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ARSENE WENGER HAILS ARSENAL FIGHT BACK AGAINST SWANSEA

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Arsenal’s fight-back to rescue its home game against Swansea at the weekend has been a talking point.

It turns to be a five consecutive home win by the London side whose coach, Arsene Wenger has been under constant criticism by fans all over the world.

The five home wins out of five has made Arsenal to still remain in the top four bracket of the English Premiership while the constantly criticized Wenger has found his voice.

But despite grabbing the victory, Arsene Wenger’s side were less than convincing in the first half, with the home crowd audibly frustrated with continuous slow build up and excessive passing backwards rather than launching an attack.

Arsenal manager said he was less than impressed with his side’s defensive display in the first half in which Swansea took the lead against the run of play.

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“I knew that Swansea had only conceded one goal away from home this season so I knew they would be tight defensively.

“Our pace wasn’t sharp enough in the first half, we did not penetrate enough and we had to up the tempo.

“Defensively we looked a bit insecure in the first half – we could have conceded a second which would have made it difficult.

“The second half was much better. The players were conscious of it and knew we had to play at a higher pace. “I liked his game today.

“He had a good finish on the goal and some good combinations on the left, leading to the assist for the second.

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“Once he scored the confidence grew and he became more and more dangerous.”

He went onto praise summer signing Sead Kolasinac, who was instrumental in the victory after equalising early in the second half before setting up Aaron Ramsey for the winner ten minutes later.

In what was a hard fought victory for the Gunners, their copious amount of pressure and possession ultimately paid off, while Swansea are pushed further into an unwanted relegation battle.

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Anthony Martial confirms departure from Manchester United

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June, the Frenchman said on May 27.

The 28-year-old arrived at Old Trafford from AS Monaco in 2015 and has since scored 90 goals in 317 games for the Red Devils.

The departure was expected, as he had struggled with injuries in recent seasons and had not been in the squad for months.

He not in the team for the 2-1 FA Cup final victory against Manchester City on May 25.

“It’s with great emotion that I write to you today to say goodbye. After nine incredible years at the club, the time has come for me to turn a new page in my career,” he said on Instagram.

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“You have been an unwavering support, through the good times and the difficult. Your passion and loyalty have been a constant source of motivation for me.”

French defender Raphael Varane also stated he would leave United earlier in May.

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Thomas Tuchel believes he’s new Man Utd manager

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Former PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich manager, Thomas Tuchel who is one of those being touted as possible replacement for sack-threatened Erik ten Hag has spoken out that he believes he will be Manchester United next manager.

According to different sources in Europe, the 50-year old German  reckons he is already nailed on for the job.

Hag who led Manchester United to a dramatic FA Cup win over city rivals, Manchester United on Saturday will officially learn his fate in the coming week.

Reports in Germany claim that theTuchel turned down the chance to remain in charge of Bayern Munich  because he wants another crack at the English Premier League by succeeding Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

Bayern announced that Tuchel was leaving the club after it became clear that Bayer Leverkusen would be crowned Bundesliga champions. But the Bavarian club then decided to perform a U-turn by offering to hand him a new contract to stay in charge.

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They were shocked when Tuchel turned down the proposal – and the suggestion in Munich is that he believes United have identified him as the man to replace Ten Hag.

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Premier League breaks new scoring record after last-day goal spree

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Premier League - Manchester City v West Ham United - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - May 19, 2024 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and teammates celebrate with the trophy after winning the Premier League REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Thirty seven goals hit the back of Premier League nets in Sunday’s finale making it officially the highest-scoring season since the competition started in 1992.

The 380 matches produced 1,246 goals at more than three per game — eclipsing the previous best of 1,222 in the inaugural Premier League season when there were two extra clubs.

Manchester City topped the scoring charts as they won an unprecedented fourth title in succession, their 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Sunday taking their tally to 96.

Runners-up Arsenal managed 91 with Liverpool 86 and Newcastle United their best-ever Premier League haul of 85.

Bottom club Sheffield United concluded the season with a 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, meaning they conceded 104 in the campaign — a Premier League record.

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