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Jose Mourinho at Arsenal?


What would the Arsenal fans think of Jose Mourinho coming to to the Emirates? Would they let him? There’s been a bit of banter in the news that Jose Mourinho is tipped to come back to the Premier League next season. At the moment he’s top of the league or La Liga in Spain with a clear 7 points difference over main rivals, Catalan giants Barca.

While Real Madrid might like the chance to see Wenger in charge, would it be reciprocated at Arsenal? i was reading Ian Wright’s column today and he thinks not.

I personally agree with Wrighty when he states:

Mourinho has brilliant tactical ability but also a nose for an argument.

He always seems to be in conflict with his players, opposing managers, fans or the board. The Premier League is where he is happiest. Perhaps over here, the fans understand what he is all about.

But I just do not think he would be suited at Arsenal, who have a history of doing things the right way.

I cannot imagine any Gunners manager celebrating a goal by sliding on his knees in the Emirates technical area.

Equally, I do not think Mourinho will ever get the chance of managing Manchester United for much the same reasons as why he will not manage Arsenal. More here.

I think Ian Wright has some valid points to consider and although there is no doubting The Special One’s ability having won leagues in England, Portugal and Italy and being 7 points ahead of mighty Barcelona, Mourinho wouldn’t gel at Arsenal for the reasons that Wrighty has stated above.

It would be a magnificent feat to win the league in Spain and would certainly cement his success as a great trainer. Sometimes clubs don’t need great trainers, they need someone that understands the players, the fans and the board at the same time. Good luck with you job hunting Jose!

Wenger gives green light to goal line technology


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given the nod and his blessing for the use of goal line technology in the Premier League  starting next season.

FA general secretary Alex Horne confirmed the possibility of using it yesterday and Arsenal boss Wenger has lent his support to the idea.

When asked when the FA should introduce the technology, the Frenchman said: “The sooner, the better for me.

“The sooner they go further, the better. I have always been a big fan of it and given it every support.

“There are no doubts for me. The concern of course is that the technology can make mistakes but still statistically we will improve a lot.

“Overall we all have memories of when this technology would stop an injustice, so let’s go for it — as quickly as possible.” See original here

So there we have it. If this was used in the last World Cup who knows what would have happened when England played Germany. Frank Lampard’s clear goal would have stood and it might have made all the difference.

Baccary Sagna faces three months out


The Gunners are already missing defenders Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny through injury, and this latest blow will indeed stretch Arsene Wenger’s squad to the limits.

The injury was confirmed by the French Football Federation and the 28-year-old will be out of action until the new year.

The French Football Federation statement read: “The doctor of the France team, Fabrice Bryand, was informed by Arsenal of a fracture to the right fibula of Bacary Sagna.

“The player (Baccary Sagna) was hurt during the match lost 2-1 by his club against Tottenham on Sunday. The defender will be operated on and is not expected to be available for at least three months.”

Theo Walcott: Arsenal Players Are To Blame For Bad Run, Not Wenger


Arsenal Theo Walcott to evaluate the players – and boss Arsene Wenger – are to blame for their worst season starts for 58 years.

Arsenal Wenger is under immense pressure after his side suffered three defeats in five games of their opening Premier League.

But England wing Walcott acknowledges he and his teammates must be made to run the club’s disastrous results.

Walcott said: “The boss is a great man, he can handle anything thrown at him.

“It was the club for over 15 years, and it is not under any pressure whatsoever.

“We players, we need to look at and start doing it on the ground, to be honest.

“Many people would say a matter of defense, but it is not just a back four, you must try to defend the whole team.

“We were not able to do so we need to ensure that we are against Bolton last weekend.

“It will be a difficult game. They come from a good result in the middle of the week.

“We have our fans at home as well. We have some home games and is important for us to have our support at home.

“The head can deal with something.”

Arsenal will be playing from the back of the disappointing 4-3 defeat of Blackburn last weekend.

But despite claiming four points from five games, Walcott believes the Gunners will soon turn the page and go on a winning run.

Speaking to Absolute Radio, he added: “We score goals, we managed to score three goals away from home and still lost, which was disappointing ..

“But we just forget it. We just spent.

“It’s important for us not to dwell on these results, we have had.

“We just have to try to win just take match after match. Maybe we think too far this time.

“As soon as we begin to have a good run, hopefully you will see Arsenal to return true.

“Manchester United had a poor start last season, not as bad as us, but may recover in this way have nothing to fear.”

Come back Wenger says Pat Rice


Pat Rice wants banned manager back for Arsenal

Pat Rice revealed last night revealed that he hated every minute of Arsenal’s dramatic draw in Germany. The Gunners No2 stood in for Arsenal boss Wenger, who was serving a touchline ban.

Rice, who saw Robin van Persie’s opener cancelled out by a stunning 88th-minute strike from Ivan Perisic, said: “Did I like it? No. It has never been one of my ambitions to be manager of a football club.

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“It was too stressful for me and extremely strange not to have the manager with me. He is normally shouting in my ear.

“It was a strange decision by UEFA for him not to be on the bench.

“But we battled really hard and we knew it would be a hard game. I don’t think many teams will beat Dortmund.

“Dortmund are a really good side. No question. From our point of view, we wanted to win the game. We were so close. We were very near.”

Dortmund equalised with a stunning 25-yard strike from substitute Perisic.

Rice said: “Their player could try that 35 or 40 times and he would hit it wide. It was a great goal.”

Asked if Arsenal have turned the corner, Rice added: “Very much so. Particularly the game on Saturday when we beat Swansea.

“It seemed as though it was our start to the season after uncertainty. The players we have signed are very good, contrary to what other people have said. I am sure they will show it in the games to come.”

Rice also praised skipper Van Persie, who discussed tactics with stand-in boss Rice during breaks throughout the game.

He said: “Robin is the club captain and we encouraged him to be verbal on the park and off it.

“He was asking me one or two things about what we could do better and I was saying one or two things which could make the team better.”

Van Persie struck in the 42nd minute with a superb right-foot shot after being put through by Theo Walcott.

Rice said: “As for the goal, it is nothing unusual to see Robin do that. It was a great run by Robin and a terrific ball through.

“It was unusual to see Robin hit it with that foot but it proves he is not a one-foot footballer.”