Arsene Wenger

  • Defences and European failure

    Eurosport pundit Arsene Wenger claims there have been less goals than usual in this World Cup because defences have improved and are better organised.

    The Arsenal boss also explains why some of the favoured European teams - the likes of Italy and France - have not fared so well in this tournament.

    He believes the gap between Europe and the Asian and African nations has closed, while the likes of the USA, Australia and New Zealand have also surprised him.

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  • Uruguay too good for South Korea

    Eurosport
    pundit Arsene Wenger thinks Uruguay's second round clash with South Korea will
    be a tight match but is tipping the South Americans to progress to the quarter
    finals.

    Led by Diego
    Forlan, Uruguay have impressed so far this tournament and the Arsenal boss
    thinks they have enough in their locker to make it into the last eight.

    Watch
    Wenger's latest video blog here:

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  • Argentina too strong for Mexico

    Eurosport pundit Arsene Wenger thinks Argentina will be too strong for Mexico when they meet in the last 16 of the World Cup.

    The French boss believes Mexico will be unable to cope with the quality and talent of Diego Maradona's side, as they tend to struggle against teams who play at pace.

     

     

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  • Small details will decide outcome

    Eurosport expert Arsene Wenger predicts that the USA-Ghana game will come down to the small details.

    The Arsenal manager thinks the USA have one of the best midfields at the World Cup, a decent keeper and mental strength.

    Ghana, meanwhile, played the most modern game of all the African nations and as a team are physically strong.

     

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  • Honda can drive Japan challenge

    Eurosport expert Arsene Wenger is full of confidence in Japan's chances of progressing to the last-16 of the World Cup.

    Wenger believes that Japan are a superbly-organised squad who play as a solid unit, something which should see them past Paraguay with ease.

    But it isn't just the team ethos: in superstar striker Keisuke Honda, Wenger believes that Japan can boast the stand-out performer of the tournament so far.

     

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  • England have edge

    Eurosport pundit Arense Wenger believes that England's greater experience will give them an edge over Germany going into their clash in Bloemfontein.

    The Arsenal boss describes England as the team of "now" and their rivals as the team of "tomorrow", and it is the age and experience of the players that he thinks will make all the difference in what promises to be another classic encounter.

    Wenger says he has great admiration for the way Germany play their football but he believes their confidence in the final third of the pitch took a knock in the defeat to Serbia.

     

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  • Denmark to edge past Japan

    Eurosport pundit Arsene Wenger believes that Denmark just have the edge over Japan in their Group E decider in Rustenburg.

    Wenger has coached in Japan in the past and the Asian side only need a draw to qualify for the second round.

    However, the Arsenal boss saw enough in Denmark's win over Cameroon to suggest that they will be too strong for their opponents.

    Watch his latest video blog previewing the match below.

     

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  • Spain to break free

    Arsene Wenger believes that Spain will play with new-found freedom against Paraguay.

    But Wenger also believes that Paraguay are a mentally very tough team that will be hard for Spain to crack.

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  • Dangerous Dutch set for semis

    Eurosport pundit Arsene Wenger sticks with his pre-tournament prediction that the Netherlands have the quality and spirit to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

    Wenger considers the Dutch a top-four side and maintains that they have added strength to their defence to go with their renowned attacking flair.

    The Arsenal boss also thinks the squad are experienced enough to avoid the squabbling that has affected their chances in previous championships.

     

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  • Drogba will not be same

    In his latest blog, Arsene Wenger sounds a note of caution over the fitness of Didier Drogba ahead of Ivory Coast's first World Cup Group G match against Portugal.

    Wenger believes the victor in the match should qualify from a group containing minnows North Korea and five-times World Cup winners Brazil.

    And Wenger tells Eurosport TV's Soccer City show that although striker Drogba is a phenomenon, any player would struggle to perform less than a fortnight after breaking an arm.

    Drogba picked up the injury in a warm-up against Japan.

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