Arsene Wenger Extends Contract with Arsenal

After months of speculation, the fate of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has finally been revealed – and the decision by the club’s manager may anger quite a few fans.

The club announced on Wednesday that Wenger, who has been with the club for 21 years, has signed a new two-year contract with The Gunners.

Arsenal has just come off a particularly lackluster season, having had to deal with several setbacks and weak performances. Many fans and critics blamed Wenger, calling for his sacking since the start of the year.

However, Arsenal club management said that they still firmly believe that Wenger is the best person for the job.

“Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe…It’s what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won’t rest until that is achieved…Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen. He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing,” majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke said.

Arsenal Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, reiterated Kroenke’s stance on keeping Wenger, saying that there is no point in firing someone who does a good job.

“I think in football, the judgements are so black and white that often, if you don’t fire your manager, then you’re seen as being unambitious. I think that’s ludicrous…You don’t fire good people, you don’t fire people who are world-class, you don’t fire people who are driven to improve.”

As for Wenger, the 67-year-old said that he is excited to stay with the club.

“I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement. We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere…This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful,” he said.

Manchester Bomber’s Brother Knew Details of Attack

Anti-terror authorities in Libya have said that the brother of the man who bombed the Manchester Arena on Monday evening knew the details of his brother’s plan.

The suicide bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, detonated what seemed to be a homemade explosive in the foyer of the Manchester Arena on Monday, just as the Ariana Grande concert drew to a close.

22 people, including children, were killed in the attack and more than 50 others injured.

British police and anti-terror authorities in Libya have confirmed the arrest of at least eight people in connection with the attack in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. This includes Abedi’s 18-year-old brother, Hashim.

Hashim reportedly told authorities that he was aware of his brother’s plan and that both of them are members of ISIS.

Libya’s Special Deterrence Force released a statement saying that Hashim Abedi confessed that he was aware of his brother’s plan to detonate a bomb in a public space.

However, the two brothers’ father, 51-year-old Ramadan Abedi, had a different story to tell.

The older Abedi was detained by Libyan authorities on Wednesday after he told the Associated Press that his son was innocent.

Abedi told the press that his family aren’t radicalised Muslims and that this is not the sort of thing ‘they do’:

“We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us…We aren’t the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents. We go to mosques. We recite Qur’an, but not that [sic],” he said.

British police and Libyan anti-terror authorities are working closely together to extract as much information as they can out of the eight people they have detained in connection with the attack.

Harry Kane Says Spurs Not Phased by ‘Chokers’ Label

Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker, Harry Kane, has defended his team after many critics once again labeled the second-place club as ‘chokers’ for failing to win the English Premier League for the the second year in a row.

Tottenham watched in vain as Chelsea was crowned champions of England on Friday evening, after they beat West Brom 1-0, and became the title holders for the 2016/2017 season.

The same thing happened to Tottenham last season, when Leicester City stole the title from them with just a few points.

However, Kane has said that he is not phased about the Spurs being labeled ‘chokers’ and is confident that his team can, finally, claim the title in the 2017/2018 season.

“Everyone just has a special connection here. It’s a special bond and I don’t think you always get that at clubs…That has to motivate us to hopefully be out there next year lifting a Premier League together,” Kane said.

He continued, saying that the team is like a family and that he believes they have much to be grateful for and to look forward to.

“We’re a family on and off the pitch. We work so hard as a group. Look, there are not many better teams to be at around the world at the moment…We’ve got a very bright future, a great squad, a team that’s hungry to win and to learn and to get better,” he said.

He also touched on the subject of possible transfers in the upcoming transfer window, but said that most of the Spurs squad will stay where they are.

“Of course there’s going to be rumours over the summer, but I think I’d be very surprised if most of us aren’t still here next season” he concluded.