Arsenal long time coach Arsene Wenger says he wouldn’t take the international coaching job before him.
The French tactician says it is too late for him to take up international management, successfully ruling himself out of the coaching the national teams of France or England. The coach who is 66 years old will celebrate his 20th year at Arsenal this October. He has just one year left and has openly said he wouldn’t decide on his future until the coming summer. The calls for him to leave the club finally were loudest in the last campaign when the club were sure to miss out of the Premier League trophy.
Wenger was linked to the France national team job but he was reported to have said: “I think this time has gone now. I have been asked a few times to do it. I was always busy somewhere else.”
He has acknowledged that the performance of his team in the coming season would determine his next plans. He had earlier hinted at possible retirement soon when he said he was “a bit old now to make long-term plans.” Continue reading
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger shared an intense rivalry when the duo were consistently involved in title challenges.
Ever since Wenger came to Arsenal in 1996, they have been loggerheads with each other. The fight between the two were largely limited to mind games. The intensity of the rivalry did subside in the last decade when Arsenal were no longer competing for the top honours just like Manchester United. Now, there seems to be peace between the two after Sir Alex Ferguson has come out with various pleasant words about the Frenchman. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger was happy with the spirit shown by his players after their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the season lifted them into the second spot.
They have managed to leapfrog Tottenham in the most remarkable circumstances. After having been challenging for the title until a few weeks ago, Arsenal seemed to be heading for a very disappointing season. Spurs may have missed out on the league title in the last few games, but they were looking to finish above Arsenal for first-time in almost 2 decades. However, Spurs capitulated by losing 5-1 against relegated Newcastle United at St James’s Park.
This result coupled with Arsenal’s comfortable win over Villa helped them to seal the second spot. Apart from increased financial rewards, it also represents the club’s best finish in the league since 2005. Especially in the last decade, the club has become increasingly used to third and fourth place finishes. For this reason, Wenger is happy to see his team get the second spot and finish as the rumours are to Leicester City. Leicester City completed the campaign 10 points ahead of Arsenal. Wenger, who has faced increasing protests from supporters ahead of this game, praised the spirit shown by his players in the final game. Continue reading
Arsenal kept themselves in the race for the top three after a 1-0 win over Norwich City.
This allowed them to take full advantage of Manchester City’s 4-2 loss against Southampton. The gunners now have a three-point advantage over City with two games remaining. More importantly, they can now afford to slip up in the next league match against City, but Manuel Pellegrini’s team can take advantage of their slightly better goal difference. Arsenal’s struggles in front of goal continued in the game against Norwich, who are threatened against relegation.
The gunners have now scored only three goals in as many games and this is not sufficient to reduce the goal difference deficit compared with City. Still, getting three points gives the team morale boost and they will be hoping that City are tired following their Champions League exertions against Real Madrid in the midweek. There are several aspects that still have to be improved like the form of striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has been struggling in front of goal for quite a while now. He has managed to score only once in the last 21 games of all competitions and once again failed to find the net during the weekend. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger finally conceded defeat in the title race after claiming that the 3-3 draw with West Ham has left them with a huge gap to close. Leicester City were able to increase their lead to 13 points after a win over Sunderland.
Arsenal fans and players were still feeling confident about the title going into the match at Upton Park. For the opening 35 minutes, it looked like they would reduce the deficit at the top to just seven points. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring inside 20 minutes before Alexis Sanchez provided a second goal cushion.
Iwobi created both goals for Arsenal in a dominant half an hour of football. However, things changed dramatically when Andy Carroll pulled one back with only minutes to go before the half-time whistle. Amazingly, West Ham were level deep into injury time of the first half. Going into the break after having thrown away a two-goal lead seemed to destroy Arsenal’s morale, as they were a shadow of the team in the second half. West Ham continued their dominance and took the lead through Carroll, who completed a brilliant hat-trick to boost his chances of featuring in the England national team in the Euro 2016, in the 52nd minute. Continue reading
One of Arsenal’s largest shareholders, Alisher Usmanov, says that Arsenal should consider retaining Arsene Wenger at all costs.
Recent discontent amongst fans has seen a campaign against the Frenchman calling for him to leave the club at the end of the campaign. This is after yet another faltering league title challenge. The club has been looking like being capable of winning league titles only to falter massively at some stage in the season. Often, the club leave themselves with a huge distance due to poor early-season form or end up throwing away the title at the business end of the campaign.
The 2015-16 campaign is reflecting the latter since Arsenal were leading the table towards Christmas. They have since fallen way behind and are 11 points behind table leaders Leicester City. After being knocked out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, the club are set to finish trophy less once again. Arsenal fans have seen their club win a major honour only twice in the last decade. Those two successes came in the FA Cup with many blaming Wenger as the reason for failing to mount a title challenge.Usmanov, who is still hoping to become the sole owner of Arsenal, gave his views about retaining Wenger. Continue reading
The Premier League has around 1 month left before the last match is played and the new champion of England is announced.
Arsenal had a bright start in the season but lost their pace in the 2nd half of the campaign as they dropped points at a consistent level and now the league title seems to be once again out of the reach of Arsene Wenger. Continue reading
Paul Merson wants Arsene Wenger to land Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer, with the ex-Arsenal striker believing Ibrahimovic would be a priceless signing and if he had been at Wenger’s place, he would not have hesitated for a second to go for the player.
Ibrahimovic has placed himself up for grabs as he has decided to move on from Paris. In his mid thirties, the Sweden international is still counted as one of the best in business and in the view of Merson, his tendency of being very transparent about his views would benefit Arsenal. Continue reading
After what has been a difficult period for Arsenal following exits in both the Champions League and FA Cup in recent weeks, manager Arsene Wenger will have been delighted with his side’s dominant display at Everton on their way to a 2-0 victory this past weekend.
With sections of the Arsenal faithful again calling for changes to be made in the light of recent events, Wenger has come out spiritedly, even stating that his side still have title aspirations, despite being eleven points behind leaders Leicester City. Continue reading
With Arsenal crashing out of the FA Cup at the weekend to Watford, the calls for Arsene Wenger to step down will undoubtedly become even louder. There is little chance of anything happening before the end of the season but even the most ardent Wenger fans may accept that it could be time for a change in the summer.
Possible league champions only a few weeks ago, Arsenal are now eight points adrift of title favourites Leicester at the top and out of both domestic cups. They are still in the Champions League but face the unenviable task of clawing back a tie from Barcelona. Many will think that a new manager is the answer. But who is in contention? Continue reading