If the reports about Arsenal and the acquistion of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Schalke for only around £4 million when the transfer window opens in January are true, it will be the bargain of the season, comparable to Swansea getting Michu in the summer for around £2 million. The Spaniard was not that well known outside of Spain, but Huntelaar is an experienced international with 59 caps to his name, so it would be even more remarkable.
Arsene Wenger may have changed his mind about trying to sign Ajax keeper Kenneth Vermeer for Arsenal after seeing the 26-year old ship four goals at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions league. Vermeer should have done much better with at least two of the goals, and his display could cost the Dutch champions as they now have no chance of qualifying for the next stages and are in danger of losing the Europa league place to Manchester City.
The Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has picked Robin Van Persie for the game against Belgium next Wednesday, but he has admitted that the only reason he picked the Arsenal captain is because RVP has told him he will be playing at least 45 minutes for the Gunners today against Lukas Podolski’s old club Koln.
van Gaal said: “Robin will play his first game this Sunday. He has told me he is at least going to play 45 minutes this weekend.
“It is a good job, because I almost had not selected him.”
The young Dutch midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup joined Arsenal in 2008 with great promise, and went on to represent Holland at all Youth levels, and even captained the Netherlands to the Final of the 2009 Under-17 European Championships.
But this summer he decided to refuse a new contract at Arsenal and instead moved to Besiktas in the country of his parents Turkey, and has decided to represent that country when he becomes a senior international.
The Arsenal transfer talk this summer has all been about Robin Van Persie’s contract talks, and after the Dutchman’s father rejected any chance of RVP moving to another English club (i.e. Man City) or Spain (Real Madrid and Barcelona) it seemed that the only other logical destination for the Premiership Player-of-the-Year would be the Italian League Champions Juventus.
The Old Lady went though the whole of the Serie A season unbeaten and are now trying to improve their team for an assault on the Champions League next season, but Arsene Wenger is adamant that Van Persie would not take a “step down” to the weaker Italian League.
The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie managed to score his usual excellent goal in Holland’s defeat against Germany but has been roundly critized in the Dutch press for the amount of shots he has been missing in the two games at the Euros so far.
His manager, Bert Van Marwijk, has decided to come out and profess his confidence in the Arsenal hitman and has assured everyone that Robin will still be on from the start for the crucial game against Portugal this evening.
The German international Lukas Podolski had an excellent result last night playing in the team that beat Robin Van Persie’s Holland side, but he doesn’t think that he is under extra pressure to prove to Arsenal fans that the Gunners haven’t wasted their money.
In fact he sounds quite confident of his abilities and is not worried in the slightest. He said: “I don’t think I have anything to prove to Arsene Wenger,”
“He has seen me play several times and knows what I can do.
“I think it is clear that my transfer was no accident and, of course, I’m very glad I signed with Arsenal.
Arsenal players and transfer targets report from Holland v Denmark by BA
Well that must have been really frustrating for Robin van Persie. The Dutch team had loads of possession and 28 chances but simply could not score. Van Persie missed a few half-chances and should still have done a bit better but the Holland manager Bert Van Marwijk refused to lay the blame on anyone in particular.
He said: ‘It was not only Robin van Persie. There were maybe four, five, six players who had a lot of chances. And the referee had also a chance to give us a penalty.
The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has been in scintillating form all season, and he is in confident mood ahead of Hollands opening game tonight against Nicklas Bendtner’s Denmark side. He is not just aiming to win this game, but he believes Holland have the quality to win the whole competition.
He said: “I’m confident about what we can do – as well as the names you know, we have some talented young players like Gini Wijnaldum, Jeremain Lens and Luuk De Jong, so the future looks bright for this tournament and beyond,”
The Netherlands had a very good team two years ago when they got to the Final of the World Cup against Spain, although they were quite disgraced by their tactics in the Final. This time around they are looking much classier, especially with Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie in such irresistable form.
He scored 37 goals for the Gunners this season, and has followed that up by scoring another three in Hollands latest two warm-up games. I don’t know if he has been doing lots of home exercise programs but the 29 year-old is certainly looking faster and stronger than ever before!
The Holland manager Bert van Marjwick must be thanking his lucky stars that he has got such a talented bunch of footballers to make a serious attempt at winning the European Championships that begin this week, and one of them, Ibrahim Afellay, feels he has a special relationship with the Arsenal hitman Robin Van Persie, who simply can’t stop scoring at the moment.
Afellay is working down the wing at the moment, and he thinks the Dutch formation makes them very unpredictable. He said: “From the left I can cut inside and outside again. The opponent doesn’t know what I’ll do next. The important thing is to have confidence in yourself and trust the people with whom you work daily”,
Robin van Persie has agreed with Arsenal to keep his own counsel over his future. There has been lots of speculation as to whether or not he will stay at the Emirates and if not, where he would be going. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus have all been heavily linked with a move for the Dutch striker.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to hang on to his player of the year, but van Persie wants the club to meet his ambition to win trophies. However, it was expected that nothing would be talked about until after Holland had finished their Euro 2012 campaign.