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Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner expected to make full recovery after having his life saved on the pitch by quick-thinking doctor

STUTTGART captain Christian Gentner is expected to make a full recovery after having his life saved on the pitch by a doctor. Raymond Best came rushing to the midfielder’s aid after he took a knee to the face in Saturday’s match against Wolfsburg. Gentner swallowed his tongue during the clash and was left unconscious as […]

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STUTTGART captain Christian Gentner is expected to make a full recovery after having his life saved on the pitch by a doctor.

Raymond Best came rushing to the midfielder’s aid after he took a knee to the face in Saturday’s match against Wolfsburg.

The team doctor was credited for saving Christian Genter’s life with his quick reactions
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The Stuttgart captain was left unconscious on the pitch after the scary collision
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Gentner swallowed his tongue during the clash and was left unconscious as he also broke multiple bones.

But Best’s quick thinking prevented a tragedy from occurring on the pitch.

And Gentner will now be taking things slow as he looks to make a comeback in the near future.

Coach Hannes Wolf said: “We were very afraid that there would be permanent damage. We couldn’t enjoy the win. Our thoughts are with our captain.

“He has definitely got a bad concussion, probably broken a few bones, but the doctor says he will make a full recovery.”

General manager Michael Reschke added: “Christian has been really shaken. You had to worry. I don’t want to think about what would have happened if the Doctor had not taken his tongue out his mouth so quickly.

The team doctor rushed over to help the stricken player
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Gentner received medical attention on the pitch that saved his life
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“It’s a cruel blow for Gente, his family and for us. The most important news though is that he will make a full recovery.

“We will give Christian all the time he needs to get fully fit again. Finally, we are delighted that we will have our captain back on board again.”

The player himself has also spoken about the incident, saying: “I would like to thank all friends, players, fans, teammates, ex-players, opponents and my family and medical team who gave me care and support for the last few days.

“The most important info: I am very good! I have already been told the one other break in the face but nothing that will not be correct again.

“After the pictures this is really good news! Therefore only the photos from the left side since the other face is still not really present!”

The 32-year-old suffered multiple face fractures
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He was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital
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Latest Arsenal news: Borussia Dortmund insist Michael Zorc will not be joining Sven Mislinat at Arsenal

BORUSSIA DORTMUND insist Michael Zorc will NOT be joining Sven Mislintat at Arsenal. Dortmund chief scout Mislintat will become the Gunners’ head of recruitment next month. Sporting director Zorc was tipped to follow him to the Emirates to take up a similar role there. But Dortmund’s communications chief Sascha Fligge said: “He will definitely stay. […]

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND insist Michael Zorc will NOT be joining Sven Mislintat at Arsenal.

Dortmund chief scout Mislintat will become the Gunners’ head of recruitment next month.

Dortmund insist Michael Zorc is going nowhere
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Sporting director Zorc was tipped to follow him to the Emirates to take up a similar role there.

But Dortmund’s communications chief Sascha Fligge said: “He will definitely stay.

“There were some rumours about him going too, but they were just rumours. He is staying.”

Mislintat, 45, is nicknamed ‘Diamond Eyes’ at Dortmund after spotting several stars for the club, including Mats Hummels Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Dortmund sporting director was tipped to move to Arsenal
The Dortmund sporting director was tipped to move to Arsenal
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Sven Mislintat has decided to leave Dortmund for the Premier League
Sven Mislintat has decided to leave Dortmund for the Premier League
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Fligge said: “We would like to have kept him of course. He has been doing great scouting with Zorc.

“Sven helped improved the scouting at the club and made it more professional.


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“Because of what he achieved we decided to release him.”

Current chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down after 25 years’ service and the Gunners have acted fast to bring in his replacement.

Arsenal will pay Dortmund around £1.8million for the super scout.

Arsene Wenger added: “We are delighted that Sven is joining us. Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years.

“We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club.

Sven Mislintat will become Arsenal's head of recruitment next month
Sven Mislintat will become Arsenal’s head of recruitment next month
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He will replace Steve Rowley after the latter stood down from his role at the Gunners after 25 years
He will replace Steve Rowley after the latter stood down from his role at the Gunners after 25 years
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Arsene Wenger has spoken of his delight at the appointment of Mislintat
Arsene Wenger has spoken of his delight at the appointment of Mislintat
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“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.”


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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil lined up for emotional return to hometown club Schalke

MESUT OZIL has been lined up for an emotional return to his hometown club Schalke. Barcelona and Manchester United are among the sides that will be scrambling for the the Arsenal star’s signature. Schalke, who sit second in the Bundesliga following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Hamburg, have declared their eagerness to take the midfield ace […]

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MESUT OZIL has been lined up for an emotional return to his hometown club Schalke.

Barcelona and Manchester United are among the sides that will be scrambling for the the Arsenal star’s signature.

The Gunners midfielder is refusing to renew his contract at the Emirates
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Schalke, who sit second in the Bundesliga following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Hamburg, have declared their eagerness to take the midfield ace back.

Following a five-year stint with Rot-Weiss Essen, Ozil moved to the youth ranks of Schalke in 2005.

Ozil made 39 appearances for the German side, before completing a move to league rivals Werder Bremen three years later.

Real Madrid snapped him up in 2010 after he established himself as one of Europe’s top young talents during the South Africa World Cup.

Arsene Wenger will be reluctant to sell the 29-year-old
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The midfield ace in action for Germany against French ace Kylian Mbappe
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After three successful years in Spain, the 29-year-old completed a £42.5million switch to Arsenal in 2013.

Ambitious Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies said: “I could very easily imagine Mesut returning to us, and it is the same for him.


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“If this became a possibility we would of course get busy with it.

“If there is a deal that suits everyone, then it would be a wonderful story.”

Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco will not be considering a move for Mesut Ozil in January
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However, the 61-year-old ruled out the possibility of Ozil swapping the Emirates for the Veltins Arena during the January transfer window.

He added: “I am certain that no deal will take place during the course of this season.”

Ozil is due to return to Germany this week as Arsenal visit struggling Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday.

Barcelona are desperate to bolster their squad in January and Mesut Ozil has been earmarked as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho.

Mesut Ozil played an hugely influential role during Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Tottenham on Saturday
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Stuttgart 2 Dortmund 1: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence felt as Chadrac Akolo and Josip Brekalo seal Bundesliga shock

BORUSSIA DORTMUND were made to pay for suspending Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Stuttgart. Andre Schuerrle missed a penalty as Peter Bosz’s men were shocked in the absence of their top scorer. Aubameyang has been disciplined by the club after reportedly bringing a freestyle footballer friend into the club’s training ground […]

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND were made to pay for suspending Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Stuttgart.

Andre Schuerrle missed a penalty as Peter Bosz’s men were shocked in the absence of their top scorer.

Josip Brekalo sealed the 2-1 win just moments after half time
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Aubameyang has been disciplined by the club after reportedly bringing a freestyle footballer friend into the club’s training ground unauthorised from him to record his latest film.

That led Bosz to leave him out of tonight’s squad, but his stance backfired as Dortmund failed to close the gap on leaders Bayern Munich.

The Ruhr valley club, firm title contenders only a few weeks ago with six wins from their first seven league matches, have lost their winning touch and are without a Bundesliga victory since September, piling pressure their on coach.

Dortmund, who take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League next week, are stuck on 20 points in third place with champions Bayern Munich, top on 26, taking on Augsburg on Saturday.

Peter Bosz is under huge pressure at Dortmund after the latest setback
Peter Bosz is under huge pressure at Dortmund after the latest setback
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Andre Schuerrle missed a penalty on the stroke of half time
Andre Schuerrle missed a penalty on the stroke of half time
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Maximilian Philipp was on hand to convert the rebound to level the scores
Maximilian Philipp was on hand to convert the rebound to level the scores
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RB Leipzig, four points behind in second, travel to Bayer Leverkusen. Stuttgart, who have now won all of their 16 points this season at home, climbed to 11th.

A disastrous back pass from Marc Bartra allowed Chardac Akolo to slip in and put Stuttgart ahead in the fifth minute.


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Dortmund were in control and had their chances but with Aubameyang absent, they lacked his finish.

They still managed a late first-half equaliser with Maximilian Philipp scoring on the rebound after Andre Schuerrle’s penalty was saved.

But Josip Brekalo fired in through the legs of keeper Roman Buerki six minutes after the restart to restore their lead with a break that once again took the shaky Dortmund defence by complete surprise.

Eintracht had several more good chances to add to their tally with Brekalo and Berkay Ozcan as frustrated Dortmund ran out of gas.

Stuttgart's Josip Brekalo kept his cool to secure the victory
Stuttgart’s Josip Brekalo kept his cool to secure the victory
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Top scorer Aubameyang was suspended by the club for breaching rules
Top scorer Aubameyang was suspended by the club for breaching rules
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