Arsenal legend names surprise replacement for Mesut Ozil this summer

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Paul Merson believes the Gunners would consider offloading Mesut Ozil in the summer despite the midfielder’s improved showing under Unai Emery over the past few games. The former Germany international has been in-and-out of the starting lineup this term due to form and fitness concerns but he has recently won over the manager with three successive starts in all competitions.

Despite this, Merson does not believe Ozil will remain at the Emirates beyond the summer with the board likely to take the opportunity to sanction his departure. Adding further, the ex-Arsenal favourite suggested that Gareth Bale from Real Madrid could be an option, although he has not been linked with the Gunners in any form this year.

Former Arsenal manager backs Thierry Henry to succeed in management

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Thierry Henry to succeed in management despite experiencing a frustrating stint at AS Monaco. The Frenchman was offered his maiden managerial role with the Principality outfit back in October after they were lingering in the relegation positions.

However, he failed to change their fortunes in the months which followed and he was eventually sacked from the helm in January with Leonardo Jardim whom he had previously succeeded, re-joining the former French champions. Speaking to Lauren Sport, Wenger said that the situation at Monaco was not welcoming for the former Arsenal star to make the difference and this ultimately contributed to the early dismissal with the club wanting positive results.

Manchester City favorite to win Champions League

Bookmakers have designated Manchester City as their favorites to win the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s team is offered at 10/3. This is especially due to the fact that they have obtained an easy draw against Schalke O4.

Manchester City is a team that has been assembled to win the Champions League and Pep Guardiola will be expected to win the trophy after signing so many expensive players.

Thierry Henry speaks positively about Cesc Fabregas’ Monaco debut

AS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has spoken positively about the performance of Cesc Fabregas during the recent league clash against Marseille. The Spain international made his maiden appearance for the club since making the switch from Chelsea and he was largely efficient in the centre of the park alongside Youri Tielemans.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw, Henry said that the former Chelsea man evolved his game by the minute and there is more to come from the experienced campaigner, he said: “Cesc evolved with the game. Minute after minute, he started to put his hand on the game and take that break. Naldo also does it behind, [Fabregas] does it in the middle, Rony Lopes does it too, this break between the lines, to be able to see where we have to play, see what the team gives you, where to give the ball. We have to try to make progress, but I think that, especially in terms of mood, this point is good if we win the next games.”

Thierry Henry wants AS Monaco to keep their heads up despite struggle

AS Monaco head coach Thierry Henry has urged his players to keep their heads up despite the club’s poor run of form in the French top-flight. Monaco have been trapped in the drop zone since the opening weeks of the campaign and they suffered another league defeat at the hands of Guingamp over the weekend.

Speaking after the game, Henry admitted that the result was not planned, given the club had recently got the better of Amiens and Caen, who have been lingering around the relegation places. The former Arsenal star added that the team can take the positives from the performance and they are still plenty of games left to overturn their fortunes.

Thierry Henry assumes full responsibility for AS Monaco’s dreaded run

AS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has taken the responsibility for the club’s dreaded run which has continued under his management. The Principality outfit have not won since the opening day of the Ligue 1 triumph and that run continued under the guidance of Henry, who took over from Leonardo Jardim six weeks ago.

Speaking to reporters, Henry admitted that injuries may have influence the results to an extent and that does not become an excuse for the team’s lean run of form. He added that the players have been working hard to overturn the results and hopefully, that could come to task when they take on Caen, who are currently five points ahead of them and occupying the 17th position in the standings.

Youri Tielemans backs Thierry Henry to succeed at AS Monaco

AS Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans has backed manager Thierry Henry to succeed with the Principality outfit despite failing to overturn their fortunes. The legendary Frenchman was handed his maiden stint in management with Monaco last month but things have since not gone on the right path with the team yet to experience a win under his tutelage.

Amidst this, there has already been plenty of criticism towards the former Arsenal star but Tielemans believes the Frenchman can put an end to the club's dreadful run across all competitions, he said: “Yes of course [I have faith], he's a really good coach, he has some ideas he wants to put in the team. The team is working hard to change things. I know from here [he's a good coach] that he has a good knowledge of football and he tries to transmit it to his players.”

Eden Hazard backs Thierry Henry to step into club management

Belgium superstar Eden Hazard has said that Thierry Henry has the credentials to become a top manager in the future. The Arsenal legend has recently been tipped to step into management after holding talks with former club AS Monaco regarding the vacancy available following the recent dismissal of Leonardo Jardim.

Speaking in a press conference, Hazard said that Henry has done fantastically well during his job as the Belgian assistant but feels the right time has come for him to become a manager, he quipped: “He was a fantastic player. As a manager, he doesn't have a lot of experience, but he will learn. If we think of ourselves, we want him to stay. He contributes a lot to us. It's perhaps the right time for him to become a coach. With his experience as a player and the bit of experience he has as an assistant, he has everything he needs to do it. He knows football and will have the respect of his players.”

Romelu Lukaku speaks about influence from Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has said that Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry have been influential towards shaping up his professional career. The Belgium international recently matched the 104-goal Premier League tally achieved by Drogba, having played 30 games lesser than the Ivorian and he has now spoken about the valuable piece of advice he has received from the Chelsea legend.

Speaking to reporters, Lukaku revealed that both Drogba and Henry have regularly judged his performances on the playing field and he has no concerns regarding the criticism they may label upon him, he said: “At the World Cup, he was at the hotel almost all the time. Can you imagine at the hotel for the World Cup, where we were staying in Russia? I had Thierry there and Didier here and I had to sit here and take everything in: You did this wrong and you did that wrong, but this you did OK...They know I accept it because I really want to have the same career as they had. They can be as hard as they want, but I take it because I really want the same thing.”

Arsenal invincible backs Thierry Henry to succeed in club management

Arsenal invincible Nwankwo Kanu has backed Thierry Henry to succeed in club management regardless of whether opportunity begins from. The Frenchman recently re-signed from his punditry role with Sky Sports in order to step into permanent coaching but he could not land a job straightaway after Aston Villa decided against recruiting him.

In spite of this, Kanu has no doubts regarding the potential of the Gunners legend and he fancies the former World Cup winner to enter into management sooner rather than later, he said: “I don’t think any job is difficult for him. What he needs is the space and an opportunity to prove himself, so if they can give him that, why not? He can do it. It doesn’t matter. He’s Thierry Henry. He’s been talking on the TV; it’s time for him, when you talk the talk, you walk the walk.

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