CL final at Wembley looking less likely due to UEFA issues

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CL final at Wembley looking less likely due to UEFA issues

Hopes of the Champions League final being staged at Wembley appear to have receded, according to reports.

UEFA representatives met virtually with Government officials from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Monday morning to discuss moving the all-English final to Wembley from Istanbul, after the Government’s decision on Friday to place Turkey on its high-risk ‘red list’ for international travel.

Government sources described the meeting as cordial and helpful and stated that the ball remains in UEFA’s court.


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However, according to the PA news agency, some of the assurances UEFA is looking for – particularly around quarantine-free travel for sponsors and other VIPs coming into the UK – are not straightforward for the Government to deal with at a time when border controls remain necessarily so strict amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Discussions between the Government and UEFA are ongoing, but one other option under consideration could be moving the match to Portugal. The country hosted the final stages of last season’s Champions League last August, and is on the British Government’s ‘green list’ for international travel.

This would mean players, staff and supporters of and Manchester City could return to the UK without needing to quarantine.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Friday that supporters of Chelsea and Manchester City should not travel to Turkey for the match on May 29, but added that the Government was “very open” to staging it here.

Following that announcement, to host the final. However, UEFA would require big changes to be made to the ground for it to be suitable.

Turkey was placed on the Government’s ‘red list’ after a rise in coronavirus infections in the country.

It is understood UEFA was given notice of the Government’s intention to make this move well ahead of it being publicly confirmed on Friday evening.

Relations between the two are strong after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recognised the key role played by the Government in putting pressure on the clubs who threatened to form a .

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Arsenal boss Arteta wants more goals and assists from Smith Rowe

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Arsenal boss Arteta wants more goals and assists from Smith Rowe

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has challenged Emile Smith Rowe to add more goals to his game and become one of the best number 10s in Europe.

The 20-year-old has been in fine form since breaking into the first team at the turn of the year but only opened his Premier League account with the first goal in a .

The result relegated the Baggies as Smith Rowe turned home a cross from fellow academy graduate Bukayo Saka before Nicolas Pepe and Willian added further fine efforts either side of a Matheus Pereira consolation.


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It also means have an outside chance of achieving European qualification for next season heading into the final three matches of the campaign.

Smith Rowe had been tipped as an outsider for England’s Euro 2020 squad but missed out on a place in the March qualifiers and now looks set to spend the summer at home.

But Arteta believes the Croydon-born midfielder has the potential to become one of the best in his position in the coming years.

“He’s having an incredible season ever since he started to play in December,” Arteta said when asked if Smith Rowe’s maiden Premier League goal will be the first of many.

“But he’s scoring his first Premier League goal. An incredible season for a number 10 of Arsenal means he needs to score 15 goals and give 10 assists.

“Then you are right up there with the top guys in Europe and in the league. He’s got the ability to do it but he hasn’t done it.

“We need to stay calm with him, give him the right support and step by step I think he will be getting there.”

Smith Rowe limped off in the second half of Sunday’s win and Arteta revealed he “felt something in his hamstring” and that the Under-21 international has recently been struggling with cramps.

His team-mates are also setting high goals for Smith Rowe, with Willian impressed with what he has seen since joining from Chelsea last summer.

“He is a fantastic player and I think he has a great future for sure,” the Brazil forward said.

“He has technique and everything to become one of the best players in the league and I am happy for him.”

While Smith Rowe toasted his first Premier League goal, for Willian his last-minute free-kick saw him break his Arsenal duck.

The 32-year-old was signed on a free transfer to much fanfare last year but has struggled throughout his first campaign for the Gunners.

“It was difficult, I am the first to admit that,” he said when asked about the season.

“When I don’t play well I am the first to criticise me and me and my family, we know how difficult it was for me this season.

“But I never put in doubt what I can bring to this team – my quality, what I can do and I finally scored this beautiful goal and let’s keep going.”

Meanwhile, it’s understood Arteta is keen to at the start of next season.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Nice having yet to make his Arsenal debut, despite joining for £27million in 2019.

Arteta has been patient with the France youth international but it is now believed Saliba will be given a chance to impress.

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