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MARK CLATTENBURG: I’d have told Anthony Martial and Erik Lamela to stop behaving like children

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Had I been refereeing at Old Trafford, I would have preferred to have a word with Anthony Martial and Erik Lamela, tell them to stop behaving like children, caution them both, and get on with the game. 

Like supporters, referees aren’t fond of players who act as if they’ve taken a punch.

Lamela clearly exaggerated the contact, but Martial could not escape the fact he retaliated in the wrong way. 

Anthony Martial was sent off for Manchester United in the first-half against Tottenham

Anthony Martial was sent off for Manchester United in the first-half against Tottenham

Anthony Martial was sent off for Manchester United in the first-half against Tottenham

Martial was sent off after appearing to grab Erik Lamela's neck, which saw the winger go down

Martial was sent off after appearing to grab Erik Lamela's neck, which saw the winger go down

Martial was sent off after appearing to grab Erik Lamela’s neck, which saw the winger go down

Anthony Taylor sent him off but there was no action taken against Lamela, who started the altercation.

For me, you had to treat them equally. Show them both yellow, or both red.

A caution apiece would have sufficed.

How Luke Shaw was not shown red in the final few minutes was baffling, too. There was absolutely no attempt to win the ball. He simply kicked Lucas Moura after the Brazilian burst beyond him. Shaw was a lucky boy.

Lamela went down clutching his face after he appeared to raise an arm to Martial's face earlier

Lamela went down clutching his face after he appeared to raise an arm to Martial's face earlier

Lamela went down clutching his face after he appeared to raise an arm to Martial’s face earlier

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Matteo Guendouzi hints Arsenal career is over after ‘intense time’ and ‘two good years’

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Matteo Guendouzi has hinted that his time is up at Arsenal and the Frenchman appears resigned to a permanent move away from the club. 

He joined Hertha Berlin on loan from the Gunners during the transfer window having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta. 

And the language used by Guendouzi when speaking about his time at the Emirates seemed to suggest he considers that chapter of his young career over. 

Matteo Guendouzi, seen here in action for France Under-21s, hinted his Arsenal career is over

Matteo Guendouzi, seen here in action for France Under-21s, hinted his Arsenal career is over

Matteo Guendouzi, seen here in action for France Under-21s, hinted his Arsenal career is over

The 21-year-old told Kicker: ‘I played over 80 games there and had a good, intense time there.

‘I learned a lot there in terms of sport and grew up there. It was two good years for me.

‘I also had a very good relationship with Mesut Özil, and Bernd Leno, both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.’

Guendouzi is only on loan at Hertha for the season and still has two years remaining on his Arsenal contract. 

The midfielder joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners

The midfielder joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners

The midfielder joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners 

Guendouzi did not play for Arsenal again after the confrontation with Neil Maupay

Guendouzi did not play for Arsenal again after the confrontation with Neil Maupay

Guendouzi did not play for Arsenal again after the confrontation with Neil Maupay 

He has not yet made an appearance for his new side having contracted coronavirus during international duty with France Under-21s and suffered with fitness issues. 

Having signed for Arsenal from Lorient in 2018 for £8million he made a bright start and established himself in the side but things started to unravel this year. 

Arteta immediately dropped the midfielder from the squad after the Maupay incident and he reportedly mocked the Brighton players about their wages in a 2-1 defeat.

Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup in August without the help of Guendouzi and later strengthened their midfield options with the deadline day addition of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. 

Arteta’s side are currently 11th in the table having won three and lost three of their opening six games with Manchester United up next.  

Guendouzi said he had learned a lot in an intense two-year period at the London club

Guendouzi said he had learned a lot in an intense two-year period at the London club

Guendouzi said he had learned a lot in an intense two-year period at the London club

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Liam Farrell wants to hear an angry James Graham as Wigan go for top spot v St Helens

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LIAM Farrell hopes to hear one last blast of a fierce Scouse accent – that would mean James Graham is angry.

The Wigan star goes up against the St Helens legend in a regular season derby for one last time after his opponent confirmed he is retiring at the end of the season.

 James Graham being angry would be music to the ears of Liam Farrell

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James Graham being angry would be music to the ears of Liam FarrellCredit: SWPIX.COM

But after linking up with him for England, the back rower knows just how competitive Graham can be.

He also knows that when he is annoyed, his Liverpudlian twang gets even stronger and he hopes his ears catch it tonight with Super League’s top spot on the line.

Farrell, 30, said: “James is very passionate in what he does and is very vocal.

“And when he does get angry, his Scouse accent does get stronger!

“I’ve not heard that for a while but I’d like to hear it tonight. I’m sure he feels the same way about St Helens as I do about Wigan.

 Liam Farrell believes Wigan can knock St Helens off the top of Super League

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Liam Farrell believes Wigan can knock St Helens off the top of Super LeagueCredit: SWPIX.COM

“We’ve a real good crack at going top and the ads are really keen for it. We’re more than capable of getting the win and going top.

“It would be a great time to go top as it would be ours to lose then.”

Wigan boss Adrian Lam admits Graham is the ‘ultimate competitor’ after working against him when he was involved with Australia’s staff.

But when given the choice, he would have the Warriors’ own retiring legend, Sean O’Loughlin – when asked which one he would rather have, he replied straight away: “Lockers.”

And he revealed just how close he came to moving to the NRL, adding: “I think he’d agreed in principle at one stage with Canterbury.

 James Graham has announced he is retiring at the end of the season

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James Graham has announced he is retiring at the end of the seasonCredit: ST HELENS RLFC

“That was at the height of his career and Trent Robinson, the great Sydney Roosters coach, considers him one of the best players to have ever played the game.

“I know he tried to get Sean a couple of times but he decided that wasn’t the path he wanted to take, though, but I wouldn’t swap him for the world.

“I coached against James when I was with Australia and he was outstanding. He had some special moments in Australia and has the respect of everyone over there.

“He’s one of Great Britain’s great front rowers over the past decade.”

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Willian admits he is ‘learning a lot’ from Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

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Willian insists he is learning a lot under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta as he praised the Spaniard and his new way of playing he is adapting to.

The winger joined the Gunners on a free transfer in the summer after rejecting a new contract at Chelsea and has found adapting to life under his new coach challenging.

The Brazilian has not been able to make an impact since his two assists in the opening game against Fulham and is still waiting for his first goal in an Arsenal shirt.

Willian has admitted Mikel Arteta's tactics have occasionally left him frustrated on the pitch

Willian has admitted Mikel Arteta's tactics have occasionally left him frustrated on the pitch

Willian has admitted Mikel Arteta’s tactics have occasionally left him frustrated on the pitch

Arteta's demands his players to hold their position and wait for the ball to come to them

Arteta's demands his players to hold their position and wait for the ball to come to them

Arteta’s demands his players to hold their position and wait for the ball to come to them

Willian said he is beginning to get to grips with the demands of his manager but said it has been a steep learning curve. 

‘It’s been a cool, new experience. I hadn’t worked with a coach with that mindset,’ Willian told Globo Esporte.

‘The positional game doesn’t mean that you have no freedom on the pitch, you have the freedom to move, but many times you have to respect the position, what the coach asks, the instructions, understanding that it’ll be better for the team. 

The Brazilian insisted he is learning a lot under the Spaniard and is enjoying working with him

The Brazilian insisted he is learning a lot under the Spaniard and is enjoying working with him

The Brazilian insisted he is learning a lot under the Spaniard and is enjoying working with him

‘It may happen that you don’t touch the ball and get frustrated, but Mikel always says that, wait a minute, the ball will arrive. I’ve been learning a lot.’ 

Willian missed Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat by Leicester last weekend with a calf issue but is back in contention for tonight’s Europa League clash with Dundalk after resuming training this week. 

Arsenal got off to a winning start in Group B with a 2-1 victory over Rapid Vienna last week and will look to follow that up against their Irish opponents at the Emirates this evening. 

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