Sportingo.com’s Mark Apostolou brings daily coverage of the Premier League’s hot gossip.
Arsene Wenger is a complex character, always considered to be so much more than your common or garden football manager. Now the Arsenal boss has admitted that fear and anger are constant companions as he tries hard to not give in to the dark side (Arsenal Opus).
The Frenchman said: “I have seen very talented players and managers lose themselves to anger. A lot of things disturb me, but it is not a fear to lose. It is for you to master this fear. I was always concerned about dominating my animal feeling – not really dominating, I mean, knowing myself better.
“You can sometimes be surprised by your bad side. I have a dark side. You want to win so much that sometimes you forget that it is as well that you respect the rules. When you don’t win, you have to acknowledge the respect of your opponents as well. Sometimes I can’t do that. It is a dark side because the perfect side would be to say, ‘Well done. You played better’. You never know, in 50 years I might achieve it.”
Itâ€™s good to hear the machinations of a managerâ€™s mind and to see the complexity of the thought processes of a boss whose job depends on what those 11 humans on the pitch do. God only knows just how dark Wenger’s mind will get on Saturday afternoon. I have visions of him walking out of the White Hart Lane tunnel in a Darth Vader costume. Not sure why, perhaps I am insane.
Liverpool and West HamÂ are closely monitoring Amantino Mancini’s new contract talks with Roma (Daily Star). Both clubs hmade enquiries for the winger during the summer and are aware that Olympique Lyon made a late bid for him in the final week of the summer market.
Mancini’s agent, Gilmar Veloz, expects to hold talks over an improved deal next month and Rafa Benitez and Alan Curbishley are keeping tabs on developments. Given the injury to Kieron Dyer, courtesy of a vicious tackle in the Carling Cup tie with Bristol Rovers, Mancini may be even higher up the West Ham wish-list. Liverpool, as I have said before, seem to be blessed with a great many midfield talents and could probably do without the inclusion of the Brazilian. The question is, how much would he want in wages?
Meanwhile, Curbishley is ready to send defender James Collins away on loan (Daily Star). â€˜Gingeâ€™ Collins played his part in helping the Hammers beat the drop but now it seems he has become surplus to requirements. Cardiff City boss Dave Jones is keen on bringing the Welsh international back to his former club. This loan move may be beneficial to all concerned, but I do feel that Collins, 24, deserves to be in the Premier League so any move back to Ninian Park will only be temporary.
Tottenham, West Ham, Everton and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for Plymouth teenager Dan Gosling. Gosling, who is just 17, has been training at Stamford Bridge and was apparently in great form in the recent Under-17 World Cup in South Korea. Spurs have reportedly jumped to the top of the queue to sign the youngster by launching an exploratory bid (Daily Mail).
Already in his second season at Home Park, midfielder Gosling is said to be one of the hottest prospects in British football so it’s only natural that so many clubs would be interested in securing his signature. Not least because if they sign him at this young age, you can be sure the price will be considerably less than in two or three years’ time.
Maybe it’s time to buy British!