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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Arsene Wenger Wanted to Extend EFL Cup Rout for Some Reason


After his side got utterly routed in the EFL Cup yesterday, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger told a news conference that he actually wanted to extend the blowout. Yes, Wenger made some comments that essentially provided the perfect definition of masochism. Down 3-0 and looking just awful all around all day, the Frenchman actually wanted more stoppage time, which would have only prolonged the suffering for Arsenal supporters everywhere.

“When I asked the fourth official why he didn’t give more stoppage time… he replied by saying ‘why do you want more time?’” Wenger said in his post EFL Cup presser.

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Thierry Henry Confirms Interest in Succeeding Arsene Wenger

Will this be the final season that Arsene Wenger is in charge at Arsenal? Who will be his replacement, if his time is finally up? When it comes to successors, many names have been tossed about, including club legend Thierry Henry. The Frenchman and former Gunners forward was asked close to a year ago about the Arsenal manager position uncertainty, and if he thinks he will replace Wenger, or if he even wants to.

When Henry, currently an assistant coach with the Belgium National Team, spoke on these topics back then, he was unsure of whether he could take the gig, or if he even wanted to. He was flattered by the stories linking him to be the next boss at the Emirates, but he couldn’t commit to the job being a goal or an objective.

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Jose Mourinho Press Conference Previewing Chelsea FC (Video)

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media a few hours ago to preview Sunday’s home match versus Chelsea. We have video of the entire media session for you here below via YouTube.

There were a whole host of topics covered in this news conference, including: his reputation at his former club, the magnitude of the match, the recent war of words with Antonio Conte, the status of Paul Pogba, the team injury/fitness update and much much more.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Takes Thinly Veiled Swipe at Jose Mourinho Again


Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan has seemingly taken another subtle jab at his former manager at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, and it was on the same exact dimension as the last one. Mkhitaryan didn’t mention Mourinho by name, but given what he said, and what the Armenian obviously knows about the reputation Mourinho holds worldwide in the football community, it’s clear the former United man was aware of how his remarks would be interpreted.

After completing his transfer from Arsenal to United in January, Mkhitaryan said on Jan. 30 that he’s happy to be “play offensive football” in north London. Given the strong reputation Mourinho has as an overly defensive minded manager, it’s a thinly veiled swipe at his former boss.

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Mesut Ozil Having Immune System Problems, Arsene Wenger Reveals

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is having some problems with his immune system, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed. The German star has been ruled out of the Gunners’ UEFA Europa League clash against Ostersunds, as the poor guy was bedridden on Monday and Tuesday.

Over the weekend he was training with the club, before getting sick early on this week. Wenger was asked why his star keeps getting gets sick so much, to which he responded: “Ozil’s immune system is a bit in trouble at the moment and I don’t know why. I hope we can improve that medically.”

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Arsene Wenger Reveals Pep Guardiola Visited His Home as a Player


Pep Guardiola the Arsenal man? Yes, it almost happened, but not as a manager, and instead while he was a player. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger manager said in an interview with beIN SPORTS that Pep looked into the idea of joining the Gunners as his playing days with Barcelona were winding down.

The Spanish midfielder moved on to Brescia instead. He also played with Roma, Dorados and Al-Ahli before his playing career ended in 2006. However, he almost joined Wenger’s team, and even once visited the Frenchman at his home.

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Arsenal FC Sign Record Breaking £200m Shirt Sponsorship Extension


Arsenal F.C. and international airline Emirates announced Monday a five-year contract extension to their long-running shirt sponsorship deal. The Emirates, whose name also adorns the club’s home stadium in north London, will be emblazoned on the shirts and kits of all Arsenal F.C. teams until the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

The price of all that brand awareness is believed to be over £200m ($280m). That comes out to about $56m (£40m) per season, and it is the largest sponsorship deal of any kind ever signed by the club.

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Alexis Sanchez Once Locked Himself Out and Ran 8K Home After Training

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Before Alexis Sanchez moved to Manchester United and became the Premier League’s best paid player, he was a star at Arsenal and Barcelona. Prior to his days with the big clubs however, the Chilean cut his teeth at Udinese. It was there that Sanchez worked on bulking up and sculpting his frame.

Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto reflected back on this era, when Sanchez was skinny and striving to better himself. Paying his dues meant conditioning, and one day Alexis Sanchez got some unexpected and unplanned conditioning in after training.

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Arsenal Could be Without Alexandre Lacazette for up to Six Weeks

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Arsenal FC announced today that striker Alexandre Lacazette underwent an arthroscopy on his left knee, and that the surgery will keep him sidelined for a very significant period of time. Arsenal, currently in sixth place and eight points behind Chelsea for fourth, will be without the Frenchman centre forward for about a month to a month and a half.

“The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation,” the club statement reads. “It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.”

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Harry Kane was “too chubby” for Arsenal, Says Former Coach


As Harry Kane continues his assault on the Premier League scoring record book, one former Arsenal coach reflected on bypassing the chance to sign the Tottenham Hotspur striker. The reason why is what truly astounds- Liam Brady, former Arsenal Head of Youth Development and Academy Director, said that the young Englishman had too much body fat and not enough athleticism.

The current Ambassador of The Arsenal Foundation said of Harry Kane.

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Old Trafford Naming Rights Worth £26m per Season Says Study


Manchester United are forsaking additional income for the honor of tradition by refusing to sell out Old Trafford naming rights. It’s a move that is almost universally popular, hasn’t changed, and likely won’t change any time soon, but it’s also one that could be potentially be costing them £26 million per season, a new corporate finance study says.

Duff & Phelps, a corporate finance firm, believes that the value of the stadium naming rights market “has risen by 80 percent from £74.6m in 2013 to £135.6m last year, with the league’s ‘big six’ accounting for more than three quarters of that sum.”

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