Arsenal

  • Wenger to give away FA Cup medal if Arse...

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will give away his FA Cup winners' medal even though victory would make him the most successful manager in the competition's history. The Gunners face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday as they look to claim their third FA Cup in the last four s...

    Wenger to give away FA Cup medal if Arsenal beat Chelsea

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will give away his FA Cup winners' medal even though victory would make him the most successful manager in the competition's history. The Gunners face Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday as they look to claim their third FA Cup in the last four seasons and seventh overall for their manager. That would give Wenger the outright record, which he currently ties with former Aston Villa boss George Ramsay. Griezmann denies Man Utd reports Chelsea, meanwhile, are eyeing a double and first Cup crown since 2012, but Wenger will not be keeping any memorabilia if Arsenal can stop their rivals. "I have no medals at home from anything," the Arsenal boss told reporters. "You come to my home you will be surprised. There is no trophy, no medal, nothing. "I give them always out. There is always a guy at the club who did not get a medal, a member of staff so I have given it to him. So you are always a medal short and you will always find someone who takes it. "I am not a back-looker. I am always forward. At home you would not even guess that I am a football manager, apart from the fact that a football game is on. "I am not separated from football. I am completely in football. I watch the game that is on the night but I don't look back what we have won, what we have done and all that, what we have lost. "I have memories of the human beings, human experiences. That is more shared emotions and things like that." Arsenal are under pressure coming into the game, having failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. Wenger must cope with a selection crisis in defence, with Laurent Koscielny suspended, Gabriel injured and Shkodran Mustafi doubtful – meaning Per Mertesacker is set to make his first start in over a year. Despite those issues, Antonio Conte has claimed Arsenal are favourites, a stance Wenger laughed off ahead of the match. Wenger said: "Chelsea think we are favourites? He can think what he wants. "If he can justify it during the game it is even better. "I expect us of course to win. But it is true that Chelsea in the neutrals' opinions might be the favourites." Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and has not announced whether he will be extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium, meaning the Wembley clash could be his last game as Gunners boss.

  • David Luiz's comeback at Chelsea has pro...

    Antonio Conte says that Chelsea's decision to re-sign David Luiz has been vindicated as he reflects on the initial criticism the club received for the move.  Luiz returned to the Blues in a £32 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and the Brazil international rece...

    David Luiz's comeback at Chelsea has proved everyone wrong, says Conte

    Antonio Conte says that Chelsea's decision to re-sign David Luiz has been vindicated as he reflects on the initial criticism the club received for the move.  Luiz returned to the Blues in a £32 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and the Brazil international recently revealed that he regarded the move as a risk, as he took a pay-cut to return.  Conte bought his journalists lunch over his lateness Chelsea were criticised for making a 'panic buy' as they signed Luiz in the final hours of the summer transfer window, while the 30-year-old was doubted over his playing style. Conte thinks that his critics have gone quiet and that Luiz has been important to his side's success.  “I think David arrived here in Chelsea with a lot of criticism," Conte said at a news briefing at Cobham Training Ground. "Not only for him, but also for me and the club. But I think David showed himself to be a great player. "I think he's one of many players who has been a key player for us. When we changed and started to play with him in the middle of the three centre-backs, this choice was very good. I think this suited him perfectly. "He had a great season. Now, I hope [for more], we have another game to go. I spoke with him and we have to finish this great season and make it a fantastic season." 

  • Abramovich trusted me - even after Arsen...

    Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Arsenal has been described as the most pivotal moment of the club's season and Antonio Conte revealed what happened as Roman Abramovich took a closer interest in his manager.  Conte pays respect to Wenger's Arsenal career The Russian billionaire came to wa...

    Abramovich trusted me - even after Arsenal defeat, insists Conte

    Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Arsenal has been described as the most pivotal moment of the club's season and Antonio Conte revealed what happened as Roman Abramovich took a closer interest in his manager.  Conte pays respect to Wenger's Arsenal career The Russian billionaire came to watch three first-team training sessions in a row in September and had a few lunch meetings with Conte at Cobham Training Centre after the loss.  Conte decided to switch to a 3-4-3 formation after the defeat and drilled his players in the new formation which led to a 13-match winning run across the autumn and winter fixtures. The Blues manager revealed that Abramovich never lost faith in him and said that he was supportive as Conte overhauled the team's tactics. “He came for three days to watch our training sessions, to watch the video analysis, to stay with us. He supported me," Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre. "He never showed me he was angry. "I think the club always saw my job, during pre-season and in that period, and trusted in my job. I never thought the club was thinking about sacking me. Honestly.” Speculation grew that Conte was set for a sensational sacking after Abramovich's visits to the training ground and several bookmakers in the United Kingdom had suspended the betting on him leaving Chelsea, as they believed his exit was guaranteed.  Diego Costa almost quit football Abramovich has been as engaged as ever with Chelsea this season, attending Conte's first game as manager in pre-season versus Rapid Vienna, while he was seen chanting Conte's name and lifting the Premier League trophy against Sunderland last weekend.  Conte has delivered success to the club's owner by switching to a three-man defence that he used while he was the manager of Juventus. However, the Italian admitted that he did doubt his side's title chances after the loss at the Emirates Stadium. “It was very difficult to think about celebrating winning the league after the Arsenal defeat," he added. "To think we'd arrive at the end of the season and be celebrating winning the league. Honestly, that felt very difficult. "Not impossible but, in that period, we had a lot of big problems to solve. To find the right solution quickly is not easy. You must be very good, very prepared, but also lucky in these circumstances. "And you must also have the players to give you the possibility to impose your ideas, your changes, and everything you are thinking in that moment. For that reason, I was lucky to have a group of players who put themselves in Chelsea and my ideas of football, and we put ourselves in a position where we could secure a fantastic title and celebrate. "At the start of the season, if you'd said we could qualify for the Champions League, I'd have signed for that. Then I found great players, and we were able to change our season.” Batshuayi good enough to replace Costa Chelsea will return to the Champions League and they will go into pot one with the champions from various leagues across Europe. Conte has already raised a glass of champagne to toast winning the title in his first season but celebrations were relatively subdued on Sunday as the club capped off their league season with a 5-1 win over Sunderland.  Conte went to a Fulham restaurant with his staff after the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, which secured the league title, but he admits he may do something special if he achieves a double.  “I don't like champagne a lot," Conte continued. "I celebrated, for sure, with my staff. We had a dinner together, and we had 'cheers'. It's right to enjoy this moment because if you win after a strong season like this, it's right to enjoy it.  "The low from a defeat is longer than the high after a win. I don't smoke, but tomorrow I'm hoping to smoke a cigar if we win. I'm ready to do this.”

  • Wenger: Arsenal stadium move the most di...

    Arsene Wenger claims that Arsenal's move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 was "the most difficult" time of his life. The Gunners left Highbury for their new 60,000-seater home in time for the 2006-07 campaign after spending more than £400million to construct the state-of-the-art venu...

    Wenger: Arsenal stadium move the most difficult time of my life

    Arsene Wenger claims that Arsenal's move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 was "the most difficult" time of his life. The Gunners left Highbury for their new 60,000-seater home in time for the 2006-07 campaign after spending more than £400million to construct the state-of-the-art venue. Sanchez named Arsenal supporters' Player of the Year A loan taken out to finance the ground significantly curtailed Arsenal's spending power in the transfer market, meaning Wenger was forced to watch key players, including Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, depart his squad. Wenger has been widely praised for maintaining their Champions League status until this season, but he has also been criticised for his record of securing no major trophies between 2005 and 2014. The 67-year-old has described how difficult it was to navigate those seasons knowing that a top-four finish was essential simply to keep up the club's loan repayments. "In 2006 started the most difficult period of my life because we had restricted finances, we had to pay back a huge amount of money and we had to sell our best players and we had to stay at the top," he told BT Sport ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea. "We had to stay in the Champions League and we had to make at least 54,000 people [happy]. "There are debates when you build a stadium. How big can it be? It's quite simple: at the time it was £4,000 per seat. You multiply that by 60,000 and it's £240million.  "Plus, we had to buy the soil and the all businesses we had to buy out so it went for over £420million, and we had to pay a huge amount of money back every year and that's why we had to stay in the Champions League. "Today, the television money makes the weight of the Champions League much weaker, but at the time it was absolutely needed, so that was for me the biggest period of pressure, between 2006 and 2014. "Today, you tell me 'do that again' I would say 'no, thank you very much, leave that to somebody else' because it was an unbelievably tough period."

  • Sanchez named Arsenal's Player of the Ye...

    Alexis Sanchez has been named Arsenal's Player of the Year by the club's supporters, while Mesut Ozil failed to make the top three. Arsenal announced on Friday that Sanchez was the "overwhelming" winner of their fans' vote after a stunning individual season that has seen him sco...

    Sanchez named Arsenal's Player of the Year as Ozil misses top three

    Alexis Sanchez has been named Arsenal's Player of the Year by the club's supporters, while Mesut Ozil failed to make the top three. Arsenal announced on Friday that Sanchez was the "overwhelming" winner of their fans' vote after a stunning individual season that has seen him score 29 goals across all competitions. OFFICIAL: Bernardo Silva signs for Man City It is the second time in three years at the club that the Chile international has won the accolade and he came second the only time he missed out on top spot in 2015-16. Ozil was last year's winner, but he has not been recognised in the top three this season, having received criticism from many observers for his inconsistent form, prompting manager Arsene Wenger to defend him. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came second to Sanchez, with Laurent Koscielny in third. Sanchez, Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain face uncertain futures at Arsenal, with only a year left to run on their contracts and major speculation over potential transfers going into Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea. The final sees the Gunners chasing a third FA Cup trophy in four years as they look to salvage silverware from a campaign that has seen them miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years.

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