Arteta slammed for touchline behaviour & 3 latest under-radar stories at Arsenal
Arteta criticised for touchline behaviourDiscussing the 0-0 draw, Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer said on Sky Sports: "I think he’s [Mikel Arteta] disrespectful to the opposition and he’s making it very difficult for the referees, who have a hard enough job as it is. I get he wants to be animated but if his players behaved like him, he wouldn’t like it and it would cost him.
One player to be dropped from US tour and 3 more under-radar stories
One player to be dropped from US tourAccording to the credible Mario Cortegana (5 stars), Real Madrid and Reinier have mutually agreed that the youngster will not travel with the rest of the squad to the US for the pre-season tour. Supposedly, this is done in order to solve the Brazilian's future quicker.
Pique playing through knee discomfort and 3 more big stories you might've missed
Pique playing through knee discomfortRonald Koeman keeps on playing Gerard Pique from the start despite the centre-back still suffering knee discomfort after the serious injury he picked back in autumn, Diario AS say. It's claimed that the coach feels safer having Pique on the pitch.
Barca B's Nico plays vs Ibiza despite severe gastroenteritis and 3 more unpublished stories of the day
Koeman praises Barca on Valencia comebackRonald Koeman wasn't able to lead Barcelona at Mestalla after seeing a red card in the previous match. The coach has sent a message of encouragement to the players afterwards, satisfied with the comeback they pulled off against Valencia.
Final Four: Barca learn their opponents for Copa del Rey semi-finals
Barcelona beat Granada 5-3 in the extra time to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals. The draw is on Friday and here are the opponents with a short background:SevillaThe Rojiblancos beat Leganes, Valencia and Almeria on their way to the semi-finals.