ARSENAL 4-1 WEST HAM

Arsenal vs. West Ham United - Premier League

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Aaron Ramsay scored for Arsenal in the second half

ARSENAL 4-1 WEST HAM

Soon to retire manager Arsene Wenger leads his Arsenal side to a big win against West Ham

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham

Arsenal goals: Nacho Monreal 51”, Aaron Ramsay 82’, Alexandre Lacazette 85’, Alexandre Lacazette 89’

West Ham goal: Marko Arnautovic 64’

In a redeeming match at the Emirates, Alexandre Lacazette’s late double sealed Arsenal 4-1 rout against West Ham.

Wenger was pleased with his side's performance.

“I think we are at the moment top of the home league. We constructed patiently our win in the first half, it was tough to find space. From the second half onwards we looked like we could score as we found more space. At 1-1 you could see we were wobbling or not and the second goal killed them," said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after his side defeated West Ham 4-1.

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When Wenger took charge as manager of Arsenal, the Frenchman made immediate changes to the diet of his side taking steak, chips, chocolate, and beer off the football players' menu.

Arsenal’s manager was asked about his decision to step down despite a year left on his contract. 

“First of all I am focused on the game. At the end of the day my job is to win the next game and we have to make a separation between the feelings and emotions that come with such a decision as well as with the job and I want to do my job well until the end. I am in this job for a long time,” replied Arsene Wenger. “I have gone through very difficult times so you learn to deal with difficult situations.I will come out on that a bit later but at the moment it is important to focus on what matters. That means the results in the next games. After the game we have another game. After the season maybe. I believe that what is interesting for people is to know who’s in charge of the club and team. I dedicate my whole life to making this club a solid club with strong foundations and I always said I want to leave the club with an opportunity for the new guy to come in to find a solid and ambitious club. I will focus on the game. My life is to win games. That is what I will do. I hope the team will deal with positive emotions. We have had some adversity and I think in last the games I would like the team to be supported well. We have had a good season at home. We want to finish the season well.”

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Regarding the Elneny injury, Wenger said: “It doesn’t look good on his ankle.”

Frenchman Wenger was diplomatic when asked about his future and whether he jumped before he was pushed.

“Look, I have nothing to add. I think it was in my statement what I wanted to say. Apart from that, I have nothing to say.”

West Ham manager David Moyes was asked whether 4-1 was a fair result.

“The last 10 minutes it might have been but before then we were good for a point," said Moyes. “The young should have headed it away, why he ducked I have no idea. We’re distraught for the team, as I thought the team effort was incredible. I am more disappointed in the last five minutes but maybe I had too many attacking players on.”

Aaron Ramsay scored the Gunners’ second goal. Ramsey talked about the win and Wenger.

“We took a bit of time to get going; it was very hot out there, but I don’t want to make excuses.”

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“Obviously, it’s really tough to take," said Ramsey. "He’s believed in us, backed us and given us all these opportunities. I owe him a lot and he deserves everything he gets. We’re not thinking about who’s coming in next and it’s all about doing it for him and hopefully, we can end up with a cup.”

Speaking after Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat of West Ham, soon to retire Arsenal manager Arsend Wenger talked about his feelings for the giant London football club and fans he has worked for for 22 years.

“I’m happy when the fans are happy and I’m even ready to suffer to make them happy. If sometimes they make me happy as well by singing, I will take it” said Arsene Wenger. “Every single decision I made during my 22 years was for the good of Arsenal and every single decision was with the priority of doing well for the club. I tried to influence the club on structure, development of players and style of play. To combine the three is not always easy and I believe I leave a club that is in a very good position. My target was always to do that and give continuity to the guy who comes in after me so we can be better in the next 20 years. That’s my wish.”

“I am not resentful and I do not want to make stupid headlines,” added Wenger. “I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club is ... for me, that is more important than me staying. That is all I want to say. It is nothing to do with the fans. The fans were not happy and I can understand that. It’s my job. I have to live with that. I can accept that.”

Wenger spoke for the first time about his decision to retire at the end of the 2017-18 season even though he has one more year on his contract. Wenger made it clear he was “not tired” and wanted to continue working in football even though it would be “emotionally difficult” for him to manage another English Premier League side. Wenger did not explain in full why he chose to break his contract, stating that he would wait until he had left the club to talk about it. The Frenchman spoke for the first time about the bitter divisions that have been created among Arsenal’s fanbase. It had not damaged him personally, he said, but it had been bad for the club’s reputation.

“I believe this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England, and our fans did not give the image of unity that I wanted. That was hurtful because I feel the club is respected over the world and, overall, the image we gave from our club is not what it is – and not what I like,” said Wenger. “I feel this club has a fantastic image and, for me, that is absolutely vital. We can speak and speak and speak but sport is about winning and losing and the supporters have to accept you will lose games, even when I will not be here any more. But it is about something bigger than just winning or losing and that was always a worry: how the club is perceived worldwide, for kids playing in Africa, China and America and the dreams it can create for young children who want to play football.”

Wenger continued to talk about how Arsenal is perceived worldwide.

“I don’t know if it was damaging but it was not corresponding to how I feel our club is perceived – and has to be perceived – all over the world. If you travel with us – and I travel a lot – this club is respected all over the world and that is down to work, the way we play football, the way we behave and the way we treat people. I want that to go on, to be respected and to give the image I think is right. It is more than the money, more than the result. It is the way the club is received and the impression it leaves all over the world.”

Squads

Arsenal

Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny; Iwobi, Ramsey, Welbeck; Lacazette. Subs: Mertesacker, Aubameyang, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nelson.

West Ham

Hart; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Fernandes, Joao Mario; Arnautovic. Subs: Carroll, Lanzini, Hugill, Adrian, Hernandez, Evra, Cullen.

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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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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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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side return to England Premier League action on Saturday after the international break as they host Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in the first North London Derby of the season. The veteran Gunners boss signed a two-year deal with Arsenal at the end of last season but remarked that he could leave before his contract runs out in 2019. Wenger has conceded that he might not see out the end of his two-year contract with the Gunners and says his situation will be discussed with Arsenal’s board at the end of the season. The Frenchman's lengthy term at the Emirates Stadium came under severe criticism as the Gunners lost to Bundesliga titan team Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16. Arsenal finished in fifth-place on the Premier League Table with the result that Arsenal missed out on Europe's premier competition for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Wenger led his side to FA Cup success and penned a new two-year deal. The uncertainty over Wenger's future last season will hopefully be avoided this time around. However, Arsenal are currently 6th on the table, 12 points off leaders Manchester City. And Wenger gave no assurances that he would be at the helm next term when asked about it.

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"That's as well sometimes you know, you make a sentence and people turn it the way they would like to see it,” said Wenger. "That's what I said - I have a two-year contract, I will always try to go to the end of my contract but always have the honesty to sit down with the board and see where we go from there. So that's quite simple."

Arsène continues to set records as the club’s longest-serving manager - this is his 20th season of a hugely-successful era at the helm. The Frenchman took the reins on October 1, 1996, and since then has presided over more victories, posted a higher win ratio and brought home more trophies than any of his predecessors. Last season, he became the most successful manager in FA Cup history as he lifted the trophy for the seventh time. His first silverware with the club came in the form of a domestic ‘double’ in 1997-98, a feat matched in 2001-02. Memorably, he then guided the team to a remarkable unbeaten league title - the only one achieved in the modern era - in 2003-04. On top of this, there have been five more FA Cup wins during his reign and a Champions League final appearance in 2006. Renowned as a true footballing innovator both stylistically and behind the scenes - to the latter end, he played a big part in the conception and design of Emirates Stadium and the Training Ground - Arsène has stamped his own brand of attacking football on the club, one that is now acknowledged worldwide as being synonymous with the Gunners’ name. He is also well known for his development of young players, and his commitment towards preparing them for football careers in the best way possible. An economics graduate from Strasbourg University, multilingual Arsène has also received an honorary DSc from the University of Hertfordshire - as well as the French Legion D’Honneur, an honorary OBE in this country and the Freedom of the Borough of Islington according to Arsenal.com.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he may not see out his current contract as end-of-season talks with the board are revealed The Gunners boss only penned a lucrative new deal last summer and is tied down to the Emirates until 2019. However recently Wenger has admitted he may not see out the remainder of his Arsenal contract. The Frenchman penned a new two-year deal during the summer despite calls from fans for his resignation. Wenger admits he may not see out the remainder of his Arsenal deal after Arsenal failed to reach the Champions League for the first time under Wenger’s guidance. And the Gunners could be in for another tough season, with at the top 5 other clubs battling for a top 4 finish. However, there’s now further uncertainty over Wenger’s long-term commitment at the Etihad. He’s previously hinted at leaving north London with a year remaining on his deal.  Wenger is tied down to the Emirates club until the summer of 2019. And Wenger has fanned the flames by revealing he will sit down at the end of the season with the board to discuss his future.

“I sit down with the board at the end of every season and see where we go from there,” repeated Wenger. “I have a two-year contract and will always try to reach the end of it. But I always have the honesty to sit down with the board and to see where we go from there.”

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ARSENE WENGER STATS

Current Position: Arsenal Manager

Born: October 22nd, 1949, Strasbourg, France

Previous clubs as player: Mutzig, Mulhouse, Strasbourg

Clubs as manager-coach: Strasbourg (youth), Cannes (assistant), Nancy, AS Monaco, Grampus Eight Nagoya

Joined Arsenal: October 1, 1996

First match as manager: Blackburn Rovers (a), Premier League, October 12, 1996, Won 2-0

Honors (Monaco): French League championship 1988, French Cup winners 1991, French 'Manager of the Year' 1988

Honors (Grampus EIght): Japan's 'Manager of the Year' 1995, Emperor's Cup winner 1996, Japanese Super Cup winner 1996

Honors (Arsenal): League championship 1998, 2002, 2004, FA Cup winners 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017 Voted 'Manager of the Year' 1998, 2002, 2004

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  • Squad No: 22
  • Teams: France U20, Arsenal, AJ Auxerre
  • Position: Forward
  • Age: 20
  • Birth Date: Jan 27, 1993
  • Birth Place: France
  • Height: 1.91m
  • Weight: 74 kg

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Wenger has confirmed that his team will give 2012-13 Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United a guard of honor before the match at Emirates Stadium. United gave Arsenal a similar service in May 1991. Wenger's title-winning side were also granted a guard of honor by Liverpool at Anfield in May 1998.

Sunday’s match will mark the first time that United's Robin van Persie, the former Arsenal forward, will return to the club where he played before being sold last summer. Wenger has called upon his club's fans to treat the new champions and the Dutchman with respect.

"First of all I am French and work in England and I want the English tradition to be respected," said Wenger. "When you work somewhere abroad, you have to respect the culture of the country. That is part of the tradition of English football and I want that of course to be respected.

"I hope, yes, that it will happen to us next year. But we are guided by the fact that we want to win our last four games and that is the next one. We know it is a difficult hurdle for us. Will it add something to our motivation? I don’t know.

"We respect Robin van Persie like every other player who has left and comes back. I want the player to be respected. He is a massive talent with world-class technique and huge experience with the national team and in the Champions League. I had no doubt he'd adapt.

"Arsenal had a positive impact on the life and career of Robin van Persie. You always miss a big player but now we are stabilised. We are on a very strong run. We have a good level of confidence and a great desire."

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