Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Mesut Ozil may be in a comfort zone at the Gunners after penning a new long-term deal last year. The former Germany international had been in a contract saga with the Gunners for the best part of 12 months but he managed to end the speculation by penning a fresh three-year deal 12 months ago.
However, this has not quite translated into consistent performances on the playing field and under Unai Emery this season, he has genuinely struggled for gametime. Speaking to Sportsmole, Wenger has said the length of the contract has nothing to do with the selection process and in Ozil’s case, he may have gone into a comfort zone after the contract extension.
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has praised manager Unai Emery after taking the decision to play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on the playing field. Lacazette had featured from the bench during the first three games of the Premier League campaign but he earned a much-anticipated start at Cardiff City where both strikers were able to break their scoring duck.
Following the game, Crooks was appreciative of Emery after he started with the pair in just his fourth match in charge of the club, he said: “The fact of the matter is Arsene Wenger lacked the nerve to play the two up front on a regular basis, and if Unai Emery had started his first two games of the season with both men in his line-up he may have had different results.
Arsenal legend David Seaman has warned the supporters that they cannot expect instant success with Unai Emery at the helm. The Spaniard took over the head coach role with the Gunners in May after Arsene Wenger made the shock decision to end his 22-year tenure with the north London giants.
Since then, Emery has acted swiftly to make five signings in the summer transfer window but Seaman does not expect the Spaniard to instantly change the fortunes of the club. The former Gunners shot-stopper added that a return to Champions League football could be regarded as a great season for the Capital outfit next term.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is said to part ways following his 22-year association with the north London club. The French tactician managed to secure a victory over Huddersfield Town in his final game in charge and shortly after, he confirmed that there is no such thing as relief after ending his long-term stay with the Gunners.
He said: “Of course it is very emotional after 1,235 games for the same club. To enjoy it we had to win it. Winning football games are what makes me happy and the boys did it.Do I feel relief? Not really, I’m sad. At some stage it has to end. I wish everyone well, the fans have been great until the end and I wish the club well for the future.It will be hard to adjust but I will have to deal with that. I will remain an Arsenal fan above everything else.I will stay in football for sure.” Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he plans to make Jack Wilshere the new captain, once Per Mertesacker hangs up his boots at the end of the season. Mertesacker has mostly been on the bench during his final season in professional football, and this has earned Wilshere the captain’s armband at times when Laurent Koscielny is on the sidelines.
Speaking on BeIN Sports, Wenger hailed the progress of Wilshere over the years, and believes the Englishman is the right choice to become the next skipper, owing to his experience and knowledge of the game, he said: “He was born at the club basically. He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his ambition of keeping hold of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current deal expires at the end of the season. The England international is apparently in a contract standoff with the Gunners over an alleged pay-cut, but the manager remains hopeful of committing him to an extension beyond the summer.
Speaking ahead of the AC Milan game, Wenger confirmed that talks are ongoing between the club and the player’s representatives, and he is hoping that the Englishman prolongs his stay with the Gunners, he said: “I don’t know, but Jack will be free at the end of the season. We make a proposal to him, I want him to stay and my desire is to see him linked to the club for the future. I hope he will do it.”
Arsene Wenger went on to defend his team in the 3-3 draw at Liverpool. The Frenchman saw his team go down 1-0 at the break to an early goal from Philippe Coutinho, but the gunners were able to get a valuable point in a 3-3 draw. Still, many saw this as points dropped at home. There were also concerns about Liverpool’s defence since they had allowed a lead to go away. Roberto Firmino came up with a late equaliser in order to make sure that Arsenal were unable to win this for match. Up until that point, Arsenal were on a high after having overturned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 position.
Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka, and Mesut Ozil were the players who turned down the mood for Arsenal. Wenger was asked about the possibility of running down the time and holding onto the lead, as the gunners failed to do both in a critical situation. Firmino was able to come up with an equaliser in the 71st minute. Goals from Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were crucial in putting Liverpool ahead in the game. This poor result means that Arsenal have been able to take just a single win – a close 1-0 win over Newcastle – in the recent league match.
TalkSPORT pundit Joey Barton feels Arsenal supporters have something to worry about as Arsene Wenger could potentially be sacked from the head coach role. The 67-year-old signed a fresh two-year extension earlier in May after he guided the Gunners to their third FA Cup title in four seasons. The north London giants missed out on Champions League qualification with a fifth-placed finish last term, and they have started the new campaign in a relatively slow fashion with just 13 points from the opening eight games.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Barton believes it is only a matter of time before the Gunners’ hierarchy decide to cut ties with the long-standing manager. The former Burnley midfielder also compared the Frenchman‘s situation at the Emirates to one of a late night reveller.
A survey conducted by the Metro has shown that Arsene Wenger still has the backing of the majority of Arsenal fans, despite having not guided the club to any silverware for almost nine years.
Gunners’ legend Bob Wilson earlier this week claimed that the Frenchman was working miracles with what he continues to achieve with the North London club.
Arsenal have crashed out of the Capital One Cup after losing 2-0 to four times winners Chelsea at the Emirates yesterday evening.
Goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata secured the victory for the Blues, who currently sit two points and one place below them in the Premier League.