Arsenal news – Diaby open to Spurs, RvP slams English players mentality, Jenkinson the new Adams

Jenkinson the new Adams.

New Arsenal signing Carl Jenkinson has stated his desire to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal legend Tony Adams after his £1 million move from League One side Charlton, Sky Sports reports.

The under 19 Finland international is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s first summer signing and can play anywhere along the back four. Although he is not the big summer transfer Arsenal fans crave, Jenkinson has every intention to write his name in the club’s folklore.

Jenkinson, who incidentally is an Arsenal fan, said: ‘It is all a bit surreal, but it is a brilliant feeling to be here and I am really excited about it. I was always a big fan of Tony Adams. He is a player I can learn a lot from and I will be looking to follow in his footsteps’.

Wenger’s track record of allowing young players to shine in the first team was another reason why the defender joined the club this summer. Jenkinson knows he still has a lot to learn, but hopes he gets the opportunity to prove himself at the Emirates Stadium this season.

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Diaby open to Spurs.

The Sun reports that Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been quoted as saying he wears a Tottenham shirt around the house.

French international Diaby said about the shirt: ‘It’s more difficult to wear in the street. There, you are not safe’. The shirt was given to Diaby by Tottenham defender, and close friend, Younes Kaboul.

Diaby has also indicated that he would like to play for Spurs one day, stating: ‘It would be good to play for the same club one day’. The last player to switch from Arsenal to Spurs was fellow Frenchman William Gallas, who, after his release from Arsenal, signed at White Hart Lane.

Diaby has risked incurring the wrath of his own Arsenal fans with this admission. Kaboul is an international teammate of Diaby’s and both featured in France’s 1-0 victory over Norway on Thursday evening.

RvP slams English players mentality.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is reported in The Sun to have criticised English stars, who he claims are more interested in partying than football.

The Dutch forward has been known to be straight-talking over his beliefs and the 27 year old is shocked by the behaviour of some Premier League players.

Van Persie said: ‘When I see English footballers out until three in the morning, then I can only conclude that they are invariably finished at 33.’

Married with two children, the Dutchman believes there is an importance on having breakfast with his kids and if he went to a nightclub until three in the morning, Van Persie would not be able to do that. He also added: ‘I have made another choice and that’s to be doing what I love the most; playing football’. Van Persie finished the season in spectacular form, scoring 15 goals since the turn of the year and helped to fire Arsenal to a Champions League qualification place.

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