Unai Emery Taking Over From Wenger At Arsenal

Unai Emery, a Former Paris Saint-Germain coach looks set to become Arsene Wenger’s successor after 22 years as Arsenal manager, according

Unai Emery, a Former Paris Saint-Germain coach looks set to become Arsene Wenger’s successor after 22 years as Arsenal manager, according to a report by the BBC.

Emery, 46, won Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital before departing earlier this month.

However, the Spaniard paid for his failure to get PSG beyond the last 16 of the Champions League in his two seasons at the Parc des Princes.

But Emery flew in for talks with the Arsenal board on Monday, May 21, 2018, and suddenly Arteta found himself out of the running, with the ex-PSG boss becoming the new favourite.

PSG had previously reached four consecutive Champions League quarter-finals following the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011, but Emery oversaw a humiliating defeat to Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago, losing 6-1 at the Camp Nou after a 4-0 win in the first leg.

The club then committed to spending 400 million euros ($483 million) on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe alone — the two most expensive transfer deals in history — last year, but Paris were eliminated in the last 16 again this year, going out to Real Madrid.

“We lost against Real but they are showing that they are maybe still the strongest team in Europe,” said Emery when announcing his departure.

Emery previously enjoyed great success on the European stage at Sevilla, where he won three Europa League titles in three full seasons at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Arsenal have been looking for a new boss for the first time in over two decades since Wenger announced last month he was stepping down at the end of the season.

A sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, the Frenchman’s worst-ever return, means the Gunners have failed to qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.

Mikel Arteta, a Former Arsenal midfielder, who has formed part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Premier League champions Manchester City for the past two seasons, appeared to be the front runner in the past week.

Arteta, who played 150 games for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016, even had Wenger’s blessing.

“He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club,” Wenger told BeIn Sports.

However, Arteta’s lack of previous managerial experience appears to have seen him lose out to his compatriot.

Emery’s own playing career was a modest one, largely in Spain’s lower divisions after failing to make the grade at Real Sociedad.

However, he established a reputation as a bright young coach at Lorca and Almeria before being handed his first big job at Valencia in 2008.

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Arsene Wenger reveals future plans following final Arsenal game

Arsene Wenger this evening provided an update on his plans for the future, after securing a 1-0 win over Huddersfield

Arsene Wenger this evening provided an update on his plans for the future, after securing a 1-0 win over Huddersfield in his final game in charge of the club following 22 years with the North Londoners.

Matchup

The Gunners travelled to the Kirklees Stadium for a 3 o’clock kick-off, as part of the final round of Premier League fixtures.

Hosts Huddersfield had already secured their place in the English top-tier for next season with a pair of fantastic results over the last week, first nabbing a point at rampant champions Manchester City, before holding Chelsea to a draw during the week.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were still yet to pick up a league point away from home since the turn of the year before today, making the Gunners the only club in the top-4 flights of English football to not have done so.

Teams

1-0

The first-half at the Kirklees this afternoon saw Arsenal take the lead into the interval, after a wonderful move from the Gunners eventually saw Aaron Ramsey’s low cross slid home at the far post by man of the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And, despite some late scares for the Gunners which saw David Ospina forced into impressive stops between the posts for the visitors, in the end, Arsenal held on, securing the club’s first points-haul away from the Emirates in the Premier League since last December.

In addition, more importantly, today’s win also sent Arsene Wenger off into the sunset with a result befitting of a reign which lasted a trophy-laden 22 years:

‘Addicted’

Speaking in a post-match interview following the full-time whistle at the Kirklees Stadium, Wenger was questioned on his plans for the future, and whether he planned to prolong his career in football beyond this summer.

And Wenger confirmed as much without hesitation, revealing that he intends to ‘stay in football, due to being ‘addicted’ to the sport.

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Arsenal this afternoon provided Arsene Wenger with a fitting sendoff in the French tactician’s final-ever game in charge of the

Arsenal this afternoon provided Arsene Wenger with a fitting sendoff in the French tactician’s final-ever game in charge of the club, courtesy of a 1-0 victory away to Huddersfield.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at the Kirklees Stadium, as part of the final round of Premier League fixtures.

Hosts Huddersfield secured their place in the English top-tier for next season with a pair of fantastic results over the last week, first nabbing a point at rampant champions Manchester City, before holding Chelsea to a draw during the week.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were still yet to pick up a league point away from home since the turn of the year, making the Gunners the only club in the top-4 flights of English football to not have done so.

Teams

1-0

The first-half at the Kirklees this afternoon saw Arsenal take the lead into the interval, after a wonderful move from the Gunners eventually saw Aaron Ramsey’s low cross slid home at the far post by man of the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And, despite some late scares for the Gunners which saw David Ospina forced into impressive stops between the posts for the visitors, in the end, Arsenal held on, securing the club’s first points-haul away from the Emirates in the Premier League since last December.

In addition, more importantly, today’s win also sent Arsene Wenger off into the sunset with a result fitting of a reign which had last a trophy-laden 22 years.

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Huddersfield’s fanbase have this afternoon taken aim at their Arsenal counterparts, ahead of Arsene Wenger’s imminent Gunners’ departure. Matchup The

Huddersfield’s fanbase have this afternoon taken aim at their Arsenal counterparts, ahead of Arsene Wenger’s imminent Gunners’ departure.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action at the Kirklees Stadium, as part of the final round of Premier League fixtures.

Hosts Huddersfield secured their place in the English top-tier for next season with a pair of fantastic results over the last week, first nabbing a point at rampant champions Manchester City, before holding Chelsea to a draw during the week.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were still yet to pick up a league point away from home since the turn of the year, making the Gunners the only club in the top-4 flights of English football to not have done so.

Teams

‘Two-faced bastards’

The main talking point ahead of kick-off at the Kirklees of course surrounded Arsene Wenger, with today’s clash bringing to a close the 22-year reign of the French tactician at Arsenal.

However, some sections of Huddersfield’s fans were not in particularly sentimental mood, with the Terriers’ faithful having taken aim at Arsenal’s travelling support in a vicious chant during the first-half this afternoon:

In more positive news for the Gunners and Wenger, though, Arsenal have since taken the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg returns to the club

Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg returns to the club

A new Arsenal manager The footballing world was shocked to hear the news that Arsene Wenger would be leaving Arsenal

A new Arsenal manager

The footballing world was shocked to hear the news that Arsene Wenger would be leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge.

The Frenchman will manage The Gunners for the final time against Huddersfield this afternoon.

Many of Wenger’s former players have been linked with a move back to the club to replace him as manager including Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta.

One former Gunner who will return to the club in a coaching role is Freddie Ljungberg.

Arsenal’s Super Swede

Arsene Wenger brought Freddie Ljungberg to North London in September 1998 and he went on to become one of the club’s biggest legends.

Ljungberg played over 320 games for The Gunners including the 2006 Champions League final.

Now, 11 years after leaving the club, Ljungberg is returning to North London to coach Arsenal’s under 23 side.

Arsenal’s young guns

Arsenal have produced some brilliant players over the past few years.

Hector Bellerin, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere are three prime examples of players who progressed through Arsenal’s youth academy.

Arsenal’s current under 23 side is filled with some top talent. Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah have featured on numerous occasions for the Arsenal first team this season but the squad has some lesser known players who will surely make the grade soon enough.

Midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe has had a stunning season for the Arsenal under 23 side and alerted the Arsenal fans as a future prospect after scoring this ridiculous goal.

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New start for Arsenal

Next season is going to be one of the most important in Arsenal’s 132-year history.

It will be The Gunners first season without Arsene Wenger in charge since 1995/96 and whoever takes over from the Frenchman will have a seriously tough task.

Arsenal have been absolutely abysmal this season and have conceded 51 goals, just three more than relegated West Brom.

Petr Cech has played almost every league match for Arsenal this term but it is clear that the Czech Republic international is way past his best.

Arsenal are in desperate need of a new goalkeeper.

Nobody will ever be able to understand why Arsenal let go of Wojciech Szczesny last summer, especially for such a cheap price but now, a new goalkeeper is a necessity at the Emirates Stadium and Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno looks to be the perfect choice.

Petr Cech

Petr Cech during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Bernd Leno is Arsenal bound

Leno has kept 10 clean sheets in the Bundesliga this term and is known as one of the best stoppers in Germany.

Sport Bild (Germany) report that Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing the 26 year old this summer.

Leno has a contract at Bayer Leverkusen running until 2020 but his release clause has been set at a mere €20 million.

Leno’s agent Uli Ferber confirmed that Napoli had enquired to buy the goalkeeper but the deal is now off the table.

“I can confirm that there were negotiations with Napoli, which we canceled. Napoli is not an option.”

Atletico Madrid would only turn to Leno if goalkeeper Jan Oblak leaves the club this summer. Oblak is a long term target of Arsenal but it is unlikely that the North Londoners would cough up enough money to bring the Slovenian stopper to the Emirates.

Leverkusen finished 5th in the Bundesliga this season meaning they will be playing in the Europa League next season and therefore a move to Arsenal is not a step up nor down.

However Leno may be enticed at the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

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Infamous Arsenal super-fan Mr. DT has come in for major criticism from fellow Gunners’ supporters, after posting a photo of

Infamous Arsenal super-fan Mr. DT has come in for major criticism from fellow Gunners’ supporters, after posting a photo of himself alongside soon-to-be former manager of the club, Arsene Wenger.

Farewell

As has been the talk of world football over the last couple of weeks, Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on the 20th of April that he is set to bring his 22-year spell in charge of the capital outfit to an end this summer:

‘Look back on the good times’

Over the course of the 3 weeks that have followed Wenger’s announcement on his future, an absolute flood of tributes have poured in for the French tactician from players, fellow managers and pundits alike.

In addition, large sections of Arsenal’s fanbase have changed their tone regarding their feelings for their legendary boss over the last couple of weeks, with Wenger’s impending departure having allowed the Gunners’ faithful to remember all of the good that the 68-year-old has done for the club, rather than his recent shortcomings.

One of the most high-profile fans to have done exactly this is Arsenal Fan TV regular Mr. DT, who even posted the following on his Twitter page last night:

Slated

However, DT’s change in tone with regards to Wenger is certainly not one which has gone down well with his fellow Gunners’ supporters, with droves of angered fans having taken to Twitter to label him a ‘hyprocrite’, following some of DT’s vicious verbal attacks on the Frenchman in the past:

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101 Great Goals prediction: Leicester City 0-3 Arsenal Arsenal to beat Leicester 3-0 is 18/1 with Bet365 Despite not earning

101 Great Goals prediction: Leicester City 0-3 Arsenal


Arsenal to beat Leicester 3-0 is 18/1 with Bet365

Despite not earning a single point away from home in the whole of 20138 so far, we expect Arsenal to beat the 2016 Premier League Champions comfortably at their own home.

Leicester have nothing to play for and are winless in their last 5 matches. Arsenal themselves have nothing to play for as they will finish 6th regardless of their own results and the results of the teams around them.

Every Arsenal player will be keen to get their name on the scoresheet in Arsene Wenger’s second last match in charge of the club.

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The bookies have Arsenal as overwhelming favourites at 17/20.

Leicester can be backed for the win at 31/10.


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Arsene Wenger then & now

LEFT IMAGE*** 2 Nov 1996: Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal during the FA Carling Premier league match between Wimbledon and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in London. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport ***RIGHT IMAGE***LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Leicester City vs Arsenal match preview

Things aren’t going well for Leicester at the moment. The Foxes faithful knew that they would never quite reach the heights of the 2015/16 season ever again but this season has been rather disappointing.

Craig Shakespeare was sacked after some rather uninspiring performances but Claude Puel doesn’t seem to have improved things.

The Leicester players haven’t given it their all in any of their recent fixtures and they have conceded far too many goals.

Arsenal’s away record is appalling but it does look like the mood has changed after Sunday’s emotional Emirates farewell to Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal played Leicester on the opening day of the season and it will surely go down as one of the greatest games in Premier League history.

The Gunners won 4-3 on the night, coming from behind on two occasions.

Leicester haven’t scored in almost 5 hours of playing time and the fans would love to see the back of the Arsenal net bulge on Wednesday evening.


Arsenal to win vs Leicester and both teams to score: 2/1 with Ladbrokes

N'Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy

N’Golo Kante of Chelsea (L) and Jamie Vardy (2L) of Leicester City shake hands after The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on March 18, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester team news

Leicester are missing just two players for the visit of Arsenal.

Matty James and Vincente Iborra are out for the Foxes with an achilles problem and a hamstring injury respectively.

Arsenal team news

Mesut Ozil has a “back injury” and he will not play at the King Power Stadium.

Laurent Koscielny is out for 6 months whilst Mohamed Elneny is also out on the sidelines for a while.

Santi Cazorla is back in full training but will not start at Leicester, due to risk, according to Arsene Wenger.


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Leicester likely line up to face Arsenal

Leicester likely line up to face Arsenal

Leicester likely line up to face Arsenal

 

Arsenal likely line up to face Leicester


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Arsene Wenger confirms ‘positive’ Arsenal-Wilshere contract talks

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this morning confirmed that talks between the club and midfielder Jack Wilshere are progressing well. Fitness

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this morning confirmed that talks between the club and midfielder Jack Wilshere are progressing well.

Fitness struggles

Wilshere’s injury troubles over the course of his career have been widely covered in the press, with a string of lengthy spells on the sidelines having held the technically-gifted star back from a potentially top-class career.

Following a nightmare campaign during which he managed just 3 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in 2015/16, Wilshere was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last season.

He managed a respectable 27 league outings with the Cherries, but a hairline crack in his calfbone in April ruled the marauding midfielder out until August.

Return to form

Despite being heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates last summer, Wilshere surprisingly remained in North London, with his impressive early-season performances in the Carabao Cup and Europa League having led to a Premier League recall for the Englishman.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

And he has since gone on to re-establish himself as a key member of Arsene Wenger’s starting XI, with large sections of the Gunners’ fanbase now calling for the 34-time capped international to be handed a new contract at the club (his current deal is set to expire at the end of the season).

Impasse

While most had initially viewed the contract talks between Arsenal and Wilshere as a mere formality, the reality over the last few months has proven to be far more complicated.

Wilshere was said to have been left angered by the lowly wages on offer as part of the new deal tabled by the Gunners earlier this year, with the Englishman having admitted back in March that ‘things had changed’ with regards to his place at the club.

‘I think it will happen’

However, as per an update courtesy of Arsene Wenger earlier today, talks between the parties look to be back on track, with the soon-to-be former Arsenal boss having revealed in a press conference:

‘It looks positive for the club.’

‘I am not involved in negotiations. But I’m still in touch with Jack if he wants my advice.’

‘I am convinced, like I was always, that his future is here. It was always my wish and I think it will happen, yes.’

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Arsenal this evening provided Arsene Wenger with a special parting gift, following the French tactician’s final home game in charge

Arsenal this evening provided Arsene Wenger with a special parting gift, following the French tactician’s final home game in charge of the club.

Matchup

The Gunners welcomed Burnley to the Emirates a couple of hours ago on a hugely emotional day for all involved with the North Londoners.

Arsenal had nothing more than pride and the honour of their soon to be former boss to fight for, with the hopes of Champions League qualification via a spot in the Premier League’s top 4 for the club having long passed.

Burnley, meanwhile, sat just one spot behind the Gunners in the Premier League table ahead of this kick-off this evening, with Sean Dyche having earned himself a nomination for Manager of the Year in the English top-flight thanks to the stellar exploits of his side.

Teams

Drubbing

Arsenal went on to make short work of Burnley this evening, providing Arsene Wenger with the perfect Emirates farewell courtesy of a 5-0 win.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi did the damage in North London, with Arsenal having since provided Wenger with a touching and fitting home sendoff.

Gift

After a brilliant speech honoured the French tactician for all that he has done for the Gunners, Wenger was presented with Arsenal’s 2003/04 golden Invincibles’ Premier League trophy, an accolade which the veteran will now keep as his own:

The emotional scenes at the Emirates did not stop there, though:

Arsene Wenger’s emotional goodbye to the Arsenal fans in today’s match day programme