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The European media may be keen to anoint Dragan Stojkovic as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal, but the Nagoya Grampus manager’s thoughts currently extend no further than the April 23 return of the J. League.

Having guided the club to its first-ever league title last season, Stojkovic was anticipating a tough year ahead as Grampus went into the new campaign last month as the scalp that every rival craved. A last-minute equalizer to salvage a 1-1 opening-day draw against Yokohama F. Marinos confirmed the Serbian’s suspicions, but less than a week later soccer was the last thing on anyone’s mind.

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