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Wenger prefers to leave England Management to the FA

 

Arsène Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has refused to speculate on who should become England Manager, preferring to leave the problem with the FA.

The Frenchman strayed away from commenting on Fabio Capello‘s controversial departure and would not be drawn on his suggestions for a replacement.

“England is a big football country, 65 million people with a big passion for the game. I love england and I want them to do well and therefore I let the FA deal with that problem”

Wenger also ruled himself out of contention, saying he has always preffered being a club manager.

“No, no because I was always under contract I always respected my contracts in my life and I have never been really tempted by the national team job because for me it is a completely different job, I’m in a marathon job inside the club and the national team job is a sprinters job”

Last Saturday, Arsenal re-discovered some form with a seven-one demolishing of Blackburn Rovers. The game included a hatrick (three goals) from in form striker Robin Van Persie and two from young english winge Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“It eased off the minds a little bit because we were in shock after having lost three games and then the cup game against (Aston) Villa, even the Bolton game, where we felt we had a decent game on sunday, helped to rebuild the confidence”

Arsenal have had to contend with multiple defensive injuries over the christmas period, with Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelan, Kieren Gibbs amongst the absentees.

“So everybody who was available last week is available this week, we still have (Abou) Diaby and (Jack) Wilshere who are not availabe but it looks good because (Kieran) Gibbs is back in full training aswell now, so overall the situation looks much more positive as we go into the period that will decide our season”

The Arsenal manager feels his team are approaching a pivotal period in their season, beginning with Saturday’s encounter with Premier League form team Sunderland.

“I think it is that important because in one week we play three games in three different competions and in every single competition we are in the position where we want to win our game.”

“No, because I felt that Sunderland were a bit unlucky at the start of the season with Steve Bruce, but sometimes when a team has a recent negative history they lose confidence. A new manager coming in with the experience of Martin O’neil always helps to boost the side, they are a good team and I am not surprised.”

Arsenal are currently 6th in the premier league with 24 points, Sunderland sit seven points back in 8th.

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Chelsea not to blame for Capello resignation says Villas-Boas

Well Chelsea fans! Coach Andre Villas-Boas said on Thursday that Chelsea were not to blame for setting in motion the chain of events which led to the resignation of England manager Fabio Capello.

The Italian quit his position on Wednesday after John Terry‘s trial on a charge of allegedly racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand was delayed until July, Chelsea having written to the court requesting that the trial be delayed until after the domestic season and the European championships were completed.

The English Football Association‘s (FA) decision to strip Terry of the captain’s armband without consulting Capello provoked a furious response from the former Real Madrid coach, who went on television in his homeland to criticise the FA’s decision, prompting Wednesday’s talks between Capello and his employers which led to his resignation.

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ld before Euro 2012 in June, but Villas-Boas said that the decision was down to the judge, not Chelsea.

“I think it’s a court decision, in the end it was the court’s decision that took it. We had our preference of course but I’m not sure that it was our preference that made an impact on the court’s decision to delay the case. Whatever the consequence of events that ran after we had nothing to do with it,” said Villas-Boas.

“I am not in a position to say what triggered the consequences of the consecutive events that terminated with Capello’s resignation because I don’t have that inside information, neither do I know if the FA’s information spread out to us was the reason for the resignation. But I can say it’s a surprise and a pity to lose such a successful figure in world football.”

Villas-Boas said that Terry, who missed Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United last weekend through injury, has been given a few days off to recover.

“He has a couple of days off with his injury, nothing regarding the turmoil and the media attention,” he said.
Chelsea currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League 14 points behind leaders Manchester City and only one point ahead of fifth placed Newcastle United.

With only the top four qualifying for next season’s Champions League Chelsea face a tricky trip to face Everton on Saturday (February 11).
“Basically the objectives we have for the season are pretty much outlined. Those are two competitions where we look better, one competition where we have to dilute the damage and try to finish fourth at least which is not a very honourable position for the dimension of this club,” he said.

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