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Mikel Arteta’s long-term future as Arsenal manager is in question after it emerged that talks had taken place between the Premier League club and Brazil coach Tite.

According to sensational reports in South America, Gunners sporting director Edu has identified his compatriot as the man he wants to take the Londoners forward.

Tite is contracted to the Brazil national team until the completion of this year’s World Cup, but could be installed at the Emirates for the beginning of the 2023-24 season.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has revealed that the problem that kept Emile Smith Rowe out of England training this morning is not a major one, but he’s unlikely to feature against Switzerland at Wembley tomorrow.

Discussing fitness issues within the squad at yesterday afternoon’s press conference, the Three Lions boss said: “Emile [Smith Rowe] did not train today so he is unlikely to be involved tomorrow. It’s nothing too serious, but we’ll check on him late to see if he can take part.”

However, Southgate’s perplexed as to why Smith-Rowe’s Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka can’t remain on international duty after being struck with Covid.

Southgate said: “I’m lost on the rules really.

“I can’t sit here and give a medical download of all that. I’m not quite sure why he is out because I think you can carry on now with normal life.

“I think people have an ethical responsibility if they’re positive to stay away from others and stop the spread but by the normal rules of life he could carry on.

“Football rules are a bit different but I’m in a maze of confusion frankly.”

Elsewhere, Arsenal have reportedly approached wantaway Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele’s contract with Barca is up in the summer and according to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito TV, the Gunners want to bring him to the Emirates.

Talks between the parties have already begun as the report states Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko has met with the North London side.

Finally, Darren Bent doesn’t think Arsenal should try and sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

Bent reckons the Welsh veteran will stifle Saka and Gabriel Martinelli’s growth at the club.

He told talkSPORT: “It’s not that he is not good enough, but he has got Saka in front of him, Martinelli, these guys are getting better and better.

“You don’t want to stunt their development.”


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