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
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
Arsene Wenger has rejected claims that Liverpool could be without a number of players when they are up against the gunners this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp has been complaining about the long list of injuries that his team has suffered in the last few weeks. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are out for a considerable amount of time. This is in addition to the ever present injury problems for striker Daniel Sturridge. A number of young players from the youth team were picked for the recent FA Cup match against Exeter City by Klopp.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager says that he could adopt a similar policy for the replay at Anfield after the two teams could only manage a 2-2 draw. Liverpool’s inability to perform against the lower teams has been an issue underKlopp. However, they have alternatively managed to raise their games to new levels against the top teams. Wenger expects a very tight contest at Anfield this weekend. There is a possibility of Arsenal going five points clear at the top or they could succumb to pressure and suffer a loss on this away trip. The next few weeks could be a major test for Arsenal since they not only take on Liverpool but also Chelsea. 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
Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways when they host title favourites Manchester City in Saturday’s late kick off in the Premier League.
The Gunners’ took just one point from six available over the past seven days, following up last Saturday’s 6-0 humiliation at Stamford Bridge with a 2-2 draw with Swansea City three days later.
A ninetieth minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, further denting Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the title.
The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes through Wilfried Bony, though two quick fire second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned the game on its head.
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s humiliation at Stamford Bridge when they take on Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The Gunners will have both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs available after the red card shown to Gibbs for the incident involving them both at Stamford Bridge was rescinded, though Laurent Koscielny is out after he picked up a calf injury at the weekend.
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Arsenal will look to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to just a point as they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, in what will be manager Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the club.
The Gunners go into the game on the back of last weekend’s narrow victory in the North London derby, and another three points here will see them well and truly back in the title race, so much so that they would return to the top of the league if they were to follow up victory at the weekend with a win at home to Swansea City on Tuesday evening.
Arsenal’s chances of winning a first league title in a decade were boosted as they beat North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
Tomas Rosicky’s second minute strike was enough to secure the Gunners a first league win at the home of their rivals in six and a half years, and move them to within four points of leaders Chelsea, who lost at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes that winning a trophy would be a huge turning point for the club, according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, after losing their two legged tie with holders Bayern Munich by three goals to one, but they still have an outside chance of clinching the Premier League title, and booked their place in the last four of the FA Cup by beating Everton last weekend.