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There are strong rumours circulating that the Arsenal board would like to employ Mikel Arteta as a replacement for current French manager Arsene Wenger.

During last summer Wenger signed a two-year extension to his current contract with Arsenal, and it is widely believed that when the extension expires, he will stand down as manager. The Arsenal board of directors are reportedly interested in taking on Mikel Arteta to take Wenger’s place.

Arteta captained Arsenal for two years and is now becoming highly regarded as a coach under the watchful eye of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Coach at City makes an excellent entry on Arteta's CV.

The Spaniard chose to go to Manchester City upon his retirement as a player, despite being offered coaching roles by both Wenger and Pochettino.

It is being suggested that Man City could remain unbeaten for the entire season if they can maintain their form, something that Butch Wilkins was asked about recently. As Wilkins said, if they can manage it, it would be a truly fantastic achievement.

Arteta's reputation, having completed his coaching badges at the Etihad and having been instrumental in City's success, would rate even higher. Arteta is ambitious, and the problem he faces at City is that the board are trying to extend Guardiola's contract which would cut off any chance of further advancement with the club in the short term.

If this proves to be the case, then the departure of Arsene Wenger could indeed be opportune.

According to reports, the Arsenal board have considered other replacements for Wenger in the past, and these include the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Leonardo Jardim, and Thomas Tuchel. None of them quite came up to the mark.

Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, is of interest at several levels There is, however, a fly in the ointment by way of Josh Kroenke, non-executive director and majority shareholder. He is a big fan of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and he is in favour of recruiting the Frenchman to join the current Wenger set-up so he can learn the ropes in-situ and take over as manager when Wenger's contract extension expires.

In the meantime, it is being said that Arsene Wenger is currently involved in trying to sign Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany as part of a deal in the January transfer window if City decide to take Sanchez of Arsenal's hands.

City coach Guardiola was trying to sign Sanchez earlier on in the summer. But of course with Sanchez’s contract due to expire at the end of this season, he will then be a free agent. However, it is expected that City, rather than wait several more months, will actually make a bid for Sanchez in January, something that Arsene Wenger is almost certain to welcome.

Plenty of our readers enjoy the odd bet on an Arsenal game every now and again. Sports gambling is a noble tradition, and while it is sometimes labeled as a vice, it certainly doesn’t have to be vicious.

Unless you are a professional sports bettor, you likely place your bets among friends, and possibly take part in online betting as well. If you have bet too much on football games in the past, or if you want to start enjoying the game this way but don’t want to get in over your head, here are some tips about betting like a responsible adult.

  1. Know When to Take Your Profits. It almost doesn’t matter how much or little you bet if you are clear on how to manage your winnings. It’s easy to make a hundred only to bet the whole sum to try to make even more. This might work once or twice, but you’re much more likely to lose everything you have. You will have had the thrill of sports betting, but you’ll be the poorer for it financially speaking. In general, a good rule of thumb is to pay yourself back before gambling again. If you bet ten, give yourself ten back, then think about whether or not you should bet what’s left over. This way, you won’t go broke.

  2. Understand the Bet You’re Making. Everybody likes betting. It’s a thrilling experience that makes us even more invested in the action on the screen or field we happen to be looking at. Because people enjoy it so much, and because some fear missing out on big returns (FOMO), lots of people make bets based on factors they don’t fully understand. If you can’t articulate why one team is more likely to beat the other, based on tangible data and other facts, you probably shouldn’t risk your money. You’re basically flipping a coin. Give yourself better odds than that. Learn more about odds with this English football betting guide.

  3. Don’t Bet What You Couldn’t Afford to Lose. Many people make a big bet with the hopes of changing their already dire financial situation. The problem is, when the bet loses they’ve only managed to take things from bad to worse. If you don’t have enough money to make your life work as it should, you probably shouldn’t be betting your income or savings. If you’ve got some extra cash, however, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little betting on the games you enjoy most.

There’s nothing wrong with sports gambling. People have done it for as long as there have been sports. However, we all know that betting can get out of hand, so it’s a good idea to have a financial plan going into a situation where there will be betting. This way you can have your fun (and potentially win some money) without getting yourself into a sticky situation. Enjoy the games, enjoy the bets, may you always be able to ascertain the right outcomes before they actually occur.

 

Arsenal football club is a unique football club in so many ways. One of the reasons is the way the club is being run. Going 13 seasons without a league title under Arsene Wenger has made the club move in a new direction.

This new direction is a step that has been taken by many clubs in recent time. Since the Arabian and Qatari money bags have arrived European football, how deals are being done have taken a different path. You can sure that many fans will have used the 10bet android app to bet on those rich clubs to secure the various titles in football these days. Manchester City are by far the clear favourites, Betfair have them as at 1/10. Manchester United are second at 12/1, while Arsenal are 5th at 40/1.

This new path was what brought about big money deals for clubs like Manchester City and PSG in recent time. However this has not worked for all clubs.

Malaga was taking this path in 2011 but eventually failed. With power house clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United devoluting power from managers to other top members of the club for efficient running, it was time for Arsenal to follow suit.

Since the departure of David Dein as vice chairman at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has not had a top board member to work with. But club CEO, Ivan Gazidis is ready to make the North London club return to the zenith once again. All seems to be pointing towards a life after Wenger.

The 67-year-old manager is likely to be in his last contract with the club. If he however decides to stay longer, a new system of working relation has to be established.

Appointment at the club since June has made the club have a modern-day system and it seems that things are beginning to take shape and will continue to get better in this direction. Below are the list of appointments that have taken place at the Emirates since June.

Darren Burgess (Elite Performance)

Sven Mislintat (Recruitment)

Hussein Fahmy (Contracts)

Lehmann (1st Team Coach)

Per (Academy Manager)

Raul Sanllehi (Football Relations / DOF)

These appointments signaled the direction currently taken by other elite clubs that are achieving greatness around Europe. These appointments might not win titles this season but the truth is that it will propel Arsenal for greatness for years to come.

Maybe this appointment has been the last link needed to return to the top again. The quality of the appointment especially that of Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat as head of Football relations and chief scout respectively has been applauded.

Coming from Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund means the best are joining our club. It's only a matter of time before Arsenal move to the pinnacle of European football.

Petr Cech’s arrival at Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea in the summer of 2015 was universally hailed. The £10 million that the Gunners paid for the 35-year-old goalkeeper was peanuts compared to the transfer fees that clubs pay these days. True, Cech was not needed at Chelsea and it was the Blues’ decision to let him go, but that was because they had - and still have - a certain Thibaut Courtois, who is a world-class player and is one of the best in the world in his position.

 Cech is still a good goalkeeper, but at the age of 35, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that he is on the wane. Although goalkeepers do tend to last longer than footballers in other departments, it is time for Arsenal to start thinking of life beyond the former Czech Republic international custodian.

The former Chelsea star has made mistakes during his time at Arsenal so far. There have been blunders against the Blues, Leicester and West Brom. For Arsenal to rebuild themselves and start challenging for the Premier League title, they need to start from the back and need to start looking for a new goalkeeper.

Arsenal are reportedly looking at Peter Gulacsi of RB Leipzig, and he would be a good signing for the Gunners in the long run. Gulacsi’s form over the past two or so seasons is one of the main reasons why Leipzig are doing so well in the Bundesliga and have established themselves as genuine challengers for the Bundesliga title according to latest football betting tips. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are 20/1 to win the German premiership this season.

Another goalkeeper that Arsenal should look at is Jack Butland. True, the 24-year-old has had injury problems in recent years, but there is no doubt that he is a superb footballer. If Butland recovers from his latest injury and plays regularly for Stoke, then he could well be the first-choice custodian for England at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia next summer. It is hard to see the Potters, who are struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment, entertain any bids for Butland in the January transfer window, but the Gunners should certainly make an approach for him next summer. Moreover, Butland is still very young and will only improve in the coming years.

Asmir Begovic could also be an option. The 30-year-old Bournemouth goalkeeper knows the Premier League inside out, and also has experience of playing for a big club - he won the league title with Chelsea last season. Given that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international is 30 years of age, Arsenal could get four or five years out of him.

Arsenal should be looking to the future and exploring the options of signing a long-term replacement for Cech next summer. Just as Chelsea did in 2005, the Gunners need to be proactive and prepare for the future instead of simply carrying on with Cech.

 

The UEFA Champions League is a long-running, prestigious championship organized season after season by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It is a series of events that features the best of European football, and not only the national teams of individual countries but individual teams from each one. But this wasn't always the case. This is one of the 5 things you didn't know about the UEFA Champions League: until 1992, it didn't exist. Its predecessor, European Champion Clubs’ Cup or simply "European Cup", was similar to the FIFA World Cup, only reserved for European national teams. Things changed, though, allowing clubs to make it to the competition, making the championship more exciting for the fans. But let us take a look at other facts that you might not have known about the UEFA Champions League.

Anthem

The UEFA Champions League has an anthem, called "Champions League", composed by Tony Britten. The anthem is an adaptation of George Frideric Handel's "Zadok the Priest" (Coronation Anthem), performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting his career as a theater musical director, Britten moved on to film and television - he is known for his work on big screen productions like Robocop, Once Upon a Time in the North and others. The anthem is played before every match and every television broadcast of the matches. It has never been released commercially.

Referees

UEFA international referees have an age limit of 45. After reaching this age, they have to step down. This rule has been introduced to ensure the highest level of fitness possible. Before even being considered as an international level referee, the refs need to pass a fitness test. An international referee is initially placed in Category 4 of the five experience-based categories established by UEFA. Refs from Spain, Germany, Italy, England, and France are placed directly into Category 3, though, due to their high-level football leagues. Each referee is evaluated twice every season and their level is revised - but they can't be promoted to the "Elite" category from any other, only from Category 1.

The trophy

There is only one UEFA Champions League trophy, and it is always in the possession of the League. To get a full-sized replica of the trophy, a club has to win the championship five times in a row. Only a handful of teams has managed such a feat - Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Milan, Liverpool, and Barcelona. Spanish clubs have managed to accumulate the highest number of wins in the history of the competition - 15 - followed by England and Italy with 12 each.

 

Two months into the season, two months away from the transfer window opening and after a hit and miss start to their campaign the age old question is being posed by Arsenal fans - who are we going to sign?  Arsene Wenger is nothing if not consistent in his playing of the transfer market - consistently infuriating for the majority of their supporters.  
 
Wenger managed to get a couple of rare pieces of business sewn up early in the summer and with Kolasinac and Lacazette's signatures it looked as though Arsenal could finally have been putting their money where their mouths were as part of Europe’s elite. But calamity struck again on the final day of the summer window - Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move to Man City falling through had a knock on effect on their £90 million bid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.  
 
A case of play it again Arsene when the window opens up again in January? Absolutely. Whether or not Sanchez leaves in January or at the end of the season Arsenal will be losing their Chilean dynamo. Add to that the huge rumours from inside the club that Mesut Ozil is surplus to requirements and it doesn't take much to realise Arsenal are in desperate need of stellar acquisitions and fast. 

 

In the meantime, the Gunners have drifted to fifth in the table and, despite the comfort of a big win over Everton, chances of an elusive title seem distant to say the least. At a price of around 66/1 in the outright win markets, it’s a figure where bonus betting is the only option, as opposed with putting our own money on the line.
 
Arsenal fans will be praying that big business is done early but it’s not only replacing Sanchez and Ozil that needs to be done, as ever there are huge questions over defensive frailties. With the above in mind and Wenger desperate to return the club to the Champions League Arsenal should be the biggest players in the January window, so here are the top 5 transfer targets for the Gunners:  
  
Thomas Lemar: 

The one that got away, although this was more down to the failure to get Alexis Sanchez's deal to Manchester City over the line. Will Wenger be coming straight back in for the France international? A lot could depend on whether Monaco qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League - they are currently bottom of their group, (strange as this may seem to Gunners) and failure to do so could see the chance of European silverware at Arsenal, albeit the Europa League.  

 

There is no questioning Lemar’s quality, an attacking midfielder who loves the style that Arsenal sides are renowned for playing with, passing pace and movement. Predominately left footed and with excellent dead ball skills he could be the perfect signing to link with French teammates Lacazette and Giroud. The obvious stumbling block could be that price tag though.        
  
Julian Draxler:  

 

The German international was very close to signing for Arsenal this summer, Wenger was in Paris on the final day of the window and although not widely reported due to the Thomas Lemar bid this was apparently the transfer Wenger wanted the most. Draxler has seen his stock fall somewhat since the arrival of Neymar and Mbappe at PSG and with him posting a picture of an Arsenal shirt with close friend Sead Kolasinac's name and number on, the rumour mill is now in overdrive that he will join his former Schalke teammate at the Emirates.  

 

Draxler is very much the opposite of his languid countryman Ozil, he is an adaptable attacking midfielder, happiest coming in from the left flank but he offers more physically than Ozil and would be suited to the rough and tumble of the Premier League. At around £35million he offers a cheaper alternative than Thomas Lemar.   
 
Adrien Rabiot:  

 

The PSG central midfielder offers elegant passing and a defensive quality that is still missing in the current Arsenal side. Rabiot is reportedly unhappy with opportunities and contract negotiations at PSG and has publicly stated his desire to play in the Premier League.  

 

Arsenal as always offers a French sanctuary and there have been many comparisons made between Rabiot and Patrick Vieira, tall, strong tackling with an eye to deliver killer passes going forward, Rabiot could offer what Xhaka, Coquelin, Elneny, Abou Diaby, Flamini, Diarra...(to name a few) have failed to deliver since the Arsenal legend departed well over a decade ago.    
 
Karim Benzema:  

 

The eternal struggle for Arsenal; for years every Arsenal fan has heard the rumours that Benzema is unhappy at Real and ready to leave the Bernabeu. Again if you believe the rumours (probably not given the history of this tug of war) this still appears to be the case.  

 

Everyone knows that Benzema offers goals, a strike rate of nearly 1 in 2 at Madrid. Again IF Wenger could manage to pull this, the Rabiot and Lemar deal off he would have a huge contingent of French players who share the Gallic flair we know Wenger loves. It worked once before in the days of Viera, Pires, Wiltord and Henry - could this be the second coming?  
 
Nikola Maksimovic:  

 

Aside from the much talked about replacement of Ozil and Sanchez it could be argued there are bigger fish to fry for Wenger. Many pundits have for years labelled that the real problems for Arsenal stem from their porous defence.  

 

One solution could come from the Serbian international Nikola Maksimovic. The 25 year old has spent the last 4 years in Italy, arguably the home of defensive football, firstly for Torino and since last season Napoli. With 19 caps for the Serbian national side the 6ft 4inch central defender has drawn comparisons in his homeland to former Manchester United defender and compatriot Nemanja Vidic. Maksimovic is unhappy with the lack of first team football at Napoli and Arsenal could well take a chance on him at around the £20 million mark.  
 
Historically Arsene Wenger hasn't been a big player in the January transfer window; very few would disagree that he will have to come out and act swiftly to avoid embarrassment at the end of the season. Imagine the apocalyptic scene with Arsenal fans if the Gunners failed to recruit this window, saw Sanchez and Ozil leaving on free transfers, failure to qualify for Champions League and Spurs above them in the final standings? Surely then Wenger would be the walking dead.

 

Four years ago, Mesut Ozil’s £42.5 million transfer to Arsenal was that year’s Neymar moment. The deal set a new record for the club, and also made the attacking midfielder the most expensive German footballer ever.

Yet today, he looks like becoming the latest in an ever growing list of bad news stories coming out of Emirates Stadium, where financial mismanagement and wasted opportunities are becoming seen as business as usual.

Contract stand-off

The 28 year old star of World Cup 2014 is currently in a contract stand-off with Arsenal, and the upshot is that he will be at liberty to leave next summer. Already, his name has been linked Manchester United, and from the player’s perspective, the idea is a compelling one.

During their time together at Real, Jose Mourinho demonstrated that he knew how to get the best out of Ozil, something that Wenger has patently failed to do. On the increasingly rare occasions, he has taken to the field, he has looked like a man out of place, which is exactly what he has typically been.

If you look back at his glory years at Real, and his instrumental role in helping Germany achieve World Cup glory, he had the freedom to play a far more attacking role than he can for the Gunners. Is it simply a case that the Arsenal system and he do not mix, or is this another case of Wenger being unable to get the best out of a world class player?

Transfer odds from the casino world

The popular press might be treating Mesut Ozil’s departure as a foregone conclusion, but to get an objective view, the best place to look is at the sports betting sites. Online casinos like toplivecasino.co.uk provide links to the latest betting odds, and provide valuable clues as to what is likely to happen and when.

As far as Ozil’s future is concerned, the bookmakers have him at 5/2 to be wearing a United shirt next season. Barcelona are a 4/1 shot, while a move to Inter Milan is at 9/2. If you think he could be on his way even sooner, the betting sites will offer 8/1 for a move to Manchester United before 03 February 2018, while the idea that he might depart to Inter on a loan deal over the coming months is rapidly gaining traction, and quoted at 11/2.

Impact on Wenger

If Ozil departs as expected on a free transfer, it will put additional pressure on Arsene Wenger. Questions over his future have been somewhat quieted by the recent run of good results on the pitch, but these cannot entirely silence the doubters’ grave misgivings about the way things are handled behind the scenes.

 

Wenger is currently at 33/1 in the ever popular “next Premiership manager to leave his post” stakes, but expect these odds to shorten considerably if the Ozil move comes about, and the dissenting voices to become more vociferous than ever. 

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more