Pep Guardiola set to take over at Arsenal as Wenger experiment ends in failure

It is being reported that the Arsenal board are in talks to try and persuade the Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to take up the challenge of turning the misperforming Gunners back into trophy winners.

Barcelona are set to miss out on the La Liga title this season for the first time in Guardiola’s four-year tenure, and the coach himself has admitted that he hasn’t yet decided to extend his contract at the Nou Camp beyond this summer.

Guardiola said last night: “I can’t be at such a demanding club without being certain that I have the strength to do it,”

Wenger – Chamakh will replace Van Persie against Leeds

Arsene Wenger is very grateful that the FA Cup will give him a chance to give Robin Van Persie a well-earned rest this weekend after it was revealed that the Dutchman played the most minutes of any Arsenal player in 2011.

Last season Arsenal played Leeds at the same stage of the competition and after playing a weakened team the Gunners were only given a lifeline by the substitute Cesc Fabregas equalising with a last minute penalty. It is unlikely that Wenger will be underestimating his opponents this time around.

“I will play a strong side, a normal side,” Wenger said.