Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy are preparing a new five year deal to offer striker Robin van Persie, according to The Daily Mail.
The Dutchman still has over two years left to run on his current contract but Wenger is determined to warn off any potential suitors and keep hold of the striker who has scored 10 goals in seven games, including a hat-trick against Wigan and a brace against Wolves on Saturday.
The Gunners manager has been impressed with the versatile front man’s performance upon his return to the starting line up and is hoping to keep the striker at the Emirates until at least 2016.
Fabregas the difference.
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn believes Cesc Fabregas could make the difference between Arsenal overcoming Barcelona in the Champions League and falling victim to the Catalan giants once again.
The Spanish champions eliminated the Gunners from Europe’s most prestige club competition last season, winning 6-3 on aggregate. The former left-back has predicted another captivating tie between the two sides and is confident that if their captain is on form then the north London side can come out on top against the Blaugrana.
The Arsenal skipper has been at the centre of much transfer speculation recently and his leadership qualities have come into question, too but Winterburn has faith in Fabregas and says the Gunners could be the best team in the world with the 23-year-old at the heart of the midfield: Quoted in the Islington Gazzete he said: “It is going to be another engrossing tie against Barca. They are the best team in the world in my opinion and have been irresistible this season.”
He added: “Fabregas has shown he is one of the best midfielders in the world and is still only 23. Barca want him badly and will have to pay for the privilege. But for now he is still Arsenal’s player and will be vital again over the next few months. With him, Arsenal can beat anyone, even Barca.”
Real reject Fab claims.
Real Madrid have dismissed claims that they have had an offer rejected by Arsenal for Cesc Fabregas, according to French sports paper L’Equipe.
Reports had suggested that Los Blancos were looking to beat archrivals Barcelona to the signature of the Gunners captain.
It is understood that Barcelona are ready to put an end to their pursuit of the World Cup winner and rumours began to circulate the Spanish press that Madrid were ready to exceed Arsenal’s £50million valuation of the player in an attempt to make the playmaker a Madrid player next season but a club official has apparently put an end to such speculation, stating the Madrid giants have made no such approach for the midfielder: “At no time have we offered anything to Arsenal. I can therefore confirm that Fabregas will not come to Real.”