Tag: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal wins appeal against Mohamed Elneny red card

Arsenal has won their appeal against midfielder Mohamed Elneny’s red card in their 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton last Sunday.

Elneny, 25, was dismissed in stoppage time following a confrontation with Saints defender Cedric Soares, but the Football Association overturned the decision after an independent panel accepted the Egyptian was “wrongly dismissed for violent conduct”.

The repealed red meant that Elneny would now available for Arsenal’s next three Premier League matches.

The Gunners would be facing Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday before hosting West Ham on 22 April and travelling to Manchester United on 29 April.

Elneny was sent off moments after Saints defender Jack Stephens was dismissed for a clash with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in a fractious finale at the Emirates Stadium after a sterile first-half atmosphere.

Arsenal lead twice then, and the game that saw two late red cards it was awarded a surprisingly loud roar at the final whistle, there was certainly entertainment at the on Sunday despite the empty seats.

Gunners manager Arsenal also heaped praise on his team after the game as they stole a victory against a club struggling against relegation.

“It’s not easy because we played against a team who fights not to go down, mentally it is very difficult,” Wenger said. “Some of our players had heavy legs but we still won the game when we were questioned, I really like the spirit in this team.”

“Every game you win makes you stronger, it’s important that you keep your run going. We have gone through a difficult spell, but because the players are proud we came back. Now we hope to keep this going.”

Wenger and his players would head to Moscow with a spring in their step, still believing they can reach the Champions League next season by winning the Europa League. They hold a 4-1 advantage from the first leg of the quarter-final.

Mesut Ozil: it was “easy to say yes” to Arsenal contract extension

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil claims that it was “easy to say yes” to an contract extension with the club as the German international sets his sights on “some titles with the team”.

There had been intense speculation regarding his future at the Emirates throughout the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, with an expiring deal offering cause for concern.

However, the World Cup winner ended the speculation by committing his future to the Gunners in February with a new long-term contract.

The 29-year old also insisted he never considered heading elsewhere as he believes he still have unfinished business at Emirates Stadium following three FA Cup triumphs to date.

“It feels really good (to sign the contract extension,” Ozil said. “I’m really happy to sign here for such a big club like Arsenal. I’ve always said to the club that i’m happy here and now I’ve signed, I’m really happy.”

“My teammates and family have always supported me. I have a lot of goals here with the team, I want to reach those and I’m really happy. I love the city.”

“Before I signed the contract, I spoke with my family about what the best decision was for me. At the end of the day, it was really easy for me to say ‘yes’ to the club. I’m here for more years and I hope we will win some titles with the team. I believe in that.”

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of £42.5 million in the summer of 2013, before going on to make 189 appearances for the club, netting 37 goals as well as providing a steady supply of assists.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will naturally be hoping for another key contribution from his star playmaker on Thursday when the Gunners take on AC Milan in north London for the second leg of a Europa League last-16, a tie which Arsenal currently lead 2-0.

Arsene Wenger: Jose Mourinho should learn to cope with richer clubs

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has told Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that the Portuguese should learn to cope after Wenger himself spent the duration of his 21 years at Arsenal in the shadow of the Premier League’s financial elite.

Following a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford, Mourinho said that his lavish spending on players since he took charge at Manchester United in the summer of last year — which stands at £261m — was not enough to level the playing field with Manchester City.

A shade of schadenfreude flashed as Wenger smiled broadly at his old rival’s plea of poverty, before saying that a manager simply had to find other ways to close the gap.

“I have been in that position for 21 years, so I will not start to complain now,” Wenger, 68, offered. “There is always one team, sometimes four, who were richer than I was, so I learned to cope with that and to deal with that.”

“I think what is most important is you deal with your own situation as well as you can and, yes, Manchester City are richer than us; yes, Chelsea are richer than us and Manchester United are richer than us but I still believe we have to find a way to be successful.”

However, Wenger himself did not rule out making a new signing in January, although he anticipated that he would be busier fielding enquiries about his fringe players.

“I will be busy, yes, because first of all you have clubs that call you to get players on loan or to buy your players,” he added. “As well, I’m open-minded to any possibility to strengthen our team.”

After seeing the Gunners win 2-3 at Crystal Palace, Arsene Wenger also said that he is not worried over losing Alexis Sanchez next month as the player’s contract expires at the end of the season.

“I am not fearful but that will be a subject that arises because of his contractual situation,” said Wenger, who equalled Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 810 games managed in the Premier League after the games against Palace.