Wenger style key to transfer – Sanchez








11 July 2014
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Alexis Sanchez says Arsenal’s style of play under Arsene Wenger was a key factor in his £35m move from Barcelona.

The Chile international, 25, has penned a

long-term deal

at Emirates Stadium and will join up with his new team-mates at the end of July.

“Arsenal plays very well, which fits my style. That is why I moved here,” he said.

“Arsene Wenger’s style of play is the sort of style the Chilean national team has, so therefore I am used to it.”

He added: “I know this club has a manager that looks after his players and takes care of them as well. He wants to achieve great things in football and that helped me make the decision to sign for Arsenal.”

Sanchez has scored 24 goals in 71 appearances for Chile, two of those strikes coming as he helped his country reach the World Cup last 16, where they

lost on penalties to Brazil.

He had been tipped to join Liverpool as part of the transfer

taking Luis Suarez to the Spanish side,

but no agreement was reached and Arsenal were able to wrap up a deal that sees Sanchez become the first Chilean to play for the club.

“I am certainly glad to be the first Chilean ever playing for Arsenal,” he added on

Arsenal.com. 

“The team not only plays really good football, but the squad is really good and we can win silverware.

“We have a great squad and we are a big club. We can achieve big things.”

Sanchez is likely to make his first outing when Arsenal host Benfica, Valencia and Monaco in the Emirates Cup on August 2-3.


The FA Cup winners’

first competitive match of the new campaign is the FA Community Shield against Manchester City on August 10.







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Wenger ‘changed my life’ – Sagna








12 June 2014
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Bacary Sagna has thanked Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger after deciding to leave the club.

The 31-year-old, who is at the World Cup with France, has not signed a new contract with the Gunners.


The defender tweeted:  

“Of course I wanna [sic] thank the coach Mr Wenger, who believed in me, gave me trust and clearly changed my life.”

Sagna, who

joined Arsenal in 2007

and made 286 appearances for the club, has been linked with Manchester City.

He described Arsenal as: “A family to me… a club who taught me so much in seven years. A club who changed the kid I was into the man I am today.”

Sagna’s final game for Arsenal was the

FA Cup final victory over Hull City,

which ended their nine-year wait for silverware.







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Wenger agrees three-year Arsenal deal








30 May 2014
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Arsene Wenger has agreed a new three-year deal to remain as Arsenal manager until 2017.

The contract could be signed and announced as soon as Saturday.

Wenger, 64, has led Arsenal to eight major trophies since joining them in September 1996.

This season he guided the Gunners to a 17th consecutive Champions League qualification and ended a nine-year wait for silverware with victory

over Hull City in the FA Cup final.

The Frenchman, who moved to the club from Japanese outfit Grampus Eight, was in the final year of his current contract.

Arsenal had not lifted a major domestic trophy since 2005 prior to the recent FA Cup triumph, although they did reach the Champions League final in 2006.

During Wenger’s time at the club, Arsenal moved to the new Emirates Stadium close to their old ground at Highbury.

Former Gunners goalkeeper Bob Wilson is delighted that Wenger is to remain at the club.

“This is a guy who works 24 hours a day all year around,” Wilson told BBC Radio 5 live. “He hates to lose and revolutionised the game in the country. Some say he has too much power but a guy who dedicates himself to it like he does, you cherish.

“Every club who has built a new ground in this country have all been relegated. Why? Because of the stranglehold of the debt of a new ground. Arsene and Arsenal have got through that stage by still qualifying for the Champions League.”



 

















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Wenger ‘put England ahead of Arsenal’








28 May 2014
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Arsene Wenger refused to rush Jack Wilshere back from injury because he wanted to ensure the midfielder was fit for England’s World Cup campaign.

Wilshere says Wenger, who has been critical of aspects of international football in the past, was prepared to sacrifice short-term impact at Arsenal to boost the national team.

“I thought I was ready,” said Wilshere, who

suffered a foot injury in England’s win over Denmark in March..

“He said ‘no’. For a good World Cup I had to train and have a good fitness base.”

That injury was the latest in a series of setbacks for Wilshere, so the 22-year-old was happy to take the advice from his experienced manager.


“The team were doing well at that time so I didn’t say ‘look, I want to be in the team, I want to play tomorrow’,” added Wilshere.

“I spoke to him because I came back training and I was panicking a bit about the squad.

“He wanted me to get a week or two of training under my belt because even though I had been with the fitness coach, I didn’t have that contact.”

As well as injury difficulties, Wilshere had to contend with

criticism from Paul Scholes this season, 

with the former Manchester United player claiming that the Arsenal midfielder had not developed significantly since his debut in 2008.


Wilshere spoke to Scholes about the pointed criticisms

to ask for advice and received an open invitation to ring for further advice whenever the need arises.

Wilshere accepts his injuries, dating back to an ankle problem suffered in the pre-season of 2011, have been a concern, although he is not sure what he could have done about them.

“I wouldn’t say I get depressed but the more it happens you get more depressed,” he said. “You have to take positives. We are away quite a lot in this job and it is nice to be at home with your kids sometimes.

“But my problems have never been muscle injuries or from playing. It has always been an impact injury.

“In that respect anything can happen. But I am fully fit, my muscles are good and hopefully it will be alright.”







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