European football matchday: AC Milan target Serie A top spot; resurgent Arsenal face Newcastle in Premier League
AC Milan need at least a draw at Cagliari to reclaim first place outright in Serie A.
A look at what’s happening around European football on Monday:
AC Milan need at least a draw at Cagliari to reclaim first place outright in Serie A, although there are coronavirus concerns ahead of the Rossoneri's trip to Sardinia.
Milan delayed their trip to Cagliari from Sunday to Monday amid reports that Milan players had tested positive for COVID-19 . Inter Milan's win over Juventus on Sunday moved the Nerazzurri level on points with Milan.
Steve Bruce will go head-to-head with Mikel Arteta hoping to follow in his footsteps when Newcastle plays away at Arsenal. Bruce has presided over a run of eight games in all competitions without a win for Newcastle, adding to pressure on the manager.
By contrast, Arteta has stopped the rot at Arsenal in recent weeks having gone unbeaten in five matches. The Gunners have risen to 11th place in the Premier League and into the fourth round of the FA Cup after knocking out Newcastle.
“At the minute, results haven’t been good enough for us,” Bruce said. “A few weeks ago, it was Arteta ... it is part and parcel of the Premier League. If you don’t get enough results, then unfortunately that’s the way it is these days and we have to accept it, then you come under pressure."
Newcastle last won in the league on 12 December to sit seven points above the relegation zone in 15th place.
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With Arsenal sitting in mid-table in the Premier League, this competition presents the only viable route into next season's Champions League for Arteta's team.
A tailor-made score has been established to allow the footballer to ensure his commitments with the festival, broadcast live for five nights from Tuesday, 2 March, while playing with the Milan club.
Inter opened up a four-point lead over their second-placed opponents as Antonio Conte's side target a first league title since their unprecedented treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010.