Two Leading Arsene Wenger Successor Candidates Distance Themselves from Arsenal Job

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Ever since Arsene Wenger announced his resignation, effective at the end of the season, on Friday, outlets everywhere created and published lists of leading candidates to be the Frenchman’s successor at the club. (We’re no different, here’s a link to ours.) NYCFC Coach Patrick Vieira and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers are two names that you will see near the top of every list.

Over the weekend, both Vieira and Rodgers distanced themselves from reports linking them to the open gig in north London. Of course they did so in the “saying all the right things” approach, meaning we need to take what they said with a grain of salt.

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Arsene Wenger to Reveal Full Details of his Resignation After the Season

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Since announcing his resignation on Friday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been the number one trending topic in worldwide football news. There are numerous questions about the futures of both Wenger and the club. CEO Ivan Gazidis refused to discuss the details of Wenger’s exit during the news conference, but Wenger said today his will cover it in detail once the season has been completed.

In the first edition of game program notes written since the Frenchman announced his stepping down at the end of the season, Wenger wrote:

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Alexis Sanchez Hails Arsene Wenger as “historical football legend”

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There has been a lot of speculation about what kind of relationship Alexis Sanchez had with his Arsenal teammates, and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, while he was with the club from 2014-17. Sanchez, who moved to Manchester United in January, said he’s been in contact with his former boss, whom he hailed as a “football master” and “historical football legend.”

Yesterday saw Wenger announce his resignation at the end of the season, and tributes came pouring in from all over the world. Sir Alex Ferguson in particular gave some especially outstanding remarks. Today, talking with reporters after United’s 2-1 FA Cup semifinal victory over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium, Sanchez said:

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Five Candidates to Succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced that he will step down at the season. After 22 years, three Premier League titles, a record seven FA Cup titles and a very long streak of Champions League qualification that came to an end last season, tributes to the Frenchman are pouring in from all over the world.

As the football media look back in reflection on the 68-year-old’s legacy, it’s also a time to look forward. Wenger himself has not announced his future plans, but the club have said they are underway with their ambitious managerial search.

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Mourinho, Conte, Sir Alex React to Arsene Wenger Resignation

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(Update: five leading candidates to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced, via an official club statement, his resignation, effective at the end of the season. Naturally, a football news event as massive as this has elicited reaction from all over the football community.

Many of Wenger’s former players and/or prominent members of the Arsenal community have weighed in, but what about the Frenchman’s biggest rivals? Three major Wenger opponents have all weighed in:

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Arsene Wenger Steps Down at Arsenal After 22 Years; Twitter Reacts

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Arsenal Football Club announced today that after 22 seasons in charge, manager Arsene Wenger will finally step down. Today, the #WengerOut crowd got exactly what they want, as the Frenchman will resign at the end of the season.

Wenger released the following statement:

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Arsene Wenger Doesn’t See Problems with Attendance, Empty Seats

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Once again the prevalence of empty seats at Arsenal home games is a hot topic, and again Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is in denial about the problem. Attendance has been decreasing as the Gunners have long been out of the race for a top four finish, and we never really had a league title race this season as Manchester City sizzled out of the gate. No other side was competitive enough to warrant using the ComeOn voucher code to back them to win the title over City.

Arsenal are currently in sixth place, and still in danger of losing their position to Burnley and finding themselves, potentially, out of Europe all together next season. Almost one third of seats at the Emirates have been in empty for recent league games, but the last time Wenger discussed dwindling attendance, he blamed it on Easter Sunday.

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Man United vs Liverpool at Michigan; Full ICC Schedule Announced

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It was officially announced moments ago that Manchester United and Liverpool will take their bitter rivalry to the Big House this summer. This huge match-up was reported weeks ago, but the date was not revealed until just now- Saturday, July 28, 2018, 5:00 pm at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

America’s largest capacity stadium, second in the world behind only Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, hosted United and Real Madrid in 2014. That event remains the highest attended (109,318 fans) soccer match on U.S. soil in history. In 2016, Madrid took on Chelsea, at that clash was the second highest attended (105,826) fans soccer game in American history and the highest in Chelsea history.

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Arsene Wenger Labels Defeat at Newcastle a Character Concern

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Arsenal’s 2-1 loss at Newcastle United yesterday was the Gunners fifth straight Premier League defeat away from home. The setback left the Gunners currently sitting 13 points outside the top four, so there only chance back into Europa is via winning the Europa League tournament.

In his post match news conference, Wenger labeled yesterday’s loss at the Geordies as “the story of our season” and ” a worry character-wise.” In the same news conference, he ripped the Premier League over their decision not to adopt VAR.

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Arsene Wenger Rips Premier League Over VAR Decision

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spent much of this season harshly criticizing Premier League referees, so it’s only natural that he would also slam the Premier League’s decision on Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Wenger was irate after his side were denied a potential penalty for a handball during the first half of their loss at Newcastle United.

The 2-1 result marked the Gunners fifth straight league defeat away from home. The Gunners now sit 13 points outside the top four. In his post match news conference, Wenger ripped the league’s decision not to go with VAR as “very, very bad” and as a move that will cause the league to fall behind other leagues in the world.

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Arsenal FC in Talks for New £40m-a-year Kit Deal

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Arsenal FC currently have a kit partnership with Puma that is worth just under £30 million per season. It is set to expire next year, meaning the market will soon be opening up for another manufacturer to step in with a higher bid. That manufacturer appears to be Adidas; who we’re now supposed to refer to as “Ah-dee-dahs,” after decades of calling them Adidas.

I guess the Run DMC song “My Adidas” from the 1980s will need to be changed. Adidas are reportedly willing to give the north London side a 33% increase in payout, as the Daily Mail claims the German sportswear company is willing to go more than £40 million per term.

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Liverpool FC Top Premier League Agent Fee Spending at £26.8m

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For the first time ever, Premier League clubs in total spent more than £200 million on agent fees. Leading the way to the £211,011,187 mark was Liverpool Football Club, at just shy of £26.8 million. The Football Association released the numbers today which cover the period of Feb. 1 2017 to Jan. 31 2018, taking in the last two transfer windows.

The reigning league champions, Chelsea, were second followed by this year’s champions-in-waiting Manchester City. Coming in fourth was Manchester United, a.k.a. Mino Raiola FC.

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