Arsenal Appoints Unai Emery As New Manager

Arsenal have appointed former Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery as the new manager of the club, with the Spaniard succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Emery, who joined PSG in June 2016, left the French club at the end of this season, having led them to a domestic treble.

The 46-year-old had previously guided Spanish side Sevilla to three Europa League titles.

Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career.

He has also developed some of the best young talents in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in a statement said His hard work and passionate approach and his sense of value on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take the team forward.

Wenger departed the North London club at the end of last season after nearly 22 years at the helm, helping the team capture three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

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Arsene Wenger To Leave Arsenal At The End Of Season

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave the Club Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League.

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenegr said in a statement.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.

“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.

“My love and support for ever.”

 

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Ex-Arsenal Star Rosicky Retires From Football

The former Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund star, Tomas Rosicky sprung a surprise on Wednesday by announcing that he has played his last game of professional football.

The 37-year-old played 105 times for the Czech Republic, and spent a decade at Arsenal wher he was known for stylish passing and slick skills.

“I have never played either for the money or the glory – I just love football,” Rosicky, who appeared at four European Championships finals, told his club Sparta Prague’s website.

“But I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires,” the injury-prone number 10 said.

“I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career in big clubs, and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most,” Rosický said.

“I’ve had a lovely career despite all the setbacks, I have known both wonderful and difficult moments,” he said.

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Arsenal Welcomes WorldRemit As First-Ever Official Online Money Transfer Partner

Worldremit becomes the first Official Online Money Transfer Partner of the Premier League club, Arsenal.

The leading digital money transfer business, formed by a UK-based entrepreneur from Somaliland, has joined forces with Arsenal to accelerate the company’s growth and help more people save money on international transfers.

The global partnership will provide WorldRemit with a range of rights and player access to support its expansion plans.

The partnership agreement includes match day LED branding for every Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup match along with TV interview backdrop presence for every home Premier League match along with global digital and social media rights across Arsenal’s online and mobile platforms.

WorldRemit will work closely with Arsenal’s first-team players to create unique content that will support new and existing community engagement initiatives around the world.

The partnership will also reward WorldRemit’s customers and Arsenal supporters through exclusive events and experiences using the power of football to inspire people. The company will launch the partnership with the first in a number of competitions to win travel to London and tickets to watch the team play at Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal Confirm Chamberlain’s Exit To Liverpool

Arsenal have formally announced the exit of their midfielder, Alex Ox-Chamberlain to rivals Liverpool and thanked him for his services.

The London club did not reveal how much they pocketed from the sale. And they did not say whether they would do any new signing on the last day of the transfer window.

Embattled manager, Arsene Wenger, merely said ‘his phone has been red hot on transfer deadline day”.

Alex joined Arsenal six years ago from Southampton. He made 199 appearances and scored 20 goals.

“He helped us to three Emirates FA Cup victories, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in our semi-final win against Manchester City last season”, Arsenal said on their website.

“A year after his arrival from Southampton, ‘The Ox’ featured for England at Euro 2012 aged just 18. He currently has 27 senior caps for the Three Lions.

“We’d like to thank Alex for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.

“The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes”, the Club said.

The Club also announced the departure of defender Kieran Gibbs to West Brom Albion.

“Kieran first joined us as a teenager in 2004, working his way up through our academy to become a mainstay of the first-team squad for a decade.

“Always a dependable and hardworking defender, Kieran made a total of 230 first-team appearances for Arsenal.

“Last season the 27-year-old skippered the side in the League Cup, and featured in a total of 22 matches”.

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Alexis Sanchez To Become Highest Paid Player In Manchester City

Arsenal Ace, Alexis Sanchez may soon become the highest paid player in Manchester City if they successfully convince him to move to the Etihad.

Both the player and Manchester City are hopeful of completing a £50m move from Arsenal.

According to the Daily Star, City are ready to offer Sanchez wages of £275,000-a-week to become the highest paid player in the club’s history.

Sanchez is yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners and has 12 months to run on his deal at the Emirates. He doubts the club’s ability to compete for the league title and is said to be keen on reuniting with former boss Pep Guardiola.

Arsene Wenger has maintained that times have changed and that Arsenal simply do not need to sell their best players any more.

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Wenger Signs Two-Year Contract With Arsenal

Against the rumour and popular belief that Arsene Wenger may resign as manager from Arsenal Football Club, the Coach has rather signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.

Wenger, who finished the season with a FA league was due to end his contract at the conclusion of the current season.

“I’m happy and excited. Happy because I can work where I love to be. As well because this club cherishes the values I love.

“I’m excited because I believe that our end of season is a big springboard to go for more. We have created a dynamic that is very positive and we want to build on that and transfer that positive end of season [form] to the new season,” Wenger said after signing the new deal.

The Gunners came a disappointing fifth in the Premier League this season, their first since the 67-year-old took over at the club in 1996.

 

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Wenger Admits Uncertainty Over Future At Arsenal

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger has admitted uncertainty over his future as the club after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Arsenal ended this season’s league with a 3-1 home win over Everton on Sunday, but Liverpool’s 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough oust Arsenal out of the top four.

“It is annoying (to miss out on the Champions League), but we had a spell during the season that was difficult and it was difficult for me in my personal situation,” he said.

“We were playing in a hostile environment. The players came back stronger in the last two months and I’m very proud of them for doing that,” Wenger said.

While Wenger accepted the uncertainty about his future had been counter-productive, he said his commitment to Arsenal could not be questioned.

“I was focused on my job. I am professional,” said the Frenchman, who has been in place since September 1996.

“I love this club enough to do my best every single day. One thing you cannot question is my love for this club. I’ve turned down every club in the world to stay here.”

Arsenal will be playing Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

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‘Rich’ Fans Don’t Influence Me, Says Wenger

Arsene Wenger dismissed protests from Arsenal fans seeking his removal as manager and called on his players to focus instead on the club’s push for Champions League football next season.

An emphatic 4-1 win at Stoke kept the Gunners in contention for a top four finish and a 21st consecutive season of elite European football.

But while Wenger’s name was sung out heartily by supporters inside Stoke’s stadium early in the game a plane flew overhead carrying a banner calling for the Frenchman not to return next season.

“When you say fans, who do you mean? The rich ones?” said Wenger when asked for his reaction.

“Look, I am paid to do my job for the club I love and I will do that as long as I’m here with full commitment. I’m not influenced by that at all, all I do is give my best.

“We have 69 points today so let’s make 72 on Tuesday and after that I will give my best for as long as I’m here for the values of this club and for the club.

“I want to focus on football and the rest is less important. I’m not in politics. I’m in sport, I love sport and give my 24 hours a day for what I love. I am in a public job, some agree with me, some not.”

Earlier in the day, reports in France had even suggested that Wenger has already agreed a one-year deal to remain in charge at the Emirates, but the 67-year-old refused to confirm or deny the claim.

“There’s no information about that,” said Wenger. “Nothing.”

Arsenal’s fifth win in six games lifted them to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool although Wenger insisted he was only focused on Tuesday’s meeting with Sunderland and the final game of the season against Everton.

“We have 69 points tonight so we have come through a difficult period in March,” said Wenger.

“At the moment we have consistency and let’s finish well. We have a big game on Tuesday, we play every three days.

“I don’t think like that about our chances. I think let’s do our job and go to 72 on Tuesday and focus to win the game. Sunderland have nothing to lose.”

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Arsenal Wins Appeal Against Gabriel’s Red Card

Arsenal have won an appeal against Brazilian defender Gabriel’s sending-off in Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Chelsea, the Football Association confirmed on Tuesday.

Gabriel was dismissed following an off-the-ball clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa late in the first half of the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge and was facing a three-match ban for violent conduct.

“Arsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel has been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” read a statement from the FA.

“The player’s three-match suspension has, therefore, been withdrawn with immediate effect.”

However, Gabriel still faces a separate charge of improper conduct for his reaction after being shown the red card by referee Mike Dean.

He and Arsenal have until 1700 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Costa has also been charged with violent conduct after apparently swinging his arm at Laurent Koscielny during Saturday’s game and faces a three-match ban.

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Why Dangote Cannot Buy Arsenal Football Club – Etcetera

You have sold some shares and you’ve got some money to spend. Now you want the ultimate: Your own football club. Hold on there, are you sure? Football clubs are a nightmare to run. In fact, almost two-thirds of premiership clubs have been in receivership at some point. Remember Portsmouth FC ploughed through four owners some seasons back and landed itself a debt of £60m and relegation in the Championship. Think of Leeds United’s tragicomic collapse; the balls-up at Cambridge United; Rotherham going into receivership in 2006 and 2008; Southampton’s sorry saga. And, of course, Crawley Town getting a winding up order years back. So, what do we know? Don’t buy a football club for the glory. So, before Dangote aspires to join Abrahamovic, Glazers and Al Mansours, he should make sure he knows his stuff.

But does Dangote know how much these football clubs really cost?

It is often mistaken that these clubs go for a quid. For instance, Swansea City was bought by investors for £100, and sold four years later for a £1. But beware: underneath those figures lies a pile of debt.

Does Dangote have the cash, can he do an Abramovich?

No, he can’t. New UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations already in place, require clubs to balance their income and expenses. Dangote cannot operate under such rules. The premiership is too organised and transparent for any businessman to easily manipulate. The wage structure of footballers is too large for a businessman like Dangote to take on. Let us forget that those goons at Forbes have told us that Dangote is Africa’s richest man. As it stands, he cannot afford the outright purchase of a big football club like Arsenal. It is as simple as that. He will go broke. It is a possibility if we are talking about a club in the coast of West Africa. Dangote has most of his wealth in shares and physical assets and the football business requires liquid cash to sustain. Have we all forgotten that the same Dangote got a 3G licence and sold it to Etisalat? He is a very smart businessman who knows how to pick his areas of investments.

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Can he get Bank backing?

Unlikely! No serious private equity firm would get involved with a football club. They are not proper businesses. Too much politics, too many egos. And there’s no proper exit route – the history of football clubs on the stock market is chequered, to say the least. They are rich men’s toys, great for entertaining your mates, and that’s about it. I don’t think Dangote can afford such an expensive toy.

A lot of people think it is relatively easy to make a million pounds by being the owner of a football club. That all you have to do is put in that first two million pounds. But these people should also know that since the English Premier League was formed in 1992, football finances have dried up to the extent that making a million pound profit is no longer a walk in the park. It is also the case that buying a football club is unlikely to yield that much of a return. Despite the significant TV and other commercial revenues, football clubs in England’s top flight still struggle to break even. This is ironic, given the goal of setting up the Premier League was to stabilise club finances.

Is Dangote putting his heart over his head?

Yes I think so. Simon Jordan, in his autobiography, tells the story of how owning a football club can go terribly wrong. Jordan amassed a fortune of £75m in the early days of the mobile phone revolution. In 2000, he paid £10m to take control of South London football team Crystal Palace, becoming the youngest football club chairman at the age of 32. He was warned by many not to do it, but having watched the club since his childhood, he could not resist. Fast-forward 10 years and the club was in administration and Jordan’s personal wealth largely wiped out. It is reported that Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea, has written off more than one billion pounds he ploughed into the club since acquiring it in 2003. Catching him up fast is Sheikh Mansour from Abu Dhabi, who has invested close to one billion pounds in Manchester City since 2008. Can Dangote write off such a huge amount of money? It is in fact the amount of money he borrows to invest in businesses. But again, I think Dangote is just trying to hype himself. Most of the serious money flowing into football recently has come from the Middle East. The Qatar Investment Authority (the country’s sovereign wealth fund) bought the French Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain in 2011 and has gone about transforming them in the same way Sheikh Mansour has Manchester City. Forget those guys at Forbes, Dangote is not in the same league as these guys.

The Glazer Family bought Manchester United in 2006, recognising the immense value of its global brand as a cash generator and the opportunities to enhance it even further. The cost of buying the club was loaded on to the club itself, with the revenues it generates used to pay the debt and interest that the Glazers undertook to buy the club. Eventually, the hope is that the club will essentially pay for itself leaving its American owners in possession of a multi-billion pound asset but till date, the Glazers are still gnashing their teeth and are still neck deep in debt. When it was speculated that a Middle East consortium was willing to pay £1.5bn for Arsenal Football Club, it was stated that Stan Kroenke, the American who owns about 63 per cent of the shares in the club, would have made just £400m on his shares. So, given the appalling financial returns, why do people buy football clubs?

Who can buy Arsenal football club?

Anyone can buy Arsenal football club, but that anyone doesn’t include anyone who obtains bank loans to fund a business. Sir John Madejski, chairman of Reading Football Club, describes the ideal football club owner as having deep pockets, mercurial, and not faint-hearted.

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