Share This Story Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta has the “ingredients” to develop into a very good manager at Arsenal. The Spanish head coach took over the reins of the north London side in December after Arsenal parted company with Wenger’s successor Unai Emery. Arteta started to rebuild Arsenal in the second half of the 2019-20 season, with some particularly impressive performances in the FA Cup. Arsenal won the FA Cup trophy for the first time since Wenger’s departure after a 2-1 victory over Chelsea FC at Wembley back in August. The Gunners have made a promising start to Arteta’s first full season in charge of the north London club after earning nine points from four games. Arsenal look like mounting a top-four challenge in the 2020-21 campaign given the progress that the Gunners have already made under Arteta. Ex-Gunners boss Wenger believes his former Arsenal captain Arteta can blossom into a top manager at The Emirates. Asked if Arsenal are in good hands under Arteta, Wenger told BBC Sport: “Yes. He has the ingredients to be a very good manager, a top manager, but many of my former players had these ingredients. We have to give them time, let them do their job in the way they want to do it. “He’s intelligent, he has big passion and a strong character. And I believe he’s surrounding himself with the right people.” Arsenal signed Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes, Chelsea FC winger Willian and Dijon goalkeeper Alex Runarsson this summer. The Gunners completed permanent deals for Flamengo defender Pablo Mari and Southampton full-back Cedric Soares. Arsenal have also secured the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid for a second successive season. The Gunners will return to Premier League action with a difficult trip to Arteta’s former club Manchester City on Saturday evening. Arsenal will host top-four rivals Leicester City in their next Premier League game at The Emirates on Sunday 25 October. MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip The post ‘He’s intelligent’: Arsene Wenger gives verdict on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta appeared first on The Sport Review.
Share This Story Arsene Wenger has revealed that he does regret missing out on the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo when Arsenal were at their peak. The Gunners were linked with a swoop to sign Ronaldo before Manchester United landed the Sporting Lisbon prospect back in 2003. The Portugal legend has previously confirmed that he had met with Wenger to discuss a move to Arsenal in the early 2000s. Arsenal were ready to sign Ronaldo when he was a teenager despite interest from Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Inter Milan. The Gunners looked to have won the race to sign the Sporting Lisbon prospect before Manchester United faced Ronaldo in a pre-season friendly. Impressed by Ronaldo’s performance, some of the Manchester United players urged Sir Alex Ferguson to sign the Portuguese winger. The Red Devils managed to swoop to sign Ronaldo ahead of Arsenal before the number seven went on to become one of the club’s best players in their history. Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games in all competitions for Manchester United, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup and two League Cups. Former Arsenal manager Wenger admitted that he regrets that the Gunners couldn’t see Ronaldo line up alongside Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp at Highbury. “Of course I think what if, for example, Cristiano Ronaldo played with Thierry Henry, [Robert] Pires, [Sylvain] Wiltord and [Dennis Bergkamp]. Maybe we score 200 goals in a season!” Wenger told BBC Sport. “You regret sometimes, you think it’s your fault that you didn’t decide quickly enough or sometimes financially you couldn’t agree quickly enough, but overall I must say you go to Chelsea, you go to Manchester United, you go to Liverpool… every club is full of stories like this.” Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups trophies during his 22 seasons in charge of the north London side. The Gunners will return to Premier League action on Saturday evening after the international break with a clash against Manchester City at The Etihad. MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip The post Arsene Wenger: I regret Arsenal not signing Cristiano Ronaldo appeared first on The Sport Review.