World Football Gossip Roundup: Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott, Nuri Sahin

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 13, 2012

World Football Gossip Roundup: Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott, Nuri Sahin

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    Arsene Wenger's Arsenal reign is beginning to show cracks.

    After Tuesday's loss to fourth-tier Bradford City, the Arsenal manager is now reportedly dealing with dressing room unrest.

    That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Theo Walcott, Nuri Sahin, Sir Alex Ferguson's successor and Yaya Toure.

    Read on for all the details.

Players Losing Faith in Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger?

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    New signings Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and other Arsenal players are questioning manager Arsene Wenger's system, according to a Goal.com exclusive.

    According to the report, the players are especially losing faith in Wenger's "tactics, selection and failure to replace Robin van Persie." Van Persie, the team's leading scorer and captain last season, left Arsenal for Manchester United in the summer.

    Tuesday's loss to fourth-tier Bradford in the Capital One Cup quarterfinals was thought to have made the situation worse.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that the Bradford loss has prompted chief executive Ivan Gazidis to promise "significant funds" for January transfers. The promise came from a meeting between Gazidis and the Arsenal Supporters' Trust.

Juventus Planning Deal for Theo Walcott?

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    Juventus are reportedly planning a deal worth £90,000 per week for England midfielder Theo Walcott. The deal is reportedly designed to lure Walcott to Italy in January (via talkSPORT).

    Walcott, 23, is out of contract with Arsenal at the end of the season. He has yet to agree to a new deal.

    Several other clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, are thought to be interested in the winger.

Borussia Dortmund Interested in Bringing Back Nuri Sahin?

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    Borussia Dortmund are interested in bringing midfielder Nuri Sahin back to the club, according to talkSPORT.

    Sahin, 24, left Dortmund for Real Madrid in 2011. After a disappointing first season in Spain, he joined Liverpool on loan last summer.

    Real are reportedly interested in selling him and Dortmund have reportedly inquired. Liverpool are also thought to be interested in making the loan deal permanent.

Sir Alex Ferguson Heading to New York Next Week

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will spend next week in New York. The Daily Mirror speculates that Ferguson could communicate with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola about the possibility of taking over United after Ferguson's retirement.

    Ferguson, 70, has managed United since 1986. He is widely expected to retire in the coming years, though no date has been set.

    Guardiola, 41, is currently taking a year off managing. He has been linked with several jobs, including United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Yaya Toure Wants to End Career with Manchester City?

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    Midfielder Yaya Toure says he would "love" to end his career with Manchester City (via The Independent).

    Toure, 29, joined City in 2010 from Barcelona. He said:

    I would love to end my career here. Nobody knows what the next step is in football and I believe that if you stop dreaming, you should stop playing football, but this is where I want to be.

    There is no other place I would rather finish with and I want to continue winning titles and trophies with City.