Wenger (On His Way) Out
So, Arsene will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after twenty-two years at the Club and if I’m honest, I’m a bit gutted to see him go!
When he first came over, he brought a style of football with him that was never really seen in England, revolutionising everything from fitness to diet, but more than anything, he changed the players’ mentality.
I played against many an Arsenal side during my time and when you faced his sides, you always knew they were going to be powerful AND they would be able to play.
Of late, yeah, they’ve struggled – granted, but he’s been great for that football club.
I’ve always said that and I’ve always told Arsenal fans to be careful for what they wish for – it makes me laugh when I hear Arsenal fans saying ‘Oh, it’s a sad day for the Club’ , but 70 odd percent of the fans have wanted him out for the last three years.
The last few seasons may not have been his best, but Wenger’s time at Arsenal will always be remembered as a quality reign which will overshadow any animosity or hype that we’ve seen in the media over the last few seasons.
If his time at Arsenal was reversed and he struggled at the start, then had fifteen years of brilliance, we’d be recognising his achievements and not even thinking about the less successful years.
In terms of replacing him, there are four or five names out there that could be in contention. Brendan Rodgers and Carlo Ancelotti’s names has been thrown about, but for me, there is one man I’d love to see in the Premier League, and that’s Diego Simeone!
The Arsenal fans that I’ve spoken to sound like they want a gaffer with a bit of bite, grit and determination.
They’ve seen pretty football over the last two decades and now they want a bit of fight and to have a ‘kick, bollock, and bite’ merchant!
Simeone’s an out-and-out winner and a complete nut-job, so I’d love to see him on the side lines for that reason alone!
Wenger’s quality will totally overshadow any of his darker days at the club and in ten years’ time we’ll be looking back, thinking how grateful we were to have him in the English game for twenty-two years.
FA Cup Final: Jose vs Conte Round 3 – DING! DING!
Spurs started Saturday’s semi-final really well, going ahead after playing some really nice stuff… then it went downhill and United started to get on top of them.
Of course Sanchez bagged at Wembley! It’s too easy for him there! Herrera notched with a nice finish too – United showed their quality in the end and deserve to go through to the final against Chelsea.
This year has got the making of a classic FA Cup Final – two teams with a great history in the competition, two strong sides and two managers who don’t get on!
It’s going to be a close one – if I had to back someone now, I’d be pushed, but I’d go for Chelsea at 2/1.
With the likes of Hazard, Willian and Pedro, Chelsea can beat anyone on their day. They’ll have more possession than United and I think they’re the more dangerous team on the whole, although I’m looking forward to seeing if Pogba fancies it!
Mo Salah – Egyptian King!
Little Mo has been awarded PFA Player of the Year and rightly so if you ask me – if only because of the sheer amount of goals he’s got from that position in his first season at Liverpool!
Isn’t it amazing how well Salah and de Bruyne have done at their respective clubs?!
They’ve gone from not getting in the side at Chelsea, to absolutely tearing up the Premier League and being the best players in England – MADNESS!
It was out of those two, but for me, Salah totally deserves it – he’s been blinding. To be fair, it’s quite a nice ending for both players as de Bruyne will lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season too!
Two Tasty European Ties To Look Forward To
Pulling Roma out of the hat is a great draw for Lverpool and if there was any team out of the possible three that I’d want to be facing, it would be the Italians.
With the first round being played at Anfield, I do fancy Liverpool, and at 1/2, so do BetBright!
It’s a European semi-final so it won’t be easy at all for Liverpool and I’ve seen a bit of Roma this season who are very dangerous going forward, especially with big Dzeko up top who can get them goals and has been unbelievable for them in this competition.
Van Dijk has really shored up the Liverpool defence since he’s come in, which in turn has given their attacking trio more freedom at the other end. On their day, they can beat anyone at home and that’s why I’ll be backing them to win.
If you’re having a bet, then I’m going for a 3-1 Liverpool win (10/1), I’ll be backing Salah first goal scorer at 5/2 with BetBright and Dzeko anytime at 8/5.
Wednesday’s semi final between Bayern and Real Madrid looks like a cracker between two European Giants!
Bayern have got to this stage of the tournament a little under the radar, with a few comfortable wins.
Because they’re at home, I’ll be backing Bayern (Evens)… BUT… they’ve got to keep Ronaldo quiet – easier said than done!
Without old Ronny on the pitch, this would be a walk in the park for the Germans, but this fella’s in the same league as Messi and can change a game by clicking his fingers.
So, Real can be dangerous, but Bayern have some quality, quality players to keep him quiet, so I’m backing them to win on Wednesday night, but a couple of weeks ago in my BetBright Blog, I also tipped them to win the whole competition, which I’m sticking with and they’re 9/4 with BetBright to do just that!
Have a great week Ladies and Gents and I’ll be back with my weekend predictions before the weekend!
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