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NYRB's Petke gets set for Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea visit

New York Red Bull head coach Mike Petke has commenced his week-long stint in England to learn from the Premier League's best.

Petke travelled to London on Sunday and will spend a few days with Arsenal, picking the brain of Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff, before spending time with Tottenham and Chelsea.

Along with sporting director Andy Roxburgh, Petke will look to learn as much as he can from the likes of Wenger and Blues manager Jose Mourinho but will miss the chance to speak with Andre Villas-Boas after Spurs sacked him on Monday.

Petke, who will meet up with Red Bulls star Thierry Henry, said he was looking forward to the experience: "I'm very, very much looking forward to it, and let's be realistic here, I have no thoughts of delusions of grandeur that in four days I'm going to come back and be a world class coach and be a whole new different person. Not at all.

"This is something to get over there and if I could grab one thing from all three coaches or one thing total, that's going to make me a better coach coming back here. It's going to be a great opportunity."

He added: "We're going to have one-on-one time exclusively, not having to run home to the family or other obligations or Red Bull. It's going to be invaluable to me and I'm really looking forward to all that and also seeing Thierry a little bit over at Arsenal and getting to chat with him a little bit."

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