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Arsenal confirm Sven Mislintat as new head of recruitment

Sven Mislintat is well renowned in Germany for his work at Borussia Dortmund. Credit: PA

Arsenal have secured Borussia Dortmund's Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment.

Chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down from his post after 25 years with the north London club.

Mislintat had been at Dortmund for almost a decade, during which time the Bundesliga club recruited star names such as Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.

"We are delighted that Sven is joining us," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

"Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years.

Mislintat will work alongside Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis to unearth new talent for the Gunners.

Long-serving scout Rowley will continue to work with Arsenal in a consultancy role despite stepping down from his permanent position.

"We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club," Wenger told Arsenal's official club website.

"He has been a key figure in our recruitment of so many top players and has travelled thousands and thousands of miles, watching hundreds of games for us during his time at the club. We wish him well for the future."

Lallana included in Liverpool squad for Sevilla clash

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Adam Lallana has been included in the Liverpool squad travelling to Spain for the Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday.

The England midfielder, yet to play in a competitive game this season, has been stepping up his recovery from a thigh injury.

Defender Joel Matip does not feature after he was absent from Saturday's 3-0 Premier League victory over Southampton due to a groin problem.

Another man included in the 23-man squad - announced by the Merseyside club on their official website on Monday - is striker Danny Ings, who has made only one first-team appearance so far this term.

Liverpool top Champions League Group E with eight points, one more than second-placed Sevilla, and will qualify for the next round with a win on Tuesday, or with a draw if Spartak Moscow lose at home to Maribor.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds head into the contest at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on a winning streak that extended to four matches in all competitions with the result against Southampton.

The only game Sevilla have not won in their last five was a 2-1 defeat at Barcelona.

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Noble asks West Ham fans to stand by their team

West Ham haven't won in the league since September. Credit: PA

Mark Noble has urged West Ham's unhappy supporters to get behind their struggling team.

The away fans vented their anger towards the club's board and certain players during Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Watford.

It was a nightmare first game in charge for new manager David Moyes and left the Hammers marooned in the drop zone.

Skipper Noble told West Ham TV: "It's a very difficult situation for us.

"The fans show their emotions, and rightly so because they're not happy and they pay a lot of money to come and watch us.

"I know it's hard, I know they're frustrated, and we are too because we know we're better than what we're showing, but I urge them to stick by us and hopefully the good times will come back.

"As much as we're not performing on the pitch at the minute, we need them to stick by us."

West Ham fans urged to stop calling 999

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West Ham fans have been warned to stop calling 999 to complain about their team.

The Hammers suffered a 2-0 defeat at Watford on Sunday in David Moyes' first match in charge, with goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison settling the match at Vicarage Road.

It seems some supporters have been taking their grievances too far though, with the Essex Police Force Control Room urging them to stop using the emergency number.

A tweet from the @EPControlRoom account read: "Ringing 999 because @WestHamUtd have lost again and you aren't sure what to do is not acceptable! It is a complete waste of our time. #999foremergencies only."

Sections of the visiting support chanted "sack the board" during the match as the team remained 18th in the Premier League table.

West Ham host Leicester in their first home match since Moyes' appointment on Friday.

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