS INTENTION TO LEAVE LIVERPOOL

XherdanShaqiri has revealed his desire to leave Liverpool as he wants to play regular football starting from next season. The Switzerland international attacker has been limited to only a little amount of game time under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as he prefers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Diogo Nota ahead of Shaqiri in the pecking order.
The winger, who is a constant fixture for Switzerland in the national team, has lamented a lack of opportunities under Klopp and has hinted that he is now fed up and is ready to leave Anfield as early as this summer in a heart-to-heart conversation with the Reds boss.

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