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Athletic interested in Arsenal duo

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Nacho Monreal and Mikel Arteta are not guaranteed starting spots. Credit: PA

Spanish side Athletic Bilbao could look to sign Basque duo Nacho Monreal and Mikel Arteta, according to reports.

Athletic, who qualified for the Champions League last season, have plenty to spend on new players having lost many stars in recent years.

Both players appeared in the Emirates Cup at the weekend, but left-back Monreal is unlikely to earn a starting berth this season and Arteta's age may soon catch up with him

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Eibar strengthen ahead of La Liga debut

Basque side Eibar have bolstered their squad with the additions of Dani Nieto and Borja Ekiza ahead of their first ever Primera Division campaign.

Majorca-born winger Nieto, 23, joins Gaizka Garitano's side on a two-year deal after being released by Barcelona, having made 24 league appearances for their B side in the Segunda Division after joining from AD Alcorcon last summer.

Ezika, a 26-year-old defender who hails from Pamplona, is a free transfer acquisition from Athletic Bilbao, whom he joined in 2008 from Club Deportivo Basconia. He is expected to agree a one-year deal with last year's Segunda Division winners once he undergoes a medical.

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Athletic set for Champions League spot

Athletic Bilbao have Champions League football in their sights after winning Sunday's showdown with Sevilla.

Markel Susaeta set the hosts on their way by scoring straight from a corner in the fourth minute, and Iker Muniain strengthened their grip on the game with an acrobatic finish early in the second half.

A disappointing evening for Sevilla got even worse when Diogo Figueiras was sent off with 18 minutes remaining, and moments later Ander Herrera then added further shine to a convincing home win by heading in a third, although Kevin Gameiro reduced the deficit with 11 minutes to go.

Athletic see off Malaga

Aritz Aduriz hit twice. Credit: PA

Athletic Bilbao continued their march towards Champions League football next season with a dominant 3-0 home victory over Malaga.

Aritz Aduriz scored at the start of each half as Ernesto Valverde's side made light work of the visitors, and Ander Herrera hit the third goal with half an hour remaining, with the help of an error by the normally reliable Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

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Goalless in Elche

Struggling Elche held high-flying Athletic Bilbao to a 0-0 draw at home, but remain dangerously close to the Primera Division relegation zone.

Athletic's capacity to break down Elche, who had not conceded any goals in their previous five home games, was made harder by the strong wind blowing over the Martinez Valera stadium, but credit must go to Fran Escriba's men for starving the Basques of proper goalscoring chances.

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