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Cech coy on Chelsea sporting director job offer

Steve Nicol says it's tragic for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be forced to miss out on the Europa League final in Baku due to safety concerns.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Ale Moreno react to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's injury he suffered at a charity game against New England which means he'll miss the Europa League final.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was coy on reports that he will return to his former club Chelsea as sporting director when he retires from playing after the teams meet in this month's Europa League final. 

Sky Sports News and other British media reported the news on Tuesday, with the 37-year-old Cech tweeting: "Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before, I'll make [a] decision about my future after the last game. Now my sole focus is to win the EL with @Arsenal."

Chelsea...

Mkhitaryan forced to miss Europa League final

Steve Nicol says it's tragic for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be forced to miss out on the Europa League final in Baku due to safety concerns.
Craig Burley is at a loss after Arsenal drop points again, leaving them with a near insurmountable path to finishing in the top four.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Arsenal's Europa League final against Chelsea after the club confirmed that the Armenian will not be travelling to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Arsenal had asked UEFA to provide assurances that it would be safe for Mkhitaryan to travel amid ongoing tensions between the two countries. The midfielder was forced to miss previous games played in Azerbaijan for Arsenal and his former club, Borussia Dortmund.

Sources told ESPN FC in April that Mkhitaryan and Arsenal...

What if long-range goals counted double? Liverpool would be Premier League champions!

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner reveals his top goals of the 2018-19 Premier League season as the rest of the FC crew call his ranking into question.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race.
Following Man City's league-record 198 points over the last two seasons, the FC crew assess where they rank among the best Premier League sides of all time.
Craig Burley makes his very premature prediction of Premier League's top six next season one day after Manchester City secured the 2018-19 title.

Of the many joys that football brings us, few are as pure and unbridled as watching a long-range strike be scored.

The moment you realise the attacker has the time, space and audacity to shoot; the futile attempt of the defender to make their block in time; the arc of or arrowed trajectory of the strike; the despairing dive of the goalkeeper as the ball flies past them into the net -- it feels like it's worth so much more than a scuffed tap-in after a botched clearance.

So why shouldn't those long-range...