I Will Honour Contract With Arsenal– Wenger

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has once again said he will be honouring his contract with the Gunners.

This he said during a news conference while reacting to a speculation that the 63 year old Frenchman is in a contract romance with Paris Saint Germain (PSG) that he is likely to leave the English club saying he had no intention of leaving Arsenal.

“I answered that question already, no, I respect my contracts,” he said.

“Every football game excites me and football in general excites me and the love for this club as well.

“I want to stay if I do well, and if I consider and the club consider that I do well, that’s all. I want this club to do well, and that is my basic feeling.”

Arsenal’s move from Highbury to the larger Emirates Stadium while maintaining a place in the Champions League against clubs with huge transfer budgets has proved challenging but Wenger believes the club are now in a much healthier position for the future.

“We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, the club is coming out of it now in a much stronger position financially and I believe that the club is in a very strong position for the future. For the rest my own person is less important, what is more important is the future of this club,” he said.

With Manchester United already crowned champions and Manchester City seemingly assured of second place Arsenal are vying with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton for a place in the Champions League.

Chelsea are third in the final automatic Champions League spot with 65 points, one ahead of Arsenal who have one game less to play and three ahead of Spurs, who have the toughest run-in on paper as they visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in what could prove a decisive fixture.

Fourth is worth a Champions League playoff spot.

Wenger believes that the Gunners must maintain their focus to continue their good recent form.

“The most important thing is just not to lift your head, just focus on your job and continue our strong run. We have built up a strong run, put a strong run together and we want to use this belief in a very positive way,” he said.

Wenger pointed to Arsenal’s performance in the Champions League against Bayern Munich as a pivotal moment, after losing 3-1 at home they won 2-0 in Munich to lose out on the away goals rule.

“We’ve had to rebuild the team in the last two seasons, we lost some massive players and we have moved forward, for me, in the second part of the season considerably,” he said.

“We have gone out against Bayern Munich on away goal and they just thrashed Barcelona by seven goals so I have to consider that we have moved forward.”

Arsenal face a trip to already relegated Queens Park Rangers on Saturday as they chase a 16th consecutive appearance in the Champions League.

“We go game by game and every game gives you a different proposal that you have to sort out. We are highly focused on tomorrow’s game and on our performance and everybody’s really focused and wants to do well in tomorrow’s game, that’s what we of course want to achieve,” said Wenger.

Ferguson challenges Rooney to deliver

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Striker Wayne Rooney to step up in game in terms goal scoring as he also admitted that time off is not good for him because of his ‘frame’.

According to Ferguson during an interview with Skysports “Wayne is going through a period like all strikers do, he is not scoring,”

“He has missed bits of games and been off with tonsillitis, and Wayne is the type of player who can’t miss games because of the frame he has got.”

Regarding the use of Rooney within the diamond formation, Ferguson added: “I am happy with that part of his game.

Rooney scored 34 goals in the 2009/10 season as a lone striker but has taken a back seat since the arrival of Van Persie from Arsenal in the summer.

Ferguson is impressed with the impact that the former Arsenal striker has made and said: “Without doubt Robin is an up-front player.

“He has experience and now our players are starting to realise how good he is. We are getting more aware of the runs he is making and the movement he has up front. Hopefully that understanding gets better.”

The Premier League leaders head to Reading today and the manager is not concerned that their previous fixtures have not been attacking classics.

“I don’t think the form has been that bad to be honest,” the Scot added. “But when you are manager of this club, you have to go through that analysis about Manchester United not being as good as they used to be.

“We are still top of the league so we must be doing something right.”

 

EPL Title: Wenger upbeat about Arsenal’s chance

Arsenal manager; Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners can have a go at the English Premier League title this season and this can be determined by the outcome of their performance against EPL title holders Manchester City next weekend.

So far, in the new season Arsenal has been impressive in terms of performance in four leagues matches played, proudly displaying a steely defensive edge to their attacking prowess and this tough performance has notched the Gunners to third in the EPL table. However, their steely defence and sharp attack will undergo further test this weekend and the next with Roberto Mancini’s boys while they play hosts to Chelsea.

Wenger concedes Sunday’s match at the Etihad Stadium will show their true worth, but is quietly confident with the way his side is performing but above all playing 10 games into the season will further determine their chances of clinching the title.

It may be early in the campaign but Arsenal has already shaken off the ‘one-man band’ tag after last season was dominated by Robin van Persie.

The Holland striker was the heartbeat of the side last season up until his acrimonious summer departure to Manchester United and Wenger admits his side are now setting out differently.

While Arsenal will be hoping to continue their fine start, Southampton’s season starts now – certainly as far as manager Nigel Adkins is concerned.

Saints have attracted plaudits for their performances against the two Manchester sides, but the reality is they are bottom of the table without a point from the opening four games.

Aston Villa, another side expected to struggle this season, are up next and Adkins knows they need to get a point if not three on the board.

Arsene Wenger said he is used to winning games as he loves to win all the time so he will definitely find a way to keep the tempo up for Gunners.

Saha warns Arsenal on title run

Tottenham Hotspurs’ famous man Louis Saha blew loud horns over table positioning in the English Premier league stating in clear terms that Arsenal should be careful as Tottenham can still knock off the Gunners to third place on the EPL table.

This came after Tottenham Hotspurs slided into the FA cup semi-final, setting up Chelsea as their opponent as they walloped Bolton 3-1 on Tuesday at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham has not been impressive for a while as it just got a second win in their last eight games,whle Arsenal has clinched unto their third place position with a seven-match winning run which Saha said he is very sure Spurs can make a change and overtake their neighbours.

Saha scored the final goal which sealed the victory for Tottenham Hotspurs against Bolton saying in football, things can happen quickly as he believes that Hotspurs can equal what Arsenal has in a bit.

Although,Saha admitted that the club has been at optimal performance which is responsible for their sharp drop during the past weeks but the club is making progress in terms of performance believing that interms of experince they have got good players like Vander Vaart,Adebayor and Gallas.