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Koeman explains tunnel spat with Arsenal manager

Ronald Koeman has drawn a line under his midweek tunnel bust-up with Arsene Wenger.

Koeman says the incident won't affect their relationship. Credit: PA

The Southampton boss and Arsenal chief Wenger exchanged words following the goalless draw at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wenger had reportedly shouted at referee Lee Mason "It's always the same with you" with Koeman responding to the Frenchman: "No, it's always the same with you."

Koeman confirmed the incident had taken place as it was reported, but insisted it was all in the heat of the moment and that it would not affect his relationship with Wenger.

"What was written in the press was true, and that's all," said Koeman. "It's emotions in football and it happened, and we go on.

"Do I regret it? If I talk it's what I mean, of course. No, I don't think (it will affect our relationship).

"It's always a little bit of emotions and he was very disappointed about the result because they had some good chances."


Hiddink unsurprised by pressure on Man Utd manager

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink on Friday said Louis van Gaal must accept scrutiny as manager of a Manchester United side vying for the Premier League title.

Pressure on Van Gaal is 'normal' according to Hiddink. Credit: Reuters

Hiddink was asked about United's troubles in a campaign which has seen Van Gaal's position come under sharp focus amid fan frustration over tactics and results, with Jose Mourinho apparently waiting in the wings to succeed him.

Van Gaal has bristled at suggestions he could lose his job, with United fifth, 10 points behind leaders Leicester.

And a win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday could reignite the Red Devils' hopes of succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions.

Hiddink said:

He has to perform, this is normal, as we have to perform here as well. There is pressure. There was and still is big ambition.

They have to cope with that. The pressure is on. It's on everyone. But if you have the possibility to go into first position, then pressure is on.

– Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink


Danny Welbeck makes long awaited Arsenal return

Danny Welbeck played an hour of Arsenal's Under-21 encounter with Brighton on Friday afternoon having been out for almost 10 months with a knee injury.

He's back!!! Credit: PA

The 25-year-old forward underwent surgery in September for the problem after initially injuring his knee in April - with manager Arsene Wenger unable to react to the news by bringing in another striker as the summer transfer window had just closed.

Welbeck, who moved to Arsenal from Manchester United in the summer of 2014, has therefore not turned out for the first-team this season but continued on his path of recovery by playing 60 minutes of a Barclays Under-21 league clash against the Seagulls at Arsenal's London Colney training base.

Arsenal led 3-0 when Welbeck was replaced by Josh Dasilva but the England international did not manage to get himself on the scoresheet - although he did play for longer than Wenger had anticipated.

Talking about the striker's return ahead of the game, Wenger said he hopes to have Welbeck back in first-team contention in as little as three weeks.

The Frenchman said at his weekly press conference:

I believe that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team. He has not played for 10 months so we need to be patient with him. He has good basic fitness but after it is competitive decision-making and he needs to get used to that again.

We can organise games internally without being official games and I think in the next three weeks he should be available.

– Arsene Wenger
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