Many fans have been calling for the French manager to step down at the end of the season after Arsenal fail to challenge for the title again.
Indeed, this has been 12 long years since Arsenal last won the title and pressure have been mounting on the Frenchman to leave the manager’s role.
However, there is a genuine question that needs to be asked at this stage. Who is going to replace the Frenchman at the head of the club?
Some fans would have love to see Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola at the head of the London club but with the German already at Liverpool and the Spanish manager at Manchester City, it is hard to see another quality manager available to take charge of the club.
There have been media reports that Diego Simeone might be approached to take charge of the club. The current Atletico Madrid manager has experienced some success in Spain and would probably make a great manager at Arsenal. However, there are risks that his footballing style might not really suit the Arsenal faithful. Recently, Sam Allardyce has stated that Simeone’s football would be branded as boring in the Premier League. With the Arsenal fans having been used to a certain way of football under Wenger, they might have a hard time adapting to life under Simeone.
Roberto Mancini has also emerged as a possible candidate for the Arsenal job. The former Manchester City boss is also a possible replacement for Arsene Wenger. He won the Premier League title as well as the FA Cup with Manchester City in 2012. He is currently managing Inter Milan.
Some pundits and fans have asked for a former player to take charge of the club. Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry are the names that are often mentioned but in fairness, they will inevitably lack the experience needed to manage a club of this magnitude.
PSG has been stunned by Manchester City in the Champions League Quarter-finals match. PSG who has been used to winning games easily in their domestic league has found it harder to cope with Manchester City.
Most PSG fans thought that they will be thrashing Manchester City easily in this round especially with the English club form being so poor in the Premier League. Paris Saint-Germain dominated possession early on in the game and created chances after chances but was denied by poor decision making or by the Manchester City goalkeeper.
However, they will be awarded a penalty after BacarySagna was judged to having tripped David Luiz in the box. But Joe Hart will successfully stop Ibrahimovic penalty to deny the French champions. Inspired by their keeper performance, Manchester City will take the lead thanks to a De Bruyne goal. He will benefit from an impressive run from Fernandinho.
Manchester City will not lead for long, though. Ibrahimovic will equalize only 3 minutes later. The Sweden striker will benefit from a mistake from Fernando. The latter will kick the ball directly into Ibrahimovic’s foot, and the ball will rebound into the back of the net. This was the easiest goal that the PSG forward will ever score.
After the break, it was more of the same with PSG keeping control of the ball. Rabiot will take advantage of poor defending from Manchester City to score after Ibrahimovic’s shot on goal is deflected by Hart. (more…)
For the past few months, Chelsea has seriously been attempting to lure John Stones into Stamford Bridge but have failed on doing so as Everton is trying to keep hold of the young defender for as long as possible.
Chelsea has launched a string of increasing bids which started from of £20 million and their last one was of £30 million but all of these offers have failed as Everton does not seem to be interested in selling their promising young defender.
A few days ago there was an incident which occurred that lifted the hopes of the fans of Chelsea as it was announced that John Stones handed in a transfer request and all signs were pointing towards John Stones becoming a Chelsea player but the Premier League club later responded by saying that this was a mistake and Stones didn’t mean to do that.
Everton’s Roberto Mancini spoke about the current situation involving John Stones and the Spanish manager told the media:” “Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. The fans, they’re going to play an incredible role in helping John to settle in and to get back to being fully focused on winning football games for Everton’’ (more…)
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has revealed that he took a U-turn upon his decision to quit Sunderland largely because of his wife being convinced by the club. Advocaat has signed a one-year contract with Sunderland just a few weeks after deciding to quit the club.
He has already achieved legendary status amongst the fans after guiding them to yet another season in the Premier League when all hope seemed lost at the time of his appointment. The 67-year-old said at the end of last season that he would retire from the game, but he has now extended it for one more year.
Advocaat has been used to winning titles throughout his managerial career, but he will now be hoping to avoid another season of a relegation battle at Sunderland. The black cats have so far not made any serious moves in the transfer window. The situation with regard to signing attacking players could be much clearer in the next few weeks when Adam Johnson learns about his fate. The Sunderland winger has been charged with child sex abuse after reportedly having had an affair with a 16-year-old. He is currently able to play for Sunderland, but faces a jail sentence if found guilty. (more…)
Blackpool manager Lee Clark saw his team relegated from the Championship after a 1-1 draw with Reading during the weekend.
This was yet another disappointing campaign for the club, but the supporters were always confident of avoiding relegation. They have now slipped to the third tier of English football for the first time since 2007. This resulted in a lot of fans turning up against the owners, who have been singled out as the reason for this relegation. The club’s brief moment in the sunlight came in they were promoted to the Premier League through the play-offs.
However, it is reported that the club did not invest the huge windfall that they have since received in terms of television money. They relegation to third tier is likely to cause a huge change within the club in order to get back to the top divisions. Despite those items, manager Clark reckons that it may be difficult to win back some section of supporters who have completely turned against the club and its owners. A large sets of supporters were not even prepared to watch the match against Reading after Blackpool went on the verge of relegation following Rotherham winning against Brighton and Hove Albion. (more…)
Ronald Koeman knows that Chelsea would be hurting quite a lot after losing their pre quarter final tie in Europe versus Paris Saint-Germain and they would be firing from everywhere this weekend when they take on Southampton at their home ground.
The Chelsea fans are a little annoyed at the moment as they had not expected that Champions League elimination, not at such an early stage for sure. They are having a go at the club management.
Jose Mourinho is being absolutely slammed, but, according to Koeman, the Blues boss does not give a damn to the criticism.
Koeman was Mourinho’s colleague when both of them were working alongside at Barcelona.
There is mutual respect between the two and it was clear from the way Koeman spoke about his counterpart in the pre match press conference.
The Southampton manager was quoted as saying, “The greatness does not come without criticism. If you are world class, you are going to have to deal with negatives as well and knowing Jose, I am sure he would not be flustered a single bit. He does not mind people coming at him”
“And, I don’t think this defeat in Europe has harmed his reputation. He has a lot of achievements to show in his CV and he has also earned respect of the players over the years. Whichever player he has worked with would be impressed with him. You go and ask anyone and you would get the same thing to hear.” (more…)
Paul Pogba at the age of 21 is making a name for himself at a huge scale as the French midfielder was named as the best young player during the 2014 World Cup and he is regarded to be as one of the best young players in the entire world.
MassimilianoAllegri has even tipped Paul Pogba to one day become the next big thing as a player that is only capable of leading his club but also his country as there has never truly been a French player who can even compare to ZinedineZidane but Pogba could be that player.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid are the clubs that have seemed to be most interested in signing the French midfielder from Juventus and the coach of the Italian team has already admitted in saying that if a good enough offer is launched for Pogba then he could leave Juventus. (more…)