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Wednesday, November 13

  • Arsenal are looking at Stuttgart ace Orel Mangala
  • Unai Emery’s side will need to cough up £26million to secure his signature
  • Arsenal and Tottenham are competing to sign Napoli star Dries Mertens
  • Arsene Wenger has been appointed as FIFA’s new chief of global football development

Patrick Vieira: I feel sorry for him

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has defended Granit Xhaka after the midfielder lost the armband in the wake of his outburst towards the club’s supporters last month.

Xhaka reacted angrily to home fans booing him after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium and the player has since been left out of the squad.

“I feel sorry for him because he (was) the captain and he’s going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal,” Vieira said.

“I think we have to remind ourselves that he’s achieved a lot since he’s at Arsenal and he deserves a lot of respect.

“When you’re a player and don’t perform the way you expect, you get frustrated about yourself. And sometimes you say things or do things you regret.”

Wanted: Orel Mangala

Arsenal are looking at Stuttgart ace Orel Mangala.

That’s according to German publication HLN, who claim the Gunners are weighing up an offer for the talented 21-year-old.

Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are also interested in the central midfielder, who has nine caps for the Belgium Under-21 international squad.

It’s claimed Unai Emery’s side will need to cough up £26million to secure his signature.

Arsenal vs Tottenham

Arsenal and Tottenham are competing to sign Napoli star Dries Mertens.

That’s according to Italian publication Il Mattino, who claim the Premier League duo have registered their interest in the 32-year-old.

Mertens’ contract expires in June 2020 and he’ll be eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Italy in January.

Juventus, AC Milan and Inter have also been linked with the Belgian international.

Arsene’s back

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been appointed as FIFA’s new chief of global football development, with the Frenchman set to oversee the growth of the sport plus technical matters.

The 70-year-old was recently linked with the Bayern Munich job following the sacking of Niko Kovac but said that while he was approached he was never a candidate for the job.

Wenger will be the leading authority on technical matters on FIFA’s Football and Technical Advisory Panels involved in the International Football Association Board (IFAB) review and decision-making process on potential changes to the game’s laws.

He will also be the chair of a technical study group.

“I look forward to taking on this important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission… is truly global,” Wenger said in the FIFA statement.



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