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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 1 Oct 18:41

Arsene Wenger sees great potential in current Arsenal crop as he celebrates 20 years in charge

Arsene Wenger has had some fantastic teams during his 20 years in charge of Arsenal and he believes his current crop have turned a corner with their maturity, togetherness and belief.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 1 Oct 16:41

Burnley boss Sean Dyche praises Arsene Wenger for work with English talent ahead of Arsenal clash

Sean Dyche has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger for the Frenchman's nurturing of English talent. The Burnley boss thinks Wenger deserves great credit for moulding young home-grown players.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 1 Oct 13:48

Burnley boss Sean Dyche praises Arsene Wenger's work with English players

Burnley Arsenal 3:30 PM UTC Game Details Home: 8/1  Draw: 4/1  Away: 2/5  Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats Arsene Wenger is celebrating his twentieth season as Arsenal head coach, fans share the highs and lows of his tenure. Arsene Wenger does not get enough credit for his work with English players, according to Burnley boss Sean Dyche. The Frenchman celebrates his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager on Saturday and his arrival at Highbury is seen as a key staging post in the prevalence of overseas talent on the pitch and in the dugouts of Premier League clubs. On February 14, 2005, Wenger became the first manager to send out a starting XI with no Englishmen, but Dyche thinks the subtle reintegration of homegrown prospects...

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 1 Oct 12:16

Wenger ?fits the criteria perfectly,? says FA chairman

Arsene Wenger is among the candidates who “perfectly” fit the criteria to become England manager, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has said.

Just months after fully assessing a wretched Euro 2016, undertaking a general review of the Three Lions’ recent tournament displays and finding a suitable replacement for Roy Hodgson, the FA’s international set-up is once again in a state of flux.

The Daily Telegraph’s secretly-filmed footage of Sam Allardyce making a variety of controversial comments saw the manager leave the post after one match and a mere 67 days.

England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has been placed in interim charge for the remaining four matches of 2016, giving Glenn, FA chairman Greg Clarke and technical director Dan Ashworth the chance to take their time when recruiting a full-time successor.

Glenn says Premier League experience is “preferable” but that the FA is not “wedded to the fact he has to be English”, while he underlined that most successful international managers are in their sixties.

Long-serving Arsenal manager Wenger, 66, is out of contract in the summer and would fit the bill, and he even said on Friday: “If I am free one day, why not?”

Glenn was keen not to talk about external possibilities.

However, when asked if the Gunners boss could be using the situation for his own ends, Glenn offered a brief glimpse into the governing body’s thoughts on the Frenchman.

“I am not commenting on that,” he said. “Of course he’d fit the criteria perfectly. Of course he would, as would a few others.”

Wenger is currently third favourite with the bookmakers, behind surprising contender Ralf Rangnick, currently director of sport at Leipzig, and overriding favourite Southgate.

The England Under-21 boss had not been interested in succeeding Hodgson during the summer, but Glenn believes things are different as he approaches his temporary spell with increased confidence.

Martin Glenn

“I think he is a genuine contender, but this isn’t an audition,” the chief executive said of Southgate.

“I’m delighted with the four games because it gives us preparation time, time to think and him the time to really get into it.

“He has a choice to make at the end of that whether he really wants to throw his hat into the ring, but he wouldn’t be the sole candidate.”

Glenn suggested that Southgate – in a similar way to Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe or perhaps even Hodgson’s assistant Gary Neville – would not necessarily be held back by a relative lack of experience.

He added: “I think what you have in the England job is probably the same as British politics.

“Typically our politicians are under more scrutiny than perhaps people in different countries and we expect a slightly higher standard.

“I think most people in football absolutely get it, are absolutely decent, and that won’t be a problem.

“We are not looking for a saint, we are looking for someone who is great at winning matches, can motivate a team, can make us a far better competitor.

“That doesn’t require a saint but it does require someone who understand they are a role model as well.”

The FA may or may not pursue Wenger, but the Frenchman himself stressed he feels like England is home.

Asked if he feels English or French, Wenger said: “I don’t know any more. I think a big part when I come back to London, I come back to home.”

Wenger did say he felt it would be “bizarre” to think of a time when he led an England side out against his native France, even if he has picked up English values over the last two decades.

“I know God Save the Queen,” he said.

“But I still think that, yes. The priority is for an Englishman to manage England. Because it looked always a bit bizarre if I manage England and play against France.

“I cannot sing the French national anthem and not the English one. It looks strange, especially in big countries.

“I’m not English, I am French. I feel French as well. But of course you do not spend 20 years in a country without identifying or getting used to some values or behaviours of the local culture.”

Wenger was asked whether he would be interested in the England job at some point in the future.

“Right now my priority is to do well here (at Arsenal),” he added.

“This has always been my club and if I am free one day, why not? I’m focused on my job right now.

“I do not want to give you some fruit for speculation. I am completely committed for the immediate (future). The priority is this club and what we want to achieve together until the end of the season.”

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ESPN FC - Arsenal News 1 Oct 10:00

Arsene Wenger combined XI - best of the French manager's Arsenal players

Only one player from the current team made it. Ahead of his 20th anniversary, we wanted to know who would make a combined XI from Arsene Wenger's time in charge of Arsenal. Here's what you decided. GK: David Seaman - 51 percent of the vote RB: Hector Bellerin - 42 percent CB: Tony Adams - 60 percent CB: Sol Campbell - 79 percent LB: Ashley Cole - 76 percent CM: Patrick Vieira - 97 percent CM: Cesc Fabregas - 65 percent ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen reveals his ultimate XI under Arsene Wenger. RW: Freddie Ljungberg - 81 percent LW: Robert Pires - 45 percent ST: Dennis Bergkamp - 80 percent ST: Thierry...

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 1 Oct 09:42

Five ways Arsenal's Arsene Wenger changed English football forever

As Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years at Arsenal, relive some of his best press conference moments and encounters with the media. Arsene Wenger entered English football in 1996 when it was in a very different state. From the physical style of play, to the pints of lager that players would have after -- or even before -- a game, Wenger changed things completely. His influence on the game since then has been well documented, but as his 20th anniversary in the Premier League arrives, here are five ways in which Wenger helped change English football forever. Training methods The Arsenal players didn't know much about the bespectacled...

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 1 Oct 02:38

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks like a man who wants to surpass Sir Alex Ferguson's 26 years at Manchester United, insists Martin Keown

Martin Keown says Arsene Wenger walked walked into the dressing room as the least-known member of the group. Keown admits when he leaves, he will be the best known. It could be Arsene FC.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 1 Oct 02:19

Arsenal fans talk twenty years of Wenger

Arsene Wenger is celebrating his twentieth season as Arsenal head coach, fans share the highs and lows of his tenure.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 1 Oct 01:14

Arsene Wenger is a perfect fit... the next manager does not need to be English, insists FA chief Martin Glenn

Martin Glenn maintained Wenger, whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season, ticks all the boxes as the FA look to appoint somebody to replace the shamed Sam Allardyce.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 1 Oct 00:25

Extra Time: Wenger's greatest contribution

The guys respond to your tweets about Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and the struggles West Ham.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 30 Sep 22:51

Paul Pogba and Theo Walcott in an 80/1 acca plus Tottenham vs Manchester City tips and odds - Premier League betting guide

The two remaining unbeaten records in the Premier League are on the line this weekend when Spurs host Manchester City. Find out who we're backing plus the rest of the tips.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 30 Sep 20:07

Arsenal chief executive ?confident? trophies will come

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes the club’s latest set of robust financial results, which include cash reserves of some £191million, show they are on course to deliver more major trophies to the Emirates Stadium.

Although the Premier League club’s latest figures from Arsenal Holdings plc show a drop in overall group profit before tax from £18.2m to £2.9m, there has been a significant increase in turnover from football, up to £350.6m from £329.3m over the same period in 2015.

Significant additional broadcasting revenues have been supported by improvements in the Gunners’ commercial activity, all of which has allowed manager Arsene Wenger to again further strengthen a squad which finished runners-up to Leicester in the last Premier League campaign.

As a result, though, wage costs continue to rise, at £195.4m, while income from player sales is down as the club remain determine to keep key men on board.

With the only debt related to long-term fix-rate payments against the financing of the move to the new 60,000 stadium from Highbury in 2006, Arsenal’s “cash balances” show at £191.1m, which is slightly down from £193.1m in 2015.

Gazidis said in his chief executive report accompanying the results: “We are in a strong position to continue moving forward at every level of the club.

“On the pitch we have an outstanding squad. Off the pitch we have developed our infrastructure across all aspects of our operations to ensure we have the right assets and skills to progress.

“I am confident this progress, coupled with strong underlying values, will bring the success we all seek.

“Our ultimate ambition is clear: to win major trophies and make Arsenal fans at home and around the world proud of this great club. Proud of our values, proud of the way we act and proud of our team.”

Arsenal head into the next round of Premier League fixtures away at Burnley on Sunday in third place, five points behind leaders Manchester City, and on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run, which includes four straight wins.

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 30 Sep 17:45

Rumour Mill: Reds join Sule race; surprise Chelsea return

Liverpool are ready to compete with Tottenham in January while a Chelsea midfielder could be brought back from the cold, according to rumours.

Arsenal

– The Gunners are among a number of European giants monitoring Celtic striker Moussa Dembele (The Sun)

– Liverpool face competition from Arsenal to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti (Gazetta dello Sport)

– Arsene Wenger admits he is open to the prospect of managing England “one day”

– Arsenal will revive their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus if Mesut Ozil leaves to join Real Madrid (Tuttomercatoweb)

– Santi Cazorla has revealed he has yet to be offered a new contract at Arsenal, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season (Cadena Ser)

Chelsea

– Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic, 21, could make a surprise return to Chelsea after struggling for first-team football on loan at AC Milan (Daily Express)

– However Pasalic’s agent suggests his client has not featured more often due to fitness issues (Calciomercato)

– Torino want to sign Chelsea winger Christian Atsu, who is currently on loan at Newcastle, on a permanent deal in January (Tuttosport)

Christian Atsu

Everton

– Ronald Koeman admits Everton left their transfer business until late on in the summer window to give him a chance to evaluate the squad properly (Liverpool Echo)

Hull City

– Mike Phelan says he has not agreed to become permanent manager as the terms of the contract offer from Hull “keep changing” (Hull Daily Mail)

Liverpool

– Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams is on the radar of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, though the Spaniard recently signed a new deal with a £38m release clause (Don Balon)

– Liverpool face competition from Arsenal to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti (Gazetta dello Sport)

– Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to to renew their interest in Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City

– Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will “go to war” in a battle to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (Mundo Deportivo)

Toni Kroos

Manchester United

– Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will “go to war” in a battle to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (Mundo Deportivo)

– United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Gelson Martins after the winger rejected a contract at Sporting Lisbon (Correio de Manha)

Sunderland

– The Black Cats are understood to be interested in FC Basel’s Czech Republic international goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik (talkSPORT)

Swansea City

– Francesco Guidolin admits he could be sacked if Swansea lose to Liverpool this weekend

West Brom

– Argentina midfielder Claudio Yacob has signed a new two-year deal at the Hawthorns

West Ham

– Former Hammers midfielder Don Hutchinson has slated the club’s recruitment and believes the likes of Gokhan Tore and Arthur Masuaku are not good enough for the Premier League (ESPN)

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 30 Sep 17:33

PL team news: Boosts for Man Utd & Spurs, Liverpool doubt

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return for Manchester United on Sunday, while Tottenham could be boosted by the return of a key quartet. 

Everton v Crystal Palace

Friday, 8pm, Goodison Park

Everton will be without Leighton Baines.

Baines has been nursing a hamstring injury that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman says makes it “too risky” for the full-back to be involved in the game, which striker Romelu Lukaku – recently troubled by a toe problem – will start.

Koeman has also said James McCarthy (groin) would be returning to training with Everton next week if he had not been called up by the Republic of Ireland, who he hopes will “protect” the midfielder.

Leighton Baines: Celebrates Everton opener

Crystal Palace welcome Wilfried Zaha back into their squad.

The winger missed last weekend’s win at Sunderland with a slight hamstring strain but is back in contention for the game at Goodison Park.

Striker Jonathan Benteke faces four months out after suffering a knee injury in training while captain Scott Dann (hamstring) remains absent.

 

Swansea v Liverpool

Saturday, 12:30pm, Liberty Stadium

Francesco Guidolin might be tempted to name an unchanged Swansea side after an improved showing in the defeat to leaders Manchester City.

But the Italian says he has “some problems” ahead of a game which he admits could prove decisive to him staying in a job with Swansea only one place above the relegation zone.

Federico Fernandez could be fit again after a groin strain and record signing Borja Baston’s wait for a first Premier League start is set to continue with the Spaniard expected to be on the bench once more.

Divock Origi Liverpool celeb

Divock Origi is a doubt for Liverpool.

The striker picked up a knock to his foot and the clash at the Liberty Stadium may come too soon.

Manager Jurgen Klopp must decide whether to stick with Loris Karius, who has played the last two matches in goal, or recall Simon Mignolet.

 

Hull v Chelsea

KC Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Hull will be without suspended defender Ahmed Elmohamady.

Elmohamady serves a one-game ban following his dismissal for handball in last week’s 5-1 defeat at Liverpool and David Meyler is vying with James Weir for a place in the starting line-up at right-back.

Strikers Will Keane and Dieumerci Mbokani and midfielder Markus Henriksen are pushing for their first league starts.

John Terry: Defender injured late on at Swansea

Captain John Terry is out until after the international break.

The defender has missed the last three matches with an ankle injury sustained against Swansea and his earliest possible return will be on October 15 against Leicester.

Defender Kurt Zouma continues his rehabilitation from his long-term knee injury, while midfielder John Obi Mikel is out with a “small muscular problem”, head coach Antonio Conte said.

 

Sunderland v West Brom

Stadium of Light, Saturday, 3pm

Sunderland boss David Moyes will be without three key midfielders for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Brom.

Having already seen Adnan Januzaj ruled out for a minimum of six weeks with ankle ligament damage, Moyes has now lost Steven Pienaar to a hamstring strain, while Lee Cattermole is to have an epidural in a bid to cure neuro-pain in his legs which medics believe stems from his back.

In addition, striker Victor Anichebe, who made his debut as a substitute in last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat by Crystal Palace, is out with a groin problem and joins goalkeeper Vito Mannone (elbow), midfielder Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (groin) on the sidelines.

Saido Berahino West Brom

Saido Berahino is expected to return to West Brom’s squad.

The striker missed last week’s 1-1 draw at Stoke with a stomach bug but has trained this week and is fit for the Baggies’ game at the Stadium of Light.

Boss Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns with James Morrison fit after a long-term hamstring issue and, while Chris Brunt has returned to training after six months out with a knee injury, he will not be included in the first-team squad until after the international break.

 

Watford v Bournemouth

Vicarage Road, Saturday, 3pm

Watford defenders Craig Cathcart and Miguel Britos are both struggling with groin injuries and are rated as doubtful for the visit of Bournemouth.

The possible absence of Cathcart could see a return to the starting line-up for Younes Kaboul, with the centre-back named on the bench for their defeat at Burnley on Monday.

Isaac Success and Abdoulaye Doucoure are pushing for their first league starts while Daryl Janmaat remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Miguel Britos (l): Restricted Zlatan to just one assist

Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh will be out for up to three weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury at the start of September.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe has received better news on Josh King’s hamstring problem and hopes he will be in contention against Watford on Saturday.

Adam Smith has suffered no ill-effects from a bloody nose he sustained in the 1-0 win against Everton and Ryan Fraser (knock) is available.

 

West Ham v Middlesbrough

London Stadium, Saturday, 3pm

Havard Nordtveit is West Ham’s latest injury absentee.

The versatile midfielder underwent a small medical procedure on Wednesday and will be out for a week.

Left-backs Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku and forwards Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho remain on the sidelines.

Havard Nordtveit West Ham

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has no fresh injury concerns.

Fabio da Silva has missed the last four games with a knee problem, but is available for selection once again, while fellow full-back James Husband is also back in training after dislocating a shoulder in pre-season.

That means only midfielder Grant Leadbitter is still missing, and he could return to the training pitch within weeks with his recovery from hernia surgery progressing more quickly than expected.

 

Manchester United v Stoke

Old Trafford, Sunday, 12pm

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return for Manchester United.

Left-back Shaw became ill after recovering from a slight groin tear so will need assessing, while attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan is building up fitness after a thigh complaint.

Phil Jones is the only definite absentee with a knee injury, while captain Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are among those pushing for starts after making impacts off the bench in the Europa League clash with Zorya Luhansk.

Luke Shaw: Misses out for Man Utd

Joe Allen is a doubt for Stoke.

The midfielder had tightness in his hamstrings following last weekend’s draw with West Brom and has not trained since.

Jon Walters (ankle) could return but goalkeeper Jack Butland is set for at least another month on the sidelines following surgery.

 

Leicester v Southampton

King Power Stadium, Sunday, 2:15pm

Nampalys Mendy could return for Leicester after overcoming an ankle injury.

The midfielder, who joined from Nice in the summer, has been out for over a month but has returned to training and could replace Daniel Amartey.

Matty James is the Foxes’ only absentee as he battles his own ankle injury while Danny Simpson could return after being dropped for Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Porto.

Nampalys Mendy Leicester

 

Tottenham v Manchester City

White Hart Lane, Sunday, 2:15pm

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could have four first-team players back.

Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose will all be assessed as they near returns from hamstring injuries while Moussa Sissoko may also feature after taking a bang on the head last weekend.

Harry Kane remains out with an ankle injury, meaning summer signing Vincent Janssen is likely to start again up front.

Eric Dier: Photo courtesy of Tottenham

Pep Guardiola has reported no new injury worries for Manchester City’s Premier League trip to Tottenham on Sunday.

The club are still assessing the extent of the injuries afflicting Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph in order to determine how long they will remain on the sidelines.

The Belgians are receiving treatment for hamstring and groin problems respectively, but it is hoped Delph’s muscle injury will clear up by the end of the international break.

 

Burnley v Arsenal

Turf Moor, Sunday, 4:30pm

Burnley are again without suspended striker  for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.

Gray serves the second part of a four-game ban related to historic social media posts which predate his time at Turf Moor.

Sean Dyche could retain the same XI which secured a 2-0 win over Watford last time out but forward Ashley Barnes is edging closer to a return after long-standing hamstring problems.

Andre Gray Burnley

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns.

The Gunners could welcome Francis Coquelin back into the fold as the midfielder faces a fitness test having recovered sooner than expected from a knee injury.

Olivier Giroud (toe) is still out, while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson (all knee) are also absent.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 30 Sep 15:35

Pochettino & Wenger open to England job

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino say they would consider managing England in the future.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 30 Sep 13:28

Cazorla waiting on Arsenal contract offer, wants to extend stay

Santi Cazorla hopes to remain at Arsenal beyond the current season but has revealed he has yet to be offered a new contract.

Spain international Cazorla is considered a key figure at Arsenal, but is out of contract at the end of the current season.

Arsenal are in talks with Mesut Ozil over a new deal amid reports the German could return to Real Madrid, however Cazorla still sees his future in north London.

“I hope I can stay here and continue to play,” he told Cadena Ser.

“I am happy here. What a player wants is to play and to feel important. Fortunately, since I arrived at Arsenal, I’ve had the confidence of the coach [Arsene Wenger] and of my teammates. I’ve played a lot of minutes. In the end, that is what every player wants.

He added: “I’m very happy here. The club has treated me very well. I’m in a great club and I’m playing minutes which is what I want.

“If I didn’t play, then I would consider leaving but that is not the case. I have this season left under contract and we will see what the club decides regarding my future. I will also decide what is best for me.”

When asked whether contract talks had begun, the 31-year-old replied: “No. I don’t have any news from the club in that respect. My focus now is on playing and to be able to enjoy playing football following a season when I had lots of [injury] problems.”

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 30 Sep 13:15

Burnley v Arsenal

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Burnley and Arsenal.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 29 Sep 23:30

Coleman in dark about Ramsey return

Wales boss Chris Coleman says he does not know when Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will return from his hamstring injury.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 29 Sep 12:55

Quiz: Can you name these Wenger signings?

Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal manager for 20 years and in that time he's signed a fair few players- can you name these players, there's one per year.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 29 Sep 09:36

Important to take England role - Southgate

Caretaker boss Gareth Southgate feels it is "important to step forward" and take charge of England following Sam Allardyce's departure.

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