Arsene Wenger Expresses Sadness Over RVP Exit

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the fact that, unfortunately, captain Robin Van Persie will leave for Manchester United. The Frenchman has admitted that he was forced into selling Robin and that there wasn’t much he could do, despite the fact that he wanted to keep the Dutchman.

According to Wenger, the striker’s position will be filled by Giroud and Podolski’s arrivals, the club having previously stated that the French striker had been brought in to boost the attacking options.

“He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon,” said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1 on Wednesday.

“It’s never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice.”

“We have already recruited since we Giroud and Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie,” he concluded.

Robin had the greatest season in his life last term, so it’s sad to see him go, but Arsenal have to go on fighting without him. The departures of Nasri and Fabregas left Arsenal fighting to get the third spot last season, so hopefully now having lost only one player and having brought three very important ones, perhaps the Gunners will be able to make those who left regret their actions.

Mancini Drops Bomb On Van Persie Transfer

Manchester City’s in command manager Roberto Mancini has hinted that the Citizens’ move for the Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie might go through this summer, after stating that a move from Napoli to Manchester by for Cavani would be impossible.

Mancini seems to think that bringing Cavani would be impossible for the Citizens, but that they have a good chance of landing Robin Van Persie due to his current contract. Robin is still under contract with the Gunners until the end of next season, and Mancini think there might be a chance of landing him if he won’t extend his contract.

“Van Persie is world class,” said Mancini. “Cavani has ¬everything. When he was playing for Palermo, I wanted to take him to Inter.

“To sign Cavani at his present valuation is impossible. For Van Persie, it is a bit different.

“Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri were a year before the end of their contracts and for Arsene Wenger it was difficult to keep them.”

Robin’s talks with Arsenal’s board have not concluded in an extension so far despite the fact that Wenger offered him the biggest salary in the squad by far. According to the Dutchman, he doesn’t wish to be better paid, but to have a chance at winning trophies, and after seeing Nasri and Clichy do that at City it’s going to be hard for him to decide.

Full-back Goes To Surgery And Leaves Arsenal Short Again

Arsenal’s injury problems are mounting on, and Wenger’s biggest problems are the full-backs who just seem to be cursed. First Gibbs, than Sagna than Jenkinson and finally Santos fell to injuries throughout this start of the season and now the French manager doesn’t have any options for the full-back position.

The worst is that this is not going to improve any time soon because even if Sagna returned to training the manager won’t rush his recovery and risk a possible setback, and Gibbs won’t be available still.

Even though it was previously thought that the full-back will be ready for last week’s Villa match it seems that he suffered yet another setback and had to undergo surgery.

“Kieran Gibbs has had surgery on his left groin and he will be out for a month.”, Wenger said.

This means that it’s going to be at least a month and a half until Arsenal will be able to count on either Gibbs or Santos who is expected to be out for another two months, so the single option Wenger is left with is to transfer at least a full-back in January. Who do you think should join?

Can Park Be The Answer To Arsenal’s Attack?

Arsenal’s Korean striker J. Y. Park declared that he is ready to take a spot in Arsenal’s first team whenever the manager will need him, but that he won’t expect things to go his way without a bucket load of hard work from his side.

“All my team mates are great players,” Park told Arsenal Player. “I do not expect a chance for me because a player is unavailable.

“I will do my best to prepare myself to take any random chances at any time.

“I am new to this club and to the Premier League. I am trying hard to learn more and more. I don’t worry about getting used to everything or anything. My team-mates are nice to me and I do not have any problems at all regarding training.”

The true question now is if Park’s ready to play for such a big club like Arsenal and what will happen when Robin Van Persie will have to be rested and Chamakh will be at the African Nations Cup? Probably the best option at the moment is to transfer another striker, and German Podolski seems to be the perfect man for the job.

Second choice goalkeeper Fabianski threatens to leave.

Arsene Wenger’s second choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is threatening to leave the London club if he doesn’t get more appearances in the team. Fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny is currently the first choice goalkeeper at Arsenal and also at Poland’s senior national team squad, leaving Fabiasnky dwelling on the sidelines.

Lukasz was played in the last two friendly games the Polish national team had to play against Korea and Belarus, and after the double the goalkeeper expressed his wish to go to EURO 2012 with his national team.

“If my situation doesn’t change I’ll consider asking for a move. If I want to go to Euro 2012, the only way I can persuade the coach to take me is by playing well on a regular basis.”, said Fabianski in The Sun

Fabianski lost the contact with Arsenal’s first team after he was badly injured and had to spend some time off the pitch. Being now fit, the goalkeeper is currently sidelined and only managed to play one game this season in the Carling Cup match against Shrewsbury. Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t like the situation at all. He would like to keep both goalkeepers at the club just to make sure he won’t have to go through goalkeeper problems once again.

Edu:”Santos will become a fan favourite”

Former Arsenal star Edu offered a statement for Arsenal’s official website about the new Brazilian Arsenal just bought Andre Santos. Edu seems to think that manager Arsene Wenger did an excellent job when he decided to bring in the left-back from Turkish team Fenerbahce, and that Santos will shortly become a fan favourite at the London club.

“He is a very good player and a very good guy,” Edu told Arsenal.com. “With the ball he is technically fantastic, a typical Brazilian player.

“But every Brazilian needs time to adapt to the league because the English league is so different. I am 100 per cent sure that the fans will love him because he is very good with the ball.”

“I know the Brazilian players at Arsenal very well, all the Brazilians follow them,” he said. “I follow Arsenal as well.

“Before he came to London, Andre spoke to me and asked me about Arsenal – and it’s nice to see so many Brazilians here. If they are here maybe it is because me, Silvinho and Gilberto did something good.”

Andre Santos joined Arsenal in the last week of the transfer season, and since then he managed to improve his performances every game. Let’s just hope he will keep that up and Arsene Wenger will keep playing him so we can see more of the same from the Brazilian defender.

Lorient’s manager Gourcuff would like Arsenal’s Campbell for good

Lorient’s manager Christian Gourcuff offered a statement regarding Arsenal’s young prospect Joel Campbell. The striker who was just transferred by Arsene Wenger in the summer was then loaned out because he could not get a work permit in the UK. After a very short time spent in France at Lorient, the young striker is now wanted for good at the French team by his manager, and Gourcuff says he could improve the youngster furthermore if he would be allowed to stay for another year.

“It would be wonderful [if he could rejoin on loan], but I doubt it,” Gourcuff told Goal.com.

“We don’t have privileged relations with Arsenal, as opposed to what everyone thinks – just affinities on the level of the management of our clubs which we have in common.

“They released him because he did not have his work permit in England. Otherwise, they would have kept him. Anyway, I think they do not see such a dim view of the fact that he will progress with us. They have their interests and we have ours.”

“He’s just come to Europe – it is normal that he still has progress to make, but I don’t have a concern about him. He is a boy who is listening to the others.

“He is rigorous and he is disciplined. He can still progress on the level of the choices which he could make on the pitch, so that they are more relevant, but with the experience it will come.”

Joel Campbell was one of the first transfers of the summer for Arsene Wenger who brought the kid to Arsenal just after his debut for Costa Rica’s senior national squad. At only 19-years-old he already has 7 appearances for Costa Rica and 2 goals. He also managed to score a goal since his loan started at Lorient just 5 games into the season. He seems like a real talent and if he keeps up this sort of performances he might become just the player Arsenal needs.