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PSG disregard Arsene Wenger as coach

PARIS — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could join Paris Saint-Germain in the upcoming, but it will not be in a 1st-team coaching purpose, a resource near to the club was told

Wenger, sixty-eight, introduced final 7 days that he will be leaving the Emirates Stadium after 22 several years at the conclusion of the season and the France native has been joined to a move to PSG with coach Unai Emery out of contract this summer time.

But the resource said that Thomas Tuchel continues to be the major contender to swap Emery and that Wenger is truly noticed as a likely upcoming general manager by PSG, not as an extensive-expression upcoming coach.

Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), PSG’s owners because 2011, have extensive been intrigued in bringing Wenger in, but he has continuously opted to keep on being at Arsenal and his coaching reputation has because taken a hit in new seasons.

Continue to, the club benefit the regard and credibility Wenger instructions, as very well as his encounter, intelligence and enthusiasm for the game, in accordance to the resource, who clarified that any likely addition would be not likely to materialize this summer time and in its place be revisited around the 1st half of next season.

Wenger is on excellent conditions with club chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who he is familiar with from performing as a pundit with beIN SPORTS — the tv station also presided around by Al-Khelaifi — and in accordance with the resource, QSI has often still left the door open up to Wenger if he at any time decided to leave Arsenal.

Director Antero Henrique’s position is imagined to be safe for now as he has previously begun planning the Ligue 1 winners’ summertime, which includes transfers and the establishment of a backlink with a club.

But the resource reported Henrique’s extensive-expression upcoming at the club is questionable since his 1st season in Paris has not been as thriving as his superiors would have hoped. The look for for the club, which would assistance maintain of the finest younger talent from the youth academy, has not gone smoothly, and Henrique has struggled to get rid of unwanted players this kind of as Hatem Ben Arfa.

Wenger, then, could suppose a purpose that would render Henrique obsolete — and possibly youth academy sporting director Luis Fernandez and specialized director Carles Romagosa as very well.

PSG would supply Wenger free of charge reign to restructure the club behind the scenes and operate intently with Tuchel. Wenger speaks German and Tuchel speaks French, which could direct to a more powerful performing connection than the person Tuchel would have with Henrique.

Wenger, without having the taxing nature of each day coaching, would also have an individual aim on PSG’s younger players, making sure they can fulfil their likely in Paris and not in other places.

A number of clubs are anticipated to convey curiosity in Wenger this summertime, which includes Borussia Dortmund and some others in Japan and China, but PSG believes that only the opportunity to direct France would quickly coax Wenger back again into coaching.

Didier Deschamps, the present France manager who signed a new contract via Euro 2020 in Oct, could be proven the door in the party of a weak performance by Les Bleus in the World Cup this summertime, and he could also leave if he is made available a return to previous club Juventus with Massimiliano Allegri’s upcoming unclear.

Meanwhile, Pat Rice, Wenger’s previous assistant coach of sixteen several years, thinks Wenger could be targeted for a purpose by FIFA and UEFA.

“I would not be surprised if he had an opportunity to go and join a person of them,” Rice, who retired as Wenger’s No. 2 in 2012, told Sky Sports.

Football is his love. When I was performing there, you would go on the next working day and discuss what film or comedy present you viewed the former evening, or if you had been out in the West Conclusion, [but] he would arrive in and inquire if everyone had noticed Juventus vs. Roma or Barcelona vs. Malaga.”

Wenger believes he is criticized because of his age

Wenger believes he is criticized because of his age

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal

Arsene Wenger


Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has insisted that the major part of the criticism he has faced lately has been because of what he tagged “age discrimination”
The long-serving Manager is 68 at the moment and fans and pundits alike have consistently called on him to step down as he failed to qualify the club for the Champions League last season aside from that they also haven’t won the league in 14 years.
Even though Wenger agrees that his lack of success has made several voices to rise against him, he linked much of those persecutions to his age. While speaking with BeIN Sport, he said: “When you age, you focus on doing well for your club and ignore all the rest. The older you get, the more it becomes age discrimination.
“I accept if the results are not good enough then you have to take the consequences. But overall that perpetual thing of how long you have been at a club, how old you are, I find that a bit difficult to take.
“But all the rest I have to accept because I am in a public job and have to make results and I accept I will be judged on results.”

The French tactician has lifted three League titles and seven FA cups in 22 years. He insisted that he will be greatly remembered for what he did when he finally decided to step down
He added: “I am maybe naive enough to believe that with the time going on, with perspective and context what will stand out is what I have done for my club and not so much the result of the last game or how much I will be applauded when I stop one day.
“I’m a little bit fed up with all that modern thing about completely taking care of image. I’ve always worked my whole life with the idea of who you are rather than how you look so I’m not too concerned about that.”

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We must not be afraid of failure despite the intense pressure to win – Wenger

We must not be afraid of failure despite the intense pressure to win – Wenger

Under-fire Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has urged his players to resist the fear of failure even as it is obvious that there is an intense pressure to win as winning the Europa League is the only route for them to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Gunners will be locking horns with Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan on Thursday night in their Europa League Round of 16 first leg, and only victory can help resuscitate the squad’s confidence after losing eight games in 13 since the turn of the year.
They are positioned 6th in the league, 13 points off 4th placed Spurs, and even Wenger has conceded the top four chase as he admits that it has been a very poor season for his side.
“It makes me think a little bit about last year,” he said. “Last year with the FA Cup, we made 75 points in the League and missed the Champions League by one point only.

“75 points is still a very good score that we will not reach this season. This is an opportunity we have to take, yes, of course. It increases the pressure on it even more on this competition.
“At the moment, it is certainly difficult when you go through a patch like that, but I believe as well it is a good opportunity to show you have the quality and the strengths.
“You can only show that when it is difficult. It is a good opportunity to show we can deal with that and as well, on the longer term, it will make the team even stronger.
“The players are a bit affected by what happens because the players want to win. In life, you forget quickly how good you are.
“When you have a bad week, players change their mind about their quality. We have to remember we are good football players. But as well to fix reachable targets.”
“Be practical, pragmatic – focus on what you can do better and analyze well what you didn’t do well and not be scared too much of the consequences of a bad result.
“Focus on defending better, playing quicker and doing more things together. Reachable targets to improve the team.”

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Inexperienced Gattuso prepared to compound Wenger’s woes

Inexperienced Gattuso prepared to compound Wenger’s woes

Milan Manager, Gennaro Gattuso who described himself as inexperienced as compared to veteran Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger believes that his side can cause more trouble for the gunners.
The former Milan midfielder had been with the side’s youth team since retiring from top-flight football. He was however called upon to lead the first-team following Vincenzo Montella’s sacking in November.
The team initially struggled for some time but has gone on to become one of the most consistent teams in Europe in recent weeks after going 13 games unbeaten.
The Serie-A heavyweight welcomes Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 clash on Thursday, and the former combative midfielder is hopeful of a successful outing.
“It’s not a challenge with him because in that regard it’s not a contest,” Gattuso said in his pre-match media conference.

“He’s won so much in his career; he’s been managing the same club for 21 to 22 years. My path is still very long.
“It will be an interesting match, with more of a new philosophy like mine against him and his experience. He likes to play a style based heavily on possession.
“I’ve been through games like this as a player; everything is different now. Compared to Wenger I’m just a rookie, I’m just starting, and he’s been coaching for 30 years.”
While Milan is in an incredible form after recently securing a place in the Coppa Italiisinal, Arsenal are in turmoil after losing four games in a row in all competitions – including the EFL Cup final against Manchester City.
There is immense pressure on Wenger at the Emirates Stadium as fans are getting angrier by the day. However, Milan will rather not fall into a trap by underestimating them.
“Arsenal are not going through a positive period, but they have great players and have scored 18 goals in this Europa League,” he added.
“We have huge respect for them. We must give a top performance.
“We can’t make mistakes, and we need to keep our composure. We must not be afraid of the 70,000 fans that will be at San Siro and show our qualities, both technical and physical.
“If we do that we can cause them a lot of problems.”

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Wenger vows to remain at Emirates to get things right

Wenger vows to remain at Emirates to get things right

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has vowed to remain at the Emirates stadium to pull the team out of the current mess although he acknowledged that the top four might not be gone.
The French tactician is now under serious pressure after losing 2-1 at Brighton on Sunday in what will be their fourth straight defeat in all competitions and the eighth loss in their last 13 matchGunnersot of the gunners’ fans were seen chanting against the Manager’s tenure while others held up banners calling for his sacking, but Wenger says he is not ready to call time on his 22-year tenure, despite suffering the worst run of his time in charge of the club.

“It’s the first time it happens in my whole career; I must say,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around, and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments.
“We have to stick together and focus. We have no other solution.”
He also denied he was contemplating resigning, adding: “You focus on your job. These are always the questions you get when you are in the situation we are in.
“You do your job, and you do the right thing and the things you think are right for the team and that’s it.”

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I am amazed I have to answer the same questions every time – Wenger

I am amazed I have to answer the same questions every time – Wenger

Underperforming Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has claimed he is “amazed” at fresh speculation regarding his future at the London club.
The Emirates side was totally outplayed as they suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday in the Carabao Cup Final leading to fresh calls for Wenger’s head.
He has been battling against a growing feeling from within the club faithful that he is no longer the man to guarantee success for the historical club.
The Gunners are 27 points behind the Premier league leaders, City with three months still to go as they are currently languishing in the sixth position on the log. They were beaten to the Carabao title on Sunday by the same City, eliminated at the third round of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest and now hope to secure victory over Gattuso’s high flying Milan in the Europa League for a little hope of success this season.
The team’s display on Sunday has led to intense criticism from pundits such as Gary Neville and former club legends, Ian Wright and Thierry Henry.
However, Wenger insists he is stunned when asked if the terrible display bring thoughts of a possible end of his reign at the Emirates to his mind

“I am just amazed that I have to always answer things that are exactly the same,” he said.
“I am here for 21 years, I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts. So, I am still amazed that I still have to answer these types of questions.
“My position is my position. Honestly, that’s the last worry I have at the moment. My worry is to focus, to get the team ready for tomorrow’s game.
“My job is to focus on performing and my job is to perform. It’s for other people to judge me, it isn’t for me to evaluate that.”
Thursday’s game, rather disconcertingly for Wenger, sees leaders City visit the Emirates Stadium for a league clash.
The Manager in his usual state defended many of his players that were labelled as “spineless” and a “disgrace” by pundits after the Sunday’s game.
“You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think, you find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track,” he said.
“After you have to analyze why has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.
“I believe we have to live with that criticism and respond together like we always do.
“We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight. You have to acknowledge as well that Man City are a quality team.”

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Wenger is mollycoddling the team, he has to leave – Wright

Wenger is mollycoddling the team, he has to leave – Wright

Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has called on Manager, Arsene Wenger to leave the club at the end of the season as he believes that the team has only retrogressed in the past few seasons.
The Gunners are positioned sixth in the League as they stand 27 points behind leaders, Manchester City. They were well beaten by Guardiola’s City team at the Carabao Cup final on Sunday and now have to beat AC Milan over two legs in the UEFA Europa Cup Round of 16 to stand a chance to claim a trophy this season.
The former Arsenal forward who played 213 matches for Arsenal says the team’s display at the final was disheartening although they have struggled all season.
While speaking with BBC, Wright said: “There are excuses [from Wenger] and he is mollycoddling a team,”
“Whether he stays at the end of this season, I could not make a case. I am not sure anyone can. This development of mediocrity has to be arrested.”

Arsenal last claimed the Premier League title in 2004 and have not won the UEFA Champions League during Wenger’s 22-year reign with the FA Cup the club’s only silverware in recent years.
Wright, who hanged his boot in 2000 insists that the club have to change the Manager as soon as possible to have a real chance of success again although it might take a few years.
“I want Arsenal to challenge again, for them to sign players who will get you excited. I want someone in the boardroom who will lay it down…,” Wright added.
“How long would it take Arsenal to get back? It will take them a few years. Everyone is progressing and moving forward in that top five.
“Arsenal are going the other way… It is a long road.”

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Ramsey’s recovery isn’t progressing as expected – Wenger

Ramsey’s recovery isn’t progressing as expected – Wenger

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger is quite unhappy as star’s injury has not been progressing the way the team would have expected.
Aaron Ramsey has been sidelined since scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 thrashing of Everton in the league a few days ago and the midfielder is now a doubt for the EFL Cup final with Manchester City next week after Wenger tagged his injury as a subtle one.
The former Cardiff player to the fans surprise was dropped for the North London derby clash with Spurs last weekend after turning in a match-winning performance against the Toffees. He has appeared twice in a Wembley final showdown for Arsenal, scoring on both occasions and claiming the FA Cup the two times.
It has now been confirmed that the 27-year old will be unavailable for the Europa League clash with Ostersund on Thursday as he wasn’t part of the team that travelled to Sweden.
He was also not seen in training this afternoon and it is believed that he is struggling with a minor groin problem, a sensitive case that the club’s medical team will prefer to handle carefully.
While speaking with reporters ahead of the Europa League game, Wenger talked about the Wales midfielder saying: “It’s a little bit a sensitive case, I expect him to be a bit further in the development of the groin problem.”
“However, he hasn’t moved forward as quickly as I expected.”
“Today I would say he will not be available for the next game against Ostersund. For the cup final? I don’t know yet, it depends on how he progresses from now.”
Arsenal also travelled without stand-in skipper Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere, and Petr Cech. Alexandre Lacazette is expected to be out for the next six weeks after undergoing a surgery to treat a troublesome knee problem and record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied.
It is thus expected that England International, Danny Welbeck will lead the attack.
“It’s where I prefer him,’ said Wenger, when questioned about the former Manchester United striker.
“It’s an opportunity for him to do well, I have seen today that he is sharper than he has been in a long time.”

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Could this be the beginning of an exodus at Arsenal?

In his press conference after a goalless draw with Chelsea in a lifeless encounter in Wednesday’s Carabao cup semi-final first leg, Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger confirmed that defensive midfielder, Francis Coquelin has completed a £12million transfer to Valencia.
Apart from star forward, Alexis Sanchez who was left on the bench for the encounter before being brought on as a second-half substitute, who is also expected to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in only a matter of day, Mesut Ozil is yet to sign a new deal while Calum Chambers and Theo Walcott are both linked with a move out of Emirates.
A fan favourite, Jack Wilshere who has enjoyed a fine run of form in recent games also picked up an injury in last night encounter after he sprained his ankle.
Wenger was however adamant that Coquelin’s departure or the probability of some other players leaving will not force the club’s hand in the transfer market, he said: “At the moment we have five big injuries and hopefully we will get some back soon.”
He also went ahead to defend his Chilean forward by saying that: “People don’t know Alexis Sanchez. This is a guy completely focused on playing football.”

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Wenger suffers another setback, banned and fined £40,000

Following Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger’s outburst on the touchline in their New year day’s game against Alan Pardew’s West Brom, the long-serving tactician has pleaded guilty of using abusive words in his encounter with the match officials.

Arsenal was penalized at the last minute of normal time by controversial referee, Mike Dean after Calum Chambers was caught for handling the ball in a very difficult circumstance. Jay Rodriquez calmly slotted in the resulting penalty to ensure West Brom stole a point in the boring encounter.

After the usual regulatory commission hearing, the FA stated that Arsene Wenger has “admitted that his language and behavior in the match officials’ changing room was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee”, he is guilty and hence will be banned for three matches from the touchline and he is required to pay £40,000 as fine.