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Arsenal round-up: Wenger on his future; French international targeted; Ljungberg could return one day


Arsenal round-up: Wenger on his future; French international targeted; Ljungberg could return one day

Arsene Wenger’s future remains the hot topic among journalists and Arsenal supporters, with his latest quotes doing nothing to clear up the uncertainty. The Frenchman continues to state that he wants to stay at the club, but there is a feeling that he could be ready to walk away from his post at the end of the season. The precariousness of the situation isn’t helping at all and it needs to be sorted either way.

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“I have been here for 20 years and had many opportunities to leave, so I don’t think I have to convince you that my preference has always been Arsenal.”

“But I am objective and lucid enough to make the right decision for myself and the club. The club is free to make the decision it wants and I will respect that.”

He has been loyal to the club amidst offers from other clubs during his reign, but it could be approaching a good time to move on. The use of ‘objective’ shows that he is ready to take emotion out of the equation when he does decide on his future, which suggests that he is preparing to leave Arsenal. The constant discussion on Wenger’s future has the potential to distract the team and for that reason, a decision needs to be made sooner rather than later.

Alexandre Lacazette has been one of the most in-demand European strikers in recent seasons and he has been linked to numerous Premier League clubs. The Mirror report that Arsenal are preparing a bid for the French striker as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who is expected to leave at the end of the season. Liverpool are set to compete for the Lyon player, but the Gunners would be the frontrunners for his signature. The fee mentioned for the striker is in the region of £60 million.

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This would be a huge move from Arsenal and one that would excite the fanbase. The club could be required to spend a lot of money during the summer if a number of key first team players leave. Sanchez is only one of the possible departures, with Mesut Ozil, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Lucas Perez others that could be set for a move away from the Emirates Stadium. Lacazette would be a great signing and one that would add dynamism to the North London side’s attack. However, it won’t be an easy deal to do and the Gunners would need to part with a lot of money to complete it.

Freddie Ljungberg left his coaching role with the club earlier this week to join Andries Jonker at Wolfsburg. He had the opportunity to take on a more senior coaching position and it was an offer that he couldn’t refuse. However, he has left the Gunners on good terms with the club and Arsene Wenger expects the Swede to return to the Emirates Stadium in the future.

“We gave him permission to go, but with a promise that he will come back if there is a possibility to come back here,”

“Overall, I think it is part of his education to become a coach, to have this kind of experience. Hopefully, we can use that later at Arsenal. Freddie has done extremely well with the under-15s here. I was in touch with him constantly during his experience there.”

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It is disappointing to lose an ex-player from the coaching set-up, but it was an opportunity that he had to take. The above quotes show that Ljungberg is highly thought of as a coach and it is encouraging that Arsenal are trying to get former players on the coaching staff. They have a lot of experience to offer and it creates a link between the supporters and the club. Hopefully, the ex-winger learns a lot in Germany and returns to use that knowledge at Arsenal.

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