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Mikel Arteta admits he would benefit from having Arsene Wenger back at Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says that he would like to see Arsene Wenger work in a ‘closer’ capacity with the club as he believes he can ‘learn a lot’ from him.

Wenger stepped away from Arsenal in May 2018 after 22 years at the helm and has not been back since to avoid casting a ‘shadow’ over his former club.

Arteta has rejected claims that Wenger would be interfering and has instead encouraged the 70-year-old to return to the Emirates once government guidelines will allow him to so. 

Mikel Arteta wants to see former coach Arsene Wenger work in a 'closer' capacity with the club

Mikel Arteta wants to see former coach Arsene Wenger work in a 'closer' capacity with the club

Mikel Arteta wants to see former coach Arsene Wenger work in a ‘closer’ capacity with the club

‘I would like to see him back around us,’ Arteta said about former the Gunners manager, Wenger.

‘He was a massive figure for me and he’s someone that I can still learn a lot of things from and I would like to have him closer to us.

‘Obviously, the actual environment at the moment doesn’t allow us to do it, but I think he’s a figure that has to be very present in what we do at the football club because he is, in my opinion, the one who had the vision and helped this club to evolve and be what it is today.’

Wenger spoken openly earlier in the week and outlined his reason for staying away from the club for the past two years.

Arteta believes he can 'learn a lot' from Wenger after his 22 years at the helm of the club

Arteta believes he can 'learn a lot' from Wenger after his 22 years at the helm of the club

Arteta believes he can ‘learn a lot’ from Wenger after his 22 years at the helm of the club

Wenger said he stayed away avoid casting a 'shadow' over his the then new coach Unai Emery

Wenger said he stayed away avoid casting a 'shadow' over his the then new coach Unai Emery

Wenger said he stayed away avoid casting a ‘shadow’ over his the then new coach Unai Emery

The 70-year-old said he was set on giving the then new head coach Unai Emery space and time to develop his own Arsenal philosophy.

Wenger said: ‘I have chosen to keep a complete distance. It doesn’t mean emotionally, just physically.

‘It’s important people don’t see you as a shadow. It may look like you’re still trying to influence things and have your way.

‘I felt that the best thing to do is cut it away.’    

However, since Arteta's appointment Wenger has been more willing to return to the Emirates

However, since Arteta's appointment Wenger has been more willing to return to the Emirates

However, since Arteta’s appointment Wenger has been more willing to return to the Emirates

Arteta – who served as the club captain under Wenger from 2014 until his retirement as a player in 2016 – took over from Emery as head coach in 2019. 

Since his appointment, Wenger has seen more willing to make a return to the Emirates. 

When asked if he head back to the old stomping ground anytime soon, Wenger told The Guardian: ‘Yes, I think I can go back.

‘I think I have no real connection anymore with the club, so I didn’t want to provoke one.

‘When will I go back? I really don’t know, but I support the club and I watch the games. I suffer when we don’t win, and I’m happy when we win.’ 

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Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema are leaders at Real Madrid… Vinicius needs to earn their respect

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Karim Benzema was as good as his word in the second half of Real Madrid‘s draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday night. 

After delivering the ‘don’t give it to him’ line to Ferland Mendy, he duly refrained from passing to the Brazilian for the rest of the game. Mendy gave Vinicius the ball just three times.

The Real Madrid dressing can be a tough place and Vinicius found that out in the tunnel, or more to the point, didn’t find that out in the tunnel because Mendy and Benzema were speaking French. Multilingual Thibaut Courtois was also in earshot and would have understood, Vinicius will probably have learned via social media.

Karim Benzema was caught telling team-mates he thought Vinicius was 'playing against us'

Karim Benzema was caught telling team-mates he thought Vinicius was 'playing against us'

Karim Benzema was caught telling team-mates he thought Vinicius was ‘playing against us’

Vinicius (top centre) was stood within earshot when Benzema was speaking to Ferland Mendy

Vinicius (top centre) was stood within earshot when Benzema was speaking to Ferland Mendy

Vinicius (top centre) was stood within earshot when Benzema was speaking to Ferland Mendy 

The clip did not just show a division among team-mates. It also showed a discrepancy between senior player and coach.

Benzema is clearly not behind Zinedine Zidane picking the sometimes erratic winger ahead of other players. Vinicius had a very below par Clasico. 

He was guilty of wasting three or four second half breakaways picking the wrong pass, making the wrong decision and on one occasion even taking the ball off of Benzema when the Frenchman was better placed. It had been a similar story in the first half in Germany.

Mendy listened to Benzema and gave Vinicius (pictured) the ball just three times on Tuesday

Mendy listened to Benzema and gave Vinicius (pictured) the ball just three times on Tuesday

Mendy listened to Benzema and gave Vinicius (pictured) the ball just three times on Tuesday

Benzema is clearly not happy with Zinedine Zidane selecting Vinicius over other players

Benzema is clearly not happy with Zinedine Zidane selecting Vinicius over other players

Benzema is clearly not happy with Zinedine Zidane selecting Vinicius over other players

‘While the dogs bark, the No.9 passes,’ said Benzema on Instagram on Wednesday morning. To his credit he had not posted a picture of himself celebrating a goal with Vinicius. His take on the incident will be that it was frustration from a first half in which Vinicius had been out of sorts. If Madrid were going to win they would probably have to do it without him.

This is not the first time Benzema has taken Vinicius to taks: ‘Lift your head,’ he could be heard saying last December in a game against Espanyol. What happens now? Probably nothing. Zidane will dismiss it as something that happens in football in his next press conference. Does it shine a light on the cliques and cracks in the Madrid dressing room? Yes and no.

Luka Modric and Vinicius’ Brazilian team-mate Rodrygo shared a joke during the Clasico when the Croatian gave Rodrygo a pass while he was still waiting to be brought on. ‘Relax, I’m not even on the pitch yet dad!’ joked the Brazilian forward on twitter. Modric joked back: ‘Why don’t you play a one-two with me?’

Luka Modric attempted a pass to Rodrygo despite the Brazilian being off the pitch at the time

Luka Modric attempted a pass to Rodrygo despite the Brazilian being off the pitch at the time

Luka Modric attempted a pass to Rodrygo despite the Brazilian being off the pitch at the time

Modric replied to his comical tweet, asking why Rodrygo didn't play the ball back to him

Modric replied to his comical tweet, asking why Rodrygo didn't play the ball back to him

Modric replied to his comical tweet, asking why Rodrygo didn’t play the ball back to him

The 19-year-old South American and the 35-year-old Croatian have a good relationship and when the team is beating Barcelona at the Camp Nou everyone is happy.

What Benzema’s spat with Vinicius does underline is the authority that the Frenchman carries and how the 20-year-old probably needs to improve quickly to survive long term at Madrid. His speed, stamina, dribbling ability and bravery get him into so many good situations in games but rushed shots and passes and bad decisions mean the end product tends to leave a lot to be desired.

Players such as Benzema and Ramos have won everything there is to win in football and they don’t suffer fools gladly.

Sergio Ramos and Benzema have won it all with Real and they command plenty of respect

Sergio Ramos and Benzema have won it all with Real and they command plenty of respect

Sergio Ramos and Benzema have won it all with Real and they command plenty of respect

Barcelona paper Sport reported how Ramos clashed with Isco over his poor form and lack of application recently. From the outside that may be seen as division in the camp, as far as Ramos is concerned it simply falls into his remit as skipper.

Madrid’s dressing room does not divide itself into groups based on nationality or age. Players such as Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale who have in the past been cast as outsiders because of a lack of implication towards squad dinners and, in Bale’s case, supporting the team for 90 minutes when not on the pitch, don’t influence relationships. 

Both Kroos and Bale then have good relationships with the leaders because they delivered, especially in big games.

Gareth Bale was often cast as an outsider but he would still be invited to team dinners

Gareth Bale was often cast as an outsider but he would still be invited to team dinners

Gareth Bale was often cast as an outsider but he would still be invited to team dinners

Bale and Toni Kroos did have a good relationship with the leaders because they performed

Bale and Toni Kroos did have a good relationship with the leaders because they performed

Bale and Toni Kroos did have a good relationship with the leaders because they performed

The requisite for getting on at the club is that you become indispensable on the pitch. When Thibaut Courtois turned up there was a frosty response from Ramos who was very pro-Keylor Navas. 

Did that mean he preferred the Costa Rican’s dressing wit to the Belgian’s training ground chat? No, but he had won three Champions Leagues with Navas and that meant he defended him against all-comers.

Courtois has since become one of Real Madrid’s most important players and saved the team again last Saturday in the Clasico when he kept out Lionel Messi’s goalbound shot after Messi had turned Ramos inside out in the penalty area.

Ramos and Courtois’ relationship is in a good place now and the former Chelsea keeper’s form is a big part of that.

Vinicius is still very much a talented kid, who Benzema probably feels – after playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for nine years – probably shouldn’t be a first team regular next to him on the pitch.

Ramos reportedly had tough words with Isco (right) recently over his below par performances

Ramos reportedly had tough words with Isco (right) recently over his below par performances

Ramos reportedly had tough words with Isco (right) recently over his below par performances

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Eddie Hearn names his boxing ‘Mount Rushmore’… but Matchroom promoter leaves out legend Floyd Mayweather

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EDDIE HEARN has named his ‘Mount Rushmore’ of boxing – but left out Floyd Mayweather.

The American National Memorial sculpture, situated in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, features the carved heads of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Promoter Eddie Hearn named his 'Mount Rushmore' of boxing

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Promoter Eddie Hearn named his ‘Mount Rushmore’ of boxingCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
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Floyd Mayweather was left off of Hearn’s list Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Promoter Hearn was asked which past or present legends of the last 40 to 50 years deserve the recognition to be put on boxing’s own Rushmore.

And he picked Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Pernell Whitaker.

But speaking to SPORTbible, Hearn explained why he left 50-0 Mayweather off the list.

He said: “Legends evolve over time.

“When you look at the weight divisions that Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in, you have to say Pacquiao should be on a list like that.

“But for me, I don’t look at Floyd Mayweather as a historic fighter.

“One day we’ll look back on Mayweather as a great, but he’s got to be a little bit careful. To retire with dignity is a wonderful thing.

“To retire undefeated is amazing, but to do it with dignity and class is special. But he loves a pound note.”

Mayweather retired as a pro after beating Conor McGregor

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Mayweather retired as a pro after beating Conor McGregor Credit: USA Today Sports

Mayweather hung up the gloves as a professional in 2017, after beating UFC star Conor McGregor.

But he returned a year later to face featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, in an exhibition bout in Japan that lasted one round.

Mayweather, 43, has even teased another comeback this year, whereas Ali, Tyson, Leonard and Whitaker have all cemented their legacies.

Ali – considered The Greatest – reigned as heavyweight champion three times and shared some of the greatest rivalries in boxing history.

He died in 2016 at the age of 74, leaving behind a great legacy outside the ring.

Sugar Ray is also celebrated for his historic matchups, against Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns.

Muhammad Ali reigned as heavyweight champion three times

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Sugar Ray Leonard possessed lightening quick hands which helped him win titles in five weight classes

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Sugar Ray Leonard possessed lightening quick hands which helped him win titles in five weight classesCredit: Getty – Contributor

Leonard, now 64, possessed lightening quick hands which helped him win titles in five weight classes.

Like Mayweather, Whitaker was remembered for his masterful defence and elusive counter-punching style.

The four-division champion – who also spent time as a trainer – passed away in 2019 aged 55 after a car accident.

Tyson, 54, is now the only one of Hearn’s four selections still fighting, after he announced a comeback to face Roy Jones Jr, 51, this year.

Iron Mike had retired in 2005, following an up and down career.

He is one of the most famed punchers in history and became the youngest heavyweight champ of all time aged 20.

Pernell Whitaker was remembered for his masterful defence and elusive counter-punching style

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Pernell Whitaker was remembered for his masterful defence and elusive counter-punching styleCredit: Getty – Contributor
Mike Tyson is the youngest heavyweight champion of all time aged 20

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Mike Tyson is the youngest heavyweight champion of all time aged 20 Credit: Getty – Contributor
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9am Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil training ‘best he can’, Umtiti transfer LATEST, Dundalk build up, Mike Dean ref for Man Utd

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ARSENAL aim to bounce from defeat against Leicester as they take on Irish side Dundalk in the Europa League.

And then at the weekend it’s old rivals Manchester United in a HUGE Premier League clash.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

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