Arsene Wenger may be regarded as one of the best managers in the world. He has transformed Arsenal from the ground up and they are now one of the best clubs in the world.
However, both have a huge monkey on the back in the form of the Champions League. For all the dominance that Arsenal have enjoyed in domestic football over the last 15 years, they have never been able to win the European competition which is so craved by many. Chelsea recently became the first London club to lift the Champions League. Wenger came the closest when he reached the final in 2006.
Ahead of the start of yet another Champions League campaign, the Frenchman has admitted that winning this competition remains a huge draw for him. He is confident that it will be achieved one-day or the other. Wenger, though, is fast losing time in order to achieve this objective. At 65 years of age, it is heavily thought that he will not carry managing a top club for more than a couple of years. Recent back-to-back FA Cup titles have convinced Wenger to stay at Arsenal for another contract. This may not be the case couple of years down the line. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that the club do not need a player like Arturo Vidal. The defensive midfielder has been acclaimed as one of the best in the world for his performances with Juventus. The Italian club have benefited fromVidal’s ability not just to make tackles, but to also start attacks. He has formed an impeccable partnership with Paul Pogba in the centre of midfield and this has seen the club make an appearance in the Champions League final after more than a decade of absence.Vidal has constantly turned down transfer rumours, but speculation continues to grow that Arsenal will make an offer for him.
Rejecting any chance of signing the Chilean international to go along with Alexis Sanchez, Wenger stated that the club do not need a defensive midfielder likeVidal. This is against the opinions of several fans and pundits, who feel that Arsenal will be much stronger with a defensive midfielder of the highest quality. Towards the second half of last campaign, Wenger was largely trusting FrenchmanFrancis Coquelin as the defensive linchpin, but the 24-year-old is only now starting to establish himself as a first-team regular. He does not have the experience that can come close to a player likeVidal. Continue reading
Theo Walcott could never really play a very influential role for Arsenal in this season and this was due to injuries as the English player struggled just trying to stay in shape.
Arsene Wenger utilized the services of Walcott in 14 occasions as it was the amount of matches that the 26 year old player appeared in for Arsenal. This is a low quantity of appearances for a player who is or was being viewed as one of the most promising figures in the world of football but even though Theo Walcott did not play a very significant role in this season, Arsene Wenger announced that he has big plans for Walcott. Continue reading
On March 17 of the current year, As.Monaco knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League thanks to away goals and Arsene Wenger later went on expressing his dissatisfaction towards that rule as the French manager believes stated that it should be eliminated from the Champions League and the Europa League.
Arsene Wenger has once again voiced his opinion concerning something in the world of football and this time it’s involving referees.
A few weeks ago, Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a red card after he tackled Chelsea’s Oscar during a Champions League match but after seeing replays of the tackle, the red card did appear to be way too harsh as the Swedish player did not deserve to be removed from the match due to the tackle.
When the match was over, Ibrahimovic stated that he felt he was around 11 babies in the pitch as the Chelsea players surrounded the referee and the Swedish attacker. The players of the squad of Jose Mourinho tried to put pressure and complain to the referee who still had not made his decision on giving away the red card. Continue reading
If you had to bet ahead of the last weekend’s Arsenal versus Liverpool fixture, you definitely would have put your money on the Gunners as they were playing at home and their form leading to the fixture was better. But, it was hard to predict that the match was going to be as one sided as it happened to be.
Arsenal were leading 4-1 when the proceedings came to an end with the final whistle of the referee. Continue reading
Recently my colleague Gary was in London for three weeks for a work project. In short order he turned from a somewhat stereotypical Californian to an almost rabid Anglophile.
As someone who enjoys the UK, I understood his attraction but was surprised by the scope of his attraction; especially since he is now actively campaigning for the company to allow him to transfer to the London branch. Continue reading
If some injuries had not occurred at Arsenal this season, Francis Coquelin might still have been playing for Charlton Athletic on loan.
But, because the Gunners’ management started feeling a bit short on midfield options courtesy the injuries, they called the 23-year old back and what an absolute revelation he has been.
The Frenchman has almost become a guaranteed selection in the starting XI of Arsenal with his consistency in the last 12-15 weeks.
And, his consistency has earned him a contract extension too at Emirates.
According to Arsene Wenger, the man who makes all the decisions in that Arsenal camp, this was going to be Coquelin’s last season in the Gunners’ outfit as the club had planned to put him on sale next summer.
But, the way, he came back from the loan spell and played, he took each and every person at the club by huge surprise. Continue reading