Wenger Denies End To Coaching Job, Considering New Arsenal Offer

Arsene Wenger On SagnaCoach Arsene Wenger has debunked claims that he will be ending his coaching job with Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Frenchman stated that he has no intention of retiring, even if it means managing another club.

His position has been under intense scrutiny, after the Gunners lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

Wenger, however, maintained that the ongoing season would not be his last in managing the North London side.

While his contract with the Gunners will expire in the summer, the 67-year-old said he is undecided on whether he would take up the two-year deal which has been offered to him by the Arsenal Board.

Sports Key To Economic Development – Gbenga Daniel

Gbenga-Daniel, SWAN, SportsFormer Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has described sports as a veritable tool for economic development, just as he called on financially-muscled Nigerians to invest in sports.

Mr Daniel made the remarks in Sagamu while playing host to members of the National Executive Committee of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) who were at his residence to pay him a courtesy visit.

He noted that sports can create employment, empowerment and above all, develop the society economically.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians who have the financial muscle, people like Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga and host of others to try as much as possible to invest in sports.

“I heard in the news some time ago that Alhaji Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal Football Club. Well, he is a businessman, he must have seen the potential of making profit by acquiring the club but I want him to look inwards and consider having a Dangote Football Club in Nigeria.

“By doing this, there will be employment for some set of people and those depending on them for their daily needs will also benefit indirectly.

Profitable Ventures

“It is also funny when I hear people say that sports does not bring any kind of profit when invested in. I remember when we hosted the Gateway Games in 2006, I think we recorded about 92 million Naira profit after the competition.

“Therefore, it is important to note here that sports as much as I know is one of the most profitable ventures. Aside the economic value attached to sports, it also reduces social vices in the society because whenever any sporting event is taking place, the environment becomes friendly and devoid of any form of criminality,” he said.

In his address, SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo, stated that the former governor’s tremendous achievements in the sports sector while in office prompted the council to visit him.

“We are here today (Friday) to let you know that all what you did to develop sports in Ogun State and Nigeria at large when you were serving as governor did not go unnoticed. And that is the reason we are here tell you that you are recognised and highly appreciated for your efforts.”

Sirawoo went on to announce Mr Daniel as the association’s national patron.

He, however, hinted that the formal investiture would be held at a later date and at the convenience of the recipient.

Chelsea Sign Asmir Begovic From Stoke City

chelseaChelsea Football Club have announced the signing of Asmir Begovic from Premier League club, Stoke City.

Goalkeeper, Begovic, who is 28, has signed a four-year contract, and he becomes the team’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan.

Begovic told Chelsea website, “I am very happy to be joining Chelsea FC. After speaking at length to the manager, I feel like I can develop here and be an important part of this team. I am looking forward to meeting up with the team on Wednesday for the pre-season tour.”

Begovic had spent the previous five-and-a-half years with Stoke, having joined from his first professional club, Portsmouth, in early 2010.

Playing with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, he made 172 appearances, quickly establishing himself as first choice. He scored the Premier League’s longest-ever goal when he netted a clearance from inside his own penalty area against Southampton in November 2013.

Born in the former Yugoslavia, Begovic spent his childhood in Germany and Canada, representing the latter at the Under-20 World Cup before opting to play at senior level for Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He was their first-choice goalkeeper at their 2014 World Cup finals debut in Brazil, and has accumulated 41 caps so far.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech joined Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee in June.

Begovic takes over the vacant number one shirt while Thibaut Courtois will retain his number 13 shirt.

Chelsea has also announced that Radamel Falcao will wear the number 9 shirt during the 2015/16 campaign.

Welbeck Wears Arsenal Colours For The First Time

WelbeckDanny Welbeck became Arsenal’s fifth signing of a busy summer when he joined the club on transfer deadline day.

The talented forward had a photo shoot on Tuesday, where he wore his new colours for the first time.

Arsenal Football Club photographer was there and sent back exclusive images for arsenal.com.

Arsenal completed the deadline day swoop of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United for a fee believed to be around 16 million pounds.

After failing to break into the Manchester United side as a first-team regular, 23-year-old Welbeck heads to the Gunners having spent the last few years playing as a substitute.

He was often times deployed in the left wing and striker roles.

After initially struggling to meet Uefa’s home-grown quota, Arsenal now have no problem in meeting the regulation, which allows them to utilise the maximum squad limit in Europe.

Wenger would hope that the signing of Welbeck could help the Gunners finally push past their tendency to crash out of the Champions League in the early knockout stages, and go one further than their 2006 final appearance where they suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger rejects chance to coach Brazil

62-year-old Arsenal manager and coach, Asene Wenger on Wednesday rejected the opportunity to coach the Brazilian national team.

According to La Parisien, Wenger was approached by the Brazilian Football Confederation, who have doubts over the current Seleção coach Mano Menezes.

The French newspaper claims that the 62-year-old turned down a two-year contract offer from the CBF, which would have seen him through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The news comes just weeks after Wenger shutdown talk of taking charge of the French national team, who are now coached by Didier Deschamps.

Wenger has two years to run on his contract with Arsenal.

I’m a Gunner for life, I will never leave Arsenal – Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen has just pledged the rest of his career to Arsenal, after affirming that he would like to remain at the club forever.

“I will stay at Arsenal forever. There will be no transfer for me. I love London. I’ve got a house there, I’m happy there and I don’t see any reason to ever leave the club.”

Vermaelen joined the Arsenal football club  in 2009 from Ajax and has gone on to become a key component of Arsene Wenger’s defence.

Arsenal release Almunia, six others

Arsenal will be releasing seven players at the end of their contracts on June 30, the club revealed on its website on Tuesday.

Professionals Manuel Almunia, George Brislen-Hall, Gavin Hoyte, Sean McDermott, Rhys Murphy, together with Scholars James Campbell and Jeffrey Monakana will all be released on July 1 and are therefore free to join other clubs from this point.

From the departing players, Almunia and Hoyte both made first team appearances. Manuel Almunia made a total of 175 first team appearances since joining from Celta Vigo in July 2004, keeping an impressive 70 clean sheets.

During his time with Arsenal, Almunia played in the 2006 Uefa Champions League final and made a total of 109 Premier League appearances.

Hoyte broke into the first team on four occasions, making his debut in the Carling Cup victory against Sheffield United in September 2008.

“Everyone at Arsenal would like to take this opportunity to thank Manuel, George, Gavin, Sean, Rhys, James and Jeffrey for their contribution towards the club and wish them well in their future careers,” said the statement.