We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

6 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 10:35 | 18/3/16

Wenger plays down Ibrahimovic interest

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down reports linking the Gunners with PSG and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 34-year-old has never played in the Premier League but has dropped hints that he wants to move to an English club when his contract with the French champions expires at the end of the season.

Wenger, speaking ahead the Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, says the club are not focused on the summer transfer market yet, with nine games of the season to go and an 11-point gap to try to make up on league leaders Leicester City.

“Look, at the moment, no,” Wenger said when asked about a move for Ibrahimovic.

“We are not on that case. We have other worries at the moment. It’s short-term. We are not on Zlatan’s case. Even at 34, he’s had a great season at PSG.”

“At the moment you can understand my priority ahead of Everton is not the transfer market on signings next season.

“I’m just surprised by the name you’ve thrown at me. We’re not thinking of signing anybody at the moment.”

Zlatan has won 13 league titles in the last 15 seasons, at Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and four in a row at PSG, (although the two titles with Juve were rescinded because of the Calciopoli scandal).

Wenger also admits that Arsenal could drop out of the top four and the Champions League places should his side not improve a recent poor run of form that has seen them win just twice in nine league matches.

"Of course, we need to look over our shoulders because it’s very tight,” he said.

"I believe the Premier League [title race] is far from over. But we also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are. Things will change between now and the end of the season, that’s for sure."

Wenger says Slaven Bilic's West Ham side, who sit in fifth place just three points behind third-placed Arsenal, could easily pip the Gunners to a top-four finish.

"West Ham are a threat. They’ve had very positive results at home, and went to Manchester United in the FA Cup and drew 1-1, so they are a threat.

"But we have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves. We have to give 100% to finish well in the Premier League and be in the fight until the end.”

Rooney's agent in China to discuss move - reports

08:47 | Today

Wayne Rooney's agent is in China to discuss a potential deal for the Manchester United captain, according to reports.

Cazorla out for the season

09:34 | Today

Arsenal have been dealt a major blow with the news that midfielder Santi Cazorla will not play again this season, having suffered a setback in his recovery from...

Lukaku returns to training

15:27 | Today

Romelu Lukaku is back in training ahead of Everton's Premier League clash with Sunderland on Saturday.

OPINION: Unfair to compare Zlatan to King Eric

08:18 | Today

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s latest match-winning goal once more provoked comparisons to Eric Cantona - Ryan Giggs being the latest Old Trafford legend to put the two s...

Carroll a doubt for Watford tie

12:23 | Today

Andy Carroll is a doubt for West Ham's Premier League fixture against Watford on Saturday.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 6 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.