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‘Every game you play with this team is to win’: Interim Sporting Lisbon boss Tiago Fernandes vows to play to win before Europa League visit to Arsenal

  • Sporting Lisbon sacked Jose Peseiro last week after a poor run of results
  • Youth team coach Tiago Fernandes has been appointed interim boss
  • The club lost a host of first-team players after a training ground attack 

Mark Mann-bryans, Press Association Sport

Tiago Fernandes is aiming for victory at Arsenal as the interim coach of Sporting Lisbon looks to make his mark on the Europa League.

Jose Peseiro left Lisbon last week having only been appointed in the summer, with Tiago stepping up from the youth set-up to take the reins on a temporary basis.

Sporting endured a difficult summer as a host of players departed following an attack on the club’s training ground by disillusioned supporters.

Tiago Fernandes has stepped up to take charge of Sporting Lisbon in tough circumstances

Tiago Fernandes has stepped up to take charge of Sporting Lisbon in tough circumstances

Peseiro replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic, who lasted just nine days in the job, with Tiago the third man to take charge of the side this season.

He guided Sporting to a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara in the Primeira Liga at the weekend but has the task of trying to get a result from Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

‘As manager of Sporting, every game you play with this team is to win,’ he said. 

‘I do what the chairman has asked me and tomorrow I will do the same as I have throughout the week. I have had help from the players.

‘That motivates me and I have happiness to represent this team in the competition and to manage players with this quality.’

Jose Peseiro was sacked last week having only been appointed during the summer

Jose Peseiro was sacked last week having only been appointed during the summer

Jose Peseiro was sacked last week having only been appointed during the summer

Tiago has guided the Sporting Under-19s to league success but is not expected to be given the senior position on a permanent basis.

Al Jazira coach Marcel Keizer is rumoured to be close to agreeing terms to be Peseiro’s full-time replacement – but Tiago insists he will do whatever is needed of him moving forwards.

‘I will carry on with Sporting while they need me,’ he said.

‘I’m always here to help Sporting, however long the situation is. I will be ready to give a contribution to the team, I have been here eight years and I will not comment on the rest.

‘I’m here to help, whatever they need me to do. Regardless of what position, I am not that bothered, I’m bothered about tomorrow’s game.

‘Luckily in eight years I have shown how I can help and I will be ready for anything. I will always have a huge amount of gratitude for the club, regardless of what the situation is.’

Sporting, under Peseiro, lost the reverse fixture a fortnight ago as Danny Welbeck’s goal settled a forgettable contest in Arsenal’s favour.

However, Tiago can call upon striker Bas Dost and experienced defender Jeremy Mathieu – who were both injured last time out.

Victory in north London would go a long way to sending Sporting into the last 32 but defeat would present a chance for Group E rivals Vorskla Poltava to apply pressure with two games remaining.

 



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Arsenal news: Unai Emery decides to sell ONE player in January, replacement lined up

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The Egypt international is yet to play in the Premier League under Emery this season.

Elneny, 26, has been hit and miss since joining the Gunners in 2016 from Basel.

And according to The Sun, Emery is desperate to pocket £15m for Elneny in the January transfer window.

They say Leicester could be a potential landing spot for the defensive midfielder in the New Year.

Should Emery’s wish be granted and Elneny leaves Arsenal, the Gunners want Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals as his replacement.

The 22-year-old will cost just £17.8m due to a release clause in his current contract.

Spain international Fornals has netted three goals and chipped in with two assists in all competitions this season for Villarreal.

Emery was forced to change his January transfer plans following Danny Welbeck’s horror injury.

The striker has more than likely played his last game for Arsenal after breaking his ankle in the Europa League earlier this month.

That leaves Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as Emery’s only real options up top.

Gunners legend Ray Parlour recently told Express Sport that Emery is already making plans ahead of the January window.

He said: “I’m sure they’ll be positions he wants to. For me centre-half he could probably strengthen.

“But he’s got [Laurent] Koscielny coming back, they’ve missed him.

“He’s a little bit older but I’m sure he’s working hard to get back in the side so I think he’ll assess the situation when it comes to January.

“He’ll be lining people up anyway.”

Arsenal are back in action this weekend against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

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Miguel Almiron coming to Arsenal? – VIDEO Skills, Goals and Assists

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Now that it is quite possible that Arsenal are going to be signing Miguel Almiron from Atlanta in January when the MLS season ends. I must admit that our new scouting team appear to have made very good choices at cheap prices so far, so I am hoping that Almiron turns out to be just as good.

Anyway I thought it would be worth revisiting a couple of videos of his time in the USA for you to check out his skills during the last 12 months. The first one shows all 12 of his goals in 31 games for Atlanta…

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And this one shows Almiron’s goals, skills and assists.

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He looks quite good doesn’t he?

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Spurs compare Paulo Gazzaniga to Diego Maradona

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Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed having goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga in the Argentina squad for the current international break. Although…

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