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  • Vidal will 'definitely be back on board'...

    Bayern Munich have allayed fears midfielder Arturo Vidal could miss next month's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Vidal is nursing a rib injury he sustained during the Telekom Cup final on January 14, when Bayern beat Mainz 2-1, and he was fo...

    Vidal will 'definitely be back on board' before Arsenal clash, announce Bayern

    Bayern Munich have allayed fears midfielder Arturo Vidal could miss next month's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Vidal is nursing a rib injury he sustained during the Telekom Cup final on January 14, when Bayern beat Mainz 2-1, and he was forced off early in the second half of Friday's Bundesliga triumph by the same score versus Freiburg. Vidal hoping to be ready for Arsenal The 29-year-old Chile international said after the match he expected to be out for "at least two or three weeks", with his availability to face Arsene Wenger's side on February 15 up in the air. But Bayern reported on their official website that Vidal would "definitely be back on board" for the home match with Schalke on February 4, while his participation in this weekend's trip to Werder Bremen "is still open". The ex-Juventus man trained on Monday and a statement from Bayern read: "Vidal will be on a reduced schedule for the next few days and will also be treated by the FCB medical staff. "A decision about his return to team training will be taken on a day-by-day basis."

  • Djourou in passionate defence of Xhaka a...

    Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has defended midfielder Granit Xhaka following criticism from sections of the Gunners support after his red card against Burnley. The 24-year-old was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Steven Defour in the second half of the meeting at Emira...

    Djourou in passionate defence of Xhaka after fan calls for him to leave Arsenal

    Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has defended midfielder Granit Xhaka following criticism from sections of the Gunners support after his red card against Burnley. The 24-year-old was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Steven Defour in the second half of the meeting at Emirates Stadium after he lost possession in the midfield area. It's not the first time that Xhaka has found himself in trouble since moving to the club, with the former Gladbach midfielder having also seen red in October against Swansea City. Indeed, Xhaka's latest dismissal is his fifth since the start of last season - the most of any player in Europe's top-five leagues. Xhaka's indiscipline has irked sections of the Gunners support, with club legend Thierry Henry having criticised the Swiss for his latest show of indiscipline. But Djourou, an international team-mate of Xhaka's, has gone as far as responding to an Instagram message from a user that had asked the centre-back to tell his compatriot to leave the north Londoners. In a passionate defence of the midfielder, Djourou wrote in reply: "Why should I do that [tell Xhaka to leave Arsenal]? He got a red card again, yeah okay! We won at the end, that's most important! "And let me tell you, Granit gives everything for the Arsenal shirt and that's his style of play so don't be too hard on him! He plays with passion. He will learn!!" Xhaka now faces a four-match ban if any potential appeal from the Gunners is unsuccessful, meaning he will miss the FA Cup meeting with Southampton as well as league games against the likes of Watford and Chelsea.

  • Wenger charged by FA for alleged foul-mo...

    The Football Association has charged Arsene Wenger for misconduct for allegedly using abusive language towards the fourth official in Sunday's encounter against Burnley. Xhaka and Mata in Worst Team of the Week The Arsenal manager was sent off in injury time for seemingly ranti...

    Wenger charged by FA for alleged foul-mouthed rant at fourth official

    The Football Association has charged Arsene Wenger for misconduct for allegedly using abusive language towards the fourth official in Sunday's encounter against Burnley. Xhaka and Mata in Worst Team of the Week The Arsenal manager was sent off in injury time for seemingly ranting at and later on pushing the fourth official after Burnley were awarded a penalty, having previously been angered by Anthony Taylor signalling seven added minutes. The Gunners had taken the lead through Shkodran Mustafi but saw Granit Xhaka sent off in the second half for a harsh tackle on Steven Defour.  Burnley were given a spot kick after Francis Coquelin slid in on Ashley Barnes. Andre Gray pulled Burnley level by converting the penalty, but Alexis Sanchez scored one for Arsenal in the 98th minute. Wenger apologised for the way he acted, saying: "I regret everything. I should have shut up and gone in and gone home, basically, and I apologise for that. "It was nothing bad. I said something that you hear every day in football. But overall, nine times out of 10 you do not get sent to the stands. But if I am, I am. And I should have shut up completely." And the FA have opted to open proceedings against the 67-year-old. "It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official," a statement on the governing body's website read. "It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct. "He has until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charge." It was Burnley manager Sean Dyche who had more to complain about with regards to the officials. Arsenal's last-second penalty came as a result of a high boot from Ben Mee on Laurent Koscielny, though the French defender was offside. Mason 'awake and speaking' after fracturing skull He said: "That's a bizarre, unfortunate twist of fate, for sure. You can't believe the decision... He's offside, simple as that." While Dyche was left with a "bad taste" in his mouth from the decision, Wenger insisted "it was a penalty and a red card".

  • 'Why are you doing that?!' - Henry slams...

    Granit Xhaka saw red again for Arsenal against Burnley on Sunday, leading Gunners legend Thierry Henry to question his temperament and footballing brain. The Switzerland international arrived at Emirates Stadium last summer with a colourful disciplinary record from his time at B...

    'Why are you doing that?!' - Henry slams Xhaka over Burnley red card

    Granit Xhaka saw red again for Arsenal against Burnley on Sunday, leading Gunners legend Thierry Henry to question his temperament and footballing brain. The Switzerland international arrived at Emirates Stadium last summer with a colourful disciplinary record from his time at Borussia Monchengladbach. Arsene Wenger was convinced by his talent, though, and spent big to add him to a star-studded midfield unit in north London. Xhaka has struggled to make the impact expected of him in the Premier League, with his penchant for picking up cards continuing to overshadow his performances. His reckless red against the Clarets, for a lunging challenge on Steven Defour, saw him dismissed for the third time this season in 30 appearances for club and country. Henry was left baffled by Xhaka’s latest moment of madness, with Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer questioning the logic of a player who dived in unnecessarily in a harmless part of the field.   "It's not the first time. He did the same thing against Swansea,” Henry told Sky Sports. “This one I just don't get it. Against Swansea it was a counter. Here, he gives the ball cheaply away. “Why are you doing that 60 yards away from your goal, 25 minutes to go, you're in control of the game? You misplace a pass. So what? Stay on your feet. “As soon as you do that, the rules say it's a red. Is it worse than [Marcos] Rojo who didn't get a red? No. But the rule says both feet off the ground, it's a red." Xhaka is now the holder of an unwanted disciplinary record, with no player having seen more red cards in the last 18 months across Europe’s top five divisions. He has been sent off five times since the start of last season, and must now serve another suspension at an important stage of the current campaign for Arsenal.

  • Wenger urges Xhaka not to 'punish' Arsen...

    After being shown the second red card of a brief Premier League career, Granit Xhaka must temper his physicality to avoid punishing Arsenal, according to Arsene Wenger. Xhaka, sent off against Swansea City in October, received his marching orders from referee Jon Moss in the dra...

    Wenger urges Xhaka not to 'punish' Arsenal

    After being shown the second red card of a brief Premier League career, Granit Xhaka must temper his physicality to avoid punishing Arsenal, according to Arsene Wenger. Xhaka, sent off against Swansea City in October, received his marching orders from referee Jon Moss in the dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday, having lunged in on Steven Defour with his studs showing. The Gunners survived on both occasions to claim all three points, but the manager knows the Switzerland international midfielder, signed in May from Borussia Monchengladbach, could soon end up costing the team dear as they attempt to keep pace with league leaders Chelsea. Koke hails 'genius' Griezmann "Honestly, I have to look at it again," Wenger told a news conference. "The noises I get are that it was a red card. He has to control his game and not punish the team with [a] lack of control in his tackling.  "We don't encourage our midfielders to go down on tackles. We want them to stand up and not to make these type of fouls. If it's a bad tackle, it's a red card." Wenger was sent to the stands in injury time after appearing to push fourth official Neil Swarbrick, the Frenchman later expressing his contrition, although a Football Association sanction could yet await the 67-year-old. "I regret everything," he said. "I should have shut up and … gone home, basically. And I apologise for that." Asked what he said to the match officials, Wenger added: "It was nothing bad. I said something that you hear every day in football.  "Overall, nine times out of 10 you don't get sent to the stands for that. I was quite calm the whole game, more than usual."

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