Arsenal Chief executive (and man City fan) Ivan Gazidis has ruled out sacking manager Arsene Wenger, despite Arsenal’s poor start to the new Togel season, which has left them 50/1 with Bet 365 to win the Premier League.
61-year-old Wenger’s job security has come under question as the Gunners have won just one of their opening five Premier League games, conceding 14 goals in the process, including four in the 4-3 defeat at Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
However, Gazidis says that making a change is not even an option, with Wenger having been in charge at Arsenal for more than 15 years. Gazidis said at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London: “(Sacking him) is a route we are not going to go down. “We will be unmoved in the way we do things and will not be swayed by talk of a crisis. We need to stick together.”
Arsenal already trail champions Manchester United by 11 points, with the Red Devils 4/6 to retain their crown after five wins out of five.
Blue skies over Manchester…?
Manchester City have revealed plans for an 80-acre training centre in the shadow of their Eastlands Stadium.
The Blues, riding high in second place in the Premier League, are looking to consolidate their arrival in soccer’s rich list, a new era begun when the Abu Dhabi United investment group purchased them three years ago.Man City.
Since then a galaxy of stars have arrived in the blue half of Manchester, including Robinho, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero. City ended their 35-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup last season, and finished third in the league to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time.
With an intriguing all-Manchester tussle for the title brewing, City have a serious chance of becoming English champions for the first time since 1968.
With the imminent UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules, the spending spree cannot go on, so today club submitted a planning application for what it hopes will be a factory of free stars. As well as four pitches for first-team training and up to 400 youngsters will be able to learn their trade at its new facility, which would include a 7,000-seat stadium.
Outside England, United are usually referred to as ‘Manchester’, but with the sudden surge of the Citizens, all that will have to change.
* Reborn Napoli celebrated returning to the top of Serie A with a 3-1 home win over Milan, with echoes of titanic clashes between the north and south’s giants in the era of Diego Maradona. Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick.
*The quest for a level playing-field in Spain goes on.
After Valencia finished 21 points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid last season and the big two began their 2011-’12 campaign with big thrashings, Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido decided to speak out and campaign for an equitable distribution of TV rights.
But a meeting of club directors in Madrid last week proved fruitless. Sevilla director general Jose Maria Cruz said the meeting was, “An afternoon tea of pessimists and good for nothings. We only had a praiseworthy defence from Espanyol and Betis. The rest of those that attended have remained silent as if it wasn’t an issue for them.”
With three games gone, Real Betis and Valencia are on 9 points, two ahead of Barcelona, who tanked Osasuna 8-0, and Sevilla. Real Madrid are on six having lost 1-0 at Levante.
*In the Netherlands, FC Twente and AZ Alkmaar top the Eredivisie after six games with 15 points, two ahead of Ajax and Feyenoord. PSV are in fifth with eleven. In Portugal, Porto and Benfica top the Primeira Liga with 13 points from five games.
*Meanwhile in France, Marseille, tipped by some for a title challenge, are at the bottom of Ligue 1 following a 2-0 loss at table-toppers Lyon. Didier Deschamps’ OM have drawn three and lost three so far.
*In England, the two Manchesters sit atop the table. United despatched third-place Chelsea 3-1 at Old Trafford, while City squandered a two-goal cushion at Fulham to draw 2-2. Fulham, Bolton and West Brom are in the drop zone with three points; Arsenal, who lost 4-3 at Blackburn, are one ahead on four after five games. Liverpool’s title aspirations took a blow in a 0-4 rout at Tottenham.
*Bayern Munich are top of the Bundesliga after six games, two points ahead of Werder Bremen and Borussia Moenchengladbach. Hamburg are bottom with one point.
*In Japan, Gamba Osaka lead the J-League a point ahead of Kashiwa Reysol, while Vasco de Gama lead Sao Paulo by the same amount in Brazil.
*The USA’s Major League Soccer has revealed its top ten annual wages packets for 2011:
David Beckham – LA Galaxy $6,500,000
Thierry Henry -New York Red Bulls $5,600,000
Rafa Marques – New York Red Bulls $5,544,000
Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy $2,127,778
Juan Pablo Angel – New York Red Bulls $1,918,000
Nery Castillo – Chicago Fire $1,788,060
Julian De Guzman – Toronto FC $1,717,546
Freddie Ljungberg – Chicago Fire $1,314,000
Mista -Toronto FC $987,337
Branko Boskovic – DC United $516,200
* Eight of the twelve finalists for the 2012 Olympic Games women’s football tournament have been decided: Great Britain (England), Japan, North Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia, France and Sweden. Two more will qualify from CONCACAF and one each from CAF (Africa) and Oceania.