34 Year Old Arsenal Target: “Arsene Wenger Admires Me”

Veteran Arsenal target Joseph Yobo has admitted that he knows Arsene Wenger admires him as a player, as reported by the Daily Star.

However, he has revealed that he is unaware of any interest in him from the club themselves, and has said that he has had no contact with anybody at the club.

He said: “I read Arsenal was interested in me, it was news to me. There is no formal contact with anybody.

“I know Arsene Wenger admires me a lot and wanted me to replace Sol Campbell some years ago, but Everton blocked the move.

“He wanted me to partner Kolo Toure in defence; I was younger then.

“If negotiations are taking place, I am not aware, maybe the club is speaking with my agent.”

 

The former Everton defender has been identified as one of many possible targets for the Gunners, after a series of defensive injuries threatened to shatter their back line.

The north London club were already lacking in defenders before the season began, with the likes of Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal expected to fill in at centre back.

Arsenal have also seen Mathieu Debuchy suffer an injury that is expected to keep him out of action for three months.

Chambers, who was expected to back up Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny at centre back, has been forced to fill in on the right.

New Leeds Head Coach Confirms Role For Redfearn

New Leeds United head coach Darko Milanic has confirmed a role for Neil Redfearn in his new setup, as reported by West Yorkshire Sport on BBC Radio Leeds.

The now former Caretaker boss will take up a position in the dugout during games, mirroring the role he played under former manager of the club Brian McDermott.

Redfearn impressed significantly during his recent spell on the touchline with the first team, going undefeated over a four game spell.

Within that run, he won three of his games. A victory against Bolton Wanderers prior to the international break saw him start off well.

This was followed up with a draw against Birmingham City away from home.

From there, Leeds managed an unexpected 3-1 win against Bournemouth on the south coast, with the time hitting full fluidity.

They then romped to a 3-0 win against local rivals Huddersfield Town at Elland Road, with Rudy Austin, Mirko Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara all scoring.

This impressive run will have contributed to Redfearn’s new role, something Massimo Cellino seemed to demand in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post.

New Leeds Coach: Team Has “Very Good Quality” But Needs Improvement

New Leeds United head coach Darko Milanic has declared that the current team has “very good quality”.

He is, however, convinced that the squad requires improvement in other regards to achieve his goals for the season.

The Serbian manager is being introduced to the press after signing a two year deal with the Yorkshire club yesterday, to replace former head coach Dave Hockaday.

Hockaday was sacked after an unsuccessful spell in charge of the club, which saw him win only one game in the league and lose to local rivals Bradford City in the League Cup.

Milanic is regarded as a talented coach, and won the Slovenian treble with Maribor before moving to join Sturm Graz.

His time in the Austrian Bundesliga has been less successful, and Milanic negotiated himself out of his contract in order to move to Leeds.

He and his assistant manager spoke to the press at Elland Road, with Massimo Cellino conspicuous by his absence – the Italian took a key role talking when Hockaday was introduced.

Milanic was happy about the state of his squad, having overseen training yesterday, but believes he needs to improve it.

He said: “I know that this is a very big, traditional club with great supporters. They have good quality in the team.

“I have to improve the team in a lot of segments and I will try to do my best.”