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Robin to stay? Ben Arfa rumours and England face the Italians.

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Morning, folks.

It’s quite an interesting morning today in the way of Arsenal news. First of all, we all want to hear some sort of update about the epic saga of Robin van Persie’s contract. The Dutch are out, so there really isn’t anything keeping Robin or the club from making an announcement. When asked about what hight happen, Arsene Wenger said this to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica:

“He will stay at Arsenal,”

“There is no reason why a top player, a big champion would want a move to Serie A – in terms of the prestige of the league, the level of play or financial considerations.

“If he moves there, I will buy you a caramello.”

Strange quotes. Whilst it’s very nice of Arsene to offer to buy an ice cream for the press if Robin does swan off to Juventus, I’m slightly wary of any quotes that show confidence in Robin’s decision. I remember the boss being ‘sure’ Anelka, Nasri and Fabregas would stay – to name but a few.

I love Robin to bits, and for once I’d like this summer to not finish in the same inevitable fashion. We’ve have a few bad ones over the past years, hopefully this summer will be a exciting one – keeping Robin to play with Podolski and Giroud would be a bloody good start.

Hatem Ben Arfa is the subject of reports in L’Equipe who allege Arsenal and Chelsea are in for him. His preferred choice is the Emirates as he sees limited opportunities at Chelsea. To sum this one up – bollocks. I can’t see any truth at all in it. He’s a handy little player, don’t get me wrong, but I’d be certain it won’t happen. Especially if Newcastle want £21m.

Lastly today, a few words about England.

The performance last night was hardly sparkling and wondrous, but it won the group. I commend Hodgson thus far. His choices have been both bold and intelligent, and have paid dividends. England have a good shape and will be very difficult to beat.

Many people are mentioning how good it is to have avoided Spain. I disagree. I wanted to play Spain. I don’t want the team to shy away from anyone. Spain are an excellent football team, but England shouldn’t fear them. They have areas of weakness. Italy have been overlooked in the frenzy of avoiding Spain. They will not be easy, in fact; in ways they’re a tougher proposition than Spain. England raise their game against superior opponents, and must not take anything for granted with Italy.

That’s all for today folks. I shall return tomorrow. Leave me your thoughts below in the comments. Will Robin stay? What about Ben Arfa? I look forward to reading a few of your opinions.

Category: News
  • Matheka kyalo says:

    We don’t need ben arfa… am not sure if rvp we’ll stay

    June 20, 2012 at 9:02 am
  • Matheka kyalo says:

    We don’t need ben arfa, am not sure if rvp we’ll stay

    June 20, 2012 at 9:03 am
  • EMMANUEL O says:

    We don’t need Ben Arfa in ARSENAL, he is not the type plzzzzzzz…..

    June 20, 2012 at 9:10 am
  • Eyinfunjowo says:

    I personally expect robin as a player of high intelligency to have discover what his status is with this ongoing euro 2012.he should know the essence of arsenal midfielders in his flying colour,compare to his performance with his national team.he should think of other past gunners like adebayo,henry,e.t.c whom after they left d club turns to fifa laughter.i believe he will think twice.meanwhile I would like robin to stay with us.but for ben arfa,i love his style of play,let wenger keep on him

    June 20, 2012 at 9:27 am
  • Omar says:

    Ben Arfa is a genius, I’d gladly take him for 12 million. I agree that the rumour probably isn’t true, but if it is, Wenger shouldn’t hesitate.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:33 am
  • lifezone says:

    i could still remember ben arfa was supose to be our signing before nasri came ben is a perfect signing for us.if ben arfa is under wenger for 1season i think we will not regret having him at emirate.remember nasri wasnt that wonderful in his first season at the emirates.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:38 am
    • levis mileys wamalwa says:

      we actually need ben arfa,quality n not quantity,Mvilla could be perfect.Nwy for RVP it would an added advantage if he remains,hope he remains n win with us a trophy nxt season

      June 20, 2012 at 10:26 am
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    June 20, 2012 at 10:01 am
  • Ruemu says:

    Ben alfa, mmmmmm very good player! expecially in winger. M’villa and two solid defender, then i don’t see anything distopping arsenal frm lifting up trophies next season! For RVP 99% he his staying at arsenalfc.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:05 am
  • fataisaheedolamilekan says:

    I want roben vanpersie to stay at emirate next season. And i we use this opportunity to express my felling about ben arfer,ben have the ability,strenght,skill and technical of playing for arsenal i love him as a players i want wenger to be fast about arfer deal the guy is too much he is a good player so wenger should buy him

    June 20, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • Usman says:

    Ben Arfa is a gud playr, wenger shld pls go 4 him.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:26 am
  • kelvin mwenda karanja says:

    RVP should have known by now that much to his success at arsenal last season was much to the likes of theo and song.Am sure he has learnt that at euros and also with the likes of thiery after leaving arsenal.we love robin en we want him to remain at arsenal.great captain he is.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:44 am
  • steve says:

    i want robin to stay but as of ben arfa we don’t need him in arsenal nw

    June 20, 2012 at 10:48 am
  • Admire Jonas says:

    I am a huge admirer of Ben Arfa, he is a fantastik player, he deserves to b in é red n white jersey. But let us not fool ourselvs I dnt see Wenger going 4 hm cz he’l be 2 expensive. What abt Afelay he’s also a gud player

    June 20, 2012 at 10:53 am
  • T IsAaq says:

    Yes we need RVP to stay & I’m confident we’ll still win trophy even if he decides to go. One thing for sure, he’ll never find good passas like Arteta or A.Song who know how to spot him. I can’t wait hear M’villa sign & a CAM but I’m not so sure if Ben af can play in that role

    June 20, 2012 at 10:54 am
  • Okiradu Ekiring says:

    you can not be famous if u are not given achance.yes we are trouphyless 4seven season. but after RVP injury that almost ended his football career we as arsenal fans we were patient 4him 2 recover and Wenger gave him achance 2shine.he should think b4 deciding

    June 20, 2012 at 11:52 am
  • Samwise says:

    Vp.. ..vp shld see d hndwritin on d wall already. . No beta place 2 b dan emirate.. ..pls stay wid us, ,we lov u.. …abt ben arfa, ,he culd b d longwaitin saviour we’ve been needing 4 long xpecially wen dose legs are so weak. Wenger jst tap him up. .he is a utility player

    June 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm
  • geoafrogooner says:

    ben arfa is a proven playchanger in EPL,has endured and overcome the career threatening injury hence is now EPLWISE.RVP can go if it pleases him,ARSENAL has always produced great[er] players b4 him. ARSENE should look at GABRE SELASSE[czech rightback],he has been a high performer so far this tournament.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm
  • Bola Shekoni says:

    Ben Arfa? Oh what an addition that’ll be for us and that increases our weapons to gun our opponents down come 2012/2013 season, I am yawning to see him in our jersey next season, as RVP, am sure he’d stay he loves arsenal and nothing can stop him from staying I know. I love you RVP please stay *hugs*.

    (Note: I’ve deleted your pin. This isn’t a free area for advertising yourself)

    June 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    • reallycrossross says:

      I think you meant “yearning to see” but your Freudian slip is more accurate imo!

      June 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm
  • reallycrossross says:

    Ben Arfa (player 160 linked this window so far!) is only worth £8m at tops and we don’t need midfield squad players we have more then enough.

    As I said the other day I care not whether RVP stays or goes. If he stays that’s great, and preferable, if he goes that’s £30m in the bank to buy 2 new talents! Either way it’s a win!

    On the Eng-er-land front; Italy are more dangerous than Spain. Can see this game going to penalties! O the excitement!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Gooneritup says:

    enjoying the blog mate reading it the last week or so and surprised more people dont know about it…keep it up

    June 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm
  • Nameless says:

    If we’re gona raid the Geordies I’d much rather see cabaye come to the emirates!

    June 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

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