Arsenal’s Academy Manager appointed New Wolfsburg Head Coach

Bundesliga football club VfL Wolfsburg on Monday announced Dutchman Andries Jonker as their new head coach after sacking Valerien Ismael on Sunday. The 54-year-old, who operated as assistant and tactical coach at Wolfsburg between 2012 and 2014, has signed with the Wolves until 2018.

Jonker joins the club from English giants Arsenal, where he has run the London club’s youth academy since 2014. Interestingly, his Assistant at Wolfsburg will be another former Arsenal man in Swedish winger Freddie Ljungberg. Continue reading

Will continue to manage next season: Wenger

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Friday said he will continue to manage next season, even though he may not renew his contract with the London club.

Wenger faces the lowest point of his 20-year career with the Gunners after his team was beaten by Bayern 1-5 on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League last 16, reports Efe. Continue reading

Wenger hopeful that Ozil rediscovers form against Bayern Munich

Arsenal’s football club’s record signing Mesut Ozil is not playing his A-game, as per chief coach Arsene Wenger as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League pre-quarterfinals on Wednesday.

“It’s time for him to score again. Maybe he will find confidence back as well, because he misses chances. He has chances and he misses the chances that don’t look not feasible for him,” Wenger was quoted as saying by ESPNFC on Sunday. Continue reading

Wenger unperturbed by growing criticism

Despite facing flak from many corners after his team’s latest reversal at the hands of title favourites Chelsea, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger on Friday said he is unfazed by it all and is focusing on the next game.

Wenger has yet to decide whether to sign a new contract and his 21-year reign could be approaching the end, but the 67-year-old Frenchman is adamant that he won’t let himself be affected by the turmoil. Continue reading

Wenger rules out Arsenal move for Real Madrid star

English football giants Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that his side does not need the services of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema or any other attacker.

The British press recently reported that Benzema was offered to Arsenal, Chelsea and other English Premier League (EPL) clubs years ago, reports Efe. Continue reading

Arsenal told to cough up £20 million for Cabaye

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have to spend in excess of 20 million pounds for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye according to reports in The Daily Telegraph.

The Frenchman was left out of the Newcastle squad for the game against Manchester City this weekend, which sparked off rumours about a possible move away from the club, but Arsenal’s offer of 10.2 million pounds for the anchorman was rejected by the Newcastle management. Continue reading

Arsenal close in on Confederations Cup winner

Arsenal are currently very close to a deal for Brazilian starlet Bernard, reports The Express.

The Atletico Mineiro midfielder, who was part of the Brazilian squad for the Confederations Cup last month, is touted to be one of the most exciting prospects in world football at the moment, and if recent reports are to be believed, the Gunners have agreed to a 21.5 million pounds deal for the young Brazilian, warding off competition from London rivals Tottenham and fellow Premier League side Liverpool. Continue reading

Change in mentality the reason for better performances, says Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes that a change in the players’ mentality has done wonders for the Gunners, resulting in brilliant performances in recent games.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Ramsey said, “In the past, we’ve been accused of starting slowly and I think that’s something we’ve changed, especially in the last month.” The Wales international added that the team are consciously working on their specific weak points, which has led to the huge upturn in form in the past few matches. Continue reading