Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has said that he expects striker and captain Robin van Persie to stay at Arsenal. The dutch striker’s contract is up for renewal at the end of next season, but if he doesn’t sign one before January 2013 he will be free to discuss moves to other clubs, and will leave the North London side for nothing.
If Van Persie did go, he would be following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, who both left the Emirate stadium in search of trophies and Championships.
Wenger was confident of holding on to the striker. “He has 18 months to go and I’m confident he’ll sign a new deal. I’m always confident.”
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“I want to stay and I want to give it my all for at least another year. I could do two, but the manager never gives out two. We always want a little bit more – even if we’re sat in Arsenal Hospitality!
“Give me one year and I will work every day and try to win a trophy and bring some kind of glory back to Arsenal.”
Campbell continued, “Deep inside I feel I have got two real gritty years left in me, the years in which I can affect things.
“If I am in the team I can really make a difference. I know that.
“And after two years I will look at it again and we’ll see.
“After that I might only be able to play games here and there, who knows, but I think I can be an influence and be positive and win games and be strong for two years.”
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“If I decide to leave Arsenal it will be to wear the shirt of Barcelona. I don’t know when this will happen, though. I am very happy at Arsenal and I’m in no hurry to leave the club.”
Fabregas has been tipped to move to Barcelona this summer, with many fans taking on free bet offers to put theirmoney where their mouths are!
“I want to make a decision about my future before the World Cup. It’s impossible to perform if you’re not fully focused on the sporting aspects of the game. I don’t want to be distracted by transfer talk.”
Reports suggest 32 year old Italian goalkeeper international Gianluigi Buffon could well be on his way to the Emirates Stadium. The Juventus keeper could replace Almunia, who has had a not so convincing season. Arsene Wenger who has admittedly said Manuel Almunia was never his number one long term keeper will be looking to replace him as soon as possible.
The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time and if these reports are to believed, his next destination will be the Emirates Stadium.
Buffon, who has won 100 caps for Italy, is expected to seal the switch to the Gunners within the next few weeks to end his nine-year stint in Turin.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been searching far and wide for a new goalkeeper after the inconsistent and error-prone displays of Manuel Almunia and backup Lukasz Fabianski this season.
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Arsenal’s Samir Nasri, along with Karim Benzema and ex Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira have all been left out of Raymond Domenech’s 30 man squad which will fly to South Africa’s 2010 FIFA world cup. Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, William Gallas and Abou Diaby from Arsenal will all be travelling with the French side this summer.
The 30 man squad going to the world cup:
Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Mickaël Landreau (Lille), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille) DEFENDERS
Eric Abidal (Barcelone), Gaël Clichy (Arsenal), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), William Gallas (Arsenal), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Sébastien Squillaci (FC Séville), Adil Rami (Lille) MIDFIELDERS Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Yann M’Vila (Rennes), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Jérémy Toulalan (Lyon) STRIKERS
Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Thierry Henry (FC Barcelone), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille), Jimmy Briand (Rennes), Djibril Cissé (Panathinaïkos), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), André-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Sidney Govou (Lyon)
As the French league slowly comes to an end, Marouane Chamakh is set to be out of contract with current team Bordeaux. There have been constant talks through-out the whole season on whether he would join the North London team. It is looking very close that he will put pen to paper and become an Arsenal player in the coming weeks after what has been a long and hard season. According to Sky Sports reports, the Morrocon international will join Arsenal on a free transfer.
Marouane Chamakh has spoke out to the media on how he would like to join the Premier League, hinting on several occassions that he would like to play for Arsenal and adapt to their style of play.
“I am delighted to join the English football atmosphere, it is something amazing,” he told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“I love Arsenal’s game. I know I will have to adapt but I know the short passing game with (Bordeaux midfielder) Yoann Gourcuff.
“In February, I made my decision. A departure clause (in a potential new Bordeaux contract) was not logical after refusing Arsenal last summer.
“Arsenal were not alone. There were Liverpool, Tottenham and crazy offers from Russia.
“But I was only focused on the Premier League.”
Chamakh has been with Les Girondins for 10 years and, while he is looking to the future, admits he will be leaving with a heavy heart.
“For my last matches with Bordeaux I can feel a lot of emotion,” he added.
“But I am leaving for a new challenge. At Bordeaux I was the club’s child. In London, I won’t be a kid anymore.
“I have grown, I have things to prove and I am motivated to achieve it.”
The debate lies on how he will do at Arsenal, will he be a success? Is he what Arsenal needs?
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