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French Superstar To Leave Arsenal? Wenger Gave A Hint

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally admitted that he doubts whether French midfielder Abou Diaby has a future with the club or not. The Frenchman who joined Arsenal from Auxerre in 2006, had made a total of 124 appearances and had scored a tally of 14 goals. The 28-year-old midfielder is out of contract with The Gunners at the end of the season and despite making a positive comeback this season, has failed to make the any impact whatsoever. It now seems that Wenger, who has been quite supportive is finally running out of patience with him.

Diaby has played just once this whole season, in the Capital One Cup against Southampton, which saw The Gunners being knocked out of the competition. Further, Wenger insists that Diaby is nowhere near, full fitness at the moment.

In an interview Wenger said, “At the moment he is not in a position where he will be able to play soon because he is not on the field at all.” Diaby has played a total of just 16 games in the last four years, showing just how sever his injuries still are and the fact that he has not fully recovered yet. And when further asked about his contract situation with the club, Wenger added “I will have a decision to make about his contract.”

Diaby also made his last appearance for the French national team in 2012 and his career, has been recurring injuries over a period of time. Now, the player who was considered a powerhouse at one point of time in his career, remains at the Emirates or not shall be decided by how things plan out in the future. For the moment, the midfielder still remains side-lined as Arsenal hunt for more possible midfield reinforcements in the January transfer window.

Wenger Confident Of The Deal As Arsenal Are In Talks To Sign Brazilian Defender

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According to Talksport.com, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club has started their talks with Spanish side Villareal over the transfer of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista. Wenger is hoping to finalize the deal in the near future.

The Gunners, who are interested in activating the Brazilian central defender’s £15 million release clause as per his contract, could be dealt with a huge blow. The north London could have a tough time in securing a work permit for the 24-year-old.

Ever since the start of the 2014/15 season, Arsenal have been plagued by injury problems to their key defenders, which includes Frenchmen Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy and England’s Kieran Gibbs. Wenger stated that he wanted to sign another defender in the January transfer window after these injury concerns.

Paulista has been one of the bright stars for Villareal and is all set to make a big money move into the English Premier League as he is targeted by many clubs. Wenger said that the talks are going well. When asked about can the club find an agreement or not?, Wenger replied that he is not sure about it as his side is slowly progressing and there is a chance to pull it off.

Wenger also said that the club is ready to pay the price if they think that it is right for a good player, no matter what the price is. Paulista has yet to play a game for Brazil which could force him to have some difficulties in his attempts to secure a work permit.

Wenger also added that they respect the rules in England and when someone buys a player who does not fulfill the criteria and needs a work permit, they need to go to the commission and they tell them yes or no. Everyone has to accept that and the club has to respect the rules that are in England. Arsenal are currently fighting for a top 4 finish in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger’s Pressor Ahead of Manchester City Clash – Team News, Game Plan And More

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked confident during the press confidence ahead of the grudge clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. He insisted on doing well in the match. Wenger also heaped a lot of praises on Chilean International Alexis Sanchez, who has been Arsenal’s top player since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona at the start of the season. He also backed Sanchez to do well in away games too. Here is what Wenger spoke at the press conference according to Arsenal.com:

On the game against Manchester City:

“You have many games when you know you will be judged on your potential. Manchester City is one of them. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are other games that people have a close eye on to judge your potential. They have always had good teams but we have won at Manchester United, we have won at Manchester City.”

Although, Arsenal have been decent against top teams at home, its the away games that they have struggled. Etihad is one such place and Arsene Wenger seems to be confident of getting a result.

“The history will not play a big part in this game. It’s the performance of the day that will play the biggest part and the only important part. We did not perform in the top games away from home. I believe we have the potential now to be much more stable and to show that we can do it.”

On game plan against Manchester City:

“It’s a commitment. It is important that we keep calm, [play with] control and be committed as well. We have to find that right balance between going for every challenge but also not going overboard – we have to respect the rules. We want to win. You have to die and you want to win. What we want is to put the maximum effort in to give ourselves the best possible chance of winning.”

In the same fixture last year, the Gunners were humbled to a 6-3 scoreline thanks to Arsenal’s highline defensive tactics. And if Wenger’s men are set to return with anything from this game, they would have to work hard than it sounds and the key to that will be the discipline showed by their back four.

Team news ahead of the all-important clash:

Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and Danny Welbeck are out of the match with an injury. Kieron Gibbs had a test yesterday and he should come back into the squad. Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey were available for last week and they are available for Sunday.

It is likely that Wenger might retain the likes of Ozil and Walcott to subsitute roles as they are yet to regain 100% fitness, with Aaron Ramsey having an outside chance to start.

On Alexis Sanchez:

It’s possible, he is a player who can play through the middle – but not the way Giroud plays, but because of his mobility. His two assets are the quality of his runs and his reception of the ball. He gets into areas where you can find him. When he gets the ball short he can run at people. But he can also play further forward because of the timing of his runs. He is one of the fastest to adapt to the Premier League. I believe it’s because he feels accepted by the other players that he feels he is an important player.

On Sanchez’s poor form in away games:

Yes, it’s true that at Chelsea and Liverpool he wasn’t at his best. But he has some good away games too. It’s maybe because the team has not been as effective away from home, because when you are a striker you depend a little bit on how much your team pushes forward. As a team we didn’t play as well as we would like and it was difficult for the strikers to get good balls.

 

Arsenal Manager Comments On Ongoing Transfer Deal With Premier League Club

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The future of Arsenal’s French striker Yaya Sanogo has been uncertain as Arsene Wenger has not used him extensively this season. The 21 year old striker has not often featured in Arsenal’s first team this season and both manager Arsene Wenger and the player himself would prefer making a move on loan to another club in order to get some game time. Arsenal have had a long list of injuries right through the season and especially to their attacking minded players, yet Sanogo has not been able to impress Wenger and make it into the starting eleven.

Though he may not be playing much part in Arsenal’s season, the youngster has attracted the attention of quite a few clubs, who are interested in signing him. The striker is expected to make a move away from the Emirates pretty soon with things unlikely to change. Premier League rivals Hull City are one of the teams which are also interested in the French U-21 international.

Wenger is keen on getting the young Frenchman some game time and could send him to the KC Stadium to work with manager Steve Bruce and possible get some Premier League action under his belt. Reports suggest that Wenger had this to say about the possibility of a move, “Yaya Sanogo will go out on loan. My option is preferably in England and he will certainly go to a Premier League club. Hull are one of the options and I spoke to Steve (Bruce) last week who is interested, but they have not come back to me about it.”

Sanogo has also been linked previously to a move to Bordeaux which has not materialized as of now and could be an option in the future. At the moment, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger would prefer if the former Auxerre man would stay in the Premier League itself and not leave England.

 

Arsene Wenger Delighted With Combative Arsenal Performance

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was both relieved and happy after his side grinded out a result against Derby opponents West Ham United. The Gunners took a 2-0 lead but looked far from convincing in the final half an hour as the Hammers piled on the pressure in the search for an equaliser.

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Arsene Wenger

Wenger was quoted saying by the club’s official website, “It was a very important game for us and we knew that we had a very physical game in front of us.

“I was a bit worried because we played with 10 men for 40 minutes against QPR and had to turn up here two days later, but we had a united, combative and very solid performance.

“We are questioned a lot about our physicality and we had a good opportunity to show that we could do it – and we did it in a very convincing way.”

With the win, Arsenal are now level on points with Southampton who drew their game against Chelsea. They also overtook their opponents West Ham United and occupy the 5th spot, behind Southampton on goal difference. The Gunners will move ahead of Southampton if they manage to beat them on Thursday. Wenger said that Arsenal are looking forward to facing Southampton on the new years day, “It’s a good opportunity for us to do well in a big game. We can get some confidence from [West Ham], we drew 2-2 at Liverpool and they equalised in the final minute. I feel we have enough confidence to do well.”

After the defeat against Manchester United in November, Arsenal have recorded seven wins in all competitions and have drawn just one game which came against Liverpool. The record has gotten them back in touch with the top three. Southampton have been in good form themselves in the last three games after a mini-slump in November and early parts of December. The game promises to be a good one as both sides will attack each other from the onset due to their philosophies.

“We Didn’t Even Jump” Arsene Wenger Blames The Defense For Liverpool Result

Arsene Wenger revealed that he was disappointed with Liverpool late equaliser that robbed his side of three points but admitted that it was a fair result as Liverpool dominated the game, “It was maybe a fair result, but we are disappointed to give a goal away with a free header from a corner.

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Arsene Wenger

“It was an intense game. We played a little bit with a handbrake on in the first half, and Liverpool played well.

“We lost the ball too quickly in the first half — when you are not used to something it was frustrating. It was important for us to come back before half time, and 1-1 was a good result [at the break].

Wenger felt that his side did not offer anything in the first half at all as Liverpool’s’s front three caused the gunners a lot of problems. However, he was happy with a better second half showing, “Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, in the first half, caused us problems, as did Raheem Sterling. We gave them more problems after the break.”

“Olivier Giroud was quite sick overnight, and he became more influential in the second half. But in a long period of stoppage time, you have to survive two or three corners and free kicks.

Wenger blamed the defence for conceding the goal that costed them 2 points in the end.

“For their goal, we had plenty of defenders on the pitch. It’s disappointing that we didn’t even jump. You want everybody to be focused on the corner.”

Given how the game transpired, Arsenal were lucky as both their goals came against the run of play. They probably should have held on as they had the numerical advantage in the nine extra minutes after Fabio Borini’s sending off.

Wenger’s side had just three shots compared to Liverpool’s 27, which gives us an indication of how little the Londoners created. They also recorded the worst possession stat since 2003 as Liverpool had the ball for more that two-thirds of the time compared to their opponents. Given all the stats, Wenger was happy with the point, “My first job is to win the games. When you are 2-1 up with minutes to go you want to win — but objectively 2-2 is a fair result.”

Arsene Wenger reveals why Olivier Giroud wasn’t registered for the Champions League

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club weren’t expecting Olivier Giroud to recover so quickly from the injury set back he suffered in August against Everton and as a result did not put his name in the 25-man squad for the UEFA Champions League. He was expected to sit out the whole of this year but has managed to get over the injury ahead of the expected time.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Dortmund clash, Wenger said, “At the time, we bought Danny Welbeck and we had to put him on the list.

“Giroud was supposed to be unavailable for the qualifying group stage and we put him out.

“He is coming back early and that is good news, but of course he’s not on the list of the 25 selected players.”

However, the 28-year old will be able to play in the knockout stages as Arsenal will be able to add three more players to the squad.

The Frenchman missed 15 games in his absence and will be disappointed not to feature in the Champions League until January, but with that being said, he’ll definitely feature more frequently for Arsenal in the league after impressing in the last game despite playing only a few minutes.

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The France international was missed by Arsenal as the North Londoners have been wasteful in front of goal this season which has cost them dearly. Giroud’s last few appearances have been very fruitful for Arsenal as he led a comeback from being 2-0 down against Everton before being injured a few months ago. He scored in Arsenal’s league game against Manchester United but unfortunately for him and his side, the goal came a bit too late to salvage anything in a game that the gunners dominated.

In the absence of Giroud and Welbeck, Yaya Sanogo was asked to lead the attack against Dortmund last night and to everyone’s surprise the young French striker opened the scoring in the first few minutes of the game.

Arsenal’s next Premier League game is against West Brom and having picked up just 17 points from the 12 games so far, the need to start winning games will be imperative.

A Balanced Arsenal Squad – How Much Wenger Should Spend In January To Achieve That?

Arsenal have lacked a balance in their squad depth this season. Players who should have been cut loose a long time ago are still clinging to straws, as they try to salvage what is left of their Arsenal tenures before they are cut loose. There are positions at which there has been a huge arsenal of players, of which some are discontent with their bit-part roles, on seeing that undeserving players are getting extended runs in the team owing to the lack of depth in those positions. Arsenal’s defence has looked pithy, and their defensive midfield has been crying for replacements who can reinvigorate the team, for a long time.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

For all that was promised, one move that has worked out is the addition of a striker. Danny Welbeck adds experience and strength to a strike-force of Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell, who seems to have faded away, even after his performances for Costa Rica in the recently-concluded World Cup. The attacking midfield looks insulated against injuries, with a number of players who can play in various places. Lukas Podolski is not wrong in asking for a move, seeing that his appearances have been limited, due to his lack of ability to cover his defender in the midst of his attacking performances, which has left Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal woefully exposed at the back.

Thus, three players who need to be added to this Arsenal line-up are two centre-backs, who could play on the flanks, if required, and a defensive midfielder. Arsenal will have to get one big name for the position of the defensive midfielder, where they have been struggling, and should be willing to pay up to €20m to sign the player they need. The names that spring to mind are Cheick Tiote, Geoffrey Kondogbia or Lars Bender, for a January buy, as their main target, Sami Khedira may not be sold by Real Madrid, and may be allowed to go on a free transfer at the end of the season.

For the place of the central defender, they would do well to buy Matija Nastasic from Manchester City, where he has not got the opportunities he deserves, and would be good in the third-choice role that Arsenal need to fulfill. A talented young player could also land up at Arsenal, with emphasis on John Stones from Everton, who might seek a move, after witnessing Calum Chambers’ massive transformation since his move to Arsenal a little more than four months ago. a deal within €10m per defender would be good for Arsenal.

Arsenal need to offload players who are being a burden on the club, to make space for the players they actually need. They may need to spend around €40m on buying players who will lead the team forward and shore up the back, achieving balanced squad in the process.  If it means that they need to offload players who are good, but who are not performing to their potential, Wenger has to be willing to make tough decisions and sell the under-performing players, as the team in its current state will not be able to compete against the might of the other clubs for trophies.