Wenger hints at Germany move

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger admits coaching in Germany is a possibility when he draws a line under his time at Arsenal.

The 64-year-old, who was born in the Alsatian town of Strasbourg on the Franco-German border, has repeatedly turned down overtures from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich during his 18-year tenure in North London but says that his cultural affinity with the country means it’s a destination that retains appeal.

On the cusp of penning a two-year extension at the Emirates, Wenger told French channel Bein Sports (translated by the Evening Standard) said:

“If I was to go somewhere then I think it would be in a different country because I am so much Arsenal that I would not like to coach anywhere else in England

“Germany [is an option] because I am of German culture a little bit and it’s a country where I have never worked and I am very close to it.”

Given his comments at the weekend there’s no suggestion that Arsene is thinking about walking away from Arsenal in the near future, but of course he can’t go on forever.

International football doesn’t appear to tickle his balls much, so a move to Germany (if he fancies another challenge) would make sense, although PSG may well have something to say about that. Either way a continental move would ensure any successor wouldn’t have to endure a Fergie-esque presence hovering over proceedings from the stands.

Guess, we’ll just have to see what happens.


  1. I actually really hope Wenger retires at Arsenal. For some reason I would genuinely hate seeing him as manager of a club that isn’t Arsenal. Not quite sure how to explain this exactly but I think you guys might understand what i’m saying

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    • Unlikely, but Arsene would want to manage at a top top club. There are currently only two of those in the Bundesliga: Bayern and Dortmund. This may change over the next two or so years, but Arsene at Dortmund is a very enticing proposition! (Of course if we get Klopp in return 😉

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      • Arsene at Dortmund would be sick! He would kick Bayern of their perch in no time. Their transformation would be ridiculous How good their gonna get if Wenger goes to Dortmund. Although he’d be working on a much lesser budget but he’s good at that.. working with very limited resources.

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    • Guardiola has only succeeded with an already dominant team with a single style of play. Barca. And he couldn’t replicate it on the CL level with BM. Yes, they won the. Bundesliga, but other than fluke years that is a give for BM.

      I don’t think he can build a team up to the top.

      And Barca under him was boring as fuck to watch. Sorry, but it’s true.

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        • What is so revisionist? They had one ‘bad year’ by their standards 07-08, but other than that they were point to point with Real for the top of the league, as ever. Team already trading league dominance with Real, and almost all of the players that took the treble in 08-09 were already there.

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  2. It would be like watching your beutiaful ex girlfriend with another man – just heartbreaking 🙁

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  3. I reckon we’re split 50-50 in terms of Wenger In or Wenger Out but I bet 99.9% of us will miss him when he’s gone.

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      • this is quite tedious to be honest but you can see Drogba’s Chelsea record here http://www.chelseafc.com/chelsea-article/article/2786732/title/ and you’ll quickly see that your assertion that he was “never injured” is total and utter bollocks (unless of course he was dropped for 25+ games a season in 05/06, 07/08, 08/09, and 11/12)

        ergo, your opinion on AW’s responsibility for our own injury record is equally likely to be total and utter bollocks, being unresearched and based on a flawed understanding of reality.

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        • I don’t really agree with what SA gunner is saying, but your way of making a point—Drogba was injured; ergo, everything you (SA Gunner) are saying is wrong—doesn’t make enough sense.

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        • And SA’s statement DOES make sense to you?

          I’d say it definitely does show a level of disregard for or lack of knowledge of the facts in SA’s statement and certainly suggests the rest should be taken with a pound of salt.

          Basically he’s spouting shite.

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      • Could you please tell us about Arsenal’s current strength training program?
        And about “more modern methods”?
        I find this to be a very interesting topic and you, sir, seem to have a vast knowledge of it.

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        • I think you’ll find he heard that from someone even more knowledgeable on injuries than Diaby’s ankle… You see, before he got here, he visited that site, le something.

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        • Then maybe we can hire Liverpools masterful sports psychologist who supposedly made them immune to bad performances in important games.

          Oh wait..

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    • I think he was born in Strasbourg and played for Strasbourg. Not 100% but always had him down as a Strasbourg fan.

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    • “In spite of living near French top-flight clubs FC (Football Club) Nancy and FC Metz; Swiss clubs FC Basel, BSC (Berner Sports Club) Young Boys, FC Zurich and Grasshopper Club Zurich; and German clubs like SC (Sport-Club) Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt and, Wenger became a fan of Borussia Monchengladbach, a club over 250 miles away. (Though, to be fair, this still put them closer than his country’s capital of Paris, over 300 miles away.)

      “Gladbach” became a powerhouse, winning 4 Bundesliga (German league) titles in the 1970s, adding a DFB-Pokal (national Cup) and 2 UEFA Cups (2nd-tier European tournament), and reaching the Final of the 1977 European Cup (the top European tournament, losing to Liverpool). But even before they notched these achievements, the teenaged Wenger noticed that Gladbach was playing French teams in European tournaments and friendlies (exhibition games), and usually winning.

      “I was attracted to a game of movement, of counterattack, based on speed and dynamism,” he said in an interview with English football writer Myles Palmer.”

      From a blog, don’t know how credible it is though.

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      • Well, it mentions Myles Palmer so it has high credibility on beat poetry and inappropriate placing of bold red text.

        As far as the football, hard to say.

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  4. His name is ARSENE Wenger.


    Wenger please retire at Arsenal. Please.

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    • Well he said coaching, it may be a case that he becomes more involved in development than becoming manager. I’ll miss him and for all that think they wont, it will be very much a case of ” dont know what you got till its gone”

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  5. I’d love to see Wenger retire at Arsenal as well. He’s the club, he’s got nothing to prove, he’s perhaps the most loyal manager of recent memory (some might say it’s Ferguson, but I don’t think, he’d have been at United for 8 years without winning a trophy) and he’s just that great of a football figure. Seeing him at another club would be a bizarre thing to watch and ache quite a bit I guess..

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  6. I wish him the best in whatever venture he chooses although I see him as a director of football operations somewhere after his days at Arsenal.

    He’d be a FANTASTIC front office leader!

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    • Ed – you are a troll and a fan that has no place being part of Arsenal.

      Now why don’t you go fuck off yourself. From your couch.

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    • Sorry Ed but this is a place for real fans. If you want to be amongst the disrespectful arguing lot I would suggest Le Grove.

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      • So real fans are happy with 4th place year on?
        Real fans are happy with the ineptness at the transfer window year on?
        Real fans are happy with the mediocrity and now used to the fallen standard at Arsenal?
        And real fans are happy with the 4th place trophy and humiliation at our closest rivals.
        We all appreciate what Arsene has done for this club and I would love to see him holding both the UCL and BPL trophies together at the Emirates.

        However, he is not Arsenal. And no one is bigger than the club. If he is not able to perform, he should leave, simple as that. And if some of us want him to leave, there is nothing wrong in that.
        Real fans will criticize and thats perfectly fine.

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        • @Black Hei,
          Do you see me asking Wenger to fuck off? No, right? I encourage constructive discussion.
          Here, I am trying to find the justification behind this blind faith – was asking some valid questions related to our relative poor 9 seasons for which the Arsene Wenger fan brigade has no answer.

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  7. A move to Germany (post extension to his current contract I haste to add) makes complete sense. His command of German is even more precise than his English (believe it or not), and while he always rejected delegating transfers to a director of sports, as it is the typical set up in the Bundesliga, at 66 or so he may be more prepared to focus on the shape and attitude of his team. There are plenty of clubs with plenty of tradition that would welcome Arsene with open arms. Do I hear a car key party with Borussia Dortmund? They get Arsene, we get Kloppo! Ohlala, what an enticing prospect.

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  8. I like turtles.

    I would also like AW to stay at Arsenal indefinitely. He deserves an opportunity to reap the rewards of the last 8-10 years of sacrifice (£7m/yr sweetened the deal, but still…) and financial restriction.

    Up The Arsenal!

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  9. I don’t know much of Arsenal’s past( Google aside) but one of the reasons I became a gooner was because of Wenger. I strongly believe Wenger deliberately applied the famous “handbrakes” on trophy winning to allow others catch up with him. he’s from the future I tell you.

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  10. Swap klopp for wenger? Intrigue ensues. Honestly haven’t been able to put my mind around another manager. Arsene has been arsenal for pretty much my entire “conscious” life. Klopp is the only other who would do it for me in truth.

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  11. So you want german move, eh? What about bringing in Germans to London instead. *hint reus, goetze, kroos

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    • I think you’ll find he already started- Mert, Poldi, Gnabry, Zelalem, Eisfeld? But really Wenger is still very French, and lived on the border. he must be trying to conquer Germany the sly fella.

      Step 1- Sign the Germans to England
      Step 2- Move to Germany
      Step 3- Sign the French players

      He’s already done with conquering England, but he has Purdew as his lieutenant to keep up the work. heh

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  12. Reading this article made me feel a bit uncomfortable. The only time i’ve experienced this before is when I saw an ex girlfriend all over another bloke on a night out. Please retire at Arsenal Arsene.

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    • Spot on mate. Just the thought of seeing him standing on the sidelines of another team gives me the chills, but in a very bad and uncomfortable way..

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    • Well no doubt you have a master plan as to who will take over and how we (Arsenal football club) will dominate Engerlish football.

      However as plenty of people are willing to point out, ‘we’ won’t spend the money required to dominate so who will take over, oh that Giggsy bloke will be looking for a job soon and let’s not forget ‘Sherwood is a goonah’ seem’s we really are spoilt for choice!

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  13. How many times has Wenger recently stated that he will sign a new deal at Arsenal? Could it just be a case of the media reading too much into it? At the end of the day nothing has has really been said, its all “ifs”.

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  14. A master stroke by the Professor once again!

    By saying he may coach the German national team in the near future, he is enticing the German youth brigade to Arsenal for the next season. Hats off to Monsieur Wenger.

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    • He was the first to spot the trend in German players in recent years.

      also whilst his early years was all about bringing in youth talent, he realised that market saturated and over inflated with the entry of City, chelsea etc all chasing the same game.

      he shifted astutely to redevlopment of talent in Per, Podolski, Santi and Arteta, somewhat overlooked players (well maybe not Santi) that had the potential to be given another polish.

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    • The squad size doesn’t seem like it will be a huge problem, for the last 2 seasons Man C used 21 players in each campaign, which will be the restricted squad size for them. What will be a bigger problem for them will be if they have to use FFP rules when paying the fine which would make sense, rather then using their oil money reserves.

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    • Yup, spot on. The 21 man CL team is going to hurt them bad, considering that they need 8 home grown players. Currently they have 15 foreign regulars, which means 2 of them will have to sit out while guys like Milnar will have a free pass.

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    • “Under Uefa’s FFP rules, clubs can lose no more than £37m over the previous two seasons. ”

      “Chelsea made a £49.4m loss last year but registered a £1.4m profit in 2012 so will comply with the new regulations. ”

      wat? I admit I’m no math or economics specialist (not even close) but 49.4m loss +1.4m profit equals 48m loss? well over the allowed 37m?

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  15. http://www.espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1811095/bayer-leverkusen-midfielder-lars-bender-dismisses-arsenal-speculation?cc=5901

    No Bender.

    This is the media’s wet dream.

    Like Wanyama, Gustavo and Mvilla before, all Arsenal Must Haves.

    We have bigger priorities this season :

    1) RB. We need someone experienced in PL IMO. Anywhere to 15m for Coleman would be a good deal. Or maybe Debucchy a cheaper option. Anone outside the PL will be cheaper but could be a risk considering adaptation period and impact on start of season.

    2) Striker . Must have. Somone dissimilar to Giroud. Likely 30-40m ball park. Benzema would be fantastic but Falcao and Costa, maybe Manzukic also options. Will be tricky as it will depend on movement by oil rich clubs

    3) Cback. someone preferably 23-25 with suitable experience but best years ahead of him. A bit of height 6’2 or more would be great and a bonus if able to add in midfield. 10m ball park IMO, someone like Kahyoute at Anderlecht maybe.

    4) GK – One of Fabianski or Viviano could still ink. If not no more than 5m.

    CDM can await next summer. Arteta and Flamini have plenty left in the tank for this coming season + Diaby when fit adds a slightly different dimension.

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    • How anyone can think a fullback should be our top priority when teams like Liverpool and Man City lead the league with trash like Johnson and Clichy is beyond me.

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  16. In other news, …”The loudest cheer of the game! Saido Berahino gives chase to a ball down the right but his legs overtake his body, he starts to lose his balance and then falls to the ground in installments, like someone attempting a run down a hill” Tom Rostance (BBC Sport)….

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  17. As much talk about lack of depth, we are really short in one critical area, up front :

    Otherwise we are comparable to City in quality and depth and 7 points off eventual winner (assuming we beat Norwich). We should rue the 8 points dropped at Swansea, Stoke and Everton all winnable games had we the extra quality up top.

    But :

    Aguero – ?????
    Negredo – Giroud
    Dzeko – Bendtner/Sanogo
    Jovetic – Podolski

    Silva – Ozil
    Navas – Santi
    Nasri – Walcott
    Milner – Ox
    Rodwell – jack
    Toure – Ramsey
    Fernandhino – Arteta
    Garcia – Flamini
    Boyata – Rosicky
    Lopes – Gnabry
    ????? – Kallstrom

    Zabaleta – Sagna
    Richards – Jenkinson
    Kolorov – Gibbs
    Clichy – Monreal
    Kompany – Per
    Nastasic – Kosicleny
    Demechelis – Vermaelen
    Lescott – ?????

    We handle the fourth CB different with Kallstrom covering should Flamini have to shift right with sagna going into the middle.

    We should not confuse lack of a specific and crucial quality up top for lack of depth.

    We have been mising a bit of the X factor up front for a while since RVP left. Chamakh IMO was brought in to do a similar function that Giroud does now. Giroud is good against packed defenses where pace is not an issue. Critically he has weighed in with 22 goals this season and 7 assists. by way of perspective Aguero is on 17 and Negredo on 9. One could point to injuries but one could equally say the gaffer has finally got us a robust injury prove product up top.

    but we still need the added element of pace and unpredictability, not to mention ability to beat players with own guile, up top.

    no Surprise therefore that Wenger was after Higuain and Suarez last summer, both players having qualities we need to add.

    Again, it would be a mistake to confuse and inability to add the striker with a reluctance to add one.

    Wenger had to keep an eye on his ‘panic buy’Ozil from the very start knowing the option will come up which likely curtailed him going past 40m+ 2 for the striker (he had to keep powder dry in case the Ozil bid was challenged)

    It is important to remember that we are not the only club who can pay for Ozil and some patient early work was needed to ensure we were first in pecking order when he finally came on market following Bale’s ignature.

    Added we also had to ensure some potential rivals had had their fill.

    When we consider spurs have a ‘Strategic Partnership” with RM 9for whatever that meant) and were selling bale to them, we come to appreciate the fourth sot pot in that Ozil was never going to go to a club like Spurs even if they had the money for him (unless it was absolute silly money which they decided to piss away on a number of players in ay case)

    So again it is ludicrous to state that the Ozil buy was a panic one.

    It is as much panic as the careful rebuilding Wenger has implemented since realising his academy products were not good enough.

    Koscielny, Metersecker, Arteta, Podolski are more example of panic buys brought in to bolster our experience levels and re-shift the team toward a more balance approach.

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    • I think you’re missing the point when comparing our midfielders to Man City’s – look how many of ours are of the same ilk. We lack variety, particularly of the defensive kind, in midfield.

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  18. In this regard with rebuilding project just missing one link (The striker), if he qualifies us for CL again and lands the FA consolation cup, I can’t see Wenger not wanting to finish what he has started.

    He doesn’t give up so easily.

    It’s his baby.

    There have been some bleating about how it was the fans that built the stadium which is partially true.

    …but without Wenger’s early success, frugality in transfer dealings and acumen in making money off those deals, plus the draw of continuous CL participation, it would be far less likely for Arsenal FCto be able to secure loans to finance the stadium. Ask spurs. they have been trying with a slew of ‘progressive managers and spending without much success.

    Wenger will want to see this one through and more importantly will likely want to ensure a steady transfer of power unlike say United.

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    • well he wont have to buy world class player and try to build top youth academy and stadium as they are already here.

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    • I do worry* what would happen to you if Arsène Wenger actually left.

      Would you follow him like a stalker? Would your life (!?) fall apart having lost all meaning? Would you have to change your name to Fat-something-else? You really are a piece of work.

      *Actually I couldn’t give a flapping duck.

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    • Yeah, I would much rather be a sp*rs fan.

      So how many other teams regularly finish below us, but somehow we are consistently failing.


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  20. Some rumours abound about Javi Martinez leaving Bayern.

    not a bad player to have as he plays Cback and DM. Would fit our bill perfectly as a Vermalen replacement and reinforcement to Arteta/Flamini, but not sure how prohibitive price is. Don’t think Wenger will spend ore than 10-12m in the Cback replacement.

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    • I will pay all of it for Javi Martinez. I seriously believe we have a shout here. Javi Martinez has only started 13 league games and 4 sub appearances, some as a CB for Bayern.

      Imagine a 1.91m, 90kg Arteta. An elegant monster.

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      • I would love him to come to Arsenal. Absolute beast of a DM and like you say, he’s a monsterish version of Arteta. He’s also an excellent CB and can even play full back if needed. So, he’s perfect, but very pricey.

        I think 30m could be enough to get him out of Bayern, but probably no less. Keep Vermy (hold him to his contract) as we need depth. Same with Poldi. We may have no choice with out of contract players.

        I dunno, the press will probably change their minds again, but the feelers seem to be out on the following:

        1. Drimic
        2. Fabregas
        3. Remy
        4. Coleman
        5. Vela

        Personally, I think Cesc will stay at Barca and I’m not sure where he would play if we have Ozil. I can see us signing both Remy and Drimic. Fans may not be happy, but that stellar striker may not be out there for us. I also think Diego Costa will prove a flop in the PL. Watch this space. Remy provides cover on either flank and can play up front too. Vela may be worth a punt as he has improved and done very well this season in La Liga. We can also get him on the cheap. I think he’ll be a final option if all else fails. Coleman has impressed but I think people are getting carried away with him. He isn’t the best defender but is excellent going forward. A bit ‘Clichy-esque’ with a few goals in him. Some are saying he’ll cost 30m, but that is laughable. 15m-18m may get him to be honest.

        We also have those we ‘could’ get, but may not pay the fees needed. I just can’t see Arsene paying 30m for a DM (Martinez). I could see us signing someone like Schniederlin from Southampton for about 12m-15m.

        Basically, I’m not expecting a stellar signing (yes, I would like one), but two forwards, a right back, a DM and a keeper. Some in the ‘excellent’ category and some with potential.

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  21. Though leaving my ex was by mutual consent, I still get red-faced whenever I see social media posts of her and the present dude. Can’t even stand seeing the two of them together in public. Funny enough, she still stalks me on all available social media platforms. And YES, the love was really strong. And YES, she still calls my phone. Oh YES, we still talk about those bed-shattering moments and how we’ll do it again given the chance… Now Wenger, kindly stay put at Arsenal until you retire from the game. I won’t be as diplomatic as I was with my ex!

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    • Unless I’m completely missing the point you really need to get over it, think of her as an ex-player, Stapleton, Barndoor, Nasri … *ahcuntschoo*

      Not as an ex (successful) manager, who you still feel the luuurve!

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  22. I’m not even looking forward to the schadenfreude I’ll feel after Wenger leaves and the Wenger Out bloc starts whinging.

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  23. Sorry a bit off topic does anyone know where tottenhams new stadium will be based is it still close to ours??

    Im worried their trying to run away aha

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    • I’ve had chronic diarreah today. After splattering the toilet bowl with it, I stood up to flush it away. Up popped Daniel Levy’s slaphead from the U-bend demanding that I do not flush. ”This is perfect” he seemed to say as he turned his head around like the girl from the Exorcist. Then I suddenly realised I had to sit down again.

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  24. Monsier Wenger, i love this man 🙂 . He’ s such a classy and loyal man. I wish he was My grandfather, its going to be hard seeing him in another club If one day he leaves arsenal. I hope he stays forever… arsenal

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  25. The only Arsenal managers I can remember are George Graham, Bruce Rioch and Arsene Wenger, and I’m not even slightly hesitant to say Arsene is the one who created my love for this club.
    Before him, it was ‘the club that I follow’.

    George Graham and Bruce Rioch did nothing in comparison (except maybe for buying Dennis Bergkamp! – although even that didn’t turn into love until Arsene put him amongst other gods).

    All I can think right now is that we could end up with someone like Mourinho. Who as a man, and as a principle, is about as admirable as a cock worm.
    At that point, the principles (and my love) are likely to follow.

    Arsene will have my support wherever and whenever he goes and I’ll never wish him to f*ck off.

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  26. I think T*ttenhams new stadium is on the same grounds? It’s being redeveloped.

    Plus I also heard they bought a bit of grass next door (which used to be ‘dog shit corner’) and they’re turning it into their spiritual home.

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  27. Apologies, dog shit corner is actually their old pitch, and the dog shits are scale statues of their historic best players!

    We all know how much they want to be like the Arsenal…

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  28. I don’t care about the thumbdowns
    but I want Wenger to go
    I don’t care if the new manager takes us to seventh or championship
    I will still support arsenal,I have had enough of the fourth position trophies

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    • So you’re saying you view seventh place or the Championship as being better than fourth place and the Champions League? I don’t think you’re a Gunner at all, I think you’re a Spurms troll in disguise.

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  29. Sounds like you’re hoping he would leave. If so who would you take? Maybe Mourinho who is 4 points better with a much more expensive team? Maybe Pelligrini who’s a couple if games better than us with a humongous budget. Or how about Pep Guardiola who is about to get fired? Maybe you should take the job as you have the answer to all our problems and you think it should be a breeze despite us have a much tighter budget than our rivals. You have me convinced you’d have a quick answer to all the challenges that may come your way.

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  30. Wenger will not succeed in Germany at all, the only areas he is perfect is to develop young players, as a business man in football he should open football academy and invite top clubs to sign them.

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  31. He said “If I was to go somewhere else…”

    The IF is a big part of that sentence. Just of like when someone asks you ”If you had to win 100 million, what would you do with them?”

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  32. Le professor needs a trophy, followed by a community shield. People forget how close we came to beating Barcelona. That game had a butterfly effect which transpired for a long time. We would have had a champions league then.. thierry wouldn’t have left, cesc would be there as well and we could have won a few more…but we are on the up now, next step is not to fight for fourth place with tottenham, but to compete with the big boys..and wenger is not going anywhere until we reach the top..ps wenger should be knighted for his contribution to english football in general.

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  33. He did receive an OBE (or was it an MBE? What is the difference?), along with Benitez, around the invincibles season I think.
    But yeah “Sir Arsene Wenger” does have a nice ring to it.

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  34. He can rest assured the next club he will manage will not be like Arsenal.
    At his new club,if success ie winning atrophy within two years is not achieved he could be axed.
    Football is a results driven business.Clubs aint going to be satisfied with x years of cl soccer. They will want to win it.
    Frankly ,Wenger has it easy at the ES. As Mel ,the WBA manager correctly put it,
    the fm would have been axed for repeated failing in the final lap of the epl in Spain.
    You can bet MU will fire the new manager if he can’t win the epl or any other trophy within 2 years.

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    • You can bet that wherever if he goes will have more disposable cash to spend than Arsenal have had in the last 9 years (i.e. none)

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      • Arsenal have spent £42m on Ozil and have a further £120m+ in the bank, no other club has more disposable cash

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  35. News for ronuja, we’re all a bit French, Welsh, you name it.
    Although some are more neanderthal than others.

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  36. Ok so now i know the Spuds aint relocating with their new stadium can someone explain how they can even afford a new stadium??

    AW had to sell his best player consistantly get champions league doing so with no money and shit sponsorship deals to see us through…

    So how can Spuds afford a 400M project for a new stadium without champions league without going bankrupt??

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    • Another thing they made a loss last season wasted all the money from Bale on worthless deadwood players more than likely to make a loss this season… im telling u it wont happen what bank would lend them the momey?? its a pipe dream nothing more

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  37. My Arsenal world wouldn’t be the same without Wenger in it. But if he eventually leaves I wish he would come and coach my dear Super Eagles.

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  38. Guardiola was quite specific and said he was staying at Bayern Munich another 2 years, and Wenger is signing a 2 year contract. Coincidence?

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  39. Wenger hopefully trying to get message across to Bac. Dont sign for the Manc cunts unless you want a BFG sausage up your arsenal.

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  40. Let’s just see what this summer brings (or doesn’t) before our cognitive dissonance on Wenger gets well and truly out of hand! Excuses for lack of progress (which there are NONE by the way) this year in the transfer market should only be allowed to be presented by Ivan Gazidis wearing a suit made entirely of fresh red meat in front of a pack of rabid wolves specifically trained to attack football chief executives.

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  41. On the Wenger discussion. Do you think Rodgers, pellegrini, Guardiola, Benitez, Mourinho, Fergie or any other manager could have done what Wenger has done at Arsenal? A 10 year Period where you are not allowed to spend anything on the transfermarket, but have to turn a Profit. If you spend you first need to sell for Even more. And still finish top 4 along side the mega spenders. Maybe Fergie could have, The rest i doubt it. Wenger have held his own in an admirable way while blindfolded and with both hands tied behind his back. How we have been able to remain a top club under these conditions is just unbelieveable, and shows you what class wenger is. We have spent less money than many Clubs playing in the lower divisions Even.

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    • Amen. Even had he more resources and did not use them, he has created a club ethos that will never see us under threat like PSG, Citeh, or possibly Chelsea. We’ve lost so many, but his faith in the younger set has flourished in loyal contract extensions for the core of the team. The trophy drought is pathetically small when compared to other clubs and other sports, where the danger of relegation is nonexistent.

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  42. Fergie was crap in the transfer market, he never turned up bargains for nothing.
    All his best players were bought for top dollar. And in the last few years his squad is bloated with shit

    He was just great at getting the best out of them, knowing how to utilise his best players and was tactically sound, learning from his mistakes

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  43. It’s official. Maureen is not winning a trophy this season. We need to end our trophy drought, if only to beat him 1-0 in trophies this season after his comments.

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  44. My word, I consider myself a forgiving and understanding person. For example, however shite the MotD is the most times, Gary Linker has shown time and again his impartiality, hell even he even came to the defense of Arsenal on that basis.

    Yet, Alan Shearer can only confirm my resignation in regarding him as a complete and an utter cunt.

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    • …saw that too. fucking disgraceful comments from Shearer. He’s taking football punditry to new lows.

      Along a similar vein, should we be asking Michael Owen to apologise for his article in the Telegraph dismissing Arsenal as non-contenders, not even worthy of a top 4 finish ? No we shouldn’t, because we’re Arsenal and we’re bigger than that. But Shearer on the other hand gets smaller with each appearance on MOTD. Cunt.

      Great to see Liverpool choking and looking likely to miss out on the title. It’s called karma Mr Owen. Karma.


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  45. OK, this is pure speculation, but if I was Wenger I would be looking at Stuttgart. I know they just switched managers, but that was a desperate move to keep them up this year. They have a good young squad that can, if properly groomed, be real contenders. Timo Werner is the new Thomas Muller and Khedira’s little brother is coming through there too. At Stuttgar he can be the underdog, which we know he kind of enjoys.

    Stuttgart is a big club – they have never been relegated. They have 60,000 stadium and local support from Mercedes Benz. And it’s less than two hours from Strasbourg where he grew up. He could live in the Black Forest for crying out loud.

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  46. I know that my tune has not changed in the various times I’ve posted here, but it is very simple. I live in the USA and soccer has not been the most important sport in my era- the NASL’s implosion set us back. I followed loyally my national team, and Spain and Ireland- the countries of my grandfathers. As I grew to watch more football, I enjoyed the Dutch teams as well. Signing Overmars helped in that respect.

    I came to the club because of the thoroughly awesome name- not London Arsenal, or the London Gunners in the American naming style. No, simply “The Arsenal”. A name that implies hushed tones by those that have had the poor luck to encounter them and managed to survive.

    I stayed because of Mr Wenger. He exuded class, and provided the sheen, the sophistication of the thoroughbred owner in the box above the track, and his charges were the twitching, stomping stallions in the blocks, waiting to be unleashed. Style and savagery in a red and white package. Also, as stated earlier, his given name is beyond fitting.

    I can’t imagine him leaving, and I feel a part of the club’s soul would be gone forever. At the same, if he wishes to turn any continental club into a marvel, I’d wish him well and cheer for his continued success. He changed not just the club but the league. No one is perfect, but his positives have far outweighed his negatives. Those who attempt to heckle him out lack the patience and perspective to see what life without Arsene was and would be like again. Wengers, Chapmans, and the like don’t grow on trees. If so, Sp*rs wouldn’t have changed managers more than kits.

    My apologies for the length.

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