Backpage roundup: No Barca bid for Song, Kompany praises RVP, Walcott’s withdrawal, Ramsey on Shawcross’ Wales move and more

Wenger: Barca’s Interest in Song Is Paper Fabrication

Arsene Wenger has denied that Barcelona have submitted a bid for Alex Song and said that the La Liga giants have never even made an inquiry for the defensive midfielder.

Spanish press recently claimed that Barca want Song to fill the vacancy caused in their midfield due to the departure of Seydou Keita to China, but Wenger says that no one has approached his club to buy the 24-year-old Cameroonian.

In an interview with The Sun, Wenger said: “There’s nothing going on with Song. There’s nothing in that. Song has three years’ contract, he’s not in the same situation as Robin van Persie.

“In Spain the newspapers are not really serious. We’ve had the experience of that. We’ve never had any contact with anybody from Barcelona.

 

Kompany Talks Up RVP Quality

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said that the potential signing of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie will make the Barclays Premier League champions ‘stronger.’

The Citizens are currently fighting a two-way battler with their crosstown rivals Manchester United for the signature of the Dutch striker and Kompany believes that the 29-year-old’s quality will provide a huge lift to whoever ends up signing him.

Ahead of Belgium’s friendly with the Netherlands, Kompany said: “It’s very easy to say you want to play next to Robin van Persie. He’s a great player. He’s proved it so many times last season and any team he would play for he’d make it stronger.”

 

Koscielny Backs Giroud to Be a Hit

Laurent Koscielny is sure that his new teammate and long-time pal Olivier Giroud will be a hit at Arsenal and is hoping that he can score just as freely as he did for his former club Montpellier.

The French duo used to play together for Tours in Ligue 2 until 2009, and so they are very fond of each other. Now that they have become teammates once again, Koscielny wants Giroud to find success at Emirates Stadium.

In an interview with Arsenal.com, Koscielny said: “I am happy because he played very well at Montpellier. I played with him at Tours and he was a great player then, now he is even more confident and scores a lot of goals. I know his qualities and he will give a lot for us.

“I know he has the physical quality to play in this league. For a striker it is [about] confidence and I am sure he is working hard to start well with Arsenal. He is tall, like Marouane Chamakh and is also good with his back to goal. I think if we play with technical guys he will be happy, and in the box he is a good finisher.”

 

Walcott Withdraws From England Squad

A thigh injury has forced Theo Walcott to withdraw from the England squad that will take on Italy in a friendly match on Wednesday. The 23-year-old winger’s injury has failed to subside and therefore he has been sent back to Arsenal.

The FA released a statement in this regard which read: “Walcott reported with a slightly bruised thigh and was unable to train fully, so has returned to his club as a precaution.

 

Ramsey Ready to Accept Shawcross as Teammate

Aaron Ramsey says that he has made his peace with the horrific leg injury that he suffered due to a reckless Ryan Shawcross tackle two years ago and so he won’t hold any grudges if he becomes a teammate of the Stoke City centre-half at international level.

Wales manager Chris Coleman is trying to persuade Shawcross into switching his international allegiance these days and Ramsey insists that even though he has never received a face-to-face apology from the former Manchester United player, he is ready to forget that incident for the sake of his country.

Ramsey told The Mirror:There’s no ­situation. It’s up to the manager what he feels is the right thing to do for the team. It’s his decision. I just turn up and play. I’m over what happened in the past, I’ve moved on. I had a text off him straight after I done my leg but that was it.”

 

Mirallas Claims Arsenal’s Interest

Olympiakos forward Kevin Mirallas has claimed that Arsenal are interested in taking him to Emirates Stadium before the transfer window shuts close later this month.

The Belgian international has a release clause in his contract with the Greek club that can be activated with a bid of just £6.4million.

When asked if has talked to the Gunners officials, Mirallas replied: “My manager has. Me? No. It’s good. Thomas (Vermaelen) plays very good at Arsenal and now a lot of Belgian players are in the Premier League. Moving to England would be good for me, it’s good for my family and it’s a good opportunity, but I don’t know, it’s possible.”