Sir Alex Ferguson Gives His Son Advice on How to Beat Arsenal Ahead of Carabao Cup Clash

Darren Ferguson, the manager of Doncaster Rovers and son of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, has revealed that he’s been given advice on how to beat Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal, according to the Mirror.

The ex-United boss had a long rivalry with Wenger, more often than not coming out on top when the two managerial greats met. Ahead of the trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, Donny’s manager has revealed that he spoke with his dad at length about how to claim victory against the Gunners.

There is an enormous amount of respect between my dad and Arsene Wenger. They were competitive both of them but they get on very, very well,” Ferguson said. “He’s a great manager and obviously the aim is to get one over him, but we know it’s going to be difficult.

Yeah [I’ve spoken to him], I speak to him at length, but obviously this game.

He’s going to be there, my mother is going to be there and my family, so it’s good, good for everyone,” the Doncaster manager added. “It’s important that we go there and put on a performance.”


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The match on Wednesday holds a special place in the heart of Doncaster Rovers midfielder Matty Blair. The 28-year-old lost his brother, Ross, earlier this year and admitted that the two followed Arsenal when they were younger – the midfielder also said how exited his late brother would have been to see Blair play at the Emirates.

When we got the Arsenal draw I thought that was the best one but I was gutted at the same time. As a kid when I was growing up you get your Man United or Arsenal fans,” he said. 

Ross and me weren’t fans as such but were definitely Arsenal followers. So to get Arsenal away, Ross would have been organising everyone to be going.”

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Report Claims That Arsenal’s Frustrated Alexis Sanchez ‘Desperately’ Wants a Move to Real Madrid

The Alexis Sanchez transfer saga continues to trundle onward after the Chilean ace’s desired move to Manchester City was blocked by Arsenal on transfer deadline day, and it’s now emerged that the frustrated attacker ‘desperately’ wants a switch to Real Madrid – according to a report published by Spanish outlet Diario Gol.

The Gunners were unable to successfully land a replacement for Sanchez, meaning that City’s last-ditch attempts to prise him away from the Emirates were futile.

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Despite an exceedingly lofty sum of around £90m being supposedly lodged by Arsenal for AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, Sanchez was stuck and was subsequently forced to endure another season in the south of England, opposed to the north.

Sanchez is still said to be keen on a move to the Etihad to link-up with Pep Guardiola, although the 28-year-old’s agent has allegedly made contact with the Galacticos in order to make a proposed deal which would see the north Londoners’ talisman move to the Santiago Bernabeu happen.

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After failing to cash-in on want-away Sanchez, Arsenal are resigned to losing their number 7 for free next summer, unless a contract renewal is miraculously accepted by the South American, although the chances of him putting pen to paper to prolong his stay at his current employers looks terribly slim.

As it’s known, Sanchez played under ‘Pep’ at Barcelona, and the prospect of reuniting with the Spanish boss for the Sky Blues was more than tantalising for the prolific offensive threat.


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However, with Los Blancos now being placed within the frame as a supposed suitor, Sanchez’s reputation could take a beating if he was to sign for Madrid, given that they are indeed arch rivals with the Blaugrana, the club to which initially helped him reach stardom in the modern game.

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Real Madrid Eye Potential Move for Harry Kane Should They Fail in Landing Alexis Sanchez

Real Madrid are looking to bring Arsenal’s star man Alexis Sanchez back to Spain, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon, but will turn their attentions to Tottenham’s Harry Kane as a secondary option.

After Manchester City’s failed attempt to lure the Chilean away from north London on deadline day, Sanchez remains at Arsenal, with his contract set to run out at the end of the season. The Gunners’ failed bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar meant they were forced to keep their footballing totem for another season.

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Los Blancos are said to be keen to sign him during the January window, which would also benefit Arsenal and save them from letting their star winger leave on a free transfer. Don Balon claim that Arsenal will allow him to speak to foreign clubs come the winter, but only with a view to sign him when the summer window comes around.

The Spanish and European champions are also said to be after Tottenham’s talisman Kane, who looks set to continue his habit of goalscoring this season. With 77 goals in 107 Premier League games, Kane could be a potential long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who turns 33 next year. 

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With two Premier League golden boots in two years, Real Madrid would be hard pushed to find a goalscorer with as much natural talent as England’s centre forward.

In addition, Gareth Bale’s stuttering career in Madrid has seen many fans calling for his transfer away from the Bernabeu. After being booed off the pitch in their Champions League opener again APOEL, it seems Bale has fallen out of love with the fans. 

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Both Sanchez and Kane could replace the Welshman should Real deem him surplus to requirements.

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Arsene Wenger Confirms Danny Welbeck Will Miss at Least 3 Weeks of Action Following Groin Injury

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will be out of action for at least three weeks following a groin injury that he sustained against Chelsea on Sunday.

The England striker played 73 minutes of the Gunners’ 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, but will now be out of action until after the international break.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday, via BBC Sport, Arsene Wenger said: “We don’t know how bad his groin injury is but he will certainly be out until the international break.”

It’s a blow for Welbeck, who has been in good form so far this season with three goals in five games. Further to his absence from club football, the 26-year-old will likely miss England’s World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.

Welbeck has suffered a number of injury setbacks since his £16m move to Arsenal from Manchester United in 2014. The striker has missed 79 games through six separate games in his spell in north London so far.

The injury will hasten Wenger’s will to re-integrate Alexis Sanchez into his side as a regular starter, following his benching against Chelsea, and will hope that the Chilean can overcome his disappointment after missing out on a move to Manchester City.

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Welbeck, who has had success playing in a deeper role this season, will hope to be back for Arsenal’s trip to Watford on October 14th, which will follow a run of three home games against Doncaster, Brighton and West Brom and an away tie against BATE Borisov in the Europa League. 

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Gary Neville Calls for Lackluster Arsenal Duo to Show More Desire After Derby Draw

Arsenal managed to earn a 0-0 draw at Chelsea yesterday, in a London derby result which meant Arsene Wenger’s side were the first to stop the Blues in a competitive home game, during Antonio Conte’s reign as manager.

Wenger left out both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez from his starting eleven in favour of Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi, something which many questioned, however his side showed the grit and determination needed to stop Chelsea scoring all afternoon.

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Not only that but Arsenal were a threat going forward even without the two super stars and could well have taken all three points from the game, despite the draw being their first away point of the season.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville spoke to Sky Sports after the game and expressed his belief that the two contract rebels, Sanchez and Ozil, need to take a leaf out of their team-mate’s books and track back to do their defensive work:

“It’s not difficult and ultimately that video should go to Ozil and Sanchez because they do need to come back in, but if they are not going to do the job required, sit in the stands and let two players with less talent do the job you need to do in a big match,” said Neville.

“There’s no excuse for any player not to work back into a defensive position. The only player I saw have that luxury in 20 years was Cristiano Ronaldo and in big matches he was shoved up front.”

“However, he scored 40 goals a season and United were winning things. That’s when you can get away with it.”

“Sanchez does normally work hard but Ozil now has no excuse not to get back into his position after seeing that today.”


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“What Arsenal did today is show some respect at Stamford Bridge and they got the result because of that. I was delighted to see it because we’ve been crying out for it for many, many months.”

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