Backpage roundup: RVP, Chamakh, Santos and Wenger

RVP Still the Best, Says Wenger

Robin van Persie may have become the public enemy number one in the Netherlands after the Dutch national team’s disappointing group stage exit in the ongoing European Championship, but his club manager Arsene Wenger still thinks the world of him. (Metro)

The 28-year-old striker managed to score just one goal in three Euro 2012 matches, as the Oranje crashed out of Euro 2012 with two defeats and just a single point.

But the Arsenal boss has defended the misfiring striker in the press by saying: “Robin van Persie deserves more credit in Holland than he gets. I think he was still the best striker at the European Championships.

“I watched all his games. If you look at the runs he made, his ¬≠passing, everything really, was very good. He did not take some of his chances but that was down to tiredness. Robin is a class above other strikers. A class above Huntelaar.

Wenger, who is hoping that van Persie will sign a new deal with Arsenal this summer, further added: “Robin is not just a great striker or a great player. He is an exceptional player. He did not have to prove himself here. I can understand he wanted to prove that he can score goals for Holland. That is an obvious ambition because he is so intense, he loves the game so much.”

 

Bordeaux Return Unlikely For Chamakh

Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has ruled out signing Arsenal misfit Marouane Chamakh in the upcoming transfer window.

The 28-year-old striker joined the Gunners from Bordeaux in the summer of 2010 but has struggled for form in his two seasons at Emirates Stadium. With the signing of Lukas Podolski and the potential arrival of Olivier Giroud from Montpellier, a summer transfer away from Arsenal appears likely for Chamakh. However, Triaud has appeared to suggest that a return to Bordeaux isn’t on the cards for the Moroccan forward.

In an interview with Sport 10, he said: “It is not worth making things up. I tried to contact him six months ago when the transfer window was open. Since I crossed paths with him at the Parc des Princes, he was able to tell me he was very happy in London, loved Arsenal and was fine where he was. We’re talking about things which do not exist.

 

Menezes: Santos ‘Is Tactically Irresponsible’

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has said that Arsenal left-back Andre Santos’ tactical inefficiency is the primary reason why he has been constantly overlooked for national team selection.

The offensive-minded defender last represented Brazil at the 2011 Copa America and it seems that a return to the Selecao squad for him in near future is unlikely.

Menezes, who coached Santos during their time at Corinthians, says that the 29-year-old frequently leaves the defence exposed by venturing forward and a weakness like that cannot be tolerated at international level.

The issue surrounding Andre Santos is a tactical one. He made my remaining hair become grey when we were at Corinthians. Why? Because he is tactically irresponsible. We can’t afford that kind of tactical risk in the national team,” the Brazil boss told ESPN.
Wenger Admits Frustration at Losing Top Players

Arsene Wenger has accused clubs such as Manchester City and Barcelona of trying to destroy his work by raiding Arsenal for their top players every season. (ESPN)

Speaking in an interview with De Telegraaf, the French trainer vented out his frustration by saying: “Sometimes people try and destroy your work. I lost Nasri, Clichy and Fabregas at an age when they could have made the difference for Arsenal.