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Wenger and van Persie Key to Arsenal Comeback

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Wenger and van Persie Key to Arsenal 2012 Success!

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger and superstar striker Robin Van Persie have been key in The Gunner’s rise up to the top tier of the Premiership this season. Wenger has aspirations to finish in the top four in the Premier League this campaign.

Robin Van Persie has not yet agreed to a contract extension at Arsenal. His current contract runs out in the summer of 2013.

City’s boss, Roberto Mancini has hailed Van Perise as ‘one of the best strikers in Europe’.

Arsenal FC boss, Arsene Wenger is not concerned about Manchester City’s public declaration that they intend to bring Van Persie on board.

‘If you are to have one quality it is not to be unsettled because what is said of you by other clubs is part of the job,’ said Wenger.

‘What is important is how much you want to win the next game and all the rest is basically not important.’

‘Robin is the leader of our club and I would just like to specify that he is not at the end of his contract.

‘He is under contract until 2013. So you do your job, focus on your job which he does very well and enjoy your games.’

Wenger has hope for England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been out all season due to an ankle problem.

‘The progress in training is very good but what you do not want is to have any setbacks,’ Wenger said.

‘The setback could be a bad scan, but the clinical signs are all very good when you look at his ankle, it is not inflamed and it is normal progress now.

‘But we are a bit over cautious with him now because of the setbacks we had before.’

Wenger was charged with improper conduct by UEFA after confronting referee Damir Skomina following Arsenal’s 3-0 win over AC Milan.

Arsenal recently defeated Tottenham and at Liverpool.

‘We want to finish as high as we can,’ Wenger said.

‘It will be difficult because we know that we face a massive battle there with Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle and maybe Liverpool.

‘We have created the momentum but we know until the end of the season that every game will be a massive one for us.

‘What is at stake is to be in the top four, if possible in the top three, but it will be difficult for everybody.’

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Arsenal has risen to third place in the Premier League and is looking fit in the race for the trophy and Champions League Qualification going into the Spring.

Arsenal superstar striker Robin Van Persie leads the Premiership League in goal scored in the 2011-12 campaign with 26 goals to date. Van Persie made his 25th league start of the season last night with a career-high tally for a single campaign. The Dutchman has scored or assisted in 36 league goals this season, 11 more than Man Utd’s second-placed Wayne Rooney.

The Gunners have already beaten Saturday’s opponents Aston Villa twice this season and are the favorites to win against Villa again.

Arsene Wenger’s men have won their last six Premier League matches, scoring 19 goals total.

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Arsenal Move Up to Top Tier

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Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie (@ 22 goals) remains top Premier League goalscorer – as Arsenal moves in on Manchester City (60 points) into striking distance at the top of the table in the Premiership title race.

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Arsenal is in a fight to end up in the top tier of the England Premier League this season with four months left to finish above Chelsea in fourth, to qualify for the Champions League. They trail Chelsea by five points. Rumor has it that Robin Van Persie may join Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona. Arsenal FC manager, Arsène Wenger made no major signings before the closure of the January transfer window. Jack Wilshere is out for the rest of the season with another stress facture.

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Arsenal Update

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Arsenal is currently sitting in sixth in the Premier League.

And Arsene Wenger is currently sitting on £30 million in the bank for January transfers.

Robin Van Persie is the top goal scorer in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s over reliance on star man and captain Van Persie would lead one to think Wenger may try to get another superstar to bring them up to the top four.

Koln’s German forward Lukas Podolski reportedly is high on the list and Lille striker Moussa Sow and Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou remain targets.

The Gunners have returned to top form, and with a few changes could again become a top four side.

Wenger rarely changes his squad in January.

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FC Arsenal UEFA Champions League Matchday 5 Results

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Arsenal are on an incredible run of 11 wins out of 13. They are through to the knock-out stages of Europe’s No1 competition – the Champions League, and in the running for the top four in the Premier League, and in the last eight of the Carling Cup.

Arsenal have gone seven years without a trophy.

Arsenal defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 as Arsene Wenger’s leadership took hold again and Arsenal became the first English team to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knock-out stages and won Group F with from Robin Van Persie.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song was named man of the match for his superb performance.

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Arsenal Update: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich

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Robin Van Persie scoring his 30th and 31st goals of 2011 in Arsenal’s recent clash with Norwich.

After Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Norwich, Arsenal’s fifth victory in a row, boss Arsene Wenger said he had full confidence that he will at least see out the two years left of his contract.

‘I am completely committed to the club and I will show you that at the end of the season,’ said the 62-year-old, who has been at the club for 15 years

‘I’m very happy with the players we bought. There is a fantastic spirit in the side and a great attitude. It’s a pleasure to work with the players. I feel we have come back in a stronger position and the team is growing from game to game.’

Wenger hopes to qualify for the Champions League and do well in this season’s other competitions.

‘We have to show that we can go very far, that’s what we don’t know, but we have the desire to.’ he added. ‘We have some way to go to show that this is the right way. That’s why what I wanted to say was we will see at the end of the season how far we can go. I’m very positive but how much do we want to be really successful?

‘That’s what we have to show in the coming months. But I’m positive because I feel the team wants it. For us what is important is we are back in a stronger position, let’s continue to develop because we need to to come back to the top.’

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Arsenal Update – Arsene Wenger Blasts Xavi

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“I think Cesc has always been torn between his love for Arsenal, that I feel is really genuine, and the desire to play for the biggest team in the world,” remarked Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger.

FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández recently angered Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, claiming the Gunners are making Cesc Fàbregas “suffer” by not allowing him to join the Spanish champions, Barca.

In an interview posted on Barcelona’s website, Xavi said Fàbregas had told him he has “done everything he can” to force a return to his boyhood club.

“I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering, because he really wants to come. It’s what he most wants, he’s done everything he can to come and wants Arsenal to let him go, said Xavi.”

The Spain midfielder’s comments quickly sparked an angry reaction from Wenger, who wants to keep Fàbregas at the Emirates.

“What is important is that Cesc Fàbregas is contracted to Arsenal,” said Wenger. “That is a fact. Arsenal wants to keep him and all the rest is comment.

“If I found Barcelona in exactly the same position, I believe a mutual respect between the clubs should stop this kind of comment. If it is true then it is very disrespectful and it is not the first time that Xavi has been disrespectful to Arsenal.”

Wenger, whose side beat a Malaysia XI 4-0 in the first match of their pre-season tour of Asia on Wednesday, had earlier this week vowed to fight to keep his captain at the club.

The Arsenal manager said on Monday: “I am confident because I hope he [Fàbregas] will see that there will be no greater achievement for him in his life than to lead this team to success and that it will not be the right period for him to leave the club.

“I think Cesc has always been torn between his love for Arsenal that I feel is really genuine and, as well and what you can understand, the desire to play for the biggest team, at the moment, in the world. I think both exist in his head. But he knows that I want him to stay.”

Meanwhile, Fàbregas’s team-mate Jack Wilshere called on the Spaniard to remain loyal to Arsenal, saying that the north Londoners must hold on to their top players if they are to end their six-year wait for a trophy.

“Loyalty is a big part of football and it shows if you are a real man or not,” said Wilshere. “We have got loyalty at Arsenal – players have shown that in the past. Cesc showed that last year and hopefully a few more players can show it this year. Then we will see if we can get a trophy or not.

“We have to keep our best players if we want to win things. Any team wants to keep their best players. Look at Tottenham and what is happening with Luka Modric.

“Robin [van Persie] said he would be devastated if we lose Cesc and it’s the same for me. He has been a role model for me and he is the player I want to aspire to.”

Elsewhere, Wenger claims he has the backing of the Arsenal board concerning his firm stance over the future of Samir Nasri.

The 24-year-old French playmaker has just a year left on his current deal, meaning he could move to a new club for free next summer should he not agree fresh terms at the Emirates for at least another season.

“I think so, I believe that is no problem,” said Wenger when asked if he had the board’s support over the Nasri situation.

“It is a technical decision. On one hand people say I don’t spend enough and when I spend people say I spend too much. It’s very difficult to find the right medium.

“What is important is that the club has a good team and is in a strong financial situation. The decisions are dictated by financial restrictions but not only by that. The most important thing is that the team is right and our financial situation is right as well.”

“He has always had a very good attitude. We are a big club with many good young players so we are confronted with many rumours and speculation.

“But it doesn’t affect much what’s happening inside the club. We have to live with that and you could see when he played that he wasn’t disturbed by that.”

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Barca Want Fabregas to Go On Strike @ Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas may be set for more heartbreak this summer as it can be revealed that Barcelona are unwilling to pay the £35 million valuation set by Arsenal for the Spanish midfielder. Fabregas has made it clear for the second successive summer that he wants to return home to the club where he began his career and is said to be doing all he can to negotiate a move.

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Reportedly the Spanish Arsenal midfielder star Cesc Fabregas wants any possible transfer deal with Barcelona tied up this week before he is due to meet up with his team-mates again for pre-season training.

Barcelona have told Cesc Fabregas to go on strike at Arsenal in an attempt to force a cut-price move to the Catalan club.

If Fabregas does decide to strike and a move is not completed, he faces being alienated by his teammates and fans who idolise him.

Arsene Wenger took on Fabregas as a 16-year-old.

Barca had a £27 million bid rturned down last week by Arsenal and are unlikely to meet the current asking price of £40 million.

If Fabregas goes on strike and refuses to turn up for training next week, it will put Arsenal under enormous pressure to sell their captain which could put Barcelona in an extremely strong position when discussing the price of the move.

Although sources close to the midfielder have stated that he is not prepared to force an exit away from London, it is clear that this is what he is expected to do.

Pep Guardiola is desperate to land Fabregas but is adamant they will not break the bank.

The Barcelona players are also attempting to push a move through for Fabregas and midfielder Sergio Busquets stated, ‘Every year it’s the same. This year he seems to be getting closer. I wish this year is the definitive one and we can have Cesc by our side’.

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Arsenal Plan 2-Game Pre-Season Asia Tour

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Arsenal Plan 2-Game Pre-season Tour of Malaysia and China

The Gunners announced an Asian tour to Malaysia and China in July with matches in Kuala Lumpur and Yiwu before returning to England for the Emirates Cup.

Arsenal finished the 2010-11 Premier League season in fourth place.

Arsene Wenger’s side will face Chinese Super League outfit Hangzhou Greentown on July 16.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis stated, “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is excited to be visiting both Malaysia and China.”

“The club has a tradition of playing in Malaysia going back to the 1960s. This will be our fourth visit to Malaysia, having last visited Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

“We are also looking forward to returning to China, where we last played a pre-season friendly in Beijing in 1995.

“It will also be a wonderful experience for the club and our players, many of whom will be visiting Malaysia and China for the first time.”

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