Antonio Conte says that Arsene Wenger should not be criticised for his work at Arsenal – especially in recent years – amidst plenty of mounting pressure on the Frenchman.
Wenger has transformed the club as a whole, but there have been plenty of calls for the manager to leave the club at the end of the season. Wenger has especially faced a lot of criticism after his team were hammered 10-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League over two legs. Conte, however, says that Wenger has shown plenty of resilience and quality to keep Arsenal in the Champions League consistently over the last 20 years.
He says that it is one of the biggest achievements of the manager, as it is becoming increasingly hard in order to qualify for the Champions League every year. Only the top four teams are eligible to qualify for the competition. Liverpool and Manchester United have certainly learned in recent years that it is not easy to finish in the top four by any means. Continue reading →
Premier League side Arsenal FC have been charged by UEFA for “field invasion” by the fans of the club during the game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, according to reports.
The Gunners were thrashed 5-1 in the return leg of the Round of 16 fixture at the Emirates Stadium. A fan was picked up as he ran onto the pitch in the final minutes of the game.
The result was a very humiliating one for the team, since they had lost the first leg in Germany by the same scoreline – this makes 10-2 aggregate.
The German side did not escape a charge as UEFA found them culpable as well. The club supporters threw objects onto the pitch after the game began. This forced the game to be stopped for a while. The fans were not happy with the ticket prices and decided to let their feelings known that way.
Bayern Munich qualified for the last eight of the tournament, with goals from striker Robert Lewandowski, wingers Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa and a brace from former Juve player Arturo Vidal. They join Real Madrid – who dispatched Napoli 1-3 in Italy – to go onto the next stage. Continue reading →
Arsenal were humiliated for a third successive game versus German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as they were beaten by the same scoreline yet again – 5-1.
Bayern Munich scored all five goals in the final 36 minutes of the game at the Emirates, leading to more and more calls for the Gunners boss to be dismissed this month, or at least before the start of next season. Continue reading →
Arsene Wenger insisted that Arsenal remain up for the huge challenge against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The gunners are once again set for a difficult opponent in the last 16 stage of the competition. In the last few years, they have faced such tough opposition largely as a result of finishing second in the group. This time around, the club have been unlucky to come up against the Bavarian giants despite finishing top of the group. Arsenal come into the game under a lot of pressure as a result of falling 10 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League.
Any slim hopes of winning the Premier League title for the first time since the 2003-04 season seemed to have vanished. There have been calls for Wenger to step down from his role at the end of the campaign. These have intensified speculation about the Frenchman’s future, as his current contract with the club runs out at the end of the campaign. Continue reading →
Alvaro Morata could be on his way from Real Madrid, according to reports.
The forward is said to be unhappy at the Bernebeu and could be on his way to England if things do not change at the end of the season.
The Spanish international returned to the club last year after the club triggered a clause in his contract with Juventus. Morata was successful at Juventus but agreed to a return to the defending Champions League side. However, he has struggled since his return, with Diario Gol reporting that the drop in form at the club and Manager Zinedine Zidane’s insistence on Karim Benzema as the first choice irrespective of form the player would exit Madrid.
Morata has managed to get nine goals despite few playing time and is rumoured to be near highest levels of dissatisfaction. A lot of Premier League and La Liga side would sign him at the slightest chance they get. When the player reportedly voiced his unrest at the club the president Florentino Perez asked that any interested club offer over £50 million for his services. Continue reading →
Where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez? The Chilean stepped up to the plate to slot cheekily past Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the dying seconds of their recent Premier League clash to keep pace in the title race. It looked like Arsene Wenger’s side had thrown away their one-goal lead when Andre Gray scored from the spot in the 93rd minute but 10-man Arsenal were handed a last-gasp lifeline after a foul on Laurent Koscielny.
Sanchez produced the deftest Panenka to fool Heaton in the Burnley goal and secure a vital three points as the Gunners climbed above north London rivals Tottenham into second place, just eight points behind leaders Chelsea. The Chile international has now bagged 15 goals this season – the joint most in the top flight alongside Diego Costa. Continue reading →
Arsene Wenger’s comments about the referee in the 2-1 defeat against Everton have been mocked by Everton boss Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman has had an impressive record against Wenger since he came to the Premier League. Even with Southampton, Koeman managed to get some impressive results including a 4-0 win. However, he has pointed out that Wenger is a bad loser as he always comes up with other excuses for his teams in the ability to win. In the cases of the losses against Southampton and Everton, Koeman says that there was a strange consistency with the Frenchman decided to criticise the referee for the inability to win.
In the latest loss against a Koeman-managed outfit, Wenger claimed that his team should not have considered a freekick that led to the goal in the dying minutes of the game. Ashley Williams scored a late winner for Everton, and it has prevented Arsenal from moving three points behind Chelsea. Continue reading →
Arsenal are set to offer Jack Wilshere a new deal despite the player’s loan deal to Bournemouth and interests by other clubs to sign him permanently.
Arsene Wenger sent Wilshere on a season-long loan this summer even though he said he wanted the player to return to the Emirates.
Wilshere would not appear against Arsenal this week due to loan rules but he has played every Premier League game for Bournemouth since his move. Wenger seems happy to allow the player continue under coach Eddie Howe particularly due to how he is being managed being injury prone.
Wilshere’s current deal is set to end in 2018 but Wenger has revealed that there would be a new deal for the player.
“Of course,” he said when asked about a new deal.
“Ideally we have to plan around the new year. I ask every week how did he play but I haven’t spoken to him. I leave him to talk to his manager. When I can watch him, I do watch him,” Wenger added.
Wenger said Wilshere was getting stronger every week and that it was a good decision to send him out to get regular football. The French coach said the new deal for the player would solely be for football reasons not to protect value.
He said: “I let him go this season because we bought Granit Xhaka, we have Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, and I thought if he doesn’t play regularly and wasn’t fit enough to be in the position to start games…so I let him go.”
Wenger revealed that Wilshere could return to the club if he returns “back to his right level.”