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UCL: I Don’t like your Behaviour – Wenger slams Fernandinho, Gives Verdict on Di Maria’s red card
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UCL: I Don’t like your Behaviour – Wenger slams Fernandinho, Gives Verdict on Di Maria’s red card

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has expressed displeasure over Fernandinho’s behaviour that led to Angel Di Maria’s red card during Manchester City’s Champions League semi-final win over Paris Saint-Germain Wenger said he ‘did not like how he [the Brazilian] behaved’. Di Maria was given the marching orders for violent conduct during PSG’s 2-0 defeat to the Premier League leaders at the Etihad. Wenger told beIN SPORTS, “I have to say I don’t like how Fernandinho behaved tonight. It’s provocative. “If you send Di Maria off, you have to send Fernandinho off as well, for me. He should already have had a yellow card and then he was provoking Di Maria. “They both should have been off.” Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City now wait patiently for the winner of the ...
Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger
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Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger,  has revealed that he rejected an opportunity to coach Real Madrid twice because he was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would replace Highbury during his time at Emirates. Wenger explained that he was proud of his decision to turn Real Madrid down because he showed commitment and loyalty. “When I was a kid, Real Madrid was my team,” Wenger told EFE. “I grew up watching [Alfredo] Di Stefano, [Ferenc] Puskas, [Raymond] Kopa, Santamaria, [Paco] Gento… They made an impression on me. “I liked Real Madrid, and with the passing of time, I ended up facing them.” “I almost went to Real Madrid on two occasions. Not many people can say that” he added. “But I was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would repla...
Champions League: Wenger slams ‘stupid’ PSG after Man City defeat
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Champions League: Wenger slams ‘stupid’ PSG after Man City defeat

  Ex-Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Paris Saint-Germain were “emotional and aggressive in a stupid way” during their 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League. PSG took the lead through Marquinhos, before Kevin De Bruyne’s cross eluded everyone to make it 1-1. Riyad Mahrez then struck a free-kick through the wall to win the game on Wednesday night. It gives Pep Guardiola’s men a massive advantage heading into the second leg of their semi-final tie next week. PSG were also reduced to 10 men in the second half, as Idrissa Gueye was given a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Ilkay Gundogan. Wenger believes PSG’s second-half collapse was due to their poor discipline. “From the defenders turning their back, it’s between Paredes and Kimpe...
Arsenal Should Give Arteta More Time, Says Emery
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Arsenal Should Give Arteta More Time, Says Emery

Villarreal coach Unai Emery has urged former club Arsenal to show patience with current manager Mikel Arteta as he prepares to meet the Gunners in Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg for the first time since being sacked in November 2019. Emery was fired less than one and a half seasons after taking the reins following 21 years under Arsene Wenger and he believes the club should show faith in Arteta despite poor domestic results. Arteta guided Arsenal to the FA Cup last season but they sit 10th in the Premier League standings and winning the Europa League looks like being their only chance to qualify for continental competition next season. "This is a process that needs a bit of time to execute a game plan. I am convinced we need to let managers work, we need to have...
I am Ready to Help Arsenal – Wenger
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I am Ready to Help Arsenal – Wenger

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said he is willing to “help” the club “in any way”, amid speculation of a possible takeover. Gunners legends like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are reportedly teaming up with Swedish billionaire, Daniel Ek, to buy out the club and oust Stan Kroenke from his position. Majority shareholder Kroenke and his son, Josh, have faced outrage from fans for their involvement in the failed European Super League proposal. Thousands of supporters turned up at the Emirates before a 1-0 defeat to Everton last Friday, calling for their American owners to leave. Ek, who is the founder of Spotify and a lifelong Arsenal fan, is said to be worth £3.4billion. He has announced his interest in taking over the reins in the fal...
Champions League: Chelsea Facing one Problem ahead of Real Madrid Second leg – Wenger
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Champions League: Chelsea Facing one Problem ahead of Real Madrid Second leg – Wenger

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Chelsea face a “psychological problem” ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid. Karim Benzema cancelled out Christian Pulisic solo effort, to leave the tie evenly poised at 1-1. Ahead of the crucial decider at Stamford Bridge next week, Wenger believes Thomas Tuchel needs every player to stick to a strict game plan. “What is interesting in the Champions League is that you always have in the second game a psychological problem to sort out. “If you’re the manager of Chelsea now you go home tonight and you have to convince your players to adopt a strategy in the second game. “So I say, will you try to get 0-0 or will you try to win the game,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
Europe Wants to Destroy Premier League – Arsene Wenger
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Europe Wants to Destroy Premier League – Arsene Wenger

  Arsene Wenger, a former Arsenal manager, has insisted that everybody in Europe dreams of destroying the Premier League. Wenger said this while assessing the situation in the wake of the seemingly failed European Super League, ESL, experiment. Recall that Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool were among the top six Premier League clubs to pull away from the European Super League. “It [ESL] was born dead. From the start, I couldn’t believe it would work,” Wenger told The Telegraph. “The most surprising in all that was the English behaviour. Everybody dreams of destroying the Premier League in Europe. In England, we do it ourselves. “I can’t understand the rationality behind that because England voted for Brexit, and now they want to bring a Super Leag...
Europa League: Peter Crouch predicts whether Arsenal, Man United could win trophy
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Europa League: Peter Crouch predicts whether Arsenal, Man United could win trophy

Former Liverpool striker, Peter Crouch, predicted that he wouldn’t put money on Arsenal beating Manchester United or Roma in the Europa League final this season. Arsenal booked their place in the Europa League semi-finals last week after eliminating Slavia Prague from the competition. Mikel Arteta’s side will face Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final next week, while Manchester United will take on Roma in the other Europa League semi-final fixture. “They [Arsenal] will not be qualifying for Europe through the Premier League. “I look at them sitting in ninth, with 46 points, and I don’t see how any Arsenal fan could say the domestic season has been positive. The 1-1 draw with Fulham summed up everything about the way the year has gone. “The Europa League offers a sh...
Wenger Explains What EPL will do to Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea after Super League Collapses
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Wenger Explains What EPL will do to Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea after Super League Collapses

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has claimed that “damage” has been done between the ‘top six’ clubs and the 14 other Premier League teams, as the proposed European Super League falls apart. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all pulled out of the breakaway competition, in less than 48hours since they announced they were part of it The ‘top six’ had been threatened by the UEFA and the Premier League, as they forged ahead with their plans for the Super League. With their u-turn, Wenger feels something has already been broken. “The damage that has been done between clubs in the Premier League will be difficult to repair. “Every suggestion from the six clubs who wanted to join the Super League will now be very ha...
Wenger Gives Reasons Super League Collapsed after all EPL Clubs Withdrew
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Wenger Gives Reasons Super League Collapsed after all EPL Clubs Withdrew

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said he is not shocked by the impending collapse of the proposed European Super League. The Frenchman also slammed the Premier League’s ‘big six’ for agreeing to the breakaway competition. The announcement of a new Super League that had 12 founding clubs, has been met with outrage and opposition, since the announcement was made on Sunday. The resistance appears to have triggered a climbdown from many of the clubs involved in less than 48 hours. Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing documents to withdraw from the Super League, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are also set to walk away and Manchester United chairman Ed Woodward has resigned following the backlash. Wenger, who is FIFA’s chief of global footbal...
Super League: Why this Idea Will not go Far – Wenger warns Arsenal, Chelsea, Others
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Super League: Why this Idea Will not go Far – Wenger warns Arsenal, Chelsea, Others

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said the idea of a European Super League is a bad one. Wenger had predicted a breakaway European league almost 12 years ago and condemned the idea back then. Now that the plan has become reality, the Frenchman is still against the proposal. “I would say that it’s a bad idea,” Wenger told talkSPORT. “Football has to stay united. That is the most important thing and based on sporting merits and overall to respect the history of European football.” England’s ‘top six’ clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have all signed up for the Super League. But Wenger warned: “I believe personally that this idea will not go far.”
Wenger Advises Harry Kane on Leaving Tottenham
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Wenger Advises Harry Kane on Leaving Tottenham

  Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Tottenham Hotspur can be in a position to offer Harry Kane the ambition he needs and advised him to stay with the North London side. Kane on Sunday, took his international tally to 33 goals in 52 matches for England when he netted against Albania. It has led to several football figures calling for the 27-year-old to leave Spurs to fulfil his career ambitions. But Wenger believes Spurs can still give Kane the platform he needs to achieve his goals. Wenger told beIN Sports: “Tottenham are in a position where they can be ambitious and we should maybe not judge only today’s situation. “Tottenham was top of the league in December. There were a few times when they were top of the league when I was still at Arsenal. ...
Wenger Predicts Mbappe’s Future
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Wenger Predicts Mbappe’s Future

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has predicted that Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, will take home the Ballon d’Or prize at least once within the next five years. He also believes Mbappe will be playing for Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain. The 22-year-old’s contract with PSG expires at the end of next season and top European clubs are monitoring his situation. PSG may be forced to cash in if they cannot get him to commit to a new deal. Wenger thinks he will remain in Ligue 1 or move to Madrid. “In five years’ time, Kylian will be on top of the world. On top of the world in Paris or Madrid,” Wenger told Le Parisien. “And I hope he will have won one or several Ballon d’Or. Kylian must not place any limitations on himself.”
I Was Interested In Bringing Beckham To Arsenal – Wenger
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I Was Interested In Bringing Beckham To Arsenal – Wenger

Arsene Wenger admits there was a time when he looked at the option of signing David Beckham at Arsenal. In 2008, Wenger allowed Beckham to keep fit after his first season in the States, before welcoming him back to London Colney in January 2013. And speaking after Beckham retired from professional football at Paris Saint-Germaine, Wenger admitted he was interested in signing him. “Yes I was [interested in signing him], but it was at the period where we could not afford to pay him,” he said. “After that it was a question mark as well before he went to Milan, but he was in a position where we did not really need players. “It was always a pleasure to have him here for his attitude and behaviour, he gained respect from everybody through his dedication and commitment.” Wenger ...
Why Chelsea Will not Finish in Top Four Under Tuchel – Wenger
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Why Chelsea Will not Finish in Top Four Under Tuchel – Wenger

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Chelsea will fall “a fraction short of top four” this season, despite Thomas Tuchel going unbeaten in his first six matches in charge. The Blues have won four and drawn two since Tuchel arrived Stamford Bridge to replace Frank Lampard. They currently sit fifth in the table, two points off the top four. Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, Wenger described their performance “worrying”, telling beIN Sports: “I would say it’s a fair result with one team happier than the other one. “Southampton certainly the happier after stopping their losing slump. “What’s a bit worrying for Chelsea is they were not at their best, which happens in this league, but you don’t feel a huge potential there, not on the tact...
Wenger Names Three Players That are Future of Arsenal
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Wenger Names Three Players That are Future of Arsenal

  Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has named the three players at the club that fill him with hope for the future. They are Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli. Wenger spent over two decades in charge of the club and oversaw the developments of many young players during that time. But after leaving in 2018, Arsenal’s academy has continued to produce stars and Wenger has high hopes for the current crop. Saka and Smith Rowe have become key players under Mikel Arteta this season. And Gabriel Martinelli, though not strictly an academy graduate, has impressed when he has had a chance. “They [Smith Rowe and Saka] already were there when I was there a few years ago. “We always had a good youth system, with good young players. It’s good to...
Wenger Identifies What Liverpool Lacks after 2-0 Defeat to Everton
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Wenger Identifies What Liverpool Lacks after 2-0 Defeat to Everton

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said that Liverpool ‘lack belief in everything they do’. Wenger said this while reacting to Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday. Everton inflicted defeat on Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield for the first time in 22 years as the Reds slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat in the English top-flight league. An early goal from Richarlison and a controversial late penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Carlo Ancelotti’s men all three points against Liverpool. “They are on a bad run, and this result tonight will deepen a little bit, the doubt they have,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “They lack belief in everything they do. It affects you and goes quickly through the ranks, but again tonight, th...
Arsene Wenger Reacts to Tuchel Re-substitution of Hudson-Odoi in 1-1 Draw With Southampton
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Arsene Wenger Reacts to Tuchel Re-substitution of Hudson-Odoi in 1-1 Draw With Southampton

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has backed Thomas Tuchel’s decision to remove Callum Hudson-Odoi during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday. Hudson-Odoi started the game from the bench but replaced the injured Tammy Abraham after the first half. Tuchel, however, removed the England forward and brought on Hakim Ziyech in his place. Wenger replaced a substitute only one time during his 22-year reign at Arsenal in 2008, when Emmanuel Eboue was hauled off at home against Wigan. And the Frenchman has admitted Hudson-Odoi badly struggled and was “not in the game” at all in the second half at Southampton. He told beIN Sports, “I’ve done it once in my life really because I was scared to lose the game because the guy was completely lost. “Basically...
Wenger Controversially Picks Between Fabregas, Vieira
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Wenger Controversially Picks Between Fabregas, Vieira

  Arsene Wenger has picked between two of Arsenal’s best midfielders to play under him: Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas. Although Wenger praised both players, he picked Vieira ahead of Fabregas. The legendary Frenchman made the choice while responding to a question from Andy Gray on beIN SPORTS. Wenger said: “Well, Andy, they were both of my former players so that is very difficult. “I always say and I said that in my book, the guy that gave me time and credit at Arsenal was Patrick Vieria because he was the first player I bought. “And Fabregas was an exceptional football player and still is because he is still playing.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger

  Former Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has said that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi need better teammates in their respective clubs. The legendary manager noted that both Juventus and Barcelona are overly reliant on the two superstars. While Juventus fell 2-1 to FC Porto in Portugal, Barcelona suffered a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 with both Ronaldo and Messi leading their various teams. Messi fired Barcelona into the lead from the spot-kick, but a Kylian Mbappe-inspired hat-trick sealed a successful comeback for the French side. Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Wenger pointed out that Juventus’ reliant on Ronaldo showed that the “players around him just aren’t good enough. “It’s a problem that [Juve] are only relying on Ro...
Wenger Kicks Against Changes in Champions League Format
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Wenger Kicks Against Changes in Champions League Format

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has kicked against UEFA’s proposed changes to the Champions League, claiming they do not respect the “sporting merit” of the competition. UEFA’s plans would see a “single table” with 36 teams replace the group stage format, which currently features eight groups of four. The changes would increase the number of matches from 125 to 225. “The model that is proposed for the modern Champions League, I don’t like it at all,” Wenger, who is now FIFA’s head of global development, told BeIN Sports. “The clubs always want more money. To get more money, they want more guaranteed games. The fans want more games of significance. “Modern football has to find a compromise between what the clubs and fans want.” Europe’s top leagues, including th...
Arsene Wenger Reveals Klopp’s Problem With Thiago at Liverpool
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Arsene Wenger Reveals Klopp’s Problem With Thiago at Liverpool

  Former Arsenal head coach, Arsene Wenger, has revealed the “problem” Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has with midfielder, Thiago, at Anfield. Liverpool signed Thiago from Bayern Munich last summer for £20million. Thiago, who is one of the best midfielders in Europe, was expected to shine at Anfield but the 29-year-old has endured an underwhelming first season in the English Premier League so far. Wenger believes Liverpool are not aggressive in the midfield like before after Klopp added Thiago, a technical player in his squad. “Thiago, for me, shows the typical problem of a manager,” Wenger told beIN Sports on Tuesday night as Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie in Hungary. “Liverpool were very hungry and aggressi...
Champions League: Wenger Advises PSG Against Signing Messi From Barcelona
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Champions League: Wenger Advises PSG Against Signing Messi From Barcelona

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has advised Paris Saint-Germain to prioritise securing the long-term futures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe rather than sign Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi. Wenger said this as PSG defeated Barcelona 4-1 in the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie on Tuesday night at Camp Nou, thanks to three goals from Mbappe and a strike from Moise Kean. Messi was heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona last summer and the Argentine captain looks set to leave the La Liga giants this summer. Asked whether PSG should try to sign Messi, Wenger told beIN Sports: “That is another question because Lionel Messi demands huge investment. “I would say PSG should be more focused on keeping their two best players and invest all the money they have in thes...
EPL: Wenger Names Team that Cannot Win Premier League Title this Season
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EPL: Wenger Names Team that Cannot Win Premier League Title this Season

  Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has ruled Liverpool out of the Premier League title race. Wenger, speaking after the Reds’ 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday, branded their chances of catching Manchester City as “impossible”. The Frenchman won three titles himself while managing the Gunners and feels Liverpool cannot make up the gap after 24 games. When asked whether he feels Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in the hunt, Wenger told beIN SPORTS : “No, I don’t think so. “Man City is 10 points ahead, has one game in-hand, they look to be on a run and I don’t think with 14 games to go, you can catch 13 points against a top team. “I never seen it, 13 points. If it was eight to nine, yes, but if Man City win their game in-hand, 13 points – it’s impossible.”...
EPL: Arsenal “Offered Vardy a Lot of Money” – Wenger
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EPL: Arsenal “Offered Vardy a Lot of Money” – Wenger

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has admitted that the club “offered a lot of money” to land Jamie Vardy in 2016. However, Vardy eventually decided to stay with Leicester City. The England striker became one of the most sought after players in England, after he fired the Foxes to the Premier League title. One of his admirers was Arsenal. When asked on beIN Sports how close he came to signing Vardy, Wenger said: “I offered him a lot of money at the time. “Leicester had just won the championship in 2016, and [Vichai] Srivaddhanaprabha at the time, who unfortunately after had the helicopter accident, did absolutely not want to lose him and they offered him a longer contract and approximately the same money, if not more.”
Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger
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Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger

The former Arsenal boss believes the France international forward is being held back by being played out of position at Camp Nou Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Antoine Griezmann is unable to express himself with Barcelona because he is overshadowed by Lionel Messi. Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, having established himself as one of the world's best forwards while winning the World Cup with France. After firing at least 20 goals in each of the last six seasons, Griezmann scored just 15 times in 48 games in his first season for Barca, a disappointing haul given the €120m (£107m/$134m) fee required to bring him to the club. The forward has yet to score in four appearances for Barca this season, all in La Liga, but W...
I Feel Like I’m In Kindergarten Dealing With Mourinho – Wenger
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I Feel Like I’m In Kindergarten Dealing With Mourinho – Wenger

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has responded to Jose Mourinho's comments about his autobiography, where Mourinho was conspicuously omitted.   Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and won three premier league titles along with numerous other major honours in a 20 year career at the club.   After leaving Arsenal in 2018, the 70-year-old Wenger released his autobiography My Life in Red and White earlier this month, detailing his long tenure with the club among other things.   In the book he spoke about his famed rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson, but avoided talking about Mourinho with whom he had a frosty relationship with.   Quizzed earlier in the week about his absence from the pages, Mourinho sa...
I Will Return To Arsenal One Day – Arsene Wenger
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I Will Return To Arsenal One Day – Arsene Wenger

Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is ready to return to the club “one day”, having not set foot in Emirates Stadium since leaving two years ago. Wenger, 70, stepped down in May 2018 after helping the Gunners win three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22 years in charge. He has been invited back since, but says it was best to “cut completely” from the club after his departure. “I thought it’s better to follow from a distance,” he told The Times. Wenger says his exit from Arsenal was a “very lonely, very painful” separation and he currently has “no connection at all with the club”. That is in contrast to another of the Premier League’s long-serving managers, Sir Alex Ferguson, who was offered a seat on the Manchester United board when he retired from ma...
Wenger reveals the real problems at Barcelona as Koeman takes over
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Wenger reveals the real problems at Barcelona as Koeman takes over

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has said Barcelona will not solve their problems by changing managers. According to him, their "exceptional generation is coming to an end" and the LaLiga giants have to do better with recruitments. Barca have now gone five years without winning the Champions League and lost their league crown to rivals Real Madrid this year. Quique Setien was fired after the Catalans were hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last week and Ronald Koeman has been confirmed as his replacement. But Wenger feels the problems at the Camp Nou go beyond the manager. "I believe the work is more to do than [just] the coach at Barcelona," Wenger told beIN Sports."It looks like an exceptional generation is coming to an end....
Harry Redknapp Is A ‘Better Tactician Than Arsene Wenger,’ Says Paul Merson
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Harry Redknapp Is A ‘Better Tactician Than Arsene Wenger,’ Says Paul Merson

Harry Redknapp has been branded as a "tactically" better manager than legendary former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. That's according to Paul Merson, who played under both Redknapp and Wenger in his football career. Harry Redknapp has been branded as a "tactically" better manager than legendary former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. That's according to Paul Merson, who played under both Redknapp and Wenger in his football career. "As a man-manager knowing what you want or what you need, you could tell him what you need, he wouldn't tell you what you needed. I think that was a massive thing with him. "The thing with Harry, people think, 'Oh, he's a wheeler-dealer' […] his knowledge of football is second to none. "I honestly think he's tactically better than Arsene Wenger, i...
Nicolas Anelka Names Best Managers he ever Worked With
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Nicolas Anelka Names Best Managers he ever Worked With

A former Chelsea and Arsenal striker, Nicolas Anelka, has named Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce as the best managers he ever worked with. Anelka played under Wenger, Allardyce, Carlo Ancelotti, Vicente Del Bosque, Guus Hiddink, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Kevin Keegan during his career. But the former France international has described Wenger and Allardyce as managers who know how to get the best out of him. “For me, I take into consideration football, attitude, my understanding with the coach, mentality and how he used me on the field and because of this, there are only two names: Big Sam and Arsene Wenger,” Anelka told Bolton’s official website. “They knew how to use my qualities to get the best out of me.” Anelka is currently wo...
Arsene Wenger rules himself out of running to become Arsenal chairman
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Arsene Wenger rules himself out of running to become Arsenal chairman

Former Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger has distanced himself from rumours that he could return to Arsenal to take up the vacant role as club chairman. The retirement of Sir Chips Keswick at the end of May after 15 years as Chairman means the club is without a chairman heading into the resumption of the 2019/20 season next week. Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who spent eight years playing for Wenger,  urged the club to appoint Wenger as chairman saying the Frenchman's return to the club at boardroom level would be 'special'. Keown told talkSPORT: 'It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board. 'I don't think so somehow, I think he's said recently he doesn't want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board, but they cou...
‘The lower leagues are dying’ – Wenger fears for clubs due to coronavirus
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‘The lower leagues are dying’ – Wenger fears for clubs due to coronavirus

The Frenchman believes that the COVID-19 crisis will serve only to make the rich stronger - and he does not think this is healthy Arsene Wenger, FIFA's chief of global football development, has painted a stark picture for many lower league clubs in England, warning that they face a difficult fight for survival due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former Arsenal manager, who attained legendary status with the Gunners after a stint with the north London side that lasted 19 years, is well versed in the make up of English football. Having looked at the situation, Wenger holds no fear for clubs at the top level, but is concerned about those in the EFL system, where wages represent a huge proportion of turnover and clubs rely heavily on matchday income that will be denied to them when foo...
‘The lower leagues are dying’ – Wenger fears for clubs due to coronavirus
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‘The lower leagues are dying’ – Wenger fears for clubs due to coronavirus

The Frenchman believes that the COVID-19 crisis will serve only to make the rich stronger - and he does not think this is healthy Arsene Wenger, FIFA's chief of global football development, has painted a stark picture for many lower league clubs in England, warning that they face a difficult fight for survival due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former Arsenal manager, who attained legendary status with the Gunners after a stint with the north London side that lasted 19 years, is well versed in the make up of English football. Having looked at the situation, Wenger holds no fear for clubs at the top level, but is concerned about those in the EFL system, where wages represent a huge proportion of turnover and clubs rely heavily on matchday income that will be denied to t...
Barcelona will buy another striker, despite having Griezmann – Arsene Wenger Says
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Barcelona will buy another striker, despite having Griezmann – Arsene Wenger Says

The former Arsenal boss doesn't believe the Catalans need more fire power but can't see them resisting the temptation to add to their stocks Arsene Wenger is "convinced" Barcelona will sign another forward despite expecting improvement from Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has struggled to hit top form in his first season at Barca, scoring 14 goals in 37 games since his €120 million ($135m) arrival from Atletico Madrid. Barca are heavily linked with a move for Inter star Lautaro Martinez, who is considered a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. Former Arsenal manager Wenger believes Griezmann will improve, but feels Barcelona will add another forward this close season. "Barcelona has always bought the greatest players. Personally, I'm not sure that Suarez needs to ...
Wenger Identified as Perfect Candidate to Become new Arsenal Chairman
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Wenger Identified as Perfect Candidate to Become new Arsenal Chairman

Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has said legendary manager Arsene Wenger, would be the perfect choice to become the new Arsenal chairman. Sir Chips Keswick retired from the position last week, after spending 15 years on the board. Keswick admitted he always wanted to leave, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made him bring his decision forward. The Gunners are now looking for Keswick’s successor and Keown insists Arsenal should look no further than Wenger. “It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board. “I don’t think so somehow, I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board but they could do a lot worse. “You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke...
How I Made Kanu Nwankwo Angry – Cesc Fabregas
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How I Made Kanu Nwankwo Angry – Cesc Fabregas

Former Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, has disclosed that he made his former Gunners teammate, Nwankwo Kanu, angry during their time at Emirates. Fabregas, who currently plays for Monaco in the French Ligue 1, joined Arsenal as a teenager in 2003 from Barcelona. The Spain international was highly rated by former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. According to the 33-year-old, while trying to impress Wenger and his teammates in his first training at the North London club, he tackled Kanu, which made the Nigerian legend unhappy. “My first training when I joined Arsenal, I was all in my head trying to impress, and I made a tackle on Kanu, and he was so upset with me,” Fabregas told Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, during an Instagram live video. “...
Wenger calls for FFP reform to support ’emerging clubs’ amid Newcastle takeover talk
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Wenger calls for FFP reform to support ’emerging clubs’ amid Newcastle takeover talk

The former Arsenal boss would like to see a relaxation of the rules for ambitious clubs that are careful not to endanger their long-term future FIFA's head of global football development Arsene Wenger has called for the reformation of Financial Fair Play (FFP), stating his belief that the current set of rules benefits the established elite European clubs and prevents investment from smaller sides, which he believes is “not normal”. Implementation of the regulations came into play at the beginning of the 2011-12 season, with the scheme aimed at protecting the long-term survival of clubs by ensuring they do not spend more than they earn and thus create financial problems in the future. And while former Arsenal manager Wenger feels that there are positives to FFP, he would like to se...
Prolonged Absence Of Fans Could Damage Football, Wenger Tells
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Prolonged Absence Of Fans Could Damage Football, Wenger Tells

Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says. The German Bundesliga became the first major football league to resume since the novel coronavirus outbreak shut down sports earlier this year. The Bundesliga return behind closed doors is now being closely watched by other leagues. “Will it survive long term? Will it damage the show long term without supporters? I am convinced of that,” FIFA’s head of global development Wenger said. “You cannot imagine a whole season without any spectators. That’s why I believe it a short-term solution. “It is still the best possible way to get a verdict for the end of the season. It’s be...
Are you taking the p*ss?!’ – Wenger’s biggest Arsenal meltdowns revealed by Aliadiere
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Are you taking the p*ss?!’ – Wenger’s biggest Arsenal meltdowns revealed by Aliadiere

The former Gunners striker has lifted the lid on what it takes to make the club's longest-serving manager lose his cool Arsene Wenger was a manager known for his calm persona. While his long-term adversary Sir Alex Ferguson had a reputation for dishing out the ‘hairdryer treatment’ to his players from time to time, Wenger was usually always the opposite. Explosions of rage from the Frenchmen were few and far between - but they did still happen from time to time during his 22-year stay as Arsenal boss. And speaking exclusively to Goal, former Gunners striker Jeremie Aliadiere has lifted the lid on the two occasions he saw his former manager ‘really lose it’. The first was in February, 2001 at Old Trafford. Arsenal went into the game 13 points adrift of Manchester United in the ...
‘I am an Arsenal man’ – Fabregas reveals continued Gunners affinity despite Chelsea move
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‘I am an Arsenal man’ – Fabregas reveals continued Gunners affinity despite Chelsea move

He may have gone on to star at Stamford Bridge, but the Spain international will always feel a bond with the north Londoners Cesc Fabregas starred at both Arsenal and Chelsea over the course of his glittering career, but he admits that his spell at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium will always stand out as special. Fabregas moved to north London from Barcelona's La Masia academy in 2003 at just 16, and became Arsenal's youngest-ever first-team player months later by making his debut in the League Cup against Rotherham. He went on to spend eight seasons under Arsene Wenger at the club, making more than 300 appearances and lifting the FA Cup in 2004-05.
Wenger Picks Kanu As His Greatest-ever Arsenal January Signing
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Wenger Picks Kanu As His Greatest-ever Arsenal January Signing

Arsene Wenger picks his greatest-ever Arsenal January signing... no, not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but cult hero Kanu, who he picked up for just £4m from Inter Milan in 1999 Arsene Wenger has named Nwankwo Kanu ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his best January signing while manager of Arsenal. Kanu joined the Gunners in 1999 after making the move from Inter Milan for a fee of £4.15million and he quickly became an important player in the second half of his first season. He came off the bench in his first few games, netting goals against Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and north  London rivals  Tottenham. The striker scored 17 goals in his first full season, including a 15-minute hat-trick against Chelsea, and helped his side reach the UEFA Cup final. When asked...
Wenger: Mbappe is heir to Messi and Ronaldo but England’s next generation aren’t far behind
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Wenger: Mbappe is heir to Messi and Ronaldo but England’s next generation aren’t far behind

The former Arsenal manager says the current stars are unique talents, but he is looking forward to seeing who replaces them at the top Arsene Wenger says Kylian Mbappe is the leading contender to replace Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the game – but England’s new generation are hot on his heels. With Messi now 32 and Ronaldo 35, football fans are having to come to terms with the fact that the pair can’t play on forever, and, according to the former Arsenal boss, fans had never seen a player with their gifts. “We had never seen players like that, who can absolutely be creative in any tight situation,” Wenger told TalkSPORT . “These players are now getting towards the end [of their career] – Ronaldo, Messi – but it’s now about the next generation.
Who Deserves Title Of Greatest Premier League Manager?
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Who Deserves Title Of Greatest Premier League Manager?

With 21 Premier League trophies between them, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are considered among the elite managers of the Premier league era - but which one of them is the best? Read on for our tributes to the contenders and look out for our Super6 Twitter polls to see if your pick is crowned. Sir Alex Ferguson The 13-time Premier League-winning manager should be a hot favourite for the poll, with his record almost untouchable. A win percentage of 65.2 per cent after 810 league matches does the talking. He demanded the best from his players and they duly delivered, earning Sir Alex Ferguson plenty of silverware - and 27 Manager of the Month awards during his illustrious managerial career. Charlie Nicholas remembers when the Manchester Unit...
I hope Arteta can bring back Arsenal’s culture – Wenger
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I hope Arteta can bring back Arsenal’s culture – Wenger

The legendary former Gunners boss wants to see the man who currently occupies the hot seat restore the team's identity on the pitch Arsene Wenger has expressed his hope that Mikel Arteta can bring back Arsenal's unique "culture", which he hints has been missing since his departure. Wenger's 22-year reign at Emirates Stadium came to an end in the summer of 2018, with Unai Emery drafted in to succeed the Frenchman after a successful spell at Paris Saint-Germain. Unfortunately, Emery was unable to restore the glory days for the Gunners, who limped to a fifth-place Premier League finish last season while also suffering a painful Europa League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
‘Arsenal are more of a team under Arteta’ – Podolski positive about new era for Gunners
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‘Arsenal are more of a team under Arteta’ – Podolski positive about new era for Gunners

The German forward, who spent three years at Emirates Stadium between 2012 and 2015, has cause for optimism with a new coaching team in place Arsenal are looking like “more of a team” under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, says Lukas Podolski, with the Gunners having rather lost their way during the ill-fated reign of Unai Emery. Following in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger was never going to be easy for a Spanish tactician in north London. Emery found that out the hard way, with just 18 months spent in the Emirates Stadium hot-seat before he was ushered through the exits.
Fabregas Names Wenger, Mourinho As Best Two Managers He Played Under Snubs Guardiola
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Fabregas Names Wenger, Mourinho As Best Two Managers He Played Under Snubs Guardiola

Cesc Fabregas says Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are the best two managers he has player under during his career. The Spaniard who is currently with Monaco, previously featured for Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea. “I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain,” Fabregas said on Instagram Live. When asked to name the top two, he replied: “Wenger and Mourinho.” Fabregas also worked with Pep Guardiola at Barca and Vicente del Bosque in the Spain national team, winning the World Cup in 2010. He recently revealed how Wenger snubbed a chance to take him back at Arsenal, before he spoke with Mourinho and signed for Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger Poaches Arsenal Staff to FIFA
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Arsene Wenger Poaches Arsenal Staff to FIFA

Arsene Wenger has raided his former club, to poach Jason Rosenfeld for a new role at FIFA, The Athletic reports. Rosenfeld has been in charge of the Gunners’ data and analytics for almost a decade. Wenger left the Emirates in 2018 and has since taken up a role as Head of Global Football Development with FIFA. The Frenchman has identified analytics as an area that needs improvement in the global game and has brought in Rosenfeld to assist him. The two men had a good working relationship, with Rosenfeld having overseen StatDNA, an analytics company Arsenal bought in 2012. StatDNA was bought for £2million and moved in-house, with the club rebranding it to Arsenal Data Analytics.
VAR: FIFA President, Infantino Supports Wenger’s Offside Proposal
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VAR: FIFA President, Infantino Supports Wenger’s Offside Proposal

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has lent his support to introducing the ‘daylight’ principle to the offside law. Video Assistant Referees (VAR) decisions have caused a lot of controversy in the Premier League, with a few goals chalked off because of very fine offside margins. FIFA’s chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, last week that the law should be changed so that a player is onside if any part of their body that can score a goal is behind or level with the relevant defender. Infantino has now spoken in favour of Wenger’s proposal. “I’m certainly in favour of discussing a new way of looking at the offside rule, to see if it can help, because I think the issue is more an issue of understanding,” he said at the International Football Association Board, th...
Arsene Wenger Praises Gnabry After Bayern Munich Defeated Chelsea
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Arsene Wenger Praises Gnabry After Bayern Munich Defeated Chelsea

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has praised Bayern Munich midfielder, Serge Gnabry, following the 24-year-old’s impressive display in the Bavarians’ UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg 3-0 win over Chelsea on Tuesday night. Bayern Munich defeated Frank Lampard’s men at Stamford Bridge, thanks to two goals from Serge Gnabry and a strike from Robert Lewandowski. Wenger, who coached Gnabry during their time at Arsenal before he loaned the Germany international to West Brom, told beIN Sports after the match: “Serge Gnabry has no real limitations,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “He has pace, power, technical ability, and he is brilliant. “I loaned him to West Brom, and it did not work out at all. In fairness, I think we had an agreement with him, and Bayern stole him a...

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