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.
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,”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”