Previous
Juventus
Malmo FF
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Olympiakos
Atletico Madrid
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Liverpool
Ludogorets Razgrad
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
FC Basel
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Benfica
Zenit St Petersburg
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Galatasaray
Anderlecht
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Leeds United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Blackpool
Watford
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Brentford
Norwich City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cardiff City
Middlesbrough
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Charlton Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Huddersfield Town
Wigan Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Ipswich Town
Brighton & Hove Albion
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bolton Wanderers
Rotherham United
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Reading
Millwall
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colchester United
Sheffield United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Doncaster Rovers
Crawley Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Gillingham
Peterborough United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Milton Keynes Dons
Bradford City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Port Vale
Bristol City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Chesterfield
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Rochdale
Walsall
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Coventry City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Swindon Town
Oldham Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Crewe Alexandra
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Burton Albion
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bury
Stevenage
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Exeter City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Southend United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Mansfield Town
Morecambe
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Northampton Town
Hartlepool United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Oxford United
Accrington Stanley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Wycombe Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Portsmouth
Dagenham & Redbridge
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Shrewsbury Town
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Newport County
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
York City
Luton Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Aldershot Town
Braintree Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
AFC Telford United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bristol Rovers
Nuneaton Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Chester City
Southport
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dartford
Dover
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Eastleigh
Forest Green Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Halifax
Grimsby Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Altrincham
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Macclesfield Town
Gateshead
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Torquay United
Woking
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Welling
Lincoln City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Barnet
Wrexham
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rangers
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Waterhouse
DC United
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cruz Azul
Chorrillo FC
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Portland Timbers
Olimpia
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Gimnasia La Plata
10:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Cerro Porteño
10:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Caracas F.C.
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Deportivo Cali
12:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Guadalajara
Tijuana
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Atlante
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Morelia
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Necaxa
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Zacatepec
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Dorados de Sinaloa
Mineros de Zacatecas
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Monterrey
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Toluca
UNAM
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
América Mineiro
Bragantino
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Avaí
Sampaio Correa-MA
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Goianiense
América RN
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Náutico
Joinville
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Paraná Clube
Ceará
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Boa MG
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
ABC
AA Ponte Preta
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Icasa
Vila Nova-GO
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Luverdense
Santa Cruz FC
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Oeste
CR Vasco da Gama
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Al Hilal
Al-Ain
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Amazulu
Postp
Game Details
Kaizer Chiefs
Maritzburg Utd
Postp
Game Details
Next

Five UCL breakout players to watch

Scout's Notebook less than a minute ago
Read

Semifinal matchups

#UltimateUCL 3 days ago
Read

The 22 Champions League winners

#UltimateUCL Sep 7, 2014
Read
Nov 28, 2012

Wenger calm amongst barrage of criticism

In the week when Arsene Wenger's 16-year honeymoon period as Arsenal manager came to an end, he has responded to the criticism flowing his way in a typically philosophical manner. As supporters chanted 'you don't know what you're doing' in Wenger's direction during the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday, this most cherished of sporting leaders was left in little doubt that some of his former disciples are no longer signing from his hymn sheet. A small rebellion it may have been, but the danger is it is a movement that could gather momentum.

However, the supporters who accused this manager and this club of lacking clarity in the direction they are heading were surely more misguided than the targets of their angst. After all, Wenger and Arsenal could not be more clear about their aims and ambitions, with their motives more vivid than any club in the Premier League.

Many years ago, Arsenal and Wenger opted to prioritise the development of their Emirates Stadium home ahead of a fruitless battle to take on the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for the game's biggest stars. It was a decision they simply could not reverse.

Love or hate this ethos, Wenger and his board are following different rules to the major trophy winners of recent years and, in their eyes, the huge new £150m sponsorship deal signed with Emirates Airlines last week was evidence that they are ticking the right boxes as they try to move their business forward.

It would have been easy for Wenger to strike out at those who questioned his judgement, but that just isn't his style. So the manager, who has taken Arsenal into the knock-out phase of the Champions League for a 13th successive season, took a step back from the hullabaloo surrounding his unpleasantly miserable night at Villa Park as he opted to assume the moral high ground he tends to stand upon.

Putting the 'mini revolt' down to a minority whose bark is more potent than their bite, he looked uncomfortable discussing the event as he met the media at Arsenal's London Colney training base for his latest press briefing ahead of Wednesday night's game against Everton.

"I am not worried about me, I am worried about the club and the team," began Wenger, his tone more pointed and muted than is his norm. "I think I have always shown my 100 per-cent commitment and loyalty to this club. I can only give my best and let people judge. My job is to get the best out of my team with the potential we have and this is what we try to do every day. It does not hurt at all if some criticise.

"At the end of last season we finished third. Honestly, I don't think there was much more in the team than finishing third. My pride came from maximising potential. This is also my target. Like when we won the Premier League with zero defeats, which never anybody else has done, you can think there is not much room to do much better.

"The players are like me. They give their best to play well. We don't give too much importance to those fans' reaction. Our job is somewhere else, on the football pitch, to give our best on the pitch. If you have any emotional reaction, you have nothing to do in our job."

Wenger's response to the criticism coming his way was typically calm and calculated, with his reluctance to goad his detractors an attempt to dampen down the flames of their frustration at their source and, in truth, Arsenal supporters can hardly claim to be surprised by the chain of events that is befalling their team this season. They won't win the Premier League next May, which is hardly a surprise. They may not even win a trophy for an eighth year. What's new? In Wenger and Arsenal's mind, they are following a plan based around their hope that UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules will give them a chance to compete for major honours once again.

The trouble is, patience is not a word Wenger's former loyal devotees are too keen on any more. Excuses are wearing thin and it's hardly surprising because football fans find it hard to celebrate buoyant balance sheets as a compensation for trophies.

Then there is the thorny issue of player sales, which is again linked to the club's financial structure. Wenger insisted Robin van Persie would sign a new contract when most suspected he would leave and in the end, the majority were proved correct. The same story was true with Cesc Fabregas, with Samir Nasri, with Alex Song.

Theo Walcott is following a similar script as his contract wrangle edges towards his inevitable departure and now there is talk of contract talks being muted for returning hero Jack Wilshere. An Arsenal boy through and through, all concerned can hope his tale has a different conclusion.

If Arsenal fans do not like the fact that they support a club trying to work with a morally sound conscience amid a Premier League dominated by teams who spend money with garish abandon, they really need to consider moving their loyalty elsewhere as Wenger and his board will not change direction for any disgruntled fan.

"People forget we built a new stadium, we had to go through limited resources and maintained the club at the top and that we didn't have the money available," Wenger added.

"I accepted to stay and to do that and overall I believe we maintained the club at the top and we are now going towards a period where we will be able to compete again financially with other clubs. We knew that would happen, so let's hope we can show that in the future.

"This has not been a painful period for Arsenal. It was an exciting period as well because at the end of the day we just qualified for 13 consecutive years in the last 16 of the Champions League and even with all the financial resources we have now it is not sure we will achieve that in the next 13 years.

"I can only give my best. My desire is to make my fans happy and to share the football I love with them, but if it doesn't happen I am not happy."

Wenger has long been confused and irritated by the adulation lavished on clubs achieving success thanks primarily to vast investors who have changed the rules of the game in the last decade, yet the new generation are here to stay and Arsenal need to find a way of combatting them.

As their most celebrated manager of all-time is finding out, no one is free from criticism at a time when Arsenal's future on the field seems less certain than their financial stability off it.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.