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David Luiz red card DECISION, Evan N’Dicka interest, Tierney injury RETURN, Firpo links


Mikel Arteta insisted the club are managing Kieran Tierney’s fitness as well as they possibly can.

The Gunners boss said: “It’s a different injury in this case. Kieran is a player that really pushes himself and he has to be able to perform physically at his best because he cannot help himself.

“Even in training he can’t help himself. We are trying to manage him in the best possible way and find every possibility to give him the best chance to be fit as soon as possible, and we are here to support him as much as we can.

“What I want is that he’s fit to play for us as soon as possible, then if he’s fit and he’s ready to represent his country, there we go, it’s one of his dreams and he needs to fulfil that. But what I want is for him to play for Arsenal.”

Meanwhile, David Luiz will serve a suspension after losing his appeal against a red card in Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves.

The Gunners confirmed in a statement on Thursday that they were ‘disappointed’ having ‘worked really hard’ to have the ban quashed.

It read: “The Football Association have confirmed to us that the red card given to David Luiz on Tuesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers will stand.

“We have worked really hard to overturn David Luiz’s red card.

“We presented our case to the FA but are disappointed that our appeal has been unsuccessful.

“We accept the FA’s decision and continue our preparations for Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.”

And finally, Patrick Vieira has joined the race to become the new Bournemouth manager.

The former Gunners midfielder is being linked with the role, while ex-Chelsea pair John Terry and Frank Lampard are also being talked up as potential candidates, according to The Mail.

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