Monaco will finish the season second in Ligue 1, heading to the Champions League next year. When you considering that they were in Ligue 2 just last year, that’s pretty impressive
But it’s not enough for high-rolling Monaco, who have huge dreams, backed by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought the club in December 2011. As such, they’re set to sack Claudio Ranieri, who’s been in charge for the past three seasons, and bring in someone that can boost the club even higher.
First came the rumor that Ranieri was on the verge of being fired. Then came the rumors of possible replacements. Antonio Conte of Juventus. Jorge Jesus of Benfica. And Arsène Wenger of Arsenal.
And Monaco were prepared to pay upwards of $16m to secure the services of Arsenal’s manager.
But worry not, Arsenal fans. Wenger gave an interview (in French) to Eurosport this weekend, saying, “(The contact at Arsenal) is not totally done but it should be sorted soon.” He’s also given no indication that he’s open to taking up the post of Monaco boss.
It’s believed that the contract will be sorted after next Saturday, when the Gunners face Hull in the FA Cup. Should Wenger end Arsenal’s long trophy drought, there’s even more reason to think that an announcement of the manager’s stay will come shortly thereafter.
Ranieri’s replacement looks most likely to be Jesus, who’s been at Benfica since 2009. During that time, he’s won the Primeira Liga twice, the Portuguese League Cup four times, and took his side to the Europa League final last year. This time around, they’ll meet Sevilla in the final in Turin – and maybe Jesus will add another trophy to his list of accomplishments before he heads off to see what he can do at Monaco.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.