Backpage Roundup: Wenger Wants Respect for RVP, Arsenal Announce Jakarta Friendly Plans, Gervinho Out for Three Weeks and More

Wenger Wants Gunners to Respect RVP

Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal’s upcoming league game against Manchester United isn’t just about proving to Robin van Persie that he made a mistake by leaving them.

On Saturday, the Dutch striker would come face to face with his former teammates for the very first time since joining the Red Devils in the summer, and Wenger wants the Gunners fans to treat him with respect instead of abuse.

In a recent interview, the Frenchman said: “For us, what is important is the result at the end of the game, and the quality of our performance. We do not even talk about that [van Persie]. I hope it [reception] is a respectful one because he has played for us for eight years, and he has done very well for us. We campaign against discrimination, it was still the case last week so why should it not be the case this week?

Van Persie has instantly blended into the Man Utd line-up since securing his £24 million move and has already scored nine times in just 12 appearances for his new club.

Wenger isn’t surprised by the striker’s quick adjustment to his new surroundings, as he said: “In Manchester United, you have good players around him, and Robin is very intelligent around the box, his runs are fantastic and his technique is absolutely amazing. There are a lot of players in offensive positions, so with his intelligent runs, of course he will take advantage of that. Robin is certainly the most efficient striker.”

 

Arsenal to Play Friendly in Jakarta

Arsenal have announced their plans to play a friendly game in Jakarta, Indonesia next summer as part of their pre-season campaign.

The Gunners last played a football match in Jakarta nearly three decades ago and are returning to the country due to the success of their tours in neighbouring countries in the past few years.

The club’s CEO Ivan Gazidis told the press: “Everyone at Arsenal is extremely excited to once again be visiting Asia and travelling to Indonesia for what will be the club’s first visit to the country in 30 years. We know that Arsenal enjoy fantastic support in Indonesia and we are all looking forward to bringing the club closer to these loyal fans and learning more about the country’s rich heritage and culture.”

 

Gervinho Out for Three Weeks

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that striker Gervinho will be unavailable for the next three weeks due to an ankle injury he picked up in the 1-0 win over QPR last Saturday.

The tricky Ivorian twisted his ankle after coming off the bench against the Rangers and he is now likely to miss a major part of the club’s busy November schedule.

Gervinho has been Arsenal’s primary forward so far this season and has scored five times in just seven appearances despite his wasteful nature in front of the goal.

 

Wenger Wouldn’t Like Walcott Sale

Arsene Wenger has once again expressed his desire of holding on to contract rebel Theo Walcott and has made it clear that he would not like it if the club sells the winger in the winter transfer window.

The England international’s contract with the Gunners is set to expire next summer and talks over a new deal have so far failed to break the deadlock between the club and the player’s representatives.

It has been rumoured in the press that the Arsenal board have already given up on him, which means that a January exit seems like. However, Wenger hasn’t lost hope of re-signing him and he has reiterated that he wants the speedy forward to stay.

On the subject of Walcott’s potential sale, he said: “I would not like to. I have not even thought about that, because at the moment I think we will still manage to make a deal with him.”

He then revealed that negotiations are still taking place and said: “There is urgency (on talks). We want to sort it out before Christmas, one way or the other.”

 

Wenger Slams Chelsea over Racism Claims  

Arsene Wenger has criticised Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea for accusing referee Mark Clattenburg of racism so publicly despite having no proof.

The Blues accused Clattenburg of using inappropriate language towards two of their players and filed a complaint just two hours after their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last weekend. But their claim lacks any supporting evidence and so their allegations don’t sit right with the Arsenal boss, who says that the matter should have been first investigated privately.

Wenger said: “I believe one of the best things in sport is it’s a battle when it is on. You can sort out the problems you had, especially in England, internally. If it comes to making the lawyers rich I’m not a fan of it. One of the great things in sports as well is tolerance, forgiveness and explanation internally and I think it should stay like that. It can happen that a referee doesn’t behave well, I do not say they are angels, but it is always better to sort it out in the room.

“I didn’t follow the whole (Chelsea) story completely (but) my opinion is just when I didn’t behave well I have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game or another day, rather than going public with little proof. I’m not in favour of making these things public.”