Arsene Wenger has named Nagoya Grampus manager Dragan Stojkovic as the man who should replace him at the helm of Arsenal.
The Serbian had a great playing career with Marseille and Red Star Belgrade, being one of five players to receive the Star of the Red Star award. Stojkovic played for Wenger at Nagoya and took over as manager of the Japanese club in 2008, winning the J-League last year.
Speaking to Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti, Wenger said he believes he and Stojkovic share the same footballing philosophy and is confident the 45-year-old will go on to achieve great things as a manager: “I would love Stojkovic to be my successor, there are a hundred reasons for that.”
The Gunners manager continued: “Our ideas are the same and we both strive for perfect football.
“I knew he was going to have teams playing attacking football with many passes. He has done that, showing he will be a great coach.”
Wenger slams Barton.
Arsene Wenger has slammed Joey Barton for his challenge which led to Abou Diaby being sent off and says the Newcastle United midfielder was lucky to stay on the pitch in Saturday’s 4-4 draw with the Magpies.
The Gunners took a four goal lead in the first half before Diaby was dismissed early in the second half for reacting to a harsh challenge from Joey Barton. The home side took advantage of the extra man and managed to level the score in the second half.
Speaking after the game, Wenger said: “It was a completely unnecessary sending-off, and I believe Barton was very lucky to stay on the pitch for the tackle on Diaby.”
He added: “It’s a shame [for Diaby] because he had a great first half. Sometimes you could understand when he has a bad game, but he had an outstanding game.”
Wilshere Twitter rant.
Jack Wilshere has blamed referee Phil Dowd of being ‘inconsistent’ via Twitter after his side threw away a four goal lead to draw 4-4 with Newcastle United on Saturday.
Abou Diaby was sent off early in the second half as Arsenal lead 4-0 and Dowd awarded the home side two contentious penalties during the second period which Barton converted to narrow Arsenal’s lead.
After the game the 19-year-old midfielder slammed Dowd on Twitter saying: “Inconsistent refereeing needs to stop, it’s killing the game,” later removing his message.
Wilshere then added “If Diaby is sent off, what’s the difference between that and Kevin Nolan’s challenge on our keeper??#joke.”