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Ex-Arsenal player ‘joins Jihad in Syria’

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A former Arsenal star is said to be fighting in Syria alongside extremists.

The man appeared in a video released on Russian website FiSyria.com where he derides the West as “animals” and “dirty people”, and urges Muslims to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“It’s very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people; Allah says they are the worst of creatures,” said the fighter.

"From those who think that they cannot fight they should also come and join us because it maybe that they can help us in something else, for example help with medicine, help us financially [or] help us with with advice," he continues.

A balaclava protects the fighter's identity but text that accompanies the video state that he was brought up in Portugal before signing for the Gunners - a fact verified by other jihadists, report the Mirror.

Furthermore, the fighter – who has changed his name to Abu Issa Al-Andalusi - grew up with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the accompanying text, but left that lifestyle to “to make the path of Allah”.

There have been no further details released regarding the individual and when contacted by the Sun, Arsenal said: “We do not recognise the individual from the published clips and we don’t have any record of a [person of this name] representing the club at any level.”

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