Former Arsenal Ace Tony Adams Makes Outrageous Claim Over Succeeding Wenger As Gunners Boss

​Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has outrageously claimed that he wouldn’t be scared to take over from Arsène Wenger when the veteran boss finally calls time on his career managing the Gunners.

Speaking to ​Sky Sports, Adams claimed he would be cautious to take up the role if asked, but asserted that it wouldn’t be an opportunity that would frighten him. 

The 51-year-old said: “I am not sure I’d want to go next (at Arsenal) after Arsène – there might be a fallout and it might be complicated once he leaves. But I wouldn’t be afraid of it, that’s for sure.

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“The average career is about six months in the Championship and under a year in the Premier League, so why would you want to go into a job that lasts six months to a year and get everybody screaming at you thinking they can do better? Just because you have played the game for 40 years the fans think they know better, which is quite hard to take at times.”

Adams has had managerial stints with Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth, Granada and Azerbaijani side Gabala since swapping the pitch for the touchline, but has failed to find any real success as a coach. 

Discussing his tricky start to managing, the former England international said: “Maybe because I went to Wycombe that early and was perceived to be a failure, it can stand against you.

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“I didn’t know what it was like to play Wycombe vs. Darlington on a Tuesday night. If you have played at that level then fair enough. I found it a completely different world. You don’t know whether you are going to do an overnight stay, if you have the money or have to go up on the day.”

“The floodlights might go out, you meet on the matchday — those kinds of things. It was completely different. From my personal experience, it didn’t teach me anything to manage at Premier League level.”


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Meanwhile, ​the Gunners are thought to have pulled out of the race to sign Manchester United’s want-away forward Anthony Martial. The north Londoners are rumoured to be content with their current attacking options, and will instead look to bolster their defensive and midfield options ahead of a push for real improvement in the 2018/19 campaign.

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Arsenal Reportedly End Pursuit of Man Utd Attacker as Club Look to Strengthen Other Areas of Squad

​Arsenal are unlikely to follow up their January interest in ​Anthony Martial should the Frenchman leave Manchester United this summer, according to the ​Evening Standard. However, speculation persists over Martial’s future with the forward frustrated with the limited opportunities he has been getting at Old Trafford.

Following the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez the speculation has grown, with Arsene Wenger reportedly inquiring about the possibility of including either ​Martial or Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of a swap deal for Sanchez. Wenger was told Martial would not be made available, and instead Arsenal got Mkhitaryan in the swap deal.

​​Mourinho and United’s stance on ​Martial’s future has reportedly changed since January with the relations between Martial and United boss Jose Mourinho having soured. Arsenal, Barcelona, ​Juventus, Inter and Atletico Madrid closely monitoring the situation.

Wenger remains an admirer of Martial having tracked the attacker since his Monaco days but Arsenal have spent big on ​Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette this season in a bid to bolster their attacking options and will now not be chasing attacker. 

The young Frenchman is valued at around £60m despite having just a year left on his contract and ​the Gunners are thought to have prioritised other areas to strengthen this summer.

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Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday as they face a London derby against West Ham at the Emirates in what will be a big game, as both sides look to end their season on a high. ​Arsenal are still in the hunt for European glory, with the Gunners facing Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi final.

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Martial and ​United, who sit second on the Premier League table after ​defeating Bournemouth 2-0 on Wednesday, face a FA Cup semi final clash against Spurs on Saturday, as their hunt for some domestic glory continues. 

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Arsenal Join Rivals Tottenham & Host of European Clubs in Race to Sign Rising Turkish Star

​Arsenal are eyeing up a summer move for Trabzonspor attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici, according to reports from Turkey. 

A whole host of European clubs are said to be readying to battle to sign the 21-year-old Turkey international with the Gunners just the latest team to throw their hat into the ring. 

Turkish newspaper ​Gunes claim to have the inside scoop that Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing Yazici to the Emirates and somehow even know that the Gunners boss has been watching the young midfielder on TV. 

Yazici’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, happens to also represent Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi, which could give the Gunners an edge in possible transfer negotiations.

Arsenal would join the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of Yazici this summer, with the young midfielder seemingly turning heads across Europe.

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Yazici is enjoying a breakout season with Trabzonspor where he has scored five goals and registered seven assists in the Turkish Super Lig this term. Standing at over six foot, Yazici commands a strong physical presence as well as attacking flair which could be well suited to the Premier League. 

Gunes report that Yazici is valued at around £17.5m. Tottenham were reportedly ramping up their interest in the midfielder earlier this season and were expected to launch a bid in the January transfer window. No such deal materialised and the battle to sign the Yazici is expected to be won this summer.  

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Trabzonspor will be reluctant to part with their biggest asset and could demand a hefty transfer fee from any interested club. But after continuing to impress in Turkey over the last 12 months, Yazici could be tempted to a big European club. 

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Agent Reveals How Arsenal Star Almost Joined Liverpool Prior to His Move to the Bundesliga in 2013

​Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan might have become a Premier League player several years before he joined Manchester United in 2016, according to sensational claims by his former agent Dimitry Seluk.

Speaking to ​These Football Times (via ​men’s lifestyle website Joe), Seluk claimed his former client could have joined Liverpool instead of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, whom he joined in 2013:

“If we hadn’t parted ways with Henrikh, he would have been a Liverpool player.”

​​Seluk represented the Armenia international when he was still playing for little-known Ukranian side Metaluruh Donetsk.

However, according to the agent, his working relationship with Mkhitaryan became untenable after Seluk fell out with Metaluruh owner Oleg Mkrtchyan – and because the agent was involved in a dispute with the Armenian FA, whose employees included Mkhitaryan’s mother:

“I had a conflict with Mkrtchyan who sold another one of my clients, Aras Özbiliz, to Spartak Moscow for €8m but made it look like it was €2m. I also had a conflict with Armenian football federation where Mkhitaryan’s mother worked.

“Eventually, we parted ways with him because of that whole situation,” said Seluk.

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Seluk claims he had already been in contact with the Reds by the time Borussia Dortmund had offered €27m for Mkhitaryan – who by then was a Shakhtar Donetsk player:

“I had already talked to Liverpool who were also interested in Mkhitaryan and wanted to sign him.”

However, the Armenian had new representation by then and he moved to Dortmund instead.


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Liverpool fans may have mixed feelings about what might have been. Mkhitaryan was one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding players in his three years at Dortmund, and was voted best player in the Bundesliga in the 2015/16 season.

However, he failed to make an impact in the Premier League after his high-profile move to Manchester United in 2016, and has enjoyed mixed fortunes since moving to the Gunners this year.

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Manchester United & Arsenal Both Reportedly Sending Scouts to Track Highly Rated Benfica Winger

Andrija Zivkovic may not be a household name yet, but the young Serbian winger could be set for a sensational Premier League switch following a strong season at Benfica.

Manchester United and Arsenal are amongst the teams tracking the star, with both sides having scouts in attendance for a top of the table clash with Porto.

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Primeira Liga has proved a great source of talent for decades, English clubs cast an eye over several targets, in this match. The Premier League powerhouses were joined by representatives from Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, West Ham, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Southampton, and Swansea.

Whilst there was plenty of talent on display, The Sun believes United and Arsenal only had eyes for upcoming star Zivkovic. The two famous clubs are no stranger to competing with each other and could be set to go head to head again to secure the Serbian’s signature.

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Zivkovic came through the ranks at Partizan Belgrade, making his professional debut at the age of 16. The player quickly found himself a regular in the side the following season, scoring a total of 24 goals in an additional 92 appearances.

He went onto to play an integral role in Serbia’s 2015 Under-20’s World Cup winning side, providing two goals and two assists on route to the final.

He caught the attention of Benfica who kept close tabs on the player before bringing him in on a free transfer after his Partizan contract expired in 2016. Zivkovic has gone on to bag four goals in 49 appearances since his arrival, helping Benfica to a league and cup double in his first season.

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Performances have not gone unnoticed with Zivkovic now drawing suitors from some of Europe’s top teams. Benfica will be eager to hold onto their young prospect, but have struggled when the top sides have come knocking in the past.


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With Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho’s sides offering a very different prospect in terms of style of play, the preference could come down to the player. 

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