Metro Sport ReporterSunday 8 Dec 2019 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link937Shares Advertisement Niko Kovac to attend Arsenal match after making interest known to club chiefs Niko Kovac’s representatives have spoken with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Niko Kovac has reportedly informed Arsenal that he’s interested in becoming manager.Arsenal relieved Unai Emery of his duties after a miserable start to the season and talks have taken place to replace interim coach Freddie Ljungberg.Ljungberg began his reign with a 2-2 draw away to Norwich which preceded Thursday night’s dismal 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton. The club are now on their worst winless run in the league since 1977.Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have all been heavily linked with the vacant position and Kovac is the latest manager to emerge as a potential contender at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Goal, Kovac’s representatives have held informal discussions with Arsenal to make the club aware of the 48-year-old’s interest. Kovac is expected to watch Arsenal’s match with West Ham (Picture: Getty)Though Kovac’s approach is being considered by Arsenal, the Croatian is not thought to be among the favourites for the position.Kovac has been a free agent since leaving Bayern Munich by mutual consent at the beginning of November and is on the lookout for jobs in the Premier League.The former Croatia boss was in the stands as Everton beat Chelsea this weekend, but played down speculation that he could replace Marco Silva in the hot seat at Goodison Park.Kovac is also expected to attend Arsenal’s clash with West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening. Keown never saw Ljungberg as a future manager (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown admits he never saw Ljungberg as management material after a difficult start for the Swede as caretaker boss.‘He’s a fiercely competitive individual,’ Keown told talkSPORT about his former Arsenal team-mate.‘I never saw him as management or a coach, he was quite an individualistic player, he did everything his own way, but that maybe helps him to be a very good manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We shouldn’t expect a magic wand because this has been a problem that’s been in the making for some time. Emery obviously inherited it and he didn’t find a solution.‘It was about changing personnel, recruitment so you needed central defenders that wanted to defend, loved defending, they’re not there.‘We need different midfield players. The likes of [Mesut] Ozil, if they don’t want to toe the line, they don’t want to play, for now you’ll have to upset one or two.’Would Kovac be a good option for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Frank Lampard considering £40m buy-back deal for Nathan Ake Comment Advertisement Pochettino is reportedly on Arsenal’s shortlist of managerial targets (Picture: Getty)Pochettino refused to rule out the possibility of replacing Emery when directly asked about the Arsenal job last week.‘It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is,’ the ex-Tottenham manager told TyC Sports.‘I’m going to spend a few days here [in Rosario] with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London.’
(REUTERS) Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men’s tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3 5-7 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha yesterday.Looking back to near his peerless best at times in a game of searing quality, the Serbian missed out on three match points and had to repel a roaring Murray comeback before ending the Briton’s 28-match, five-tournament winning streak.In their first meeting since Murray won their season-ending climax at the ATP World Tour finals, the Briton ran into a rejuvenated Djokovic who, despite having problems with his racket hand and receiving two warnings for his behaviour, prevailed thrillingly in their 36th contest.The world number two said it was “the dream start” to 2017 in his build-up to the defence of the Australian Open title later this month and defeat provided food for thought for Murray, who lost for the 25th time against his old rival.“It was close, a very physical battle. All the way to the last shot, you never know with Andy. It’s no strange occurrence for us to play three sets for three hours,” Djokovic told Eurosport.“It means a lot. For the last three months of 2016, I haven’t felt that confident on court and didn’t play that consistent. But to start 2017 with a win over the world number one and my biggest rival was a dream start so I’m hoping I can get the best out of it.”Djokovic had looked out of sorts as he struggled to tame Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Friday’s semi-final and he started inconsistently again, also requiring treatment to a bleeding right thumb in the third game.Yet Djokovic began playing with an authority that he had not displayed all week and was so frustrated after losing one 29-shot rally that he was warned for hitting the ball away petulantly towards his box.Still, he pressurised Murray, making his breakthrough in the eighth game as the Scot surrendered the crucial break with a mis-hit forehand.When Djokovic cashed in on a sloppy service game, in which Murray delivered two double faults, to take a crucial 4-3 lead in the second set, he looked unstoppable.He seemed certain to wrap up the victory serving at 5-4 but a couple of missed backhands and courageous aggression from Murray led to him missing out on his three match points. The Briton pounced to break serve — a feat he has now achieved in an impressive 112 successive matches.Djokovic received a point penalty for smashing his racket which handed the 11th game to Murray and the Scot rammed home his ascendancy by breaking again to take the second set.Yet just when Murray seemed to be taking control physically, with Djokovic looking increasingly weary, the Serbian produced an inspirational game to break to love at 3-3.When he served for the match again, he made no mistake, crashing a forehand winner to seal victory.