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Jose in Numbers

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Robert Pires played under some of the finest managers during his career, but he never got the chance to play under the self-proclaimed “Special One”, a certain Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss started out as an interpreter for the late Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona before making the move into coaching and eventually coming to global prominence at FC Porto, leading the side to Champions League glory. Following this success he made a move to Chelsea and instantly became one of the most famous managers in world football giving Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and co some real headaches during his stint at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading ‘Jose in Numbersrgb’

ONE OF THE BEST

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Tony Adams is easily regarded as one of the best defenders who played for Arsenal over the years. He was recently linked with a coaching role at the club after not making the grade as a manager. He had a failed to spell at Portsmouth most recently before coaching lower league clubs. However, Arsenal decided not to take the opportunity to bring him back to the club, while his most recent opportunity to get back to Arsenal was as a club chairman. However, the 46-year-old defender was once again snubbed for this opportunity.

Over the years, he has made more than 700 appearances for the club and has lifted numerous titles including the Premier league and FA Cup. However, he is of the opinion that the current Arsenal team will not be capable of winning the Premier league in the near future. Arsenal have not managed to lift a major trophy in the last eight years, and Adams sees this trophy drought continuing in the near future as well. Arsenal have been having a reluctance to spend money on big and established players, which has proved to be their major reason for downfall over the years.

Overreliance on inexperienced players has resulted in the club lacking the consistency required to win the league title according to Adams.

“Look, I would make the tea for Arsenal Football Club, but I thought I ticked all the right boxes for the board. I don’t need the money, I would put the good of the club first in every case and I could mediate well within the club. Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice. And he is 73. But then it boils down to just being a figurehead with no power these days. It’s still a fantastic club but it’s time for them to win something again,” said Adams.

WENGER BACKS DIABY

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always had a lot of faith in the French midfielder Abou Diaby. The 26-year-old arrived at the Emirates stadium back in 2006. The former Auxerre player was seen as the replacement for Patrick Vieira in the centre of midfield primarily due to a similar build and style of play. However, he has suffered several injuries over the course of his Arsenal career, which have limited his ability to take his game to the next level. Following the departure of Alex Song, in the summer, it was highly anticipated that Diaby would finally fulfil his potential at Arsenal.

However, he spent the majority of the season on the sidelines and his time that could be extended by almost a year after that was revealed that the player has now suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Arsenal revealed in an official statement that the player could be missing from the first team action for up to 9 months as he prepares to undergo surgery. This is yet another blow for the midfielder.

The lack of a player like Diaby in the centre of midfield has been one of the main reasons for Arsenal’s inability to challenge Tottenham and Chelsea this season. They are currently outside the top four positions in the league.

“Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament. Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future,” said a statement on the official website of the club. This is a major setback for Arsenal in their hopes of challenging Tottenham and Arsenal in the remaining eight matches of the season. Diaby has made just 11 appearances in the league this season, and he has not scored a goal. Arsenal are four points behind Tottenham in the table.