Arsene Wenger

  • Torres can make difference in United clash

    It
    is clear to me that Fernando Torres is suffering from a lack of efficiency at
    the moment, but he can put that right against Manchester United.

    The
    Spaniard has yet to reach his optimum physical condition, so he cannot be
    considered as the key player that he was when he played for Liverpool.

    Moreover,
    the forward is having to cope with the pressure of his transfer fee and has to
    acclimatise himself to his new team and new strike partners.

    Torres
    will need time to impose himself at Chelsea; even when you have invested £50
    million for a striker, you still need to be patient in waiting for

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  • No chance for Schalke against United

    Have Schalke what it takes to beat Manchester United? Honestly, no.

    I was asked who I wanted in the last 16 and I said Schalke. Schalke were the weakest side at that stage of the tournament and they still are.

    I'm not saying Schalke are rubbish but it would be bizarre to see a team who are struggling in mid-table in their own domestic championship win the Champions League.

    Schalke are being carried by Raul at the moment. He's a great player and he didn't go to Germany to retire quietly.

    The question that we may have asked about Raul was whether he was finished physically. Personally, I thought

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  • Barca will prevail over Mourinho efficiency

    The Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be a contrast of styles.

    One team will look to take the initiative while the other attempts to block them and launch counter-attacks. And when the attacking team becomes exhausted, they will be in real danger.

    This is why I worry for Barcelona. The players cannot change their way of playing, which is a part of their identity. As soon as they lower their physical intensity, they will be exposed on the counter.

    It is the pattern we saw in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla.

    Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has a philosophy

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  • English dominance is over

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reviews Matchday 2 in the Champions League.

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    On Manchester United's
    3-3 draw with Basel at Old Trafford.

    Manchester United's
    draw against Basel surprised me enormously. That night I watched Bayern Munich
    versus Manchester City and was switching between results. It was 2-0 for
    Manchester United, then next time I looked it was 3-2 to Basel, which was
    extremely surprising.

    There are no easy
    games for English clubs in the Champions League. The level is quite balanced in
    Europe now. The easy domination of Premier League clubs, even in the group
    stage, is over.

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  • Big guns yet to fire

    We saw in the
    first round of matches that the big teams are still not at 100 per cent. The
    teams who have been regulars in the competition for 10 years made a slow start,
    but took care of the essential business in avoiding costly mishaps.

    I feel that
    Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid are almost sure to qualify. These
    teams were only at 80 per cent of their potential on matchday one.

    Only Inter
    started really badly, but they already had some bad performances last season.
    It seems like a form of hangover from their immense success in 2010 - it seems
    like the club is investing less

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  • Dortmund the most dangerous side

    It is a difficult group because in hat number four we got the most difficult team.

    Dortmund were in [that] hat, where you expect usually a team who will be easier to play.

    They are the team who is coming up in Germany, who have dominated the last year in German football and who will certainly be the most dangerous team for us, with Marseille.

    That is what you don't expect from hat number four, but we want to qualify and that is all we can do.

    We lost players late, we had some injuries and we bought late as well.

    We were a bit unlucky as well because of course we played the Manchester United

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  • We want to be record breakers

    In his latest exclusive interview with Eurosport, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he wants his side to break a Champions League scoring record and also looks ahead to the clash between Milan and Real Madrid. 

    Do you plan to push to top your group with your strongest team or do you plan to rotate your squad?

    I'm going to try and win the group with a team strong enough to do so. We will do the maths later on what we think we will be able to do. We need to qualify as quickly as possible, so we will go to Shakhtar with a very strong team.

    So you don't have any calculations to make?

    No, because

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  • Chelsea overpaid for Torres

    With the arrival of
    Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea could become even more dangerous
    for their opponents. The trio of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Torres
    represents a real danger.

    Chelsea have improved
    their attacking power which was already significant but, in order to be a real
    success for the club, Torres needs to settle in with the squad.

    Moreover, the three
    strikers have to learn how to live together; there isn't any reason why they
    should fail.

    The interests of the
    team must be put first. When you are playing for Chelsea or any other top
    European club you have to realise

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  • United’s midfield will be key

    Barcelona will be able
    to control the game and dominate Manchester United in midfield during Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley.

    At the moment there isn't a
    single team that can compete with Barcelona in terms of ball possession.

    Indeed, it's a safe
    bet to assume that possession of the ball will be about 65 per cent in favour
    of Barcelona. The question is: how United will use the remaining 35 per cent?

    Will they be
    efficient? I really think they will. They have demonstrated throughout the season
    that their strikers are extremely efficient. That's why it should be a very
    open game

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  • Racial quotas ‘reprehensible’

    In the football community, we are against 'racial quotas'
    because it opens the door to mediocrity and injustice.

    And French football should be identified by the quality of
    its culture and upbringing and not by its people.

    The idea of quotas is absolutely reprehensible as an
    educational solution.

    Essentially, I don't think that France is a racist country,
    contrary to how the media like to portray us. They should apologise and move on to
    something else.

    It does not reflect our way of thinking. We must combat the
    problem at its roots: how to improve education of all young people at clubs. At
    a

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