Arsene Wenger has warned his rivals that he has no reason not to target success in all competitions this season. The Gunners are seeking to end their five year wait for a trophy, and the Frenchman wants his players to do it with style.
According to the UKPA, Wenger said: “At the moment we are two points from the top in the Premier League, we are in the quarter-final of the Carling Cup, still a good chance to qualify in the Champions League, so we will just go from game to game and do as well as we can in every competition.”
Wenger did add, however, that this season is primarily about collective progression, though any trophies would obviously give an air of relief to the Gunners faithful.
van Persie to start.
Robin van Persie has been given the go-ahead to make his first start since August 28 and has endured a stop-start season due to injuries. He was dropped from the squad for the Champions League clash with Braga and put in a surgical boot in order to aid his recovery from a hamstring complaint.
Mirror Football is reporting that Wenger has confirmed RvP to start against Wigan in the Carling Cup quarter final tonight, with Marouane Chamakh likely to be the player rested. Wenger said: “Robin will certainly play, yes. But I haven’t decided my starting line-up yet. Robin can play on his own up front, he can play in behind, so I will have to think about that overnight in fairness. It would be wrong from my side to tell you what I want to do because I have not decided yet.”
Hazard snubs Gunners.
The agent of Arsenal target Eden Hazard has reportedly snubbed advances from the Gunners as well as Manchester United, with Real Madrid thought to be favourites to land the Lille midfielder.
Enquiries were reportedly made about the 19-year-old’s availability, but these were dismissed “out of hand” according to Metro.
Despite his tender years Hazard has already amassed 17 senior international caps for his native Belgium. The rejection is thought likely to turn Arsene Wenger’s sights in the direction of 24-year-old Bosnian Edin Dzeko.