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Manuel Lanzini has clearly been watching some of the criticism aimed at captain Mark Noble and has decided to make his point.

The captain is certain to return from the injury sidelines this weekend with Pedro Obiang out for the rest of the season.

That will no doubt bring out the knockers again but Lanzini is having none of that and has rallied strongly to the captain’s cause.

In an interview on the official site he says: “It’s very good to play alongside Nobes. It’s always good to play alongside experienced players and particularly those who are truly loved at their clubs, as they are the ones who can help you so much on and off the pitch.

It’s very important to have him around and I try to learn as much as I can by watching him.”