Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has backed Arsene Wenger to continue as Gunners manager next season. Wenger, 67, is under increasing pressure to step down at the Emirates Stadium after a poor run of form that has seen Arsenal crash to four defeats in their last five league matches. The Gunners exited the Champions League at the round of 16 stage after a humiliating 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich, leaving the FA Cup – where they face Manchester City in the quarter-final on 2 April – as the only realistic piece of silverware they can win this season.
Mats Hummels says Germany produced an arrogant performance in their 4-1 win over Azerbaijan on Sunday. Joachim Low's side made it five wins from five games in World Cup qualifying Group C thanks to goals from Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez and an Andre Schurrle double in Baku. The world champions were not at their best at the Tofiq Bahramov stadium and were given a scare in the first half, when Dimitrij Nazarov became the first player to score against them in the campaign to reach Russia 2018.
The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the tournament in 2026 is unacceptable, European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Tuesday. The European Club Association, which represents 220 football clubs, opposes the FIFA decision which Rummenigge, the former German international who is also Bayern Munich's chief executive, has previously dismissed as "nonsense".