Backpage Roundup: Wenger Wants Powell, Vertonghen Still Available and More

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arsenal Enter Powell Chase

Arsenal are vying for the signature of Crewe Alexandra starlet Nick Powell, who is also attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. The teenage midfielder was instrumental in his club’s promotion to League One last season, scoring 16 goals, including an outstanding strike in the play-off final against Cheltenham. (The Daily Mail)

Manchester United are currently in pole position to sign Powell, whose transfer value is estimated at £10 million, and Chelsea are also monitoring the situation.

However, coach Arsene Wenger scouted the 18-year-old multiple times last season and liked the youngster’s qualities and potential. It is understood that the French manager has been given the green signal by the Arsenal board to bring Powell to Emirates Stadium.

 

Henry Gave RVP Big Match Advice

Robin van Persie has said that his former Arsenal captain and mentor Thierry Henry boosted his confidence before he left England for this summer’s European Championship. (Goal.com)

The Dutch striker enjoyed an outstanding 2011/12 season as he cleaned up all of the major individual trophies in England, thanks to his astonishing haul of 37 goals and 15 assists in all competition. But, in spite of his remarkable campaign on a personal level, he says that Henry gave him some advice on how to manage himself in big matches.

In an interview with The Sunday Mirror, van Persie said: “Thierry told me things about the big matches you face as a player. I have played 60 games this ­season, I have not missed a single league match for Arsenal. Now we have been playing all kinds of friendly matches with the Dutch team. But Thierry says many of those games are about doing your job and keeping good form.

“It comes down to the big ­moments where I have to decide big games. I agree with him and it is good to hear. For me, the next big moment is when I face Denmark in Ukraine. I used to get worked up about big tournaments, but not anymore. I have the ­experience from my years at ­Arsenal and I can look back on a great season with my club.”

 

Vermaelen Backs England to Do Well At Euro 2012

Arsenal’s Belgian centre-half Thomas Vermaelen has backed England to perform well at Euro 2012 after being defeated 1-0 by Three Lions at Wembley on Saturday.

Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the match with a neat chip over the Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, and Vermaelen, who captained the Red Devils in that game, later on told Sky Sports News: “It’s a good side. They have a lot of experienced players, good players. They all play in the Premier League so I think they will do well in the Europeans.”

Vertonghen Deal Not Done Yet, Says Redknapp

Even though Ajax centre-half Jan Vertonghen recently told the press that his move to White Hart Lane could be finalised in the next few days, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says that nothing is certain at the moment and his club could still end up missing out on the big Belgian. (Metro)

I hope a deal is done but I don’t think it’s quite finished yet,” Redknapp said.

While coach Arsene Wenger rates Vertonghen highly, he is unlikely to make a move for him, largely due to the hefty transfer fee Ajax are demanding and partially due to the fact that Laurent Koscielny has emerged as a quality player at the back for the Gunners.