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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Premier League title favourites Manchester City have offered a three-year deal to Arsenal full back Bacary Sagna, according to the Guardian.
The France international is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, and after nearly seven trophyless years in North London, is considering his options.
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.