Shkodran Mustafi says he follows everything Islam says and he would make sure none of his acts ever go against the principles of Islam.
At his previous club in Spain, Mustafi had shown how hard core an Islamic person he is when he had refused to give an interview to the media just because a liquor container was kept on the table in the media hall.
The liquor brand was one of the sponsors of that Spanish club and as per their agreement, a container had to be displayed in all the press conferences, but, it’s something which Islam strictly prohibits, the use of liquor.
So, Mustafi, out of respect for his religion, pulled out. However, he had to do the press conference later as the club could not breach the agreement it had with its sponsor already and that he was told.
Remembering it, the young defender said, “It wasn’t that anyone was displeased about it. They knew why I was not willing to sit at that place. There was no way out eventually and it was not removed, but, I received an apology from Valencia authorities and from the sponsors as well.”
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Arsenal are ready to tell striker Robin van Persie that he will not be granted permission to leave in the summer irrespective of the offer given by the interested clubs like Manchester city and Juventus. The 28-year-old is entering into the final year of his contract.
He has recently revealed on the official website that he would not like to sign a new contract with the club because he does not believe his ambitions do not synchronise with the ambitions that Arsenal have. It is a situation that is extremely similar to last season after Arsenal saw both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas leave the club for Manchester city and Barcelona.
However, it is thought that manager Arsene Wenger has made it extremely clear for Robin van Persie that he should not be interested in hearing any offers for the 28-year-old Dutchman. After scoring 40 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, he is in high demand. Manchester city, though, will not bid more than £ 15 million to secure his signature. However, they are prepared to offer widgets of up to £ 200,000, which is something that Arsenal can never come close to. Juventus are also thought to be interested in the player.
Arsenal will be able to demand around £ 20 million for the striker given that he is in his final year of the contract. He was one of the main reasons for Arsenal finishing the third position last season. Another player entering into the final year of his contract is Theo Walcott, who has been linked with a move to either Chelsea or Liverpool. Even though Arshavin is also out of contract, Arsenal have made it a priority to sign both Walcott and Robin van Persie at the club. Wenger is thought to be extremely disappointed at the decision by van Persie.
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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said that the club are not prepared to let Robin van Persie leave the Emirates in the summer. Robin van Persie is out of contract in the summer of 2013. Hence, there have been reports that Arsenal will be willing to negotiate a deal with other clubs interested in signing the Dutchman.
This is very similar to the move Samir Nasri made to Manchester City. Despite being in the last year of his contract, Arsenal managed to negotiate a £ 25 million deal for Samir Nasri. Even though it may have had potential repercussions in terms of the performance on the field, the financial situation of Arsenal has become even more healthy.
Hence, there have been some suggestions that Arsenal will also be interested in discussing a deal for Robin van Persie, who is the current top scorer at the club. Manchester City and Real Madrid are the clubs interested in the Dutchman, who has scored 34 goals in the previous calendar year alone. It is thought that Robin van Persie has grown tired of life at Emirates due to the lack of trophies. The exit from the Champions League this season also seems to be confirmed after the 4-0 loss at the hands of AC Milan recently.
“Arsenal are not stupid. If he sees out his contract he will be 30. Real Madrid and Barcelona are not going to recruit him at 30. Van Persie feels powerless and anxious. There is no way any club will pay £40m for him this summer, because of his age. This makes him a £20m player and Arsenal don’t need to sell him for that,” an insider told about the decision made by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier league table.
Arsenal Striker Robin Van Persie has been the stand out performer for the start of the new Premier League Season. This week the Dutch striker came out and heaped praise on teammate Theo Walcott. Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has suggested that his “connection” with teammate Theo Walcott as a vital factor behind his exquisite form this year.
After a captivating end to last season, Van Persie has scored 11 goals already during the current campaign and paid honour to the playmaking expertise of Walcott.
“After each and every goal, the fans and press ask me, ‘Who set it up?’ and I have to tell them ‘Who do you think set it up?!’ We just seem to have a connection. It’s like I know what he is going to do, where he is going to go, and I think thats very important. It’s almost vital to have that type of player around me, as a striker – someone who knows how I move, where I move, where I want the ball to be played – into feet, behind, etc.”
This sudden rush of goals has seen Arsenal shoot up the table after a rocky start to the season. They now look very much more likely contenders for the Top Four position they so greatly crave. However the question does have to be asked that, without Van Persie, Arsenal look like they are lacking something. With Robin on the pitch, even the most anti-Arsenal fan would be comfortable backing a win on the Arsenal betting index. But should Van Persie face a long spell on the sidelines one does wonder how Arsenal would cope. This is a worrying proposition for Wenger and one he may have to solve in January.
However for the time being Arsenal fans everywhere will be rejoicing in their rich vein of form and will be hoping it continues for the foreseeable future and should their talisman stay fit it looks likely that they will continue their assault on the Top Four – and the current Premier league betting odds make them favourites to get there.
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.”