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Joo, oli hieman tylsää. Pohjautuu siis tuohon aikaisemmin lähettämääni linkkiin. AFC ja OFC alueiden kansallisuuksia omaavia pelaajia ei "Wengerin sadassa" ole lainkaan. Punaisella vielä joukkueessa olevat pelaajat, joita on yhteensä 24 kappaletta ja kaikki Euroopasta.

 

Jos halutaan tästä joku tähtikentällinen kasata, niin se näyttäisi seuraavalta:

 

D. Bergkamp (376) - T. Henry (370)

R. Pires (284) - P. Vieira (402) - R. Parlour (305) - F. Ljungberg (329)

G. Clichy (264) - K. Touré (326) - M. Keown (266) - B. Sagna (273)

D. Seaman (245)

 

Subs: J. Lehmann (200), Lauren (241), A. Cole (228), Cesc Fàbregas (303), Gilberto Silva (244), R. van Persie (278), T. Walcott (276)

 

CAF (13 players)

 

Cameroon (2 players)

16. Lauren (241)

22. Alex Song (201)

 

Côte d'Ivoire (3 players)

5. Kolo Touré (326)

21. Emmanuel Eboué (206)

68. Gervinho (64)

 

Ghana (1 player)

98. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (18)

 

Guinea (1 player)

100. Kaba Diawara (15)

 

Liberia (1 player)

79. Christopher Wreh (43)

 

Morocco (1 player)

66. Marouane Chamakh (67)

 

Nigeria (1 player)

24. Nwankwo Kanu (197)

 

Senegal (1 player)

89. Armand Traore (32)

 

Togo (1 player)

42. Emmanuel Adebayor (137)

 

Trinidad and Tobago (1 player)

64. Justin Hoyte (68)

 

 

CONCACAF (1 player)

 

Mexico (1 player)

71. Carlos Vela (62)

 

 

CONMEBOL (7 players)

 

Argentina (1 player)

63. Nelson Vivas (69)

 

Brazil (6 players)

15. Gilberto Silva (244)

35. Denilson (151)

47. Edu (121)

60. Sylvinho (75)

86. Julio Baptista (35)

88. André Santos (33)

 

 

UEFA (79 players)

 

Austria (1 player)

69. Alexander Manninger (64)

 

Belarus (1 player)

43. Aliaksandr Hleb (130)

 

Belgium (1 player)

40. Thomas Vermaelen (140)

 

Croatia (2 players)

65. Eduardo (67)

84. Davor Suker (39)

 

Czech Republic (1 player)

19. Tomas Rosicky (212)

 

Denmark (1 player)

31. Nicklas Bendtner (171)

 

England (24 players)

6. Ray Parlour (305)

10. Theo Walcott (276)

12. Martin Keown (266)

14. David Seaman (245)

17. Ashley Cole (228)

18. Lee Dixon (224)

20. Sol Campbell (210)

25. Tony Adams (188)

34. Nigel Winterburn (155)

39. Kieran Gibbs (141)

44. Jack Wilshere (130)

55. Steve Bould (90)

61. Stephen Hughes (74)

62. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (73)

67. David Platt (67)

72. Ian Wright (59)

74. Matthew Upson (56)

75. Carl Jenkinson (53)

82. Francis Jeffers (39)

91. Stuart Taylor (30)

92. Paul Merson (30)

93. Jermaine Pennant (26)

96. Richard Wright (22)

97. John Lukic (19)

 

France (21 players)

1. Patrick Vieira (402)

3. Thierry Henry (379)

8. Robert Pires (284)

11. Bacary Sagna (273)

13. Gaël Clichy (264)

26. Mathieu Flamini (182)

27. Abou Diaby (178)

30. Sylvain Wiltord (175)

32. Gilles Grimandi (168)

33. Laurent Koscielny (158)

38. William Gallas (142)

46. Samir Nasri (125)

53. Emmanuel Petit (106)

54. Pascal Cygan (100)

56. Nicolas Anelka (90)

57. Olivier Giroud (87)

76. Jérémie Aliadière (50)

77. Francis Coquelin (44)

78. Mikael Silvestre (43)

83. Sébastien Squillaci (39)

85. Remi Garde (37)

 

Germany (4 player)

23. Jens Lehmann (200)

50. Per Mertesacker (113)

73. Lukas Podolski (58)

87. Mesut Özil (35)

 

Israel (1 player)

94. Yossi Benayoun (25)

 

Italy (1 player)

95. Vito Mannone (23)

 

Latvia (1 player)

90. Igors Stepanovs (31)

 

Netherlands (4 players)

2. Dennis Bergkamp (376)

9. Robin van Persie (278)

45. Marc Overmars (129)

70. Giovanni van Bronckhorst (64)

 

Poland (2 players)

37. Wojciech Szczesny (144)

59. Lukasz Fabianski (75)

 

Portugal (1 player)

81. Luis Boa Morte (40)

 

Russia (1 player)

36. Andrey Arshavin (144)

 

Spain (6 players)

7. Cesc Fàbregas (303)

29. Manuel Almunia (175)

49. Mikel Arteta (113)

52. José Antonio Reyes (110)

58. Santi Cazorla (85)

80. Nacho Monreal (42)

 

Sweden (1 player)

4. Fredrik Ljungberg (329)

 

Switzerland (2 players)

41. Johan Djourou (140)

48. Philippe Senderos (117)

 

Ukraine (1 player)

51. Oleg Luzhny (110)

 

Wales (2 players)

28. Aaron Ramsey (176)

99. John Hartson (16)

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Mesut Özil

Wenger - I can accommodate all my No 10s

 

Arsène Wenger believes Mesut Özil will thrive at Arsenal - even if he can't always play in his favoured No 10 role.

 

The Germany international has had his critics since joining the Gunners last year and is still building up his fitness and form after winning the World Cup in the summer.

 

Özil is one of an array of playmakers in the Arsenal squad - Santi CazorlaTomás RosickyJack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are also comfortable in the No 10 role - and Wenger insists he can accommodate them all.

 

"Of course," he said. "The main man is the one with the ball. The others have to give him solutions to play. Every teams finds a way to go through its strong point. Subconsciously, a team will go through were its strong points are.

 

"[Özil is] a confident boy. This guy has played for the German national team and won the World Cup playing wide and nobody found a word to say. He has been criticised during the World Cup and still played well and he was always in every single team. You have all this debate and you have to think is this debate right or wrong?

 

"Zidane went to Real Madrid for £82 million and he played on the left. He’s not quicker than you and me! There was never a debate and he had to play there, because in the middle they had Raúl and Ronaldo and he made room and played on the left. When you have the ball you play where you want and go where you want.

 

"It is a debate as old as the world. Since we played football. When you look at the Brazil team in 1970 they had Tostão, Rivelino, Pelé, Jairzinho, Gérson, Clodoaldo. They played all No 10 in their club. They didn’t know what to do. They put them all together and they won the World Cup in a convincing way.

 

"What is Wilshere but basically a No 10? He played his whole life at No 10. Somebody had to go out there. Is it Wilshere, Özil or Ramsey… nobody is really natural out wide. So you keep good players out or you try to get them together.

"It is [ambitious], but without ambition you cannot progress. We have that desire to play well altogether and I think we can really achieve it. We can have a fantastic team."

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http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/20876/9601795/premier-league-pardew-calls-for-arsenal-to-rename-ground-the-arsene-wenger-stadium

 

Pardew on avannut sanaisen arkkunsa ja on sitä mieltä, että Emirates Stadium pitäisi nimetä uudelleen Wengerin mukaan. Pakko sanoa, että tykkään ideasta todella paljon. Etenkin Etelä-Amerikasta muistuu mieleen pari stadionia, jotka on nimetty valmentajien/pelaajien mukaan. Esimerkiksi Newell's Old Boysin kotikenttä kantaa nimeä 'Estadio Marcelo Bielsa', ja Independienten kannattajat haluaisivat nykyisen stadioninsa nimeksi muutettavan 'Estadio Kun Agüero'. Miksei siis Arsenal voisi tuoda tätä perinnettä Eurooppaan?

 

Kymmenen vuoden päästä muistelemme kuitenkin lämmöllä Arsènen menestyksen aikoja (mekin, jotka emme sitä ehtineet näkemään) ja keskitymme pitämään häntä kenties suurimpana seuralegendana ikinä, vaikka nykyään joillakin tuntuu menevän professorin kritisoiminen jo siihen, että ollaan huutamassa 'fuck off'ia juna-asemalla tappion jälkeen. Tosiasiassa tämä ei tule koskaan käymään toteen, koska $$$, mutta kenties maailma on parinkymmenen vuoden päästä muuttunut, ja Emiratesin sponssisopimuksen päättyessä alkaa tulla puhetta hieman "aidommasta" stadionin nimestä. Kehottaisin silloin muistelemaan, mitä monsieur Alan kommentoi medialle näin 11.12.2014.

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Pakko kyllä kompata. Sanotaanko, että ainakin vähän. En kuitenkaan pahastuisi. Ei sinänsä Emiratesissakaan mitään vikaan nimenä ole, mutta jokin siinä särähtää korvaan aika ajoin.

 

Onhan noita henkilöiden jälkeen nimettyjä stadioneita useampaakin. Santiago Bernabéu Yeste (Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Real Madrid), Giuseppe Meazza (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Inter/Milan), Ferenc Puskás (Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Hungary) ja Fritz Walter (Fritz-Walter-Stadion, 1. FC Kaiserslautern) ovat ainakin ensimmäiseksi mieleen tulevia nimiä, jotka ovat nimensä stadionille antaneet.

 

Tosin eipä ole ajankohtainen aihe. Ihan varmasti keskustelua aiheuttava ajatus kuitenkin. Ehkä kuitenkin jotain pienempää, kun aika tulee.

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http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/20876/9601795/premier-league-pardew-calls-for-arsenal-to-rename-ground-the-arsene-wenger-stadium

 

Pardew on avannut sanaisen arkkunsa ja on sitä mieltä, että Emirates Stadium pitäisi nimetä uudelleen Wengerin mukaan. Pakko sanoa, että tykkään ideasta todella paljon. Etenkin Etelä-Amerikasta muistuu mieleen pari stadionia, jotka on nimetty valmentajien/pelaajien mukaan. Esimerkiksi Newell's Old Boysin kotikenttä kantaa nimeä 'Estadio Marcelo Bielsa', ja Independienten kannattajat haluaisivat nykyisen stadioninsa nimeksi muutettavan 'Estadio Kun Agüero'. Miksei siis Arsenal voisi tuoda tätä perinnettä Eurooppaan?

 

Kymmenen vuoden päästä muistelemme kuitenkin lämmöllä Arsènen menestyksen aikoja (mekin, jotka emme sitä ehtineet näkemään) ja keskitymme pitämään häntä kenties suurimpana seuralegendana ikinä, vaikka nykyään joillakin tuntuu menevän professorin kritisoiminen jo siihen, että ollaan huutamassa 'fuck off'ia juna-asemalla tappion jälkeen. Tosiasiassa tämä ei tule koskaan käymään toteen, koska $$$, mutta kenties maailma on parinkymmenen vuoden päästä muuttunut, ja Emiratesin sponssisopimuksen päättyessä alkaa tulla puhetta hieman "aidommasta" stadionin nimestä. Kehottaisin silloin muistelemaan, mitä monsieur Alan kommentoi medialle näin 11.12.2014.

Tuossa on kans sillai kulttuuriero, että Etelä-Amerikassa muutenkin tykätään nimetä paikkoja henkilöiden mukaan. Oli sitten kyse kaupungista, kadunnimestä , metroasemasta tai mistä ikinä olikaan. Suurin osa stadioneista on nimetty jonkun henkilön mukaan ja monet ei edes liity futikseen millään tavalla.

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Arsène Wenger's matchday routine


Arsène Wenger takes you step by step through his matchday routine, from the moment he wakes up to watching the highlights! Find out how the boss prepares for games and what goes on behind the scenes.


 



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“(Wenger) is a legend. He is an Arsenal legend. You learn from him every day. Sometimes we discuss about things like I would like to train more, and he doesn’t let me! But he definitely looks after me.”


"The reason why I moved to Arsenal is because there were a group of young players with the ambition to achieve things. I thought that Arsenal was the perfect club for me, the perfect club to win titles and compete in every competition.”


 


Alexis valottaa vähän miksi valitsi Arsenalin ja onhan tuo mukava kuulla, että Wenger edelleen houkuttaa pelaajia tulemaan Lontooseen. 


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Alexis valottaa vähän miksi valitsi Arsenalin ja onhan tuo mukava kuulla, että Wenger edelleen houkuttaa pelaajia tulemaan Lontooseen. 

 

Täytyy myös nostaa ylös tuo Wengerin kielipää, sillä puhuu sujuvasti niin montaa eri kieltä.

 

Esimerkiksi Mesut Özil totesi juuri pari päivää sitten olleessa Twitter-kyselyssä, että Wenger puhui puhelun aikana täydellistä saksaa ennen Özilin siirtoa ja saman puhelun aikana Mesut ilmeisesti päättikin, että missä tulee pelaamaan seuraavan kautensa.

 

Arsène on huikea kaveri, jota ei ehkä tarpeeksi usein muisteta arvostaa siinä kaikessa merkityksessään, mitä on seuralle ja joukkuetta rakennettaessa.

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Hauskana faktana täytyy todeta, että koska Leicester City erotti Pearsonin, niin kaikki tämän hetken Valioliigan managerit ovat olleet pesteissään yhteensä 6 836 vuorokautta. Wenger puolestaan 6 846 vuorokautta.

 

Tietenkään tuo ei pidä enää huomenna paikkaansa, mutta silti.

 

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Legend, what an absolute legend.

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Vaikka itse olisin jo vuosia halunnut managerin vaihtoon, niin kyllähän Wengeriä pitää kunnioittaa myös vastustajien. 

 

Tälläinen uutinen tuli pari päivää sitten vastaan:

 

http://www.iltalehti.fi/jalkapallo/2015062819948148_jp.shtml

 

Nuo ovat juuri niitä asioita, joista kovin harva puhuu, mutta pakko arvostaa.

 

Ei ole myöskään todellakaan ensimmäinen kerta, kun Wenger ja seura on lähestynyt kannattajiaan vastaavasti.

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Nuo ovat juuri niitä asioita, joista kovin harva puhuu, mutta pakko arvostaa.

 

Ei ole myöskään todellakaan ensimmäinen kerta, kun Wenger ja seura on lähestynyt kannattajiaan vastaavasti.

 

Nii.. Jotkut näkevät Wengerin vain valittavana toppatakkimiehenä, joka seisoo Old Traffordin katsomossa kädet levällään ja toiset näkevät ihmisen tämän kaiken takana, joka uhrannut käytännössä koko elämänsä rakastamansa lajin (ja seuran) parissa. Sir Alex Ferguson on ollut toinen vastaava manageri, jotka eivät ole vain nimiä historiassa, vaan osa seuran legendaa, joita tullaan muistamaan vielä vuosikymmeniä tulevaisuudessa. Tälläisiin legendoihin verrattuna yksittäiset Valioliigavoitot eivät ole mitään... Ne on vain tuloksia ihmisten takana. 

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The Evolution of Arsène Wenger

 

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On the back end of the last decade, Arsène Wenger started to divide the opinions of the Arsenal faithful like no other. While fans recognised that the North London side were financially handicapped due to the commitment to the Emirates Stadium, success was still expected.
 
Even with those struggles, Wenger still managed to deliver constant Champions League football but always fell just short of true success. Countless quarterfinal and semifinal cup exits with the occasional runner up place left the Gunners heartbroken on more than one occasion across multiple competitions.
 
Add in the tendency for Arsenal to be able to start the league season off strong then fade traditionally in February, paired with countless injuries and soon the idea of #WengerOut was born.
 
Before long, Arsenal became a bit of a laughing stock among the traditional top four teams as more people started claiming that Wenger’s ultimate goal was the fourth place trophy. Fans started to believe that Arsenal was becoming a team with a meager budget, injury problems and embodying a small team mentality against the title contenders.
 
Though a portion of the North London faithful were starting to give up on Wenger, one very important person did not; Ivan Gazidis.
 
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The Arsenal chief executive was always sympathetic to Wenger’s situation as it was that pair that pioneered the long term project of constructing the Emirates.
 
Their hope was long term success and Gazidis himself knew that it would be 2014 before the team could look to compete with the best in the world.
 
True to that word, in 2014, Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought with an FA cup victory, something that was repeated the very next season. Many distinct developments of Wenger’s style of management contributed to this as he started to claw some of his doubters back on his side.
 
Though the climb back to true competitiveness took a good few years, Arsenal finally made it. Three particular areas of Wenger’s leadership evolved to facilitate this success; his transfer policy, his intense loyalty towards his players, and his tactical adeptness.
 
Transfer policy
Wenger has stated that this trophy drought has been the managerial period that he has been most proud of due to his competition with billionaires. Many fans would disagree with that, citing the Invincibles season as the shining star of Wenger’s era. This is especially the case when one looks at Wenger’s transfer troubles during the trophy drought era.

 

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Bringing up names such as Yann M’Vila, Gonzalo Higuaín, Stevan Jovetić, David Villa, Sami Khedira, and many more will make most fans wince. At one time or another, all of these names seemed certain to join Arsenal and all of whom, seemingly slipped out the hands of the North Londoners.
 
Instead the Arsenal faithful had to be satisfied with signings that showed an immense lack of ambition. Relevant names in this vein included Mikael Silvestre, Marouane Chamakh, Sebastien Squillaci, André Santos, and Park Chu Young.
 
This is the sort of disappointing quality that the Gunners were largely limited to in the era of penny pinching in the effort to get over the hill on stadium payments. That however, all ended on the deadline day of the 2014 summer transfer window with one name: Mesut Özil.
 
Wenger parted ways with a hefty £42.5 million to obtain the services of one of the best German play-makers in the world which predictably, sent the fans into a frenzy.
 
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This was a definite sign that Arsenal were well and truly back with marquee annual signings of world-class players. The subsequent transfers of Alexis Sánchez and Petr Čech proved that Wenger’s supposed lack of ambition was never the fault of his own but having to cope with financial circumstances.
 
Čech in particular was an important signing that indicated Wenger’s development in another aspect of his management style.

 

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Loyalty to players

Wenger has always been somewhat of a master of keeping all of his squad players happy, regarding the role everyone plays and the subsequent minutes that everyone should expect to have.
 
Even before signing Čech, Wenger said that he had three world-class keepers at his disposal and though that was a stretch, he did have two starting XI quality shot-stoppers. And so, it was surprising to see Wenger’s ambition to bring in a keeper of enough quality to eclipse both Wojciech Szczęsny and David Ospina.
 
The signing of Čech forces one of these keepers to resign himself to very few minutes next season or to seek a position at another club, a rare move from Wenger. This ruthlessness was signaled last season as in an almost unprecedented move for Wenger, he dropped Szczęsny after a series of errors from the Polish international.
 
Ospina gained the nod from the boss as a result as Szczesny had to make due with FA Cup football for the rest of the season. This was a great sign of a changed Wenger as he had always been reluctant to make mid season changes in his starting XI prior.
 
Barring injury, the Gunners have gone through seasons with a near identical starting XI between August and April. As a result, most fans welcomed this fresh ruthlessness from the manager. This willingness to change the starting XI up was a sign of Wenger’s last big development in his managerial ability.
 
Tactical adeptness
While replacing a struggling goalkeeper with a fresh alternative was a seemingly obvious change, Wenger has developed his adaptability to influence all areas of the pitch, sometimes even mid-game in recent years.
 
Ever since the physicality of Arsenal left with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Lee Dixon, and Martin Keown, the Gunners became known as one dimensional with a tiki-taka style which attempted to emulate Barcelona.
 
Soon after the Arsenal style of “tippy-tappy”emerged, their competitiveness against top teams started to slip thanks to their tendency to get out-muscled and figured out. Arsenal were even seen to gain an affinity for potential complacency later in matches in which they lead, leading to a lot of unnecessarily dropped points.

 

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While these issues were each manageable on their own, when tied together with the squad’s lack of adaptability against teams who exploited these weaknesses, Arsenal were tactically exposed.
 
This image which Arsenal have bred is starting to wear off however, and Wenger has shown (in this past season in particular) that Arsenal are very much a multi-dimensional team again.
 
As much as the Gunners still favour attractive flowing, passing football, they have been shown to hammer out gritty 1-0 or 2-1 victories when required. Arsenal have been able to transition from an all out attacking team all the time to one that also has the ability to hold the ball for a half in hanging onto a tight win. This will be all the more achievable with a goalkeeper like Cech now between the sticks.
 
Wenger has also been able to interchange short, direct passing techniques with an over the top ball that finds the feet of a quick, penetrating winger. Most importantly, Arsenal have shown that they can also once again be physical.
 
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This adaptability has been lacking for a few years now but with the right squad at his disposal, Wenger has been able to make the Gunners unpredictable again and a wealth of successful results have followed.
 
Arsenal have even broken their curse of losses against big teams with wins over both halves of Manchester this past season, also being denied a win at Anfield thanks to a last minute equalizer.
 
It has been a while coming but it has been a joy seeing this Arsenal team develop from one that looked destined to be stuck in fourth, to one that could genuinely challenge for the title. That has been as much due to progression from the team as it has been from the big boss in Wenger.
 
If the progression continues, the Gunners could be looking at their fourth Premier League title rather than a fourth place spot in the league.

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Arsenal Coach Is Back Doing What He Does Best: Groom Talent

 

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Arsène Wenger, coming up on his 19th anniversary as manager of Arsenal, is now in his 52nd year in professional soccer. He has probably heard more ridiculous tales about which players he needs to buy than most of us have had hot suppers to eat.
 
But the philosophical Wenger likes nothing more than to develop a player. So far this off season he has spent $17 million for a world-class goalkeeper — and a quarter of that on recruiting 11 embryonic starlets that he hopes to groom into stars one day.
 
Wenger is now well into the latter stages of coaching, yet he still comes alive whenever he sees a genuine prospect blossom on his team. On Saturday and Sunday, he positively glowed in front of a nearly full stadium during the Emirates Cup, Arsenal’s annual preseason competition.
 
On Saturday, as Arsenal pounded Lyon, 6-0, two teenagers — Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaïde — stood out among the men on the field. Iwobi, who turned 19 in May, is the nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, a mellifluous, free-spirited Nigerian whose long career took him to clubs in Germany, Turkey, France, Qatar, England and Nigeria before he retired in 2011. Iwobi showed traces of his uncle’s self-confidence, augmented by dribbling skills that he might have learned watching Ronaldo.
 
Reine-Adelaïde, however, might be even more special. Just 17, but with a developed physique, the young Frenchman had a cameo against Lyon, then started in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Wolfsburg, the runner-up in the German Bundesliga last season.
 
Reine-Adelaïde was hypnotic, and Wenger could scarcely conceal the joy in seeing him not just compete with, but sometimes mesmerize experienced, top-notch opponents.
 
There was a moment when Reine-Adelaïde took the ball ever so close to Kevin De Bruyne, then teased him by putting his foot on the ball and dragging it surreptitiously away before gliding free.
 
De Bruyne was arguably the outstanding player in the Bundesliga last season, and he is rumored to be a $70 million target for Manchester City.
 
Reine-Adelaïde, who later switched positions and set up the game-winning goal by Theo Walcott, was perhaps not even the main target in the deal that took him from France to England in late May. Arsenal was intent on snapping up the 16-year-old striker Yassin Fortune before other teams could, including Manchester United. Fortune and Reine-Adelaïde came up together through the academy of the French club Lens, and Arsenal bought both in a deal that could cost as much as $5 million — though some may say one day that the deal cost only $5 million, particularly if Fortune hits his targets.
 
Wenger is French and knows that potential is there, waiting to be found in his homeland. Reine-Adelaïde comes from the Parisian suburbs, just like Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer, Thierry Henry. Wenger had spectacular success in converting Henry from a left winger to a center forward, and he showed his knowledge again when he plucked Cesc Fàbregas out of Barcelona and threw him straight into the Premier League as a 17-year-old playmaker. Wenger has shown that if the talent is ripe, he will not hesitate to use it.
 
But Arsenal is rebuilding again after a relatively fallow decade when the need to pay for a new stadium meant Arsenal sometimes had to sell its star players. But Arsenal has bought Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez in consecutive off-seasons, and with plenty of options on the wings and in the midfield, the new talents may have to be patient for first-team action.
 
Listen, however, to Wenger’s reaction after Sunday’s game. “I don’t remember how I played at 17,” the manager said, “but I didn’t play like that!”
 
He described Reine-Adelaïde as something special. “He needs to work with us for a year,” Wenger added. “He needs to be in and out, to play with the under-21’s and develop. There’s fantastic potential there, and he will stay with us, not go out on loan to anyone.”
 
With Wenger, what often matters more is not the words, but the look in his eyes when he says them.
 
The patience to build while others rush to buy is perceived, by some, as Wenger’s strength. Others view that as a weakness, an unwillingness to spend the club’s money.
 
One week ago, Philip Harris, a member of Arsenal’s board, told The Daily Mail that the manager had 200 million pounds (about $310 million) in the bank to spend.
 
Harris is a rich, influential businessman at a club with two dominant shareholders: Stan Kroenke, who holds sway among Arsenal’s directors, and Alisher Usmanov, who is not on the board despite controlling 30 percent of the shares.
 
Kroenke and Usmanov don’t always get along, but both agree that Wenger is the master when it comes to soccer.
 
When Wenger was asked by journalists whether it was helpful that a director spoke of money in the bank and if he wanted a proven striker (presumed by some to be Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema), Wenger responded: “Helpful or not, it doesn’t matter.”
 
Wenger downplayed Harris’s comments. “He has gone a bit overboard because that’s not true. We’re in a position where we have a strong squad, but if an opportunity turns up, we’ll still do something. The transfer market is not closed.”
 
Wenger concluded, “We have the stability that gives you strength.”

 

Satisfying the players he already has and giving opportunities to those he is developing might be less of a gamble for Wenger than trying to find a star to fit in a stable locker room.

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Wengerin alaisuudessa on ehtinyt pelaamaan 199 pelaajaa. Petr Cech nyt viimeisimpänä ja 200. nimeä odotellaan.

 

Tomás Rosicky ja Theo Walcott löytyvät nykyisestä joukkueesta sijoilta 116. ja 117.

 

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"I think Arsenal have the squad to be champions — and every season I feel that," claimed Mourinho.

 

"I don't know why they can't win it, but that's my feeling — I like every player.

 

"If one of their players is a free agent and Arsenal don't want him there, I would take every one. I like all of their players."

 

Muorilta kovaa kuittia setä-Wengerin suuntaan.

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