Premier League

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger doesn't collect trophies: 'I give them out'

May 26, 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top Per Mertesacker says the uncertainty surrounding Arsene Wenger's future is no excuse for Arsenal's disappointing season. ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Wenger will remain with Arsenal despite how they fare in the final. A victory for Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final would make Arsene Wenger the most successful manager in the history of the competition. But don't expect to find any of his previous six winner's medals on display at home. Wenger revealed ahead of the Wembley showdown against Chelsea that he never hangs on to trophies or other memorabilia -- instead opting to give them away to Arsenal staff members. "I have no medal at home," Wenger said. "From anything. If you'd come to my home you'd be surprised....

Non-smoker Conte to celebrate Chelsea FA Cup title with cigar

May 26, 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted he will be at Chelsea next season. LONDON -- Antonio Conte has pledged to celebrate with a cigar if Chelsea beat Arsenal to win the FA Cup on Saturday, despite the fact that he doesn't smoke. The Blues can complete a double if they triumph at Wembley, having claimed the Premier League title at West Brom earlier this month with two matches of the campaign to spare. Celebrations at the Hawthorns were wild, with Diego Costa and David Luiz kidnapping Conte from his postmatch media duties in order to continue the revelry on the journey...

Yaya Toure nearing new one-year deal with Manchester City - sources

May 26, 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. Alejandro Moreno praises Bernardo Silva's ability but wonders where he'd fit with an already crowded Man City midfield. Yaya Toure is close to signing a new one-year deal with Manchester City, sources have told ESPN FC. City have six first-team players whose contracts expire at the end of June and the club have already confirmed that Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero will be leaving. No confirmation has been made over Toure's future, but sources have told ESPN FC that both sides are confident that an agreement can be reached over a new deal. Yaya Toure looked to have been on the outs at Man City earlier in the season. The Ivorian midfielder revealed...

Danny Rose says Tottenham 'can only do so much' to retain top players

May 26, 2017 01:21 PM PDT

Tottenham's Son Heung-min believes the team has to win trophies next season to prove they are a big club in world football. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world after winning back-to-back golden boots. Tottenham defender Danny Rose has suggested the future of many Spurs players could be out of the club's hands as individuals look for a new challenge. Rose and his teammate Kyle Walker have both been linked to potential moves to the Manchester clubs this summer, though Tottenham would be eager to retain them ahead of another Champions League campaign. But in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday, Rose said that while some players like Harry Kane have decided to commit their futures to Tottenham,...

Bernardo Silva seals move to Manchester City from Monaco

May 26, 2017 11:05 AM PDT

Alejandro Moreno praises Bernardo Silva's ability but wonders where he'd fit with an already crowded Man City midfield. Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. Vincent Kompany shares his thoughts on Man City's season, Pep Guardiola as a manager and his hopes for the 2017-18 season. Manchester City have sealed a move for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva, making the Portugal midfielder the club's first addition of the summer. The 22-year-old's transfer was announced on Thursday, and it will be finalised when the window opens on July 1. City confirmed that Silva will sign a five-year deal. Silva was integral part of the Monaco side that won Ligue 1 and reached the semifinals of the Champions League, beating City in the round of 16 on the way. He made 58 appearances for Monaco...

Trending: Jose Mourinho's Manchester United target four summer transfers

May 26, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Anthony Richardson recaps an eventful Europa League final, but was Man United's season deemed a success? Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED: Manchester United are not planning a major overhaul of their first-team squad this summer, with the club working on bringing in four new players ahead of next season, sources have told ESPN FC. -  United gave their entire city a "lift" by beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final on Wednesday, according to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. - United's Antonio Valencia has signed a contract...

Mauricio Pochettino must keep Spurs' stars invested in his long-term project

May 26, 2017 10:32 AM PDT

Seven goals in two matches wasn't enough for Harry Kane, Mourinho's 'conversation' goes viral and much more in The Sweeper. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min combined for 61 of Tottenham's 86 Premier League goals. Which five were the best? With the first team off in Asia on a "meet the fans" trip and to play a couple of friendlies, Spurs are getting a deserved break from their season's exertions. To finish the Premier League with two thumping away wins was the icing on the cake: proof that the team had learned from the season before and had developed a ruthless edge in the closing games even when there was little at stake. But now the hard work starts all over again. It's inevitable that some players will leave over the course...

Sergio Romero still hoping to earn role as first-choice keeper at Man United

May 26, 2017 10:18 AM PDT

The FC panel break down the probable starting XI for Manchester United against Ajax in the Europa League final. Sergio Romero still has his sights set on becoming Manchester United's No. 1 goalkeeper after helping the club win the Europa League. The Argentine was picked by Jose Mourinho for all but three of their matches in Europe and kept a clean sheet in Wednesday's final victory over Ajax. David De Gea was first choice in the Premier League, featuring in 36 of the 38 fixtures, but the Spain international continues to be linked with a move back home to Real Madrid after the La Liga champions failed with...

Bernardo Silva signing signals Pep Guardiola and City's intent, ambition

May 26, 2017 09:20 AM PDT

Alejandro Moreno praises Bernardo Silva's ability but wonders where he'd fit with an already crowded Man City midfield. Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. Vincent Kompany shares his thoughts on Man City's season, Pep Guardiola as a manager and his hopes for the 2017-18 season. Following an up-and-down season under Pep Guardiola, the FC panel share their thoughts on Sergio Aguero's Man City future. The capture of Bernardo Silva means that it can be said with relative certainty Manchester City mean business this summer. Memories of warm months spent dithering around and ending up with Fabian Delph or Scott Sinclair are set to be eclipsed this close season as City launch themselves into the transfer market with serious intent. Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini's summer sprees were blighted by the restrictions of UEFA's once popular Financial Fair Play legislation, which brought City's...

Watford confident of hiring former Hull City boss Marco Silva - sources

May 26, 2017 08:48 AM PDT

Craig Burley explains why Marco Silva is destined for bigger and better things while Hull City return to the Championship. Watford are hopeful of winning the race to secure former Hull boss Marco Silva as their new manager, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Watford have made the Portuguese their top target after parting company with Walter Mazzarri last week and have held talks with his representatives as they look to lure him to Vicarage Road. Talks are ongoing between both parties and sources have told ESPN FC that Watford are hopeful they have done enough to fend off interest from elsewhere to land Silva. Silva...

Son, Janssen and Kane score as Tottenham beat Kitchee in friendly

May 26, 2017 08:25 AM PDT

Tottenham's Son Heung-min believes the team has to win trophies next season to prove they are a big club in world football. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world after winning back-to-back golden boots. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min combined for 61 of Tottenham's 86 Premier League goals. Which five were the best? Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. Harry Kane scored a hat trick on the final day of the season in Tottenham's 7-1 victory over Hull City. Son Heung-min, Vincent Janssen and Harry Kane all scored as Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 4-1 friendly win against Hong Kong champions Kitchee on Friday evening. A crowd of 27,568 turned out at Hong Kong Stadium for the postseason run-out to see the Premier League runners-up in action. Son gave Spurs the lead before Janssen claimed his side's second and Kane -- on as a substitute in place of Son -- netted the third. Kitchee's Lucas scored a consolation for the home team before Kazaiah Sterling added...

Alexis Sanchez chosen by fans as Arsenal's player of the year

May 26, 2017 07:32 AM PDT

Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he prefers to play in central midfield than on the wing. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his side must move forward like every other big team in the Premier League. Alexis Sanchez has been named Arsenal's player of the year in a vote by fans. The club said the Chile forward was the "overwhelming" winner of the annual poll, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finishing second and centre-back Laurent Koscielny third. Sanchez leads Arsenal in both goals (29) and assists (15) this season, his most productive output since joining the Gunners in 2014. He also scored the winning goal in extra time in the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City to set up Saturday's final...

Antonio Conte: Chelsea and I 'have the same idea' over club's future direction

May 26, 2017 06:56 AM PDT

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted he will be at Chelsea next season. Chelsea's Willian believes that it was manager Antonio Conte's training regime that helped them to succeed this season. The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey has his say as to whether or not Chelsea will seal the double against Arsenal. LONDON -- Antonio Conte has confirmed that Chelsea are already planning for a busy summer in the transfer market as he prepares to take on Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley, but insists that he and the club's hierarchy "have the same idea" for the future development of his squad. Chelsea will complete a Premier League and FA Cup double if they can defeat the Gunners but know that they will return to the Champions League football as top seeds next season regardless of the result at Wembley. And...

Walker, Mendy and Schmeichel Man City targets in Guardiola overhaul

May 26, 2017 06:33 AM PDT

Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. Pep Guardiola has begun his overhaul of the Manchester City squad by confirming the release of five senior players who come to the end of their contracts in the summer. They were all veterans of City's recent success, but their departures herald a new era with a host of fresh faces set to arrive at the Etihad. Here are five players that could be potential replacements for those leaving the club. ... Pablo Zabaleta The Argentinian full-back will be the hardest of the players released to replace...


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