Arsene Wenger Faces Fury From Fan After Their Lose To Crystal Palace

Besieged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faced fury from supporters and mounting exasperation from pundits following his side’s latest capitulation against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal’s players were branded “cowards” after Monday’s 3-­0 loss at Selhurst Park, which left them seven points off the Champions League places in sixth place.

With Wenger refusing to address the subject of his future, the atmosphere around the club has become increasingly toxic.

Supporters hurled abuse at their own players during the defeat at Palace, while there were chants of: “We want Wenger out!”

In one second-­half flashpoint, a group of Arsenal fans refused to return the ball to Hector Bellerin at a throw-­in before chanting: “You’re not fit to wear the shirt!”

The full­-time whistle drew the now familiar displaying of “WENGER OUT” posters and banners by Arsenal’s fans.

Wenger and his squad were barracked as they boarded the team bus after the match and supporters on social media struggled to articulate their frustrations.

Theo Walcott, Arsenal’s captain on the night, apologised for “letting the fans down”.

Despite the rising crescendo of discontent, British media reports suggest Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, will accept the offer of a new contract from the club’s board.

The 67-­year­-old Frenchman once again batted away questions about his future after the game, saying he was “not in the mood” to discuss it.

But the impact of the uncertainty about his position on the team’s performances is becoming increasingly impossible to ignore, despite Wenger’s claims it has had no effect.

Arsenal have lost five of their last eight Premier League games and have been beaten in four successive away games for the first time in Wenger’s tenure.

It leaves them facing the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1997.

They were eliminated from this season’s competition following a humiliating 10­2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the last 16. ­ ‘

 

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes Wenger has lost the magic touch that brought him three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in his first nine years at the club.

“I just think now it’s time for him to go,” Hartson told BBC Radio 5 Live. “It hurts me to say that because I like Arsene Wenger.

“Last night (Monday), you would call that performance inept. There was a lack of leadership, lack of togetherness. The players are playing as individuals. They don’t look like a team.”

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher delivered a particularly scathing assessment of Wenger’s players on Sky Sports .

“They bottle it, they’re cowards, they duck out of challenges,” Carragher said.

“The best description of the players was two years ago from Graeme Souness, who said they are a team of son-­in-­laws. But what father would want his daughter to bring one of them home?”

He also pointed the finger at star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, labelling their recent performances “nothing short of embarrassing”.

Both Ozil and Sanchez are stalling over new contracts. Ozil indicated recently he will not commit his future to the club unless he knows whether or not Wenger is staying.

Arsenal great Ian Wright claimed on Twitter that the nature of Arsenal’s latest capitulation showed Wenger has “lost” the dressing room.

The back-­page headline in The Times, a riff on Palace’s nickname, read: “Eagles 3 Butterflies 0.”

The Daily Telegraph said the result at Selhurst Park represented “humiliation”, while The Sun asked of Wenger: “How can he stay after Selhurst shambles?”

Several newspapers said Arsenal had reached “a new low”.

Arsenal have a week off until their next league game, away to relegation-­threatened Middlesbrough, before tackling Manchester City in the FA Cup semi­finals at Wembley.

Wenger is bidding to win a record seventh FA Cup, but even that would be unlikely to drown out the howls of derision that are engulfing the club.

Arsene Wenger Applaud Fans Despite Protest

Arsenal following one win in six matches and a slide down the Premier League table, Arsene Wenger  who is under pressure  has faced calls to resign from some fans.

“I must say, despite all that has happened on the fans front, our fans were fantastic today,” said the Frenchman, whose side twice hit back to earn a draw against City.

“In very difficult moments our fans, at 1-0 down and 2-1 down, could have turned against us but I think they were absolutely sensational to get us through those difficult moments.”

Goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi cancelled out efforts from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero in a performance Wenger believed “built confidence to help us to come back to our natural fluency.”

Wenger, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been offered a two-year extension and said on 18 March he will announce his future plans “very soon”.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that Wenger “should declare his future for the good of the club.”

But when pressed on his future following Sunday’s draw, he said: “I’ve shown great loyalty and always committed. I don’t know how long I am here but I love the club and will do my best. I am clear in my mind, it will be soon, don’t worry.”

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

The Gunners face West Ham at home on Wednesday and then travel to Crystal Palace the following Monday.

 

Source: BBC sport

Arsene Wenger Says His Place At Arsenal Is Unstable

Arsene Wenger has given his strongest hint yet that he intends to stay on as Arsenal manager for another two years, but said the issue is “not sorted completely out.”

Wenger once again refused to make an announcement about whether he will renew his contract when it expires this summer, but reiterated that he knows what he wants to do.

He said at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s crucial Premier League game against Manchester City: “I am very clear in my mind, But anyway do I stay two months or two years? My commitment will be exactly the same. So the time I spend here does not influence at all my attitude.

“I’ve always been very clear in my mind and I will remain like that, but it’s a subject that is not sorted completely out.”

Wenger has come under heavy pressure following Arsenal’s recent slump in form that has seen the Gunners drop to sixth in the league. Some disgruntled fans have been staging protest marches before recent home games demanding that the club does not renew his deal.

Wenger had said after Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at West Brom before the international break that he had made a decision on his future and would announce it “very soon,” having previously said he would make a decision in late March or April.
Arsene Wenger has come under pressure from some fans.
But when pressed on when he will make an announcement, the Arsenal boss said: “I have nothing more than that… I spoke a lot about that and for me it’s exactly the same, I have to focus on what is important.”

He also rejected the notion that the uncertainty about his future is causing instability at the club.

“No. The priority in life is always to focus on what is important and not to look for excuses,” he said. “At the moment our results are not going the way we want, but as well we have to make sure that the priority for us is what happens on the pitch.

“Being professional is to perform on the football pitch and not to find escape excuses where I think there are not [any].”

A win over Man City would ease some of the pressure, but Arsenal will be without goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is still sidelined with a calf injury. Cech will also miss Wednesday’s home game against West Ham but could be back for the trip to Crystal Palace on April 10.

Lucas Perez is also out with a thigh problem, while Wenger confirmed Santi Cazorla will not return before the end of the campaign. Cazorla has been out since October and is recovering from foot surgery.

“I think the season is over for him,” Wenger said.

Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League games and their chances of a top-four finish would take a further blow with another defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side. But Wenger promised that Arsenal will not move away from their normal attacking game.

“We come out of a difficult period and we play at home in a very big game. It’s a good opportunity for us to bounce back,” he said. “I think it’s two teams who, when you look at the numbers, have the best numbers of the final third in the league.

“That promises to be a very positive, attacking game. Both teams will attack — they go for it, we go for it, so it should be a promising game.”

 

Wenger Decides to Extend his Contract With Arsenal

Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday.

The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror said Wenger will inform Arsenal’s board he wants to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis also said Wenger told him he intended to stay on after Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

“I’ll be surprised if he goes,” Pulis told reporters after Saturday’s game, as revealed in Monday’s newspapers.

Asked why he thought Wenger would stay, Pulis replied: “Because he told me.”

Wenger, 67, has come under fire from fans after Arsenal were thrashed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and slipped out of the Premier League’s top four.

Supporters renewed calls for him to step down during and after the defeat at West Brom, with some holding up “WENGER OUT” banners.

Speaking after the game, Wenger said he had made up his mind about his future and would make his intentions public “very soon”.

Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, is believed to have been offered a new two-year contract.

Arsenal’s support is split over Wenger, who won seven trophies in his first nine seasons as manager but has won only two FA Cups in the 12 years since.

Rival groups of Arsenal supporters paid for planes trailing banners that were both critical and supportive of him to fly over the stadium during the game against West Brom.

One banner read “NO CONTRACT #WENGER OUT”, the other: “IN ARSENE WE TRUST #RESPECTAW”.

The defeat at West Brom was Arsenal’s fourth in five league games and left them in sixth place in the Premier League table, six points below the Champions League places with two games in hand.

Wenger said his future at Arsenal was not contingent on the club securing a place in next season’s Champions League.

“My decision will not necessarily be linked with that because I’ve done the top four 20 times. It’s more. It’s not that,” he said.

“I take a bigger perspective than that. It’s not the last result that will decide what I will do.”

Arsene Wenger Says “Rule Changes is Dangerous in Football”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that while the introduction of technology and other rule changes may benefit the sport in certain cases there is a real danger that football could become a “stop-and-go game”.

The International Football Association Board have recommended trialling video replays next season and have considered introducing sin-bins for yellow card offences as well as changing the format of the penalty shootout.

Goal-line technology was introduced in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season and teams are now allowed to field a fourth substitute in extra time in the latter stages of this year’s FA Cup.

“We have to take care that the game remains fluent and dynamic, and that there are not too many stoppages in the game, especially if we go to video (replays) as well,” Wenger told the club’s website.

“We have spoken many times about this in managers’ meetings in Geneva. There are pros and cons, but you do not want to interrupt the game too much if you make more substitutions,” Wenger added.

“It can become a tactical weapon as well to slow the game down.”

Arsenal, who are fifth in the league, travel to face eighth-placed West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

 

Source: Supersport

Arsenal Boss, Wenger Praises Iwobi

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has again paid glowing praise of Nigeria youngster Alex Iwobi, describing him as “fearless and very mobile” after he notched his second Premier League goal today.

Nephew of legendary Nigeria star Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Iwobi scored after 38 minutes as Arsenal swept past Watford 4-0 at the Emirates.

“He has been here (Arsenal) since he was seven or eight. He’s fearless and very mobile,” Wenger saluted the Nigeria international after his latest exploit.

“I am pleased with his talent, but even more with his attitude and willingness to learn.”

The 19-year-old forward has made seven appearances for ‘The Gunners’ in his debut season in the Premier League – two starts and five as a sub.

Watford End Arsenal’s FA Cup Reign, While United Get Another Chance

Holders Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup by Watford on Sunday, while Anthony Martial’s 83rd-minute goal earned ailing Manchester United a 1-1 draw with West Ham United.

Goals by Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura ended Arsenal’s two-year reign as FA Cup holders as Watford won 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to join Crystal Palace and Everton in Monday’s semifinal draw.

Manchester United looked set to follow Arsenal out of the competition after Dimitri Payet put West Ham ahead with a stunning free-kick at Old Trafford, but French forward Martial spared manager Louis van Gaal from another wave of unflattering headlines with a late volleyed equaliser.

“Our fantastic run has come to an end on a day where we felt that our performance deserved a win,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side replied through substitute Danny Welbeck in the 88th minute.

“Credit to Watford — they created few chances, but took them all. It’s sad because we gave everything.”

Triumphant in the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015, Arsenal were beaten in the competition for the first time since a 1-0 fifth-round defeat by Blackburn Rovers in February 2013.

It left them facing the prospect of a trophyless season, with Wenger’s side — booed off at the final whistle — eight points off the pace in the Premier League and 2-0 down to Barcelona ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 return leg at Camp Nou.

Wenger named a strong team for the visit of Watford, but despite dominating possession Arsenal struggled to create chances in the first half, with Mohamed Elneny sweeping one effort over the bar.

Arsenal centre-back Gabriel, meanwhile, was very fortunate to escape without even a booking after flying into a two-footed challenge on Troy Deeney with his studs raised.

Watford made the breakthrough in the 50th minute as Deeney flicked a left-wing throw-in to Ighalo, who turned, held off Gabriel and beat David Ospina with a low shot.

The visitors extended their advantage 13 minutes later in stunning fashion as Guedioura met Deeney’s lay-off with a blistering strike that flew from his right foot into the top-right corner.

Welbeck reduced the arrears late on, finishing neatly after a one-two with Mesut Ozil, but then squandered a golden chance to equalise by shooting wide of an open goal from Kieran Gibbs’s pass.

Reeling from last Thursday’s 2-0 loss at Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, United welcomed West Ham to Old Trafford needing victory to rekindle their season.

But Slaven Bilic’s visitors made the better first-half chances, with Emmanuel Emenike shooting wide from Andy Carroll’s lobbed pass and heading straight at David de Gea from Aaron Cresswell’s cross.

West Ham took the lead in the 68th minute when French playmaker Payet confirmed his status as one of the players of the season by arcing a picture-perfect 30-yard free-kick over the wall and in off the left-hand post.

But with nails being chewed to the quick by the home fans, Martial kept United in the competition by charging in to convert Ander Herrera’s right-wing cross with a close-range volley.

Michail Antonio almost restored West Ham’s lead in stoppage time, but De Gea turned his low strike around the post to send the tie to a replay.

“We have played a game against Liverpool on Thursday and they (West Ham) had the whole week to prepare and (yet) we could come back and show a big revival,” said Van Gaal.

“I have to give a lot of compliments to my team. They were mentally tired after Liverpool and also in the body.”

A bullish Bilic told the BBC: “Manchester United are a different team when they play away and don’t have that confidence.

“It (the replay) is going to be a tough game, but I fancy us because we’re going to be even more confident.”

Wenger Admits To Stuttering Form

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not believe his side’s Premier League title chances are over despite a “stuttering” run of results.

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Southampton on Tuesday, leaving the club four league games without a win and five points adrift of leaders Leicester City.

The Gunners are next in action at Bournemouth on Sunday before they host Leicester on Feb. 14, and Wenger is refusing to give up on his side’s opportunity at glory.

“We’ll see at the end of the season. It’s too early to say that,” he said when asked if he was worried about Arsenal’s dip in form.