Arsene Wenger reportedly signs new two-year contract with Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has signed a two-year contract extension with Arsenal, according to reports.

Inside World Football columnist Matt Scott claims that the 67-year-old has already put pen to paper on a fresh deal which will keep him at the club for the next two seasons.

It’s understood that Arsenal are now waiting for a suitable time to announce the decision.

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom – their fourth loss in five Premier League games – has left Arsenal sixth in the table and six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

Following the result, Wenger suggested that he has already decided whether he will call time on his 21-year stint at Arsenal.

‘I will announce my future soon,’ he said. ‘You will soon know and very soon – you will.’

Arsenal fans continue to protest against Wenger, while a group of supporters arranged for a plane to fly overhead at The Hawthorns carrying a message which called for the Frenchman to quit.

Amid the growing unrest among fans, Arsenal were forced to release a statement earlier this month claiming that they ‘understood’ concerns from supporters.

‘Arsene has a contract until the end of the season,’ said Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick.

‘Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.’

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Asisat Oshoala: I won’t dump Arsenal Ladies for China move

Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, has denied reports claiming that she is about to leave English Women’s Super League (WSL) side, Arsenal Ladies, for an unnamed Chinese club.

The reigning CAF African Women Footballer of the Year, says the transfer only exists in the imagination of the reporter.

“I’m 100% at my club, Arsenal Ladies, I do not know the source of the report that I’m moving to China,” she told SuperSport.

“I’m 100% Arsenal Ladies nothing more than that I’m on a break in Nigeria, a longer break after a major championship, Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.”

Oshoala also spoke on her CAF award and promised to impact on upcoming youngsters in football.

She added: “I feel really happy and excited winning the African best player award for the second time.

“I will continue to work hard to steadily better my previously performances both at club and national levels.

“Of course, I have charity work as well as foundation aimed at helping the upcoming player.

“I hold a yearly U17 football championship as a way of giving back to the society and the younger ones.

“I will continue to do my best to ensure more ‘Oshoalas’ are discovered and brought to football limelight”.

Revealed: What Arsene Wenger said to ref John Moss before being sent off

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands in the 2-1 win over Burnley after labeling referee John Moss a ‘cheat’, according to reports.

Wenger, who was ordered to leave the touch-line by Moss, was being ushered down the tunnel by fourth official Taylor when the Arsenal manager reacted angrily and has now been charged by the FA for his actions.

A steward came between Wenger and Taylor as the Frenchman appeared to get physical after refusing to leave the tunnel in the dying moments of the Premier League clash at the Emirates stadium.

It has now emerged that Moss showed the Frenchman a red card after he branded the referee a ‘cheat’ following the decision to award Burnley a 93rd minute penalty, according to the Evening Standard.

Official statement by the FA

Arsene Wenger has been charged for misconduct following Arsenal’s game against Burnley on Sunday [22 January 2017].

It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official. It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.

He has until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charge.

Following the altercation, Wenger apologised for his unacceptable behaviour in a post-match press conference but that isn’t expected be enough to avoid a touch-line ban.

‘I didn’t see any penalty from outside but I should have shut up and I apologise, even if I was frustrated,’ Wenger said after the match.

Arsene Wenger charged with misconduct by FA over Burnley incident

Arsene Wenger’s confrontation with an official in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley has seen him charged with misconduct.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been hit with a charge of misconduct following his confrontation with the fourth official in the tunnel during Sunday’s game with Burnley.

Wenger was sent to the stands in stoppage time of Arsenal’s 2-1 Premier League win at Emirates Stadium, having complained to referee Jon Moss, who awarded the visitors a 93rd-minute penalty, which Andre Gray converted to equalise.

A heated exchange with fourth official Anthony Taylor followed before Wenger moved to stand in the tunnel.

The Frenchman then appeared to push Taylor as the official tried to usher him away, with stewards forced to intervene.

Alexis Sanchez rescued all three points for Arsenal with a 98th-minute spot-kick but Wenger now faces disciplinary action for his behaviour.

A Football Association statement read: “It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he [Wenger] used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official.

“It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.”

‘He must apologise’ – Club legend blasts ‘ridiculous’ Arsenal star

Granit Xhaka has been urged to ‘clean up his act’ by Martin Keown after the Arsenal star received his fifth red card since the start of last season.

Xhaka was shown a straight red at the Emirates on Sunday for a rash two-footed tackle on Burnley’s Steven Defour.

The incident was Xhaka’s second red of the season for the Gunners and his ninth for club and country in the past three years.

No player across Europe’s top five leagues has been sent off more than Xhaka since the start of the last campaign and Keown insists the midfielder must rectify this part of his game.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, the Arsenal legend said: ‘It’s a succession of incidents and he just needs to clean up his act.

‘He has got the right manager [in Arsene Wenger] though.’

Keown, 50, described the Switzerland star’s red card ratio as ‘ridiculous’ and said his Arsenal team-mates deserved an apology.

‘It’s a ridiculous number of red cards. He’s getting the balance wrong,’ Keown, who made over 400 appearances for the north London outfit, added.

‘They want that physicality in the team but they want him on the pitch.

‘The game became very difficult and Xhaka should be apologising for getting sent off.’

Nightmare for Manchester United: Champions League heavyweights confirm rival bid for key target

Despite Xhaka’s red, Arsenal clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s last-gasp penalty.

The result ensured Wenger’s side climbed to second in the Premier League, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger issues warning to Granit Xhaka after his second Arsenal red card

Arsene Wenger believes Granit Xhaka is ‘punishing’ Arsenal with his lack of control after receiving a red card in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Burnley.

The Gunners were forced to play around 30 minutes with ten men following the Switzerland international’s two-footed challenge on Steven Defour, but managed to secure a late victory after Alexis Sanchez converted a controversial penalty award.

The red card is the second of Xhaka’s Arsenal career and his seventh in the last two years for club and country.

‘Honestly, I have to look at it again,’ said Wenger.

‘The noises I get are that it was a red card. He has to control his game and not punish the team with a lack of control in his tackling.

‘We don’t encourage our midfielders to go down in tackles. We want them to stand up and not to make these type of fouls. If it’s a bad tackle, it’s a red card.’

Arsene Wenger: I should have shut up and apologise

Arsene Wenger and Sean Dyche both took issue with the match officials on Sunday but it was the Arsenal manager who went home happy.

Arsene Wenger has acknowledged his furious reaction to Burnley being awarded a penalty was wrong after the Arsenal manager was sent off on Sunday.

The Gunners boss was removed from the touchline during an extraordinary period of injury time at Emirates Stadium, where the 10-man hosts conceded an equaliser to Andre Gray, only for Alexis Sanchez to snatch a 2-1 victory with a spot-kick of his own in the 98th minute.

Wenger took issue in the strongest terms when referee Jon Moss penalised Francis Coquelin for a foul on Ashley Barnes.

Initially enraged at the prospect of dropping two vital points, the Frenchman ended the day with a smile on his face after a high boot from Ben Mee made contact with Laurent Koscielny, affording Sanchez the opportunity to restore the Gunners’ lead.

“My view is that honestly I did not see that it was a penalty,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the BBC when asked about Burnley’s spot-kick.

“I will have to watch it on the video. Francis told me that he ran into him. Myself, I should have shut up and I apologise for not having done that. It was nothing malicious. I should have kept my control, even if it was in a hectic time.

“I didn’t see any penalty from outside but I should have shut up and I apologise, even if I was frustrated.

“We finally got the win but of course it was very difficult for us. We couldn’t get the second goal, we played with 10 men and they played well as well. In the end we got the three points we wanted.

“Burnley are well organised, they make the game simple but efficient. We won there in the last second and we won again in the last second today,” he added, referring to Koscielny’s last-gasp winner at Turf Moor in October.

“Every week and every game is an unbelievable fight for everybody.

“We kept going, we are a relentless team. Burnley made it very uncomfortable for us.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, meanwhile, took issue with the assistant referee, who failed to spot that Koscielny was seemingly in an offside position prior to Mee’s foul.

“It’s a tough day for us in the end,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“To lose a game in that fashion, with an offside not given is tough, particularly when you come to tough places like this.

“We never take anything for granted. We know how tough this division is but you need officials to make the right decisions and that is the shame today. They have to be brave have officials at places like this, I understand that, but you’ve got to think it has to be given.”

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Late Alexis penalty sends 10-man Gunners up to second

Arsene Wenger’s men looked set to drop two crucial points after Andre Gray converted from the spot, before the Chilean saved the day.

Arsenal moved up to second in the Premier League after downing Burnley 2-1 in a thrilling match on Sunday, despite being reduced to ten men.

The Gunners took the lead through Shkodran Mustafi’s header in the second half, before Granit Xhaka received his marching orders for a two-footed lunge on Steven Defour.

And Arsenal’s title hopes were on course to suffer a huge blow when Andre Gray scored a penalty after Francis Coquelin fouled Ashley Barnes inside the box.

However, Ben Mee soon gave away a penalty for a foul on Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez saved the day by beating Tom Heaton.

Arsenal, now five points behind leaders Chelsea – who face Hull City later on Sunday – have an FA Cup tie away to Southampton and league game against Watford to come before a crunch meeting with the Blues at Stamford Bridge on February 4.

Burnley, meanwhile, stay 13th, having gone unrewarded yet again for a determined showing, as home form continues to be the most likely method of securing top-flight status for last season’s Championship winners.

The Clarets fans who made the journey to the capital could be forgiven for not recognising their team in the first half. Burnley had lost eight of their nine previous league matches on the road this season, but they were unexpectedly defiant during the opening 45 minutes in London.

A 0-0 draw at Manchester United in October was the only prior occasion Burnley had returned from an away game with anything to show for their efforts and perhaps another heavyweight engagement inspired Sean Dyche’s men to raise their level. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton proved equal to the task when called upon to make saves from Mesut Ozil, Koscielny and Sanchez.

The Gunners continued to dominate and they were rewarded a minute before the hour mark, Mustafi beating Stephen Ward to the ball from Ozil’s corner and heading into the far side-netting, beyond the reach of the stretching Heaton.

Given Burnley’s struggles outside the home comforts of Turf Moor, that goal initially appeared potentially fatal to the visitors’ chances, until Xhaka earned a straight red card for a lunging, studs-up challenge on Defour.

The away team had toiled without reward as they attempted to trouble Cech, a cause not helped by the worrying sight of Marney being stretchered off with 15 minutes to go.

Gray would later benefit from Coquelin’s rashness in the 93rd minute, but Mee then committed a reckless infraction of his own.

Wenger had to celebrate Sanchez’s dramatic winner out of the limelight, having been sent off by referee Jon Moss during a thrilling, fractious climax, which ended with Dyche as the wronged party, the Burnley boss angrily confronting the fourth official as another away point slipped out of his team’s grasp.

Arsene Wenger reveals his plan for clawing back Chelsea in the title race

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his players to treat every remaining Premier League game like a cup final if they are to catch Chelsea in the title race.

The Gunners are currently eight points behind their rivals in the table, and also have Liverpool and Tottenham ahead of them as major contenders for the crown this term.

However, Wenger isn’t giving up just yet, and believes Chelsea can be caught as long as Arsenal ensure they put as much pressure on them as possible between now and May.

‘For us every game is a cup final,’ he said in his press conference today.

‘Yes I see it that way as Chelsea is ahead and everyone else is fighting.

‘So it is important first of all to try to make a distance with the teams around you, take advantage of points they could drop and try to get closer to Chelsea. You never know.’

Arsenal take on Burnley in their next game and looked back to their best last week with a crushing 4-0 win away to Swansea City.