Arsenal fans, hello and welcome to today’s roundup.
We’re almost mid-way through the transfer window and as a result you’ll have had plenty of time to determine which rumours you’re ready to see come to fruition, and which rumours you’re dismissing as garbage fodder.
As is always the case when the transfer market is open for business there’s plenty of both by the end, and today is no different in that respect. Below we’ve gathered the biggest stories we could get our grubby mitts on.
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Van Persie relationship
Robin van Persie has admitted he talks with Arsene Wenger regularly, dismissing the idea that the pair’s relationship soured when he moved to Manchester United in 2012.
Van Persie became the spearhead of United’s attack and is credited by many as being the main reason the Red Devils won the Premier League during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season at the club as manager.
Naturally Gunners fans were less than impressed with his career choice, but it would appear ill-thoughts aren’t harboured towards the striker by Wenger.
Van Persie, who recently moved to Fenerbahce, told how he and Wenger spoke regularly, describing the Frenchman as a classy man.
“People think there was an argument between us [Arsene Wenger]. On the contrary we always had a lot of respect for each other. I’m still talking to Arsene regularly now. He is a world class coach and manager and above all, a classy man,” RVP said.
It’s probably clutching at all types of straws to suggest that Van Persie could one day ‘do a Thierry Henry’ and return to the Emirates Stadium at some point to play football once more. If the words of Mike Bassett ring true however, “If you’re old enough, you’re good enough.”
Szczesny move on?
In other news Ajax are said to be keeping tabs on Wojciech Szczesny, and could move for the goalkeeper is their current first-choice, Jasper Cillessen, joins United.
It’s said the Dutch stopper is seen as an ideal replacement for David de Gea if he leaves Old Trafford, though it’s not known if Wenger would let Szczesny leave for Holland.
At the moment the Frenchman has three ‘keepers on his books, which would indicate that he’s probably going to let one leave.
Having just signed Petr Cech to the tune of £11million we can assume he will be Arsenal’s number one. So does Wenger let Szczesny or teammate David Ospina go?
Meanwhile Theo Walcott has looked to play down speculation that his time in north London could be over soon, confirming that his agent is in talks with the club over a new deal.
The speedy winger revealed he loved playing for Arsenal, and said that although he wasn’t actively pushing for a new deal to be agreed, is hoping one will be.