Arsene Wenger

  • Barton will prove he is a brilliant player

    I totally disagree with the French media about Joey Barton. He's an excellent player and trust me, you'll see that very soon.

    He is a player who brings total dynamism to his team, though his organisational skills, his aggression and his playing ability.

    In France, he will referee the matches, I warn you!

    He is a guy who is a very good player. Aside from that, there is a question mark about the rest.

    He has been guilty of some unacceptable excesses but on the level of playing ability, he is excellent.

    He is very aggressive; he has the mentality and the technique to engage in battle.

    If he has

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  • Stylish Benitez will motivate Chelsea

    WENGER ON RAFAEL BENITEZ'S APPOINTMENT AS CHELSEA COACH

    Chelsea have appointed a famous coach (Benitez) who has a lot of ability and charisma, with a very strong personality.

    I am not surprised that they have made such a quality appointment - I am just a bit surprised that Benitez has agreed to join until the end of the season because he can give real motivation and style to a club if he is there for a long time.

    It is also very sad that Roberto Di Matteo did not have the time to show his talent. He won the Champions League last year when he took over the team in the middle of the season. But

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  • Arsenal can turn tables on Schalke

    I think Arsenal can reverse last week's result at home to Schalke. They surprised us at The Emirates; when you analyse the match they deserved to win because they had the better chances, It is up to us to turn that around.

    At home, we lacked rhythm and were a little flat physically. This lack of energy has been a problem since the international break, which is hard to explain because we were very strong beforehand.

    We have had some problems going forward this season. We have had fewer shots on target than last year, and are missing a some effectiveness in front of goal.

    I think that

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  • Wenger: Porto recruitment policy gives them an edge

    Porto's James Rodriguez celebrates a goal (Reuters)

    Recent performances from the likes of Jackson Martínez and James Rodríguez have served to highlight FC Porto's successful South American recruitment drive.

    Vítor Pereira's club have an absolutely extraordinary transfer policy in South America, giving them a significant advantage over other teams. On top of that they also manage to take the best players from  smaller Portuguese clubs.

    Considering the benefits these South American and local policies afford the club, Porto wield a similar power in Portugal to that which Bayern Munich have in Germany.

    Of course, Benfica and Sporting are also able

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  • Barcelona too strong for Celtic

    Celtic visit Barcelona in the Champions League tonight, and although they have made a good start I cannot see them troubling Barca because there is too much of a technical difference between the sides.

    Celtic produced a superb performance to beat a Spartak Moscow side that gave Barcelona some problems.

    They have an advantage in that they no longer have Rangers to worry about at home, so they can focus their energy on the Champions League and arrive fresh.

    Even if there is a significant margin between Barca and Celtic, the exceptional thing about football is that anything can happen so you

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  • Wenger: Arsenal face tough test against Schalke

    Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (C) celebrates with team mates Mikel Arteta (L) and Kieran Gibbs after scoring against Olympiacos (Reuters)

    Arsene Wenger previews this week's Champions League fixtures, including the visit of Schalke to the Emirates Stadium to take on his Arsenal side.

    The French tactician knows the Gunners face a tough test in their third Group B match - as they always do in games against German opposition, according to Wenger.

    The coach also looks at Malaga, who he labels as the surprise package of the competition so far, as the Spanish side prepare to meet Milan at home.

    "I thought they could struggle but they have rebuilt impressively," Wenger says.

    Another side to impress Wenger so far has been BATE Borisov -

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  • Nothing but respect for Klopp

    Juergen Klopp, who takes Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City on Wednesday, is an atypical personality. I have a lot respect for him, but also empathy.

    He is a guy who enjoys life, who has overseen a true metamorphosis within Dortmund and who has proven that each coach must have his own personality and should express it with his team. I have much respect and admiration for him.

    His best quality is that he is himself, he does not seem marked by stress. There is a love of life around him that he communicates well to his team.

    Dortmund is a team which evolves constantly but which is constant. For

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  • Vilanova making his own mark at Barca

    Tito Vilanova wants to innovate at Barcelona. He wants to bring his own approach, which I understand perfectly.

    It appears that he had already a large influence during Pep Guardiola's reign, but now he is in charge and is bringing his own personality to the team.

    At the moment he has had a very good start in the league. In spite of that I believe that the new players are not completely on the level of the old ones.

    Barca had, for a few years, players who had the talent, the intelligence, the desire to win and humility.

    Perhaps even in a large club like Barcelona that is very rare, and it will

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  • Ronaldo hogs the limelight, but he is worth it

    Cristiano Ronaldo's behaviour recently has affected the atmosphere in the Real Madrid changing room.

    All great players at great clubs like the limelight and when it is occupied by one man alone, that does not make the others happy.

    The media decides who gets that limelight, and it loves a star. In this case, however, Ronaldo's ability makes him worth it.

    I do not know if Ronaldo needs to be told often that he is loved, but he is a superb player. Great players are often people who aspire to be the best and possess a very strong ego because they are not satisfied with being average. They want to

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  • We have to give Giroud time

    It's necessary to give new arrivals time. Olivier Giroud worked hard in pre-season to get ready, but he pushed himself and I think that he is feeling the consequences of that a little today.

    He does not know the team and his new colleagues very well yet. Some great players spent four or five months here even before they started playing.

    Giroud has already played several matches, but to see him at his best, it is necessary to give him a bit of time.

    We were happy with how he played in the Champions League against Montpellier, but for the first goal it was a change of position from Lukas

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