Robert Pires’ Verdict on First Season of Emery

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Robert Pires, the iconic player from Arsenal strongly believes that Unai Emery is the ideal manager who will bring in success for the North Londoners. Unai Emery has come as a replacement for Arsene Wenger in the last summer and has experienced underwhelming first season taking charge of the club. Arsenal has missed out on the football of Champions League once again after it failed to finish in the position of top 4 and suffered a defeat in the Europa League final by Chelsea, the rivals.

Since the club failed to secure a place in the elite club competition of Europe, it had an effect on the transfer budget of Emery. According to the reports, the Spaniard was given £45m for making his ranks stronger during summer. However, Pires won 2 titles of Premier League during the spell with Arsenal and believes that Emery will be able to bring in good times to Arsenal. According to Pires, they have to take one step after the other. Now, Emery is the manager and he has enjoyed a great season. He says that the first season had been pretty difficult as he was being compared to Arsene Wenger and quite, unfortunately, they had lost the final match against Chelsea.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Arsenal are not focusing on the top four

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Arsenal attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has insisted that the club are not focusing on the top four race despite securing a third successive league win. The north London side are currently occupying the fourth position in the standings but they have just a single point advantage over Manchester United, who are right behind them.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Armenian highlighted that the team are unperturbed by the race for the Champions League positions and they are rather focusing on a game-by-game basis, he said:“We are not looking at the table at the moment because we still have lots of games to play. The most important is to be focused and to be ready for every game because we are not going to think that we are in the top four and nothing will change. We just have to keep working and trying to our best to win three points in every game.“It is not the main thing at the moment. The season is not done as we still have lots of games to play. The most important thing is to stay focused and keep winning games.”
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PROFILING DAVID NGOG’S LIVERPOOL CAREER

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David Ngog began his football career at Paris St. Germain in 2001, going on to sign his first professional contract at the club in June 2006 at 16 years.

Liverpool began tracking the striker in the summer of 2007 with then-manager Rafael Benitez insisting he would like to make the Frenchman a part of his squad.
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Robert Pires insists he never dived with any purpose

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Robert Pires thinks that whatever Danny Mills said about him in terms of his tendency to dive on the pitch, he said that because he is angry with him at a particular penalty incident which happened many years ago when the Gunners were going head to head against Manchester City in a game of the Premiership.

Mills a couple of years back had said that Pires, even when something injurious was not done to him by an opposition player, used to fall on the pitch deliberately just to catch the referee’s attention and earn an advantage for his team and it was after watching him that many other upcoming players started to do that as well and now it has reached an extent where most of the players are doing it and it has almost become a trend especially in UK.
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Didier Deschamps heaps praise on France’s defensive duo

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France head coach Didier Deschamps has lavished praised on Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez after the pair played fundamental roles during Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph. Neither Pavard nor Hernandez were guaranteed of a starting role in the lead up to the global tournament but they managed to excel after being backed by Deschamps.

Speaking to Kicker, the France boss acknowledged that the duo were able to stabilise the defence from the full-back positions and reserved special praise for Stuttgart’s Pavard, he said: “Despite their former status and some inexperience at this level, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas [Hernandez] were brilliant and stabilised the defence.
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ARSENAL LEGEND ROBERT PIRES WANTS TO COACH

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Robert Pires has extended his offer of help for the next Arsenal manager. The Highbury legend has remained close to the club through the years and has been seeking a more official capacity in recent years.

Pires was a close ally of outgoing manager Arsene Wenger and he believes his experience would be helpful to the next manager, whoever it is. He was also in contention for the role of sporting director but Sven Mislintat got the job. He remains an ambassador of the club but believes as a former player and having worked closely to the first team he could really do a lot more.
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PIRES SAYS WENGER NEEDS TO ADAPT

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Arsenal legend Robert Pireshad advised the club on their management policies as they struggle to maintain top form. The former France international opines that Arsene Wenger need to add some youth into his backroom staff.


Pires spent six years the north London club, where he won two league titles and FA Cups. He trained with the club last season and has watched happenings closely. He feels confident that Wenger needs younger support staff to excel. He says it is important for the French manager to consider adding some youth.

“He [Wenger] loves his job, No one can teach him anything, and I won’t. But football has changed, the footballers have changed, their behaviour isn’t the same, and football is getting faster and faster. Perhaps his entourage and he need to adapt to this new football,” Pires advised. Continue reading ‘PIRES SAYS WENGER NEEDS TO ADAPTrgb’

BAYERN BACK OUT OF SANCHEZ DEAL

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German champs Bayern Munich have reportedly backed out of the deal for Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez due to spiralling costs involved.


The Chilean would have been a great addition to the ranks at the Allianz Arena but his wages and transfer costs, especially in the face of serious competition for the player, has deterred the Bundesliga side.

Sanchez has barely a year on his deal with the Gunners. He seems reluctant to continue at the Emirates. At the moment, Manchester City are leading the race for his signature. Pep Guardiola is keen on the former Barcelona forward. The Spaniard employed him at the Nou Camp and remains in awe of the talented player that he wants to bring him to the Etihad.

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Pires on Arsenal

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Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes that Arsenal should be investing massively next season if they want to challenge for the title.


He thinks that the team is paying the price for not investing in new players during the past years and that they will need to consider their ambitions.

The French legend said that it is unfair to blame Arsene Wenger solely for this situation as the board has not been providing funds for new players. He believes that the management should rethink about their ambitions and consider giving their manager a solid backing in the transfer market.

He believes that the team needs a new defender, a world-class midfielder as well as another striker in front.

He said that a lot of the current players have failed to deliver the goods this season and they should not be surprised if the manager brings in some new players during the transfer window. Continue reading ‘Pires on Arsenalrgb’

SUMMER TRANSFER RUMOUR: ARSENAL TO SWOOP CARRICK

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There is news in the rumour mill that Arsenal could make a move for Man United legend Michael Carrick during the summer transfer window.


The Sun claims that the North London outfit could give Carrick more playing chances than the player is getting at Old Trafford as he falls in the pecking order of United coach Jose Mourinho.

Carrick’s contract is set to expire at the end of the summer. With United not going as expected, Mourinho would be forced to make changes during the summer that might not favour Carrick. This is likely one of the reasons why reports link the player with a move away from Old Trafford.

With Mourino saying: “Look, let’s be honest, I see many positive things in Carrick but I cannot go to his identity cards and delete five years. He is not 35, he is not 30,” it seems Carrick does not have much to hope for at the Theatre of Dreams. Continue reading ‘SUMMER TRANSFER RUMOUR: ARSENAL TO SWOOP CARRICKrgb’

WENGER DEFENDS GUARDIOLA

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has raised an opposing voice against those of critics bashing Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola after his side’s disgraceful performance at the King Power Stadium against defending champions Leicester City.


The Blue Mancunians conceded 3 goals in the opening 20 minutes and would go on to finish the game at a 4-2 deficit with Aleksandar Kolarov’s and Nolito’s late consolation goals serving as nothing more than papering over a shameful night.

The Spaniard, aside being mocked as majority of EPL fans quietly lurk behind his shadows waiting for him to fail his Abu-Dhabi masters so the drums of the English league’s superiority to others could be rolled out, was specifically singled out for saying that he was not “a coach for the tackles.”

For Wenger though the criticisms shelled out on top the former Bayern Munich coach’s head is “unfair.”

“Pep Guardiola, like myself, we are for offensive football. And when you don’t win, people question that. And that’s as simple as that. I believe that he doesn’t forbid his players to tackle,” said the 67-year-old.

Claudio Ranieri’s men increased doubts surrounding the likelihood of Pep Guardiola delivering to the Etihad faithful what both Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini failed to during their reign and most especially the trophy that’s time and again proved to be out of their reach –the UEFA Champion League title. Continue reading ‘WENGER DEFENDS GUARDIOLArgb’