Watch: Johan Djourou backs Mikel Arteta to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

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Johan Djourou has backed former Arsenal team-mate Mikel Arteta to replace Arsene Wenger this summer at the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman is stepping down as Gunners boss after 22 years and will take charge of his final match away at Huddersfield on Sunday.

“For me, it’s a new beginning, it’s a new era, it’s a new start. I think if you want to do a new start you have to go with someone who is maybe young, with a good philosophy, with a great mind as well. So, I don’t know, it’s hard to say,” said the 31-year-old who now plays with Turkish Super Lig outfit Antalyaspor.

“Allegri has good experience, Luis Enrique as well, but maybe I see someone like Mikel Arteta, maybe. Because he’s the second coach of Guardiola so he has this football mentality and he played for Arsenal before, so I don’t know.

“I think the future will tell but there are a lot of great minds and great coaches that could bring this team up in the future.”

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Yaya Toure is a Man City great, Brighton boss Chris Hughton says

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Yaya Toure will be remembered as one of the great players in Manchester City‘s history, says Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

The experienced midfielder, who is set to leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season, will bid farewell to City fans when Albion visit the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Ivorian Toure has been central to City’s recent successes following a £24million switch from Barcelona in 2010, winning three league titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup.

He has made more than 300 appearances for the club but has been a peripheral figure this season, playing just 16 times.

City manager Pep Guardiola has urged his players to focus on beating Brighton to give the 34-year-old a fitting send off and opposing boss Hughton feels Toure deserves recognition.

“(I have) huge respect (for him),” said Hughton

“There will obviously be somebody that doesn’t play and he will play; well, he’s not a bad player to bring in, is he, with what he’s done?

“I suppose him and (David) Silva instantly come to mind that have been through a longer period and seen the real progress of this football team.

“He hasn’t figured as much as he would have liked but when he leaves and individuals look back at the great players of Manchester City then I think he has certainly been one of them.”

Chris Hughton

Brighton travel north free from pressure having secured their top flight status by beating City’s neighbours Manchester United on Friday evening.

The Seagulls, who finish the season against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, have lost all four of their away games against the top-six clubs so far without scoring a goal.

In their attempts to end that losing streak, Hughton believes his team can learn from relegation-threatened Huddersfield after they held City to a goalless draw on Sunday.

“Huddersfield were good and I wouldn’t want to take anything away from them and say that City were not at their best,” said Hughton.

“But it doesn’t happen often and Huddersfield showed what you have to do to have any chance of getting anything.

“They usually bounce back and you don’t expect them to lose too many games and our approach has to be exactly the same.

“We’ve managed to get some good results against the top six at home and make games as close as possible – Tottenham away and Chelsea away when for long periods we were very much in the games.

“This is our challenge and I want to be as good as we can in these (two remaining) games.”

Albion have no fresh selection concerns but remain without injured midfielder Steve Sidwell.

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Alvaro Morata could be named in Chelsea starting XI to face Huddersfield

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Striker Alvaro Morata has shrugged off a knock and could start when Chelsea play Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The Blues are seeking to sneak into the Premier League top four and Antonio Conte promised changes after Sunday’s win over Liverpool, which Morata missed.

Willian, Pedro and Emerson Palmieri are among those who could come in, but defenders David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Ampadu (ankle) are out.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Palmieri, Eduardo.

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