Wenger ´not obsessed´ with winning send-off

1 October 2016 10:32

Arsene Wenger says he is “not obsessed” with the notion of ending his Arsenal career with one last trophy.

The Frenchman – who has distanced himself from the vacant England manager’s job – is out of contract at the end of this season and marks his 20-year anniversary at the club this weekend.

His former Manchester United adversary, Alex Ferguson, ended his glittering 26-year Old Trafford career with a Premier League title, but Wenger insists that is not a factor in deciding his own future.

“I am not obsessed by that,” said Wenger, who has won three top-flight crowns and six FA Cups. 

“Would Ferguson have not have gone out on a high after the history? Time makes a difference with what the guy has done. He would still be the same great manager had he not gone out on a high. You don’t lose his experience just in the last year.

“One of the factors is that the club and supporters still want me and I still want to stay. What will make me want to stay is that I feel I can give more to the club.

“People know that if things go well my priority is this club. After I have to accept as well that if things don’t go well, maybe I do something else.

“If I look back, the way I manage today is not the same as it was five, 10 or 20 years ago. I accept that it can finish tomorrow.

“It’s a love story and you always expect a love story to last forever, but it can always stop suddenly.”

Arsenal head to Burnley on Sunday, having enjoyed an eight-game unbeaten run since their opening-game loss at home to Liverpool.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/October/01/wenger-not-obsessed-with-winning-send-off

Houston Dynamo 0 New York City 2: Villa brace seals routine win

1 October 2016 04:17

David Villa took the lead in the MLS golden boot standings with a brace in New York City’s 2-0 win at Houston Dynamo on Friday.

Spanish veteran Villa scored twice in the second half at BBVA Compass Stadium to move to 21 goals for the regular season, one more than New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips. 

A limp first half in Texas produced just two shots on target, both of them coming from the visitors. Former Manchester United youngster Jack Harrison went closest to breaking the deadlock, forcing Joe Willis into a good save with an effort from long range.

The two biggest names on the pitch then combined to create the opener seven minutes into the second half. A short corner routine saw Andrea Pirlo pick out Villa, who made the most of a somewhat loose first touch to burst forward and leave behind a static Dynamo defence before firing into the far corner of the net from a tight angle.

Houston, bottom of the Western Conference, could have mounted an instant reply, Brazilian Alex scooping a shot over the bar after some chaotic defending from the visitors.

Having exchanged a neat one-two with Mauro Manotas, Raul Rodriguez then hit the post with 17 minutes remaining. That was as close as Dynamo came to forcing an equaliser and the away team put the result beyond doubt in injury time. Substitute Tony Taylor advanced down the left flank and crossed for Villa, who fired into the net unmarked from the top of the penalty area.

The wins lift New York City above Red Bulls and Toronto and into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/October/01/houston-dynamo-0-new-york-city-2-villa-brace-seals-routine-win

Ibrahimovic turned down €100m China deal

30 September 2016 23:02

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned down a move to China worth €100m because he wanted to keep competing at the highest level, his agent has claimed.

Ibrahimovic made the switch to United after his contract expired with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

He has made a confident start to his career at Old Trafford, scoring six goals in 10 appearances.

The Swede’s agent Mino Raiola told Italian newspaper Il Giornale: “Ibrahimovic is the best. He turned down €100m net from the Chinese. He doesn’t want more money, he wants to win.

“I’ve been lucky, I’ve always had champions. Zlatan, [Pavel] Nedved, Maxwell and now [Blaise] Matuidi and [Gianluigi] Donnarumma.”

Raiola added that striker Mario Balotelli could have won the Ballon d’Or five times if he had the mentality of Ibrahimovic.

The Italy forward joined Nice in the close-season after disappointing stints at Liverpool and AC Milan, but Raiola says his natural ability could have taken him much further.

“Mario is a phenomenon, but he’s Balotelli,” Raiola said.

“He suffered a lot when he was a child, and he’s always been that way in the head. If he had the mentality of Zlatan, with his talent he’d have won five Ballon d’Or.”

 

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/September/30/ibrahimovic-turned-down-100m-china-deal---raiola

Retirement threat just ´erratic´ Tevez being dramatic

30 September 2016 16:57

Carlos Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian is adamant the Argentinian’s recent retirement threat was nothing more than a trademark display of his “erratic” personality.

The 32-year-old has been turning out for his boyhood club Boca Juniors in Argentina since June 2015 but has grown frustrated during his time at La Bombonera, with a red card for dissent in the 3-0 defeat of Belgrano on September 11 seemingly the last straw.

Tevez claimed journalists and the media were to blame for his resulting three-match ban, prompting him to openly ponder quitting the sport.

Joorabchian, however, thinks it was just a heat of the moment comment, telling Goal: “Obviously I have a very big relationship with Carlo; he is like my son.

“I love him to bits, but Carlos is Carlos. Carlos Tevez wouldn’t be Carlos Tevez if he didn’t act erratic sometimes.

“At times he is erratic, at times he makes comments based on how he feels and at times he is like that.

“At the moment, if he feels it is time to retire, he says ‘I am tired of football and it is time to retire’.

“Then two days later he could be ready to go back and fight for the Champions League – that’s Carlos. He has plenty to offer the game still.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/September/30/retirement-threat-just-erratic-tevez-being-dramatic---joorabchian

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