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Football: Diaby closing on Arsenal return - Wenger

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is close to a return from a 13-month injury lay-off after playing for the club's under-21 side, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday. "He hasn't played for a year, but physically he is ready to play, completely," Wenger told the club website. "It is now just decision-making, getting used to challenges again. Everybody (counted him out), but he is fit and ready."

Football: Ozil in line for Arsenal return, says Wenger

Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil could make his return from a hamstring injury at Hull City this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. "I think (Kieran) Gibbs will be out for the weekend but (Nacho) Monreal is possibly available and Ozil could be available to travel as well," Wenger told a press conference. "I will see that on Friday and Saturday." Germany international Ozil has not played since going off at half-time of his side's 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 on March 11.

Football: Wenger won't pick Arsenal successor

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared that he will not imitate former Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson by selecting his own successor. Ferguson recommended David Moyes to the United board after retiring last year, but the former Everton manager has endured a disappointing first season at Old Trafford. Wenger, 64, recently presided over his 1,000th game as Arsenal manager, but he feels that it will not be his responsibility to play a part in the recruitment process when the club go in search of their next head coach.

Football: Wenger slams 'zero games manager' Scholes

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger defended his side following comments by former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes that the Gunners are a "million miles away" from competing for the Premier League title. Last week Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal saw the Gunners thrashed 6-0 away to Premier League leaders Chelsea in a lopsided London derby. And in midweek, when on the verge of a win at home to struggling Swansea, a late own-goal led instead to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Football: Wenger proud as 1,000th game tributes pour in

Arsene Wenger said on Friday that it was "a privilege and an honour" to reach his 1,000th game as Arsenal manager, while his contemporaries queued up to praise the achievement. The 64-year-old will become only the fourth manager -- after Matt Busby, Dario Gradi and Alex Ferguson -- to reach the milestone with one English club when his side visit Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. "It's a privilege and an honour to manage 1,000 games at this club," Wenger told a press conference at the club's London Colney training base north of the capital.

Football: I'm not going anywhere, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger has revealed there should be "no uncertainty at all" over his future as he prepares to celebrate his 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal. Wenger is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and is yet to sign an extension. That had triggered speculation Wenger could be ready to quit if Arsenal, who have gone nine years without a trophy, once again fail to secure any silverware this term. But the 64-year-old Frenchman insists he is not considering leaving and that the formalities of a new deal will be announced soon.

Football: Wenger proud as 1,000th game tributes pour in

Arsene Wenger said on Friday that it was "a privilege and an honour" to reach his 1,000th game as Arsenal manager, while his contemporaries queued up to praise the achievement. The 64-year-old will become only the fourth manager -- after Matt Busby, Dario Gradi and Alex Ferguson -- to reach the milestone with one English club when his side visit Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. "It's a privilege and an honour to manage 1,000 games at this club," Wenger told a press conference at the club's London Colney training base north of the capital.

Football: Arsene Wenger, Arsenal's professorial pioneer

Arsene Wenger will take charge of his 1,000th match as Arsenal manager on Saturday, and the rest of English football is still playing catch-up. London newspaper the Evening Standard screamed "ARSENE WHO?" when the urbane Frenchman was hired by Arsenal in September 1996, but 17-and-a-half years on, he has helped to revolutionise the English game. When Wenger first arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, Arsenal's old guard baulked at the methods he introduced, which included individualised dietary programmes and intensive stretching routines.

Football: Wenger believes in Arsenal's 'mission possible'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dubbed Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second-leg clash at holders Bayern Munich as "Mission Possible" as they attempt to over-turn a two-goal deficit. The Gunners need to overcome Bayern's 2-0 first-leg victory at the Emirates Stadium three weeks ago. Arsenal bowed out of Europe to the same opponents at the same stage last season on away goals, but not before pulling off a shock 2-0 win in Munich after losing 3-1 at home to Bayern. Wenger said lightning can strike twice.

Arsenal track record shows we can beat Bayern: Wenger

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Arsenal's European track record shows they can overcome the 2-0 last-16 first leg deficit when they face holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, coach Arsene Wenger said on Monday. Bayern are seeking to become the first team to retain the trophy and will be banking on home advantage to sink Arsenal. But Wenger said the Germans should not take victory for granted.
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