Arsenal legend Ian Wrightwishedthat he played with Cesc Fabregas and Robert Pires at the club. The ex-Arsenal striker stated this on the Wrighty’sHouse Podcast earlier this week as he described Cesc Fabregas as one of the best players he has ever seen.

Wright played with some of the best players in the Premier League during his time at Arsenal. He played alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Paul Merson and many more. According to him, he was lucky to play with Dutchman Bergampand that the two players he would have loved to play with at Arsenal are Frenchman Pires and Spanish international midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal man Ian Wright said that he adore both Pires and Fabregas.

French World Cup winner Pires was a key player in the Arsenal team that went through the season without losing a game. Fabregas was at Arsenal during the unbeaten season, but he was not involved with the first team.

Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger played a big role in getting Fabregas to leave boyhood club Barcelona for North London in 2003. The Spaniard came to Arsenal as a teenager and he didn’t waste much time to make his mark in the first team.

Wenger introduced Fabregas to first team football at Arsenal as a teenager and one year after his transfer from the famed La Masia Academy at Barcelona. In his debut season with the Arsenal first team, Fabregas won the FA Cup title via the penalty shootout win over rivals Manchester United in the final.

Also, Fabregas played a major role in getting Arsenal to the 2006 Champions League final before they were beaten by Spanish giants Barcelona. The Gunners lost 2-1 in that final in Paris despite taking the lead and playing the majority of the game with ten men.



Atalanta director Giovanni Sartori has debunked the transfer rumours linking AlekseiMiranchuk with a move to fellow Italian football side Torino in the winter transfer window. According to him, his time at Atalanta will come amidst the frustration over a lack of playing time.

Miranchuk, 26, is said to be frustrated at his limited playing minutes at Italian football outfit Atalanta. The Russian national team player tasted Italian football for the first time when he moved to Atalanta from Lokomotiv Moscow in a €14.5m deal in September 2020. Miranchuk has been restricted to just eight games at Atalanta this season over two competitions namely the Champions League and the Italian Serie A.

Reports in the Italian media had claimed that Russian national team star Miranchuk will join fellow Italian football side Torino from Atalanta on loan with the obligation to sign him permanently at the end of the loan deal. Italian publications Tuttosport and Calcionews24 both stated that the Russian is closing in on a loan move to Torino.

The aforementioned transfer reports prompted Atalanta director Sartori to set the record straight on the matter in an exclusive interview with Itasportpress. The Atalanta official stated that the club has not discussed a possible move for Miranchuk with anyone amidst the transfer links with other Italian Serie A sides. He went on to say that Atalanta is certain that they can count on the player who has so much quality and that his moment would soon come. Sartori has no doubts that Miranchuk would be a hit at the Italian football club because he’s a fine player and a serious professional.

In his first season at Atalanta, Miranchuk had an attacking output of seven goals plus two assists in 31 matches. In addition, he has six goals in 40 appearances for Russia.


Four-time Asian champions Japan have had their winning run snapped by CONCACAF giants Mexico following their meeting in an international friendly clash at the LiebenauerStadium in Graz, Austria. Japan had won their last two games before they met the Mexicans on Tuesday.

Japan had beaten former African champions Ivory Coast 1-0 in an international friendly duel played at the Stadion Galgenwaard in the Utrecht city of the Netherlands. Substitute Naomichi Ueda scored the only goal of the game in added time to give the Japanese an impressive win over their African opponents last month. Ueda is a defender who plays his club football for Cercle Bruggein the Belgian topflight. The 26-year-oldcentre back scored the winning goal in the first minute of added time towards the end of the game.

The former Asian champions followed the slim win over the Ivorians in October up with another slender victory in their first game of the November international break. Japan beat 10-man Panama 1-0 in an international friendly in Graz, Austria to make it two straight wins on the bounce.

Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot shortly after the hour mark. Panama ended the game with ten me after goalkeeper Luis Mejia was sent off with 12 minutes left on the clock.

The two successive wins ended with the 2-0 defeat to Mexico in the second and final game of the November international break. Mexico scored two goals in the space of five second half minutes to win the friendly match.

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez gave the Mexicans the lead in the 63rd minute before his substitute Henry Martins Mex set up Napoli forward Hirving Lozano five minutes later to wrap up the victory. Japan have now won nine, drawn three and lost two of their last 14 games in international football.