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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.