Football: Wenger ponders Arsenal future as Saints loom

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given the club a glimpse of the future by saying he could leave the club when his contract expires in two years' time.

The Frenchman has been in charge of the Gunners since September 1996 but is currently overseeing a seven-year trophy drought.

That prompted previously unthinkable scenes last term, as some Arsenal fans turned on Wenger with chants of "you don't know what you're doing".

And the departure of then captain and star striker Robin van Persie in pre-season -- the latest in a line of Gunners skippers to leave the London side -- to Premier League giants Manchester United, sparked fresh concerns.

Those will only be intensified if Arsenal drop points to a newly promoted Southampton side at the Emirates on Saturday, with the visitors bottom of the table and the only team in the division still without a point.

"I'm an Arsenal man," said the 62-year-old Wenger. "I think I've always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not. If I don't do well, I have to consider my future.

"At the moment we are not there. Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest."

Meanwhile Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, having seen his side score against both Manchester United and Manchester City, remained in upbeat mood.

"We have to win games, we know that and we're positive about that. We'll get ready for the next one and fight all the way.

"We managed to score goals against United and City and have to make sure we keep doing that."

Table-toppers Chelsea, the Champions League holders, make the short journey to local rivals Queens Park Rangers with the only played three, won three record in the Premier League.

But the latest edition of the west London derby continues to be over-shadowed by the fall out from allegations involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

The match will be the first between the clubs since Chelsea and England defender Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against the Hoops' Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last October.

Terry, still the subject of a Football Association investigation over charges he has always denied, is set to be fit for Saturday's game following an ankle injury suffered on England duty.

Ferdinand is also recovering from a shoulder injury, meaning the defenders are on course to come face to face for the first time since the Chelsea captain's race trial in July.

Reigning champions Manchester City will hope to welcome back Argentina striker Sergio Aguero,who injured his knee during the opening weekend win over Southampton, for the tricky trip to an always obdurate Stoke.

"The balance of the squad is good in terms of the alternatives that we've got," said City assistant manager David Platt. "I think we've got more strength in depth than we did have."

Meanwhile United great Peter Schmeichel is looking forward to van Persie, who has scored four goals in his first three appearances for Alex Ferguson's side, continuing his form against Wigan.

"He has been perfect for what we needed to do," said the former goalkeeper. "We have brought the right player in."

Liverpool travel to Sunderland looking for their first league win under new manager Brendan Rodgers

The match comes at the end of an emotional week for the club.

An independent report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, found police changed statements and tried to blame supporters for the crush.

Saturday also sees Aston Villa playing Swansea, Fulham up against West Brom and Norwich at home to West Ham, while Reading and Tottenham meet on Sunday.

Fixtures (1400GMT unless stated):

Saturday: Arsenal v Southampton, Aston Villa v Swansea, Fulham v West Brom, Man Utd v Wigan, Norwich v West Ham, QPR v Chelsea, Stoke v Man City, Sunderland v Liverpool (1630GMT)

Sunday: Reading v Tottenham (1500GMT)

  • 2015 Nissan Murano aims for the style-forward crowd 12 hours ago
    2015 Nissan Murano aims for the style-forward crowd

    Nissan says its 2015 Murano crossover, only the second major revamp of the car since it debuted in 2003, draws its design cues from the “age of future space flight.” That’s probably taking it a little far, but the new Murano, based off the 2013 Resonance concept vehicle, is an exceptionally lovely machine, all fluid, curved metal on the outside, and flowing, soft-touch materials on the inside. Certain kinds of comfort and charms that were unheard-of outside of premium vehicles five years ago have definitely trickled down, and reached a kind of design apotheosis with this car.

  • Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen 15 hours ago
    Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen

    With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp. For VW, diesel is where it's at.

  • With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000 15 hours ago
    With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000

    Aston Martin is going downmarket, sort of. The 2015 Vantage GT, a sport-styled variant of Aston’s legendary flagship car, draws style and performance tips from their GT4 race cars, which will be running in North America this year. It’s also priced at $99,900, which shows that the market for these kinds of consumer sports cars has boomed in recent years.

  • ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says
    ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The “huge” statues at a Hindu temple in Batu Caves and Buddhist temple in Penang are an affront to Islam as the religion forbids idolatry, a retired Court of Appeals judge...

  • StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends
    StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends

    Are you on the 4G or LTE mobile data network under StarHub? If so, you’ll have to start paying for the service.

  • Over 280 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes
    Over 280 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

    By Narae Kim JINDO South Korea (Reuters) - More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. It was not immediately clear why the Sewol ferry listed heavily on to its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast, but some survivors spoke of a loud noise prior to the disaster.