All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this Wednesday morning.
The British press are raving this morning over Arsenal’s first half display against Napoli, and the individual display of Mesut Ozil. The German international scored his first goal for the club since his Deadline Day arrival from Real Madrid. The £42.5 million was in top form, as Arsenal outclassed their Italian opponents for much of the Emirates fixture.
When asked whether the display had been their best of the season so far, he told Sky Sports:
"I think so, especially in the first half. I felt that we played at a good pace technically, were direct and finished with great goals.
"Overall the first half was outstanding. Second half, we played more with more maturity, less drive going forward and a bit more caution. But overall it was an outstanding game."
Unfortunately the game has been marred this morning by reports of hooligan behaviour from Napoli fans. The reputation of the Partenopei Ultras appears to have preceded them – after they stormed a popular match-day hangout for Gunners fans.
In scenes described as ‘something out of the early 80s’ Piebury Corner on Holloway road was trashed and one fan was taken to hospital after being hit by a stool.
This happened before the game, and two people ended up requiring hospital treatment.
It has emerged this morning how close Arsenal were to signing Cristiano Ronaldo before his move to Manchester United in 2003 – with Wenger even revealing what shirt number he would have worn:
"He was very close to coming here. He has a number nine shirt with Ronaldo on the back from Arsenal Football Club. What happened was that Carlos Queiroz went to Manchester United and they snapped him away from us because he knew him from Sporting.’’
It is reported he abused a player in a game against Norwich City last season – and action was taken after it was reported by match officials.
Jebb denied the allegation but was found guilty by an independent FA disciplinary commission.
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