Van Persie: No Grudge Against Wenger

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has denied there is any rift between himself and Arsene Wenger. Reports of a disagreement in the camp surfaced after the striker’s negative reaction to the manager’s tactical decisions in Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester United. The Frenchman has received widespread criticism from fans for substituting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, who had just created Van Persie’s equaliser, and replacing him with Andrey Arshavin, with the…

January 24, 2012

Andrey Arshavin: I’ve Been Underperforming

Andrey Arshavin has admitted Arsenal fans are right to demand more than he is currently producing. The Russia forward has been heavily criticised after scoring just once in his last 18 games for the Gunners, with his performances falling well short of those during the early part of his career in England. Arshavin, who joined Arsenal from Zenit St Petersburg almost three years ago, said of the club’s supporters: “They…

October 12, 2011

Arsenal Sign Yossi Benayoun On Loan

Arsenal have signed Israeli international Yossi Benayoun on a season long loan deal. The creative midfielder, who was injured for much of last season, has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and now looks likely to provide competition for Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, Gervinho and Andrey Arshavin at the Emirates. A statement on the Arsenal website confirmed: “Arsenal has confirmed that they have agreed to sign Chelsea midfielder Yossi…

September 1, 2011

Andrey Arshavin And Nicklas Bendtner Face Summer Exit

Unsettled Arsenal duo Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner are set to discuss their futures with Arsene Wenger at the end of the season Danish striker Bendtner had admitted he has grown frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities in recent months while Arshavin has failed to recapture the form that persuaded Wenger to pay more than £15million for the forward back in January 2009. A sixth year without a trophy…

May 7, 2011

Arshavin Supports Arsenal For Title Glory

Andrey Arshavin believes Arsenal’s title hopes have been boosted by their schedule being less hectic than rivals Manchester United. The Gunners are currently five points adrift of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at the top of the Premier League but crucially have a game in hand on United, while defending champions Chelsea are a further four points back. Arsene Wenger’s men are up against Blackburn on Saturday evening, and by the…

April 1, 2011

Arsene Wenger: We Have to Take a Lot Of Encouragement To Face The Challenges Ahead

At the final whistle Arsenal’s players stood, sat or knelt on the lush emerald turf like figures in a tableau of despair. Motionless, traumatised, suddenly drained of the last vestiges of belief and hope and even pride, they looked dismayingly like Bayern Munich after Manchester United had finished with the German side at the Camp Nou in 1999. Jack Wilshere hit the crossbar here and Robin van Persie was the…

February 28, 2011