Arsene Wenger dropped as commentator for French TV

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Arsene Wenger will no longer be commentating on French television after his contract was cancelled by the country's main commercial channel TF1. (The Guardian)

Le Parisien newspaper claimed the Arsenal boss was "greatly surprised" to learn his deal would not be renewed, ending his ten-year stint as a match commentator for games involving the France national team.

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The decision taken was effective immediately meaning the 64-year-old was absent from the broadcast of last night's international friendly between France and Spain at Stade de France, a match which the hosts won 1-0 thanks to a well-taken goal from Loic Remy.

Wenger was a familiar face on TF1 at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and also regularly commentated on Champions League matches in recent years.

Gunners fans will now be hoping that the lack of an unnecessary distraction will benefit the team and allow the Frenchman to focus his full attention on his Arsenal team.

Arsenal transfer gossip:

Arsenal are considering a shock free transfer move for Colombian defender Mario Yepes as Arsene Wenger eyes him as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen at the Emirates. (London Metro)

The 36-year-old is a veteran of the game having featured in over 600 games during his career, and could be offered a short-term Gunners contract after leaving Italian outfit Atalanta at the end of last season.

Arsenal are planning to make a move for Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho when the transfer window reopens in January. (Irish Examiner)

The Sporting Lisbon star reportedly has his heart set on a move to the Emirates, despite having already been offered a contract extension with the Primeira Liga giants - which will contain a £40 million buyout clause.

Nikola Zigic has sensationally confirmed that Arsenal did approach him during the final days of the transfer window, and that he wanted to move to the Emirates before Arsene Wenger pulled the plug on the deal. (IBTimes UK)

The former Birmingham City striker revealed that a shock switch to north London had been on the cards for him, until the Gunners boss opted instead to sign England international Danny Welbeck from Premier League rivals Manchester United in a £16 million deal.

Arsene Wenger has received a boost in his alleged pursuit of Zakaria Bakkali after PSV Eindhoven withdrew their offer of a new contract to the Belgian winger. (Daily Mail)

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe, and the Arsenal boss is one of many admirers in the Premier League looking to lure the player to England.

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