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Minute silence for Sala at all UEFA games

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A minute silence is to be held to honor Emiliano Sala at all games across the UEFA Champions League and Europa League this week.

The soccer world is in mourning after Sala was confirmed dead last week. The Argentine striker, 28, was killed when a plane he was traveling in from Nantes, France to Cardiff, Wales crashed into the English Channel on Jan. 21.

Sala had just completed his move to Cardiff City in the Premier League as their club-record signing and was flying back for his first training session in Wales after saying goodbye to his former teammates at Nantes.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin released the following statement confirming a minute of silence will be held across their games this week.

“On behalf of everyone at UEFA, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Emiliano Sala for their loss,” Ceferin said. “I am deeply saddened that his life was so cruelly taken away at such a young age and I urge supporters across the continent to pay their respects to his memory over the coming days.”

A minute silence was held before Cardiff’s game with Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, while a coroner in the English county of Dorset released details on Monday about the cause of Salah’s death.

The pilot of the small aircraft which crashed into the English Channel, David Ibbotson, has not been found and an online petition has been set up to try and find him.

Season over for Arsenal’s Bellerin

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Arsenal’s fears regarding Hector Bellerin‘s leg injury were founded in truth, as the Spaniard is set to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

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Bellerin, still just 23, was stretchered off of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium this weekend after his knee appeared to buckle during a non-contact play.

He’s already made 181 appearances for the Gunners, with seven goals and 24 assists.

Stephane Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson are in Arsenal’s right back corps, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles capable of logging minutes, too.

Arsenal, Chelsea placed in UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw

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UEFA conducted its second knockout stage tournament draw on Monday morning, as Arsenal and Chelsea learned their next opponents.

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Arsenal drew BATE Borisov out of Belarus while Chelsea were drawn with Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s former club Malmo in Sweden. Since both Arsenal and Chelsea were seeded, they’ll travel east for the first legs and host the second legs, though they’re not allowed to be hosted on the same night. Matches will take place on February 14 and February 21, with the exception of Arsenal-BATE and Sevilla-Lazio, since Real Betis, Sevilla’s second club, is playing in this stage of the competition as well.

It’s the second-straight season in which Arsenal and BATE will play, after the pair were placed together in the group stage of the 2017-2018 Europa League. Both Arsenal and Chelsea may have an advantage, as both the Belorussian and Swedish top divisions run from spring to winter, taking a long break from December through March due to the weather conditions.

Here’s a look at the full Europa League draw:

LIVE, Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal in action; group stage finale

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Both Chelsea and Arsenal are in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday, as the group stage finale has arrived.

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The two Premier League giants have already secured their spots in the last 32 of the competition, with Chelsea already clinching top spot while Arsenal know a point at home against Qarabag will be enough for them to win their group.

There is still plenty to sort out elsewhere in the competition, as the likes of Glasgow Rangers, Celtic, Besiktas and Sevilla are all fighting to reach the knockout rounds heading into the final 90 minutes. 

With two game windows at 12:55 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET, the final few hours of the Europa League group stage promises to be as intriguing, and nutty, as ever.

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Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, as we are promised yet another wild night of European action before the two month break ahead of the knockout rounds.

LIVE, Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal aim to clinch groups

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Both Arsenal and Chelsea are in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday, with the London clubs eager to wrap up their groups after already securing their place in the Round of 32.

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The Gunners know a victory against Vorskla Poltava in Ukraine (the game has been moved to Kiev due to security concerns) could see them clinch top spot ahead of their final game of Group E against FK Qarabag.

Unai Emery made plenty of changes to his starting lineup ahead of the North London derby on Sunday, with the game kicking off at 12:55 p.m. ET.

Chelsea host PAOK Salonika at Stamford Bridge at 3 p.m. ET, and Maurizio Sarri knows a point against the Greek side will secure top spot in Group L for the Blues.

Elsewhere in the Europa League, some tasty games see Steven Gerrard‘s Glasgow Rangers host Villarreal as the Scottish giants aim to cause an upset, while Red Bull Salzburg host sister club RB Leipzig and Sevilla head to Standard Liege in a pivotal clash.

Click on the link above to follow all of the games on Thursday, while click below to check out the live group standings as the games take place.

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