Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger struggled to hide his frustration with more questions about the recent fan protests against him.
Arsene Wenger was in no mood to discuss fan protests against him as Arsenal prepare to take on West Brom on Saturday.
The Frenchman has received heavy criticism in recent weeks following Arsenal’s Champions League demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich as well as underwhelming Premier League showings that have left them five points adrift of the top four.
Fans held a protest calling for his departure ahead of last week’s FA Cup win over Lincoln, but Wenger has yet to make a decision about his future at Arsenal, with his existing deal due to expire at the end of the season.
Wenger has previously acknowledged the fans’ opinion does matter to him but gave the topic of protests short shrift at Thursday’s media conference.
“It has been a positive week. I know that when you do not win you do not have a happy week.
“Nothing is good enough anymore. You try to do as well as you can. Success is not down to me to judge, I will leave that to the media.
“Our job is to do as well as we can, to qualify for the Champions League. It is a tough job because we have six teams fighting for four places. We are in the semi-final of the cup so we have a good chance to win that.”
Leicester overturned a one-goal deficit with a 2-0 home victory over Sevilla in the return leg on Tuesday to make into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time, a win sealed by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s brilliant save on a late penalty.
Juventus also became one of the quarterfinalists with a 1-0 home win, bringing it to an aggregate 3-0 over Porto.
Trailing 2-1 after the first leg, Leicester took on the lead on 27 minutes as their skipper Wes Morgan put Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick into the goal with his right knee and moved closer to the last eight with an away goal.
In the 74th minute, furious Frenchman Samir Nasri of Sevilla received his second yellow card and was sent off by the match referee after a headbutt at striker Jamie Vardy.
The visitors had the chance to drag the matchup into extra time when they were awarded a penalty after Schmeichel brought down forward Vitolo inside the box, but the Dane compensated that later on with an important block on N’Zonzi’s 12-yard spot kick.
“It’s incredible. We are Champions League newcomers, and we don’t expect to get this far, but now we are here,” said Morgan.
In Turin, Juventus managed a narrow win over Porto on Paulo Dybala’s 42nd-minute penalty.
The remaining two quarterfinal berths will be decided on Wednesday, with Atletico Madrid hosting Bayer Leverkusen with a 4-2 advantage, and Manchester City visiting Monaco with a 5-3 lead after the first leg.
Unbothered about his playing in the Chinese Super League, the forward is enjoying his life on the world’s most expensive boat
Shanghai Shenhua Obafemi Martins is apparently enjoying life in Shanghai despite his lack of playing time this season as he goes fishing on his $460,000-rated Iguana 31 Expedition yacht.
Obagoal is yet to make his mark in Gus Poyet’s team this term after two round of matches in the new Chinese Super League season.
The Nigerian who was missing in Shanghai Shenhua 1-1 draw against Tianjin Quanjian at the Hongkou Football Stadium on Saturday was caught up fishing in the world’s most expensive boat which he acquired during his birthday.
The NFF president has been directed to support the Cameroonian despite his intention to vote for Madagascar’s Ahmad
In a new twist ahead of the Caf elections that will take place on Thursday, March 16, in Addis Ababa, the Nigerian government has ordered its delegation to vote for incumbent Issa Hayatou despite its previous choice of challenger Ahmad of Madagascar.
Cameroon’s government had backed the Nigerian effort to quash the terrorist group Boko Haram that created an enclave in the border area of both countries and Chad. A multinational force was needed to dislodge the group that held more than two hundred schoolgirls captive.
Pinnick, who is also contesting for a place on the Caf Executive Committee, has been in the forefront of a campaign to stop Hayatou from continuing in office, with Ahmad the beneficiary.
However, the Nigerian government has now taken a position for Hayatou, as the NFF delegation arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday to intensify campaigns.
“There is an existing joint relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon and most recently both countries collaborated in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency,” said an unnamed high-ranking member of the Nigerian government quoted by the AFP in Abuja.
“We can’t afford to jeopardise this relationship.
“Pinnick has therefore been ordered to cast his vote for Hayatou even if every other country failed to do so, as Nigeria does not owe Madagascar anything.”
This election is the most hotly contested since Hayatou became president in 1988. It is seen as a shift towards to a more progressive and forward-minded organisation by the young Turks who want to bring an end to the 70-year-old’s time at the helm of Caf.
Ahmad has gotten the backing of the 14-member Council of Southern African Football Associations and several other FA chiefs across the continent.
“We have to follow the path of the rest of the world, as Africa cannot afford to be left behind. I believe that Africa is ready for a change. This is the first time in the history of (Hayatou’s) Caf that there is a real and possible challenge to the leadership,” Liberia FA chief Musa Bility told the BBC on Monday.
It is also believed that Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who met several African chiefs in Harare, Zimbabwe, last month, and his secretary general Fatma Samoura are in favour of a change.
Pinnick told CNN in February that there were problems between Infantino and Hayatou since the latter’s decision to support Sheikh Salman of Bahrain during the Fifa elections in 2016.
This order exposes the lack of autonomy of many African football federations. But since Article 18.1 of the Caf Statutes declare that the elections shall be a secret ballot, it is left to see if Pinnick will follow his government’s order or hold onto his convictions.
Kenya FA boss Nick Mwendwa, who failed to declare his choice, told Goal: “It is a secret ballot. People should only wait to see results after elections.”
The Blues, who ousted Manchester United 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition on Monday night, will face Spurs in the first semi-final at Wembley.
Wembley has been used by Tottenham this season for their European home fixtures and they’ve struggled to produce results at the national stadium, winning just one of four European games played there this season.
The Blues and Tottenham met at the semi-final stage in 2012 when goals from Didier Drogba, Juan Mata, Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda secured a 5-1 win for the Stamford Bridge side.
Arsenal who defeated fifth-tier Lincoln City FC 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday will face Manchester City in the other semi-final also at Wembley.
Arsenal and City have met just twice before at any stage in the competition, with their most recent meeting coming in a 2-1 fifth-round win for the Gunners in 1971.
“He likes to keep a tight lid on his private life but has told loved ones and close friends the baby boys are due to arrive very soon.”
Ronaldo is currently a relationship with model Georgina Rodriguez.