Arsene Wenger Final Home Game Program Notes Full of Mixed Emotions

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As this is the final home game for Arsene Wenger as manager at Arsenal, it’s a day full of conflicting emotions. Wenger’s final set of match program notes certainly reflect that, as it’s truly a mixed bag of emotion. The Frenchman, finishing out his 22nd year on the job said he expects “today will be dominated by sadness.”

That’s certainly not present in the box score, as the Gunners are absolutely punishing a pretty good Burnley team, as they are currently pounding then 5-0 in the 78′. Truly the team is sending the 66-year-old off in style, emotionally charged from the meaning of the day as they appreciate all that he’s done for the club.

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Arsenal Captain Laurent Koscielny Suffers a Torn Achilles

Arsenal Captain Laurent Koscielny went down to the ground after suffering a serious injury in the early minutes of his side’s Europa League semifinal tie with Atletico Madrid. While the match is still ongoing, with the Gunners currently trailing Atletico as we approach stoppage time, the Gunners have already confirmed that the injury is a torn achilles.

This would almost certainly end both his club season, and his World Cup hopes with France this June as well.

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United Transfer Talk: Bellerin, Nainggolan, Martial, Blind, Darmian, Bailly

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It promises to be a very exciting summer transfer window at Manchester United, with plenty of potential comings and goings. Here’s a link to our list of eight players could be exiting Old Trafford at the end of the season.

So, let’s take a spin through the latest transfer rumors and gossip making the rounds on the internet today.

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Arsenal vs Man United News and Notes: Wenger, Sir Alex, Mkhitaryan

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Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan became the first player to score both for and against Manchester United in the same Premier League season, with a 51′ equalizer this afternoon. The Armenian, who switched teams as part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window, now has as many goals at Old Trafford this season as a member of the Gunners as he had with the Red Devils this season.

Here is the video footage of the Mkhitaryan goal:

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Man United vs Arsenal News: Xhaka, Pogba, Sanchez, Mavropanos

The halftime score in this weekend’s blockbuster Premier League fixture is Manchester United 1, Arsenal 0. The lone score came in the 16th minute as Alexis Sanchez’s header bounced off the post and Paul Pogba was perfectly placed to convert from very close range.

Pogba now has three goals and three assists in games against the big six this season. (go here for volume two of our Arsenal-United news and notes)

Here’s the footage of the goal below:

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Alexandre Lacazette Wary of Possible Arsenal Overhaul Post Arsene Wenger Exit

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Ahead of today’s massive Premier League fixture at Manchester United, Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette expressed his concerns that he and his teammates could be playing for their futures. Lacazette says that he, and his teammates need to stay focused on being their best because a feeling of uncertainty surrounds the club as long time manager Arsene Wenger steps down at the end of the season.

When the new manager arrives, replacing the Frenchman who has been in charge for 22 years, a roster overhaul could soon follow.

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Arsene Wenger Says it will be a Bit Strange to Face Alexis Sanchez

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Tomorrow will see Alexis Sanchez will face his former team, Arsenal, for the first time since his January transfer switch to Manchester United. Arsene Wenger, who will be making his final trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager, says it will be a bit strange to see the Chilean on an opposing team in another shirt.

However, the Frenchman admits that the Alexis swap deal, which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way, was a mutually beneficial deal. Wenger sees the transaction as one that was good for all involved as the 29-year-old rejected the Emirates contract extension offer, and was poised to move in the summer on a free transfer, given how his Arsenal deal was then set to expire.

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Paul Pogba Deems Man United vs. Arsenal “a big one”

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Boasting a plethora of major storylines, Arsenal at Manchester United is no doubt the headliner fixture in the Premier League this weekend. Or as United midfielder Paul Pogba says “it’s a big one.” Tomorrow will see Arsene Wenger make his final trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal boss, and with that hopes he will have a peaceful end to his personal rivalry with United manager Jose Mourinho.

On the other side, Mourinho expressed his regrets about his past rows with Wenger, and legitimately believes the two men can somehow become friends someday. Then you have the struggling Alexis Sanchez facing his former team for the first time.

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Arsene Wenger Seeks Peaceful Resolution to Jose Mourinho Feud

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Arsene Wenger will take on Manchester United for the final time as Arsenal manager tomorrow, and this momentous occasion has inspired some unexpected, and very rare praise from Jose Mourinho. The current United and former Chelsea boss had a long standing feud with Wenger, but has now expressed an overt interest in working towards a more congenial relationship.

Since Wenger announced his retirement, Mourinho has made his strong respect for Wenger known verbally, expressed regret over their past rows and stated a desire to perhaps one day become friends with the Frenchman.

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Jose Mourinho Regrets His Past Rows with Arsene Wenger

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has publicly hit out at many different people and entities over the years, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has definitely been one of his favorite targets. He’s called the Frenchman a lot of nasty names over the course of their individual rivalry, including a “voyeur.”

However, Mourinho took a 180 degree turn a week ago, when Wenger announced that he’ll be stepping down at the end of the season. Mourinho gave the 68-year-old a true “retirement bounce,” praising him extensively. That continued this week, as Mourinho said how much he respects Wenger in an interview with Sky Sports on Wednesday.

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Jose Mourinho Talks Alexis Sanchez Struggles, David de Gea Future in Friday Presser

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Sunday will see Manchester United winger Alexis Sanchez face his former team, Arsenal, for the first time since his January transfer window move. It’s one of many storylines in this match at Old Trafford, which is sure to be the weekend’s blockbuster fixture.

Earlier in the week, Sanchez spoke to MUTV, and during the interview he discussed how “different” it is at United, while also admitting that the adjustment to his new club has been “difficult.

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Jose Mourinho Talks Mo Salah Again in Arsenal Pre Match Press Conference (Video)

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho met the media a few minutes ago to preview tomorrow’s massive home clash against Arsenal. We have video of the entire session, which was just short of ten minutes, embedded for you below via YouTube.

The first four minutes covered Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, the remarkable season he’s having and his tenure at Chelsea while Mourinho was his manager. The very first question of the session was a follow up on Mourinho’s Salah comments from an ESPN Brazil interview he did yesterday.

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