Friday Kickoff: Wenger won't resign, upsets galore in Libertadores, and more:

Friday Kickoff: Wenger won't resign, upsets galore in Libertadores, and more:

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Friday Kickoff: Wenger won't resign, upsets galore in Libertadores, and more:

Currently in the midst of his worst season in charge since he joined in 1996, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has declared that he has no intention of resigning from his post, despite calls from fans and some in the media that it may be time for him to leave.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s match on Saturday against Aston Villa, Wenger refused to comment on his contract, which currently runs through the end of 2014. The Frenchman emphatically denied earlier this week that he was in discussions with the board for an extension.

Arsenal currently sit in fifth-place in the Premier League, four points behind rivals Tottenham in fourth. Arsenal have lost two in a row, being knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn last Saturday, before losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday 3-1.

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UPSETS GALORE IN COPA LIBERTADORES

Deportivo Lara of Venezuela and Real Garcilaso of Peru, both debutants, have pulled off a couple of stunning upsets in Copa Libertadores action on Thursday evening.

The Venezuelan side beat Argentine power Newell’s Old Boys 2-1, thanks to a sixth minute goal from Jesus Javier Gomez, and a 30-yard blast in the 50th minute from Marlon Fernandez. Newell’s Marcos Caceres drew one goal back in 90th minute injury time, but Lara held on at home to ensure a historic victory.

Garcilaso meanwhile took down Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño by a score of 1-0, putting them in a tie for first place in Group 6. The Argentine midfielder Alfredo Ramua scored the game’s only goal in the 8th minute, giving his Peruvian club the win on the road in the process.

Across the continent, Paraguayan side Libertad took down Argentine club Tigre 2-0 in Buenos Aires, while Colombian sides Santa Fe and Deportes Tolima played to a 1-1 draw in Bogota.

QUICK KICKS

Just a few days after resigning from his post at Swindon Town, Paolo Di Canio reportedly broke into the clubs offices, ripping down pictures and other memorabilia from the walls. (REPORT)

Ligue 1 Lille goalkeeper Steeve Elana has stated he is racially abused often during matches. (REPORT)

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has been given a green light to return to the pitch for matches, just under a year after having a liver transplant. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain has released their new re-designed logo for next season. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Were there any Europa League results that surprised you? Do you see Arsene Wenger seeing out his contract with Arsenal? What do you think of Elana’s comments about racism in French football?

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