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Arsene Wenger admits heated rivalries with Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho went overboard’ during his Arsenal reign

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ARSENE WENGER has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

The former Arsenal boss had plenty of run-ins with his fellow managers during a 22-year reign at the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson went 'overboard'

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Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson went ‘overboard’Credit: Corbis – Getty
Wenger first rattled Ferguson by coming to the Premier League with great success

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Wenger first rattled Ferguson by coming to the Premier League with great successCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Manchester United boss Fergie was the first to get upset by the Frenchman’s arrival in 1996.

Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex…

“I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it.

“He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.



“But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better.

“And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

Not so friendly was Wenger’s relationship with Mourinho, following his initial appointment as Chelsea boss in 2004.

The pair had many clashes down the years as the Portuguese returned to the Blues and later took over at United.

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Mourinho famously branded the Gunners chief a ‘specialist in failure’.

Wenger, 70, admitted: “That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control.

“The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what’s been said in press conferences.

“You hate the guy on the other bench and keep control but sometimes it goes overboard.”

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino tests positive for coronavirus

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 50-year-old has been confirmed to have contracted the virus and is now entering a period of self-isolation.

Infantino is said to have shown just ‘mild symptoms’ of Covid-19, and all those who have come into contact with him in previous days are said to have been informed. 

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has tested positive for coronavirus and is now isolating

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has tested positive for coronavirus and is now isolating

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has tested positive for coronavirus and is now isolating

FIFA issued a media statement on Tuesday, in which it was outlined that Infantino will remain in complete isolation for ‘at least ten days.’

The statement read: ‘FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

‘The FIFA president, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine for at least ten days.

FIFA have confirmed that Infantino (left) will now remain in isolation for 'at least ten days'

FIFA have confirmed that Infantino (left) will now remain in isolation for 'at least ten days'

FIFA have confirmed that Infantino (left) will now remain in isolation for ‘at least ten days’

‘All people who came into contact with the FIFA president during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps.

‘FIFA sincerely wishes president Infantino a speedy recovery.’ 

The pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the football landscape, after it was revealed this week that Italian giants Lazio have had their Champions League preparations thrown into chaos amid fears of an outbreak in the squad.

The Serie A outfit take on Club Brugge away on Wednesday night in Europe’s elite competition, but according to Tuttomercatoweb, Simone Inzaghi was left with a depleted squad on Tuesday. 

Only 12 players trained on the eve of the Champions League encounter – leading to fears that coronavirus has ravaged Lazio’s squad following tests carried out on Monday.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi was left with just 12 players during training on Tuesday

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi was left with just 12 players during training on Tuesday

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi was left with just 12 players during training on Tuesday

A total of nine players were missing from the training session, including star names Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto. 

Andreas Pereira, Lucas Leiva, Manuel Lazzari, Danilo Cataldi, Luiz Felipe, Thomas Strakosha and Nicolo Armini were also missing from training. 

The reasons for their absence from training has yet to be officially explained by the Serie A outfit but there are big concerns there has been a Covid outbreak.

Likewise, this week Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo have been waiting anxiously to learn whether he is able to face Barcelona and his age-old rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo has been self-isolating at home since he tested positive for coronavirus while away on international duty with Portugal on October 13.

The 35-year-old recorded another positive result last Thursday, throwing into doubt his participation in Juventus’ Champions League clash with Barcelona this week.

Cristiano Ronaldo is waiting to learn if he can return to football after contracting the virus

Cristiano Ronaldo is waiting to learn if he can return to football after contracting the virus

Cristiano Ronaldo is waiting to learn if he can return to football after contracting the virus

However Ronaldo is set to find out if his late bid to return in time for Wednesday’s tie has been successful with his latest Covid-19 test result due later.

A negative result would mean his quarantine period is over and as long as the result has come back within 24 hours of the kick-off, so 8pm on Tuesday night, he will be able to play.

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Darts champ John O’Shea refusing to give back World Masters trophy to BDO chiefs despite threat of legal action

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DEFIANT John O’Shea is refusing to hand back the World Masters trophy to bungling BDO chiefs despite the threat of legal action.

The Irishman, 45, beat Scott Waites to win his first major title in Purfleet, Essex in October 2019 – though the event was overshadowed by major administration blunders.

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John O’Shea can’t see the point of taking the trophy away from him and putting it in ‘storage’ when he can appreciate it and look after it Credit: Rex Features

The 2020 tournament has not happened this month following the BDO’s dire financial issues but amateur darts bosses still want the silverware back.

O’Shea, nicknamed the Joker, wrote on Facebook: “What a week (it was) in my life and my family’s life.

“But unfortunately (it) has been tarnished from emails and threats of court proceedings from none other than…yet you guessed it.

Yet again here we are dragging what once was a great organisation through the gutter.

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“A tournament surrounded by glory and loved by the British darting community for as long as it’s been played for since 1974.

“Not only has the BDO folded and all players shift their darting careers elsewhere but yet again here we are dragging what once was a great organisation through the gutter.

“I’d have liked to defend the World Masters. Or at least given the opportunity to hold on to the trophy until such time as it is played for again.

“I’m well aware the trophy is not mine to keep. But why put it in storage and never seen again?

“At least it’s appreciated where it is now and well looked after and insured.”

On social media, O’Shea posted a screenshot of an official letter and text message from BDO chairman Des Jacklin, who claims the Dublin ace is contractually obliged to return the prize.

Jacklin said: “I’ve taken the liberty of already filling in the documents for legal court action.

“And I’ll be forced to file the claim with the courts at 9am on Friday unless the trophy is returned beforehand in the manner agreed in the contract.”

The BDO world championship, which has run annually since 1978, are not set to happen in January.

The World Darts Federation claims it is launching a new World Championship and World Masters event in 2021.

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Premier League power rankings: Patrick Bamford leads group of new entries behind Son and Kane

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Each week throughout the 2020-21 season, Sportsmail will bring you a Power Rankings table, listing the top-10 hottest players in the Premier League.

As the stories of the season unravel, the rankings will provide a form guide with players moving in and out of the top 10 depending on both their performances in the previous fixtures and also in recent weeks.

Matchday six was something of an odd affair and certainly didn’t match up to the goal-rich weekends of previous weeks.  

Patrick Bamford’s hat-trick as Leeds won 3-0 against Aston Villa was one of the highlights as was Son Heung-min linking up yet again with Harry Kane as Tottenham won 1-0 at Burnley

Dominic Calvert-Lewin failed to find the net as Everton were found out at Southampton while Michail Antonio was a constant threat to Manchester City’s defence despite Pep Guardiola spending heavily to shore his side up at the back.  

With all of that in mind, how do Sportsmail’s latest batch of Power Rankings look? 

10. Edouard Mendy – (new entry)

For all the attacking options Frank Lampard loaded his Chelsea side with this past summer, it was at the back where he knew he had to tighten up in a big way.

Lampard was particularly happy then when Chelsea got the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes over the line a week before the transfer deadline last month.

It put an end to the difficult situation Lampard had found himself in with Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

Edouard Mendy has kept two clean sheets in his first two Premier League games for Chelsea

Edouard Mendy has kept two clean sheets in his first two Premier League games for Chelsea

Edouard Mendy has kept two clean sheets in his first two Premier League games for Chelsea

Mendy has started excellently, too. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford – in which he denied Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Juan Mata – made it two clean sheets in the 28-year-old’s first two Premier League matches.

It’s the first time a Chelsea stopper has managed that since Petr Cech, who also joined from Rennes and now works with Mendy as a goalkeeping coach, in August 2004. 

9. Wilfried Zaha – (new entry)

It’s not that long ago Wilfried Zaha was ready to leave Crystal Palace in the pursuit of European football. 

Zaha didn’t get his wish and he could have sulked, lost interest and slowly but surely faded away at Selhurst Park.

That, however, has never looked like happening. It helps, of course, that Zaha is managed by Roy Hodgson. A manager of Hodgson’s experience knows how to motivate a player and that certainly appears to have happened over the last few weeks.

Palace’s 2-1 win over struggling Fulham saw Zaha take his tally to five league goals for the season. He is halfway to matching his best ever return of 10 top flight goals, which he managed in the 2018-19 campaign.   

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has put his wishes to play European football to one side for now

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has put his wishes to play European football to one side for now

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has put his wishes to play European football to one side for now

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10

1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin

2. Son Heung-min

3. Jack Grealish 

4. Harry Kane

5. Emiliano Martinez 

6. Thiago Alcantara

7. Mohamed Salah 

8. James Rodriguez

9. Ross Barkley

10. Danny Ings 

READ LAST WEEK’S POWER RANKINGS AND ALL THE REASONING HERE. 

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8. Michail Antonio – (new entry)

Jarrod Bowen made his way into this chart earlier in the season. Rightly so, of course. 

But as much as Bowen has shown how well he has settled at West Ham since joining from Hull in January, Michail Antonio simply can’t be overlooked any longer.

Antonio produced an excellent display against Manchester City. While his overhead kick, which gave West Ham the lead, was technically brilliant, it was his first touch and movement off the ball that caught the eye.

A central striker needs to be able to keep the ball close to them before picking the best moment to dash forward, nudging the ball in front as they go. 

Antonio’s strength to hold off players when out on the wing is well known but at the weekend it was his ability to keep the ball close to him while moving in a central positon, barging City defenders out of the way as he went, which demonstrated how far he has developed as a lone striker. 

Michail Antonio offers a completely new threat after being converted into a central striker

Michail Antonio offers a completely new threat after being converted into a central striker

Michail Antonio offers a completely new threat after being converted into a central striker

7. Jamie Vardy – (new entry)

Arsenal fans must be sick to the back teeth of Jamie Vardy. Vardy’s strike at the weekend was his 11th against Arsenal. Indeed, there had been hope for Mikel Arteta and his players that Vardy wouldn’t even be in the travelling Leicester squad on Sunday.

A calf injury had prevented Vardy playing in Leicester’s previous two outings but he was named on the bench against Arsenal.

In the 60th minute he came on and 10 minutes before time the 33-year-old planted a header past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The goal was all the more satisfying given it helped Leicester move up to fourth in the league.  

A calf injury couldn't prevent Jamie Vardy from coming off the bench to score against Arsenal

A calf injury couldn't prevent Jamie Vardy from coming off the bench to score against Arsenal

A calf injury couldn’t prevent Jamie Vardy from coming off the bench to score against Arsenal

6. Sadio Mane – (new entry)

Sadio Mane is one of the reasons why Liverpool have been so effective in recent years. It’s not just his ability as a footballer but his mentality as a competitor, which is shared by others at Anfield, that has spurred Liverpool on.

Much was made of Mane’s displeasure at Mohamed Salah not passing to him for what would have been an easy tap-in against Sheffield United – similar to what happened at the start of last season at Burnley – yet perhaps the focus should have been on his role in both of Liverpool’s goals.

Mane supplied the cross for Diogo Jota’s winner and had earlier forced Blades stopper Aaron Ramsdale to parry his shot into the path of Roberto Firmino, who struck for his first goal of the season. 

It was an outstanding all-round performance by Mane and it won’t be his last either. 

Sadio Mane continues to demonstrate how important he is for Jurgen Klopp's champions

Sadio Mane continues to demonstrate how important he is for Jurgen Klopp's champions

Sadio Mane continues to demonstrate how important he is for Jurgen Klopp’s champions

5. Danny Ings – (up five)

No goals this week for Danny Ings but two assists against Everton was a very handy return for a striker who is proving his worth as a scorer and a provider. 

The partnership he has formed with Che Adams – whom he set up for Southampton’s second goal – continues to blossom. 

Adams, who at 24 is four years younger than Ings, appears to have an understanding with the former Liverpool player which allows them to unsettle opposition defenders while working their way up the pitch with the support of James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu directly behind them.

Ings being able to provide as well as score is a major plus for a Southampton side that needs to have both strikers involved in every attack given how often they are isolated by defenders. Both are successfully bamboozling opposition players which in turn is helping Southampton reach a different level. 

Danny Ings registered two assists at the weekend as he proved himself as a quality provider

Danny Ings registered two assists at the weekend as he proved himself as a quality provider

Danny Ings registered two assists at the weekend as he proved himself as a quality provider

4. Patrick Bamford – (new entry)

There was a perhaps unfair suggestion on BBC Radio 5Live’s Monday Night Club that Patrick Bamford is flourishing because there are no fans to get on his back.

Questions have long been asked of Bamford, who last season was the eighth top scorer in the Championship with 16 goals.

How satisfying it must have felt for him on Friday night when he put three past Aston Villa. Instinctive finish after instinctive finish, Bamford announced himself as a Premier League striker.

The doubts – at least for now – have gone and it wouldn’t be a surprise should he continue the run of form that has already seen him score six goals for Marcelo Bielsa’s Premier League newcomers.   

Patrick Bamford answered some of his critics on Friday night by scoring three at Villa Park

Patrick Bamford answered some of his critics on Friday night by scoring three at Villa Park

Patrick Bamford answered some of his critics on Friday night by scoring three at Villa Park

3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin – (down two)

James Rodriguez wasn’t fully fit and Everton were without Richarlison who has such an influence on how the forward line moves. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin was expected to work harder for space and in all honesty he did little wrong.

Those same forward runs, which have already troubled a number of defences, were made and he still made aerial presence known but given how disconnected Everton’s attack was it all accumulated into a deeply frustrating afternoon on the south coast for the 23-year-old. 

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin endured a frustrating afternoon on the south coast

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin endured a frustrating afternoon on the south coast

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin endured a frustrating afternoon on the south coast 

2. Harry Kane – (up two)

It is getting more and more difficult to talk about Harry Kane without mentioning Son Heung-min.

But for the purpose of this chart we must separate them and sadly for Kane he doesn’t quite get the nod for top spot.

How reassuring it must be for Tottenham fans watching Kane in action, knowing that he is never far away from influencing a game. 

You expect him to be there, in the box, ready to strike. Against Burnley he was there, too, although this time to flick a header into the path of Son who glanced past Nick Pope. Remarkably it was Kane’s eighth Premier League assist of the season – four more than Aston Villa’s John McGinn, the next best provider.

Harry Kane leads the Premier League assist chart having set up eight of Tottenham's goals

Harry Kane leads the Premier League assist chart having set up eight of Tottenham's goals

Harry Kane leads the Premier League assist chart having set up eight of Tottenham’s goals

1. Son Heung-min – up one

From the top of the assist charts to the top of the scoring charts. Son Heung-min, the man who can’t stop performing for Tottenham, now has eight Premier League goals this term. 

Indeed, four of those came in the 5-2 demolition of Southampton in September – the same game Kane registered four assists – but there is no escaping the claim that Son is the Premier League’s most in-form player.

Similar to Kane, there appears to be somewhat of a guarantee that Son will score whenever Spurs take to the pitch. 

And you have to wonder how much that rubs off on the opposition. If it’s not Kane charging down the middle or holding back to supply a killer pass they’re worrying about it’s Son and his ability to manoeuvre himself into a goalscoring position from where time and times again he has proven so lethal.

Son Heung-min is the Premier League's in-form player and he looks unstoppable at present

Son Heung-min is the Premier League's in-form player and he looks unstoppable at present

Son Heung-min is the Premier League’s in-form player and he looks unstoppable at present

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