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[1] Wenge:  "Henry Wants Bordeaux Job”
Thierry Henry holds the ambition to take over from Gus Poyet at Bordeaux, Arsene Wenger has claimed. Arsenal’s record goal scorer has earned his coaching stripes in an assistant role with Belgium, where he helped the country finish third at World Cup 2018.

And the Bordeaux position is open, with Uruguayan Poyet having been suspended after criticising the club's transfer policy last week.

“He wants to do it,” the veteran boss said. “He is intelligent and he has the qualities. But the question that we always ask ourselves is whether we are ready to sacrifice our lives for the coaching profession.”

[2] Ajax Midfielder Nouri Wakes Up After More Than A Year In A Coma
Ajax midfielder, Abdelhak Nouri, who went into a coma after collapsing during a friendly match on July 8, 2017, has woken up. Nouri woke from his coma on August 5, after more than a year According to reports in the Netherlands, the 21-year-old regained consciousness earlier this month and recognised and communicated with his family.

The promising footballer had been in a coma after losing consciousness during a friendly match in Austria, which was part of the Eredivisie club’s pre-season training camp. Nouri stepped away from the action during the match and lay to the ground, before losing consciousness and suffering cardiac arrest.

In the aftermath of the incident, it was revealed that the Dutch FA and Ajax had been aware that Nouri had a pre-existing heart condition as far back as 2014, something his family claim they were not told about. Ajax later took full responsibility for the player’s injuries and said that the care was not to the required level.

[3] Wright: 'mourinho's Turning Into Wenger’
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is in danger of emulating the “car-crash” ending to Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, says Ian Wright, with the Portuguese tarnishing his reputation.

Having enjoyed immediate success upon taking over at Old Trafford – landing three trophies in his debut campaign – the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss ended 2017-18 empty-handed.

Frustration in the summer transfer market, which saw him miss out on several top targets, has left Mourinho cursing his luck and having to work with a squad he considers to be no better than the one which finished last season 19 points adrift of arch-rivals Manchester City.

And ex-Arsenal striker Wright told The Sun of the similarities between Mourinho’s current situation and that which saw Wenger leave the Gunners after 22 years.

He said: "The saddest thing of all when I look at United under Jose Mourinho? As much as I respect him as a manager, I can’t see any way it is going to turn around.

“We all know about Jose and his third-year syndrome. But, listening to him talk, it’s as though even he has accepted it himself.

“It has me screaming: ‘Come on, man. You’ll go down as one of the greats, but the way you’re acting will tarnish everything you’ve done’.“In many ways it’s like the last days of Arsene Wenger."

[4] Arsène Wenger To Get Honour From Liberia's George Weah
Liberian President George Weah is to award his former football coach, Arsène Wenger, his country's highest honour.

President Weah, the only African to have been named World Player of the Year, was signed by Wenger in 1988 when he coached Monaco.

Wenger, who stepped down as Arsenal manager in May after 22 years, nurtured several African stars.

The president retired from football in 2003 and went into politics. He won last year's election by a landslide.

Wenger is expected to be in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, for the award ceremony on Friday, Liberia's Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said,

[5] GK Crisis: Man City Recall Muric from Loan
Manchester City have recalled goalkeeper Aro Muric from his loan with NAC Breda after Claudio Bravo suffered a ruptured Achilles in training.

City fear the Chile international could miss the entire 2018-19 campaign, leaving City with Ederson as their sole senior goalkeeper.

Joe Hart and Angus Gunn were allowed to join Burnley and Southampton respectively during the Premier League's transfer window, leaving City thin at the position. But City have moved quickly to fill the gap left by Bravo's injury by bringing 19-year-old goalkeeper Muric back to the club.

Muric, who is yet to make a senior appearance for City, kept a clean sheet on his league debut for NAC Breda on Saturday. And the Eredivisie side are hopeful of coming to an arrangement with City – or one of the Premier League champions' sister clubs – about providing a replacement for Muric.

[6] Emery Helping Iwobi More Than Wenger
Alex Iwobi is relishing the new ideas Unai Emery has brought into Arsenal. The Basque-born tactician was brought in to replace Arsene Wenger who departed last season after 22 years in charge of the North London outfit.

And in spite enduring two losses in their opening two games, Iwobi - who, since breaking into the senior setup in 2015, had always played under Wenger - claims everyone at the club is enjoying the new ideas the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain coach is instilling.

“It’s exciting times to be fair,” Iwobi told Arsenal Player. “Everybody’s enjoying and buying into the new ideas. For me personally, I’m enjoying the new sessions, the new training methods and the new ideas, so I’m enjoying my time with him.

‘He demands a lot. He’s a lot more intense, a lot of high pressing and keeping the ball so that it benefits us if we have the ball. It’s good for us, especially the attackers who like to have the ball a lot. ‘It’s making me feel a bit sharper, I’m doing things with a bit more intensity. It’s not just for me, though, I feel like I’m helping the team a lot more. It’s benefitting me a lot more."
[7] Cr7 Reveals What Fergie Taught Him At Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo fell foul of Alex Ferguson during his early years at Manchester United for doing too many stepovers.

Ronaldo made his name at United, moving to Old Trafford from Sporting CP as a teenager and winning three Premier League titles along with the first of five Ballons d'Or.

The honours and plaudits continued during his record-breaking stint at Real Madrid but, even as he begins a fresh chapter at Juventus, Ferguson's influence endures.

"Of course, in the beginning of my career he was so important to me because I moved from Sporting to Manchester and had that Portuguese mentality – too many stepovers, decision making was not the best," the 33-year-old said  


"So he taught me how to do it. In the Premier League they don't fall over so easy, they are tough. "As I've said many times, he taught me everything. He was like a father to me. He helped me a lot at Manchester United."

[8] Fred : Manchester United Have To Beat Spurs
Fred thinks Manchester United need to beat Spurs in just their third game of the season to show they can win the Premier League title.

United suffered a surprise defeat against Brighton last weekend, an early setback for Jose Mourinho's side, especially as rivals Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea all have 100 per cent records.

Spurs travel to Old Trafford on Monday night and a victory is key for Fred, who joined the club in the summer, as United look to prove they can compete for top spot in the league.

"It's a very important game," Fred told Sky Sports News in an exclusive interview. "This week we've been working, focusing on this game, we want to go out and get the win in front of our home fans.

"We know Tottenham are a great team but we need to get the win if we are to aspire to win the league."

[9] Spurs Had £25m Bid Abraham Rejected By Chelsea
Tottenham had a £25 million ($32m) move for Tammy Abraham rejected by Chelsea on deadline day, as per reports.

Abraham, who was singled out by Mauricio Pochettino to come in and deputise for Harry Kane, was keen on a switch across London but Chelsea had no interest in losing the promising forward to their fiercest local rival.

Spurs ultimately failed to sign anyone during the transfer window, which was a Premier League first since the introduction of summer and winter windows.

It is unclear whether the north London outfit will later attempt another swoop for Abraham, who is set to play in Chelsea’s Under 23 match on Friday having recently recovered from a minor injury.

The 20-year-old has impressed at international level, making his senior debut for England last year, but he has found himself behind both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

[10] Neville Slams Disgusting Criticism of Mourinho
Phil Neville has hit out at "disgraceful" and "disgusting" criticism of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho's United have endured an underwhelming start to the season, narrowly beating Leicester City 2-1 in their opening encounter of the campaign, before an abject 3-2 defeat to Brighton.

Criticism has since been levelled at the United boss, with former star Viv Anderson claiming everyone is "fed up" of his sour antics , while former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has accused Mourinho of turning into his old nemesis Arsene Wenger and enduring a "car-crash" ending to his reign .

Neville, though, has refused to jump on the bandwagon, and has urged others to examine Mourinho's record. "I think it's disgusting," he said.

"I read something the other day, that his methods are outdated and I think that's the most disrespectful thing ever. How do these people know his methods are outdated when he comes back in a Manchester derby and wins 3-2 last year? Were his methods outdated in that? I think his record speaks for itself.

"They are going through a bad period, that performance at Brighton was unacceptable but I don't see a better man for the job. In terms of his record since he's gone to Manchester United, FA Cup win, Europa League win, two Carabao Cup win, two Champions League qualifications."

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