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Arsene Wenger: ‘hurtful’ supporters damaged Arsenal’s image

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that supporters campaigning for the manager’s removal had created a “hurtful” atmosphere that was damaging the club’s reputation on a worldwide scale.

Wenger made it clear he was “not tired” and wanted to continue working in football, but declined to explain in full why had chosen to break his contract, stating that he would wait until he had left the club.

However, he spoke at length for the first time about the bitter divisions that have been created among Arsenal’s fanbase.

“I believe this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England, and our fans did not give the image of unity that I wanted. That was hurtful because I feel the club is respected over the world and, overall, the image we gave from our club is not what it is — and not what I like.”

“I feel this club has a fantastic image and, for me, that is absolutely vital. We can speak and speak and speak but sport is about winning and losing and you [the supporters] have to accept you will lose games, even when I will not be here anymore.”

“But it is about something bigger than just winning or losing and that was always a worry: how the club is perceived worldwide, for kids playing in Africa, China and America and the dreams it can create for young children who want to play football.”

“I am not resentful and I do not want to make stupid headlines. I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club is … for me, that is more important than me staying. That is all I want to say. It is nothing to do with the fans. The fans were not happy and I can understand that. It’s my job. I have to live with that. I can accept that.”

Man City: Sergio Aguero ‘out for a month’ after surgery

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is expected to be out of action for a month after undergoing a keyhole surgery on his knee.

The 29-year old has been troubled by the problem for the past five weeks and missed Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham.

“Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee,” Aguero wrote on Twitter. “Fully motivated to get back soon to the field.”

Nonetheless, it was expected Aguero — who has not started a game since City’s victory over Chelsea on 4 March — will be fit for Argentina’s World Cup campaign.

He did make cameo appearances when he returned to action as a late substitute in the derby defeat to Manchester United on 7 April, and again appeared as a substitute in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg loss to Liverpool three days later.

The knee problem subsequently ruled him out of the victory over Spurs at Wembley.

Speaking before that match, City boss Pep Guardiola said he was unsure when Aguero would be fit again.

“I don’t know if he will be ready for Swansea [on April 22]. Hopefully for the last games, if we need him, and especially for the World Cup.”

Manchester City wins Premier League after Watford stuns Man United

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Manchester City has won the Premier League title as Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion confirmed their fierce rivals as champions.

United, who won 3-2 against City before their game against West Brom, are now 16 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with only five games left to play.

It is City’s third title in seven seasons and a fifth top-flight crown — their first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge, after dominating the title race, scoring 93 goals and losing just twice.

This Premier League title is the 24th trophy of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’ managerial career, after the 47-year-old has previously won league titles in Spain and Germany, as well as two Champions Leagues with FC Barcelona.

City also set numerous Premier League records in the journey to this title victory including 18 consecutive wins, and have beaten every other side in the division this season at least once.

Their match at Everton also saw them retain 82.13% possession, the highest recorded in the Premier League, and broke passing records, completing over 900 against Chelsea.

They have only failed to score in a league match once this season and lead the stats in terms of possession, touches, passes, shots and goals.

In Europe however, City were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after their quarter-final defeat by Liverpool, and were beaten by League One side Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February, although they did win the Carabao Cup by beating Arsenal at Wembley.

Manchester United delays City’s title win through Pogba brace

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Manchester City were left to wait for their Premier League title win after a brace by Paul Pogba mounted a remarkable second-half rally for Manchester United to win by 3-2 at the Etihad.

The Blues needed victory to be confirmed as champions but Paul Pogba scored two goals in two minutes to overturn their first-half lead before Chris Smalling’s volley completed the dramatic turnaround.

It was regrettable for Pep Guardiola’s team after they had delivered a first-half masterclass with captain Vincent Kompany scoring with a thumping header after 25 minutes and Ilkay Gundogan adding a second five minutes later after a clever turn and finish.

City could have gone further and United were lucky to stay in the game after Raheem Sterling fluffed two golden chances over the bar with the goal at his mercy and Gundogan also headed straight at keeper David de Gea when unmarked eight yards out.

It gave United hope and how Jose Mourinho’s team responded as Pogba — out of sorts at Old Trafford recently and at the centre of claims by Guardiola before the game that he had been offered to City in January — stole in to pull a goal back after 53 minutes and head the equaliser two minutes later.

The Red Devils then completed their remarkable turnaround through Smalling — who had been badly at fault for Kompany’s goal — as the Englishman arrived unmarked to steer Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick past the exposed Ederson in the 69th minute.

Players from both sides clashed as the match heated up thereafter, and Ashley Young was fortunate that his wild lunge on City substitute Sergio Aguero in the area was ignored by referee Martin Atkinson.

De Gea also made a world-class one-handed save from Aguero as City attacked ferociously — but United held out and Guardiola’s title party must wait for another day.