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Luis Enrique interested in taking over Arsenal for two reasons

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Arsenal negotiator, Raul Sanllehi has held, advanced discussions with former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique over the last few days.

L’Equipe reports that the Spaniard is interested in replacing 68-year-old manager because he appreciates the club’s philosophy and respects the values of the club.

If talks with Enrique fails to progress any further, the Gunners will approach their three alternative targets – Carlo Ancelotti, Patrick Vieira and Leonardo Jardim, the newspaper reports.

Reports in Spain earlier this week claimed that Enrique will look to bring veteran midfielder, Andres Iniesta with him to the Emirates if he is appointed Arsenal manager.

Wenger had earlier admitted that the timing of his decision to step down as Arsenal manager was forced upon him.

He said, “The timing was not really my decision. I do my job, keep my routine and focus on what I have to do every day. I prepare well for the game. I think it will be surreal for me when I don’t work. At the moment I work like ever.

“You’re never sure you do the right thing, but life is interesting because you have to deal with different kinds of situations. Until now, I had a life that was full of different experiences.

“Some were very difficult to deal with, but I always did it. That’s another one certainly I will face one day.”

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Wenger reveals Ozil’s problem under Emery

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Arsene Wenger has suggested Arsenal’s decision to give Mesut Ozil a long-term contract may have left the playmaker in a “comfort zone”.

The Gunners handed Ozil a deal until 2021 last January amid speculation that he would follow Alexis Sanchez out.

Wenger was still manager at the time, and although the move to tie down the player was seen as a positive one, the German has slipped down the pecking order under new boss, Unai Emery.

Ozil last started a game on Boxing Day and has made just two substitute appearances in all competitions in 2019.

“I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases.

“Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practise, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.

“He has a contract but the problem is that, if you want to buy a player like him, you have to spend £100m. And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Özil case, it is more about the way football is structured.

“To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?” Wenger said after being honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.

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Arsenal to sell Guendouzi to PSG in £60m deal

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Arsenal will demand at least £60 million for Matteo Guendouzi following interest from Paris Saint-Germain, The Sunday Express reports.

Guendouzi signed for the Gunners last summer, joining in a £6m deal from Lorient.

The 19-year-old has quickly established himself at the heart of Unai Emery’s midfield and has made 33 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

PSG have been monitoring Guendouzi’s progress in the Premier League and are considering a bid this summer.

But the Gunners have set a £60m asking price, if the French champions do decide to make a move.

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Lacazette apologizes to Arsenal fans following 1-0 defeat to BATE

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Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette, has apologized to fans, after being sent off in a shock 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov, in Thursday’s Europa League last 32 tie.

Lacazette was shown a straight red card in the 85th minute, for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic with an elbow.

“Letting the team down like that is the worst feeling.

“I should have stayed calm but it’s not always easy. Sorry.

“There are still 90 minutes to play and I believe that my teammates will make it to the next round,” Lacazette wrote on Twitter.

Unai Emery’s side now need to win by at least two goals at home next week to advance.

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