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It’s another international break and thus, kind of a slow time when it comes to big headlines, but there’s still a whole lot of important Arsenal FC news items out there. Here are links to some of the more relevant United news stories currently circulating on the internet.

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The six best super-subs in Premier League history


By Joseph Plunkett

From bench warmers to bench stormers… some players who don’t make the starting eleven are anything but sub-standard.

And with money gushing into the league from extravagant television deals, the best sides have players-a-plenty, making the competition as scintillating as ever.

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Arsene Wenger Blasts Media, Offers Shocking Sympathy for Jose Mourinho

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Who would have ever thought that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would show any kind of sympathy at all towards his arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho? Granted the sympathy was lukewarm at best, and didn’t name the current Manchester United and former Chelsea boss by name specifically, but it’s a show of support nonetheless and thus it’s extremely shocking to all of us in the world of football observers.

Despite the fact that he has clashed so many times with Mourinho in the past, Wenger answered a question about Mourinho and United crashing out of the UEFA Champions League this week by saying he’s “supportive” of anyone who suffers.

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Thierry Henry, David Beckham Highlight USA Hall of Fame Candidates

Arsenal legend, Belgium national team assistant coach and rumored potential Arsene Wenger successor Thierry Henry is one of the biggest names on the final ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 elections. Voting will begin Monday, March 12 and run through Monday, March 26 for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup champion and three-time MLS All-Star (New York Red Bulls) is joined by three-time FIFA World Cup squad member and longtime Tottenham Hotspur man Brad Friedel and legendary Manchester United #7 and iconic Class of ’92 member David Beckham on the list of eligible Hall of Fame candidates.

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Jose Mourinho Blames Alexis Sanchez Struggles on Midseason Arrival

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Thus far, the Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal hasn’t worked out for anybody involved. Sanchez, who scored 24 goals last season in Premier League play (30 across all competitions,) has just one in his first eight appearances in a United shirt.

What’s going wrong? Why hasn’t this worked out so far? According to manager Jose Mourinho, the issue partially revolves around the point of the season in which the Chilean arrived.

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Arsenal Reportedly Want Joachim Low to Replace Arsene Wenger

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According to a report from ESPN, Arsenal Football club have a preferred successor to manager Arsene Wenger in mind and it’s Germany boss Joachim Low. The ESPN FC report states that “Wenger’s grip on his position has been weakened significantly in recent weeks,” and “that some senior players have now lost faith in the Frenchman and believe changes are needed in the dressing room and on the training pitch.”

Numerous outlets worldwide have picked up on this news, as Wenger’s job security/the next manager at Arsenal FC has been a hot topic for a very long time.

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Arsenal Supporters Trust Poll Shows 88% Want Arsene Wenger Out

It’s almost impossible to get 88% of people to agree on something. If you said “good afternoon,” you probably wouldn’t get nearly 90% of respondents to agree that this afternoon is in fact “good.” However, it is in fact the number approving of #WengerOut according to the Arsenal Supporters Trust survey.

The AST conducted a poll ahead of their annual general meeting yesterday, asking members whether Arsene Wenger should be allowed to see out the final year of his contract next season. Only five percent believe he should. Last season, when the AST conducted the poll, 78% of respondents wanted Arsene Wenger gone.

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Rio Ferdinand Slams Arsene Wenger Like Never Before


Rio Ferdinand is not holding back, and he’s definitely not messing around. The former central defender, Manchester United club legend and current TV pundit for BT Sport called the current Arsenal side the worst that he has seen during his lifetime. He also compared this stage of Gunners manager Arsene Wenger’s career to when he himself was past his prime and just playing out the string with Queens Park Rangers.

The #WengerOut pitchforks, always with some substantial momentum lately, will be ramped up again as Arsenal fell 2-1 to newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, which marked the Gunners fourth straight defeat across all competitions.

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Petr Cech Takes Blame as Arsenal Lose to Brighton, Fall Way Back of Top Four


In a 2-1 loss to newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal had numerous players that could be scapegoated, but it was goalkeeper Petr Cech who took full responsibility. Although there was plenty of poor defending all around in this Gunners side, Cech took blame for both first half goals.

The Arsenal #1 posted on Twitter, just a couple minutes after the game: “If you want to win a game away of home in the best league in the world your GK can’t concede 2 goals like I did today…it’s simply not possible…The team fought back but the damage was done.”

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Explains Why Man United Stint Didn’t Work Out


Winger and Armenian national team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan has offered an explanation as to why he didn’t truly find success at Manchester United. Mkhitaryan was one of the first players transferred to United in the Jose Mourinho era, following a very successful stay at Borussia Dortmund.

However, the Mkhitaryan experience at Old Trafford was one of ups and downs, with the forward going through an adjustment period in the beginning, eventually finding his place, only to later lose it. Since Mkhitaryan moved from United to Arsenal in the January transfer window, part of the Alexis Sanchez swap deal, he’s hit out at Mourinho a couple of times, calling out the Portugese’s style of play as too defensive for him.

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Arsene Wenger Says Criticism has Reached “Earthquake” Level

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is certainly no stranger to criticism, as the pitchforks have been out in full force for quite some time. The #WengerOut crowd have been very loud for a very long time already, but they’re making a ton of noise again following the club’s embarrassment in the League Cup final.

Wenger referred to the criticism as reaching “earthquake” levels. The Frenchman, who also said that he intends to see out his full contract extension, seems to believe that he deserves more credit than he is getting, given both his recent history in domestic cups and the run his club made this season in the EFL Cup.

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Arsene Wenger Believes He Will See Out His Contract Extension

As much as #WengerOut is a thing, has been a thing for awhile, and will continue being a thing in the near future, it doesn’t appear that Arsene Wenger is going anywhere. The Arsenal manager railed against the heavy criticism leveled against him following the EFL Cup final debacle, but still maintains that it’s up to him if and when he departs the club.

“All the decisions that are technical have always been mine, and that will remain, because it’s a part of my job,” Wenger said.

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