Having recovered from a serious knee injury suffered last December against Chelsea, Chambers was recalled alongside Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari.
There are also starts for Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe, as well as club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, who was banned for the weekend Premier League defeat at Tottenham.
Check out the full teams for the Europa League Group B finale below.
Dundalk: Rogers, Hoare, Boyle, Daniel Cleary, Gannon, Shields, Flores, Leahy, McEleney, Duffy, McMillan.
Subs: Corcoran, Wynne, Gartland, Mountney, Sloggett, McCarey, Colovic, Dummigan, Kelly.
Arsenal: Runarsson, Chambers, Pablo Mari, Mustafi, Cedric, Smith-Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Pepe.
Subs: Cottrell, Azeez, Saka, Ceballos, Holding, Macey, Balogun, Hein.
David Moyes is confident he can make West Ham “great again” as he prepares his side for their Premier League clash with Leeds on Friday.
The Hammers had climbed up to fifth in the table after navigating a tricky run of fixtures, before defeat to Manchester United saw them drop down to eighth.
Moyes took charge of his second spell with the Hammers on December 30 2019 with the club 17th and just one point above the relegation zone, but he has seen improvements since then and believes there is more to come.
“I think we have improved as we have gone along,” Moyes said.
“We have scored a few goals but maybe we are missing Michail Antonio a bit, maybe we are not as clinical when we have had opportunities. I put the last game (Manchester United) as an example. We should have had that game seen off.
“Look, we are growing. We are not going to suddenly go from just being outside the bottom three to just being outside the top three, that’s just not going to happen.
“We have to take small steps, do it layer on layer, continue to make progress.
“We have done and I’m regularly looking to see how we can get this better again, whether it is new faces, the way we play, formation, I am always looking to add to it.
“It covers a multitude of things, like having everybody back at London Stadium right behind the team, the positivity there, so we are trying to grow all things that are connected to getting better results.
“It’s a great club and it’s my job to make it great again. I feel there are opportunities to do that.”
Dimitar Berbatov insists Sir Alex Ferguson would never have let Paul Pogba’s situation at Manchester United get out of hand.
Earlier this week, Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, claimed the ‘unhappy’ midfielder’s time at Old Trafford is ‘over’.
The super agent’s revelation came on the eve of the club’s crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, which they lost 3-2 and subsequently crashed out the competition.
Berbatov, who won two Premier League titles and a League Cup with United between 2008 and 2012, is adamant legendary manager Ferguson would not have stood for Raiola’s antics.
Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov said: “I don’t think this situation would have happened when I was playing for the club with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge.
“I don’t think anyone would have dared to speak out against the team and manager, out of respect.
“Yes, every now and then someone would come out and speak against Ferguson, but not many did.
“This situation would have been dealt with and either Pogba would be playing or he would be out the door.”
Arsenal and Tottenham are in Europa League action on Thursday, but it seems they will be keeping their eyes on another match too.
Scouts from the north London clubs, along with Manchester United and Everton, will watch Bayer Leverkusen’s clash against Slavia Prague with a special eye on Leon Bailey.
Bailey is expected to line up for the German side with Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain also monitoring his performance, report the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old, who’s best known for playing on the wing, has taken on extra responsibility and become playmaker since Kai Havertz’s departure to Chelsea during the summer.
Frank Lampard has admitted that trying to maximise Christian Pulisic’s impact at Chelsea remains a “work in progress”.
Pulisic will be fit for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Everton, having shaken off his latest hamstring twinge earlier this week.
The United States forward has avoided any injury in a clear relief to both player and manager at Stamford Bridge.
But Pulisic has suffered a clutch of hamstring issues, and Blues boss Lampard admitted he, the player and the club are still working hard to find the right balance of work and rest to help the 22-year-old thrive in west London.
“Christian Pulisic had a tiny bit of awareness off the back of the Leeds game on one of his hamstrings, but he’s training normally,” said Lampard.
“Christian is a work in progress. I don’t want to call this an injury he had in midweek. If the game had been a different type of game then maybe I would have used him.
“We know his abilities, that’s very clear, he showed them when he came on against Leeds last week.
“I just have to find the right way to get the best out of him regularly and consistently.”
The Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’ could become part of a new-look Champions League.
With the threat of a possible European Super League never far from the table, UEFA has reportedly come up with its own plan to fend off any breakaway.
The Sun reports the plans unveiled to the top flight elite would open the way for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to all share millions in extra Euro revenue from 2024.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Premier League sides would be required to finish in the top four to qualify.
The report goes onto say that European football’s governing body is now working with the European Club Association to find a format acceptable to the biggest clubs.
Ross Barkley is making progress in his recovery from injury but the on-loan Aston Villa midfielder will not be fit in time for Saturday’s midlands derby against Wolves.
The 27-year-old, on a season-long loan at Villa Park from Chelsea, sustained a hamstring injury early on in the home defeat to Brighton on November 21 and missed the loss at West Ham last week.
Dean Smith’s side resume their Premier League campaign at Molineux on Saturday and Barkley will remain on the sidelines, although it is hoped he could return against Burnley next week.
“Ross it out still. He’s running now but this game will come too soon for him,” said Villa boss Smith.
“Either next Thursday or Sunday (against West Brom), we’ll look at it but what we don’t want to do is miss him for too long so we don’t want to rush it.”
Ray Winstone issued a plea to Declan Rice to stay at West Ham and become a legend like the great Bobby Moore.
The actor and diehard Hammers fan also called on his club to build a team around the midfielder, 21, who first broke into the West Ham team in 2017.
Rice, who can also play at centre-back, has settled in brilliantly at West Ham.
His displays have seen him gain recognition elsewhere, with Gareth Southgate making him a regular fixture in the England squad, convincing Rice to switch allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.
Given his string of superb performances, it’s no surprise Rice has been linked with a move away from West Ham – Chelsea reportedly the favourites to land him if he leaves.
And while Winstone accepts Rice is to some extent a big fish in a small pond at West Ham, he insists there will be rewards if he stays at the London Stadium.
“Whatever the boy’s on there, it’s not enough,” Winstone told Thursday’s talkSPORT Breakfast. “You want to keep that boy and build a team around him.
“If he was to stay there he’d become another Bobby Moore. He’d be a legend.
“He’s a big fish in a small pond in a way but there’s no reason why the club can’t become a big club. If he goes to a team like Chelsea he’s not necessarily going to play every week.”
There will be a minute’s silence before every UEFA match played today to honour 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi, who has died aged 64.
Rossi’s passing was announced on Thursday morning, with a number of tributes paid to the former Italy and Juventus striker.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is changing his opinion on the use of VAR after a frustrating night in Denmark.
The Reds drew 1-1 with Midtjylland in their Group D dead-rubber after Mohamed Salah netted the club’s quickest Champions League goal after 55 seconds to break Steven Gerrard’s goalscoring record in the competition with his 22nd.
However, three second-half VAR decisions – one which awarded the hosts a penalty to equalise through Alexander Scholz, another which denied the Midtjylland goalscorer a second and a third which chalked off what would have been a late winner for Takumi Minamino – affected the flow of the game.
“It just took too long. I think in the end, I didn’t see it back, the decisions were right but it was so difficult it took three or four minutes and it was cold for the boys,” Klopp said.
“It is really hard and I could hear people saying ‘Oh my God’. It took really long and it was really cold, which doesn’t help.
“I used to be one of the people who said VAR is a good idea, I’m really not sure if I would say that again to be honest. But now we have it.”
Chelsea are reportedly on a four-club shortlist to sign Bayern Munich star David Alaba on a free transfer next summer.
The 31-year-old’s current deal runs until the end of the season and he could sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.
German outlet Bild claim Bayern have given up hope of agreeing a new deal with Alaba, who has won nine Bundesliga titles and two European Cups since making his debut in 2010.
It is understood Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi, is touting his client to Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
While Blues boss Frank Lampard would be interested in signing the Austria international, who can play as a centre-half or left-back, his £350,000 wage demands could be a stumbling block.
Trevor Birch will become the EFL’s new chief executive from January, the league has announced.
Birch, who will join the league from his position as director of football operations at Tottenham, succeeds David Baldwin, who only started in the role in June.
The EFL announced in October that Baldwin was to stand down, and now Birch, a former professional footballer who also served as chief executive at Chelsea, Leeds, Sheffield United and Derby, will come in from the start of next year.
Birch will work alongside chairman Rick Parry, who himself only joined the league in 2019.
Parry said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Trevor Birch to the EFL.
“Trevor’s vast experience has impressed me throughout our discussions in regards to the role, and having been a strong candidate in 2019 before withdrawing from the process, I am delighted that he has opted to take up the position and is able to join the league so promptly.
“I thank (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy for his understanding in this respect.”
Mikel Arteta could reportedly be sacked by Arsenal before Christmas as Arsenal chiefs have given him three matches to save his job.
The Spanish former Gunners player has endured a tough start to the season with Arsenal down in 15th in the Premier League having lost six of their 11 matches this term.
Another defeat this weekend, to Burnley, could see the Gunners end the weekend just four points outside the relegation zone – a situation sure to further ramp up the pressure on Arteta.
And, according to Calciomercato, Arteta must start picking up results quickly as he has only three league games to save his job.
Three days after Sunday’s visit of Burnley Arsenal host Southampton, before visiting Everton next Saturday for what could be Arteta’s final match in charge of the Gunners should the defeats continue.
The report adds that Arsenal are already assessing possible candidates to succeed Arteta in the dugout, with ex-Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri a top target.
The 2020/21 Champions League group stages came to an end this week and attention will now start to turn to the knockout phase of Europe’s elite competition.
The Champions League has been filled with goals and drama this season and that looks set to continue as we go into the last 16 stage.
Big guns Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Juventus have qualified as group winners, meaning they will be seeded.
Manchester United, though, failed to make it through and have been condemned to the Europa League.
Other major names – including Lionel Messi’s Barcelona – finished as runners-up and we could see some huge ties await us in the next round.
HERE is everything you need to know about the last 16.
Manchester United, though, failed to make it through and have been condemned to the Europa League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be sacked by Manchester United right now.
This is the view of one Red Devils fan, who joined talkSPORT to back the appointment of Diego Simeone as Solskjaer’s Old Trafford replacement.
“Harry Maguire for £80m,” began Jonathan the United supporter. “Leicester must be laughing their heads off!
“Maguire came out after the [RB Leipzig] game and said they weren’t at it for the first 20 minutes; Oh, I’m sorry, did you want a wake-up call after half-an-hour?
“That performance was happening, the PSG performance was happening, West Ham, Southampton… it’s all the same, every week.”
talkSPORT host Jim White then asked: ‘Jonathan, what needs to happen?’
“Ole needs to go,” replied the angry Red Devils fan. “I’ve got nothing against the guy, but he needs to go.
“And as Simon [Jordan] said last week, there are two or three options.
“United fans may not like this, but they need to get a Diego Simeone type character in, someone to sort that club out.”
Slaven Bilic faces being sacked as West Brom manager if the Baggies lose their next match.
The Midlands club are currently second-last in the Premier League, but they could move out the bottom three if they beat Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
But another defeat, which would be their eighth of the league season in just 12 matches, could result in Baggies chiefs swinging the axe on Bilic.
In fact, the Daily Mail claim the West Brom hierarchy are already assessing possibly alternatives to Bilic with a change at the top very likely over the coming days.
Paul Pogba is set to be sold by Manchester United in January after Mino Raiola said his client’s time at Old Trafford is ‘over’.
Real Madrid and PSG have been linked with the France international, although his former club Juventus have emerged as leading contenders to sign him.
According to the Daily Mail, a transfer could even go through as early as January as United want to sell Pogba as soon as possible rather than risk losing him for nothing, with the player having just a year-and-a-half remaining on his contract.
Pogba is claimed to have held talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Raiola’s latest comments, with the agent also saying his client is ‘unhappy’ in Manchester.
Paolo Rossi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 1982, has died.
News of his death at 64 was confirmed on Thursday morning when Rossi’s wife, Cappelletti Federica, posted a photo of herself and her husband to her Instagram account along with the words ‘forever’.
Enrico Varriale, a presenter on Italian TV channel RAI Sport where the former striker had been working as a pundit said: “A very sad news: Paolo Rossi left us.
“Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in that summer of ‘82 and who has been a precious and competent workmate at RAI in recent years. RIP dear Paolo.”
The cause of his death was not disclosed.
Rossi top scored at Spain ’82 when he sprung to life in the latter stages beginning with a hat-trick against Brazil before scoring two more against Poland in the semis and then one in the final against West Germany.
Liverpool defender Billy Koumetio made history on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
The French defender, a half-time substitute in the 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland, became the club’s youngest ever player in the competition.
At 18 years and 25 days, he broke Antonio Barragan’s record (18 years and 59 days) in Denmark, and conducted himself admirably after replacing Fabinho.
It was undoubtedly and incredible moment for the former Orleans player, who joined Jurgen Klopp’s side in January 2019.
And it was completing the move in that transfer window which allowed him to have one of the best seats in the house on another historic night for Liverpool.
It may seem hard to believe but Koumetio was actually a ball boy at Anfield when they beat Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in 2019.
Inter Milan were knocked out of the Champions League group stage for the third consecutive season on Wednesday night following a goalless draw with Shahktar Donetsk, who were also eliminated.
Antonio Conte’s men mustered just four shots on target during a night to forget at the San Siro, typified in the closing stages when Alexis Sanchez’s goal-bound header was inadvertently blocked from going in by Romelu Lukaku on the line.
To rub salt in the wounds of the Serie A giants, the stalemate saw them finish bottom of Group B which means they will not even have the consolation of competing in the Europa League.
Conte’s men scored a meagre seven goals in their six matches, conceding a whopping nine in the process.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Mohamed Salah after a record-breaking night in Denmark but was less impressed with VAR and admits he is changing his mind over its application.
Salah took just 55 seconds – the club’s quickest Champions League goal – to score his 22nd in the competition and surpass Steven Gerrard as the Reds’ leading scorer in the 1-1 draw with Midtjylland.
But in a frustrating second half three VAR decisions – one which awarded the hosts a penalty to equalise through Alexander Scholz, another which denied the Midtjylland goalscorer a second and a third which chalked off what would have been a late winner for Takumi Minamino – affected the flow of the game.
Klopp could not be happier for Salah, however.
“One record after another. I didn’t know he could break his record tonight but I’m pretty sure he is proud of that, he should be,” he said.
“An exceptional player, an absolutely exceptional player. Since we were together he helps the team the way he knows and appreciates the help of the team as well.
“If it was only the incredible number of his goals it would not be enough to be successful, so thank God others scored a lot of goals as well and made this team successful.
“But Mo is a very exceptional player. Nobody doubted it but if you need numbers to prove, he delivers that as well.”
Neymar etched himself into Champions League folklore on Wednesday night following a stunning hat-trick in Paris Saint-Germain’s thumping 5-1 victory against Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Brazil star is now just the 15th player to reach the 40-goal mark in the Champions League after his incredible solo display in Paris.
It was also the first time the 28-year-old has scored two or more goals in consecutive games in Europe’s premier competition.
But there is something Neymar has achieved which the aforementioned pair haven’t… yes, you heard right!
Neymar now has 20 goals to his name for PSG in the competition, a tally he also reached during his four-year stint at Barcelona, where he found the net 21 times in 40 games.
And this feat with two clubs is something Messi or Ronaldo have never been able to do, although the latter needs just another eight strikes with Juventus to complete it.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has become the club’s leading goalscorer in Champions League history as they drew 1-1 with FC Midtjylland.
The Reds ace netted within the first minute of their final Group D clash to claim his 22nd strike in the competition while with the club.
His effort saw him overtake legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard’s tally, while it was also the fastest goal they have ever scored in the competition.
Salah was a surprising starter given manager Jurgen Klopp’s frustration with the current hectic fixture list, and the fact they have already qualified for the knockout stages
The Egyptian was one of only a few first-team regulars playing in the dead rubber, including Fabinho, Naby Keita, and Divock Origi, but he made the most of his chance.
It was also a big match for young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and midfielder Leighton Clarkson, who is well thought of by the Reds coaching staff, while Trent Alexander-Arnold was named captain for the night.
But it was Salah who got them off to the perfect start in Denmark.
Chelsea will not allow Billy Gilmour to leave on loan next month, talkSPORT host Jim White has revealed.
The 19-year-old, who broke onto the scene with some impressive displays last term, put in an assured performance in midfield but now faces a battle for game time following Chelsea’s lucrative summer spending.
Speculation has mounted that the Scot could be sent on loan next month, with Rangers believed to be interested in a deal to take their former youth player to Ibrox.
White, however, quashed those reports on Wednesday morning and claimed Gilmour is part of Lampard’s plans as he looks to guide Chelsea to a serious title charge.
Jim wrote on Twitter: “I understand @ChelseaFC have no plans to loan rising star Billy Gilmour to @RangersFC or anyone else right now – he’s a big part of the plans at the London club.”
Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir players took the knee around the centre circle in a powerful statement against racism after their Champions League clash was abandoned on Tuesday night.
Basaksehir’s players walked down the tunnel early in the the first half amid claims the fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu, had used racist language.
The game resumed 24 hours later with both sets of players warming up in ‘No to Racism’ shirts in a clear statement of unity.
The officials also took part in the moment of solidarity, with the famous Champions League anthem fittingly ringing in the background.
Within seven minutes of the restart the hosts got off to the perfect start following a moment of individual class from Neymar to settle PSG’s nerves – who will top Group H should they beat Basaksehir.
The Brazilian doubled the hosts lead after a ruthless counter-attack which saw Rafinha and Kylian Mbappe all involved in the build-up, with the 28-year-old eventually squeezing the ball past Mert Gunok.
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