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Ivan Gazidis has won Arsenal power battle but Arteta was a gamble too far | David Hytner

Arsenal’s chief executive will add Unai Emery to his ideal management structure after carrying out a meticulous coupIvan Gazidis met the higher-ups at Real Madrid in August 2013 with the intention of signing one player – Ángel Di María. The Spanish clu…

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Unai Emery set to be named as new Arsenal manager

• Former PSG and Sevilla manager has impressed club hierarchy• Mikel Arteta had been the favourite to replace Arsène WengerArsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery, the former PSG and Sevilla manager, as the successor to Arsène Wenger.The club have con…

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Unai Emery set to be named as new Arsenal manager

• Former PSG and Sevilla manager has impressed club hierarchy• Mikel Arteta had been the favourite to replace Arsène WengerArsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery, the former PSG and Sevilla manager, as the successor to Arsène Wenger.The club have con…

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Mikel Arteta is strong favourite to replace Arsène Wenger at Arsenal

• Arteta considering his backroom team after positive talks• Former captain seen as better fit than Max Allegri by clubMikel Arteta is the strong favourite to be appointed as successor to Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, with productive talks having progresse…

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Harry Kane says Mo Salah Golden Boot battle pushed him to new heights

• Tottenham striker aims to beat Salah’s 32-goal mark• Kane delighted to have scored 30 goals in league for first timeHarry Kane has said the emergence of Mohamed Salah at Liverpool has driven him to new heights. The Tottenham Hotspur striker finished …

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Arsenal’s interest in Mikel Arteta grows but Max Allegri still in the frame

• Former Arsenal midfielder highly regarded by Ivan Gazidis • Juventus manager Allegri remains on whittled down shortlistMikel Arteta has emerged as an increasingly strong contender to replace Arsène Wenger as the Arsenal manager, with members of staff…

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Arsène Wenger: Regrets? I’ve had a few and David Dein leaving was one

The Frenchman was in wistful mood before his last Arsenal game and admitted the 2007 departure of the man who brought him to Highbury was a major disappointmentArsène Wenger turned them all down, every leading European club, in order to remain true to …

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Arsenal suspend two coaches after complaints from players

• Under-23s coaches Steve Gatting and Carl Laraman suspended• Arsenal say they have launched an investigationArsenal have suspended two coaches, understood to be for alleged bullying – the under-23s manager, Steve Gatting, and his assistant, Carl Laram…

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Arsène Wenger: European super league will force Premier League midweek

• Wenger says there will ‘certainly’ be a weekend European league• Arsenal manager says he did best work at the club from 2006-15Arsène Wenger is convinced that a seismic change to the game is afoot and that the coming years will witness the inception …

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Mauricio Pochettino says situation is ideal as Spurs face critical run

• Four points needed from two home games to ensure top-four finish• ‘We need to enjoy, be focused and try to win,’ Spurs manager saysMauricio Pochettino has insisted that Tottenham Hotspur would have taken their current situation if it had been offered…

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny out for six months with achilles injury

Arsenal captain will miss World Cup after surgery‘You will not see him before the beginning of December at best’Laurent Koscielny has undergone surgery to repair his ruptured achilles tendon and will be out for six months. Arsenal’s outgoing manager, A…

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Tottenham facing up to reality check as stadium costs escalate

Mauricio Pochettino will still have to sell players in order to buy them next season despite an increased ground capacityMauricio Pochettino has expressed the belief on several occasions. When Tottenham Hotspur move into their 61,559-seat stadium next …

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Mauricio Pochettino labels FA an embarrassment over Harry Kane tweet

• Governing body forced to apologise for mocking Tottenham striker• ‘We need to protect our assets, our English players’ says PochettinoMauricio Pochettino has branded the Football Association an embarrassment for their tweet that mocked the performanc…

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Simeone weighs unleashing Diego Costa against Arsenal in first leg

• Atlético Madrid manager includes striker in squad following injury• ‘Many teams have suffered at the hands of Diego,’ says SimeoneDiego Simeone says Diego Costa is ready to make his presence felt against Arsenal once again, after he included the stri…

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Arsène Wenger says timing of Arsenal departure ‘not really my decision’

• Speaking before Atlético tie, manager says he will not retire• ‘With two or three additions, this team can fight for title’Arsène Wenger has provided the clearest indication yet that he did not want to leave Arsenal by revealing the timing of the dec…

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Arsène Wenger stirred Arsenal exasperation but was a martyr to his values | David Hytner

Manager departing after 22 years leaves a legacy of dispirited Arsenal fans yet his wide-ranging human qualities see even harshest critics expressing affectionIt is a story that Arsène Wenger has told on more than one occasion in different company over…

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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: ‘Bayern is the school of forming a champion’ | David Hytner

As he prepares to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg reflects on life as a Bayern Munich wunderkind and playing for Pep GuardiolaWhen Pep Guardiola confronted Nathan Redmond at the end of Manchester City’s 2-1…

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FA Cup victory would not change Tottenham’s life, says Pochettino

• Spurs preparing for semi-final against Manchester United• ‘It is not going to move the club to a different level’Mauricio Pochettino says that an FA Cup triumph this season would not change Tottenham’s life, as he looked ahead to Saturday’s semi-fina…

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Wembley factor can help us win FA Cup, says Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen

• Defender says Spurs ‘very comfortable at Wembley’ after 25 games• Belgian targets repeat of January’s 2-0 win over Manchester UnitedJan Vertonghen believes Tottenham can benefit from their familiarity with Wembley in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final agai…

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Ronaldo heroics establish Zidane’s team among Real Madrid greats

The 3-0 away victory against Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final included a masterclass from Isco as the holders underlined their superiorityOf all the masterpieces that Zinedine Zidane created during his playing career, t…