Wenger’s Arsenal Future Depends On Success This Season
Arsene Wenger has revealed that his Arsenal career hinges on the kind of success the club enjoys in the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.
The Gunners boss’ current deal with the club expires next June, and discussions to extend it haven’t even begun yet. Wenger believes there is no need to rush into things as there is still a lot of time to discuss deals, but mainly, he first want to see how well the club does this season.
Explaining his contractual situation, the French trainer said: “We are in no hurry. We are in September and my contract finishes in June. There’s a long way to go. There’s no need to plan. I’ve said many times I want to do well with this club and, in the end, I will sit down and think how well have I done with the team I have had. That has to be sufficient for me to decide yes or no. One of the main judgments you can have about a manager is how well he does with his team.”
Ozil Confident Arsenal Can Challenge For PL Title
Mesut Ozil says that the Barclays Premier League is the strongest and the most difficult league to play in, but he is confident that he can help Arsenal mount a title challenge this season.
In a recent interview, the German playmaker said: “Of course we can challenge for the Premier League. I know the team and what talent we have here. Everyone wants to be successful, this is one of the biggest clubs in the world. It will be difficult because it’s the strongest league in the world.”
He then revealed why he chose to shun the interest of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain and what made him prefer the Gunners over those other two giants.
He continued: “The manager’s influence was the most important for me. What he thinks about me and what his plans are with me. I came here because I have the trust and a familiar environment here. We want to play offensive football and to keep clean sheets. We want to play attacking football and attractive football. We can’t promise to win trophies but we promise to give our all to win trophies.
“The boss is great and everyone is very cordial. He will improve me and I’m very happy to be part of this team. The young players develop well here and this is one of the reasons I came here. I’m really happy to be here under such a great manager. I know how successful people have been here, players like Henry, Fabrgeas. Many young players came here and got to become one of the best players in the world. I’m at Arsenal, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’m in the strongest league in the world and I have to continue developing.”
Despite his slight build, Ozil isn’t afraid of the physical battles he is likely to encounter in the PL. In fact, he is looking forward to proving himself in what his own words is a ‘man’s sport’.
Corchia Hints At January Move
Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia, who was a rumoured transfer target for Arsenal and Tottenham in the summer transfer window, says that he is disappointed not to secure a move but is now fully focused on his current club.
Hinting that he would again try to find himself a new club in January, the 22-year-old right-back told L’Equipe: “It has been a hectic transfer window but I was still focussed on my preparation. I continued in the same mindset as last season. I do not want it to distract me. Instead, I went back to work immediately. It happened, we can not go back.
“I know what I have to do now during matches and we will see what happens in the next transfer window. But at the moment I’m of the view that I want to work with my club.”
When asked if there is still any interest from Arsenal in his services, Corchia chose to remain coy and simply said: “I can only focus on my own performance. I don’t know any more than that. [Leaving in January] is a possibility but Sochaux negotiate with interested clubs. I prefer to focus on the present moment.”
Arsenal Face Competition In Marica Race
Arsenal FC are facing serious competition from Spanish club Getafe in the race to sign free agent forward Ciprian Marica.
The Romania international’s agent recently claimed that a deal with the Gunners will soon be completed, but the latest reports emerging from Spain suggest that Getafe could also make a move for the 27-year-old if Yossi Benyoun rejects them in favour of signing for Malaga.
Conor Henderson Set to Sign For Hull
Former Arsenal trainee Conor Henderson is on the verge of signing for Premier League minnows Hull City. (Express)
The 21-year-old midfielder, who chose to become a free agent at the end of last season after failing to agree a new deal with the Gunners, has been training with the Tigers for the past weeks. During this short time, he has impressed enough to force Hull into offering him a contract.
“Conor Henderson is someone we’ve had in training for the last couple of weeks,” his new club’s reserve team coach Stephen Clemence is quoted as saying by the Hull Daily Mail. “He didn’t quite make the grade at Arsenal, but he’s always had a lot of potential.
“There’s more to come from him. He scored a free-kick and played some lovely passes around the pitch so we’ve been impressed. He’s someone we’ll look to try and do something with to get him in on a permanent basis.”