Robin van Persie has told Ibrahim Afellay that he was right to snub Arsenal in favour of Catalan giants Barcelona, according to the Mail Online. Arsene Wenger was known to be one of many admirers of the PSV star, but Afellay has agreed to join Barcelona in January for a bargain £2.5m.
Van Persie said: “Before, he had many teams wanting to sign him. He did the right thing in waiting and choosing the right team for him. He has the qualities to succeed at Barcelona. He’s strong on both sides of the body and can pick a pass.”
Given nears Celtic.
Long-term Arsenal target Shay Given is reportedly expecting to join Celtic in January, especially if the Gunners opt to stick with Lukasz Fabianski in goal. The former Newcastle stopper has fallen out of favour at the City of Manchester Stadium, having lost his No. 1 jersey to counterpart Joe Hart.
The Irishman was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer while the north Londoners were desperately seeking a new keeper, but no move materialised. Should Arsene Wenger decide to remain loyal to Fabianski, the Hoops are expected to have a clear path to securing the 34-year-old’s services.
Lansbury the “New Seaman”?
Arsenal have uncovered the man dubbed the new David Seaman. The only problem is that he is actually a midfielder! Gunners’ youngster Henri Lansbury played the last half an hour of his England U-21 debut between the sticks after substitute keeper Jason Steele of Middlesbrough was controversially sent off having been brought on as a sub at half time.
According to The Sun, Lansbury couldn’t stop the German youngsters scoring from the penalty spot but otherwise made a string of fine saves to keep the score down to 2-0. He said: “I had loads of texts from my mates after the game, all of them saying ‘Seaman, Seaman’. It was funny. I’ve played there before… over the park with my mates. So it was nothing new to me!”