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Alexis Sanchez 'sad' about being left out of Arsenal win

Alexis Sanchez expressed his happiness with the comfortable 5-0 win over Aston Villa, but confessed he was 'sad' about missing out.

The Chilean forward has been in scintillating form for Arsenal this season, but was rested by manager Arsene Wenger as a precaution after suffering a minor hamstring injury.

As it turned out, Arsenal managed just fine without their star man and succeeded in closing the gap to Man United down to one point in the race for Champions League qualification.

Aston Villa goalkeeper kicks out in frustration at Arsenal

Guzan could only parry Cazorla's penalty into the goal. Credit: Reuters

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan kicked the post in frustration after he could only palm Santi Cazorla's second-half penalty into the net as Arsenal eased into a 4-0 lead.

The Gunners eventually ran out 5-0 winners and it's now more than ten hours since Guzan's Villa side have scored a league goal.

Walcott hails Arsenal crowd and players after 'great win'

Theo Walcott hailed a "great victory" as Arsenal and enjoyed the "buzzing" home crowd during the 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa at the Emirates.

Walcott scored his first league goal since returning from injury. Credit: PA

In the first half we were cautious, they came at us and pressurised us.

One-nil was a deserved lead at half-time but it was one-sided in the second half it was a great victory.

It's always nice to get goals especially at the Emirates, and the finish was great, but it is all about three points. Everyone, the whole crowd is buzzing that happens when a team is at the top of their game.

– Theo Walcott speaking to Sky Sports

Celtic players celebrate in front of Rangers fans

Celtic cruised through to the Scottish League Cup final with a 2-0 win over Rangers at Hampden Park on a day when the gulf between the two traditional rivals was laid bare.

Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring for Celtic. Credit: Reuters

Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths headed the Premiership leaders into the lead from a Stefan Johansen cross in the 10th minute with Kris Commons driving in a second on the half-hour mark to effectively seal their place against Dundee United on March 15.

It was a comfortable victory for Ronny Deila's side in the first meeting between the teams in almost three years since the Ibrox club re-emerged in the bottom tier of Scottish football following administration and liquidation.

But when the final whistle sounded, Hoops keeper Craig Gordon had not made a save.


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Former Man United players in tennis Twitter feud

The endurance and performance of tennis players caused former Premier League footballers Robbie Savage and Michael Owen to argue on Twitter today.

Owen suffered badly from injuries as a player. Credit: PA

The pair clashed during Sunday's Australian Open final which Novak Djokovic won over Andy Murray in four sets.

Savage started things off, saying: "When you watch these 2 play tennis it amazes me how modern day footballers complain of tiredness embarresing (sic) really!"

Former England striker Owen responded with: "Not having that. Ridiculous shout," and added in "You're (sic) accusation was towards footballers and they are the people I'm defending against such drivel."

The two continued to debate, but Owen tried to have the final word by writing: "Studies show only 17.5% of match time in tennis is spent actually playing. 5 hour match equates to 52 mins playing time."

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