Brady hails Wenger as 'possibly the best ever' Arsenal boss

The tributes to the Frenchman continue to pour in as he celebrates 20 years at the club, with the ex-Gunners midfielder the latest to praise the 66-year-old’s impact

Former Arsenal midfielder Liam Brady has described Arsene Wenger as “possibly the greatest” manager in the club’s history.

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Brady, who made 307 appearances for the Gunners between 1971 and 1980, has hailed the Frenchman, who brings up his 20-year anniversary at Arsenal on October 1.

He told Omnisport: “I think he will go down as one of the all-time great managers of the club, possibly the greatest.

“I know [former manager] Herbert Chapman, in the history of Arsenal, is an iconic figure but Wenger, in his 20 years, particularly in his first 10, was magnificent.”

Wenger moved to north London in 1996 from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight and quickly turned from an unknown into one of the Premier League’s most successful managers.

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Brady added: “We were the only team to challenge Manchester United, who were really on top of their game and had probably the finances to outstrip any of the competition. So when Wenger came in, his buys in the transfer market, the likes of [Marc] Overmars, [Emmanuel] Petit, [Robert] Pires, [Patrick] Vieira in particular, made sure we competed with them.

“Not only did we compete, we won the league. 

“I think he won three Premier Leagues and a couple of doubles. [He is] a brilliant manager, the football he played outstripped anything because Arsenal were really wonderful to watch.

“A bit later on he signed Thierry Henry, who is probably the most exciting player we have seen at the club, and his partnership with Dennis Bergkamp, who was there when Arsene arrived, was something that was great to see.”

Wenger could be tempted by an international offer, says ex-assistant

The Gunners boss has been linked with the vacant England job, but his old right-hand man believes he could also be a candidate for France or Germany

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be tempted by the lure of an international job, according to his former Monaco assistant Jean Petit.

Ex-France international Petit worked with Wenger between 1987 and 1994, winning the Ligue 1 title in their first season together.

Wenger: My priority is Arsenal

The latter has gone on to enjoy a successful 20-year managerial career with Arsenal, but, with his contract set to expire in June and Sam Allardyce leaving his post as England manager this week, Wenger has again been linked with the role.

However, Petit believes that job would be just one of a number of options open to the Gunners boss.

“I think he would be interested if Didier [Deschamps] quits [as France manager],” he told Omnisport.

“He could go to Germany because he speaks German fluently. Bayern Munich wanted him [when he was at Monaco]. He has a name. All the clubs in Germany, England or France with PSG would want him.

“Maybe the French team. But he could also manage the English national team – who knows – to finish [his career] with a national team. It could interest him.”

While Wenger has stayed at Arsenal despite enduring a somewhat rocky relationship with the club’s supporters in recent years, Petit adds that the three-time Premier League winner would have no problem leaving Emirates Stadium.

“At Arsenal, if he is still there, it’s because Arsenal are afraid to let him leave more than him fearing to leave Arsenal,” he added.

Wenger flattered by England link but focused on Arsenal

The Football Association are searching for a new Three Lions boss following Sam Allardyce’s exit but the Gunners man appears unlikely to consider it this season

Arsene Wenger has reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal after once again being linked with the England job but admitted the links were flattering.

Sam Allardyce’s stunning departure on Tuesday, after just one game in charge, leaves the Football Association searching for a new manager, with Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate taking charge of the senior team for their next four matches.

Wenger, who celebrates 20 years at the helm at Arsenal this weekend, has been linked with the position before and his current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season.

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Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Frenchman admitted to being flattered to be talked about as a potential candidate for the vacancy – but insisted he was only focused on his current employers for now.

Wenger said: “It’s a huge surprise what happened – who could have predicted that 48 hours ago? Nobody, but the English game is always full of surprises.

“Look, of course [I’m flattered] but my priority has always been this club. Until the end of this season I am here and completely focused on that.

“I said many times my priority was towards Arsenal Football Club, I will have to assess how well I do until the end of the season.”

Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a routine victory over Basel at the Emirates Stadium thanks to two Theo Walcott goals.

“I would like to congratulate my team for the quality of football they produced,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “The first half was top, top class.

“We have to be ambitious but also keep our feet on the ground. We know how we want to play but we still want to get better.”

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are locked together on four points at the top of Group A.

Wenger flattered by link to vacant England job

The Football Association are searching for a new Three Lions boss following Sam Allardyce’s exit and the Gunners man admitted he was pleased to see his name come up

Arsene Wenger has reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal after once again being linked with the England job, while recognising that the links were flattering.

Sam Allardyce’s stunning departure on Tuesday after just one game in charge leaves the Football Association searching for a new manager, although England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate will take charge of the senior team for their next four matches.

Wenger, who celebrates 20 years at the helm at Arsenal this weekend, has been linked with the position before and his current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season.

Walcott double downs Basel

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Frenchman admitted to being flattered to be talked about as a potential candidate for the vacancy – but insisted he was only focused on his current employers.

“My priority has always been this club. Until the end of this season I am here and completely focused on that,” he told reporters.

“I said many times my priority was towards Arsenal Football Club, I will have to assess how well I do until the end of the season.”

Wenger’s Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a routine victory over their Swiss opponents on Wednesday.

The in-form Theo Walcott scored both goals for the hosts in the first half, taking his tally to four in his last three games.

“I would like to congratulate my team for the quality of football they produced. The first half was top, top class,” Wenger told the club’s official website.

“We have to be ambitious but also keep our feet on the ground. We know how we want to play but we still want to get better.”

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are locked together on four points at the top of Group A.

Walcott on fire as Arsenal continue fine form against Basel

The Gunners made it four wins in a row in all competitions by securing their first Champions League group-stage victory over the season against the Swiss outfit


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Four games, three different competitions, 13 goals scored. Arsenal’s winning run continued on Wednesday night as they secured their first win in Champions League Group A to end Basel’s unbeaten streak away from home against English opposition in Europe.

Theo Walcott was at the focal point of everything positive for the Gunners against Chelsea on Saturday and his fine form extended to the encounter at Emirates Stadium as he became the match winner with two first-half goals.

Walcott notched his 13th and 14th Champions League goals, leaving him behind only Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie in the Arsenal all-time rankings, as he continued his drastic improvement in form. The winger said before the match that he believes a change of attitude is behind his current clinical touch in front of goal.

Arsene Wenger’s side have lost just three of their last 39 home games in the Champions League group stages and the three points secured against the Swiss champions was another emphatic statement with regards to how comfortable Group A is likely to become for them.

The real test of how much the Gunners have improved is likely to come in the last 16. Arsenal have failed to get past their ‘bogey round’ for the last six seasons and potentially finishing top of their group could see them avoid a tie against one of Europe’s powerhouses, with Barcelona or Bayern Munich standing in their way in four of those campaigns.

With four goals and seven assists, Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has now had a hand in 11 of Arsenal’s last 15 Champions League goals and his through the eye of a needle passes for Walcott were taken with the kind of technique of which Mesut Ozil would be proud.

Sanchez was guilty of fluffing several opportunites in the game and cut a frustrated figure at times but it was his key passes which put Arsenal onto their way for another three points ahead of a scrappy-looking Premier League clash away to Burnley on Sunday.

Wenger was even be afforded the luxury of making substitutes in the second half in a bid to rest his players for the match at Turf Moor, with Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal all taken off by the Frenchman as the Gunners controlled second-half proceedings.