Paper News and Gossip: Wenger Slams Arsenal, Giggs to 'Quit' Manchester United

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterApril 7, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Wenger Slams Arsenal, Giggs to 'Quit' Manchester United

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    The fallout from Arsenal's defeat at Everton dominates the back pages on Monday, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger criticising his team.

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the natural successor to the Frenchman was also at Goodison Park on Sunday.

    According to one report, Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs is poised to quit his role at Old Trafford, while the sacking of Norwich City manager Chris Hughton five games before the end of the Premier League season has raised eyebrows.

    But who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.

Arsene Wenger Admits Gunners Have Lost Confidence After Everton Defeat

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger concedes his team have lost confidence after the 3-0 defeat at Everton left their hopes of a 17th consecutive Champions League appearance in doubt, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    Goals from Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku, plus an own goal by Mikel Arteta, saw the Blues move a point behind the Gunners with a game in hand in the chase for the top four in the Premier League.

    Wenger is quoted as saying:

    Our performance wasn't convincing, defensively or offensively. Everton were better and deserved to win.

    It’s a very disappointing result and performance, the two go together. We have to regroup and get back to basics.

    Psychologically we've lost a bit of confidence. We had a lot of the ball but weren't really dangerous.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the successor to Wenger was in the opposition dug-out at Goodison Park on Sunday, reports Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail:

    That's the kind of manager that you want, a good young manager that has proven himself tactically, he knows what he's doing.

    It's got to be that kind of man, Roberto Martinez, he's the perfect one. If someone was to ask me who I want, I'd say Roberto Martinez.

    That's the kind of manager you've got to be looking at to take Arsenal forward.

Ryan Giggs Reportedly Set to Quit Player-Coach Role at Manchester United

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    Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is considering severing his ties with the club at the end of the season, reports John Edwards of the Daily Mail.

    The 40-year-old is currently player-coach at Old Trafford after being appointed by manager David Moyes at the start of the season.

    But Edwards claims the former Wales international has become "disillusioned" at a lack of playing time this season.

    Meanwhile, United defender Patrice Evra claims the Champions League has shown the team in its best light after a disappointing defence of the Premier League title, reports Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror.

    Evra is quoted as saying:

    In the Champions League we have played good, we are ­confident and it looks like we are all up for it more than in the league and in the cup.

    I know it is not professional to say that but it is the truth. We look more like the Man United spirit when we play in the Champions League.

    Why? It’s difficult, really painful. I don’t have any answer to that.

    Sometimes you have let the storm pass and make sure we are ready for Bayern and make sure we are ready for next year as well.

Liverpool Want Premier League Title for Hillsborough Victims, Says Rodgers

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to win the Premier League title this season in tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, reports Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.

    The Reds are on course to claim their first title since 1990 and will take a giant step towards that goal if they can defeat challengers Manchester City at Anfield next Sunday, after the 2-1 win at West Ham on Sunday.

    The visit of Manuel Pellegrini's team will also mark tributes to the 96 Liverpool fans, who lost their lives during the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

    Rodgers is quoted as saying:

    I know there are 96 people in the sky who will always be supporting this team.

    We want to do this for the great support and football family of Liverpool and if we are to achieve anything this year, the 96 in the sky will always be in our thoughts, and their families.

Jose Mourinho Ready to Risk Samuel Eto'o for Chelsea in Champions League

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to gamble on the fitness of Samuel Eto'o to maintain the Blues' Champions League hopes, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.

    The Cameroon striker has been absent since injuring his hamstring in the 6-0 win over Arsenal last month, but Mourinho's desire for goals to overturn the 3-1 deficit in the quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday is paramount, according to the article.

    Mourinho is quoted as saying:

    I wanted Eto'o to be on the bench on Saturday and play 15 or 20 minutes but he was not fit enough.

    He did not train with the team on Sunday, so we have to see.

    Maybe I will pick him. But to risk a player, you need to have minimum conditions to take that risk.

    If you think he's going to be out after 10 minutes of the game, you can't take that risk. If there is a minimum of conditions of risk, then yes.

Struggling Norwich City Axe Manager Chris Hughton Five Games Before Season End

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    Former England international Gary Lineker has led the surprise reaction to the sacking of Norwich City manager Chris Hughton, report John Cross and Mike Walters of the Daily Mirror.

    The Canaries boss was axed on Sunday after the home defeat to West Brom and with five games left in the Premier League season.

    The Carrow Road side are facing a battle to stay up and the club have turned to youth-team coach Neil Adams to stave off relegation.

    But Lineker is quoted as saying the dismissal of Hughton was "utterly bonkers" while Vikki Orvice of The Sun (subscription required) likened Adams to Steve Coogan's comedy caricature Alan Partridge.

Manchester City Will Go for Win at Anfield, Insists Manuel Pellegrini

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will not renege on his attacking ideals when his team line up at Liverpool next weekend, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    City are four points behind leaders Liverpool with two games in hand, but the Etihad Stadium boss will not be playing for a draw at Anfield.

    Pellegrini is quoted as saying:

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I always think the same way as a manager; if you play to draw you will lose.

    So we’re going to play to win. Of course, after the game if we couldn’t win and we draw, it’s a good result.

    But we’re not going to play against Liverpool thinking we must draw. We don’t know to play in that way.

Bits and Pieces: Tim Sherwood, Sulley Muntari, Lazar Markovic

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    Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood admits even his family fell for erroneous reports that he had hit a player, claims Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

    The Spurs boss was the subject of false social media claims that he had struck a player after the defeat at Liverpool last weekend, according to the article.

    But Sherwood is quoted as saying:

    I was getting family and friends texting me saying: ‘Why did you do it?’

    They didn't say: ‘Did you??’ It was all ‘Who did you hit? Who did you hit?!’

    But the players know I want the best for the club. And that helps them out because it means I want the best for them. I am not going to suffer fools though. That is the way I manage.

    AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari is a summer transfer target for Hull City and West Ham United, reports Darren Witcoop of the Daily Mirror.

    Chelsea and Liverpool are set to battle it out in the chase for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, claims James Boylan of the Metro.