Aston Villa new boy Robert Pires has told reporters of his love for Arsenal, and even admitted it would have been a dream to rejoin the Gunners, according to The Sun.
His comments come ahead of the clash between the two sides this afternoon, where the Frenchman looks likely to make his full debut for the midlanders.
He said: “It is going to be very strange – only 10 days ago I was training on the pitch with Arsenal. But I won’t offer them any presents – the one who pays me is the Villa owner! I never thought I would re-sign for Arsenal. It would have been a beautiful dream but things were clear between Wenger and I.”
Wenger: Defence is great.
Arsene Wenger has refused to blame his defenders for two consecutive defeats this week. A loss to bitter north London rivals Tottenham last weekend was followed by a dismal 2-0 defeat at Braga in the Champions League midweek, and some quarters have claimed that beneath Arsenal’s steely exterior lies a soft centre.
According to The Guardian, Wenger said of defenders Sebastien Squillaci, Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou: “They are sharp, good on the ball, defend well. What can I say? You are entitled to your opinion but for me Koscielny, Squillaci and Djourou are great defenders.”
Juve in Bendtner bid.
Juventus are reportedly lining up a £12m move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner should their efforts to land former Gunners star Emmanuel Adebayore fall through. Man City have agreed to loan Adebayore to the Turin club with a view to a permanent £18m move, but Serie A rules stating that a club may only possess a single non-EU player at a time look likely to scupper any deal.
This could pave the way for Danish international Bendtner to gain the move away from the Emirates he seeks, with AC Milan also rumoured to be monitoring the player’s form according to Goal.com.