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It is always helpful to Arsenal when a player that they have actively targeted comes out and admits publicly that he wants to play in the Premier League and even mentions the club by name.

That is exactly what has happened with Belgium international Yannick Carrasco, who currently plies his trade with Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.

Arsenal apparently came close to signing the winger back in January but the move collapsed at the last minute due to Dalian Yifang blocking any deal, however, the player is now desperate to move back to Europe and is hoping he can persuade the clubs president to sanction a move.

Speaking to the English media Carrasco said: “There was interest from Arsenal and I had a lot of teams in January giving me the chance to go back to Europe, but here the president said it was difficult to go then.

“Maybe this summer it is possible. If it is a good thing and I want to go, maybe I can speak with the president.

“I try to do my best because I am a professional for my team, after we can think about a solution. If I have a lot of teams who want me but the president decides I have to stay, I cannot do anything.

The big issue for Carrasco is that his wife has left China to be closer to work, family and friends in Belgium and this is now having an effect on the player.

“All that you want is to be close to your family, and to go back to Europe is a good solution, said the 26-year-old

“I’m OK here, the club is good with me, the players and fans also are nice with me.

“But you know, when you are far from your family, and I think I can do good things in the European game, I am thinking it’s a solution if I can go back.”

“My wife spent the first year with me, but this year she is back in Belgium and she comes for a short stay and then goes back.

“When we play, we go two days before the game, and when you play away you come back the day after the game.

“Four days me being out of the home for one game was very difficult for her, and also she needs to be in Belgium doing work for herself.

Carrasco spoke about why he would like to play in the Premier League, why the English game would suit his style of play and what he can offer clubs.

“All the people know England is one of the best championships in the world, it’s a big competition.

I think I can play in a lot of competitions in the world, I can attack and also I can defend

“The players who play in the Premier League tell me it is a physical league, strong, but you also have a lot of space.

“Sometimes when you play in other countries you do not have a lot of space but in England it is open, the play is up and down the pitch.

“That would suit me. I think I can play in a lot of competitions in the world, I can attack and also I can defend.

“With the national team I play as a winger, but also I can play in behind. England would be a good competition for me. I think I would be OK.

“If I have the opportunity to go to England, why not?

“I don’t think if you play in China you lose your quality. You see Paulinho when he went to Barcelona. He stayed a lot of years in China, but he went to Barca and did well, and he played the national team and he did well.

“Now you see Axel Witsel with Dortmund, he stayed for one year in China and he also did very well with Dortmund.

“Why not me? I need to have something. I try to find a solution to be nearer my family?”

It is fairly clear from his comments that he wants to leave China and his preference is for England, it is also noticeable that he mentions Arsenal.

Now, that could just be him laying out the facts and have no motive in naming us but at the same time it could easily be his way of saying to us that I want out, you wanted me back in January, please try again.

On the face of it, this is good news because Carrasco is definitely a good player, I have seen him play a few times and the video below highlights some of his strengths. He would be a good signing for us and I will be keeping an eye on this one for sure.

This is one particular piece of speculation that has tons of credibility simply because the player himself is on record making his intentions abundantly clear.

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Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira confirms interest in club's vacant manager's position

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‘A club that you spend nine years in cannot leave you unmoved’: Patrick Vieira confirms interest in returning to Arsenal as manager but reiterates focus on current side Nice

  • Arsenal have been without a manager since sacking Unai Emery last month
  • Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has been one of the names linked
  • Vieira won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups as an Arsenal player 
  • The news comes after Arsenal executives met to discuss the vacancy 

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has confirmed his interest in the vacant managerial post at his former club, as speculation continues to link the Frenchman with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Vieira, who won three Premier League titles and as many FA Cups during his time as a player at Arsenal, did however also reiterate his commitment to his current club  Nice, stating that the Ligue 1 side have a ‘very exciting’ project.

Arsenal have been without a permanent manager since sacking Unai Emery following their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League more than a week ago. 

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has admitted his interest in returning to the club

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has admitted his interest in returning to the club

However, Vieira was also keen to highlight his commitment to current side Nice in Ligue 1

However, Vieira was also keen to highlight his commitment to current side Nice in Ligue 1

However, Vieira was also keen to highlight his commitment to current side Nice in Ligue 1

Vieira has therefore been linked with becoming the new boss of his former side, and speaking to Canal + on Saturday night after Nice’s 4-1 victory over FC Metz, he said on the matter: ‘You know, a club that you spend 9 years in, cannot leave you unmoved. 

‘But sincerely and honestly, I am concentrated on and in this project with OGC Nice. I have always said it and I repeat it again for you now, I feel very good here.

‘It is a truly very exciting project and I want to succeed in this project.’

Vieira’s former Arsenal teammate and fellow Invincible Freddie Ljungberg has taken temporary charge of the north London side, but executives are said to be losing faith in the Swede to hold the reins for the long-term.

Arsenal are still on the lookout for a new boss since sacking Unai Emery more than a week ago

Arsenal are still on the lookout for a new boss since sacking Unai Emery more than a week ago

Arsenal are still on the lookout for a new boss since sacking Unai Emery more than a week ago

Sportsmail understands the club’s management selection committee met for dinner at a private London location to discuss their options as regards to Emery’s successor, with the main point of contention being whether to opt for a younger candidate or a name with more experience.

Having missed out on Brendan Rodgers, who signed a new five-year deal with Leicester last week, and with Rafa Benitez too expensive to lure from China, the choice appears to between Mikel Arteta or Vieira and their more experienced counterparts Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri.

Arsenal face West Ham on Monday night amidst their worst run for 42 years after their defeat to Brighton at home on Thursday. 

The club will also be feeling the pressure to make an appointment swiftly as the publication of their annual accounts on Saturday revealed the club is continuing to feel the harmful effects of missing out on Champions League football. 

Vieira's comments come after Arsenal chiefs met privately to discuss their options

Vieira's comments come after Arsenal chiefs met privately to discuss their options

Vieira’s comments come after Arsenal chiefs met privately to discuss their options 

 



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Managing Arsenal :- The job that the top Names Seem Desperate to Avoid

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Since Unai Emery was dismissed, speculation over his successor at the Emirates has grown to include a short list of 12 candidates. It’s mildly amusing that the press use the term ‘short list’ for something that really isn’t.

The names that have been mentioned as Emery’s successor are basically the same as that before his appointment, but at least it includes a few fresh candidates just to make it interesting such as Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo and River Plates’ Marcelo Gallardo.

However, it appears that the Arsenal job is enough to make God quake in his pants because as quickly as the names are mentioned, they are being discounted just as quickly.

It would seem that managers are scampering to find a decent excuse why they are staying put or avoiding the job. Friday saw Leicester’s Brendan Rogers, a hot favourite as the successor with the media, sign a contract extension that takes him up to 2025.

Massimiliano Allegri is on record as stating that he won’t be tempted back into management until the summer of 2020, but according to the Evening Standard:

“the Italian is currently unconvinced that the role is right for him at this stage of his career”

Diego Simeone of Athletico Madrid has also dampened expectations by issuing a statement that confirms his commitment to his current club by saying:

“The responsibility I have is a lot. I assume it and share it with players, club, people who work in the dressing room. We all have responsibility – mine is important, I assume it and I look for solutions so that everything returns to the best situation, which is to win. When you win, everything looks much better.”

Ah, sounds like he could be hiding behind the sofa at the mere mention of an Arsenal connection. Julian Naglesmann has apparently no intention of moving to the Premier League from RB Leipzig, who has a contract until 2023.

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Former Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino, who may be the subject of interest for a number of high profile European teams and Everton, may be subject to the conditions of his terminated contract which calls for a big payment and that may prevent him moving across North London as Emery’s successor.

It’s really not looking good for Arsenal fans at present, so that leaves Rafa Benitez from the list of big hitters and Carlo Ancelotti, who are probably seeking the advice of their representatives on how best to turn down a possible offer.

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Arsenal next manager candidates face three interviews as details of complex process emerge

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Ljungberg, though, has yet to convince the board as he failed to beat struggling Norwich away and lost to mid-table side Brighton at the Emirates.

Arsenal’s winless streak has been stretched to 11 games in all competitions – the club’s worst run since 1977 – and has seen the team slump to 10th place in the Premier League table.

However, the Swedish football legend is confident that the squad’s morale will be drastically elevated once they finally pick up a victory.

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