ARSENE WENGER TO LEAVE ARSENAL

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wishes the Gunners, "My love and support forever.”

ARSENE WENGER PLANS TO LEAVE ARSENAL AT THE END OF THIS SEASON

Veteran Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been in charge of 1228 games, won 10 major trophies and faced 124 different opponents as Gunners boss. Wenger has announced that he will leave the Gunners at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the England Premier League. In a shock announcement on Friday morning ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham, Wenger confirmed that he will leave the club. At the time of the announcement, Arsenal sit sixth in on the England Premier League Table, 33 points adrift of newly crowned champions Manchester City.

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenger said in a statement. “I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special. I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.

"My love and support forever.”

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Arsenal win FA Cup title in 2017

Arsene Wenger was hired as Arsenal manager on October 1, 1996 from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight. Wenger was unknown to Arsenal fans, but soon became a hugely successful manager in his tenure as the Gunners longest serving manager. The Frenchman learned his managerial trade in France with spells at Strasbourg, Cannes and Nancy before earning a move to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. He won the French League Championship in 1988 before moving to Japan seven years later for an 18-month stint. After joining Arsenal, Wenger guided the team to their first England Premier League title in the 1997-98 season. He repeated the feat again in 2001-02 before making history in 2003-04, as "The Invincibles" went unbeaten throughout the entire league campaign on their way to securin thier third Premier League crown and title. The Frenchman has also claimed seven FA Cups - the most of any manager - and was voted Manager of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2004. Wenger became the Premier League’s longest serving manager when Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012-13 season. On 20 April 2018, he announced that he would stand down as manager at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, paid tribute to Wenger and hailed his influence on the club, with the American billionaire admitting that he hopes to build on the Frenchman’s legacy.

“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport,” Kroenke said. “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsène has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched. Arsène has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record. He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played. We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honor his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game. We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal’s history and one of the greats of the game.”

The club also announced that they will “make an appointment as soon as possible”, but will not speak on the matter until that time comes. The timing of the announcement immediately raised eyebrows, with Wenger holding his weekly press conference on Thursday without making any reference towards his imminent departure. The news comes just six days before what could be Arsenal’s biggest game of the season, with the Gunners due to face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final first leg. With Arsenal currently on course to miss out on the top four – falling 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with 15 points left to play for – winning the Europa League looks to be Arsenal’s only hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. That’s why the announcement, which comes a month before the Europa League final and the end of the Premier League campaign, could be a deliberate attempt from Wenger to try and end the fan protests against him and the players and unify the club in the hope of a successful end to his tenure.

Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996 to replace the sacked Bruce Rioch, and is widely regarded as a revolutionary figure in British football as he introduced new training ideas, dietary requirements and a style of football that captured the imagination of fans across the globe – and not just of Arsenal. He won three Premier League titles while at the helm of the north London club, the last of which came as a result of the unbeaten 'Invincibles' season in 2003/04. He will also leave the club as the most successful manager in history in the FA Cup, with the former Monaco boss winning the prestigious trophy no fewer than seven times – the most recent of which came last season as the third success in four years. The Arsenal manager is the longest-serving coach in the Premier League. But despite the return of silverware to the club after nine trophy-less seasons, protests against Wenger’s reign started to emerge among supporters who felt that change was needed at the club. Despite this, Wenger signed a new two-year contract last summer, but this year’s failure in the Premier League has seen the manager himself decide that the time is right to leave. Buy 150% guaranteed Arsenal tickets now to watch Wenger's last games in charge of the Gunners!

   

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MANCHESTER CITY WIN 2018-19 PREMIER LEAGUE

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates victory with his side

 

MANCHESTER CITY WIN 2018-19 PREMIER LEAGUE

Man City beat Tottenham Hotspur to secure EPL title and trophy for 2018

Manchester City secured the 2017 - 2018 Premier League title after bouncing back to a victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. City were confirmed as champions on Sunday when second-place cross-town arch-rivals Manchester United lost to rock bottom West Bromwich. Saturday's win over the Spurs took City to 87 points and they were handed the title a day later. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side suffered a shocking loss at Old Trafford to bottom of the England Premier League club West Bromwich Albion. The EPL trophy is the second trophy at Manchester City for manager Pep Guardiola’s side to go with the English League Cup, already secured in February. Guardiola did not watch the Man United v West Brom match after saying he would not watch any soccer and planned instead to enjoy a round of golf with his son. After three losses in a stressful week, including two to Liverpool and to Manchester United in the Manchester Derby - Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United, Guardiola's side was in form as City bounced back with an impressive win over Spurs at Wembley Stadium in London, putting themselves on the edge of title glory. Manchester City host Swansea next.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City

 

Tottenham Hotspur goal: Eriksen (42' minutes)

Manchester City goals: Jesus (22' minutes), Gündogan (25' minutes pen), Sterling (72' minutes) 

 

Manchester City could have already sealed their Premier League title with a victory against Manchester United on Derby Day. City were ahead 2-0 after 30 minutes, but missed many opportunities to increase their advantage - and was punished as Man United staged a stunning second-half comeback to win the exciting derby clash 3-2 at the Etihad. However, Manchester City won the Premier League title as Manchester United's shock 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich confirmed their local rivals as EPL champions. Second-place Manchester United are now 16 points behind Spaniard Pep Guardiola's first-place side with only 5 games left to play.

 

“It was a tough week with the results, but we always have to be ready for the next game. We have time to recover after this, but we’re playing a fantastic team here,” said Pep Guardiola ahead of the start of the game. “We believe that we deserve to win the title, across 38 games. We lost one game in the league, but before that we won six in a row. The teams we play later are trying to stay up, but it all depends on us. We’ll try to get one of the wins we need tonight.”

 

The comeback victory was a morale-boosting win for City after their loss on Tuesday to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals that knocked them out of the European title battle. Despite completely dominating the first half, there were some tense moments as Tottenham fought their way back into the match until Raheem Sterling scored City's decisive third goal. Gabriel Jesus opened the match scoring for City in the 22nd minute, from Vincent Kompany's long ball and sliding a low shot past French Spurs goalie Hugo Lloris. Three minutes later, France goalkeeper Lloris conceded a penalty, with a studs-up sliding challenge on Sterling, outside of the box according to replays. Ilkay Gundogan converted from the spot to make it 0-2 City. Christian Eriksen scored to halve the deficit from Harry Kane's through ball, his shot ricocheted off Aymeric Laporte and then back off the Dane and in past Ederson. After the break City withstood an onslaught from Spurs before Sterling sent in the forceful rebound from Jesus' shot to earn all 3 points in the 72nd minute in Spurs' first league defeat since losing 4-1 to City on December 16, ending an unbeaten run of 14 matches. Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino's side stay 4th on the Premier League Table, 7 points clear of Chelsea who are in 5th.

 

The league title is City's 3rd crown in 7 seasons and a 5th top-flight title - their first under Pep in his second campaign as City boss. In their current Premier League campaign City have dominated the title race, scoring 93 goals and losing only two times.The 2018 Premier League title is the 24th earned by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s managerial career. Fourty-year-old Guardiola has previously won league titles in Spain and Germany, as well as two Champions Leagues with Barca. Since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan took ownership of Manchester City in 2008, City have won seven trophies, adding an FA Cup, two League Cups and an FA Community Shield to their league titles.

 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola knew his men would win the title.

 

"I said to my staff after 10-15 minutes 'After today we will be champions.' After the last week to come here and play like we did, we will be champions," said Guardiola. "In the past with defeats by Manchester United and Liverpool, maybe it was not easy for the players but we were good and we created chances in the second half to score more goals and we're so happy. We will try hard to be champions in front of our fans at the Etihad Stadium."

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino said City deserved the victory. 

"In the end, if we analyze the game, they fully deserve the victory," said Pochettino. "We struggled to start in the game. When we conceded the penalty, we started to play. For sure they are going to win the league, but I'm disappointed because we didn't compete in the first 25 minutes. In football, you always want to compete and win. We feel that we are close but it is not enough. We still need to improve to reach the last level which is the most difficult thing."

 

Squads

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris; Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane. Subs: Son, Wanyama, Vorm, Sissoko, Aurier, Lucas Moura, Sterling.

 

Manchester City

Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Delph; De Bruyne, Gündoğan, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané. Subs: Bravo, Bernardo Silva, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Touré, Foden, Díaz.

Referee: Jon Moss

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Premier League stats 2017-18 Manchester City

 

Man City top the charts in a number of key Premier League stats this season

 

Goals 93 Liverpool (78)

Goals conceded 25 Manchester United (26)

Home wins 14 Arsenal/Manchester United (13)

Away wins 14 Tottenham (10)

Shots on target 234 Liverpool (212)

Total Shots 447 Liverpool (419)

Chances created 441 Liverpool (440)

Passes 24,193 Arsenal (20,798)

Touches 30,214 Arsenal (26,977)

Passing accuracy 88.76% Chelsea (84.28%)

Average possession 71.22% Arsenal (62.43%)

Successful passes 21,473 Arsenal (17,520)

Big chances scored 60 Liverpool 45

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Following Manchester City securing the Premier League silverware, there was nothing but praise for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and his men.

Man City chief executive officer Ferran Soriano was honored and delighted by the results.

 

"Winning the Premier League again is a great honor for Manchester City. We are delighted to have done so providing our supporters with some very exciting and unforgettable moments. We are committed to playing beautiful football and we are proud to have done it so brilliantly this season. For all Manchester City supporters, at home and globally, it is time to celebrate, acknowledge our friendship and enjoy our passion together."

 

Leon Osman, ex-Everton midfielder praised Man City on BBC Radio 5.

 

"They definitely deserved the title,” said Osman. “They've been fantastic this season, right from the start. Their performances out of the blocks in the first 10 games were incredible and they really set the tone for the season. Winning at Chelsea - a massive result away at the champions - early in the season really did put a marker down for everyone else to say we're the team to beat. They looked at one point like they were going to go unbeaten. I do think they've set a new standard for Premier League performances and what you expect from title winners moving forward."

 

Shaun Goater, ex-Man City striker talked about City’s excellence.

 

"For me, it's by far the best City team I've seen,” said Goater. “The way and the style they've gone about it is truly total football. City have done it in amazing style. That's what's been so beautiful - the way City have won this league."

 

Chris Sutton, ex-Chelsea striker, on BBC Radio 5 live.

 

"Manchester City have deserved it,” said Chris Sutton. “Their brand of football this season has been scintillating. They've scored more goals and they have a brilliant manager. Their football on the eye has been superb and they've been streets ahead of everyone else. "Old Trafford was a Theatre of Nightmares this afternoon. You'd think they'd back the derby win up with a strong performance. But they've handed the title to City on a platter."

 

Former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright had high praise for City.

 

"They have been magnificent,” said Ian Wright. “Guardiola has brought the right players. They have been scintillating all season and very much worthy champions. "The goalkeeper was a major acquisition. Kyle Walker has been magnificent too and I'm delighted for him, but the players that were already there have improved too. That's what Guardiola needs to get praise for. "City are already thinking about making sure they can retain it next season and do better in the Champions League."

Martin Keown, former England and Arsenal defender spoke highly of Pep Guardiola and his side.

 

"Last year Antonio Conte was the pragmatic manager but this year Guardiola had the flare,” said Keown. “They have been in the shadow of Manchester United for so many years but they are well and truly out of that shadow now. Look at how much better City's players are now than at the start of the season. They just keep getting better and better. Guardiola is a serial winner of trophies so you go up another level. He made the necessary changes - he had the money to spend of course - but he spent it wisely and he set the tone. The players clearly know what they are doing and it's a canvas for success."

Pep Guardiola's team wowed almost every football fan this season by being an "irresistible force", one of "the best the Premier League has ever seen", and "artists who paint beautiful football for us each and every week".

 

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he admired how Man City "found the right way to be strong for a long time".

 

Man City captain Vincent Kompany compared winning the Premier League silverware for the second time.

 

"It's the same feeling as the first time and you can't describe it,” said Kompany. “It's amazing, such a difficult achievement and I'm proud of the team and everyone involved. This one differs in that we were consistent the whole season and we were able to play at the level we're expected to perform at. I'm buzzing, over the moon, so happy. I'm proud to be able to share this with all our fans, everybody who's been there to support us."

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Kevin De Bruyne showed why he is one of the front-runners for the PFA Player of the Year. One of the highlights of the game was a pass to Sterling in the second-half, that the Belgium volleyed off the outside of his boot. Popular and talented Man City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne praised his own team. 

"The way we play is probably one of the best in the world,” said De Bruyne. “We were good against United and Liverpool at home, and I think we deserved to win that game. We defended better here, and we got the result. Everyone feels a little bit tired, and Spurs didn’t have a game for a week, but the mental toughness of this team is unbelievable.

Man City still has the opportunity to break through the 100-point barrier for the first time in Premier League history. City has lost only 2 times in the Premier League all season and managed 18 consecutive league wins earlier in the campaign.

 

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RAY WILKINS 1956 - 2018

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RAY WILKINS 1956 - 2018

Football world mourns an England legend

The world of football was united in grief Wednesday night after former England captain Ray Wilkins died in hospital aged 61. The former Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan star collapsed last week after a heart attack. Premier League clubs on Saturday shared a moment of silence in honor of the memory of Ray Wilkins.

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Fans, officials and football players took part in a minute of applause for Ray Wilkins who passed away earlier in the week ahead of the Premier League Manchester Derby match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Wilkins, a married father of two, had since been in an induced coma at St George's Hospital in south London. His family revealed the devastating news yesterday.

A statement said: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning. We would like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues and members of the public. "Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie."

Wilkins aged 61, known as Butch, was one of the most gifted midfielders of his generation. He won 84 England caps and captained his country 10 times. He began his career at Chelsea, where he was appointed club captain at just 18, before successful spells at Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Rangers, QPR and Crystal Palace.

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Ray Wilkins Assistant manager of Aston Villa shares a joke with Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on October 17, 2015 in London, England.

After his retirement in 1997 he became a manager, taking charge of QPR, Fulham and the Jordan national team. He also worked as a coach at Chelsea and Aston Villa. Wilkins was a popular TV pundit with talk-SPORT and Sky Sports. Wilkins, who bravely battled health issues including ulcerative colitis, was given the all clear after a double heart bypass operation last July. Two years ago, he checked into the Priory Hospital in Woking for a five-week rehabilitation programme after being banned from driving for four years for drink-driving. Ray Wilkins played 84 times for England scoring three goals. Ray was a great football man - liked by all who knew him. Tributes poured in from some of the biggest names in football around the world.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was among those who paid tribute.

"I am very sad to hear the news about Ray and send my deepest sympathies to his family," said Sir Alex Ferguson. "Ray was a great football man, well respected and liked by all who knew him. "Ray was an impressive football talent and had a fantastic career representing some of the biggest clubs in the world. I know that he will be missed by all."

Former United and England superstar David Beckham said: "Incredibly sad to wake up to the news that Ray has passed away."A man that I've always looked up to as a United fan and a player. Plus, he wore our country's shirt with pride. "Our thoughts are with your family and friends."

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Football clubs and famous names have paid tribute to Ray Wilkins after the Chelsea legend passed away

Ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard said: "Ray was a great player and an even greater man. "He was full of kindness and Ray pictured humility, with impeccable manners at all times. He had respect and time for everyone and was a mentor and friend. "I'm not sure they make them like Ray any more. You will be sorely missed."

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker, a former England team-mate, said: "Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. "No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I'll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family."

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Former England star Paul Gascoigne said: "Such a great loss. He was such a gentleman. An unbelievable player. I recall playing against him. I didn't get a touch. He was brilliant."

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Wilkins (fourth left) and Hoddle (second right) after winning the European Under 18 Championship in 1975

Wilkins (fourth left) and the England side after winning the European Under 18 Championship in 1975

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti with assistant manager Ray Wilkins after the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 8, 2010 in London, England.

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MAN UNITED WIN MANCHESTER DERBY

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Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates

 

Paul Pogba scores for Manchester United

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Man City Captain, Vincent Kompany

Squads

 

Manchester City

Ederson, Danilo, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Silva, Sane, Sterling. Subs: Bravo, Walker, Agüero, Laporte, De Bruyne, Jesus, Yaya Touré

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David De Gea, Man Utd No.1 goalie

 

Manchester United

De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku. Subs: Pereira, Lindelof, Rojo, McTominay, Mata, Martial, Rashford

 

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Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

 

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - Week 33

 

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City tickets

 

Saturday, 21 April 2018 - Week 34

 

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United tickets

Manchester City v Swansea City tickets

 

Saturday, 28 April 2018 - Week 35

 

Manchester United v Arsenal tickets

West Ham United v Manchester City tickets

 

Saturday, 5 May 2018 - Week 36

 

Brighton v Manchester United tickets

Manchester City v Huddersfield Town tickets

 

Sunday, 13 May 2018 - Week 37

 

Manchester United v Watford tickets

Southampton v Manchester City tickets

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Pep Guardiola was seen speaking with Paul Pogba after the game

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

All Premier League Results April 7 & 8 2018 - Week 32

 

AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace

Arsenal 3-2 Southampton 

Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United 

Everton 0-0 Liverpool 

Leicester City 1-2 Newcastle United

Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United 

Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur 

Watford 1-2 Burnley

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Swansea City