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
Breakout young talent of last season Marcus Rashford has heaped praises on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
The Red Devils striker has played against some top players for club and country – the Three Lions – but opines that the French player is the toughest he has come up against.
The Manchester United youngster has enjoyed a decent rise to fame since his debut under former United boss Louis van Gaal. His pace, directness and goal sense has helped him score in even in high profile games, making him the impact substitute under present boss Jose Mourinho. Yet, the United starlet says the Gunner defender is one of the toughest centre backs there is in football currently.
“Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal. He was a difficult defender to play against,” Rashford said. The young player added that the physicality of the defenders has been surprising even for him being a young player. He admits to getting smashed by big, tough defenders who want to stop him in his tracks. The player quickly busted into the international scene, getting invited for Euro 2016 under former boss Roy Hodgson though he wasn’t used much. Current Three Lions interim manager Gareth Southgate has returned him t the Under 21 set-up so he could further develop. 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.
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.
Arsene Wenger is set to be hand a £100 transfer kitty by the club’s hierarchy this summer, according to the Telegraph.
The Frenchmen, who is expected to wait until the end of the season before signing a new contract as not to disrupt the Gunners’ run in, will be rewarded for his loyalty with funds which will allow him to make signings akin to last summer’s record purchase of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
Arsenal will be looking to put their Champions League disappointment behind them when they travel to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s side could be as much as ten points behind leaders Chelsea at the time of kick off, as the Blues travel to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon while Manchester City will also move ahead of them should they win at Hull City.
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Arsenal have exited the Champions League after only managing to draw 1-1 with holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena yesterday evening.
Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Bundesliga leaders three up on aggregate on fifty-four minutes before Lukas Podolski scored to make honours even on the night.
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Arsenal will be without Kieran Gibbs for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Bayern Munich.
Yaya Sanogo will also miss out, along with Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey but Laurent Koscielny is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Arsenal host Everton in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, looking to keep alive arguably their best chance of ending their trophy drought, which stands at nearly nine years.
They are currently four points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, a gap which will be extended furthermore if they Blues avoid defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge while they face the mammoth task of overturning a two goal deficit against Bayern Munich in the last sixteen of the Champions League.