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Arsenal warned not to replace Wenger with Benitez

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Former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson has warned the club not to replace manager, Arsene Wenger with his Newcastle counterpart, Rafa Benitez.

Benitez masterminded a 2-1 win over the Gunners on Sunday, to all but confirm their Premier League status for next season.

By contrast Arsenal’s latest defeat on the road, which leaves them a distant sixth in the table, has led to calls from supporters for Wenger to depart in the summer and to replace him with Benitez.

Merson, however, believes the Spaniard would be the wrong choice.

“I like Benitez – he is one of the top managers.

“I just think Arsenal [fans] want to see entertaining football, and I know this might sound a bit silly, but they want to see teams who go out to win football matches.

“Benitez sort of sets his teams up – even at Liverpool – not to get beaten, and you go from there.

“Arsenal fans are staying away at the moment because it’s not entertaining enough, and I think they will need someone with a little bit more flair.

“They need someone with longevity – someone who will get a four or five-year contract and stay there – because you don’t want a Manchester United situation, where they change the manager many times quickly after Sir Alex Ferguson,” Merson told talkSPORT.

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Jose Mourinho speaks on 3-0 win over Young Boys, Pogba’s performance in Champions League group match

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he fully understood why it took his team half an hour, to get going against Young Boys on Wednesday night.

United took the lead in their Champions League opener in emphatic style through Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman doubled the lead from the penalty spot before half, before Anthony Martial wrapped up the win in the 66th minute.

“I can understand the reasons we didn’t start the game very well. I can understand why it took us 20-25 minutes to be in control.

“I can understand why Young Boys pushed us back at the beginning, like they did against Dinamo Zagreb too.

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“I think they know, and I can say it now the game is over, how difficult it is for opponents to play on this pitch (plastic). They created us with problems, but the goal changed everything and after that we were totally in control.

“It is really important for us to start with a victory,” Mourinho told reporters after the match.

Speaking on Pogba’s performance, Mourinho said: “He felt tired in the last part of the game but it was a good performance. Solid, class and gave the team the pace we needed at times. He controlled the tempo and of course it was a very good goal.

“The penalty showed personality too as sometimes when you miss one you have doubts but none for him.”

Mourinho also heaped praise on both full-backs – Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw.

“Both full-backs were very, very good. Very offensive and always eyes open. Very calm. Luke has been doing it since the start of the season and Diogo is one of the best young right-backs in Europe already. He is just 19 years old,” he said.

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Champions League Update: Real Madrid, Manchester United win, Lyon stun Man City

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Champions League Update: Real Madrid, Manchester United win, Lyon stun Man City

Real Madrid began their quest to win the Champions League for a fourth time in a row, with a 3-0 win over Roma on Wednesday night.

The LaLiga giants, who lost Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, dominated proceedings at the Santiago Bernabeu, but only scored once in the first half through Isco’s lovely free-kick.

However, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz added more goals in the second half.

Manchester United thrashed Young Boys 3-0 in Switzerland, with Paul Pogba netting a brace, while Bayern Munich won 2-0 away at Benfica.

Lyon shocked Manchester City 2-1 at The Etihad and Ajax hammered AEK Athens 3-0.

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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo left the pitch in tears as he received a red card following an off-the-ball clash with an opponent during Juventus and Valencia clash on Wednesday night.

The 33-year-old flicked his boot at Jeison Murillo as they clashed together in the 29th minute and the defender fell to the floor. The Portugal forward then appeared to pull Murillo’s hair in an attempt to lift him off the ground and the Valencia players immediately protested to the fifth official behind the goal.Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

After Referee Felix Brych consulted with his colleague, he gave Ronaldo a red card, leaving the footballer in tears as he made his way down the tunnel.

The red card was Ronaldo’s 11th red card of his career but first in the Champions League.

Watch the incident below.

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