Wilshere Wins Bet With Tottenham Fans. Pay Up Spuds!

Back in November, when Tottenham was thriving and had just defeated the Gunners, English wonderkid Jack Wilshere placed a bet with the Spurs’ fans on who would finish on top at the end of the season.

Jack Wilshere made this pledge on Twitter: “All Spurs fans are buzzing they are ahead of us in the league,”he wrote. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

“At the end of the season if Spurs finish above Arsenal I will give 3,000 pounds to charity and if Arsenal finish above Spurs every Spurs fan that follows me must send me a pound which I will send to charity.”

Wenger – We can cope with the pressure and we HAVE to win

Arsene Wenger is trying hard to sound as relaxed as possible ahead of Arsenal’s crucial last game against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, and is seemingly confident that the Gunners can soak up the pressure and get all three points to make sure they finish third in the Premiership.

Wenger said: “Before this game, we are in a fantastic position and, if we win, we don’t need to look at anything else. We want to finish third.

“For long periods this season our fate has not been in our own hands, but it is now. We have to look at this final match as an opportunity, and one we have to take.

Was that Van Persie’s last 90 minutes at the Emirates?

Yet again Robin Van Persie has led from the front scoring two goals to put Arsenal back into a winning position against Norwich, and yet again the defence has let him down.

There rarely looked like there was any cohesion between Wojciech Szczesny and his defence, which was only compounded when Francis Coquelin replaced Bacary Sagna after half an hour.

I know attack is the best form of defence, especially when playing Sky Poker no deposit online, but when you are 3-2 up in a football match against a lowly team like Norwich with so much at stake, why didn’t Wenger put ten men behind the ball and crowd out the Arsenal defence and midfield.

Van Persie loves Arsenal – but could still leave…..

“We haven’t set a date but I will have a meeting with the boss like we did before now. We will be having a meeting about my future and lots of other things.” This statement from the free scoring Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie came during an acceptance speech for the Football writers’ player of the year award.

Van Persie was effusive in his praise of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, stating that “Arsenal is an unbelievable club. The player I am today is because of Arsenal. When I actually signed the deal to join Arsenal, it was a dream come true…..whatever happens with me, I will always be a Gunner.”

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.

Djourou – Arsenal need to return to our best to beat Chelsea

Chelsea have a massive game against Barcelona in tonight’s Champions League semi-final and then have to face Arsenal at the Emirates this coming weekend, but Johann Djourou says that the Gunners can’t just assume that Chelsea will be tired and take it easy against Arsenal.

He said: “They still want to have Champions League football next season as well so we know it is going to be a tough game,”

“Obviously they have a lot of fixtures, the two Barcelona games are [either side of Saturday’s derby] but we don’t really concentrate on that. We have to be focused on our game and be focused on what we do best.

Redknapp – It would be lovely to finish above Arsenal…..Dream on!

The Easter Holidays just got even better for Arsenal fans. After the Gunners fantastic win over Man City it has been followed by Tottenham’s home defeat by Norwich City which has given Arsenal a cushion over their arch-rivals.

Harry Redknapp has now finally realised that Tottenham are now unlikely to finish in Third Place and are now even going to struggle to finish in the fourth Champions League position.

“We have not been in bad form the last few weeks, but today was a setback. We had a bad day.” Redknapp said. “We were a bit flat. I thought their front two, especially Grant Holt, bullied us a bit.

Djourou – Arsenal must beat Man City as we haven’t won Third Place yet

Johann Djourou is aware that Man City will not be easy opponents for Arsenal tomorrow, but he doesn’t see any reason why the Gunners can’t win the game and finish City’s title challenge.

“They’re a very good team and have showed it,” he said. “They’ve had a little dip recently though, and we can definitely beat them at Emirates – that’s not something I have any doubts about. They have quality all over the pitch though and will give us a good game – they are still fighting hard for the title, but we can’t worry about that.

Redknapp Attacks Arsenal’s Szczesny

The Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has attacked Arsenal’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after the recent statements the Pole made regarding Arsenal’s chase to get past Tottenham in the Premier League.

According to Redknapp, although Szczesny is a good goalkeeper he should focus more on football and try keeping his mouth shut when it comes to talking rubbish about other teams in the Premier League.

“Szczesny says he is coming to get Tottenham? Oh yeah, yeah, he does have a lot to say, Szczesny, doesn’t he?” Redknapp said.

Van Persie will be ‘proud’ to finish in Third Place

The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie will not be at all unhappy if the club don’t win the Premiership after such a difficult season, and in fact he will be ‘proud” if Arsenal simply snatch Third Place from their bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

“I have a strong feeling that we can finish third, that would be quite an achievement, something to be proud of as a club.” the Dutchman said.

“We want to continue that record because Arsenal needs that Champions League place and I think the club deserves it because of its incredible history in the competition.”