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The five reasons why Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger isn’t PSG-bound this summer

By Stefano on April 30th, 2013

First it was clear that he was staying, and now the Telegraph has suggested that he is on his way to France. So where will Arsene Wenger be managing next season? I think there is only one place – Arsenal.

The Frenchman isn’t about to jettison his North London project a year earlier for the following reasons.

1 At Arsenal he runs the show – If he wants a player he works with the board to get them. At PSG it could be different. There are the club’s cash backers who may insist on signings too. Did Anecelotti really want David Beckham in his squad? Wenger has huge power at Arsenal, that won’t be the case in Paris.

2 He won’t want the pressure – Sure next season at Arsenal could be tough, it will be especially difficult for the Frenchman if the signings and real campaign for silverware doesn’t materialise. But in Paris success will have to be instantaneous. If Wenger doesn’t at the very least stroll to the Ligue One title and mount a very serious challenge for the Champions League he could be out on his ear. Does a guy in his 60s need that kind of pressure?

3 It would mean breaking his contract with Arsenal – Arsene just isn’t that type of person. He will want to see what happens next season with the Gunners. He may after all be angling for an extension to his contract if things go well.

4 There will still be plenty of options in summer 2014 – If Wenger does still want to manage PSG there’s a good chance the job will be available – especially if the manager that the club choose doesn’t succeed.

5 If he goes now he will be leaving the club at a low point – Arsenal might still finish third, but there is no doubt that this has been Wenger’s most difficult season at the club. He will be desperate to go out on a high and one last crack at winning some silverware is very tempting for him.



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Is Wenger leaving Arsenal and heading for PSG?

By Stefano on April 30th, 2013

I though we had this one sorted yesterday when Arsene Wenger seemed to commit to Arsenal for the next twelve months, but apparently not.

In case you haven’t seen it though this morning The Telegraph is suggesting that leading figures at PSG have been telling members of the French footballing elite that Arsene is on his way.

And not just in summer 2014 when his contract with Arsenal runs out – but this summer.

The theory runs like this. Carlo Anecleotti has said he wants to go – possibly to replace the Chelsea-bound Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. PSG need a manager to guide them through a serious crack at the Champions League next season. The French club is quite possibly the only club that Wenger would consider. His family could even stay in London while he works in Paris

It would also mean leaving Arsenal behind hopefully for Wenger safe in the knowledge that the club has weathered the worst and can also make a real attempt at the Champions League/Premiership next season off the back of £70 milion worth of investment.

As the Telegraph reports

Asked about the rumours in his native France connecting him to Ancelotti’s job, Wenger said after the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday: “First of all I don’t know too much about what’s been said about me. Then I’m concentrating on the next game and the next season. At the end of my contract I’ll see what I can do. I’ve always respected my contracts. I can’t see at my age why that should change.” Seasoned Wenger-watchers detected a note of ambiguity in that statement.

So what do you think? Is Arsene on his way back to France?



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Arsenal update: Vela to return? PSG to move for Wenger?

By Stefano on March 22nd, 2013

Carlos Vela was undoubtedly one of the biggest disappointments of the Wenger era. A hugely talented player with bags of potential, he just never seemed to fit in at Arsenal and Gunners fans only witnessed the real Vela in short bursts.

So that makes it all the more intriguing that several papers are speculating that Arsene Wenger is about to activate a buy back clause in the player’s contract and ship him back from Real Sociedad.

Apparently the buy back clause is a mere £4 million – so it wouldn’t make too much of a dent in the club’s £70 million kitty.

Vela is playing well too. So far this season he has scored 12 times in 26 appearances for the club and been pivotal in Sociedad’s campaign this year which sees them in fourth place in La Liga with Champions League football next year a real possibility.

As for whether the player wants to return – Vela has been giving out mixed messages. In February he said that he wouldn’t rule out coming back to London, but also said that he most wanted to stay in Spain.

£4 million for a player in this type of form is a real bargain. So could he be Arsenal’s Michu?

I really can’t see this happening. Even if he does return – and it could be almost against his will – will he replicate that form in the Premeirhsip? I am not sure he will. Maybe Remy, who was linked yesterday is a better cut-price striker deal.

Meanwhile TalkSport are running with a story that PSG are set to try and nab Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The cash rich Parisians know that Wenger has just 13 months left on his current deal and that he has stated that he won’t leave Arsenal until the end of that time.

However PSG are rumoured to be looking to replace Carlo Ancelotti. So is Arsene going home? Well a lot depends on where Arsene thinks home is these days? The manager has been in London for over fifteen years and before that managed in Monaco (who at the time were one of PSG’s biggest rivals) as well as Japan. I am not sure that Paris is ‘home’ for Wenger anyhow.

The manager has stated that he wants his last job in football to be boss of the French national side, and I don’t think the PSG job is going to detract him from pursuing that and finishing with a trophy next year at Arsenal.

Besides is Ancelotti really on his way? With PSG now top of the French league and in the last eight of the Champions League he seems to be keeping his side of the bargain.



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Yaya Toure tells City to sort his contract out – or he will be off

By Stefano on March 20th, 2013

The Sun has a huge football exclusive this morning which concerns the fate of Man City’s massively talented midfielder Yaya Toure.

Apparently the player has been in contract talks with City for six months now and according to the paper if he doesn’t sign a new deal by the weekend the 29 year old will look for a move.

And depressingly for City fans Toure’s agent has said that the deal isn’t about money.

Dimitri Seluk said

“I do not feel he will stay at City. This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons.

“He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”

It could be that City simply have decided that they can’t afford to keep their star player. He is currently on £220,000 a week which makes him the club’s top earner and is one reason why City’s wages bill is astronomical.

The tricky part for City though would be finding a a club willing to pay his gargantuan wages, especially as Toure heads towards the end of this career.

The most obvious destinations would be PSG or a Russian club like Anzhi Makhachkala who are ambitious and could afford to pay him. Though Barca, Chelsea or even Man United might be tempted to stretch their wage bill further to land one of the most talented players on the planet.

To be honest though this feels like agent posturing. My money would be on the player singing a new contract at the club very soon as he angles for a better deal. What do you think?



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Breaking: Ferguson says Rooney will stay at United

By Stefano on March 8th, 2013

No great surprise this – given that there are very few clubs who could afford him – but Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated that Wayne Rooney will be an Man United player next season.

Fergie told the BBC

“He’ll be here next year.You can have my word on that.”

The Man United manager added

“There is no issue between myself and Wayne Rooney. To suggest we don’t talk is nonsense.”

Ferguson then explained that Rooney understood why he was left out of the side’s recent game with Real Madrid.

“He understood the reasons completely. Tactically we got it right. We don’t always but we did then. I left out Shinji Kagawa after he scored a hat-trick. I thought I would get more stick for that.”

This always seemed the most likely outcome after several days of wild press speculation. The sad truth for Rooney is that, unlike in 2010, there was no suitable move on the cards. City don’t want him and none of the other north west clubs could accommodate him.

Realistically only Chelsea and possibly PSG would be in the market for him.

Besides United need Rooney given RVP’s current goal drought.



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Arsenal update: Jenkinson to City, Rooney connection and Cornelius tracked

By Stefano on March 7th, 2013

It is Man city’s avowed aim to snap up the best English talent in the Premiership. No surprise then that they have set their sights on Arsenal’s right back Carl Jenkinson.

The Mirror has a story this morning which suggests that Manicni and his men have been tracking the player and will make a move for him in the summer.

They sense an opportunity if Bacary Sagna leaves and Arsenal don’t promote Jenkinson to first choice right back.

This seems like an odd one. Jenkinson is a childhood Arsenal fan, who is living the dream at the moment. He is an intelligent man, but someone who is passionate about the team. I really can’t see this happening. Besides he will have noted how smoothly the careers of Sinclair and Rodwell have progressed at The Etihad too.

Also on a silly season tip a couple of pundits have suggested that a newly minted Arsenal – if they were to get a change of ownership- might look at Wayne Rooney.

The United striker clearly has a problem in that he has fallen down Fergie’s pecking order of players and many papers are suggesting that he will leave in the summer. But where to? City apparently don’t want him, Everton can’t afford him and he is unlikely to move to Spain or Italy.

The proposed move to PSG, which is in many of the papers, doesn’t seem to fit either. But what about London? It is a move that means the player could keep his base in the North West but still play Premiership football. Chelsea would be the favourites to sign him but Arsenal and Spurs have been mentioned in dispatches.

Yes it is true that Arsenal need a reliable and predatory striker, but the fact that Rooney earns twice as much as any other Arsenal player should be enough to mean any talk of a deal is fantasy football, even if the club could afford him. Wenger is an admirer of the player, but he is arguably not what Arsenal need at the moment and there must be queries about his injury record. Btw anyone else noted that RVP has only scored once in eight games now?

Finally a couple of sources are linking Arsenal with a bid for the – wait for it – new ‘Niklas Bendtner.’ Wenger is keen on FC Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius, who has scored 14 goals in 20 matches for Copenhagen this season.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world, and I would love to play in it,” Cornelius is quoted as saying in the Metro, with Arsenal his preferred choice. The player certainly knows where the sticks are and would come cheap (£3 million is mooted), but defenses in the Premiership are a bit tougher than the ones he has played against so far. One to watch.



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Arsenal update: Benteke and three others linked, Parlour has a ‘funny feeling’ about the FA Cup

By Stefano on February 16th, 2013

Morning Gunners. First up the best of the transfer gossip. The Sun is once again linking Arsenal with Aston Villa’s in form striker Christian Benteke, but then spoils it by saying that Spurs are tracking him too.

To prove the point there’s a bit of flakey quote from his agent who says

Kismet Eris said: “It is normal that if you go to a club and do well, other clubs will show an interest.

“Christian has shown he can play in England.

“So why not take the step up to the next level?

“Right now his focus is on helping Aston Villa stay in the Premier League.

Can’t see this one myself.

If you don’t fancy Benteke no worries as Caught Offside pinpoints the three players it believes will be Emirates bound come the summer. Two you know all about – Etienne Capoue and Stevan Jovetic. The third is PSG’s centre back Mamadou Sakho who is apparently eyeing up a move to the Premiership. Sahko is frustrated as he is not getting many games for PSG at the moment. Were he to sign for Arsenal he would probably be fourth choice centre back too.

On to today’s game and there’s plenty of speculation as to who will start with all sorts of fringe players from Miquel to Arshavin predicted to get a game. It is a game that many pundits think that Arsenal will win. In particular Gunners’ legend Ray Parlour thinks that this could be Arsenal’s year.

In an interview for Bwin picked up by Ladyarse he says

“I’ve got a funny feeling Arsenal could do it this year, they’re desperate for a trophy, they haven’t won a trophy for eight years.

“I think Arsene Wenger’s taking these cup competitions a lot more seriously than he did in past years, I mean you look at the other cup competition and he really put a strong side out, I know they got beaten by Bradford, but you can see the intent, they’re having a go this year.

“It won’t be an easy game against Blackburn but I expect Arsenal to win the game.”

It’ll be interesting to see where Arsene plays Gervinho today. Might he rest Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott and play the Ivorian through the centre with AOC providing the ammo from the right? Or will he replace Podolski on the left.

We will find out soon enough.



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Bacary Sagna “100% devoted” to Arsenal – but do Gunners fans care?

By Stefano on February 5th, 2013

Amidst all the talk of contract renewals for Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott in the last twelve months very little has been written about the contract situation of another senior member of the Arsenal squad – one Bacary Sagna.

The right back’s contract will run out in summer 2014, which in theory will make him a top target for European clubs come the next transfer window.

Today Sagna moved to quell speculation that he would be leaving The Emirates. Saying that he was “100% devoted” to their club Sagna told French paper L’Equipe (which has been reported widely including by ESPN) he is happy at Emirates Stadium.

“I’m 100% devoted to my club. I’m only thinking about defending Arsenal’s colours until the end of my contract. The supporters are annoyed with me when they hear my name linked to PSG, but I haven’t got anything to do with that. I’ve had no contact whatsoever.”

Sagna also said that he had “tears in [his] eyes,” when he was called up for the French squad – the first time he has been included in a year and a half.

So Arsenal fans, the 29 year old wants a new contract? But does he deserve one? Sagna’s form this season has been inconsistent. There have been games where he has been sublime, yet in others his distribution poor and his defending second rate. Waiting in the wings is young Englishman Carl Jenkinson who in December signed a long term contract with the club. He has continued to look sharp and capable each time he has deputised for the Frenchman this season.

So do Arsenal need to renew Sagna’s contract? Personally I think it might be time for Sagna to move on. Arsenal would get a reasonable sum for the player in the summer and that money could be invested elsewhere – maybe a commanding central defender in the Mats Hummel mould would be ideal. In Hector Bellerin, a product of the Barcelona youth academy Arsenal have a ready-made understudy for Jenkinson.

So is time to cash in on Bacary?



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Ashley Cole in Real Madrid talks with PSG waiting in the wings

By Stefano on January 11th, 2013

There’s a huge amount of speculation this morning about the next move of Chelsea’s England left back Ashley Cole. According to the Mail he has his heart set on a Spanish swansong.

The paper is reporting that the 32 year old who will not be offered a new contract at Chelsea could be on his way to Real Madrid with his agent already in Spain having talks with the Spanish club. Madrid’s rivals Barcelona are also tracking the player as are big-spending Paris St Germain, which are managed by Cole’s old Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Express says that there is still a lot of ground to cover before Real get their man.

The uncertain future of Real boss Jose Mourinho is a possible complication while PSG, managed by another former Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti, are ready to match any offer.

Several other papers including The Guardian, suggest that Cole, along with his fellow England international Frank Lampard, could be making the journey north to Manchester United. Fergie is also a huge fan of the player and United already has a growing, but influential groups of 30 something players.

I wonder if PSG are actually the perfect club for the player. They would have no problem with his wage, his relationship with Ancelotti was apparently very good and Paris is just a short train ride away from his London base. Also Cole moved from Arsenal to Chelsea at a time when the balance was shifting in favour of the West London club. PSG are in the same situation that Chelsea were half a decade or so ago and with their existing staff, and the resources to add more quality players you wouldn’t bet against them having a very serious crack at The Champions League within the next couple of year.




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