The search for Arsenal’s new manager continues to rage on and in a lot of ways, it’s already becoming a little bit exhausting for Arsenal fans. While there’s obviously a great deal of excitement in the air, there are just too many names being thrown around to keep count at this stage. It’s not like when David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford because, in that instance, it seemed as if the Everton boss was always going to be the clear favourite to take over.
Arsenal could only muster a 1-1 draw against ten-man Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League semi-final first leg, despite playing against ten men for over 80 minutes.
The Gunners had the first chance of the game on six minutes, as Alexandre Lacazette volleyed just wide of goal after good work from Danny Welbeck. Lacazette saw a header palmed away by Jan Oblak soon afterwards.
On ten minutes, Atletico were reduced to ten minutes as full-back Sime Vrsaljko received a second booking for a late challenge on Lacazette. Four minutes later Diego Simeone was sent to the stands after protesting one of the official’s decisions.
Arsenal play Atletico Madrid tonight at the Emirates, in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final. Since Arsene Wenger announced his departure from the club this summer, Atletico manager Diego Simeone has been on the media-drawn list of possible successors to the Frenchman.
The clash of the two teams is probably the best possible excuse to spark up a conversation on the subject, and Simeone spoke, very clearly:
“I have not spoken with anyone at Arsenal. I love it here at Atletico.”
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger pretty much got used to feeling pressure at Arsenal, but the summer behind almost turned out to be lethal for the French tactician.
With Arsenal failing to secure Champions League football for the first time during his two-decade reign at the north London club, Frenchman was thought to be heading towards the exit door after 21 years in charge.
Following months of intense debate and questions regarding his future, Wenger ended up signing a two-year extension to his contract in May. The 67-year-old manager, however, reveals it was not an easy decision, adding he almost quit the club.
Arsenal’s Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla has revealed that he wishes to commit his future to the Gunners. The 31-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and he has been linked with a number of clubs including Atletico Madrid.
Happy to extend his stay at Arsenal
Despite the fact that he will become a free agent in the summer, Cazorla has revealed he is happy at Arsenal and wishes to stay in north London. Cazorla told Spanish publication Cadena SER: “Atletico Madrid are an amazing club,”
Last week Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe was being touted as the next Arsenal boss, but this week Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is again being linked with the top job at Arsenal.
The Argentinian has been linked with Arsenal for a while now as a long-term replacement for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, whose contract expires next summer. With no certainty over the Frenchman being offered a new deal in north London, it seems contingency plans have been drawn up to find a replacement.
Simeone has shortened his Atletico deal
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have opened negotiations with Spanish club Atletico Madrid over the transfer of £40million-rated Uruguayan centre-back Jose Gimenez.
The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in the European game and has a release clause of £56million in his contract with the Madrid club. The likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for Gimenez.
As we all know Arsenal are in need of defensive additions with Gabriel and Per Mertesacker currently sidelined. No Arsenal needs defensive reinforcements.
A youngster with experience
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has suggested that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone would be a good option to replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
The long-serving manager has another year left on his current deal and he is under a great deal of pressure following yet another disappointing season.
The club bosses must be thinking about the man to replace Arsene Wenger, when he finally leaves the club, and former Gunner Ray Parlour believes Diego Simeone has got to be taken into consideration.
“The obvious choice would be probably Simeone but it would probably go back to a bit more of a negative style of play,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
Back-to-back defeats ahead of the north London derby have put a huge dent in Arsenal’s title credentials and the atmosphere within the squad is not at its best.
Fans are angry at uninspiring performances from their players, most notably from Alexis Sanchez who has not scored in the Premier League since October.
The Chilean only made the situation worse with his last interview with a South American TV company when he questioned the attitude of his teammates and their lack of winning mentality.