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    Merci Au Revoir : Wenger Out – Here Are All His Arsenal Statistics

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    Arsenal Wenger

    Arsene Wenger shocked Arsenal players on Friday after announcing that he will finally step down as manager at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

    The 68-year-old Frenchman, who joined Arsenal from Nagoya Grampus Eight all the way back in 1996, stunned players and staff, telling them about his departure completely out of the blue at the club’s London Colney training base. He introduced the sudden revelation by telling them ‘I have bad news’, before captain Per Mertesacker addressed his team-mates.

    Wenger penned an emotional statement to Arsenal supporters on Friday morning as he announced his departure, offering them ‘my love and support for ever’.

    He dropped the bombshell ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with West Ham at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. There has been open unrest at the Emirates in recent years following the Frenchman’s failure to win the league title since 2004. He has however won 10 major trophies during his time in north London and will be remembered as the club’s greatest ever manager.

    He told Arsenal’s official website: ‘After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.

    ‘I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

    ‘I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special. I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high.

    ‘To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.’

    Arsenal’s shell-shocked players reacted to Wenger’s news by making a pact together to send him out in a blaze of glory by winning the Europa League. They face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, with the first-leg taking place at home next Thursday.

    Since his appointment in October 1996, the Frenchman has overseen the club’s transformation into a Premier League superpower, led them into a new stadium and installed a footballing philosophy the envy of clubs worldwide.

    He has won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup seven times and is looking to add an 11th major trophy in the Europa League.

    The club are looking to Germany for Wenger’s replacement. Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel and Germany boss Joachim Low are among the frontrunners. However, the board are also understood to like Brendan Rodgers.

     

    REMAINING MATCHES
    April 22: West Ham (H)

    April 26: Atletico Madrid (H) – Europa League

    April 29: Manchester United (A)

    May 3: Atletico Madrid (A) – Europa League

    May 6: Burnley (H)

    May 9: Leicester (A)

    May 13: Huddersfield (A)
    WENGER’S REIGN IN NUMBERS…
    1996 – the year when a then-unheralded Wenger, who had been in charge at Monaco and Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight, took over at Highbury.

    1228 – games at the helm, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture against West Ham.

    704 – wins to date as Arsenal boss.

    3 – Premier League title wins, the last during an unbeaten Invincibles campaign of 2003/2004.

    1549 – goals scored in Premier League matches by Wenger’s teams.

    10 – major trophies won.

    473 – Premier League victories.

    7 – FA Cup triumphs, with three of those having come the last four seasons.

    151 – Premier League losses.

    21 – full seasons in charge.

    49 – games unbeaten in the Premier League from May 2003 to October 2004.


    WHEN WENGER TOOK OVER…

    Premier League champions were Manchester United

    European champions were Juventus

    The world-record transfer fee was £15million – Alan Shearer, Blackburn to Newcastle

    Average ticket for Arsenal home game cost £14.50 (cheapest for ‘Category A’ game is now £65.50)

    Arsenal’s total annual wage bill was £15.3million (now £210million)

    Arsenal’s record signing was £7.5million – Dennis Bergkamp (now £56m – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)
    ARSENE WENGER’S FULL HONOURS
    Premier League:

    Winners (3) – 1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04

    Runners-up (6) – 1998/99, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2015/16

    FA Cup:

    Winners (7) – 1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17

    Runners-up (1) – 2000/01

    League Cup:

    Runners-up (3) – 2006/07, 2010/11, 2017/18

    Champions League:

    Runners-up (1) – 2005/06

    UEFA Cup:

    Runners-up (1) – 1999/00

    Community Shield:

    Winners (6) – 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2014/15, 2015/16

    Runners-up (2) – 2003/04, 2005/06

    Premier League Manager of the Season (3) – 1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04

    League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year (2) – 2001/02, 2003/04

    BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year (2) – 2002, 2004

    Premier League Manager of the Month (15)

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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…

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    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.

     

     

    By Juma Ali

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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…

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    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…

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    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.

     

    By Juma Ali

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