Arsenal Officials Pictured Leaving Mikel Arteta’s House After Late Night Talks

Arsenal have accelerated their pursuit of Mikel Arteta in their ongoing search for a new manager, with managing director Vinai Venkatesham and chief contract negotiator Huss Fahmy pictured leaving the Spaniard’s house in the early hours of Monday morning.

The Gunners have been led by interim coach Freddie Ljungberg since Unai Emery was relieved of his duties in north London, but results have got no better under the Swede.


90min revealed earlier this month that, despite the likes of Martinez, Carlo Ancelotti and even Mauricio Pochettino being under consideration, Arsenal’s main focus lies with former captains Arteta, currently assistant boss at Manchester City, and Patrick Vieira, in charge at Nice.

Now, the latest gossip on Arteta comes from The Sun, who have published pictures of Venkatesham and Fahmy leaving the Spaniard’s house. It is claimed the pair held two-and-a-half-hour talks with Arteta at his mansion in the north west and left at around 1.20am.

This came just a few hours after Arsenal had been comprehensively been beaten by Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium, with Arteta sat in the away dugout as assistant to Pep Guardiola.

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Other high profile candidates have been ruled out of the running, with Arsenal not even approaching Wolves for permission to speak to Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nuno has regularly appeared in the gossip when it comes to Arsenal hiring a permanent successor to Emery and was even named an early ‘priority’ by some foreign sources.

But, according to west midlands newspaper Express & Star, Arsenal have made no contact with Wolves over the possibility of poaching their manager. The same reports noes that Nuno would ‘not entertain’ an approach from the Gunners regardless.

Another report suggests Arsenal have had difficulty because prospective coaches are wary over a potential lack of transfer funds to complete the necessary overhaul of the squad.

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The Daily Mirror claims that candidates have been ‘put off’ the job by the idea they will not have the financial backing from the club board. The report explains it was a ‘non-starter’ for both Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez for precisely that reason – Rodgers has also signed a new long-term contract at Leicester since the Arsenal position became available.


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Kevin De Bruyne Explains Why Arsenal Were So Easy to Play Against in 3-0 Man City Cruise

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has explained that Arsenal are easy to play against because the Gunners’ attackers don’t do enough to help the rest of the team defensively after City swept them aside 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Having ended a seven-game Premier League winless run in their previous outing against West Ham, Arsenal were outclassed in the first half by the Cityzens and the contest was over before the break. It is a run of just one win in the Premier League for them since early October.

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De Bruyne was the star of the show, scoring twice himself and assisting the other City goal for Raheem Sterling. Speaking after the game, the Belgian international revealed why he and his teammates were able to cause so much damage to Arsenal.

And it doesn’t make good reading for Gunners fans.

De Bruyne essentially explained that as soon as City beat the initial press from the Arsenal forwards, the attackers offered no more defensive help to their teammates.

Only teenage winger Gabriel Martinelli was prepared to track back and help out, whereas Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe did not.

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“The attackers try to press up but when we pass their front four they don’t help the Arsenal defence. They always stay with four up front, except Martinelli who comes a little bit more so we always get spaces all over the pitch,” De Bruyne told the television cameras after the game.

“I think it’s really difficult for the six defenders to control it because obviously you can come from everywhere on the pitch.”

Arsenal were basically defending as half a team, which gave City players all sorts of time and space to cause damage. They didn’t need a second invitation to do so.

Mesut Ozil

Ozil received particular flak from the home fans when he was substituted in the second half. The 2014 World Cup winner slowly trudged from the pitch when his number was flashed up on the board. There was no sense of urgency, despite supporters being desperate for them to at least try to mount some sort of comeback, or even put a dent in the 3-0 deficit.


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Liverpool Medical Chief Set to Leave the Club for FIFA in 2020

Liverpool’s head of medical services Andrew Massey will leave the club in March 2020 to become the new Director of Medical at FIFA.

The Northern Irishman, who has spent six-and-a-half years with the Reds, joined the Premier League side back in 2013 as an academy doctor.

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Since his appointment, he has been promoted to first-team doctor, becoming a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff where he takes his place alongside the German on the bench on matchdays.

However, according to ​Training Ground Guru, Massey’s time with the Reds will shortly be coming to an end after FIFA announced their plans to work with the doctor in an email.

In an interview with the ​club’s official website in November 2017, Massey explained: “I head up the physio and sports science departments as well as the medicine department, so I’m looking at the overall performance side of things while also still doing the first-team doctor job.”

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When discussing Klopp’s arrival to Liverpool, he added: “Jurgen’s philosophy is very much that we’ve got to run further, run faster, run quicker than every other team because if we can do that then the skill will take over.

“When Jurgen first came into the club, we tried to put that in there, but the boys weren’t up to that physical level yet to meet the demands. At one stage, we had 13 hamstring injuries but now, with the benefit of two pre-seasons, we’re seeing the boys work so much harder and they look like they’re more protected.

“The manager’s brilliant at listening to us. Of course he wants the players back as quickly as possible but he’s brilliant. If we tell him that somebody is too big of a risk then he’ll listen to us.”

Besides Massey, Klopp has also worked with Andreas Kornmayer who was appointed as head of fitness and conditioning in 2016 as well as Philipp Jacobsen who became Liverpool’s new medical rehabilitation and performance manager in 2018.


Over the years, ​Liverpool have successfully replaced senior medical staff who have left the club – and are hoping that Massey’s departure will be no different.

The Reds have a busy schedule this upcoming week with a trip to ​Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and the Club World Cup against Monterrey on Wednesday in Qatar, where Massey will travel with the first team.

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Chile 2015: When South America Stepped Aside to Welcome a New Champion

Chile 2015 is part of 90min’s 20 Greatest Teams of the Decade series.


The seeds of success for Chile’s 2015 side were sown well before 2015, but sprouted at the most magical of times when they played host to South America’s historic competition.

From the meticulous gardening work of Marcelo Bielsa’s, to the maniacal Jorge Sampoali and Claudio Borghi in between, what La Roja produced on home soil was a story for the generations.

A side bursting with life, playing with joy and fierce competitiveness, Chile secured their first-ever Copa America title that year with one of the greatest sides the decade has seen.

Bielsa set the tone for what was to come during his reign in charge of the nation, using a backbone of stars that would prove pivotal in the country’s later success. Known for his all-out, attacking and full throttle approach to playing, the team began to receive some plaudits.

His replacement Borghi opted for a different method. Adopting a more defensive-minded style that abandoned the high-energy pressing that was utilised under his predecessor, his stint at the helm ended with whimper, as six straight losses drew the curtain on an uninspiring tenure.

That saw Sampoali take the reins. Injecting his own methods in the side, what was clearly evident was the foundations set in place by Bielsa were being returned. The spine of the side so heavily relied, trusted by and effective under El Loco, returned to the fold.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Gonzalo Jara in defence, midfield virtuoso Artuto Vidal, playmakers Valdívia and Fernández as well as forwards ​Alexis Sánchez and Humberto Suazo would play a starring role in the greatest year in Chilean football history.

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Hosting the tournament, there were fears the added pressure could stunt Sampoali’s side, who had just seen the year before Brazil crumble on home soil on the World Cup stage.

Furthermore, some poor results in the build up to the tournament risked derailing the fine work the Argentine tactician had put in place, while off-field controversies were also in risk of tarnishing the country’s hosting of the tournament. Vidal had crashed his Ferrari while under the influence of alcohol, which coughed up an unsavoury backdrop to what was supposed to be a momentous occasion.

Pitted against Bolivia, Mexico and Ecuador in the group stages, it was the latter who were the opponents for the competition’s curtain raiser. Offering a resilient defensive structure with pace on the break, the normally free-flowing Chileans took their time to settle into the occasion.

It took until the 66th minute for the hosts to break the deadlock, as Vidal’s penalty settled countless nerves in the stadium. Eduardo Vargas sealed the tie late on, as the signs began to emerge that Chile were starting to rise to the moment.

With issues away from the pitch still surrounding the squad at this point, a second-string Mexico were up next. Twice coming from behind, the explosive attacking style that Chile had become synonymous with was coupled with uncharacteristic defensive flaws as the sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.


​Vidal, despite his ongoing controversies, grabbed a brace but saw his side surrender the lead they had fought back to claim, making the final group game a must-win. 

Having petered on the border of their free-flowing and swashbuckling style, Bolivia were put to the sword on matchday three with effortless precision. A five goal trouncing was on the cards with Sampaoli’s side rediscovering their magic touch, providing a stern warning for the other sides in the competition that Chile meant business.

Uruguay were up next in the quarter-finals, keeping La Roja at bay with an organised, deep-lying defensive setup. Gonzalo Jara’s unethical examination of Edinson Cavani’s nether region prompted the Uruguayan striker to be sent off, handing the home side an advantage – regardless of how uncalled for and unfair the referee’s decision proved to be.

What it did show was that this Chile side were desperate to win by whatever means, the grit and dedication they showed towards the cause coming to the fore…in some ways.

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The man advantage eventually told, with Mauricio Isla’s 81st minute winner sparking scenes of utter jubilation after working tirelessly to break down their rigid and resolute opponents.

Peru came calling in the semi-finals, with the entire nation of Chile now firmly believing that this would be their year. The footballing gods shined down on them once more, with Carlos Zambrano being sent for an early shower after just 21 minutes.

Chile assumed their position on the front foot, the only way with which they knew how to play, grabbing the opener through Vargas. 

Peru struck back to level matters, but the striker yet again salvaged his team’s hopes with a thunderous dipping effort that flew into the corner of the net. A moment of pure inspiration, from a player transformed in his side’s national colours.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Chile were in the Copa America final.

Eduardo Vargas

Argentina were the only obstacle standing in their way. Under the guidance of an Argentinian manager, whose side’s style was forged under the guidance of another countryman of his, Chile were prepared to write history.

The hosts started as they meant to go on, swarming and harassing their opponents at any given opportunity. Always playing on the front foot and pressing high from the off, they were certainly up for the fight. Remember, this was an Argentina side who just lost the World Cup final one year prior.

Just as Bielsa had done before him, hours upon hours of studying how to eliminate ​Lionel Messi from the game was conducted by Sampaoli and his team. And it worked, for 120 minutes.

Neither side could find a goal for all their endeavour, despite Chile attacking for almost the entire game. 

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Penalties were coming. The hopes of a nation resting on five spot kicks. Except, there weren’t going to be five. They didn’t need them.

Fernandez set the tone with the opening penalty, absolutely leathering his effort into the top corner with otherworldly power. Messi did his part, before Vidal just did his. 

Gonzalo Higuain then ballooned his effort way over the bar to hand Chile the initiative. Charles Aránguiz made no mistake after, before Ever Banega was denied by Claudio Bravo.

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With one kick to end years of agony, Sanchez’s mere stroke of the ball to send Sergio Romero the wrong way was, in many ways, antithetical to Chile’s style. With a light caress, the Copa America trophy had itself a new champion, but in a way that totally differed from the side’s hard-hitting, full force style.

However, the manner mattered little. Their outstandingly distinctive way of playing was rewarded, and this Chile side will live long in history for reaping the rewards of a golden generation.


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Provides Update on Man Utd’s Pursuit of Erling Haaland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland “already knows what he wants to do” with his future, amid reports he’s set to join Manchester United.

Haaland is said to have already informed Solskjaer of his ​wish to sign for United in the January transfer window, although Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are expected to push for his signature as well.

Solskjaer recently travelled to Salzburg for talks over the young striker’s future but, speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with ​Everton, the boss refused to go into details about what was said, but suggested that Haaland has already made his mind up.

“There’s been plenty of speculation,” he said, “and you know I won’t talk about that, but he [Haaland] has had a great career in Salzburg, so he knows what he wants to do.”

Haaland’s father, former ​Leeds United and ​Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge, was asked about the rumours by Norwegian outlet ​VG, but he also kept his cards close to his chest.

“I hope you understand that I can’t comment on all the rumours going on now,” he responded simply.

As noted by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, ​United are focused on securing Haaland’s signature in the January transfer window, and they were never interested in a move for Salzburg teammate Takumi Minamino – despite reports suggesting otherwise.

The Japan international is expected to seal a £7.25m move to ​Liverpool in January, and it was reported that they had capitalised on United’s inactivity to strike the deal, but it now appears as though those claims were wide of the mark.

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Instead, United remain committed to the idea of recruiting Haaland, and there is a real confidence around Old Trafford that they will be able to get the deal over the line. The striker is open to the move, with Salzburg would sell for the right price.

However, his agent Mino Raiola would prefer Haaland to move elsewhere, with ​Dortmund, ​Juventus and Leipzig all options, so United may have a battle on their hands to fight off the competition.


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