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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Elneny, Wenger, Alexis, Klopp, and cocaine-fueled mafia connections

It's almost the weekend but Arsenal don't play until Sunday, so here are some bits and pieces from around the footballing world to chew on over your Friday!

I always knew Arsene Wenger was a Jedi
I always knew Arsene Wenger was a Jedi
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Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny: the tireless street footballer who slept with a ball | Football | The Guardian
A really, really interesting and well-written preview of Arsenal's newest signing, 23-year-old Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny. I'm really excited about this signing.

We’ve been watching Elneny for a year: Wenger | Arseblog News - the Arsenal news site
Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club had been tracking the progress of Mohamed Elneny for a year before splashing the cash for him.

Wenger: Real Madrid's transfer ban will not be enforced -
Arsene Wenger predicts that Real Madrid’s appeal for their transfer ban will be successful.

Arsène Wenger tells Arsenal to prove title credentials at Stoke with win | Football | The Guardian
Arsene Wenger has called on his Arsenal players to prove their title credentials on Sunday by putting an end to their long run of failures at Stoke City

Alexis Sanchez fitness: Should Arsene Wenger gamble on Arsenal star against Stoke -
Alexis Sanchez is fit and available for Arsenal, but should Arsene Wenger gamble on the Chilean's fitness against Stoke City?

Wenger explains Klopp clip round the earhole | Arseblog News - the Arsenal news site
Arsene Wenger admitted he felt compelled to tell Jurgen Klopp to calm down during Wednesday night's 3-3 draw at Anfield to prevent the Liverpool coach being punished by the referee for his madcap enthusiasm on the touchline.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Football | The Guardian
Louis van Gaal likely to leave any tinkering for his defence, Spurs need to bounce back against Sunderland and Leicester set to make Villa’s revival short-lived

UK Back Pages: Real Madrid Target £250m Worth of Premier League Stars | Bleacher Report
Plenty of Friday morning's back pages focus on the IAAF scandal , but there is still room for the latest from the beautiful game—much of it concerning the knock-on effect of Real and Atletico Madrid's transfer bans...

The Question: Klopp v Van Gaal … has Manchester United’s manager been left behind? | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool face Manchester United on Sunday in what will be a clash of two managers who started out with similar philosophies but are now very different.

RUMOURS: Chelsea consider former manager as Jose Mourinho's long-term successor -
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering Claudio Ranieri’s return for the start of next season, according to Tuttosport.

Leicester City news: Ranieri: Vardy has not trained for a month -
The striker has been unable to train because of a groin injury, but his manager is keen for him to keep playing despite admitting he isn't fully fit. This might explain why his season, which started in cracking form, has taken a significant dip in recent weeks.

Eastleigh consider banning BBC in protest at live TV snub of Bolton tie | Football | The Guardian
Eastleigh are threatening to ban the BBC from their ground after the National League side were overlooked for lucrative live coverage of their FA Cup replay against Bolton Wanderers

African Nations Championship in Rwanda gives domestic talent a chance | Football | The Guardian
Locally-based players are rarely seen under the international spotlight these days but Africa’s ‘other’ football tournament is designed to bridge a growing gap

Fabio Quagliarella Reveals Napoli Exit Due to Cocaine, Camorra Mafia Allegations | Bleacher Report
"[Napoli president] Aurelio De Laurentiis sold me because he had received anonymous letters and phone messages accusing me of taking cocaine during house parties with Camorra Mafia members[.]" Uh... what the heck?

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid handed transfer bans for two windows | Football | The Guardian
Fifa has banned Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid from registering new signings for the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaching its rules on the international transfer and registration of players aged under 18.

Here's how you can watch every Oscar-nominated film | The Verge
The 2016 Oscar nominees were announced yesterday, which means right about now you're probably realizing just how few movies you've actually seen. Here's how you can watch them all.