Mertesacker relishes Van Persie clash

For now they are team-mates, but Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker cannot way to go face to face with striker Robin van Persie at Euro 2012.

Germany and Holland have been drawn together in the group stages of the tournament, meaning the pair are highly likely to play against each other and although though Mertesacker is looking forward to the match, he admitted to the club’s official website that keeping tabs on Van Persie will be hard work.

“It will be very tough to stop Robin. [Sometimes he plays on the right for Holland but] I think his best position is in the front, in the middle. There he can use his unbelievable skills. He is so reliable in scoring goals it is incredible,” he said.


Wenger Contemplates Arsenal future

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told the media that he can see his spell as Arsenal Manager coming to an end shortly. One of the longest serving managers in English Football, Wenger arrived at the club 15 years ago, and was an instant success, with Arsenal playing attractive attacking Football, with Gunners legends such as Thierry Henry brought in by Wenger during his early years.

However, after six trophyless seasons the Gunners supporters’ support for Wenger has begun to fade, and the Frenchman is now realising that perhaps a fresh face in the hotseat may be the only way to turn around the club’s fortunes.

Arsenal have had a rollercoaster start to the season, with the opening few games billed as their worst start to a Premiership season during Wenger’s reign – a mindset partially brought about by a horrific 8-2 defeat to reigning Champions Manchester United.

Wenger has admitted that he is now thinking short term with regards to his plans for the club – something which has been illustrated by his activity in the transfer market. Wenger has always applied a policy of buying younger players with a lot of potential, and building them into superstars – a tactic which was particularly successful with Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, two of the club’s biggest stars over the last decade. In the summer, however, Wenger chose to buy older, experienced players such as Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Per Mertesacker, signalling that the Arsenal boss is concentrating more on the club’s results each week than uncovering the next big superstar to take Arsenal forward in the future.

Wenger, who has won three Premier League titles during his time at Arsenal, has openly spoken of his frustration at being forced to sell rising stars such as Fabregas and Nasri, players who Wenger feels he could have developed further.


Arsene Wenger was effusive in his praise for striker Robin van Persie after the Dutch international helped to lead Arsenal back from the brink, and back into the Premier League title-race.

At 2-1 down with just 45 minutes to go, Arsenal were looking like their title challenge was dead and buried. Chelsea had managed to expose some of their less-than-impressive defending, and it seemed the Gunners would be falling to thier 5 loss of the season. It would have been excusable – the game was at Stamford Bridge after all – but would have severely dented any hopes they had of winning the Premiership.

Four goals later, Arsenal ran out as 5-3 victors, with Robin van Persie netting a hatrick, as well as playing an instrumental role in the other two goals. It’s no wonder Arsene Wenger was happy with him!

Wenger said: “Robin is on fire at the moment and his class means he is taking advantage of being in a team that wants to attack a lot and create chances. The intelligence of his movement and the accuracy of his finishing is exceptional.”

“The players are now getting used to the way we play and are getting stronger. But we have to remain humble, keep focusing and work hard together because we still have some ground to make up.”

Arsenal Return to Glory

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