Arsenal ready to trigger release clause of Real Madrid starlet

Arsenal ready to trigger release clause of Real Madrid starlet

Arsenal ready to trigger release clause of Real Madrid starlet

MARCO ASENSIO'S 82nd-minute free-kick earned Real Madrid a dramatic 2-2 draw against Valencia, staving off what would have been a shock defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid missed the presence of their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and captain Sergio Ramos through suspension but nearly stole the three points in stoppage-time when Karim Benzema's shot was turned on to the post by Valencia goalkeeper Neto.

Thus Rafael Varane, who had a slight muscle problem during the week, and Nacho Fernandez will form Madrid's central defensive pairing, reports Xinhua news agency. However, with Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema Real Madrid's first choice attacking trio, Asensio is believed to be keen to get guarantees regarding his future game time, before committing to a new deal.

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Valencia also started the season with three points, as Simone Zaza's solitary strike secured a 1-0 win over Las Palmas.

The idea of him leaving a team widely regarded as being the best on the planet in favour of a move to Arsenal, a club that won't be in the Champions League for the first time in over two decades this season, seems a little far-fetched.

It may be a big ask for Valencia to conquer Madrid, but expect them to put up stiffer resistance than the majority of sides who play there, although it does look as if Madrid's extraordinary strength in depth will be enough to see them home. I don't like to single players out and I prefer to speak of what the whole team did.

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Madrid struggled offensively without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema took the brunt of the Bernabeu's boos after missing a number of close-range chances. "We leave here feeling very good about ourselves".

Benzema's miss means Real fall two points rivals Barcelona, following their 2-0 victory over Alaves on Saturday. "Gareth is Gareth. We will keep working, and keep counting on Gareth, like all the others". We worked very hard in the offseason for this.

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"She is going to kill me", he said, smiling.

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