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BRENDAN RODGERS has distanced himself from the Arsenal job – but former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to be willing to consider a stunning switch across North London.
However, Arsenal will need to open their chequebook to attract a big name, with Freddie Ljungberg and Mikel Arteta leading the way if they choose a budget option.
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UEFA president Aleksander Cerefin has once again defended the decision to hold last season's Europa League final in Baku.
The showpiece event between Chelsea and Arsenal, which saw the Blues emerge as 4-1 winners, drew criticism from pundits and supporters alike.
It saw fans forced to travel 2,800 miles to see their side play despite both finalists being London-based.
Nonetheless, Ceferin says it was impossible to predict the finalists and has defended taking the final to Azerbaijan.
“I will tell you one thing, if two Azeri teams were playing in the final and we said it would be held in London, nobody would complain,” Cerefin said.
“You cannot say the final should have been held in England. Who knew that two English teams would qualify?”
HECTOR BELLERIN is said to be eyeing the Emirates Stadium exit door after growing frustrated by a lack of regular game time.
The Spaniard has found it hard to hold down a place in the Gunners XI after struggling to recover from a succession of injury problems.
Reports in his homeland say that the full-back is looking to move abroad and could even be a target for Barcelona.
Bellerin, who was made one of the departed Unai Emery's vice-captains earlier this season, came through the youth setup at the Catalan club.
WHILE Freddie Ljunberg may ultimately end up taking the Emirates hot seat, gossip will continue until the position is filled.
Marcelino is among the names in the running and, if reports are to be believed, has now been sounded out for the position.
The club are said to have made contact with the former Valencia man as they step up their search for a permanent successor to Unai Emery.
PATRICK VIEIRA has inevitably been touted as a potential replacement for Unai Emery, but it seems the captain of the invincibles has little to add to the conversation.
When quizzed on the possibility of taking over at the Emirates, Vieira kept his thoughts very much to himself.
“I feel like it vexes you more than me or the club,” he told said. “There is nothing to say about it. There is nothing serious, nothing real.
“I have no comments to make about that.”
CHARLIE NICHOLAS has not been in offering his some strong views on Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Norwich City.
The former Celtic man believes a number of Arsenal's players should not have been involved on Saturday and questioned some of new interim boss Freddi Ljunberg's selections.
He told Sky Sports: “Arsenal had a bit more spike about them at the weekend but Freddie, why are you picking Shkodran Mustafi? When are you going to learn about Calum Chambers? ‘I also cannot understand how David Luiz is in the team.
“Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a shocker and Mustafi is even worse. Granit Xhaka also cannot run. It is such a huge mess.”
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