If Arsene Wenger isn’t leading Arsenal next season, he’ll be managing another club.
So says the 67-year-old, who is dealing with revitalized speculation on his future after Arsenal’s 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
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“No matter what happens I will manage next season whether it is here or somewhere else, that is absolutely for sure”
Wenger also denied reports of a post-match dressing room fight, and said the talk regarding his future is more for the media than him. He’ll do what’s right for Arsenal’s future.
From the BBC:
“We have to focus on the real problems and they are the way we play football, not my future. It is always important not to look for wrong excuses in life.
“Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future. It is not like before I arrived Arsenal had won five times in the European Cup. I think what is important is that the club makes the right decision for the future. I care about this club and its future and it is very important the club is in safe hands.”
At some point, though, there’s a question as to whether his future is too much of a distraction for the players. That’s not to say he needs to quit, just that he needs to resolve his future so the players can go about their business.
And before speculating that, “Maybe he told them already”, it’s crazy to think that information wouldn’t have leaked to the public (though that add a different kind of drama with “Arsene’s last UCL hurrah?” and “Win for Arsene” talk).
Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”
One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.
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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.
Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.
Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.
Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.
Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.
Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.
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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.
Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.
Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?
Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.
Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.
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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”
Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.
“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”
Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.
MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.
CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.
Sites have not been determined.
Other Nations League groups are:
B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama
C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago
D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti
The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.
The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.
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