Meanwhile, another former Arsenal star, Robert Pires, has given himself a deadline of January 31 to find himself a new club – or else he will retire from the game. The 37-year-old spent six years with the Gunners, and the club have failed to land a trophy since he left for Villarreal in 2006.
He has been training with the north Londoners in a bid to get back to full fitness, but has also revealed he will not limit himself to only Premier League clubs. The Frenchman told L’Equipe Mag: “QPR? I would be attracted. I am not necessarily looking for a six-month contract. I could imagine myself playing much longer. I will give myself until January 31. If at the end of the winter transfer market I have not found a club, I will hang up my boots.”
Petit: League no, Cup yes.
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit does not believe that the Gunners can win the Premier League – but feels their style of play should allow for European dominance. The problem, the Frenchman reckons, is that the players struggle against the more physical sides.
According to Mirror Football, the World Cup winner went on to say: “They are good technically and tactically – and mentally they have improved. But I think they are missing the physical impact to win a big trophy in England. But you know, I am not sure that Barcelona would win the league in England because there is so much on the power side of the game. But Arsenal play the kind of football that will make them very difficult opponents for anyone in Europe.”
Wenger to clash with Dutch FA.
Arsene Wenger looks likely to be heading on another collision course with the Dutch FA – after Holland national coach Bert van Marwijk said he wants to see crocked star Robin van Persie report for national duty next month.
Van Persie suffered an ankle ligament injury while playing in a friendly against Italy last November, which sparked a huge row between the Gunners and the Dutch FA when Wenger accused them of misdiagnosing the seriousness of his injury.
He is currently recovering from an unrelated ankle injury sustained in August, and van Marwijk said: “Robin is expected to be back in the national team next month. We expect to play him in the friendly match.”
The Dutch striker has not trained with the Arsenal first team since suffering the injury early in the season, and is not presently due to return for at least two weeks.