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Breaking down Arsene Wenger’s record at Arsenal

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It’s time to look at the facts.

With the protests growing among Arsenal’s fans to oust Arsene Wenger following the 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, the man who’s been at the helm for the Gunners for two decades seems to be nearing the end.

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Wenger, 67, has been offered a two-year extension on his current deal which runs out this summer but he has yet to annouce what he will do at the end of the 2016-17 season. With Arsenal still in the FA Cup and battling for a 21st consecutive top four finish under Wenger, there’s still plenty to play for.

That doesn’t mean these protests won’t get louder in the final weeks of the season as Arsenal’s fans watch on enviously across the capital with rivals Chelsea cantering towards a third Premier League title.

Wenger has delivered three Premier League titles and six FA Cups in his time in charge of the Gunners, while also taking them to the final of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League but they lost on both occasions. He has also won the Community Shield six times.

He has been in charge for 7,464 days and 1,160 games in all competitions.

When all is said and done he’ll be a hero at Arsenal but right now it doesn’t feel that way at all as “Wenger Out” banners and chanting against the Frenchman were commonplace before and after their latest humiliating defeat to Bayern on Tuesday.

No matter whether you think he should stay or go, here’s a look at exactly what Arsenal has achieved each season since Wenger took charge a few months into the 1996-97 campaign.


1996-97
Premier League: Third
FA Cup: 4th round
League Cup: 4th round
Europe: UEFA Cup, first round

1997-98
Premier League: Winners
FA Cup: Winners
League Cup: Semifinal
Europe: UEFA Cup, first round

1998-99
Premier League: Runners up
FA Cup: Semifinal
League Cup: 4th round
Europe: Champions League, group stage

1999-00
Premier League: Runners up
FA Cup: 4th round
League Cup: 4th round
Europe: Champions League, group stage (UEFA Cup, runners up)

2000-01
Premier League: Runners up
FA Cup: Runners up
League Cup: 3rd round
Europe: Champions League, quarterfinals

2001-02
Premier League: Winners
FA Cup: Winners
League Cup: Quarterfinal
Europe: Champions League, second group stage

2002-03
Premier League: Runners up
FA Cup: Winners
League Cup: 3rd round
Europe: Champions League, second group stage

2003-04
Premier League: Winners
FA Cup: Semifinal
League Cup: Semifinal
Europe: Champions League, quarterfinal

2004-05
Premier League: Runners up
FA Cup: Winners
League Cup: Quarterfinal
Europe: Champions League, quarterfinal

2005-06
Premier League: Fourth
FA Cup: 4th round
League Cup: Semifinal
Europe: Champions League, runners up

2006-07
Premier League: Fourth
FA Cup: 5th round
League Cup: Runners up
Europe: Champions League, Round of 16

2007-08
Premier League: Third
FA Cup: 5th round
League Cup: Semifinal
Europe: Champions League, quarterfinal

2008-09
Premier League: Fourth
FA Cup: Semifinal
League Cup: Quarterfinal
Europe: Champions League, semifinal

2009-10
Premier League: Third
FA Cup: 4th round
League Cup: Quarterfinal
Europe: Champions League, quarterfinal

2010-11
Premier League: Fourth
FA Cup: Quarterfinal
League Cup: Runners up
Europe: Champions League, Round of 16

2011-12
Premier League: Third
FA Cup: 5th round
League Cup: Quarterfinal
Europe: Champions League, Round of 16

2012-13
Premier League: Fourth
FA Cup: 5th round
League Cup: Quarterfinal
Europe: Champions League, Round of 16

2013-14
Premier League: Fourth
FA Cup: Winners
League Cup: 4th round
Europe: Champions League, Round of 16

2014-15
Premier League: Third
FA Cup: Winners
League Cup: 3rd round
Europe: Champions League, Round of 16

2015-16
Premier League: Runners up
FA Cup: Quarterfinal
League Cup: 3rd round
Europe: Champions League, Round of 16

WATCH: Camila’s wicked swerving goal for Brazil

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The Tournament of Nations got underway earlier Thursday, with Brazil and Japan drawing 1-1 in Seattle.

While some in the crowd may’ve been waiting to see the United States women’s national team and Australia in the second game of the twin bill, they got an absolute treat from Brazil’s Camila.

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The Orlando Pride midfielder is yet to scoop up 10 caps, but blasted this 25-yard goal home with a wicked outside bend.

The aesthetics are terrific.

LA Galaxy’s second Dos Santos signing is a season-changer

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Remember this day, MLS fans, as one that perhaps helped determine an MLS Cup Finalist.

The LA Galaxy have signed Villarreal midfielder and Mexican national teamer Jonathan Dos Santos, and he’s the sort of player who could alter the landscape of the Western Conference.

Like Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle last season and New England’s addition of Jermaine Jones in 2014, Dos Santos’ move comes with the distinct possibility of elevating LA into the next stratosphere.

[ MORE: USMNT’s Arriola attracting transfer interest ]

Take the Galaxy’s history of winning, and toss in a midseason coaching improvement from Curt Onalfo to Sigi Schmid, as well as MVP-in-their-own-right caliber teammates Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Jelle van Damme.

Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.

Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).

Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.

FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

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The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.