Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally ended his scoring drought in the Premier League with two second-half goals in a 3-0 win against Newcastle on Monday as the Gunners try to claw their way out of mid-table. Aubameyang, who hadn't scored in the league since Dec. 16, broke the deadlock in the 50th minute before Bukayo Saka added a second with style in the 61st. An unmarked Aubameyang got his second goal in the 77th.
A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Tuesday: ENGLAND Leicester can be the latest team to take first place in the Premier League with a win at home to Chelsea. Three points would lift Brendan Rodgers' third-place team above Manchester City and current leader Manchester United, at least until Wednesday when the Manchester clubs are back in action. Leicester has only lost one of its last 10 games in all competitions. Chelsea is down in seventh after just two wins from its last seven league games. West Bromwich Albion, which is in next-to-last place, looks to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when it visits West Ham. In the FA Cup, third-tier Shrewsbury heads to Southampton for a rearranged third-round match without its manager, Steve Cotterill, who is in the hospital as he recovers from COVID-19. The original game was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the Shrewsbury squad. SPAIN Sevilla can move into fourth place with a win at Alavés, which is coming off two straight league losses and a demoralizing 5-0 defeat against second-division club Almería that eliminated the club from the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. Sevilla will be without central defender Diego Carlos after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Also Tuesday, Valladolid hosts Elche in a match between relegation-threatened clubs, while and Levante visits Cádiz in a game between midtable teams. GERMANY Bayer Leverkusen hosts Borussia Dortmund for a Bundesliga duel between two teams out to make amends for disappointing results in their previous games. Leverkusen lost 1-0 to Union Berlin and has now lost three of its last four games. It was previously unbeaten. Dortmund was held 1-1 at home by then-bottom team Mainz on Saturday and watched as the gap to Bayern Munich at the top grew to seven points on Sunday. Dortmund coach Edin Terzic rued his team’s missed chances against Mainz. “In the end, games are decided by goals,” said Terzic, who faces a dilemma in midfield with Axel Witsel injured and Emre Can suspended. Highly talented youngster Florian Wirtz is back for Leverkusen. Hertha Berlin hosts Hoffenheim for game between two sides that have consistently disappointed this season. Both could only draw 0-0 against relegation rivals at the weekend. Mainz next faces Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach gets the round underway at home to Werder Bremen. ITALY High-flying Roma will be looking to bounce back from last week’s derby defeat when it hosts promoted Spezia in the Italian Cup's round of 16. The winner of the single-elimination game will face Napoli in the quarterfinals. Roma, which is fourth in Serie A, lost 3-0 at Lazio on Friday. Spezia managed to hold Torino to a 0-0 draw this past weekend, despite playing more than 80 minutes with 10 men. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
MONTREAL — CF Montreal sacrificed offence for defence Monday, trading Argentine forward Maxi Urruti to the Houston Dynamo for centre back Kiki Struna. Montreal also got an international roster spot for the 2021 season in the deal while Houston received a second-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. The 30-year-old Struna played 46 MLS games, including 45 starts, for Houston over the last two seasons. He joined the Texas club in December 2018 from Italy's Palermo FC. The six-foot-two 185-pounder has won 21 caps for the Slovenian national team. "We are pleased to add a tall centre back to our defensive core," CF Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. "He has experience in MLS and on the international scene, and he's played several years in Italy." Montreal ranked 23rd in goals allowed last season, averaging 1.87 a game. Houston was 15th in goal-scoring, averaging 1.30 a game. Struna will serve as veteran help for 19-year-old Louis Binks, whose loan deal with Bologna has been extended through December 2021. The contracts for Montreal defenders Rod Fanni, Jukka Raitala and Jorge Corrales expired at the end of December. Montreal has already added Canadian international defenders Kamal Miller and Zorhan Bassong during the off-season. CF Montreal was known as the Montreal Impact until last week when the team rebranded. Houston will retain a percentage of any sell-on fee if Struna is transferred outside of Major League Soccer. The 29-year-old Urruti has scored 53 goals and added 33 assists in nine MLS seasons with Toronto, Portland, FC Dallas and Montreal. He collected nine goals and eight assists in two seasons with Montreal. He has won the MLS Cup with Portland, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield with Dallas and the Canadian Championship with Montreal. “Maxi knows first-hand what it takes to be a champion in MLS and has consistently scored goals since he arrived in the league,” Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos said. “He brings quality, speed and a tremendous work ethic.” Urruti is a product of the Club Atletico Newell's Old Boys academy, making his pro debut in 2011. Urruti holds a Green Card as a permanent U.S. resident and will not occupy an international roster slot. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18. 2021 The Canadian Press