Wenger and the press
In what was probably one of Arsene Wenger’s most difficult press conferences, the manager showed once more what a class act he is.
Wenger responded on every issue in an extremely professional way. So to answer a few questions, first off, there was no dressing room argument after the Bayern game as reported. Alexis Sanchez is in Spain for a court case and will be back to train on Saturday. Wenger has said he will manage next season whether that is at Arsenal or another club and he will make a decision in March or April on what his next steps are.
As social media continues to look for Mesut Ozil, his agent has come out and defended him. Stating he wasn’t the only player on the pitch who didn’t perform and Ozil is just being made a scapegoat for the clubs performances.
Director of Football
The Mirror takes a slightly different slant on the ‘who will replace Wenger’ by going with the story of how much Arsenal need a director of football, even listing Wenger himself for the role. Interesting view.
The Morning Star reported that Chileans are arranging a protest march next month in an attempt to get Alexis Sanchez to move clubs. Over 6000 Facebook users have already signed up with another 7400 saying they are interested in the event.
I feel that most days the bulletin could feature some report on either Wenger, Sanchez or Ozil until the end of the season. Most reports today have been about possible Arsene Wenger replacement. The usual managers have all been mentioned, Eddie Howe, Massimiliano Allegri, who joked with reporters on how is English is, and Thomas Tuchel of Dortmund.
After the usual candidates, The Mail have come up with Mauricio Pochettino, which according to them, the Arsenal board have ear marked as an ideal replacement. However, according to the paper, the board realise this is an impossible task and won’t ever happen. Excellent reporting there by the Mail.
The club is still waiting news on Laurent Koscielny after he picked up an injury against Bayern Munich. The French man limped off just after the second half after a challenge with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
Early team news
Some early team news from Wenger for the game against Sutton United on Monday. It seems the team will be similar to the last round, although it is possible that Mattieu Debuchy may get a run out at right back. With the injury news to Koscielny, he probably will not be risked.