Arsene Wenger confirms he will stay at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has told a beIN Sports reporter that he will stay at Arsenal for the forseeable future, and according to a report he will have a large chunk of money to spend in the summer.

Wenger was asked if he would stay past the end of the season during an appearance on beIN Sport. Initially, he reverted into his usual coach-speak answer.

“Look, I’ve said that many times already, I’ve given my word to this club and I want to continue where I am,” Wenger said. Then after a bit of a pause, he said, “That means to stay.”

There have been numerous reports that Wenger would sign a contract extension with the Gunners, but the longer things have dragged on without his signature the more speculation has trickled out that he could be off.

However, with Paris Saint-Germain resigning Laurent Blanc, possible destinations for Wenger are at a minimum anyways, and with the Gunners in command of their Champions League future, it’s sensible that he would return.

With managerial turnover at an all-time high across European soccer and especially England, Wenger called for managerial stability in the game, and his actions have certainly adhered to that sentiment.

In addition to Wenger’s signature, the Daily Mail is reporting Arsenal brass will hand the Frenchman up to $118 million in transfer fees this summer.

Gunner fans should take these reports with a grain of salt, as reports of a transfer kitty are always difficult to trust.  Last summer, a massive spending spree was widely reported throughout England, and until Wenger pulled the trigger on a record purchase of Mesut Ozil in the final days of the window, things were slow at the offices in the Emirates.

There will certainly be some big names available this summer.  The Mail report tabs one of those as Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic.  Depsite Bayern’s every attempt to play down Mandzukic rumors, his name will certainly continue to be thrown around with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski at Allianz Arena.

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

[ MORE: FC Dallas clinches playoff berth ]

Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)

Wenger lauds team spirit following Arsenal’s big win

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Arsenal put on a superb performance against Manchester United today, flying out to a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes of the match.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United ]

United was stunned by the fast-paced, free-flowing Arsenal attack, unable to recover from the Gunners’ early dominance.

All of this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League, after which many questioned manager Arsene Wenger and his side.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Arsenal’s win vs. Manchester United ]

Following the big 3-0 win at the Emirates, Wenger praised his team’s spirit, saying there were outstanding performances throughout the side.

You go from Petr Cech up to Theo Walcott, and we had only outstanding performances. Sometimes we have that magic side in our game.

[Against Olympiacos] maybe we lacked a little bit of urgency and discipline, and that’s why we lost the game. But let’s not forget, last Saturday we won 5-2 at Leicester. Today we beat Man United 3-0.

[The players] have shown that we have an outstanding spirit in the squad. To respond the way we did after what happened to us, you need to have an exceptional spirit.

The Gunners’ performance today immediately silenced all the critics, as Wenger’s side put out on a display that many have been waiting for all season. The combination play of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was brilliant, as Santi Cazorla continued to impress in the center of the midfield.

Wenger’s teams have not always been known to show strong heart and resiliency, but that’s exactly what they showed today against a Manchester United side that was in great form. Now sitting second on the table, Arsenal continues to climb up the Premier League.