Jack Beresford:

Former Leeds United and Aston Villa manager David O’Leary was in dispute with Dubai-based club and former employers Al Ahli over monies owed to the team’s one-time manager.

O’Leary was sacked just one year into a three-year contract with the club but despite being seemingly dismissed from his post, Al Ahli refused to provide any form of compensation and instead claimed that the Irishman had simply walked away from his post.

O’Leary opted to take action to recoup the £3.3 million owed to him with a hearing of the world governing body ruling in his favour.

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Did Arsene Wenger help Jeremie Aliadiere rescue his football career?
How did the Arsenal boss help his former player?

Jack Beresford:
Arsene Wenger did help Jeremie Aliadiere revive his professional playing career, following a period of nearly two years without a club.

Aliadiere arrived at Arsenal in 1999 from the prestigious Clairefontaine Academy in France. He spent eight years with the club, playing just 29 times for the team in between a series of loan spells before moving to Middlesborough for £2.5 million.
Aliadiere played 78 games for Boro, scoring 11 goals but when his contract expired in 2010, the club opted not to renew his deal amid concerns over ongoing injuries.
These injury concerns would hinder a series of potential moves in the coming months before Arsene Wenger invited the player to train at Arsenal’s facilities.
He even played in a series of reserve games for the club, but there was little in the way of concrete interest until Wenger and the club used its links with Lorient to set up a trial for the striker.
Aliadiere subsequently signed a one-year-deal with the option of turning it into a three-year contract. This renewal has subsequently been approved with Aliadiere playing 52 games and scoring 22 goals in the process.
Speaking in an interview with the Lorient website, the player was quick to point to the help provided by his former boss at Arsenal.
“I think Arsène Wenger had called and requested some information from me since I was there the last four months. That’s how it started and it always helps when there are relationships like between Lorient and Arsenal.”
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Who is Leon Goretzka?
A lot is being said about German midfielder Leon Goretzka – could you tell me a bit more about him?

Daniel Poer:

Leon Goretzka is the latest rising star to emerge from the German football league, following in the footsteps of recent superstars like Mezut Ozil and Mario Gotze.

Born on February 6th 1995, the young midfielder began his playing career as a child with the youth club Werner SV Bochum. Rising up through the ranks, he eventually made the transition to the VfL Bochum first-team squad, joining up with them in 2001.

His talent was soon spotted by the German national team set-up with Goretzka winning his first cap for the under-16 national team against Northern Ireland in Gottingen on November 15th 2010.

Since then he has gone on to represent the under-17 and under-19 sides, as well as playing 24 times for Bochum in the Bundesliga 2. scoring four goals along the way.

Despite his impressive efforts, Bochum remain embroiled in a relegation battle, meaning a transfer away is more than likely, with the current suitors including Arsenal and Manchester United.

The press has already labelled the star as the new Michael Ballack.

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Are Arsenal bidding to sign Stevan Jovetic?

Jack Beresford:

Arsenal are reportedly launching a bid to sign Fiorentina attacker Stevan Jovetic in a deal worth as much as 24 million euros according to La Stampa.

The potential agreement would see the young Montenegrin earn en estimated four million euros a year with the Gunners also aiming to land Gonzalo Higuain.

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