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EPL: Vieira unhappy with Arsenal’s board after talks to replace Wenger

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Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira is unhappy with the Gunners after holding talks with the club’s chiefs about replacing Arsene Wenger as manager.

Sky Sports reports that Arsenal have contacted Vieira this week in a bid to gauge his interest.

According to the newspaper, the Frenchman, who played an integral role in the Invincible team of Arsenal, was ‘disappointed’ by the approach and views the talks as just a ‘token gesture’ from the North London club.

Meanwhile, Manchester City assistant manager, Mikel Arteta is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger.

The 36-year-old on Tuesday evening, completed his interview process with Arsenal’s board and has agreed verbally to become Wenger’s successor.

According to the UK Independent, the Spaniard and his representatives have held advanced negotiations with the Gunners and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.

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Amokachi, Utaka, Kanu & Other Super Eagles players who have won the FA Cup

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Brila.net takes a look at the six Super Eagles players that have represented Nigeria andhave won the most prestigious Football Trophy, ‘FA Cup’ in England.

Daniel ‘Da Bull’ Amokachi (Everton)

Amokachi is the first Nigeria international to play in the FA Cup final. He was a 69th-minute substitute for Everton in their 1-0 win over Manchester United in the 1995 final at Wembley. Paul Rideout scored the winning goal for Everton.

Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea)

Babayaro was a winner in the 2000 FA Cup final. The left-back played the full 90 minutes as Roberto Di Matteo scored Chelsea’s winning goal against Aston Villa.

Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal, Portsmouth)

The former Super Eagles Skipper won his first FA Cup medal with Arsenal in 2002, even though he did not play in the final.

In 2008, he got the name King Kanu as he scored the winning goal and played for 87 minutes as Portsmouth beat Cardiff to win the FA Cup. He was named Man of the Match of that final.

John Chukwudi Utaka (Portsmouth)

Former Super Eagles winger John Utaka was also on the pitch with Kanu as they both helped Portsmouth win the FA Cup final in 2008. Utaka played for 69 minutes before coming off.

John Mikel Obi (Chelsea)

Super Eagles Influential Captain John Mikel Obi was on the pitch for the full 120 minutes as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in extra-time time to lift the 2007 FA Cup. That was the midfielder’s first of four FA Cup trophies he won with Chelsea.

He was on the pitch from start to finish when Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 to win the 2009 FA Cup final.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

Iwobi won the first trophy of his professional football career when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the 2017 FA Cup title. Although the  21-year-old didn’t play in the final, he gets an FA Cup medal as an Arsenal player

 

Victor Moses (Chelsea)

Super Eagles forward Victor Moses is the most recent Nigerian to have won the prestigious trophy, having played in the 2018 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United and was on the winning side.

The former Wigan Athletic star man was on for 90 minutes as Chelsea got the win via a first-half penalty by Eden Hazard.

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EPL: Paul Pogba speaks on leaving Manchester United for PSG

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Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has stated that he’s not interested in joining Paris-Saint Germain this summer.

He, however, insisted that he’s unsure if he’ll stay at United.

PSG are believed to be keen on signing Pogba and their interest will only intensify if Neymar forces a move through to Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old has endured a difficult second season at Old Trafford and tension between him and manager, Jose Mourinho has resulted in the midfielder being dropped from regular first team starter.

The France international admitted he had problems at Old Trafford but refused to confirm he will stay there this summer.

“He [Mourinho] put me on the bench, I answered on the pitch, I give my maximum every time,”Pogba told Canal +.

“These are times when I wasn’t playing. I was on the bench. Much has been spoken about. People thought it was wrong but a coach and player don’t have to be best friends.

“One is not forced to go to the restaurant together. I had some problems, it’s [a] mental [problem].

“It made me grow in leadership. I had the armband with Mourinho, it was the first time in a club. It’s important to me, it makes me grow up to be as a leader in the France team.

“Stay at United? You’re never sure of anything. Contractually, it’s on, yes.”

“My presence at the Eiffel Tower has nothing to do with PSG. We like to debate

“)h you imagine Pogba was the Eiffel Tower, he comes to PSG.” No it has nothing to do,’ continued Pogba.

“Walking on the Parc des Princes? With a club, no for sure. Honestly, it doesn’t appeal to me. I grew up here, my father was a supporting Marseille and so did my mum. Paris wasn’t really in my daily life.

“Why not one day step on the pitch of the Parc des Princes. It’s a beautiful pitch and a beautiful stadium.”

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PSG president speaks on hiring Wenger

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wenParis Saint-Germain president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has seemingly ruled out the possibility of Arsene Wenger becoming the club’s sporting director.

Wenger has left Arsenal after 22 years, but expressed his desire to stay in the game.

There were speculations that the 68-year-old could take up a role at the Ligue 1 champions.

But in an interview with L’Equipe, Al-Khelaifi said: “He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football.

“He’s a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: ‘You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined’.

“I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay.”

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