Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker is set to manage the club’s academy when he retires as a player at the end of the 2017/18 football season, according to reports.
The German was announced by the club as a manager in waiting.
The defender agreed a one year deal with the club in January. He would see off the deal before moving into the new coaching role. The club, in a statement, said Mertesacker would continue to play a key role in the squad this forthcoming season while “developing his knowledge and understanding of the academy.”
The player has always been linked with a coaching role for quite some time now. He is often praised for his leadership qualities and knowledge of the game. He joined Arsenal back in 2011 from Werder Bremen. He is a proof that the Premier League giants are increasingly committed to retaining former players. Continue reading “MERTESACKER TO MANAGE ARSENAL ACADEMY”
Recently, there have been rumors emerging involving Arsenal and the potential of them appointing someone with the task of being the Sporting Director.
Former Arsenal player Marc Overmars and former Borussia Dortmund player Michael Zorc were linked with this position.
Arsenal was once again left behind in the Premier League race and they were completely destroyed in the 2016-17 season of the Champions League after losing to Bayern Munich with an aggregate scoreboard of 10-2 in the round of 16.
Arsene Wenger’s squad was also knocked out of the League Cup after losing to Southampton in the quarter-finals.
It’s because of all these eliminations from competitions and the continuous failure from Arsenal of actually lifting a major piece of silverware that the rumors involving the possibility of the Premier League club appointing someone as a Sporting Director started to emerge but Arsene Wenger has emerged and shut down those rumors.
“I’m the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I’m manager of Arsenal Football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front, that’s it. I don’t know what director of football means. Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don’t understand and I never did understand what it means.” Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger said. Continue reading “Wenger does not want anyone to become the Sporting Director in Arsenal”
Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta believes that it is high time that Arsene Wenger leaves the London club.
He believes that the club needs a change in management style if they want to progress and he fears that if the French manager stay any longer, the club could begin to implode.
The Spanish midfielder who is now working at Manchester City said that Wenger is a good manager but it is time for a change at Arsenal. He believes that the players are not playing for the manager and that he feels that the club is not progressing.
He believes that the club had a genuine chance of winning the title last season but unfortunately they could not capitalize on the poor form of their rivals. He said that this allowed Leicester City to win the title quite easily.
Mikel Arteta believes that there are some good managers that might be interested in taking charge of a club such as Arsenal. He said that the club already has a good squad and that they also have a loyal fan base. Continue reading “Wenger should leave according to Arteta”
Former Spanish player Mike Arteta has finally made the tough decision to hang his boots.
After having had a total appearance in 259 matches playing for the Gunners and Everton, the 34-year old footballer has decided to retire from his professional football career.
Upon announcing his retirement, it seems apparent that Arterta is not quitting the sport for good; rather he seems to be transitioning from player to coach. Arterta who has just confirmed his decision to leave the club as a player to join Manchester city at the Etihad stadium has composed an open letter to his fans that he definitely will be leaving behind in his now former team.
Arterta will be joining club manager Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff and coaching crew at the Ethihad. Despite the numerous games in which Arterta featured in during his career, the Spaniard had witnessed a seemingly dull end to his career. Continue reading “ARTETA WRITES OPEN LETTER TO ARSENAL FANS”
Coach Pep Guardiola says he has phased out the idea of getting a defender this summer after seeing the performance of Aleksander Kolarov.
Guardiola is one of the favourites to lift the English Premier League title this season with Manchester City so it is expected that he leaves no stone unturned in a bid to reach his expectations. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager admitted that he consulted with his assistants Rodolfo Borrell and Mikel Arteta before deciding to allow Kolarov in the role.
“I’m delighted I spoke to Mikel and Rodolfo and said “do you think he is able to play in that position?” Guardiola said of Kolarov. “It is not easy to find a centre back with a left foot like him. We are convinced he has the quality to do that, to adjust,” he added.
Kolarov did a decent job when City sealed their Champions League participation with the defeat of Steaua Bucharest. He has been decent in the Premier League games so far, so he is set to remain at the Etihad despite rumours that he would be among the first players to exit when Guardiola’s move broke out.
Continue reading “GUARDIOLA FORGOES PLANS OF ANOTHER DEFENDER”
The renowned former captain of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has come to terms to join Manchester City in replacement of Pep Guardiola.
Arteta left towards the end of last season due to expiry of the contract. He has decided to retire as a captain and take his career to the next level in coaching. The 34 year old was offered a role as a coach in the academy of Arsenal but he has agreed to join Guardiola with Manchester City. Guardiola and Arteta have been good friends since their learning days in Barcelona academy.
Aaron Ramsey would be taking over the No.8 shirt of Mikel Arteta at the next season of Arsenal as per the announcement made by the club. Ramsey is said to switch from No 16 shirt that he wore in his previous matches and consider Arteta’s shirt as the Spaniard will leave the club to get into coaching this summer. Well, Ramsey is the 2nd player who would change shirt for the upcoming season and Alexis Sanchez will take over No.7 shirt of Tomas Rosicky.
Mikel Arteta has been a renowned footballer who is known for his misleading skills and playing for Arsenal club. Although he started his career as a trainee at FC Barcelona, he was moved to Paris Saint Germain during the French League. Arteta discovered his love for football and began to hone his technical finesse. Continue reading “Arteta To Join Manchester City”
Arsenal player, Mikel Arteta is set to leave the club as the season ends.
The player would join Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini. Arsene Wenger, head coach of the club said Arsenal “will lose three big personalities” when the players exit the club this summer. Wenger paid tribute to the trio of midfielders at his news conference on Friday as all three are out of contract after the season ends following Sunday’s home game against Aston Villa.
Only Flamini has been a regular player this season, with Rosicky making only one appearance because of injury troubles. Arteta, the club captain, has also struggled with injuries and was often left out of the squad even when fit.
“Arteta has been a great leader. All these players will have to decide if they go on with their career as a football player or as a coach.
“Tomas Rosicky has been with us for 10 years, I think everybody loves him as well. Flamini has been an extremely strong leader as well on the pitch and off the pitch. We lose three big personalities.” Continue reading “MIKEL ARTETA TO EXIT ARSENAL AS THE SEASON ENDS”
In the opening match of the season of the Serie A, there were a number of unexpected results which occurred. Juventus lost against Udinese, Ac.Milan was defeated after competing against Fiorentina, Napoli sustained a defeat after locking horns with Sassuolo and As.Roma could only muster a 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona.
A lot of the big teams in Italy dropped unexpected points early in the season but Inter Milan managed to clinch a triumph as they overcame Atalanta with a final scoreboard of 1-0.
Roberto Mancini did not hesitate in revealing his joy after seeing his team start of the season in a positive form as they collected all 3 points and the Italian manager said: “Apart from the initial ten-minute settling-in period, we played well and deserved the win. It wasn’t easy because Atalanta is a well-organized team that defends well with all their men in their own half. I’m happy for Jovetic and for all the lads. I was impressed by my players’ attitude, their desire not to give anything away and the belief they showed right until the end’’ Continue reading “Roberto Mancini is ecstatic over winning his opening match of the season”
Arsenal looked to have lost the presence of Mikel Arteta when the midfielder expressed his displeasure at being offered only a 12 month extension over the existing contract.
Arteta even went far as questioning the judgement of manager Arsene Wenger by saying that the experienced players will offer a lot of more to the team than the Frenchman thinks. Such talks looked to have ended his Arsenal career, but he has agreed a new extension to his deal. This will see the 33-year-old stay for another 12 months at the least. Arsenal were also concerned about the fitness of the former Everton midfielder, but he has proven enough to earn himself a new contract.
Arsene Wenger admitted that Arteta has become a major figure in the Arsenal dressing room over the last few years. He arrived from Everton on transfer deadline day of 2011 for £ 10 million. He was initially viewed as a short-term signing in order to tide over the lack of quality in the midfield. However, he has proven extremely valuable over the last few years. Wenger has transformed Arteta from being a dynamic attacking midfielder into a defensive playmaker. In the absence of Arteta for much of last season, Wenger went in for the partnership of Santi Cazorla and Coquelin. Continue reading “Arsenal looked to have lost the presence of Mikel Arteta”