Emery has his eyes on prizes

New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is determined to mould his side into serious challengers both domestically and in Europe as quickly as possible.

The Spaniard has the unenviable task of succeeding Arsene Wenger as the man at the helm of the Gunners and Emery is eager to make his mark as soon as he can, with a return to the Champions League one of his top priorities.

He told reporters at his first press conference after being confirmed as the new man in charge of the Londoners: "I believe we can grow with the players we have. The objective is to work hard together and with these talented players.

"Success next season would be developing, but how? By battling for every title – that's in Arsenal's and my history.

"All the titles that will be in the next season and the future – (the aim is) to be a candidate and challenge for all the titles. That is very important for the club after two years outside the Champions League.

"We need to arrive and be with the best clubs in the Premier League and the best clubs in the world."

Under Emery Arsenal are 28/1 to win the Premier League title next season, while they are 2/1 to finish in the top four and 4/11 to finish in fifth place or lower.

Meanwhile, former Valencia, Sevilla and PSG coach Emery also paid tribute to the man he has replaced at the Emirates Stadium, adding: "I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy.

"For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football.

"It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger."

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Emery chosen to succeed Wenger

Unai Emery is honoured to have been given the chance to write the next chapter in Arsenal's history after being confirmed as the club's new head coach.

The 46-year-old succeeds Arsene Wenger, who had been in charge of the Gunners since 1996.

Earlier in his coaching career Emery spent four years with Valencia before, after a brief spell with Spartak Moscow, being named as Sevilla boss in January 2013.

He led the club to three Europa League triumphs, most recently in 2016 when they came from behind to beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final.

Emery has spent the last two seasons with Paris Saint-Germain. He guided the French side to the domestic treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue this term but the club's lack of success in Europe cost the Spaniard his job.

They were knocked out of the Champions League this season by Real Madrid in the round of 16 while in 2016/17 they contrived to be beaten by Barcelona at the same stage despite winning the first leg 4-0. PSG lost the second match 6-1 at the Nou Camp.

Emery said: "I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game.

"I'm very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal's history. I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories."

Arsenal can be backed at 28/1 to win the Premier League title in 2018/19 and at 2/1 to finish in the top four. Meanwhile, they are 4/11 to finish fifth or lower next term.

Gunners set to appoint Emery

Arsenal appear to have decided that the former Valencia, Sevilla and Paris St-Germain coach Unai Emery will be Arsene Wenger's successor.

The 46-year-old Spaniard had been in charge of PSG since June 2016 but left the French club at the end of this season despite guiding them to a domestic treble.

He had bought the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves last summer but a failure to defeat Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 appeared to seal Emery's fate.

In 2016/17 PSG beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash only to be eliminated from the competition when they lost the second match 6-1 at the Nou Camp. They were also runners-up to Monaco in Ligue 1.

Earlier in his coaching career Emery enjoyed some success during a four-year stint with Valencia, guiding Los Che to three third-place finishes in La Liga.

After a brief spell with Spartak Moscow, he was named as Sevilla coach in January 2013 and led the club to three Europa League triumphs.

Wenger was appointed Gunners boss in 1996 and won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his time with the club.

In the Frenchman's last season with Arsenal they finished sixth in the Premier League and were beaten by Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

They were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship team Nottingham Forest in the third round and suffered a semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League.

Arsenal, 25/1 to win the Premier League title in 2018/19 and 2/1 to finish in the top four, are expected to confirm Emery as their new manager later this week.

Wenger backs Arteta to succeed him

Departed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has thrown his support behind his former captain Mikel Arteta to succeed him at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard is set to be interviewed by Arsenal this week with a view to following Wenger, who has left after 22 years in the hotseat.

Patrick Vieira, another former Gunners skipper and Wenger's compatriot, is also hoping to earn a chance from the club but Wenger appears to favour Arteta.

The ex-midfielder has served an apprenticeship as part of Pep Guardiola's backroom team at Manchester City and that is something Wenger places stock in.

A lack of managerial experience would be countered by the quality of coaching staff Wenger has left behind, says the departed Frenchman.

"He has all the qualities to do the job, yes and I think as well he is one of the favourites," Wenger said.

"He was a leader, and he has a good passion for the game and he knows the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not?

"I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould who has six years' experience, and Jens Lehmann too.

"He [Arteta] has been an assistant of Guardiola as well, so overall I think he has the qualities."

Arteta is 1/3 to be the next permanent Arsenal manger, while Vieira is 33/1 and Carlo Ancelotti is 7/1. Wenger insists he's not trying to influence the decision.

"I don't want to influence that publicly because for me I believe it is important that they make their choice in an objective way and after once they make a decision I will support them," he added.

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Aubameyang expects improvements

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is confident this side can make a strong showing next season, following the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

January recruit Aubameyang has made a massive impact since joining the Gunners, scoring ten goals in 13 Premier League appearances, including the only goal of the game as Wenger ended his 22-year reign with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

And the former Borussia Dortmund ace is confident that he can help Arsenal adjust to a new situation next term and believes that a youthful squad has the ability to take a step forward from their sixth-place finish this term.

He told reporters: "In the last few weeks we have played well. We have a lot of young players and for sure it's good for the new manager.

"It looks good for the future and I'm sure next season is going to be a good one for us."

Meanwhile, despite having found the net on a regular basis since his move to England, the Gabon international believes that there is even more to come from him, as he was not fully match-ready when he linked up with Arsenal.

He added: "At the beginning it was really hard because physically I don't think I was ready – I didn't play in January, the whole month.

"It was not easy, but after a lot of work I found my form again and I've scored some goals – thanks to my team-mates of course because we work hard for that."

Arsenal are available at 25/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with Tottenham Hotspur priced at 12/1 and Chelsea 12/1.

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City complete century at the death

Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City side have set a record that will stand for a long time by bringing up a century of Premier League points.

The Citizens appeared destined to be denied on the final day of a remarkable season, only for Kevin De Bruyne to pick out Gabriel Jesus right at the death to score the only goal of the game at Southampton.

And Guardiola was delighted by his players having refused to stop pushing until the final whistle of a campaign which has seen them claim the Premier League title by a massive 19-point margin.

The Spaniard told reporters: "Nothing changed, but then of course we scored in the last second.

"When you go to 100 points it's something special for all clubs. I think it's a record that will stay for a long time.

"We did (what we did) all season – no surrender, not give up. Today was such a difficult game, they defended so well, they are so strong physically.

"The second half was much better and at the end it was an excellent pass from Kevin and finish from Gabriel."

City are now priced at 4/6 to win the Premier League title again next season, with Manchester United 6/1 and Liverpool 5/1.

Elsewhere, Liverpool confirmed a top-four finish by thumping Brighton 4-0 at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah scoring to set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game season.

The Reds end in fourth, with Tottenham Hotspur third and Manchester United in second, while at the wrong end of the table, Swansea City's relegation was confirmed as they lost 2-1 at home to already relegated Stoke City.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal ended in a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the only goal of the game to take his tally to ten in 13 league games since his January arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

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Wagner: I’ll get better

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner expects the experience of keeping his side in the Premier League to make him a better manager.

Wagner also reported that he will confirm his future plans once the season has ended, as he had always planned to do, and he is keen on staying at the club.

The Terriers boss has only 12 months remaining on his current deal. After a successful season keeping Huddersfield afloat in the top flight, he is expected to have offers to move on, but he says the plan was always to discuss his future after the season ended.

The 46-year-old knows that this season has been a testing one, but he's happy with the experience gained.

"A big part of the quality of a manager is experience and I'm more experienced than I was before," Wagner said.

"Not only the experience of the Premier League [but] life experience as well; manager of a football club, managing positive and negative situations as well.

"So for sure, I will improve and I have to improve. I'm anything but ready and for me personally, this experience we have had in the last season will help me to be better in the future."

Wagner says he will confirm his commitment next week after a meeting with owner Dean Hoyle, something that was always going to happen in the off-season.

He is very much planning to be in charge of the club in the new season, and he wants to improve on this season's achievements.

"This is what we planned six months ago and this is what we have always usually done in the past and this is what we do in the next week," he added.

"I think like always we will have to discuss a lot of things, not only transfers but as well as the facilities. This club is ambitious and has space to improve, we like to improve."

Huddersfield are 19/4 to win their final game on Sunday against Arsenal at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Gunners, without an away league point in 2018, are 4/7 to end Arsene Wenger's tenure with a win while the draw is 18/5.

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Farewell to a Fantastic Season of Football Games

This season’s Premier League games have been nothing but a delight for everyone who loves their football. Fans saw a lot of exciting football bets and drama from all over the table, making for a season to remember.

Manchester City displayed their dominance under Pep Guardiola, the newly relegated sides defied the prophecies of football betting experts and stayed up, and Arsene Wenger makes his final round as Arsenal manager.

There’s a lot to of action to cover, so let’s not dally any longer and see the final games of the season!

Southampton vs Manchester City (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

St. Mary’s Stadium is the location for Manchester City’s victory party, but count on Southampton to try and spoil the fun!

The season has been a long, frustrating ride for Saints fans after seeing their club plummet down to the relegation scrap late in the season. However, results against Bournemouth, Everton and Swansea secured their spot in the league once more.

They are in no real danger of being dropped to the danger zone unless City scored 12 goals on them. While that may seem possible, I think Pep Guardiola and company will take it a bit easier on them.

I still expect a win from the Sky Blues, however. Manchester City -1.25 @ 1.98 is worth a 🌟🌟 bet, in my humble opinion.

Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

The John Smith’s Stadium will be encapsulated in a glass case of emotion once this match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal is over.

Huddersfield supporters will be bouncing with joy as the Terriers end their debut season in the English top flight in 45 years. David Wagner will be celebrated, and the rest of the team will be treated like heroes.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will be a bit blue as this will be the final time Arsene Wenger stands on the touchline as a coach in the Premier League. I don’t think he’ll ever coach in the league again, so fans will be relishing every moment they see the Frenchman who gave the world the Invincibles until the very final whistle.

On paper, Arsenal should be the better team. However, they suffered an embarrassing defeat at Leicester last time out.  I think Huddersfield Town will be able to produce another draw similar to what they did against Chelsea.

Huddersfield +1.00 @ 1.94 is worth another 🌟🌟.

Newcastle United vs Chelsea (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

Rafa Benitez ought to be proud of himself.

Despite a troublesome yet fruitless sale of the club that affected his January transfer window, the Spaniard managed to hold the Magpies together and possibly end the season at tenth. Chelsea will be a tough customer to crack, but they will be happy to take their chances.

The Blues’ season ends on a disappointing note as they have to settle for Europa League football. It’s still not sure if they will still have Antonio Conte around by August, but they can be sure that he will deliver. Expect some intense football from Eden Hazard and the rest of the Chelsea XI.

My final tip is Chelsea -1.00 @ 2.00 for yet another 🌟🌟.

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Wenger tips City for next season

Arsenal's departing manager Arsene Wenger says he expects Manchester City to remain the team to beat next season.

In his last press conference before leaving the Emirates Stadium after 22 years in charge, Wenger says that this season's runaway champions have everything in place for a period of sustained success domestically and in Europe.

He said: "The difference between them and the others – they glide well through financial fair play. They have a great manager, a great team – an intelligent team, who anticipate opponents.

"I agree, they will be the team to beat next season."

Wenger brings down the curtain on his long spell with the Gunners on Sunday when he takes his side to Huddersfield to take on the Terriers with a party atmosphere likely after the home side confirmed their Premier League place for next season with a point at Chelsea in midweek.

The Gunners are 3/5 to sign off with a win with David Wagner's side 5/1 and the draw 10/3.

Danny Welbeck is 5/1 to score the first goal with the Gunners 12/1 to win the game 3-0.

The Frenchman was non-committal on his plans for the future only confirming that he would be going to the World Cup in Russia over the summer.

Despite suffering defeat away at Leicester in their penultimate game of a disappointing season Wenger was insistent that the new manager replacing him will have some special talent to work with.

"The players' attitude was great last night, they were fantastic," he added.

"There is a special bond in this team. There is something waiting to come out that is special. Hopefully that will come out next season."

Sunday's match in West Yorkshire will have no bearing on Arsenal's league position. They will finish the season in sixth place, well adrift of the top four meaning they miss out on a Champions League place for the second successive year.

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Wenger says farewell in style

Arsene Wenger's last home game in charge of Arsenal served as a reminder of some of his glory years at the club as they put five past Burnley.

After 22 years in charge at first Highbury and then the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners rolled back the years to pay tribute to the Frenchman who will leave the club at the end of the season.

Arsenal got the perfect start with a goal after 14 minutes, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting on the end of a cross from strike partner Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners got their second on the stroke of half-time, Lacazette turned from provider to scorer, with a neat finish after Hector Bellerin played him in.

Two more goals in 10 second half minutes ensured the send-off for Wenger with Saed Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi getting on the scoresheet. There was still time for Aubameyang to score his second and Arsenal's fifth.

The result means that Arsenal and Burnley will finish the season sixth and seventh respectively and both will therefore qualify to play in the Europa League next campaign.

Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge Chelsea could yet book a place in the top four with it a place in next season's Champions League after they beat Liverpool 1-0.

The Blues took the lead after about half an hour, Olivier Giroud getting up to head home from a Victor Moses cross. It was the Frenchman's fifth goal in six starts against Liverpool.

Liverpool stay third on 72 points with Spurs fourth on 71 with Chelsea now just two points behind.

The race for a top four place continues in midweek with Chelsea entertaining Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night and on the same night Tottenham are at home to Newcastle.

Then, on the final day of the Premier League season next Sunday Liverpool are at home to Brighton, Chelsea are away to Newcastle and Spurs are at home to Leicester.

Chelsea are now 7/2 to finish in the top four with Liverpool 1/10 and Spurs are priced at 1/12.

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