MADRID (AP):Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain squad because of an injury, coach Vicente del Bosque said yesterday. Del Bosque announced his squad for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Romania.”Diego came off from a match with an injury in his quadriceps muscle, but four days later, because Chelsea had much at stake, he was made to play again and finished in some pain,” del Bosque said. “Although the doctors said he was getting better, we have opted not to include him.”Last Saturday, Costa was sent off in Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Everton for “improper conduct”. He was given a second yellow card after thrusting his head towards Gareth Barry before appearing to make a biting motion on the side of the midfielder’s neck. Both players later said there was no bite.Del Bosque said Costa’s behaviour was not a cause of concern.”There are two months to go before I choose my final squad for the European Championship and absolutely no one – not even Diego Costa – is currently excluded,” Del Bosque said.Costa’s place in attack was taken by Aritz Aduriz, who scored a hat-trick in Athletic Bilbao’s 4-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna and then clinched his team’s Europa League win with an away goal against Valencia.De Bosque said playmaker Andres Iniesta had also been left out because of a muscle problem.”He had discomfort and we considered it appropriate not to include him,” Del Bosque said.
Latest Premier League news 3 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade PositionWhen it comes to his use for Arsenal, it’s likely we could see an incredibly fluid forward line with Pavon and Henrikh Mkhitaryan switching flanks at will and penetrating defences in the Premier League. This will allow Mesut Ozil to drift more freely in a central role to feed Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang. All four stars are extremely capable of occupying each others roles, with Pavon also used as forward on occasion, this versatility could be a key reason behind Emery’s interest. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 3 smart causal silverware Will Pavon be a star if he signs for Arsenal. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday Argentina World Cup 2018 star Cristian Pavon is the latest star being linked with joining the Arsenal revolution under Unai Emery.The winger, 22, is capable of playing on either flank and has seen the Gunners bid £27million – but it may take a bigger fee to land him. 3 Boca Juniors star Cristian Pavon celebrates scoring for the club. predicted How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? KEY STATS How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures FinishingMost of Pavon’s goals are similar in style, he delights in cutting inside from the left flank and firing shots, with plenty of pace, into the far corner. But where he is most lethal is on the counter attack, slipping between defenders, having run off the shoulder, and powering the ball beyond the goalkeeper with his stronger right foot. He’s pretty capable from long-range too but his reliance on his powerful shooting might see a few strikes cannon over the crossbar. He is, though, extremely unlikely to score with his head, preferring to run from deep for back post crosses or mill around in the area for knockdowns.DribblingThe 22-year-old Argentine is fairly reliant on his pace when it comes to beating a man, poking the ball past the defender into space and running onto it rather using his close control, which he does seem to lack. This could see him come a cropper against tighter defences like Burnley’s where he can’t get in behind and will need to beat a man with skill.Crossing and passing in the final thirdPavon’s delivery from wide areas really needs some work with him preferring to hit the ball towards dangerous areas, rather than towards specific team-mates. However, thankfully, it’s more likely his passes will be shorter combinations with other team-mates. He does, though, like to play passes in front of them to run onto rather than neat and tidy and to feet, which could cause him issues in the Premier League. possible standings Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Arsenal have reportedly bid £27million for Boca Juniors and Argentina star Cristian Pavon. Age – 22Place of birth – Cordoba, ArgentinaClub – Boca JuniorsAppearances – 65 league gamesGoals – 17Honours – Superliga Argentina de Futbol – 2016/17 and 2017/18International caps – nineInternational goals – none REVEALED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? But why is Spanish boss Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger earlier this year, so keen on signing Pavon?We’ve been running through the tapes and got our notepad out to discover exactly what he would offer Arsenal and how he would fit in at the Emirates. ALTERED possible xi Pressing and tacklingMore important than ever, Pavon’s pressing is certainly a key attribute and is often found rutting around on the wing in an attempt to stifle opponents, regain the ball and start counters. A penchant for sliding in on his foe is a minor mark on his card here, but overall he’ll do well for Arsenal as they look to stymie opponents high up the pitch. The 22-year-old will happily use his strength in shoulder-to-shoulder challenges, but whether his level of physicality will be allowed by Premier League referees remains to be seen. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem which can’t be corrected as he comes to terms with the English game.ConclusionWith Unai Emery expected to make the Gunners a side who hit their opponents on the counter attack, Pavon could fit in neatly on left wing and help get the ball forward quickly and lay it on to his team-mates, or go it alone. In defensive situations, he’ll do well for the Gunners and is happy to press and tackle back, which could help make Emery’s Arsenal a lot tighter, although some of his challenges are a little risky. His direct running will certainly put teams on the back foot, but the major worry surrounding Pavon will be when he faces teams who defend deep and don’t give opponents much space – such as Burnley. His youth means he can certainly adapt but initially he may take a bit of time to get used to Premier League. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? who plays? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?