‘We need #WengerOut’ – Arsenal fans’ anger as Gunners miss out on Champions League

'We need #WengerOut' - Arsenal fans' anger as Gunners miss out on Champions League

Arsene Wenger’s future is up in the air after his side finished fifth in the Premier League, leading many supporters to demand his exit

Arsenal missed out on a top four finish for the first time in 20 years under Arsene Wenger, leading many fans to call for the French manager to leave the club.

Wenger has yet to sign a contract extension at the Emirates Stadium, and many supporters feel it is time for him to leave the club. On Sunday, the Gunners failed to better Liverpool’s result in the Premier League, meaning they finish fifth and will not play in the Champions League next season.

While many fans had previously called for Wenger’s exit, those calls grew louder with many prominent supporters including Piers Morgan weighing in on #WengerOut.

Look, I’m not going to tweet . But if I was to tweet it would be justified, because we need .

@IanWright0 So what’s happening with Arsenal? Is Wenger staying? Is Kroenke leaving? We need to know, our club is embarrassing

Arsenal fans: “It’s time for a change.”

Wenger: “Consider it done, Europa League.”

Welcome Koscielny to Wenger out movement. Man took a red to get Wenger out. Also explains why he conceded so many penalties.

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Arsene wenger to Uefa: how many RTs to qualify for the champions league ??

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NO round of applause from me today. This is the only scenario needed at @Arsenal

So embarrassing we’re back to fighting for fourth like it’s the title.

Dumped out of CL in 10-2 thrashing.
18pts behind PL Champions.
11pts behind Spurs.
5th.
Europa League next season.

Conte took Chelsea from 10th to 1st.

Wenger took Arsenal from 2nd to 5th having spent more.

Are we going to pretend like playing the Europa League isn’t hugely embarrassing?

Arrogant fraud thinks fans are beneath him even though we pay the highest prices in the world to watch his team of cowards https://twitter.com/JamesOlley/status/866323722474582018 

However, one supporter believes the fifth-place finish is all part of Wenger’s evil plan!

Wenger’s planned it.

Sign a 2 year deal.
Win Europa League first year.
Win Champions League second year.

Retire a Legend.

The Gunners boss refused to be drawn on his future in post-match interviews with Arsenal set to play Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Source: http://www.goal.com

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Kroenke Out! Champions League failures mean Arsenal must listen to their fans

Kroenke Out! Champions League failures mean Arsenal must listen to their fans

The Gunners will be playing in the Europa League next season and supporters have signalled their demand for a change of ownership


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As thousands of Arsenal supporters chanted ‘Stan Kroenke, get out of our club’ there could be no confusion as to who the majority of fans blame for this season’s disaster in the Premier League. The Gunners majority shareholder has hit the headlines again over the past few days following the revelation that Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov had lodged a £1 billion bid for Kroenke’s shares, an offer which was informally rejected by the American.

For the first full season under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have failed to qualify for the Champions League – their 3-1 home win over Everton proving irrelevant on Sunday after Liverpool defeated Middlesbrough at Anfield. While the financial consequences may not be particularly severe, the bigger picture is that attracting top level players to Emirates Stadium this summer could prove difficult due to the current instability at the club.

There are key issues which need to be resolved at Arsenal over the next three months. None are more important than the managerial situation, with all signs pointing to Wenger extending his stay at the club by at least another season. The Frenchman’s own intentions are unclear and he has gone from saying a decision would be announced in April or May to hinting that discussions will take place in a board meeting after the upcoming FA Cup final.

Wenger’s future is linked to a host of first team players, including Mesut Ozil – who will not even consider committing to the club until an announcement is made about the manager. With both the German international and Alexis Sanchez seeing their contracts expire in 2018, a summer of huge decisions regarding playing and coaching staff, as well as in the boardroom, is expected.

The small matter of an FA Cup final against the newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea provides Wenger’s side with a last chance to salvage something positive from what has been the manager’s worst season at the club.

Laurent Koscielny’s sending off against Everton means he will miss the showpiece Wembley final, while an injury for Brazilian centre back Gabriel Paulista has paved the way for club captain Per Mertesacker to start his first game of the season.

The German’s leadership qualities are certainly needed at the back for Arsenal against Chelsea but his own defensive vulnerabilities could be exposed by the mobile attacking threats of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Willian. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also doubtful after his recent injury absence.

 
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Kroenke

You can count the number of times Kroenke has been seen at the Emirates this season on one hand. That is where the brunt of the supporters’ frustrations lie. This is an owner who appears to have no interest in building a relationship with the fans or announcing his ambitions for the club. There has always been an underlying disconnect between the owner and the fan base, and this has become more evident as Arsenal’s form has regressed this season. For most Gooners, Europa League football is the final nail in the coffin regardless of the outcome of the FA Cup final.

Usmanov has already indicated that he won’t relieve Wenger of his managerial duties if he does become majority shareholder at Arsenal, so would new ownership really change the direction of the football club? The Russian has signalled his own intent to buy the best players in the world and it should be noted that Kroenke, while he has never put debt on Arsenal, has not invested a penny in transfer dealings or on-the-pitch matters.

Arsenal’s reputation as a self-sustaining club is something they should be proud of but Chelsea and Manchester City are examples of how modern football teams requires fresh investment on a mass scale each season. The answer isn’t to spend money for the sake of it, but to utilise it in a way which helps the club challenge the likes of their Champions League conquerors Bayern Munich – a statement which chief executive Ivan Gazidis made to fans in 2013.

Tottenham’s second place finish and new stadium has provided several home truths to Wenger, Gazidis and Kroenke. Their wage bill is almost half of Arsenal’s, yet they are far outperforming their local rivals.

I recently spoke to an ex-Arsenal player who played under Wenger for almost a decade and he told me that when he looks at this current side, no-one is smiling on the bench and no-one looks happy. While many critics may argue that Wenger’s tactical shortcomings are the key issue, it is clear that the negative atmosphere off the pitch is contributing to what is happening on it.

Arsenal have failed to qualify for the Champions League and they require big changes across the board this summer. Whether it happens or not is another question, but the fans have made their view clear; they want Kroenke out.

Source: http://www.goal.com

Alexis has massive respect for Wenger but knows his time at Arsenal is up

Alexis has massive respect for Wenger but knows his time at Arsenal is up

Recent comments from the Gunners star provides further hints as to why he’s likely to leave this summer


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Alexis Sanchez rarely talks to the media unless it’s an interview with Arsenal’s in-house team or a PR event related to the Chilean national side, but over the past few weeks, the 28-year-old’s policy of speaking out publicly has changed dramatically.

Pundits have tried to read the enigmatic Sanchez, who has 23 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League this season, from his body language, his passion and commitment. But in recent weeks, such advanced techniques have not been necessary.

There has undoubtedly been a shift in Sanchez’s outwardness on the pitch this season. He looks more frustrated, angrier and more selfish in possession. It’s easy to understand why when you take an overview of Arsenal’s season. Arsene Wenger’s side were out of the Champions League and Premier League title race by mid-February and have never really got going, despite starting the season with a handful of positive results.

Recent comments from Alexis provided a telling glimpse into what is going on in his mind right now, even though many will suspect that he is being told to speak about his future by a representative or agent. From the quote in which said he wants to play for a “winning club” to his more recent murmurings about his frustration with the mentality of this current Arsenal side, it’s clear that Alexis is keeping all of his options open going into this summer.

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“Sometimes the frustration more than anything is about the fact we could be challenging for the Premier League title,” he said.

“I’ve always said we have great players here, it’s just about having the mentality of being a great player and going out on to the pitch already thinking about winning.”

And mentality is key here. Alexis spent his childhood growing up playing football on the rocky streets of Tocopilla in Chile. He knows what it means to win and will do anything to make it happen. Can the same be said for every single player in the Arsenal team? Results this season, particularly the implosions at West Brom, Bayern Munich and Crystal Palace, are examples of the collective disappointment that has taken over at the Emirates Stadium this season.

By no means should excuses be made for the way Alexis has conducted himself on and off the pitch at times, however. A training ground fight that was denied by Wenger and subsequently confirmed by Theo Walcott and Robert Pires reinforced the notion that the attacking maestro has become increasingly frustrated with his team-mates’ efforts. The stats show that Alexis loses possession the most out of anyone in the Arsenal team in almost every domestic game this season. Different theories have been put forward as to why this is the case: is he always looking for the ball and trying to make things happen or is he someone careless in possession and wants to avoid passing to certain team-mates?

Arsene Wenger Alexis Sanchez

Then there is the relationship with the manager. Wenger brought Sanchez to Arsenal at a time where the Chilean couldn’t get into the world’s best attacking frontline. He has proved that he is world class but this season has shone a light on the Frenchman’s inability to manage his team successfully in the biggest games. The comments from Sanchez about his manager were interesting because he chose not to defend the performances which Wenger has presided over this season – instead, he voiced his disappointment at the protests which have gained traction over the past few months.

“For me, [fan demonstrations are] very bad. He is the manager who gave a stadium to the club, won cups, and he has been 21 years in the job. He is the creator of the stadium, the players and style of the club,” he said.

Whatever happens in the coming months, you can be sure that Alexis Sanchez will be a man in demand. Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are just a handful of clubs who are monitoring his contract situation, with the deal set to expire at Emirates next summer.

The most important thing for Alexis is clearly winning trophies, and while an FA Cup may go some way to softening the blow of not being able to compete for the biggest prizes, it surely won’t be long before he realises that he needs to go elsewhere to win the most sought after silverware.

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Could Arsenal & Liverpool face a Champions League play-off?

Much of the Premier League table has been decided, but the Gunners need a favour to finish in the top four, and may even face a one-off game

The Champions League race is going to the final day.

The destination of the Premier League title is set – Chelsea will get their hands on the trophy after this Sunday’s game against Sunderland – and the relegation places have been filled by the Black Cats, Middlesbrough and Hull City.

Yet there remains intrigue to be had. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all vying for two spaces in the league table. City are currently third, while Liverpool lie fourth and Arsenal fifth. While three wins from the three teams would leave the table as it is, there are many permutations that could potentially see a play-off for a place in the Champions League…


LEAGUE TABLE AS IT STANDS


PL Table

With both Chelsea and Spurs certain to finish in the top two positions, City are best-placed to secure qualification. A victory over Watford at Vicarage Road will confirm their spot in third, while a draw would also put them out of reach of Arsenal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, know that a victory is necessary against Middlesbrough, while a draw could see them fall below the Gunners if Arsenal defeat Everton at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal, lastly, need a favour. They must hope that either Liverpool or City drop points in what appear to be relatively straightforward fixtures, and then do their job of beating Everton.


A THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF?


HD Jurgen Klopp

Now it gets really interesting.

Liverpool have two potential play-off routes, but both appear relatively unlikely. City only lie two points above Liverpool, so a draw for Pep Guardiola’s side against Watford, and a victory for the Reds, with the correct goal difference swing, would see Jurgen Klopp’s men tie City for third.

Thus, a one-off game would have to be played to decide who enters into the Champions League group stages and who faces a qualifying match.

City currently have a positive 36 goal difference, as opposed to Liverpool’s 33, though a play-off would hinge on goals scored and goals conceded being identical. Thus, a 3-0 win for Liverpool over Boro, and a 3-3 draw between City and Watford would mean both clubs have scored 78 goals, conceded 42 and accrued 76 points.


A FOURTH-PLACE PLAY-OFF?


Pep Guardiola Manchester City

This appears more likely, though it still stretches the bounds of probability.

A 1-1 draw between Arsenal and Everton, who were themselves once chasing qualification for the Champions League, and a 2-0 defeat for Liverpool against Middlesbrough will mean both clubs finish on 73 points, with an identical goal difference of positive 31 – 75 scored and 44 conceded.

A 2-2 draw for Arsene Wenger’s men, coupled with a 3-1 Middlesbrough win over Liverpool would similarly lead to a play-off.

Boro’s form, though, has been woeful on the road this season and they have not won away since August.


ARSENAL V CITY?


Arsene Wenger Arsenal Premier League

This one is exceptionally hard to fathom.

Arsenal could still face City in a play-off, but they would need a mighty performance from Watford to see it happen.

A 4-0 defeat for Pep Guardiola’s men, coupled with Arsenal defeating Everton 1-0, would see both teams end on 75 points with 75 goals scored and 43 conceded.

Liverpool’s result against Middlesbrough would then confirm whether or not the two clubs were playing off for third or fourth place.

Watford, though, have only recently announced that Walter Mazzarri will be leaving the club, the manager having overseen a run of five straight defeats. We did say it was hard to fathom.

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Ozil’s record-setting night and the stats that show how one-sided Arsenal’s win over Sunderland was

Ozil's record-setting night and the stats that show how one-sided Arsenal's win over Sunderland was

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The Germany international was in fine form against Sunderland as he created more chances in one game than anyone else since Opta records began

Arsenal may have only defeated Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday, but the game was noteworthy for how one-sided it was despite the relatively low score line.

In fact, the Gunners only scoring twice belied the statistics for the match, which kept the Londoners in the hunt for a Champions League spot. It really shouldn’t have been as close as the score indicated.

Arsenal attempted 36 total shots in Tuesday’s contest at the Emirates, which is the most they’ve attempted in a Premier League match since the start of the 2003-04 campaign. A big reason for the onslaught of attempts was the play of Mesut Ozil, who created the most chances (12) in a Premier League game since Opta started keeping records.

With his helper on Alexis Sanchez’s opening goal, Ozil, who had come under some criticism earlier this season for lacklustre play, increased his assist tally to 41 since debuting in the Premier League in Sept. 2013. That’s good for tops in the league in that timeframe.

Of course, the one-way traffic meant that Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was extremely busy, and even he saw himself into the record books thanks to some heroics between the posts.

11 – Jordan Pickford made more saves tonight vs Arsenal than he had in any other Premier League game (11). Potential.

Unfortunately for Pickford and Sunderland, he couldn’t keep every shot out of the net. The two goals against were enough to ensure a finish at the bottom of the league for the Black Cats.

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Without Alexis, Arsenal would have no hope of Champions League miracle

Without Alexis, Arsenal would have no hope of Champions League miracle

The Chilean has been crucial for the Gunners this season and gave them a glimmer of a hope of finishing in the top four by downing Sunderland


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If Arsenal were seeking a taste of what’s to come next season then Tuesday night’s game against Sunderland provided the perfect preview. Stale, dour and apathetic are all words to describe what both sets of fans witnessed during the course of 90 minutes, but could equally be applied to the atmosphere inside a below capacity Emirates Stadium.

It was a game which didn’t set the pulses racing until Alexis Sanchez scored his 22nd Premier League goal of the season with 20 minutes to go before he added his 23rd soon after.

Europa League football beckons at the Emirates unless Arsene Wenger’s side are gifted a top four place by Liverpool, who only need to win their final game of the campaign against already relegated Middlesbrough to return to the Champions League at Arsenal’s expense.

The Gunners have required other teams to slip up in previous seasons but a positive result for Boro against Jurgen Klopp’s men seems difficult to envisage. The only other way Arsenal could sneak into the Champions League is if Manchester City lose to Watford and Wenger’s side swing a -5 goal difference in the process. Once again, this is highly unlikely.

Without Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal wouldn’t even have a prayer at this stage. He has been their best player by far this season with 23 goals and 10 assists in the top flight. Many of these strikes have arrived since he reverted back to his favoured position on the left flank. The 28-year-old is one goal behind Premier League top-scorer Romelu Lukaku in the league and his personal fight for the Golden Boot will go down to the wire when the Gunners face Everton on the final day of the season.

Alexis

The Gunners would be much worse off without the goals of their Chilean maestro and it could be argued that the tricky forward has saved Wenger’s job with his match-winning performances in 2017.

Sanchez has been directly involved in more goals than any other player in the Premier League this season, thus underlining just how good he has been in a sometimes struggling side.

Mesut Ozil sent a reminder to the Arsenal hierarchy that he is equally as important to the club with another assist for his fellow forward. The duo have linked up impressively in recent games and their contributions mean that Arsenal still have some hope on the final day.

While it looks unlikely that Wenger will pull off another great escape and qualify for the Champions League, a passage into the Europa League and the potential to pick up silverware in the showpiece FA Cup final does at least present an opportunity to salvage what has been a campaign full of unfulfilled expectations. If things were depressing enough, just imagine where Arsenal would be without Alexis.

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Ex-Arsenal forward Podolski trolls Tottenham’s White Hart Lane farewell

Ex-Arsenal forward Podolski trolls Tottenham's White Hart Lane farewell

Spurs took in their final game at an iconic venue on Sunday, with a former rival recalling his fondest memory of the ground from his time in England

Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has taken the opportunity to remind Tottenham of a White Hart Lane memory they would rather forget as they bid farewell to their famous ground.

Spurs took in their final fixture at the iconic venue on Sunday as they overcame Manchester United 2-1 in a Premier League encounter.

That success ensured that they completed an unbeaten season on home soil in 2016-17, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side now preparing to take in a 12-month stint at Wembley as they wait for their new stadium to be finished.

Tottenham have been looking back fondly on their 118 years at White Hart Lane, but Podolski has pointed out that not every occasion was as a memorable one – with Arsenal having enjoyed their fair share of success across the north London divide, including a title triumph for the ‘Invincibles’ in 2004.

Podolski played his part in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane in March 2014.

He suffered a 2-1 defeat 12 months earlier, but that fixture appears to have been erased from his memory bank.

Arsenal also came unstuck at the home of their arch-rivals this season and are destined to finish below them in the Premier League table, but there will be many more opportunities for them to give Podolski something to cheer in the future.

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