Wenger ‘Was Sacked’, Arsenal Great Wright Says

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has insisted Arsene Wenger must have been sacked as he cannot believe his old boss would have walked away from his post.

Wenger announced Friday his intention to step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge of the north London club.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 and now face a second successive season where they will finish outside the top four.

They’ll also likely need to win the Europa League — Wenger’s men are in the semi-finals — to qualify for Europe’s elite Champions League tournament.

Wenger had faced repeated calls to quit from frustrated Gunners’ fans in recent seasons but the 68-year-old Frenchman had remained steadfast in wanting to carry on.

Wright, who helped Arsenal win the Premier League title in the early years of Wenger’s reign, was adamant he must have been forced by the club’s hierarchy.

“Arsene Wenger is a man of principle, honesty and integrity — that is why I am convinced he has been sacked and not resigned,” Wright told Saturday’s edition of The Sun tabloid.

“For all the vitriol and abuse thrown at him, Arsene has never been a man to walk out before the end of a contract,” he added.

– ‘Doesn’t add up’ –

“It is a sad situation that it’s come to this and I don’t suppose we will ever find out who is responsible, because they will hide behind each other.

“One day he is doing a press conference with no hint of this, the next he’s gone. It doesn’t add up.

“But Arsene can go with his head high. That’s why, whatever the results, it is imperative he gets the send-off a true Arsenal and football legend deserves. We all owe him so much.”

Meanwhile, Wright’s former team-mate Martin Keown, who won three titles under Wenger, said leaving Arsenal would feel like a “bereavement” for the manager.

“My overwhelming emotion is one of sadness,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Beyond his family, Arsenal and football are Arsene Wenger’s two greatest loves. To give up one of them will feel like a bereavement.

“That is what it felt like to me when my time with the club ended. I spent 18 years of my career there and, even now, I still have not really got over leaving. To leave Arsenal Football Club hurts to the very core.

“For many of Wenger’s former players – myself included – it will feel like a part of them is gone from the club forever following his departure.”

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Arsene Wenger to Step Down at the End of the Season

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s manager will finally bring his 22-year to a close at the end of the season.

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenger said in a statement posted on the club’s website.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.”

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles, leading the only side to go a full league season unbeaten in 2003-04, and lifted seven FA Cups during his tenure.

However, he has been under increasing pressure to step down from the club’s fans for several seasons as Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League for 14 years and risk missing out on Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.

Arsenal’s only realistic chance of making the Champions League next season is by winning the Europa League where the Gunners face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals on April 27 and May 4.

“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high,” added Wenger.

“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”

Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke paid tribute to a man of “unparallelled class”.

“Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude,” said Kroenke, who took a controlling stake in the club in 2011.

“One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”

Arsenal added that a successor to Wenger will be found “as soon as possible”.

Growing frustration
Wenger took charge with Arsenal in the doldrums in October 1996, but quickly set about a revolution in English football by overhauling players’ diets and bringing an end to the drinking culture that had dogged Arsenal in previous years.

Results soon arrived on the pitch as Wenger’s men beat an all-conquering Manchester United side to the title in 1997/98 and won the league again four years later.

His greatest achievement came in 2003/04 with “The Invincibles” side that not only gained plaudits for winning, but the free-flowing, attacking style with which they played.

Despite qualifying for the Champions League for 20 years in a row, though, Wenger was never able to end Arsenal’s quest to win the competition for a first time. The closest they came was in 2006 when a young side was edged out 2-1 in the final by Barcelona.

That season was also Arsenal’s final campaign at Highbury, but the promise that moving to the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium would allow the club to compete financially with the biggest spenders in England and the continent failed to materialise.

Instead, Wenger was much-criticised for his unwillingness to spend the money needed to keep up as booming TV revenues saw Premier League rivals splash the cash in an arms race to win titles.

Arsenal even sold a host of star players like Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie during the early years of their title drought.

And the fans’ frustration continued to grow as even after loosening the purse strings to buy Mesut Ozil in 2013 and Alexis Sanchez a year later, Arsenal still failed to compete for the title or the Champions League.

Wenger’s 20-year run of qualifying for the Champions League ended last season, and Arsenal currently sit sixth in the Premier League, 14 points adrift of north London rivals Tottenham in fourth.

Arsenal Announce Wenger’s Departure

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign as manager.

The Frenchman still has a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.”

The club has stated that a successor will be appointed “as soon as possible”.

Wenger, 68, won 3 Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

Wenger: CSKA Made My Heart Beat Quicker

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his team lacked urgency as they were made to fight hard to book their spot in the last four of the Europa League against CSKA Moscow on Thursday night.

The Gunners who were boasting of a 4-1 lead from the first leg fell two goals behind on the night courtesy of goals by Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin.

Danny Welbeck halted the CSKA comeback with a well-taken goal on 75 minutes, Arsenal’s first shot on target on the night.

Aaron Ramsey then scored in stoppage time to seal a 2-2 draw, sending Arsenal through 6-3 on aggregate.

“You could see when you have a big difference after the first game it is difficult to turn up with the same urgency than if the difference is very small and that played a part in the first half,” the Frenchman said after the game.

 

“I felt in the two games, they (CSKA) played well, especially tonight they made my heart beat much quicker than I expected it to be.

“We played against a good team. I knew that after the first game and they showed that again tonight, they gave us many problems.”

Wenger would not be drawn on his preferred semi-final opponent, with Atletico Madrid, Marseille, and Red Bull Salzburg lurking in Friday’s draw.

“Looking at all the results as a whole picture in Europe this week, you would say that teams have become closer and the games are very open and everything is possible in every single game,” he added.

“Everybody speaks about Atletico Madrid that they look the strongest team on paper but you must say when you look at the results that Salzburg have done again.

“I am from France and Marseille are in there as well and that is always a difficult place to go, maybe it is better that I don’t wish for anybody.”

Wenger: Arsenal Must Produce A Classy Performance To Beat CSKA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that his side must be in their very best form to beat Ahmed Musa’s CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-finals tie on Thursday at Emirates.

Arsenal’s only available chance to participate in the next season’s UEFA Champions League is to win this season’s Europa League.

They are currently sixth on the League table on 51 points, 13 points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur who are fourth.

“We play against a team who has done well in Europe so we certainly need a top class performance,” Wenger said in his press conference on Wednesday ahead of the game against the Russian side.

“When you play at home in the first leg you don’t know what you have to achieve.

“You are a bit more in a situation where you have to defend well and attack well.”

Wenger admitted his side are under pressure to perform in Europe’s second-tier club competition.

He added: “There is some extra pressure on us to do extremely well in this competition but that’s part of being where we are.

“It’s an opportunity we want to take.

“We don’t live in dreamland. We are in the quarter-final and have to go step by step.”

He stressed the importance of keeping a clean sheet in the first leg at the Emirates.

“The weight of the away goal in Europe is important so ideally you don’t want to concede,” Wenger explained.

Following the decision by some fans of the club to stay away from the Emirates Stadium due to the team’s poor performance so far this season, Wenger expressed confidence that it would not affect his players come Thursday.

He said: “I’m not worried.

“The crowd, when something is at stake, is always there and always behind us.

“What will decide the attitude of the crowd is the quality of our game.”

On Alexandre Lacazette’s readiness to lead the attack line for Arsenal against CSKA, Wenger said: “We have basically everybody available I think…

“Lacazette is ready to start, yes.

“I have not decided will he start but he is available and ready to start.”

And on whether he is interested in CSKA’s midfield star Aleksandr Golovin who has been linked to Arsenal in the past, Wenger said: “It’s not the case at the moment and I don’t think it would be appropriate to speak about a CSKA player the day before the game.”

Wenger To Miss Arsenal’s Game Against Stoke Due To Illness

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could miss Sunday’s Premier League home clash against Stoke City due to Ill health.

This was confirmed on Arsenal’s Official handle on twitter.

According to the club, Wenger was absent  from the Thursday’s pre-match press conference as he was reported ill.

Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould stepped in to carryout the press conference.

“The boss is ill this morning, so it’s Steve Bould covering for him,” the club wrote on their Twitter handle.

Arsenal are currently sixth on 48 points in the Premier League table.

The 68-year old has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996 and is currently the Premier League’s longest serving manager.

Arsenal Stars Want Henry

Arsene Wenger has been told by senior Arsenal players to employ the services of Thierry Henry for the final months of the season, reports say.

Henry has been fantastic in his role as Belgium assistant coach and Arsenal’s biggest stars are passionate and hungry for some kind of change at the club.

A 2-0 away win at AC Milan in the Europa League has helped reduced concerns after four defeats in a row for Wenger’s side.

But, the turmoil is far from over at the Emirates and Wenger’s players want Henry to come in and freshen up training, reports say.

Henry has coached the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne in the Belgium set-up and Arsenal’s key players are convinced the former Gunner can help them rediscover their form.

Arsenal must win the Europa League to claim a spot in the Champions League, with the Londoners currently languishing sixth in the Premier League table and 11 points off fourth place.

Henry has already made it clear he would jump at the chance to join Arsenal’s coaching ranks, but Wenger has resisted his pleas in the past.

Wenger is confident he, and he alone, can turn his side around and it may be a battle to convince the Frenchman to bring Henry in.

However, Josh Kroenke, the son of major shareholder Stan, is a massive fan of Henry and may use his growing influence at the club to hire Henry.

Wenger is set to keep his job until the end of the season, but there is now a serious possibility the 68-year-old will be forced out of the club in the summer.

Arsenal are on the hunt for a fresh manager, which would end a remarkable 22-year reign for Wenger at the club.

The Gunners face Watford on Sunday looking for their first win in the league since the start of February

Wenger Wanted As Allardyce’s Replacement.

Everton are seeking a move for embattled Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, to replace Sam Allardyce.

Demands for the Arsenal boss to quit  was heightened on Sunday following his side’s 2-1 loss to Brighton. It was their fourth straight loss in all competitions.

For Allardyce, he has come under criticism after Everton’s recent 2-1 league defeat to Burnley on Saturday. Last Saturday, theyalso  lost 1-0 away to Watford.

According to Daily Star, Toffees owner and Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri believes Wenger “is the ideal candidate to revive the Merseyside club’s fortunes.

Moshiri previously co-owned a 15 percent stake in Arsenal with Alisher Usmanov, and is expected to make his move in the summer.

And when questioned about his future following Arsenal’s recent defeat to Brighton, Wenger replied: “I don’t want to talk about my future. At the moment, my future is not my main worry.

“My worry is to get Arsenal winning football games. Then we’ll see where we go from there. I’ll try and give my best as long as I am here.”

Wenger Adamant On Quitting Job

Arsene Wenger maintains he can “turn things around” at Arsenal and he is  not seeing himself quit his job.

Demand for his sack after he has served for 22 years are mounting in intensity amid a sorry run of form.

A 2-1 loss to Brighton on Sunday was a fourth in succession for the Gunners, and an eighth reversal in their last 13 outings.

Wenger has never faced such opposition during his iconic reign in north London, but he retains full confidence in his ability to steer the club through a testing period.

He told Sky Sports following another disappointing display against Brighton, “It’s the first time it happens in my whole career, I must say.

“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.”

Wenger can expect to face further criticism over the coming weeks and months, with it already suggested that he has outstayed his welcome, but the 68-year-old insists he has given no thought to resigning.

 

 

Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang Vow To Give All For Wenger As Arsenal Host Man City

Arsenal January signings,Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have claimed that the who team is solidly behind their embattled coach Arsene Wenger.

Wenger has been under great criticism and pressure after Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

Arsenal, presently sixth on the table and with just 45 points and if not careful will miss out the second time on the champions league spot.

Arsenal host Man City tonight (Thursday)  night at The Emirates amid reports of a dressing room revolt against Wenger.

But the Gunners’ new signings have dismissed such claims and have vowed to show they are playing for the long serving manager.

The pair training with the Arsenal team on Wdnesday ahead of the EPL crash with Manchester city on Thursday.

“It is a pleasure to work with him. Of course, it is not very easy for him,” ‎Mkhitaryan, who is set to return against City, told Sky Sports.

“But we have to play for the club, for him, because he is a big role model for this team, a big person at this club, so we have to show we are ready to fight for him.

“It’s not the easiest time for the club, but we are here to help, do our best, and put Arsenal on the level that it was before. I know it’s not going to be easy, but we’re trying, and doing our best.”

Aubameyang added: “He is a great manager, everyone knows it.

“It is not an easy moment but we have to give our best to show him that we play for him and give everything for him.”

Arsene Wenger: Stay Back Is My ‘Last Worry’

Arsenal in 2018 has lost six games out of 12, including Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger has come to say that staying back at Arsenal is his “last worry” after losing six of their 12 games in 2018.

The Gunnersplay at home against league leaders Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday, four days after a 3-0 defeat by City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Arsenal are 27 points behind City and 10 adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race for a Champions League place.

Wenger, Arsenal manager since 1996, said he is “amazed I still have to answer these kinds of questions”.

The 68-year-old Frenchman signed a new two-year contract in May 2017 after leading Arsenal to a third FA Cup triumph in four seasons.

“I’ve turned the whole world down to respect my contracts,” he added.