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After a week of controversy at the Emirates, the gaffer was spreading some much more positive vibes around ahead of the weekend's trip north...

Arsenal travel to Tyneside to face Newcastle United at the weekend, and manager Arsene Wenger has sent good wishes to his opposite number Joe Kinnear, currently away from work as he recuperates from the major heart surgery he underwent last month.

Wenger and Kinnear enjoy a warm personal and professional relationship, and Kinnear was employed by Arsenal to scout in South America during his four-year absence from front-line management.

Kinnear is also a neighbour of Wenger's in leafy Hertfordshire, and visits the Arsenal training ground at London Colney frequently.

"We wish him well, and I am confident that he will recover well," Wenger siad, in a message sent to The Newcastle Chronicle today.

"I have not yet been to see him personally but I sent him a letter when he had his problem. It is good to see him recovered.

"But it shows that this job accelerates the process of well-being, or maybe ill-being."

Kinnear himself revealed today that he has also received good wishes from Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, as his friends in the game continue to support him through his convalescence.

"My friends in the game haven’t forgotten me," the Irishman told The Chronicle.

"Arsene Wenger wrote a nice card and Alex Ferguson said he wanted to see me back in the dug-out soon."

Despite the warm words though, Kinnear will only feel truly cheered when he is back in action and steering the Toon to what he hopes will be another campaign in the Premier League next season.

"I talk to the coaching staff, Chrissy Hughton and Colin Calderwood, every day," he added.

"But it is not the same as being there."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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