Arsene Wenger congratulates ‘record-breaker’ Van Persie

Robin Van Persie cheekily dinked his penalty over Wayne Hennessey in Arsenal’s win over Wolves last night, and in doing so he equalled Ian Wright’s record of scoring against 17 Premiership teams in a season (out of 20).

Arsene Wenger couldn’t help but congratulate his amazing captain but rued the fact that he couldn’t beat the record by scoring against Man City last weekend.

Van Persie had gone an unlikely four games in a row without scoring, and Wenger was pleased that the Dutchman didn’t let his goal drought (!!) worry him.

Vermaelen – With everyone fit Arsenal can compete with anybody

The Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen was part of the back line that stopped the prolific Man City team from even getting a shot on goal in the 1-0 win on Sunday, and now believes that the Gunners should be considered as certain challengers for the Premiership title next season.

The only worry he has is that Arsenal need to maintain some consistency and, most importantly, remain injury free next year.

“In some games we have shown a lot of quality and that we can compete with everybody,” said Vermaelen. “But you have to be consistent in the league and sometimes that’s not been the case for us. But we will try to do that better next year. I’m confident we can do that.

Emmanuel Frimpong hoping for good news today

The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was stretchered off in the first half of Wolves 2-1 win over QPR on Saturday and he has had an anxious weekend in a brace waiting for the visit to the hospital today for the crucial MRI scan on his knee.

After missing the whole of last season thanks to a damaged cruciate ligament, he is obviously worried that the same problem has come up again, but he is keeping his spirits up while he is wating.

He tweeted to his followers yesterday: “Having scan on Monday hopefully aint serious like my cruciate last year.”

Wolves win the race to sign Emmanuel Frimpong from Arsenal

It was reported a few weeks ago that Wolverhampton Wanderers were trying to persude Arsene Wenger to allow Emmanuel Frimpong to move to Molineaux in January, and although Aston Villa also showed interest in taking the young Arsenal midfielder it seems that Wolves have got the final nod.

The BBC reports that talks are still ongoing but the 19 year-old is expected to finally sign on Monday for a loan at Wolves until the end of the season.

Wenger – I’m frustrated as Arsenal had enough chances to win the game

Arsene Wenger watched his Arsenal team squander two more points in the race for the title after drawing with Wolves 1-1 but he believes that the Gunners should have scored more from the chances they created, and maybe they should have had a penalty as well.

The Frenchman reckons that they wanted to win so much that they just couldn’t relax enough to get the winner. “Gervinho scored today and we had other opportunities,” he said. “Arshavin was very close, Rosicky was close, Mertesacker was close. It was the kind of day where maybe we were not relaxed enough, maybe we wanted it so much, that we were a bit too much in the ‘wanting zone’ and not enough in just the technical zone.

Mertesacker – I’m prepared for Wolves and we have to win!

The new Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker is ready and willing to face Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon, but he admitted that it is weird for him to be playing over the festive period!

“This time of year is a strange situation for me! I spoke to some of my ex-Werder Bremen team-mates recently and they have two-and-a-half weeks off now,” Mertesacker said.

“But I’m very glad to be here over the Christmas period and New Year – you get used to the English ways and it’s a special thing about the football here.

Arsene Wenger full of praise for Wolves manager Mick McCarthy

Arsene Wenger is preparing the Gunners to face Wolves tomorrow at the Emirates, and he was full of praise for the manager of Arsenal’s opponents, Mick McCarthy, for his coolness under pressure.

“Mick McCarthy is doing miracles at Wolves,” Wenger said. “He’s always ready for a fight, never gives up, keeps his steadiness and mental strength, never shows any strain. Its great what he does for his club. I believe they play extremely good football as well.

“It demands special strength from the manager to fight until the last day with the uncertainty sometimes whether you will stay up. A manager needs to be cool-blooded, strong, resilient and Mick McCarthy has all of these qualities.”