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Juan Mata's dad claimed to be at Arsenal - French journalist then deletes tweet

The father of Chelsea star Juan Mata is claimed to be at the Emirates for Arsenal's clash with Fenerbahce.

Jose Mourinho says he wants to keep Juan Mata at Chelsea, despite the Spaniard being very much outside his first team plans so far this season.

Mata was on the bench at Old Trafford in Monday's 0-0 draw with Manchester United, and had previously been touted as a bargaining chip in a potential transfer for Wayne Rooney.

Tottenham and Liverpool have subsequently been linked with signing him, and expect Arsenal's name to crop up in a few of tomorrow's papers too, thanks to an odd chain of events prior to kick off.

French journalist Julien Laurens, of Le Parisien, sparked a mini-meltdown on Twitter by claiming Mata's dad was in the director's box at the Emirates for the Gunners' clash with Fenerbahce.

He later deleted his tweet, as his timeline shows, there is no mention of it, but not before countless Arsenal fans had spotted it and retweeted it.

Here is one fan who retweeted the message:

Why did he delete it? Was it not actually Mata's dad? Did he simply realise what a huge deal his message had caused?

The claims were later too repeated by BBC Radio 5 Live;

Assuming it was actually Mata's dad, there may just be an innocent explanation behind it all.

It doesn't mean Mata is suddenly Arsenal bound - his dad might just simply want to watch an entertaining game of football...

What do you think of the message? 

image: © Ben Sutherland

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