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Arsenal players took on the Crossbar Challenge at the Arsenal’s Memeber’s Day. But the competition did not yield a winner! Alex Song came closest to winning but his attempt could only hit the post. Unsurprisingly Arsene Wenger’s attempt was the worst of them all!


wenger-334In the last few summers we have seen a lot of departures and deadline-day signings. But Arsene Wenger doesn’t want that this year. The Arsenal manager has thus tied van Persie’s future to the club already with reports suggesting the Dutchman has nearly signed a new contract. Fabregas and Bendtner were linked with moves away from the club but both have reiterated their commitment to Arsenal.

The only likely departures seem like Adebayor and Eboue. Ebuoe said he will only leave if a ‘big’ club wants him as he thinks clubs like Fiorentina aren’t up to his level. Same goes for Adebayor. He hasn’t had any offer from a big club yet and when he does he will consider his future. So it means Eboue surely won’t leave! As for Adebayor… Maybe.

“We lost Hleb and Flamini last summer and we have had to rebuild. But we have done that now and the future looks bright. We don’t want to have to rebuild again, so I want to keep all the players together for next season. I don’t want to lose anyone.

“I want to add to the squad and have identified one or two targets. But identifying players and buying them are two different things.

“Ideally I would like to bring everybody in before we start back in pre-season training in July. I don’t want to leave it until the end of August.

“We are at a stage where we need to convince people that this team does a lot of things right. It does not need to be transformed. When you go on a long unbeaten run in the Premier League and reach two semi-finals, common sense should tell you that.

“We have to take encouragement from what we have done in the season just gone.

“I am fed-up with people who think I have £100m in the bank yet don’t want to spend it. How can people think that? “The pride of the club is in having moved to a new stadium while maintaining the club at the top level.

“The policy of the club is that they have backed me in what I do and the way I do it. We now have to be strong enough to stick to that. We cannot pump £100m into it, so we must keep faith in what we are doing.

“Next season we will play the formation and system that most suits the players and the balance of the team.

“That means it’s not rigid. It can evolve throughout the season, depending on circumstances and personnel.

“If you play with Theo Walcott for example, you are more tempted to go for three midfielders because Theo is more of a forward than a midfielder in a 4-4-2.”

The one or two players he has identified better be holding midfielders!

Robin van Persie helped ensure qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2010. They are the first side to have guaranteed their spot. Fellow Gunner Nicklas Bendtner are also not far away from qualifying as they defeated neighbors Sweded 1-0.

The Dutchman had a decent match though he could not finish off his chances as he failed to make it to the score sheet. But Holland were not to regret those missed chances as they triumphed 2-1 over Iceland.

Here are some pictures of van Persie in action:

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Robin van Persie was delighted with his personal form this season. Though he was obviously disappointed as well as he could not win a trophy with Arsenal for yet another season. The Dutchman said:

“I have done well. I have played 44 games, including 38 as a starting player. In a tough competition like the English one, this is very good. Moreover, I had more goals and assists then ever before. I was only missing a trophy.”

It certainly was his best season in an Arsenal shirt. His amazing form mid-way into the season helped Arsenal to clinch fourth place which could otherwise have proved far more difficult.

Meanwhile the Dutchman is with the Netherlands side getting ready for friendlies. Here are some pictures of him training for his national side:

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Fabregas and Arsenal - A Married Couple!

Fabregas and Arsenal - A Married Couple!

The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas like he always does reiterated his commitment to Arsenal. The lad has done it time and again whenever he is being linked with a move away from the Emirates. The young Spaniard said:

“My future belongs to Arsenal and I want to be at Arsenal. I do not have to tell anyone to be relaxed or more confident that I am staying.

“This club is very special. It’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me. They have treated me amazingly, all the fans, all the club in general. But now it’s up to me and the players to pay them back for these kind of things – to make finals and make everyone happy.”

Regarding the fans repeated wishes of buying big name players the captain added:

“It doesn’t mean that because one player cost £20m, he is better than one that cost £2 – I don’t agree with that at all,” said Fabregas. “It’s been shown with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry. They are the best players in the world, have World Cups, European Championships and some players who have cost £20/£30m, they haven’t won anything.

“It doesn’t mean anything. We know what we can do, we know we are good and we just have to be positive and believe we can do it. I know the boss is the best. We just have to be united, the boss, the staff and the team all together.”

What else would one want from the best player of his team. The first two paragraphs there say it all. We are all proud to have him at Arsenal as our captain.

Adebayor - A changed man...

Adebayor - A changed man...

A few days later Adebayor did the same with quite an emotional speech of how it’s Arsenal who made him and he won’t leave the Gunners till he has helped them win trophies:

“Before signing, I can remember people telling me I had the chance to win things.

“Now I am empty-handed but I don’t have any reason for leaving until I have got trophies and what I came here for.

“Arsenal put me where I am today. They made me one of the biggest strikers in the world. I have to pay them back.

“How am I going to pay them back? Make them win trophies. That’s what I am here for and I have to fight for that. Next season, 100 per cent, I am an Arsenal footballer.

“I will do everything that it takes to come back next season and show how good I am, show character, personality and desire for this club. I have been doing my best, giving 100 per cent in every single game but don’t forget last season I played without injury. This time I got three injuries and that has made it quite difficult for me.

“But we have a good squad. We are learning things and are all young so we just want to achieve things. As soon as we have the chance to win the first trophy, I think many will follow.

“We just have to believe and keep going. We are very disappointed tonight for the fans and for the way they believed we could do it. We are very sorry for that.

“But it’s very important for the next season that we are here to play and ready to bring glory to this Club.”

van Persie - Undecided over his future

van Persie - Undecided over his future

Another one of our biggest players who is bound to be linked with big clubs in the summer has been silent over his future. van Persie. He had earlier in the season suggested he wants trophies and that he will have to consider his future if he feels he is not getting what he wants at Arsenal.

So the question is will he, in the coming days, follow his teammates and commit his future to Arsenal. Or does he think he is bigger than the club? What do you think?

One thing is for sure. If he goes to Barca he will warm the bench there just like Hleb.