Backpage Roundup: Sagna Blames Johnson, RVP’s Man City Link and More

Wenger Urges Gunners to Match RVP’s Production against WBA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged his players to step up and match captain Robin van Persie’s level of play in the final game of their 2011/12 Barclays Premier League campaign. (Daily Mail)

The 28-year-old Dutchman scored twice against Norwich City on Saturday at Emirates Stadium but yet another below-par performance from the rest of his teammates resulted in a 3-3 draw for Arsenal. The North Londoners could have lost their third place in the premiership table if Newcastle and Tottenham also hadn’t dropped points a day later in their respective league fixtures.

They still hold a slim one-point lead over fourth-placed Spurs, but Wenger believes that Arsenal’s Champions League qualification for next season can’t be secured unless the rest of his squad provides adequate support to van Persie in their final match against West Brom.

Wenger told the press: “When you look at the chances we created, it is absolutely unbelievable that we scored only three goals. Again we are punished because Robin had to score and many times we do not get enough goals from elsewhere.

“We had so many obvious chances that you would want somebody else to score one. That does not happen enough. Of course we need to address that because I feel there was enough room to score six or seven goals.”

 

 

Sagna Accuses Johnson of Breaking His Leg On Purpose

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has claimed that Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson is the reason why he has broken his leg again. (Goal.com)

The French defender was involved in a heavy clash with the Canaries’ man in the first half of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Norwich on Saturday. At first, he tried to play on despite the pain but a few moments later, he went to the ground clutching his leg and was immediately stretchered off the field.

In the post-match interview, coach Arsene Wenger said that Sagna has broken his left fibula for the second time this season. The Gunners boss tentatively blamed Johnson for the injury and now Sagna himself has come forward to level a full-fledged allegation against him.

In an interview with L’Equipe, Sagna said: “At the beginning, he [Bradley Johnson] goes on my raised leg, the action continues. When I wanted to control the ball, I felt a cracking, like the first time at Tottenham. I think that he did that on purpose. He put his foot on the level of the plate of the preceding fracture. I think that this made pressure.”

 

Man City Offer Big Money Contract to RVP

According to the Daily Star’s website, cash rich Manchester City have made an extremely lucrative offer to Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

The Blues are reportedly willing to hand the Dutch striker a contract worth £12 million, if he decides to sign up for them in the summer transfer window. Van Persie’s weekly pay cheque in that case would be of £250,000, which is significantly higher than the £150,000 deal Arsenal are expected to offer to him in the summer.

 

Wenger Laments Lack of Penalties at Emirates

Arsene Wenger has expressed his disappointment at the lack of penalty kicks awarded to Arsenal at their home ground of Emirates Stadium this season. (Football365)

The Gunners appealed for penalties on multiple occasions during their 3-3 draw with Norwich City on Saturday, but referee Anthony Taylor remained unconvinced each time.

Wenger told the press: “Here the whole season we have got zero penalties. It is absolutely amazing, because you see other clubs who have got 10. I don’t know (why the penalty was not given), we have to accept the decision of the referee.”