Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

News, sports

He’s the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta held productive talks with Arsenal on Tuesday about succeeding Arsene Wenger and floated appointing Santi Cazorla as his assistant, according to reports.

The north London club are pushing ahead with their search for a replacement for Wenger, who has ended his 22-year association with the club, and want a new manager in place before the start of the World Cup.

Although experienced coaches likes Juventus boss Max Allegri and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique have been linked with the post, Arteta is now emerging as the favourite.

Arteta and Cazorla played alongside each other for three seasons (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s hierarchy are believed to be leaning towards a ‘rookie’ coach and Arteta has a growing reputation thanks to two years learning under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

And now The Independent report that Arteta’s chances of replacing Wenger have progressed after fresh talks with the club, while he is already thinking about his backroom team.

The Spaniard is considering compatriot Cazorla – who he played alongside at Arsenal – as an assistant, and the playmaker could be offered a player-coaching role.

Arteta will also weigh up including Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould in his staff, though the former centre-back is undecided about remaining at the club.

Arteta snubbed the chance to coach at Arsenal under Wenger and instead joined Guardiola (Getty)

The Gunners have already axed a number of Wenger’s old support staff, such as right-hand man Boro Primorac, and Arteta wants to bring in at least three of his own appointments.

Although Arteta is now Ivan Gazidis’ preferred choice, Arsenal’s hierarchy are still expected to meet with other candidates and want to complete a thorough search before finally settling on Wenger’s successor.

via Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

Advertisements

EDDIE HOWE would be the perfect man to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

sports
express.co.uk
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe has seen his stock rise at Bournemouth

Those are the thoughts of former Everton and Sunderland star-turned-pundit Don Hutchinson.

Wenger will stand down as Arsenalmanager after Sunday’s game away to Huddersfield after almost 22 years at the helm.

A number of candidates have been bandied about to replace the French tactician, including Carlo Ancelotti and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

At present, there is a dearth of English managers in charge of Premier League clubs.

But Hutchison thinks Howe would be ideal for the Gunners if given the chance.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger will stand down as Arsenal boss after their final league game

“I think he’s the perfect candidate,” Hutchison said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily when asked about Howe’s credentials.

“There’s bigger names out there, but what I see in Howe is that he’s quite flawless in terms of his temperament.

“When you see Bournemouth over the last three or four years, you see a team that goes through a patch.

“Right ‘what have you got’? You might have to do something different.

https://players.brightcove.net/2540076170001/BkxGoSlDuG_default/index.html?videoId=5782882631001

“They keep playing football – it’s the Arsenal way, it’s the Bournemouth way.

“They keep playing and keep playing, because they’re good enough.

“The only game Bournemouth changed was against Liverpool, but Howe never changes and never panicks.”

Report a problem

default117dislikedislike

Breaking: Juventus prepare to replace Arsenal target Massimiliano Allegri

Entertainment, News, sports

Is Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri heading to Arsenal?

The rush to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager continues with it effectively becoming a two-horse race on Monday.

A number of reliable sources (including the BBC’s David Ornstein) have revealed that Arsenal are now preparing to appoint either ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, or Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.

It is a big week for Allegri, with Juventus playing in the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan on Wednesday night. The Old Lady also need just one more point to retain the Scudetto.

Allegri is now the favourite for the Arsenal role, with the Italian reportedly keen on a move to England with just one year left on his deal at Juventus.

Massimiliano Allegri & Carlo Ancelotti

Massimiliano Allegri & Carlo Ancelotti during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

Who will replace Allegri at Juventus?

As a result of all the speculation, Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport are now speculating as to who will take over from Allegri at The Old Lady.

So far, Juventus have publicly said Allegri will stay and that there are no plans to look for a successor.

However, Tuttosport believe this to be untrue and list a number of candidates.

These include current Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, who has impressed in the Italian capital.

Didier Deschamps or Zinedine Zidane to return to Juventus?

Also mentioned are Diego Simeone and Didier Deschamps, both of whom have experience in Serie A, the latter played for Juventus.

Juventus’ dream scenario is Zinedine Zidane, but even if Real Madrid lose the Champions League final it seems likely Zizou will keep his job at the Bernabeu.

Other names mentioned by Tuttosport are Paulo Sousa, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and current FC Porto manager Sergio Conceicao.

It looks like being a very busy summer in Turin!

Related: Thierry Henry blasted for disrespecting departing Arsenal boss Wenger.

Juventus CEO speaks out over future of Arsenal target Allegri.

Soccer News

via 101 Great Goals https://ift.tt/1wnyP0o

via Juventus prepare to replace Arsenal target Massimiliano Allegri — High Velocity Sport

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Celebrates Burnley Win With ‘Brother’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan As Arsenal Pair Enjoy Late Night Celebrations —

Entertainment, News, sports

Arsenal attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all smiles on Sunday as they enjoyed a late night celebrating the Gunners’ 5-0 win over Burnley.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang toasted the win over Burnley on SundayAubameyang scored twice during a demolition of Burnley on Sunday

Arsenal attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all smiles on Sunday as they enjoyed a late night celebrating the Gunners’ 5-0 win over Burnley.

Gabon striker Aubameyang scored twice, assisting another, during the emphatic home win which marked the final home game for Arsene Wenger before he departs the club this summer.

Taking to Instagram late on Sunday, Aubameyang posted a photo with his ‘brother’ Mkhitaryan as the pair cut relaxed figures away from the pitch.

The Gabon striker scored twice on Sunday to mark a fitting home finale for Arsene Wenger

The pressure was on Arsenal’s players to provide Wenger with a fitting send off following their disappointing Europa League semi-final exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

But Aubameyang, who played no part at the Wanda Metropolitano due to being ineligible, got the party started after 14 minutes with a neat finish.

Burnley, who secured European football after Everton’s failure to beat Southampton on Saturday evening, offered little resistance to rewrite the Emirates script as they went on to be hit for five.

Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi added to Aubameyang’s brace on the day.

Trips to Leicester City and Huddersfield Town will round off Wenger’s 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal but few will forget the atmosphere, emotion and performance of his final game at the Emirates.

via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Celebrates Burnley Win With ‘Brother’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan As Arsenal Pair Enjoy Late Night Celebrations —

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Why I Dedicated My Goal To David Luiz – Giroud Opens Up

Entertainment, sports

Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud has opened up on why he dedicated the goal he scored against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday to fellow teammate, David Luiz. Giroud headed in the only goal of the game, as Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the Stamford Bridge. The Blues came into the game, needing a victory […]

http://www.informationng.com/?p=601205

I will gladly Welcome Martial to Arsenal – Pires

News, sports

 

pire

‘I would welcome him at Arsenal!’ Robert Pires urges former club to sign Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

anthony-martialRobert Pires insists he would ‘welcome’ Anthony Martial at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Robert Pires has urged his former club Arsenal to attempt to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United.
France international Martial joined the Red Devils in 2015, becoming the most expensive teenager in history when he left Monaco for a fee of over £50million.
The 22-year-old has struggled to live up to his price-tag, however, failing to nail down a place in United’s team under Jose Mourinho.
More: Football

 

Wenger’s Arsenal held at home by 10 men Atletico in UEFA Europa League Semis 1st Leg; Can he get a happy ending exit at the Emirates? 2nd leg will tell. — Vickspiration

News, sports

Antoine Greizmann has 20 goals in 25 games for Atletico Madrid in 2018 Antoine Griezmann punished Arsenal’s lax defence late on as 10-man Atletico Madrid salvaged a draw from the Europa League semi-final first leg at Emirates Stadium. The visitors were on the back foot for almost the entire game after defender Sime Vrsaljko was […]

via Wenger’s Arsenal held at home by 10 men Atletico in UEFA Europa League Semis 1st Leg; Can he get a happy ending exit at the Emirates? 2nd leg will tell. — Vickspiration    

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Greizmann has 20 goals in 25 games for Atletico Madrid in 2018

Antoine Griezmann punished Arsenal’s lax defence late on as 10-man Atletico Madrid salvaged a draw from the Europa League semi-final first leg at Emirates Stadium.

The visitors were on the back foot for almost the entire game after defender Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed for two yellow cards in the first 10 minutes.

With Atletico’s furious manager Diego Simeone sent to the stands shortly afterwards, the Spanish side survived unscathed to half-time, with Alexandre Lacazette clipping the post with a half-volley the hosts’ best chance.

Lacazette nodded in Jack Wilshere’s cross just after the hour to apparently edge the Gunners closer to a Europa League final send-off for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.

But with eight minutes remaining, Griezmann latched on to a long ball forward, shrugged off Laurent Koscielny and stabbed into the net at the second attempt for an away goal to swing the tie Atletico’s way going into the return leg in Madrid next Thursday.

Arsenal’s fans were left ruing a familiar combination of wasteful finishing and costly lapses in concentration as the teams departed to a muted response in Wenger’s final home European game.

Their team now must breach an Atletico defence that has conceded just four times at home in La Liga this season to have any hope of extending Wenger’s 22-season spell in charge to the final on 16 May.

Atletico’s early outbursts

Atletico Madrid's Sime Vrsaljko is sent off in the 10th minute against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium
Sime Vrsaljko had picked up seven bookings in 25 previous appearances for Atletico this season

In contrast to Arsenal, Atletico Madrid’s defensive discipline has served them well in recent continental campaigns, grinding out victory in four of their five European semi-finals over the past nine seasons.

But the Spaniards’ usual pragmatism deserted them as they self-combusted in the opening 13 minutes.

Croatian right-back Vrsaljko was booked as he caught Wilshere late in the second minute and, instead of showing the requisite caution, blundered into Lacazette with his studs up eight minutes later.

So early in the contest, Atletico may have expected referee Clement Turpin to limit punishment to a stern and final warning.

But the 35-year-old Frenchman judged the challenge rather than the occasion and showed Vrsaljko a justified second yellow.

Simeone was exasperated by that decision and incensed by Turpin opting not to book Hector Bellerin shortly after. The Argentine was dispatched to the stands after aiming a stream of invective at the official.

Atletico in their element

Alexandre Lacazette heads Arsenal's goal against Atletico Madrid
Alexandre Lacazette was making only his third Europa League appearance of the season

If any side is suited to surviving such a precarious situation though, it is Atletico.

Midfielder Thomas Partey slotted back into defence, forward Griezmann dropped deeper and their whole side set about absorbing Arsenal’s pressure and running down the clock.

The visitors rode their luck at times, with Lacazette grazing the post with an awkward half-volley, but had chances of their own in the first half with Griezmann thumping a fierce shot straight at David Ospina.

As Simeone stood impatiently in a gangway high above and his assistant German Burgos orchestrated from the sidelines, their side threatened to throttle the life out of the game.

The tightest defence in La Liga – with only 18 goals conceded in 34 games – was finally undone as Wilshere dug out a cross and Lacazette hung above Lucas Hernandez to score his 16th of the season.

With Griezmann lurking though, Atletico always retained the power to land a sucker punch.

The France international was played onside by dawdling Nacho Monreal before he hustled Koscielny into a swiped, unsuccessful clearance and applied the finish to spark delirium in the away section.

Diego Simeone
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone watched most of the match standing at the back of a section of Arsenal fans

Wenger to be denied dream send-off?

Aaron Ramsey’s header was brilliantly pawed away by Jan Oblak as Arsenal pushed in vain to re-establish their lead but, given the weight of the away goal, it may not have unseated Atletico as favourites to progress.

Wenger has twice lost in European finals with Arsenal, missing out in a penalty shootout against Galatasaray in the 2000 Uefa Cup final, before being broken down by Barcelona in the Champions League final six years later.

It will require one of Arsenal’s great European displays to take him to a third.

The Gunners may take heart from London rivals Chelsea, who won 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in September.

Man of the match – Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

Diego Godin
With Simeone dispatched to the stands, captain Diego Godin marshalled a superb defensive performance from the visitors

Score-draw specialist Simeone

  • Atletico Madrid have drawn 1-1 on each of their past three visits to England – against Leicester City in last season’s Champions League quarter-final and at Chelsea in this season’s group stage.
  • Atletico Madird have been victorious in seven of their nine two-legged knockout contests against English opponents.
  • Arsenal have lost all of the past three two-legged ties against Spanish opposition – all to Barcelona in the Champions League.

‘The worst possible result considering the game’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BT Sport: “Looking at the performance and the way the game went, it was the worst possible result for us, but we have to go there in a positive mood and qualify.

“Of course it feels like an opportunity missed. We could have qualified tonight but it didn’t happen. Their keeper made a lot of saves and they showed their quality by scoring with one chance.

“What matters is that we go there with the belief to do it.”

What’s next?

Arsenal travel to Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League (16:30 BST) while Atletico play Alaves away on the same day (15:15 BST). The teams’ meet again in the second leg next Thursday at 20:05.

Antoine Griezmann Cancels Alexandre Lacazette Goal In Europa League Semi-Final Stalemate

sports

https://wp.me/p9fesW-23A.

 The aggression spilled onto the pitch at times

Arsenal Paid the price for their lack of clinical finishing as Atletico Madrid snatched a dramatic draw at Emirates on Thursday in Europa League semi final.

Sime Vrsaljko was shown two yellow cards within the first ten minutes but Gunners paid price for a sloppy mistake in defence.

Antoine Griezmann, slipping silently through Arsenal’s defence after 83 minutes, provided the brutal, excruciating reminder.

Atletico Madrid, down to ten men and without their coach Diego Simeone after he was sent off, did a number on Arsenal.

He scored the equaliser, evading the sliding challenges of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi to score a crucial away goal.

It was a belting finish, lifted into the roof of David Ospina’s net seven minutes from the end of this fiery first leg.

They are still level on aggregate, but everybody at the Emirates knows they need the miracle of Madrid now.

It is a shame because Arsenal worked so hard to establish a 61st minute lead given to them by Alexandre Lacazette.

This being Arsenal, against stellar European opposition, they could not hold on to it.

Lacazette separated these two warring clubs when he headed Arsenal’s goal beyond Jan Oblak after 61 angsty minutes.

The goal lifted the Emirates, with the fans running up and down stairwells celebrating Lacazette’s strike.

 Alexandre Lacazette thought he had won the game for the Gunners with a fine header

For a time, they wondered whether it would ever come. Atletico were a man down after 10 minutes, one short for the rest of this first leg after right back Sime Vrsaljko was sent off.

Everybody’s gameplan went out of the window after that. That nutjob Simeone, with steam coming out of his ears on the touchline, followed Vrsaljko down the tunnel three minutes later

Simeone had given French referee Clement Turpin a mouthful, giving him a gutful from the sidelines for a full three minutes after Vrsaljko’s dismissal.

After that, Atletico and their players disgraced themselves. They tried to turn this into a masterclass in the dark arts and for a long time, Arsenal could not do a thing about it.

What followed next was a steady stream of first half chances for Arsenal. Lacazette hit the outside of the post, steering the effort on to the woodwork when he connected with Danny Welbeck’s cross.

Oblak, Atletico’s highly-rated keeper, saved point blank from the Arsenal forward the Nacho Monreal swung in a cross from the left.

He got there in the end, scoring just after the hour. Arsenal were up for this, determined to establish a first leg lead in Wenger’s final European home game.

When Simeone was sent off after 13 minutes – when Turpin failed to give a free kick when Hector Bellerin was running around rattling cages – Atletico were all over the shop.

Oblak had to save with his legs again and Laurent Koscielny failed to connect properly at the far post when Aaron Ramsey flicked a corner on.

Thing is, the more frustrated Arsenal became, the more Atletico grew into it.

Griezmann finally made a meaningful contribution, forcing a decent save out of David Ospina just after half an hour.

 Griezmann made sure he had the final say in North London

Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, date and odds — Metro

News, sports

Arsene Wenger has one last shot at glory (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger takes charge of his last home European game in charge of Arsenal on Thursday night as the Gunners host Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League. It is the Frenchman’s last chance to win a European trophy with Arsenal before he…

Arsene Wenger takes charge of his last home European game in charge of Arsenalon Thursday night as the Gunners host Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League.

It is the Frenchman’s last chance to win a European trophy with Arsenal before he steps down from his role as manager in the summer.

His side face a stern test, though, against an Atletico side who sit second in La Liga, two points clear of their city rivals Real Madrid.

It is only the first leg on Thursday night but it is hugely important, here is everything… Read the full story

via Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, date and odds — Metro

Does anybody want to Coach Arsenal? — INKLING LEAGUE

sports

25 April Arsenal could be running out of candidates to take over from Arsene Wenger, if the Times are to be believed. The North London side will be without the Frenchman next season, as he announced his retirement last week. Yet one of the prime names to take over, Jogi Low, is likely out because […]

via Does anybody want to Coach Arsenal? — INKLING LEAGUE

Arsenal and Chelsea given fresh encouragement in Allegri pursuit — INKLING LEAGUE

News, sports

According to the latest reports from Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, Juventus will relieve Massimiliano Allegri of his duties should they fail to win the Scudetto this season. Last night’s 1-0 defeat at home to Napoli leaves the Bianconeri just a single point ahead of the Partenopei, hence their chances of securing a seventh consecutive league […]

According to the latest reports from Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, Juventus will relieve Massimiliano Allegri of his duties should they fail to win the Scudetto this season.

Last night’s 1-0 defeat at home to Napoli leaves the Bianconeri just a single point ahead of the Partenopei, hence their chances of securing a seventh consecutive league title are at serious risk.

Indeed, the Tuscan tactician is set to meet with his superiors in the coming weeks to discuss whether they intend to continue their working relationship. However, fresh doubts over his future at the club have surfaced in the wake of a hugely underwhelming performance against Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Meanwhile, the former Cagliari and AC Milan boss remains a managerial target for Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea. Their respective hierarchies will surely be encouraged by the mounting speculation over his future in Turin.

 

via Arsenal and Chelsea given fresh encouragement in Allegri pursuit — INKLING LEAGUE

 

TICK TOCK  Arsene Wenger leaves:

News, sports
Arsenal ticket box office crashes as fans scramble to watch Wenger’s last matches in charge. Wenger’s final game in charge against Burnley has now sold out with supporters desperate to be part of the Frenchman’s big send-off on May 6  

ARSENAL’S ticket site crashed with fans scrambling to watch Arsene Wenger’s final games in charge.

The Gunners’ site went into meltdown briefly – with his last home game in charge to Burnley on May 6 having now SOLD OUT.

Wenger today announced that he will stand down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

trust.jpgThe Gunners face West Ham, Atletico Madrid and Clarets at home, with away trips Manchester United, Atleti, Leicester and Huddersfield in Wenger’s final three weeks in charge.

And the club will almost certainly sell every seat made available for Wenger remaining games.

Attendances have dwindled for recent games with the Frenchman making a series of excuses.  Wenger will say goodbye to Arsenal on May 6 when Burnley visitPA:PRESS ASSOCIATION

Piers Morgan reveals Arsenal should rename the Emirates to the ‘Arsene Wenger Stadium’ in the future

News, sports
apierPIERS MORGAN has sensationally claimed he would be happy for the Emirates to be renamed the ‘Arsene Wenger Stadium’ in the future.

The 53-year-old has spearheaded the #WengerOut brigade in recent years, and has finally got his wish after Wenger announced earlier this morning he would leave his role at the end of the season.

Morgan has long campaigned for the 68-year-old to leave the Emirates, as Arsenal have have consistently fallen behind their rivals, and haven’t won the Premier League in 14 years.

The Gunners currently sit in sixth place in the top-flight – just two points above Burnley – and are in danger of missing out on Champions League football yet again.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Arsenal supporter Morgan spoke of how although he’s not his biggest fan, he will be singing his name against West Ham on Sunday.

He said: “I’ve led the Wenger Out campaign on social media, but I don’t feel gleeful.

Morgan, 53, has been heavily critical of Wenger in recent years as Arsenal continue to fall behind their rivals
Arsene Wenger has been in charge of the North London side since 1996, where hehas won three Premier League titles.

“I’m not gloating about it today – I just wish he’d done it years ago. He lost me when he sold Robin van Persie to Man United. That did it for me.

“Last year was Wenger’s worst ever year, this year is even worse. It’s time to go, I’ve known that for the last eight years.


IVAN TO BREAK FREE Arsenal could appoint new manager TONIGHT as Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis calls emergency press conference


“It’s a good day for Arsenal, but it’s also a sad day for Arsenal. I’ll be singing ‘one Arsene Wenger’ on Sunday – he’s done the right thing.

“I would honestly be very happy to call the Emirates Stadium the ‘Arsene Wenger Stadium’ in the future.”

Morgan was quick to take to Twitter after learning of the news earlier today, simply commenting “Wenger out” as footballers and pundits praised the excellence of the Frenchman.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has emerged as a favourite to replace the ex-Monaco boss in the summer.

Twitter Reacts to Arsene Wenger Departure Announcement

News, sports

Twitter Reacts to Arsene Wenger Departure Announcement

https://ift.tt/2HFQ9xr

Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

 

Arsenal dropped a bombshell on Twitter on Friday morning.

An article headlined “Merci, Arsene” hinted as to its contents and it confirmed that manager Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the 2017-18 season after nearly 22 years in charge at the club:

Comments from the Frenchman included gratitude to the club and a message for Gunners fans: “To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”

The 68-year-old will leave his post with a year still remaining on his contract, and, as a result, the announcement came as a shock to many:

The Wall Street Journal‘s Joshua Robinson shed some light on how Wenger came to the decision:

He will depart the Emirates Stadium as a three-time Premier League champion and seven-time FA Cup winner.

Wenger also still has the chance to bow out on a high by claiming his first-ever European trophy, as Arsenal are still in the UEFA Europa League and face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

Despite Wenger’s Arsenal having struggled in the second half of his tenure—they last won the Premier League in 2004—the reaction to the announcement was largely positive.

Many, including Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News and the Guardian‘s Sachin Nakrani, acknowledged the huge impact he had on the English game from his appointment in 1996:

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville outlined his experience of playing against Wenger’s best teams:

Others expressed their admiration for a man who has been part of the Premier League furniture for over two decades:

Duncan Alexander of Opta provided some statistical context for Wenger’s time at Arsenal:

As noted by BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, there is recent precedent for a departure of this magnitude given it was only five years ago that Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day at Manchester United:

Unsurprisingly, suggestions of all kinds flooded in for who should fill Wenger’s shoes in the Arsenal dugout:

Wenger has five Premier League games left to oversee as Arsenal manager, the first of which is a home clash against West Ham United on Sunday.

His relationship with many Gunners fans has soured in recent years as Arsenal have slipped down the domestic and European pecking order.

But he will surely receive a rapturous and grateful farewell from the Emirates faithful as he calls time on a remarkable tenure in north London.

Breaking Sports News

via Bleacher Report – Front Page https://ift.tt/yO6Sgr

April 20, 2018 at 03:14AM

Europa League: Arsenal, Atletico Zooms Into semi-final

sports, Uncategorized

Arsenal.jpg

CSKA Moscow 2-2 (3-6 on agg.) Arsenal

Red Bull Salzburg 4-1 (6-5 on agg.) Lazio

Marseille 5-2 (5-3 on agg.) Red Bull Leipzig

It was another dramatic night across Europe as Semi finalists emerged in the Europa League.

Premier League side Arsenal booked their place in the semi-final with a 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow, with Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey providing late goals to seal their fate into the final four.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg and Marseille completed massive comebacks in front of their home crowds to move into the next round.

Red Bull Salzburg overturned a 4-2 opening leg deficit against Lazio with a 4-1 victory in Austria, while Ligue 1 side Marseille scored five goals against Red Bull Leipzig to get past the German Bundesliga club.

lazio rlazio2

For Salzburg, all four goals came after halftime, with the decisive finish from Stefan Lainer coming with 14 minutes remaining in the match.

In Portugal, Atletico Madrid fell 1-0 to Sporting CP behind Fredy Montero’s lone finish, but it wasn’t enough for the Portuguese side to move through to the semifinals.