Will Fergie leaving rejuvenate Arsenal and Wenger?

The news today that Sir Alex Ferguson will be retiring as manager of Manchester United at the end of the season means that the Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, will assume the mantle of the longest serving manager in the Football League. Arsene has been at the club for 16 years, ten fewer than the Man United chief.

This isn’t the first time Sir Alex has announced his retirement. Twelve years ago the Scot declared that the 2001/2 season would be his last. That decision was quickly reversed when the form of his team noticeably suffered, and the realisation hit him that he was still far too committed to leave. His enthusiasm renewed, he went on to notch up another six Premiership titles in the subsequent years.

Can Arsenal win a bidding war for Eden Hazard?

The fight for Eden Hazard’s signature goes on in England, as English giants Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City are all tracking the attacking midfielder.

It seems that the transfer fee to beat is £30m, and that both City and United are looking to give their all to sign the Belgian international despite him being linked with the Gunners for over two seasons and despite Arsene Wenger’s previous attempts to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Man City favourites to sign Van Persie, while Man Utd lead race for Eden Hazard

The transfer rumours which are wildly linking Arsenal’s striker Robin Van Persie with a move away from the club aren’t going unnoticed by the biggest British bookies on the internet, and you can earn quite an impressive amount of money if you’ll be able to predict his next destination. Our American readers can try this link for US friendly sportsbooks.

The trophy drought at Arsenal has convinced Robin to refuse to hold any contract negotiations until the summer transfer window opens. Many think that this is just a way to motivate Wenger into bringing reinforcements at the club, and it’s believed that Eden Hazard is the biggest target for Arsenal’s manager.

Man Utd admit further interest in top Arsenal target

The fight continues between Arsenal and a few other clubs for the signature of the Lille attacking midfielder Eden Hazard as Alex Ferguson visits France to see him in action again. Manchester United’s manager has admitted that he went to see the match between Lille and Lyon in order to keep a close eye on the Belgian’s performances.

Arsenal were thought to be the favorites to sign the talented Belgian playmaker, but Chelsea and Manchester United don’t seem too willing to drop the fight and Wenger should expect a fierce battle for the star’s signature.

Arsenal told to wait a year for young Serie A striker

Arsenal’s interest in one of Europe’s promising young strikers Luis Muriel has been snubbed by the player’s agent who claims that the wonderkid will still have to spend at least an year maturing at Udinese before being able to make a move to a big European club.

Muriel, who is currently on loan at Leece, has made a name for himself at the Italian club who is fighting to avoid relegation and is due to return to Udinese in the summer where his agent hopes that he will be able to get more experience.

Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistake in the transfer market?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistake since he joined the English side was just revealed today by Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent who shed some light regarding the star player’s move to Manchester United.

According to Jorge Mendes, Arsenal were the first to eye Ronaldo (like they usually are with talented young players), but lost the player in favor of Manchester United because they were too slow to react (again, like they usually are).

“I remember what happened to Ronaldo at Arsenal,” Mendes said.

Giggs – The form-book means nothing when United play Arsenal

The Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs says that recent results for either team will mean absolutely nothing when Man United take to the Emirates pitch tomorrow, and Arsenal are certain to be fighting to the death against the team that has been their biggest rivals under Arsene Wenger’s reign.

“Arsenal are Arsenal,” Giggs said. “They play very good football, they’re one of the best passing teams in Europe and they’re up there, as they always are. They’ve had a few disappointing results but they’re still in the Champions League and they’re up there in the league. Like most teams they probably could have done better, but I’m sure they’re happy.

Arshavin – We can beat Man Utd on home turf

Arsenal are preparing to face Man Utd tomorrow looking for revenge for the massive 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season, and although the Gunners are still well below their rivals in the Premiership table they haven’t lost a home game since the beginning of the season.

Andrei Arshavin believes that Arsenal have no reason to fear Man United now that they are back at the Emirates. He said: “They are very strong but at home we can beat everyone too and I hope we will do it.

“If we play well we don’t mind what form they are in.

Wenger – Arsenal MUST finish in Top Four (so we must beat Man Utd!)

Arsene Wenger has responded to the strange comments by Peter Hill-Wood this week that it would not be a problem if Arsenal missed out on a Champions League place, despite the Gunners qualifying every year for the last 15 seasons.

Hill-Wood said: “We have been planning for not qualifying every year, so it is not a disaster, but it would be nice if we could.”

But Arsene Wenger disagrees and said on Arsenal.com that it indeed WOULD be a disaster if the club fails to make it 16 years in a row.

Wenger – I didn’t panic buy after Man Utd massacre

Back in the summer when Arsenal got off to their worst start to the season in living memory, which was compounded by their worst defeat for a century when Man Utd destroyed them 8-2, Arsene Wenger had a sudden flurry in the transfer market.

In the following days after the defeat Wenger brought in Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Ju Young Park to strengthen all areas of the team, but Wenger is adamant that the rush of activity had nothing to do with the result against United.