Arsene Wenger

  • Ronaldo’s Portugal have edge over Ibrahimovic’s Sweden

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be compared with each other when Portugal play Sweden in the first leg of their World Cup play-off on Friday. But first I'd compare the two teams and I think that Portugal are the stronger side.

    Their team is more complete, maybe also with more creativity, and, on the whole, I would say that they are the favourites.

    I don't have a preference regarding the two players. My only preference is football - that the team who deserves it the most wins. But it’s true that a World Cup without Ibrahimovic or Ronaldo will have something missing.

    France will be

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  • We must channel Munich spirit to beat Dortmund away

    As Borussia Dortmund won here, they are the favourites at home on Wednesday as well.

    But I think that we can do what we did last year against Bayern: we lost at home, but at the end it was only a question of away goals over two legs.

    So it is necessary for us to win away. I’d say that Dortmund are the favourites, but we will go there wanting to impose ourselves.

    We will have to work on our recovery speed, and not let them counter-attack when we impose our tempo. We will have to be well organised when we attack in order to stop them from counter-attacking.

    They are very dangerous in

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  • Juventus showed in the last round of Champions League matches they can match Real Madrid despite losing 2-1. Tuesday's game will be even more difficult for the Spanish side.

    Juventus played for quite a long time with 10 men after Giorgio Chiellini was sent off. But even at 10 against 11 it seemed like they could come back.

    The Bianconceri made a very good impression and Paul Pogba was very impressive.

    For the return fixture, I give a small advantage to Juventus, as they play at home. If they win a little bit more of the duels, if they press Real, I think they have a chance.

    In the other

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  • Ibrahimovic might just be the best player in the world

    People are always looking for absolute judgements in football. We can presently say that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a great striker. Is he better than Ronaldo or Messi? Today, maybe.

    We must acknowledge that he is a great striker above all. Comparisons are always hard to make. It is really hard to measure who is the best or not.

    Ibrahimovic continues to amaze me because, even if he can sometimes give the impression of being a little out of it, I think he has passed a psychological step, as he is more there for his team-mates now.

    For quite a long time, he was both extremely talented and always

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  • Risk-taker Guardiola has improved Bayern

    We can already see Pep Guardiola’s influence on this Bayern Munich team, but let’s not forget they won the treble last year. This team was already on top of Europe.

    Guardiola has added something because they take more risks when attacking. They win the ball higher up the pitch and pass it even more than when Jupp Heynckes was there.

    Still, they were already impressive last season and they have kept the two players who have been making the difference: Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

    Against Manchester City they really impressed me. I couldn’t tell you if Bayern were so strong because Manchester

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  • We are in it to win it but don’t forget Barcelona

    Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal for Arsenal against Napoli (Reuters)Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal for Arsenal against Napoli (Reuters)

    Tuesday night's game against Borussia Dortmund is a real challenge for us in the Champions League. There are big consequences as if we beat Dortmund at home we will have a great chance to qualify so the game is very important.

    We always take the Champions League very seriously – it is always our goal to win it.

    I think the competition is quite different from when it started quite some time ago. When I first played in Champions League, two, maybe three teams could dream about winning it.

    Nowadays, at the beginning of each season, 10 teams can dream about being the champion.

    So, saying today,

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  • Flamini deserves a recall for France

    I think Mathieu Flamini can earn a recall to the French national side. It might too soon to call him up immediately, but I would have thought that Didier Deschamps would call on him at some point.

    He is very focused, he is experienced and he has recovered physically. He is a winner, so I think he has a chance. Deschamps had his players in mind this time, so why not another time? He has performed well lately.

    As for whether Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema can play together … they can, yes. But up until now, their partnership hasn’t worked so they must find another way.

    It’s always hard. But

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  • Atletico one of 10 potential Champions League winners

    In the past, during the first years of the Champions League, as coaches we only expected three or four teams to potentially win. Now at least 10 teams can dream about victory in the main competition.

    Now, in October, it is literally impossible to say who is going to be the successors to Bayern.

    It was an impressive victory for Bayern against Manchester City. That game in particular I watched and studied and for me, Bayern are already the favourites in this competition.

    All other teams have got one goal: and that is to beat them and deny them. They are a team that can go on and win again.

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  • Bayern Munich muscle too strong for Dortmund

    Bayern Munich train at Wembley

    If we analyse rationally, Bayern Munich are Champions League favourites.

    First of all, experience weighs in their favour because they have reached three of the last four Champions League finals.

    Secondly, they have the edge because they have reached a point of maturity both technically and tactically.

    You need players who are 28 or 29 for that. Bastian Schweinsteiger (28) is their natural leader, while Franck Ribery (30), Arjen Robben (29) and Philipp Lahm (29) also play significant roles in the team.

    They have already set the standard in European football - not just with the 7-0 win against

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  • Brilliant Bayern have no real weaknesses

    Bayern are known for their collective work, which is very important.

    It begins defensively. Then they move play very quickly, down either flank. You have Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

    You can't forget what Philipp Lahm brings to the game as well with his vision, the quality of his runs.

    His wonderful collective action against Barcelona shows how Bayern recuperate, they win the ball and turn defence into attack so quickly - the transition is stunning.

    They are a really, really balanced team. They don't have a real weak point.

    There are some weaker points, but you can't really

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