ARSENAL BOSS SPEAKS CONCERNING HIS FUTURE AND SAYS HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO

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‘I KNOW WHAT I WILL DO IN MY FUTURE’ – ARSENAL BOSS WENGER TO MAKE DECISION PUBLIC VERY SOON

Pressure on the Frenchman has increased after a 3-1 loss to West Brom and the long-serving manager says he knows what he is going to do.

Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has made a decision on his future that he will announce soon.

Wenger was subjected to more vocal criticism from Arsenal supporters during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Brom, while a plane sporting a banner calling for him to stand down flew over The Hawthorns at kick-off.

In a bizarre spectacle, another light aircraft trailed a message of support for the 67-year-old but there were few other sources of encouragement as his side slipped to a fourth defeat in five Premier League outings.

West Brom defender Craig Dawson twice benefitted from abysmal set-piece defending either side of Hal Robson-Kanu punishing poor goalkeeping by David Ospina – on as a substitute for injured Arsenal number one Petr Cech.

Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and, although he has attempted to play down speculation over his future in recent weeks, he told a post-match news conference his mind was made up.

“I know what I will do in my future. You will soon know, very soon,” he said.

“We do not necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch that we have not had for 20 years and that is more important for my future.”

Arsenal are now five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who face Manchester City on Sunday, while Manchester United can go above them by beating Middlesbrough and a victory for Everton over lowly Hull City would bring them level with the Gunners on 50 points.

“We take all responsibility. It’s obviously a big disappointment when you lose a game like that. We all have to take responsibility and prepare for our next games,” Wenger said in an interview with Sky Sports.

“It’s very worrying because we are not used to that [four defeats in five] and overall we have a hell of a task now to fight back.

“We need to regroup and of course focus on the games coming up because there are many big games.

“Everybody goes away now [for the international break] and we have to recover and prepare for our end of season.

“We focus on analysing where we are not good at the moment and correct what didn’t work.”

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Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka (born 27 September 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Arsenal and the Switzerland national team. Swiss national manager Ottmar Hitzfeld once dubbed him the “young Schweinsteiger”, while former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has praised his tackling, versatility, and physicality.

The brothers started their youth football by Concordia Basel and both moved to Basel in 2002. Xhaka played for various Basel youth teams and since 2008 has been a member of the U-21 squad. Between 2008 and 2010 he played 37 games for the U-21 team, scoring eleven goals.

Former Basel coach Thorsten Fink once said. “Xherdan Shaqiri is the best talent in Switzerland…after Granit Xhaka.” Whilst the Swiss National Football Coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, has dubbed him the ‘young Schweinsteiger.’

Since the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Xhaka played for the Basel first team. He made his first team debut in the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League in the away match against Debreceni VSC in the Szusza Ferenc Stadium. Towards the end of the game he scored the second goal in Basel’s 2–0 victory.

On 18 May 2012, Basel announced on their homepage that Xhaka had agreed terms with Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach. After medical checks were completed, the teenager signed a five-year deal with the club. The transfer fee was not disclosed by Mönchengladbach, but is estimated to be in the region of €8.5 million.

Xhaka made his debut in a DFB-Pokal first round match against Alemannia Aachen on 18 August 2012.

On 25 May 2016, Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach for a fee of around £30–35 million. Xhaka made his first appearance for Arsenal, as a half time substitution, in a 2–1 win against the MLS All-Stars.

Xhaka made his competitive debut for Arsenal in the club’s opening match of the 2016–17 Premier League season, a 4–3 defeat to Liverpool, replacing midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the 65th minute while also picking up a yellow card in the process.

Before making his international debut for Switzerland, Xhaka was still undecided whether to play for his birth country or Albania, and he complained to the Albanian sports media that FSHF was ignoring him while the Swiss Football Association was showing much more interest.

Xhaka debuted for Switzerland at Wembley Stadium against England, in a 2–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification draw on 4 June 2011. On 15 November of the same year, during his sixth international appearance, he scored his first international goal in the 1–0 away win against Luxembourg in Stade Josy Basel.

 

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