Is Van Gaal Arsenal’s Plan B if Wenger moves upstairs?

Louis van Gaal seems to be the hottest property in football right now. Tottenham, Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and now Arsenal have all been linked with the Dutchman this season. Reports claim that he knocked back Daniel Levy and Tottenham earlier in the season in the hope of landing bigger fish.

News emanating from North London claim that Arsenal have pencilled down his name if Arsene Wenger decides to end his 18-year reign at the end of the season. The board of directors at Arsenal stay fiercely loyal to Wenger and would rather have him stay, but they realize that contingency plans have to be made. The Frenchman’s contract runs out in the summer and is yet to commit to a new two-year extension or perhaps he decides it is time to take his place on the board and leave the coaching to someone else.

Arsenal don’t want to fall into the kind of situation Man United found themselves in this season by appointing the wrong man. Arsene Wenger has been linked with a return to French Monaco, a team he managed between 1988 and 1994 wants to see how the season ends before making a decision about his future. It is widely believed that the FA cup final would be the defining moment, as well as qualification for the UEFA Champions League. The latter seems to be secured as Everton faltered against Southampton on Saturday. The former is not as straightforward as we all remember that ill-fated Carling Cup final of 2011.

In the van Gaal camp, they are giving nothing away as reports claim that the 62-year old Dutchman is keeping his options open. Although common sense points van Gaal the United way, given the chance to work with Robin van Persie, his captain in the Dutch National Team, common sense rarely prevails in football. One thing that seems sure however, is that the Dutchman’s next job will be in England. Van Gaal is a proven winner with many trophies to prove it from his time at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Some call him brilliant, some say he is arrogant, while others call him crazy. Whatever he is, the Premier League would receive him with open arms as it already has all sorts, why not one more?

Van Persie Flop at Euros? Not at all says Wenger!

Robin Van Persie only managed to score once for the Netherlands at the European Championships, as they meekly dropped away from the tournament without winning a single point. The Arsenal striker was critized by the Holland fans and pundits as he missed chance after chance, especially in the first game defeat by Denmark.

But Arsene Wenger personally thinks the critics are totally wrong, in fact he thinks Van Persie was the best striker in the whole competition. He said: “Robin deserves more credit than he gets in the Netherlands,”

“Robin van Persie was the best striker during the tournament. He’s much better than strikers from other countries and he’s also better than Huntelaar.”

“Van Persie makes sure that a team plays football. I’ve analysed his performances and if you watch really closely, you will see that he made some brilliant moves and runs.

“At crucial stages he didn’t get the ball. On the times he did not score with the chances he had can be put down to fatigue. But he’s the perfect striker.

“If you want to reach a really high level as a team, you must pick Van Persie. He’s an example for every striker. He’s an exceptional football player and more than just a striker.”

Well that doesn’t sound like a man that is expecting to lose his captain, unless of course he is just trying to bump up the price???

Mertesacker – Germany are in the hardest group at the Euros

The Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has just played his first competitive game since injuring himself in February, and it ended in a 5-3 defeat for Germany at the hands of European minnows Switzerland, but the big centre-back thinks that the team will be back on Song by the time the tournament proper comes along.

“Yesterday was very disappointing for us but we’re looking forward to the tournament,” he told Sky Sports News.

“It’s in two weeks and we’ll be in good shape I think.”

Germany have been drawn into the “Group of Death” at Euro 2012 against Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands, but Mertesacker is not unduly worried.

“It’s the toughest group in the Euros but we have great experience in the last few tournaments,” he said. “Therefore we are very confident and hopefully we can do a good job.”

Considering that Holland were beaten 2-1 by Bulgaria, Denmark lost 3-1 to Brazil and Portugal were held to a 0-0 draw by Macedonia, Mertesacker has every right to feel as confident as anyone else!

Van Persie thinks Holland will need some luck at the Euros

Arsenal’s striker Robin Van Persie seems to be set to continue his incredible season form in the summer at the EURO 2012, where his team will face Denmark, Germany and Portugal in the toughest group of the tournament.

Robin has been named the best player in the premiership this season, while some of his national team colleagues like Robben, Huntelaar, De Jong or Van der Vaart have also had incredible seasons, so our Gunner may be part of an amazing team this summer.

“It will be quite tricky because we have a really tough group – the first game against Denmark, then Germany and Portugal.

“We have to look at it game by game, just give it our all and see what happens.

“You need a bit of luck during the tournament, hopefully we can get that.

“Even after the group stage, we will have a really tough task, because we could meet Italy in the second round, then Spain in the semi-finals if we both win our games.

“So if we win it, then for sure we will really deserve it.”

Everybody hopes for Robin to stay at the club and it is believed that he will decide this before leaving for Poland and Ukraine, but no news has appeared so far. What do you think Robin will choose to do?

UH-OH! Van Persie to DELAY contract talks until after Euros

Arsene Wenger revealed today exactly how confident he was that Robin Van Persie will be staying at Arsenal next season, although one option seemed to be forcing him to play out the last year of his contract if he didn’t re-sign, but whichever way it went, Wenger was convinced that it would be sorted out before the Euro2012 tournament.

But tonight it isn’t quite so clear-cut, and the BBC is headlining with the fact that Robin is now intending to wait until after the big international competition before even starting the talks with Arsenal.

Okay so here are the reasons given for this delay. Arsenal are not yet guaranteed Champions League football next season, and with it being so close it is possible that Arsenal will not know the final finishing positions until after the last game of the season, which is on May 13th against West Brom.

And even then, if Arsenal finish Fourth, then Van Persie will still have to wait until the 19th of May, when Chelsea play the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich.

But the straw that is going to break the camels back, is that Robin himself is set to meet up with his Holland team-mates for a pre-Euro 2012 training camp on the 17th of May (in Switzerland).

The BBC also add, worryingly, that the extra time will give RVP time to assess how Arsenal are doing in their transfer dealings – and that may be the clincher…..

How long does it take for Van Persie and Wenger to have a cup of coffee and a chat????

Arjen Robben On His Way To Arsenal?

Bayern Munich’s winger Arjen Robben claims that he is very unhappy at Munich and he can’t wait to find a way out of there. The shocking statement put Premiership giants Arsenal and Chelsea on red alert as they’re rumoured to be highly interested in snatching the star winger in the summer.

“I am now considering the options I have and I will get.” Robben said. “It was great to play at Wembley and to see many people I know. It was only my second international game for Holland since the World Cup and it was great that this was in London at Wembley.”

“I can try put up a brave face and make out all the things in Munich do not effect me, but of course it gets on my nerves and effects me. I just needed this game against England so much. It was a joy to be playing at my best again.’’
Robben’s problems are caused by his colleagues and the media who claim that he’s too selfish.

Even the German legend Beckenbauer criticized Robben for celebrating the goals on his own saying: “He should be thanking team mates who work so hard for him.”.

The Dutchman is a world class player, but the problem is that he’s very injury prone. Chelsea were unable to take full advantage of his skills exactly for this reason, and they’re probably skeptical about the possibility of bring him back again, so he’s much more likely to receive offers from Arsenal.

And he may even enjoy playing alongside his Netherlands strike partner Robin Van Persie

Arsenal Wants To highjack Valencia’s Full-back Deal

Ajax’s full-back Van Der Wiel seems interested in leaving the club after a long time spent at the Amsterdam team, and even though Valencia are now favourites Arsenal is looking to highjack their negotiations.

“I expect something to happen. I’ve already been at Ajax for quite some years,” Van der Wiel told NUSport.

“It is my club but I’m ready for a new step in my career.”

“I’m 24, which is a good time to go. I also think my departure will be good for my development.

“I have one year left on my contract after this season and I think Ajax will let me go.”

“Never say never, but it seems best to just leave in the summer,” he added.

“I can then leave in a good way and it’s also good to start at a new club at the start of the season.”

Being intensely linked with a move to Valencia, Wiel declared:

“I hear good stories about the club from Hedwiges Maduro, who has played there for a while,”

“He’s a good friend of mine and the Primera Division is a great league.”

With all the injuries at the club, a full-back of Wiel’s skill who managed to become a first team player at the Holland national squad would be a massive hit for Arsenal, don’t you think?