Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sadiq: I Turned Down Serie B Clubs To Join Breda

By Johnny Edward:
Nigerian striker, Umar Sadiq, has revealed why he turned down several teams from the Italian Serie B to join Dutch Eredivisie side NAC Breda in January, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Sadiq, 21, a loanee at Breda from Serie A side AS Roma, has scored five goals in 11 Eredivise games since he joined the West-Brabant club.
“I could have stayed in Italy and be loaned to clubs from the Serie B. I did not want to, there were several options on the table from different countries, but when my agent said I could go to NAC Breda, my decision was made. The league looked like a nice new challenge,” Sadiq told elfvoetbal.nl in an interview.
“It was good decision to take the step to play in another country last winter.
“I was given a guided tour (of facilities) at NAC Breda, they wanted to show me everything, very nice, but I immediately said ‘No, they do not have to, I want to play here. I do not care about the facilities.”
The former Torino player also remains confident that NAC Breda will avoid relegation at the end of the season with two games left to play.
NAC Breda are 15th in the 18 team Eredivisie league with 30 points from 32 games, three points above the relegation play-off spot.
Roda JC Kerkrade and Sparta Rotterdam occupy the two relegation play-off spot in 16th and 17th poisition. They are tied on the same points with Roda JC Kerkrade, but with a superior goal difference.
“Preferably, as soon as possible, I pray NAC belongs in the Eredivisie at the end of the season,” Sadiq told elfvoetbal.nl in an interview.
Sadiq has scored five goals in 11Dutch Eredivise games since he joined the West-Brabant club.
NAC Breda will host SC Heerenveen in their next game.
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Europa League trophy stolen and recovered in Mexico

The Europa League trophy was stolen after being displayed at a publicity event in Mexico, only to be recovered a few hours later, authorities in the state of Guanajuato said on Saturday.
Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho kisses the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United on May 24, 2017 at the Friends Arena in Solna outside Stockholm. / AFP PHOTO
The trophy had been on display at the football stadium in the city of Leon on Friday night, only to be taken from a car after the event.
“We recovered the Cup after receiving information that it had been stolen from the car transporting it,” said a post on the Twitter account of the Guanajuato public prosecutor, alongside a picture of the trophy in a case.
No other information was given about who took the trophy, where it was found or whether any perpetrators had been identified.
The event had been organised by one of European football governing body UEFA’s sponsors.
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Lokosa: I Can Help Solve Super Eagles’ Striker Problem

Kano Pillars forward, Junior Lokosa, has hit the ground running in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season, scoring 15 goals in 16 games. In this interview with Completesportsnigeria.com’s (CSN) ADEBOYE AMOSU, the 24-year old speaks about his humble beginning and his desire to play for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia…
CSN: Junior, there have been conflicting reports about your nationality, some say you are a Togolese. To some, you are a Beninoise, can you clear the air on this?
That’s a bit funny and interesting. Well, like you said, this is a big chance for me to clear the air on my nationality and set the record straight.
Junior Lokosa is a Nigerian, a Lagos boy from Badagry. I guess that settles the conflicting reports, like you said.
You have no doubt made a name for yourself in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season, what has the journey been like?
It has been tough like most African kids who started playing football on the streets. Unlike some kids who never enjoyed the support of their parents, mine was different.
Myself and my young brother who currently plays for a club in Egypt – I can’t remember the name now, enjoyed the support of our parents and that gave us the confidence to push hard, determined to make it in the game.
I grew up in Ajegunle Lagos and you know what it means to live in that kind of vicinity. We see football as something that can give us a better life as it has happened to some people in the past.
What has the journey been like for you, from playing for First Bank in the Nigeria National League then to becoming the number one striker for Kano Pillars?
I must confess it has been tough but the grace of God has kept me going. You know what it takes in this part of the world to become a footballer, lots of hardwork and luck.
But I have always believed in myself: that I could cut it at the highest level of the game. I joined Kano Pillars from First Bank during the second half of last season.
It was like moving to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich for me.
The fans are passionate about the game and it is a beautiful place to play football.
How were you able to settle down in the team especially with experienced strikers like Gambo Mohammed and Adamu Hassan ahead of you in the pecking order back then?
Last season was like a learning process for me. I must thank the older guys for helping me settle down in the team. Kano was quite different from Lagos in a lot of ways.
The weather can be very cold and at times extremely hot. But as I be Ajegunle Boy man must double up (long laughter).
I don’t see myself as a finished article yet and it is always important to stay humble and learn from the older and more experienced guys even though you are playing ahead of them.
You have hit the ground running in the NPFL this season with 15 goals in 16 games. Was it your target at the beginning of the campaign or has it happened by providence?
As a striker , you live to score goals. Scoring goals gives you confidence. Scoring in consecutive games early in the season gave me the confidence to push for more.
Do you see yourself breaking Mfon Udoh’s 23-goal mark all -time scoring record in one season in the NPFL?
It will be nice to do that, but that is not the most important thing on my mind at the moment. I want to be a Nigeria Professional Football League champion with Kano Pillars and I believe that is more important than chasing after an individual honour.
You must have been receiving a lot of calls from agents trying to lure you to foreign clubs?
Sure, they have been bombarding my phone with calls, saying a lot of nice things to me. I’m happy at Pillars and I don’t want to rush things.
When the right time comes, I will move abroad, but for now my soul and heart is with Pillars.
Sometimes, I wonder where all these agents are when I was nobody. I have seen players do well in the league, rushed out of the country and later regretted their action. I don’t want to make the same mistake.
Do you think you are good enough to play for the Super Eagles at the moment?
Bros you are funny o. One of the reasons why I’m playing football is because I want to wear that green and white of Naija(long laughter).
If I get the call to come and play for the team, I will gladly honour it. It will be a dream come true for me. Another AJ boy playing for the Super Eagles will be something else for people to read.
There have been several calls for you to be included in the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup…
(Cuts in) I can’t determine if I’m good enough to play for the Super Eagles or not. If the fans believe in my ability and see me as a good prospect, that’s fine.
But the biggest decision lies with the coaches. Irrespective of what you are doing at your club or what the fans are saying, they will not be the one to determine your fate.
Do you see yourself solving the Super Eagles’ striker problem at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia if given the opportunity?
I have confidence in my ability and I believe I can do a good job for the team. There are other established strikers in the team at the moment but I believe I can help make the team stronger.
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Obi Out Of Torino Clash Vs Atalanta Over Injury

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles midfielder Joel Obi has been ruled out of Torino’s Serie A away clash against Atalanta on Sunday due to injury, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Obi who recently returned to the Super Eagles squad after four years will miss Torino’s clash with Atalanta on Sunday due to an Iliopsoas (anterior hip muscle) injury, according to a report on toro.it.
The Nigeria international is expected to undergo some tests within the next 10 days to ascertain the severity of his injury.
The 26 year old came on as a 57th minute for Tomas Rincon in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan, but went off injured 22 minutes later. He was replaced by Afriyie Acquah.
The former Inter Milan midfielder has made 22 Serie A appearances and has scored five goals and provided two assists.
Torino occupy 10th position with 37 points from 33 Serie A games. There are four games left to play in the current season.
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Opportunity knocks for Arsenal in post – Arsene Wenger era

Arsene Wenger’s decision to step down as Arsenal manager after 22 years in charge marks the end of an era, but also a huge opportunity for the Gunners to reestablish themselves among the elite of English and European football.
A fan holds up an anti-Arsene Wenger sign during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on March 18, 2017./ AFP PHOTO
Tributes poured in from players past and present on Friday, as well as Wenger’s adversaries over the past two decades, such as Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, for his longevity and the revolution in English football he helped inspire.
However, there is no hiding the fact the Frenchman has bowed out now due to increasing calls for him to go from frustrated fans as Arsenal slipped further behind their Premier League rivals in recent seasons.
Arsenal haven’t won the league since Wenger’s crowing achievement in leading “The Invincibles” to an unbeaten league season in 2003/04.
Last season was the first time in 20 years the club didn’t qualify for the Champions League, but they haven’t got beyond the last 16 in that competition since 2010.
Languishing in sixth, Arsenal are also on course for their worst-ever league finish under Wenger this season with any hope of Champions League qualification dependent on winning the Europa League.
The club’s Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis made a long and heartfelt homage to Wenger himself when addressing the media on Friday, but dodged the question several times when quizzed over whether Wenger had walked on his own terms before he was pushed by the board.
And Gazidis recognised a decision had to be reached before the season’s end to give Arsenal a head start of finding Wenger’s successor.
“It’s going to be a condensed summer with a World Cup in the middle and a shortened transfer window, so I think for all of us having that clarity sooner is better,” he said.
– Wide-open field –
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front runners with bookmakers in a wide-open field of contenders.
Gazidis confirmed Arsenal will look for an offensive-minded coach to follow in the footsteps of Wenger’s philosophy.
“It is important to me we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club,” he added.
“I want to see somebody who will continue that for our fans…they want to see aggressive, exciting football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play.”
Getting the fans back onside and back at the Emirates Stadium is a number one priority.
Arsenal fans pay the highest season ticket prices in the Premier League and rising discontent with Wenger has been clearly shown in vast swathes of empty seats for home games since an abject 3-0 League Cup final defeat against Manchester City in February.
There is huge pressure on a beleaguered board, led by unpopular American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, to make the right call.
While Wenger’s reign has meandered to a disappointing end, Arsenal’s rivals have surged ahead by recruiting some of the best managers in the world in Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) and Antonio Conte (Chelsea).
In spite of Arsenal’s struggles on the field in recent seasons, they remain the sixth richest club in the world, according to financial consultants Deloitte’s annual Football Money League.
Wenger’s reluctance to fold to the booming inflation in football transfer fees and wages was often used as a shield by the board for not splashing out despite huge cash reserves.
That excuse has now also disappeared ahead of what promises to be a summer of transition at the Emirates.
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Oborududu says Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold now her target

Blessing Oborududu, Nigerian female freestyle wrestler and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, on Friday said her focus now was on winning a gold medal at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Oborududu said in Abuja that she would intensify her training to ensure that she achieved her objective of winning an Olympic gold medal.
Oborududu won a gold medal at the just-ended Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 68kg women’s freestyle wrestling event after defeating Canada’s Danielle Lappage.
“The 2018 Commonwealth Games was the best tournament I have attended so far, as I came back with a gold medal and I give God the glory.
“I think determination and my passion for the game and my target for the Games won for me the gold medal to add to my 2010 Commonwealth Games silver.
“In 2014, I won bronze. My target for 2018 was then gold, and I am thankful to God that I met my target,’’ the wrestler said.
Oborududu told NAN that she would immediately commence preparations for the upcoming World Championship holding in Budapest, Hungary in September.
She added that her target for the world championship was also to win a gold medal, which she said would boost her chances of winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.(NAN)
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Wenger Is A Rival, Colleague And Friend – Ferguson

(L-R) Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger and Former Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson. Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP
 
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he is proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to Arsene Wenger.
The 76-year-old also paid a heartfelt tribute to Wenger, his longtime adversary at Arsenal whom he described as a ‘great man’.
He said this during an interview with ManUtd.com on Friday, hours after the 68-year-old Frenchman announced that he was stepping down at the end of the season, having managed the North London side for 22 years.
“I am really happy for Arsene Wenger. I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal,” Ferguson said. “It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves.”
“In an era where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal,” he added.
The former Red Devils coach said he was pleased that Wenger made the announcement at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves.
He noted further that the Arsenal boss is, without doubt, one of the greatest managers in the history of the English Premier League.
Ferguson and Wenger oversaw some titanic battles between 1996 and 2013, including one of the greatest games in FA Cup history – the 1999 semi-final replay at Villa Park.
United’s next outing at Old Trafford is against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, April 29 – the 60th time Wenger will have faced the Reds, winning 18 games, drawing 15 and losing 26.
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Arsene Wenger : ‘It will be tough’ for his successor, Moyes warns

David Moyes knows better than most the perils of succeeding a long-serving and successful manager so when the West Ham boss is well aware of the pitfalls that could await whoever succeeds Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 09, 2003 Gerard Houllier (L) of Liverpool holds his OBE medal as an earring on long-term friend and fellow manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal, after being awarded their OBE medals at The Foreign Office in London 09 July 2003.Arsene Wenger will bring his 22-year stay in charge of Arsenal to a close at the end of the season, the Frenchman announced on April 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO /
Veteran Gunners boss Arsene Wenger announced on Friday he would be leaving Arsenal after nearly 22 years in charge, with the 68-year-old Frenchman having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with the north Londoners.
Moyes was the man chosen to take over from Alex Ferguson at Manchester United following his fellow Scottish manager’s 26 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.
But the former Everton boss lasted just 10 months before he was sacked.
Now in charge at West Ham, Moyes will take the Hammers across London to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
“It’s never easy when you follow great managers at great clubs,” said Moyes. “It’ll be tough for whoever takes the job.
“It’s been an incredible achievement for him to be the job that long — as it was for Sir Alex Ferguson. I thought I did well with 11 years at Everton.
“Real football people appreciate what he (Arsene Wenger) has done. He is a proper football man, he lives and breathes it, he’s dedicated to his job and his sport.
“I’d probably wish it hadn’t been announced before this weekend but most people appreciate Arsene and what he has done in football. I respect him for what a good football man he is.”
West Ham are not yet completely safe from the threat of relegation and, with Arsenal playing Atletico Madrid in the first leg of a Europa League semi-final just four days after Sunday’s game, Moyes hopes Wenger may rest a few key players in order to bolster his hopes of European glory.
“I think we have seen a few teams change around, even because of the FA Cup, a lot of the Premier League teams alter,” added Moyes.
“In the race to be in the top four I don’t know anyone who wants to lose at all, but maybe Arsene Wenger sees the Europa League as the priority.”
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​China: Mikel Eager For Oscar Reunion, Ighalo Seeks To End Goal Drought

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi is poised to make his 20th appearance for Tianjin TEDA when they face Shanghai SIPG in a Chinese Super League clash on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Mikel who has made six appearances ,scoring a goal and providing one assist so far this term, will be facing his former Chelsea teammate, Oscar and he is looking forward to the reunion.
“Looking forward to Shanghai and facing my old friend and team mate @oscar8!,” Mikel tweeted on Friday.
Oscar has provided six assists so far this season for Shanghai SIPG. Tianjin TEDA are ninth in the CSL table with eight points from six league games.
Mikel’s compatriot, Odion Ighlao, will look to return to scoring form in his seventh start for Changchun Yatai when they play away to Guizhou Zhichen on Saturday.
Ighalo has failed to score in his last three games. He last scored against Beijing Renhe over a month ago.
Changchun Yatai are 13th in the table with five points from six games.
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RUSSIA 2018 WATCH: These 5 Super Eagles Foes Are In Good Form

With two months to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,
Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU here highlights the performances of Nigeria’s group opponents’ key men for their respective clubs ahead of the mundial…
LIONEL MESSI (Argentina and Barcelona)
The undisputed leader of Argentina Lionel Messi will head to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in good form despite his Spanish club Barcelona’s shocking exit from the UEFA Champions League.
The 30-year-old has so far featured in 49 games for Barcelona this season and has bagged 39 goals with 16 assists.
The Super Eagles defence have to be extra sharp to keep the tricky Messi, who has always been on the winning side against Nigeria, in check.
GONZALO HIGUAIN (Argentina and Juventus)
Another fearsome forward in the Argentina team, Gonzalo Higuain has enjoyed a fine season with Italian club Juventus. Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli will look up to the reliable forward alongside the duo of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to deliver the goods for his side in Russia.
So far, the former Real Madrid and Napoli striker has netted 22 goals with eight assists from 43 games in all competitions this season.
MARIO MANDZUKIC (Croatia and Juventus)
A versatile forward who can also play on the wings, the 31-year-old is one of the stars of the Croatia national team.
Mandzukic is mostly used as a winger by his Italian club Juventus and has featured in 37 games in all competitions for the Biaconneri this season, scoring nine goals and has bagged three assists.
He showed his predatory instincts by scoring two goals for Juventus in their 3-1 Champions League win against Real Madrid.
IVAN PERISIC (Croatia and Inter Milan)
A world-class winger who was courted in the summer by English Premier League giants Manchester United. Ivan Perisic has made 34 apperances for Inter Milan in all competitions this season, bagging 10 goals with nine assists.
Super Eagles defenders will have to be at their best to stop this skilful and pacy winger at the mundial.
LUKA MODRIC (Croatia and Real Madrid)
The elegant midfielder is one of the best in his position in the world. Luka Modric, who at times has been hampered by injuries this season, has featured 36 times for European champions Real Madrid and has hit the back of the net twice with six assists to his name.
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Moyes Warns Wenger’s Successor ‘It Will Be Tough’

Arsenal’s coach Arsene Wenger from France looks on during a football match on March 8, 2018. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP
 
David Moyes knows better than most the perils of succeeding a long-serving and successful manager so when the West Ham boss is well aware of the pitfalls that could await whoever succeeds Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Veteran Gunners boss Wenger announced on Friday he would be leaving Arsenal after nearly 22 years in charge, with the 68-year-old Frenchman having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with the north Londoners.
Moyes was the man chosen to take over from Alex Ferguson at Manchester United following his fellow Scottish manager’s 26 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.
But the former Everton boss lasted just 10 months before he was sacked.
Now in charge at West Ham, Moyes will take the Hammers across London to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
“It’s never easy when you follow great managers at great clubs,” said Moyes. “It’ll be tough for whoever takes the job.
“It’s been an incredible achievement for him to be the job that long — as it was for Sir Alex Ferguson. I thought I did well with 11 years at Everton.
“Real football people appreciate what he (Wenger) has done. He is a proper football man, he lives and breathes it, he’s dedicated to his job and his sport.
“I’d probably wish it hadn’t been announced before this weekend but most people appreciate Arsene and what he has done in football. I respect him for what a good football man he is.”
David Moyes       Photo: Lindsey PARNABY / AFP
 
West Ham are not yet completely safe from the threat of relegation and, with Arsenal playing Atletico Madrid in the first leg of a Europa League semi-final just four days after Sunday’s game, Moyes hopes Wenger may rest a few key players in order to bolster his hopes of European glory.
“I think we have seen a few teams change around, even because of the FA Cup, a lot of the Premier League teams alter,” added Moyes.
“In the race to be in the top four I don’t know anyone who wants to lose at all, but maybe Arsene sees the Europa League as the priority.”
AFP
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Eguavoen: Balogun, Troost-Ekong Key To Super Eagles World Cup Success

By David Meshioye:
Former Super Eagles captain and coach Austin Eguavoen believes Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup success will depend on Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong’s form, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The defender at USA 94 World Cup posited that the Super Eagles would need the central defence duo to be on top of their game if the team is to make any appreciable impact at the Mundial.
He said while Gernot Rohr can depend on Mikel Obi’s wealth of experience to anchor the midfield, Balogun and Ekong are World Cup debutantes whose roles require lots of hard work.
“BalogTroost-Ekong are two of my favourite defenders by all standard and I believe they did put in a lot to ensure Nigeria qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup,” Eguavoen told CSN.
“But we will need them in their best form if Nigeria must do well at the World Cup, because every good team that does well at the Mundial is known to parade tested defenders who commit few fouls and do clean jobs.
“Every department has its role to play but I think we will be alright if our defenders can give the goalkeeper the right cover.”
The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations-winning defender further enjoined Nigerians to rally behind Rohr in his quest to succeed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“Rohr is doing a great job and deserves our support. Like I keep saying, Nigeria’s qualification will open more business opportunities to everyone and it will even get better if the Super Eagles do well in Russia,” Eguavoen added.
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Replacing Wenger An Impossible Job – Arsenal Chief

 
Arsenal’s coach Arsene Wenger from France looks on during a football match on March 8, 2018. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP
 
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes he is now faced with an impossible task in finding a fitting replacement for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.
Wenger, 68, announced he will step down from his role at the end of the season on Friday after 22 years in charge.
Despite winning three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, mounting pressure was put on Wenger to leave by the club’s disgruntled fans as he failed to match the standards he set early in his reign over the past decade.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League for 14 years and will miss out on Champions League qualification for the second successive season unless they win the Europa League, where they face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.
“We are not going to find a replacement for Arsene Wenger for a variety of reasons,” said Gazidis as he addressed a press conference at the club’s Emirates stadium on Friday.
“The football club is in a very different place than it was 22 years ago and it’s unthinkable to me we will have another manager in the Premier League, let alone Arsenal, who will be 22 years in tenure and have the kind of run of consistent success Arsene had over those years.”
In spite of Arsenal’s struggles on the field in recent seasons, they remain the sixth richest club in the world, according to financial consultants Deloitte’s annual Football Money League.
And Gazidis claimed Wenger leaves the club in far better shape than when he arrived as a shock appointment from Japanese side Grampus Eight in 1996.
“Arsene often said he wanted to leave the club in a better position than when he found it,” added Gazidis.
“We are in a better place today than we could ever have imagined 22 years ago. The foundations of this club have never been stronger and this gives me great confidence as we begin to chart the path ahead.”
However, Gazidis repeatedly avoided questioning on whether he wanted Wenger to see out the final year of a two-year contract extension he signed last summer.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Wenger had chosen to leave on his own terms rather than face being pushed out at the end of the season.
Gazidis, though, claimed the wheels hadn’t been put in motion to appoint a successor until Wenger made his decision public.
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front-runners with the bookies in a wide-open field of contenders.
“We haven’t had any discussions to date regarding that process,” added Gazidis.
“The most important thing is to make the right appointment not a quick appointment.”
AFP
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Ferguson: I’m Proud To Have Been Wenger’s Rival, Friend

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has paid a heartfelt tribute to his old adversary at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger.
The two bosses oversaw some titanic battles between 1996 and 2013, including one of the greatest games in FA Cup history – the 1999 semi-final replay at Villa Park. Wenger announced on Friday morning that he is stepping down at the end of the season, after 22 years in the job.
“I am really happy for Arsene Wenger,” Sir Alex told ManUtd.com. “I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal.
“It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves. In an era where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal.
“I am pleased that he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves. He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man.”
United’s next outing at Old Trafford is against Wenger’s Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday 29 April – the 60th time the Frenchman will have faced the Reds, winning 18 games, drawing 15 and losing 26.
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Delighted Moses: Chelsea Won’t Give Up On EPL Top Four, UCL Ticket

By Adeboye Amosu:
Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses believes the club can salvage their season and pick a Champions League ticket following Thursday’s 2-1 Premier League against Burnley at Turf Moor, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Super Eagles star Moses, who was voted man of the match for his fine performance in the game, scored the winner for the Blues in the 70th minute.
The Nigerian international also had a hand in the Blues’ first goal with Burnley defender Kevin Long diverting his cross into the net for an own goal.
“We cannot write ourselves off,” Moses told Sky Sports.
“We need to take every game as it comes and need to finish the season as strong as possible.
“We believe in the players we’ve got collectively and individually.
“The most important thing today (Thursday) is the three points and we’ll take the momentum into the game on Sunday.”
Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League table with 63 points from 34 matches, five points off fourth-placed Tottenham who occupy the last Champions League spot.
Former Wigan Athletic player Moses, who has featured in 25 Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s men this season, scoring three goals, was pleased to have scored on Thursday.
“Big win last night from the boys! Good to keep the momentum going,🏿 nice to get on the score sheet,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday.
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