Backpage roundup: Wenger and Fergie equally great for RVP, Wilshere to miss Reading game, Gnabry tipped For greatness and more

Wenger and Fergie Are Equally Great – RVP

Robin van Persie feels that his former mentor Arsene Wenger and current manager Alex Ferguson are both equally great and there is nothing to choose between them.

The Dutch striker spent eight seasons at Arsenal under Wenger before leaving for Manchester United in the summer and therefore, he thinks he is in the best position to judge which of the two masters has the edge over the other.

Van Persie said: “I am the only player who can judge what it’s like working with Arsene and Sir Alex. It is an absolute privilege to say that in my career I have had both these managers at the clubs I have played for. They are both icons as managers in football. They are both world class, one not more nor less than the other. I purely look at this comparison as a footballer. I look at the way they both work on the pitch, in training, at the club and off the field.

“I had a fantastic time with Arsene. I enjoyed training, playing, talking and all the other times I spent with him. I love it that I now experience the same with Sir Alex. But what I love about both managers is that they came to their clubs for a good cause. They both wanted to be at the club for a really long time.”

 

Wilshere Won’t Feature In Reading Game

Jack Wilshere won’t be a part of Arsenal squad when they take on Reading in their Capital One Cup game on Tuesday, coach Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The 20-year-old playmaker made his much-awaited return to first-team football in the 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday and while he looked fine during the 70 minutes he spent on the pitch, Wenger has decided not to overburden him by playing him twice in three days.

In an interview taken after the defeat of Rangers, Wenger said: “We have to see how he responds. After such a long time out, it goes a bit up and down. What is good is that he got kicked today and had no problem. The rest will come with the games. Now, after a game like that, I will certainly not play him on Tuesday [against Reading in the Capital One Cup]. Will I play him [at Manchester United] next week? I don’t know.”

 

Arsenal Need to Stop Depending On Cazorla – Merson

Former Gunner Paul Merson feels that Santi Cazorla could be forced into thinking about leaving Arsenal in the future if his teammates don’t start playing as well as he does.

The Spain international inspired a positive start to the new season after arriving from Malaga in the summer and while his performances have been consistently positive, some of his teammates haven’t been able to match his level of play, resulting in Arsenal’s slide down the league table.

The Gunners are seven points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, and Merson believes that Cazorla may already be regretting his decision to join Arsenal.

In his column for The Daily Star, Merson wrote: “Santi Cazorla must be already wondering how long he has to stay at Arsenal. They are a one-man team at the moment – and that is a big worry for me. At the start of the season I thought they looked really strong, and they were playing well. It was all looking good. But it’s gone badly wrong over the last few weeks.”

 

Wilshere Happy to Be Back

Jack Wilshere expressed his delight after successfully surviving 70 minutes of football against QPR on Saturday.

The England international produced a man-of-the-match performance in what was his first senior game for Arsenal since the summer of 2011 and he was satisfied with the way everything went.

In a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Wilshere said: “It was great to get a first 70 minutes in front of an Emirates crowd. It’s been a long journey but I’m back now. The Arsenal fans have always been great to me. I hope they continue to be great to me in the future.”

About his personal performance, he added: “That’s my game, I can’t lose that. It’s what’s got me here today. I need to keep doing that and working hard in training to get back to the level I know I can be.”

 

Gnabry Tipped For ‘Good’ Career

Arsene Wenger has tipped Arsenal starlet Serge Gnabry to have a bright future in the game and achieve success at both club and international level.

When the 17-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal from his former club Stuttgart last year, it was thought that he would be spending several years learning the trade in the under-21 side before getting a taste of senior football. But his exceptional talent has seen him getting fast-tracked to the first-team squad within a year and he has made three appearances for Arsenal already.

Wenger, who is an admirer of Gnabry’s talents, recently talked about the youngster’s potential in an interview with The Sun.

The Arsenal boss said: “He’s 17 years old and has a lot of talent. Like all 17-year-olds, it’s a bit too easy at that stage but the talent and personality are there. With the rest he just has to learn his job — that at this level you have to master all aspects of the game, of being a football player. But you see that he has the talent to make a good career.”