Wenger to agree contract extension with Arsenal
Speculation surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal has been rife this season and with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign; there was widespread belief that the Frenchman would finally be ending his 21-year long association with the Gunners.
In surprise reports from the Daily Mirror though, claims have now been made that Arsenal want Wenger to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium and are planning to begin talks over a two year extension in March later this year.
There is a strong belief that if Wenger stays, the superstar duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will also extend their respective deals in North London and the Arsenal hierarchy are hopeful that they will be able to convince their manager to put pen to paper on a new contract.
Wenger justifies Sanchez’s frustration
Arsenal claimed an emphatic 4-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and the three points on the day was crucial in helping the Gunners maintain their pursuit of Chelsea at the top of the table.
Despite the fine result though, the main talking point after the game was Alexis Sanchez’s frustrated reaction after being substituted on the 80th minute despite the match being already won and many felt that the Chilean displayed such antics due to his unhappiness at the club.
However, manager Arsene Wenger has gone on to play down such rumors and has insisted that Sanchez was simply unhappy at being substituted.
Wenger said, “All the players are frustrated when they come off, some show it, some not. I am long enough in the job to know that. I just make the decision I feel is right and that’s it. Nothing more than that. He’s a good guy who gives a lot and wants to do well, always, for the team.
“There is no problem. But every culture is different. Some South Americans are a bit different to Europeans, Southern Europeans are different to northern Europeans. You have to respect that. That’s why we are a multi-national team.”
To further quash speculation regarding Sanchez’s alleged frustration, the player himself posted the following message on social media site Twitter to celebrate Arsenal’s victory.
Arsenal sweating over Giroud’s ankle injury
Olivier Giroud continued his rich vein in front of goal by opening the scoring in the first half during Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Swansea City but immediately after finding the net, the Frenchman visibly seemed to be in some discomfort.
Surprisingly, Giroud soldiered on till the 60th minute of the game before eventually being taken off and following conclusion of the clash, manager Arsene Wenger has gone on to admit that the French striker is being assessed over an ankle injury.
The Arsenal boss said, “He has an ankle problem. I don’t know how bad it is. It’s being assessed now by the doctor. I hope it’s not bad. Giroud did well again and he was important for us. He had an ankle injury after 30-35 minutes and got to 60 minutes.”