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.