Arsene Wenger has told an Italian journalist he’ll buy him an ice-cream if Robin van Persie moves to Juventus.
Perhaps the boss was looking for 99 reasons why the skipper would stay, but via the Independent, he told La Republica that a move to the Old Lady, or indeed any other team, was unlikely.
“He will stay at Arsenal,” he said. “There is no reason why a top player, a big champion would want a move to Serie A – in terms of the prestige of the league, the level of play or financial considerations.
“If he moves there, I will buy you a caramello.”
Now, Arseblog News is aware the manager can sometimes be a bit flaky, but we’d have to take these comments with a very large topping of hundreds and thousands. The club and the player agreed to say nothing of his future and we all know Arsene is the master of saying nothing – even when he does say something. So it seems a little unlikely that he’d be so definitive about the situation unless he was suffering from brain freeze.
Meanwhile, reports in the US press suggest Arsenal are interested in under-19 captain Benan Jeri and his national teammate Hagan Daz. Both players are extremely versatile and are known to be widely available for very reasonable fees.
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