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  1. Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed that abuse from people on line and in the stands have impacted on him. The 23-year-old says he has been forced to "grow thick skin" to cope with insults relating to his passion for fashion and his hairstyle as well as his performances on the pitch. However, Bellerin insists the insults he has had to deal with will not stop him expressing himself on and off the field. "Some of it can get very abusive. Most of the abuse is online, but you hear it in the stadium, too," he told The Times. "People have called me 'lesbian' for growing my hair. There are other kinds of homophobic insults. I have learnt to grow a thick skin but it can affect you. Every now and again, you get a bit of self-doubt. "The problem is that people have an idea of what a footballer should look like, how they should behave, what they should talk about. "You act a little differently and you become a target. There is pressure to conform. This is very dangerous. In life, you should be allowed to express yourself. People are happier like this. "[Twitter] can be a blessing and a curse. When I first came into the ranks at Arsenal, the expectations were very low so people were often impressed when I played well. "But then, when I played badly, the stick got crazy. The worst was a year and a half ago. A lot of people say nice things but it is natural to focus on the bad. "For a while, I deleted the apps. Later, I decided to go back on. Twitter is a great source of information. Every day I am learning to deal with abuse in a better way." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Unai Emery has described Mesut Ozil as a "very important player" for Arsenal and claimed reports of a rift between the pair are "untrue". Ozil did not play in the 3-1 win over West Ham last weekend because of illness but numerous media reports claimed Ozil and Emery had been involved in a training ground bust-up. However, the Arsenal manager told Sky Sports: "Throughout my career I have respect for the media, for newspaper, radio, TV, but there are a lot of people in the media and at not every moment is the information real. "It isn't true the news. It's easy for me to say it's not true, our one is true, and I need to be quiet or say it. "For me that is one thing; I don't stop during my career for everything that the news says about me or the players. "But in this situation with Mesut Ozil it is clear, he is OK, he has the commitment we want, he is a very important player for us and we want to help him to give us the best performance in each match and each moment." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Stan Kroenke has made a cash offer to buy Arsenal outright, valuing the club at around £1.8bn after securing the backing of minority owner Alisher Usmanov. The American billionaire currently owns 67 per cent of the club through his company Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. He has now offered to purchase the remaining 30 per cent held by Usmanov's Red and White Securities firm. In a statement published on the London Stock Exchange, Kroenke said: "We at KSE are moving forward with this offer leading to 100 per cent ownership of the club. "We appreciate Mr Usmanov's dedication to the Arsenal Football Club and the storied ethos and history the club represents." The Supporters' Trust replied in a statement: "This news marks a dreadful day for Arsenal Football Club. "Stan Kroenke taking the club private will see the end of supporters owning shares in Arsenal and their role upholding custodianship values. "The AST is also extremely concerned to note that this purchase is being funded by a loan. "The most dreadful part of this announcement is the news that Kroenke plans to forcibly purchase the shares held by Arsenal fans. "Many of these fans are AST members and hold their shares not for value but as custodians who care for the future of the club. "Kroenke's actions will neuter their voice and involvement. It is in effect legalised theft to remove shareholder scrutiny on how Arsenal is managed. "The AST is wholly against this takeover. Arsenal remains too important to be owned by any one person." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has signed a new "long-term" deal with the club, believed to be until 2023. The 22-year-old Nigeria international has played 98 games, for the Gunners scoring nines goals, since making his debut in 2015. "From young, it has always been my dream to represent Arsenal," said Iwobi. "It feels so special. The first kit I had was of Arsenal and long may I continue to represent them." Boss Unai Emery added: "I'm very pleased Alex has signed a new contract. "He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Arsenal have completed the signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for a fee reported to be in the region of £26m. The 22-year-old completed his medical at Arsenal's London Colney training base on Tuesday before the club announced the deal. The midfielder, who featured in all five of Uruguay's games at the World Cup, will be given a break before joining up with the rest of his new tea-mates in early August. Arsenal head coach Unai Emery told the club's website: "In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game. "A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup. "He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season." Torreira added: "I feel very happy. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure. "I feel calm. I am used to coping with this kind of thing in the best possible way. It's a very positive thing that people want to welcome me. "It makes me feel comfortable. Now I am calm and I look forward to the future, which for sure will be very nice." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Arsenal have signed Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old joins on a "long-term" deal from Dortmund, where he won the German Cup in 2016-17. Papastathopoulos made 186 appearances for the club after joining from Werder Bremen in 2013, having also played for Genoa and AC Milan. “I feel very good," he told the Arsenal website."It’s my first day here, everything is special. “It’s a beautiful moment and I’m very happy that I will be here for the next years.” Papastathopoulos has 79 international caps for Greece and will wear the number five shirt for the Gunners. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Arsene Wenger has expressed an interest in signing Aleksandr Golovin upon his return to club management despite interest from his former club Arsenal, according to agent Sandor Varga. The 22-year-old, who plays for CSKA Moscow and the Russia national team, was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium last summer but a move failed to materialise. Golovin, currently on international duty at the World Cup, was also singled out for praise by Wenger after CSKA played the Gunners in the Europa League. Asked about the possibility of Golovin moving to Chelsea, Varga told Russian outlet Sport Express: "I can say the same about Wenger. "I asked Arsene about Golovin, the Frenchman said: 'I do not know what Arsenal will do, but I'll take him for myself'. "Arsene wants to work. While there is no certainty, we negotiated with two clubs, but did not come to an agreement. But if Wenger takes [charge of] any team, Golovin will have another option." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Lucas Torreira's transfer to Arsenal appears close to completion after Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero revealed that the player had "left" the club. The Uruguay international, currently away on World Cup duty in Russia, was first tipped to join the Gunners following Unai Emery's arrival last month. Following Jack Wilshere's announcement that he is to depart Arsenal later this month, the North London outfit are now on the brink of bringing in a long-term replacement. Speaking live on Italian television, Ferrero said: "Torreira left for 30m euro. "I bought him from Pescara when no one believed in him. We placed a bet and we won, paying just 3m euro. "La Samp does not sell unless there are excellent offers. We do not look for buyers. We have natural talents whose value increases exponentially." Arsenal have also agreed a move for Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Arsenal have announced the signing of Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus. The right-back, 34, spent seven years at the Turin club, making 257 appearances and winning Serie A seven times in a row. Lichtsteiner, who captains his country, will become manager Unai Emery's first signing since succeeding Arsene Wenger. "Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to us. He's a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude," said Emery. "Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch." In a statement on his official Twitter page, Lichtsteiner said: "Happy and honoured to be a Gunner! "Will work hard and passionately day in and day out to achieve our sporting objectives and to win trophies with this great club." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will make a decision on his future over the next 15 days. The Frenchman ended his 22-year stint as Arsenal manager this summer, with Unai Emery coming in as his replacement at the Emirates. Asked if he still wanted to be a coach, Wenger told French TV show Telefoot: "It is a question which I will have to answer in the next 15 days. I still have the desire to be a coach, yes. "Do I still have to desire to throw myself into a crazy challenge? I don't know. It is a job that needs total commitment. I need to take a bit of a space which I have never done. "What will influence me? What is inside me. How much I miss being a coach. How I manage to live without this adrenaline which is part of being a coach and influencing a football match. "To experience a beautiful game of football and share it with others after a the game the emotions. It is not a devil – it is an angel. "Football has allowed me to meet amazing people, who have offered their hand and who have helped me do what I have done." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
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    Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as new manager

    Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager. The 46-year-old joins the Gunners having left French champions Paris Saint-Germain after guiding them to the Ligue 1 title. Emery also won four domestic cups with the French giants, having previously guided Sevilla to three successive Europa League triumphs. The Spaniard succeeds Arsene Wenger, who left the club at the end of last season after 22 years in charge. Emery told Arsenal's official website: "I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. "Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I'm very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal's history. "I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it's clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I'm excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Arsenal have confirmed that midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club when his contract expires next month. The Spaniard scored 29 goals in 180 appearances for the Gunners, but his time at the Emirates has been disrupted by serious injury. Cazorla's last appearance for Arsenal was in October 2016, with a serious Achilles injury keeping him out of action since then. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis paid tribute to Cazorla, saying: "Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch. "His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. "We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club." Cazorla added: "I am very sad to be leaving after so many great times. "I have loved my time with the club. I will always remember the special moments we had together. The FA Cup in 2014 is something we will never forget. I am very proud to be part of this club's history." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has ruled out the prospect of Arsene Wenger becoming the club's sporting director. Wenger has expressed his desire to stay in the game despite being stepping down as Arsenal manager following a 22-year tenure at Highbury and then the Emirates. Widespread reports have speculated that Wenger, whom Al-Khelaifi admits is a close friend, could take up a new role at the Ligue 1 champions. But in a wide-ranging interview with L'Equipe, Al-Khelaifi said: "He is a close friend, I have a lot of admiration and respect for him and everything he has done in football. "He's a big man. This is one of the first people I spoke to before buying the club, and he told me one thing that I never forgot: 'You buy a diamond and it will be cut and shined'. "I do not know what he will do, but he will have a lot offers. Today, the sports director [of PSG] is Antero Henrique and he will stay." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires says he is interested in helping whoever succeeds Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. Pires, who won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with the Gunners, regularly joined his fellow Frenchman in coaching the first team. Reports suggest Mikel Arteta has agreed a deal in principle to take over the reins at Arsenal after Massimiliano Allegri announced that he would stay on at Juventus. Speaking to The Mirror, Pires said: "If the next manager wants my help, I will say yes. "I want to help Arsenal and I want to help the new manager. I want to be on the staff. I think I can help." Pires believes Arteta would be a good fit to replace Wenger as he understands the philosophy of the club. "I would agree with the appointment of Mikel Arteta," the Frenchman said. "He knows the club, he used to play for Arsenal and he knows the Arsenal philosophy. "So yes, he has a good profile to be manager of Arsenal." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Massimiliano Allegri has hinted that he will be staying at Juventus amid speculation linking him with Arsenal. The 50-year-old steered Juve to a seventh consecutive Serie A title this season and is a reported target for the Gunners, after Arsene Wenger stood down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge. In quotes posted on Juventus's official Twitter account, the Juve boss revealed his intention to start planning for next season with club officials. "Next week, I'll meet with the club as we start to make the team competitive again just like every year," he said. "Next year will be even more difficult and we need to keep raising our game. It's in Juve's DNA to be competitive on all fronts. "It's always our objective to work hard to create Juventus history. That boils down to determination, sacrifice and confidence in our own abilities. It's in the difficult moments that I actually have more fun." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Mikel Arteta has all the qualities needed to manage the club. The Spaniard is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger according to multiple media outlets and, if appointed, he would be handed a transfer budget in the region of £50m this summer. Arsenal's hierarchy, who are responsible for choosing the new manager, are also understood to have held talks with Arteta on Thursday. Wenger has backed his former captain to replace him in the Emirates Stadium dugout, telling beIN Sports: "He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites. "He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not?" Arteta has only served as a coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola so far, but Wenger insists that Arsenal have experienced coaching personnel to guide the Spanish manager if he needs it. Wenger continued: "I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years experience, and Jens Lehmann too. "He has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that now is the right time for him to end his 22-year association with the club. The Frenchman will take charge of the Gunners for the final time when they take on Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Wenger, who joined the Gunners in September 1996, has revealed he is already focusing on the future and his life away from the Emirates. "I need to look forward, I am a guy that does not look back much," Wenger told Sky Sports. "Everywhere I have worked, I have done that. "But I need a new project, I need to commit my energy to something else and now I think it is time for me to move away because I am not part of the future any more. So the quicker it finishes now, the better it is. "I have to accept it [his departure from the club], it is part of the process and somebody has to come in now and take care of the future. "When you are not part of that, it is better that it finishes and you move somewhere else." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has received more job offers than he expected as he prepares to see out his Arsenal tenure. The Frenchman will step down this summer after an illustrious 22 year-spell in charge of the Gunners. Speaking ahead of Wednesday's trip to Leicester City in his penultimate pre-match news conference as Arsenal boss, Wenger was asked if he had been contacted about managerial opportunities for next season. "Yes! More than I expected," he told Sky Sports. "But I'm not analysing or considering anything. I want to work well here until the last day of my contract. For sure I will be active. My brain demands work and is active. "I have huge experience in management. Overall, I will work. What will I do? I don't know." Wenger has been linked with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain in his native France, as well as jobs in the Chinese Super League. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Arsenal have announced that defender Rob Holding has signed a new contract with the club. The 22-year-old defender joined the Gunners from Bolton Wanderers in July 2016 and made his debut against Liverpool in the opening match of the 2016/17 season. Arsenal have not revealed how long the extension will keep him at the Emirates Stadium for, confirming only that it is a "long-term" deal. "We would like to congratulate Rob on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution in the coming years," said the club in a statement. Holding, who has caps for England at Under-21 level, was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2017 Uefa European Under-21 Championship in Poland. He made his Gunners debut against Liverpool in the opening match of the 2016-17 season. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and hopes that he can lock horns with the Frenchman again in the dugout. Wenger's final trip to Old Trafford as Gunners boss started with a "classy" welcome from Sir Alex Ferguson, who presented his old sparring partner with a silver vase ahead of kickoff. "I hope that I play against (Wenger) again, I hope that can happen," Mourinho told Sky Sports after the 2-1 win for the Red Devils. "If not in the Premier League, who knows, we still have a big match waiting for us." Wenger added: "They're not always as you'd imagine, but it shows as well that life goes always on. Sometimes it gets better. "It was just another game for me but I'm very grateful for the gesture from Manchester United." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he wants the final month of his 22-year tenure to "go peacefully". The 68-year-old Frenchman announced last week that he will leave the Gunners in the summer. Arsenal face long-time rivals Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Wenger boasting a notorious rivalry with Red Devils counterpart Jose Mourinho over the years. Wenger looked bemused when asked yesterday if he could be friends with Mourinho, eventually saying "it depends", but was also far more willing than usual to praise his rival's achievements. "I respect him a lot," said Wenger. "You should give me a little bit of peace for my final weeks, don't push me into a final confrontation. I want to go peacefully. Mourinho is a great manager." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Jose Mourinho has admitted to being regretful of some of the bust-ups he has had with Arsene Wenger over the years. The Gunners boss is stepping down from the role after almost 22 years, with Mourinho having previously expressed his respect for the Frenchman. There has, however, been bad blood between the two managers over the years that has strained their relationship and often resulted in insults being exchanged. The Portuguese coach has previously referred to Wenger as a "voyeur" and that he "likes to watch other people", as well as being a "specialist in failure". Wenger’s responses have included describing Mourinho as “stupid” and “disconnected with reality”. "There were little things it would obviously be better without - some gestures, some words," Mourinho told reporters ahead of United's home meeting with Arsenal on Sunday. "It's obviously better without. I feel better now without [insults]. When I arrived in England in 2004, they were champions, and famous champions - the 'Invincibles'. Then I arrive [at Chelsea], the next few years it was with them [battles for the title]. "It was an amazing team. So thank you very much for that. They pushed us to the limits. The two matches we played at Highbury, that amazing old stadium, were unforgettable. So thank you, thank you so much for that.Do I regret the little negative episodes? Yes, and I'm sure he does too." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. Patrick Vieira has welcomed talk of a return to Arsenal as a replacement for Arsene Wenger, who is stepping down from his role at the end of the season. The former Gunners midfielder is currently in charge of New York City FC and has led them to the top of the Eastern Conference in MLS - their best ever start to a season. With his impressive work across the pond and his contract expiring in November, speculation has linked Vieira to the top job at the Emirates Stadium. When asked about a potential return to Arsenal, Vieira told The Times: "I know what people are saying, and I'm really happy about that. "It's an honour to be mentioned with Arsenal - I love the club. I played my best football there and made my name in the game. "I am always going to have a deeper relationship with Arsenal. That is not enough to coach that team but I'm ready to coach any side in Europe. "I don't want this to be perceived that I want to go because I don't want to leave. But, if the question is as simple as: "Are you ready to manage any teams in Europe?", then I would say: 'Yes. I am ready.' "I think it is hard with the way (Wenger) has been treated. I do understand that fans can get frustrated but they forget about yesterday. Fans live in the moment but that's the world we are living in. "Arsene has been there for 22 years but how many times did he have the opportunity to go to coach bigger names than Arsenal yet never did because his priority was Arsenal? Sometimes fans forget that. "I don't see him retiring at all. I think he's still got the energy, love and passion to stay in the game. It was time maybe at Arsenal but I'm sure that he can rebuild something, somewhere." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Hector Bellerin has hinted towards staying at Arsenal after revealing that he asked for a specific Gunners shirt number for next season. Despite signing a new Gunners contract last season which runs until 2023, the Spaniard has been consistently linked with both Manchester United and Juventus in the British and foreign press. The defender's agent revealed last month that, though there is always interest in the 23-year-old, no offers have been made and he is happy at the club. Bellerin has worn the number 24 since breaking into Arsenal's first team in 2015 but now has his sights set on the shirt previously worn by Mathieu Debuchy, and says he has discussed the matter with kit man Vic Akers. Talking to teammates Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding on the club's official YouTube page, Bellerin said: "In the summer, I'm going to ask for the number two shirt. I've already spoken to Vic, he knows." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. The footballing world was taken by storm on Friday following the announcement that Arsene Wenger would be stepping down as Arsenal manager after nearly 22 years in charge of the North London club. In October 1996, Wenger was announced as Gunners manager. Since taking charge, he revolutionised the English game by introducing his players to strict training regimes including a specific dieting routine. He has gone on to win 10 major trophies including 3 Premier League titles and 7 FA Cup titles. In his second season in charge, he won the Premier League and FA Cup double which was matched in the 2001/02 season. From his appointment to the early 2000s, he seemed the only manager able to prevent Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson completely dominating the English game, giving us the epic rivalry between the two clubs & managers. He remains to this present day the only manager in the Premier League era to go an entire season undefeated. The only other team to accomplish such a feat was Preston North End in 1889, although that was only a 22 game season. His Arsenal team would then go on to make it 49 domestic league games unbeaten before losing to Manchester United the following season. This set a new top tier unbeaten run eclipsing Nottingham Forest's longstanding record of 42 games without defeat from 1977-78. However, following the Invincible season, just one more major trophy would await Arsenal - the 2005 FA Cup - before a nine-year drought which would be ended with the 2014 FA Cup. The Gunners would claim two more of these cups, in 2015 and 2017, but the league title has eluded them since. During these 9 years of waiting for a trophy, there were questions being asked of Wenger whether he was still fit for the job. It's hard to disagree with the fans asking these questions considering what he achieved in his first 8 years in charge transforming Arsenal into serious title challengers. Up until the 2016/17 season, Arsenal under Wenger had never finished outside the top 4 and were regulars in the UEFA Champions League, making 14 consecutive appearances in the knockout phase of the competition starting from the 03/04 season most notably making the Champions League Final in 2006 which they ended up losing 2-1 to Barcelona despite having taken the lead through a Sol Campbell goal. The only other time under Wenger that Arsenal had failed to qualify for the Champions League was in the 1997/98 season despite finishing 3rd in his first season. In the 1999/00 season, his team was eliminated from the Champions League & relegated to the UEFA Cup in which they finished runners up to Galatasaray losing 4-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw. During his 22 year spell at Arsenal, he has had a successful career but he will certainly be devasted not to win the League Cup, Champions League and UEFA Cup, competitions in which he has finished as runner-up. However, with this being his last season in charge could he be about to win a major European trophy in the form of the Europa League? Having made the semi-finals, it could be written in the stars to give this legend a great send-off. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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