Friday, 27 October 2017

THE INTERESTING STORIES and HISTORIES OF HOW PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB's NICK NAME ARE FORMED


Premier League Clubs Nick Name and How they Are Formed From Time.


Clubs in English Premier League are mostly reffered to by their nickname, how do they get those nicknames? when? where? and stories behind it.

below you will get the stories of the club's in the Premier League nickname.

1. AFC Bournemouth (The Cherries)

Initially formed in 1890 as Boscombe St. John's Institute, Bournemouth have been known as the Cherries ever since moving to their current home at Dean Court in 1910.

The club itself says there are two main stories as to why. One comes from the colour of the striped shirts they played in at the time, cherry red. The other is to do with the fact that Dean Court, these days known as the Vitality Stadium, was built on wasteland next to the Cooper-Dean family estate which included a number of cherry orchards.



2. Arsenal (The Gunners)



Arsenal's 'Gunners' nickname originates from the same piece of history that gives the club its actual name. Formed in the late 19th century by workers at Royal Arsenal, where weapons for the British army were manufactured and stored, they were known as Woolwich Arsenal.

It wasn't until 1913 that the club moved from Woolwich in south east London to their present location in north London, ultimately dropping 'Woolwich' altogether. But the Arsenal name stuck, as did the links with weaponry and guns.


3. Brighton & Hove Albion (The Seagulls)

Brighton's beachside location is responsible for the club's association with seagulls. But it apparently wasn't until the 1970s that the nickname caught on, supposedly surfacing as a result of a chanting match with rival Crystal Palace fans.

Cries of 'Eagles' from Palace fans are said to have been met by chants of 'Seagulls' and things moved from there. Brighton then adopted a new club crest that included the seagull image in 1977, with their 2001/02 centenary the only season since in which a seagull hasn't featured.


4. Burnley (The Clarets)

Burnley take their famous nickname from their colours, which the club has worn for more than 100 years after first adopting claret and sky blue in 1910.

It is said that Burnley chose their colours to mimic Aston Villa, the most successful club in the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Villa had won the league five times in seven seasons between 1893 and 1900, and a further time in 1910 as Burnley decided to change.


5. Chelsea (The Pensioners)


In more recent years, Chelsea have come to simply be known as 'The Blues', but the club's original nickname was 'The Pensioners'. The image of a Chelsea Pensioner adorned the club's first badge in 1905 as a nod to the Royal Chelsea Hospital where army veterans were housed.

It was wasn't until the 1950s that the pensioner was removed and replaced with a lion, a name by which Chelsea are also occasionally known. The lion is believed to have been influenced by the coat of arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea, which ceased to exist in 1965.


6. Crystal Palace (The Eagles)

From 1905 until 1973, Crystal Palace were nicknamed 'The Glaziers' because of the obvious connections to the great Victorian Crystal Palace exhibition building for which an area of south London was renamed and where the football club would be formed.

From the early 1970s onwards, the club has been known as the Eagles when the badge was changed and the team began playing in the red and blue stripes they are known for today.



7. Everton (The Toffees)

One theory behind Everton's unique 'Toffees' nickname is said to come a famous toffee shop that had existed in the area for 100 years. It was called Ye Ancient Everton Toffee House and was run by Old Ma Bushell, the original 'Toffee Lady' and creator of the Everton Toffee.

The shop was apparently located near Prince Rupert's Tower, which as the central feature of the club's badge obviously plays a prominent role in Everton history. This is despite the fact that Everton FC have never actually played in the Everton district of the city of Liverpool.

Another shop run by Old Mother Nobletts close to Goodison Park also later started producing the iconic black and white Everton Mints in the late 19th century.



8. Huddersfield Town (The Terriers)

Huddersfield owe their nickname to fans in 1969 who chose it as part of a vote. An image of a terrier, a symbol often associated with Yorkshire, was added to the club's badge in time for the club's return to the op flight in 1970.

A pair of terriers - Terry and Tilly - serve as mascots to entertain young fans on match-days.



9. Leicester City (The Foxes)


Leicester City were originally founded as Leicester Fosse by former students of a local grammar school in 1884 - Fosse Way was an old Roman road that passed through the town. But rather than a misappropriation of this, 'The Foxes' comes from a link altogether different.

The county of Leicestershire is considered to be the birthplace of fox hunting in the mid-18th century and the animal is a prominent symbol in the area. The nickname was adopted by the football club in the late 1940s when a fox featured on the shirt for the first time.  



10. Liverpool (The Reds)



Known as 'The Reds', Liverpool's famous nickname obviously comes from their club colours. But it was only after a few years of existence they adopted red after initially playing in blue and white halves, and not until the 1960s that the club changed to an all-red kit.

The brainchild of legendary manager Bill Shankly, a fully red strip was viewed as much more intimidating to opponents - Ian St John recalled Ron Yeats looked 'terrifying' when he saw the imposing defender in a red shirt and red shorts for the first time. Prior to 1964, Liverpool's red shirts had usually been worn with white shorts.



11. Manchester City (The Citizens)



Manchester City regularly go by 'Citizens' these days, a nickname that is obviously an extension of the club's actual name. 'Sky Blues' is another that is commonly used, again with a distinct and clear reasoning behind it.

City are believed to have worn sky blue for most of their history, with records suggesting they have used the colours since the 1890s when 'Manchester City' as we know it today came into being. The club had earlier been known as St Mark's from Gorton, and then Ardwick AFC.

There is no concrete answer as to why sky blue was chosen, but one theory suggests it could be the result of links to Freemasons in those very early years.



12. Manchester United (The Red Devils)



Back when the club was still called Newton Heath, Manchester United's original nickname was 'The Heathens', both as a nod to the part of the city they called home and because legend has it they were the first English football club to play a game on a Sunday.

After the name change and swap from green and gold colours, the club started to become known as 'The Reds'. That later became 'Red Devils' as a nod to the rugby team from Salford being dubbed 'Les Diables Rouges' by French media in the 1930s, with Matt Busby adopting it in the 1960s. It also then began to feature on match programmes and other merchandise.



13. Newcastle United (The Magpies)

Newcastle owe their famous Magpies nickname to the black and white club colours, and the story of how the team came to wear such kit can be traced back to the origins of the club.

Newcastle United essentially formed when Newcastle East End, the more successful of the city's two clubs at the time, merged with struggling neighbours Newcastle West End in 1892 and took over their rivals' lease for the St James' Park site.

The new team, now 'United', continued playing in East End colours, red shirts and white shorts, for a time, but soon adopted the iconic black and white stripes when a decision was made in 1894 to play in new colours that were not associated with either former club.  


14. Southampton (The Saints)

'The Saints' is one of the most famous club nicknames in English football and was given to Southampton by their origins in a local church in 1885 - St Mary's church, to be precise.

Members of the church's Young Men's Association formed the team, which became known as St Mary's YMA, St Mary's FC and Southampton St Mary's in various forms in the remaining years of the 19th century, but always retaining the 'Saints' element.

The name finally changed to Southampton FC in 1897 and the history came full circle when the new St Mary's Stadium was opened in 2001.


15. Stoke City (The Potters)

Stoke's 'Potters' nickname is a nod to the pottery industry in the city and surrounding area, which had become a centre for pottery from the early years of the 17th century onward.

The football club was formed in 1863 and is one of the oldest in the world, with 'The Potters' an obvious choice in later years when it came to choosing a nickname for the team. Like many Premier League clubs, there is deep local meaning behind it.


16. Swansea City (The Jacks)

Swansea being shortened to Swans was an obvious move as far as the Welsh club's common nickname is concerned, with Cryil the Swan becoming one of the most famous mascots in British football over the last 20 years. But Swansea also hold another nickname.

There are two accepted theories that are believed to have contributed 'The Jacks' nickname. The first pays tribute to 19th century local seamen, who were named 'Jack Tars', while the second comes from a dog called 'Swansea Jack' that rescued 27 people from drowning over the course of a number of year in the 1930s.


17. Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs)



Spurs is obviously a shortening of Tottenham Hotspur's full name. But the reasoning behind use of the term 'Hotspur' at all when so many other clubs opt for things like 'United', 'City', Rovers' or 'Athletic' can be traced back hundreds of years to the 14th century.

At that time there existed a knight named Sir Henry Percy who was given the nickname for his speed, attacking spirit and courage. His family is said to have also owned land around Tottenham, while he himself was immortialised by William Shakespeare in Henry IV Part I.

When it came to setting up a football club in Tottenham in 1882, there was only one man to honour. In fact, until 1884 the club was named simply 'Hotspur FC'.


18. Watford (The Hornets)

It is Watford's yellow and black colours that dictated them being nicknamed 'The Hornets', but it wasn't actually until 1959 that the club settled on such a kit. Prior to that, Watford strips had been various colours - blue, black and white, white, and red, green and yellow.

The club crest later also included the hornet image, although it was quickly changed in 1978 to depict a 'hart', or stag, instead. The hart is a nod to the club's home in Hertfordshire, which is thought to have taken its name from the creatures.


19. West Bromwich Albion (The Baggies)

The root of 'Throstles', West Brom's original nickname, and inspiration for the club badge, came with a move to The Hawthorns site in 1900, with the birds (thrushes) often seen in the hawthorn bushes from which the whole area took its name.

There is far less certainty as to how 'The Baggies', an unofficial nickname that wasn't accepted by the club until much more recently, came into being.

One popular theory suggests it could come from the baggy protective trousers worn by fans who arrived at games after working in local foundries, while another claims it is from the bags fans used to fundraise to help save the club in 1905.  


20. West Ham United (The Irons)

These days commonly referred to as 'The Hammers', West Ham's traditional and proper nickname remains 'The Irons' and was born out of the club's earliest existence in 1895 when a football team was created for employees of Thames Ironwork on the river in east London.

Thames Ironwork FC was the original name of the club until 1900. While a Union Jack flag with club initials was featured on Thames Ironwork shirts, the original club crest featured a pair of riveting hammers, used for shipbuilding - which is also where 'The Hammers' comes from.

Source: 90min.com




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Monday, 9 October 2017

PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM THAT HAD EASIEST FIXTURES AND TEAM WITH NEXT TOUGHEST FIXTURES

PREMIER LEAGUE Teams That Had Toughest Fixtures After Seven Games and Those To Have Toughest Fixtur Run in Next Seven Games



With every Premier League team having played seven games so far this on going campaign season, the league table is finally starting to take shape. The two Manchester clubs are first and second with same points but a goal margin difference put Manchester City ahead of Manchester United while Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal are in top six while Crystal Palace are still yet to record a single goal and point in the League.

However, there is a huge difference between the easiest and toughest fixture lists so far. Manchester City and Manchester United may be top of the league, but both clubs have been the beneficiaries of soft starts to the season.

The below table ranks the Premier League teams according to their current league position of their seven league opponents (current league position in brackets):
1) Everton  (16th)
2) Crystal Palace  (20th)
3) Stoke City  (13th)
4) Chelsea  (4th)
5) Leicester City  (17th)
6) West Ham  (15th)
7) Liverpool  (7th)
8) Brighton  (14th)
9) Swansea City  (18th)
10) Bournemouth  (19th)
11) Burnley  (6th)
12) Tottenham  (3rd)
13) West Brom  (10th)
14) Newcastle United  (9th)
15) Watford  (8th)
16) Huddersfield  (11th)
17) Arsenal  (5th)
18) Southampton  (12th)
19) Manchester City  (1st)
20) Manchester United  (2nd)
The above stat shows Everton faced the toughest fixture run in the first Seven Premier League 2017/18 campaign while Manchester United faced the easiest fixtures.

Initial thoughts:
– All is not lost for Crystal Palace and Ronald Koeman. Both are under pressure after dire starts to the season, but have faced incredibly difficult runs of fixtures until now.
– Manchester United’s run of games has been incredibly gentle. The gap between their average opponent (15.9) and even Manchester City’s in 19th (12.6) is 3.3. That’s the same as the gap between 19th and 6th.
– For all Arsenal’s resurgent form (and they did draw against Chelsea), they have also enjoyed a gentle run of fixtures. They may be up to fifth now, but can they cope when the tougher games arrive?
– Chelsea are one of the over-achievers, despite losing two league games already and dropping seven points at home. They have faced the fourth toughest run of games, and are still in the top four. In fact, they are the only current member of the top six who are in the top half of hardest runs.
– The one club that do look a little buggered are Southampton, who sit 12th (and three points off the relegation zone) but have enjoyed the third easiest run of games.
– Fair bloody play to Burnley and Sean Dyche. To be sixth after seven games is one thing. To be sixth despite not having a simple run of fixtures is another entirely.

So, to the future. Having examined the first seven games, what about the next seven? Who has the hardest run of games to come in October and November, and who has the easiest? as created by sport page football365.
Well, look for yourself:
1) West Brom
2) Manchester United
3) Liverpool
4) Huddersfield
5) Arsenal
6) Southampton
7) Bournemouth
8) Watford
9) Crystal Palace
10) Manchester City
11) Leicester City
12) Swansea City
13) Newcastle United
14) Burnley
15) Tottenham
16) Everton
17) Chelsea
18) Stoke City
19) West Ham
20) Brighton 
 We are about to see what Mourinho's Manchester United are made for....



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Monday, 25 September 2017

REDKNAPP PREDICTS THE PLAYER THAT WILL WIN THE EPL GOLDEN BOOT THIS SEASON...... See His Prediction Here

Jamie Redknapp Predict Who Will Win The 2017/18 Premier League Golden Boot.

The race for this season's Golden Boot in the Premier League looks set to be just as exciting as the one for the title.

Almost two months into the new campaign, there are four strikers who are all in red-hot form.

Summer signings Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata have hit the ground running at Man United and Chelsea respectively, with six goals apiece.

They are joined at the top of the scoring charts by Sergio Aguero, who has looked back to his best under Pep Guardiola so far this term.

Two goals further back is Harry Kane. Traditionally a slow starter, however, the Tottenham forward - and reigning Golden Boot holder - is bound to be there or thereabouts once again come May.

At this stage of the season, it looks almost impossible to tell who will finish with the most strikes.

Nevertheless, Jamie Redknapp has put his neck on the line to predict the Premier League's top scorer will be Lukaku.

Despite claiming Spurs' Kane is 'the most complete' striker in the division, the Sky Sports pundit believes the Man Utd poacher will continue to thrive for Jose Mourinho.

Redknapp wrote for Daily Mail "Harry Kane is the most complete forward in the Premier League right now. In terms of all-round brilliance, he is second to none".

"I thought that Chelsea replacing Diego Costa with Morata would be one of the biggest gambles of the season. Morata may not have the same subtle touches as Kane in his game but he is confounding all his doubters.

"Aguero has a renewed hunger and is looking sharper than ever. He is explosive over five yards and is the Premier League's best out-and-out finisher since Robbie Fowler

"But for me, Lukaku looks the most likely to be crowned as top scorer come May. In fact, he should have won it last year at Everton. Until Kane's end-of-season blitz, he was leading the way.

"While he could use his natural body strength better, Lukaku is so difficult to match stride for stride over long distances. He is central to this exciting, creative Manchester United team. With the abundance of chances served up for him, Lukaku should score even more."

Manchester United's new No.9 man score his eight goal in all competitions against Southampton on Saturday. And given how close this season's title race is looking, whichever side's star striker can score the most could just give them the edge.


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PABLO MAFFEO REVEAL REASON WHY HE REFUSED TO SWAP SHIRT WITH MESSI AFTER MAN-MARKING HIM.


Girona Pablo Maffeo Explained Why He Rejected Swapping Shirt With Lionel Messi After Saturday Laliga Game Match.

On Saturday night, Pablo Maffeo had one job and one job only - to stop Lionel Messi from scoring.

Maffeo - who is on loan at Girona from Manchester City - came up against the superstar during Girona’s La Liga clash against Barcelona.

And to stop him from scoring, the 20-year-old followed him around the pitch during the 78 minutes he was on it.
While Maffeo did his job perfectly, his fellow teammates didn’t,

Two own-goals put Barca 2-0 ahead before Luis Suarez added a third late on.

While the five-time Ballon d’Or winner may not have enjoyed being man-marked all match, he did have time for a little chat with Maffeo.


WHAT MESSI SAID TO MAFFEO

The 20-year-old said it was "very good vibes with Leo Messi” - and he even asked about City.

"When you mark Messi, you have to think that he is a normal person, he has two legs like all of us, and to be focused," Maffeo said after the match. 

"Messi told me: 'I've got you here for the whole day' and I said: ’You're the best in the world, I'm not going to leave you.’

"He asked me how old I was, if I had been assigned by Manchester City and what it was like there. He said the marking was not pleasant.


WHY DIDN'T THEY SHIRT SWAP?

So, when the match finished, you would have thought that the two players would swap shirts. After all, Maffeo was grabbing hold of Messi’s most of the game.

However, rather remarkably, Maffeo turned down Messi’s request to swap shirts.


“A friend of mine wanted Ter Stegen’s shirt so I asked the goalkeeper,” Maffeo added. Messi is the best in the world, but friends come first.”


Messi probably hasn’t played against too many players that have refused to swap shirts with him.

Messi probably hasn’t been man-marked so intently for a whole match, either. And Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted that his star player didn’t quite know what to do.


Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde said “Messi came to me in the 10th minute to ask how I wanted him to deal with his marker. Messi did well, he was calm and helped the team.”

“It can happen, but it’s also true that this makes for moments when he can drag his marker out of position and take advantage,”


Messi isn't the strongest player, so by putting constatnt pressure on him, Maffeo was able to stunt his influence on the game.
It's worth mentioning that Maffeo isn't the first player to try and man-mark the Argentine international, so there's an argument to be made that Lionel Messi simply had an off day.

But take nothing awa from Maffeo - he was given a job and did it to perfection.






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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Arsene Wenger was asked about Alexis, Mesut Ozil, holding stars to their contracts and whether player power truly exists when he faced the media on Wednesday.This is what he had to say:on whether it’s his decision on Alexis…It’s my decision, but after the board has to of course agree with me. And if they don’t agree we have to consider it as well, and I will accept it. But the board is behind me on that.on the clubs having to make a financial sacrifice in this situation…It is a financial sacrifice. It is a sacrifice that you have to calculate how much it costs. If you let the player go and you buy somebody you spend maybe more than you lose. And as well if you extend the contracts it costs you maybe more than you lose when you keep the player. So you have to consider the length of the contract as well that the players want. So all that is in consideration, the financial sacrifice is not as heavy as it looks.on whether it’s an impossible equation to calculate…You cannot. Anyway, you can have an estimation of what it costs if you lose the player, what it costs if you extend the player, and all that. What it costs if you buy a new player. You can do that, approximately. After that, the ratio between what the player will cost, what he brings back, this has gone. How can you quantify today what Neymar costs? Will he bring €300million back? It’s impossible to say. There is a part that is rational, and the other part is completely irrational: it is passion, ego, pride, you can call that how you want. How much is that worth financially? Maybe that’s down to every club.on focusing on football rather than finances…Of course. I am a football manager, I want Alexis to stay, and that’s it. After that, all the financial implications, for me, are less important. But at the end of the day you have to afford it as well, you must afford it. I want him to stay, I want him to extend his contract. But as well you have to be able to afford to pay him.on football breaking the rules of economics…There is a part that is not rational, that is called success. How much are you ready to pay for success? But on the other hand, you face a reality as well. At the end of the month, you have to face the fact that you have to pay your players and everybody at the club.on not strengthening title rivals…Look, every club has a different policy and you have to respect that. You analyse the age and the money you get, and I don’t say I never do it because I did it as well with Robin van Persie at the time when he was at the end of his contract and Man Utd paid good money. It’s not ideal because you strengthen your opponent and you weaken your team.on whether he regrets selling Van Persie…I just say I do not say never, because every situation is different and sometimes you are in a position where you have as well to consider the financial aspect of the situation. He had a good season, Van Persie. Did he make Man Utd win that year? I don’t know, it’s difficult to assess that.on whether he is more more optimistic on Ozil signing a new deal than Alexis…I am optimistic on both. Both players are happy at the club. So that, for me, after you have to meet their needs. Their needs are their desire for success and their needs are as well financial. I think if we can meet their needs on the pitch, there is more chance to extend their contracts.on whether player power exists when clubs own the contracts…Every club is different on that. I believe that the player power is there, but the clubs have as well resources to make their contracts respected. I think sometimes the media go a bit more in favour of the players maybe. So that makes sometimes the situation a bit more uncomfortable for the clubs. But overall, I think the powers are quite well balanced. You have a contract, the player has to respect the contract. You cannot really say it is player power.on whether he is 100 per cent sure the Ox, Alexis and Ozil will stay…One hundred per cent never exists, because never in our job never exists. But today, yes. And I think all the three will stay. I will fight for them to stay.

Arsene Wenger was asked about Alexis, Mesut Ozil, holding stars to their contracts and whether player power truly exists when he faced the media on Wednesday.

This is what he had to say:

on whether it’s his decision on Alexis…
It’s my decision, but after the board has to of course agree with me. And if they don’t agree we have to consider it as well, and I will accept it. But the board is behind me on that.

on the clubs having to make a financial sacrifice in this situation…
It is a financial sacrifice. It is a sacrifice that you have to calculate how much it costs. If you let the player go and you buy somebody you spend maybe more than you lose. And as well if you extend the contracts it costs you maybe more than you lose when you keep the player. So you have to consider the length of the contract as well that the players want. So all that is in consideration, the financial sacrifice is not as heavy as it looks.

on whether it’s an impossible equation to calculate…
You cannot. Anyway, you can have an estimation of what it costs if you lose the player, what it costs if you extend the player, and all that. What it costs if you buy a new player. You can do that, approximately. After that, the ratio between what the player will cost, what he brings back, this has gone. How can you quantify today what Neymar costs? Will he bring €300million back? It’s impossible to say. There is a part that is rational, and the other part is completely irrational: it is passion, ego, pride, you can call that how you want. How much is that worth financially? Maybe that’s down to every club.

on focusing on football rather than finances…
Of course. I am a football manager, I want Alexis to stay, and that’s it. After that, all the financial implications, for me, are less important. But at the end of the day you have to afford it as well, you must afford it. I want him to stay, I want him to extend his contract. But as well you have to be able to afford to pay him.

on football breaking the rules of economics…
There is a part that is not rational, that is called success. How much are you ready to pay for success? But on the other hand, you face a reality as well. At the end of the month, you have to face the fact that you have to pay your players and everybody at the club.

on not strengthening title rivals…
Look, every club has a different policy and you have to respect that. You analyse the age and the money you get, and I don’t say I never do it because I did it as well with Robin van Persie at the time when he was at the end of his contract and Man Utd paid good money. It’s not ideal because you strengthen your opponent and you weaken your team.

on whether he regrets selling Van Persie…
I just say I do not say never, because every situation is different and sometimes you are in a position where you have as well to consider the financial aspect of the situation. He had a good season, Van Persie. Did he make Man Utd win that year? I don’t know, it’s difficult to assess that.

on whether he is more more optimistic on Ozil signing a new deal than Alexis…
I am optimistic on both. Both players are happy at the club. So that, for me, after you have to meet their needs. Their needs are their desire for success and their needs are as well financial. I think if we can meet their needs on the pitch, there is more chance to extend their contracts.

on whether player power exists when clubs own the contracts…
Every club is different on that. I believe that the player power is there, but the clubs have as well resources to make their contracts respected. I think sometimes the media go a bit more in favour of the players maybe. So that makes sometimes the situation a bit more uncomfortable for the clubs. But overall, I think the powers are quite well balanced. You have a contract, the player has to respect the contract. You cannot really say it is player power.

on whether he is 100 per cent sure the Ox, Alexis and Ozil will stay…
One hundred per cent never exists, because never in our job never exists. But today, yes. And I think all the three will stay. I will fight for them to stay.
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ARSENE WENGER TALK TOUGH ON SANCHEZ AND VOW NOT TO SELL HIM... Read Full Statement Of Him Here.


Sanchez Is Going No Where And He Can Get Us Back To Champions League.


Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will not sell his Chilean forward man Alexis Sanchez this summer - and added that if the Chilean is so fond of the Champions League he should give his all to ensure the Gunners qualify to the Champions League next season.

Public remarks from Sanchez about his desire to be involved in Europe's top club competition have fuelled the theory he is trying to bolt for the Emirates Stadium exit before the transfer market closes.
Wenger, however, will not be swayed from his decision to make him honour the final year of his current contract even if he continues to reject a proposed new deal, thought to be worth more than £300,000 a week.  

Arsene Wenger said "We have played for 20 years in the Champions League, 
'That's 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him. So he can get us back in there.
'When you play in the Champions League, everyone says: Is that all you do? Suddenly when you don't play in there it becomes a major problem.
'At the end of the season, only one team can win the Champions League.
'We have to focus on the competitions we play in and prepare seriously for that. We can't feel sorry for what we do not play."

Arsenal will compete in the Europa League in the campaign ahead but the manager admits the top target is to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2004.

'The main focus for us is to concentrate on the Premier League,' said Wenger.
'The Premier League for me today is more important than the Champions League. We rested sometimes players in the group stages of the Champions League for the Premier League, so that's become the biggest importance for us.

'After that, if you look in the Premier League in the last two years, and the last two champions, Chelsea and Leicester did not play in Europe at all.  
'We have to focus on the Premier League and prepare well.'"


Wenger with his team are on tour in China – they face Bayern Munich in a friendly on Wednesday - and has not made contact with Sanchez since his contentious remarks, made on a Chilean radio station.
Sanchez, not on the tour because of his extended international duty in the Confederations Cup.



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