Backpage Roundup: Bale Winner ‘Deflated’ Arsenal, Betis Wants to Keep Campbell, Wilshere Staying Positive, Adebayor Talks Trash and More

 

Bale Winner ‘Deflated’ Arsenal – Parker

Scott Parker believes that Gareth Bale’s stunning winner in Tottenham’s recent 3-2 defeat of West Ham United at Upton Park must have caused a lot of psychological damage to their bitter rivals Arsenal.

Spurs were set to drop two points against the Hammers before their Welsh winger’s long-range thunderbolt settled the tie in his side’s favour. Not only did it shock the hosts but it was also a cause of pain for the Gunners, who were hoping to close the gap between themselves and Spurs on the points table.

Later on Parker talked about how the Arsenal players might have felt after Bale’s winner robbed them off precious two points in the battle for the Champions League places.

He said: “It’s deflating. I’ve been in that position when you’re playing and you’re watching the scores come in and you hear there’s been a last-minute goal in a game that’s important for your side. You’re praying it’s gone the way you wanted it to and then you hear it’s a goal for the team you didn’t want to score. So it is deflating for a player watching, and I’m sure the Arsenal players are like that.”

 

Arsenal Announce £17.8 Million Profit

Arsenal FC made a profit of £17.8 million during the six-month period ending November 2012 and now have cash reserves of £123.3 million, according to the latest figures revealed by the club.

Such a healthy surplus was made possible due to the big-money sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, a transaction that added £7 million to the club’s cash reserves.

The Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood told the press: “Our ability to compete at the top of the game here and in Europe is underpinned by our financial performance which gives the club strength and independence. Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will remain our constant guide.”

Over the years, the club’s fans have criticised the board’s reluctance to spend cash on players of highest quality. Their unhappiness seems justified now that it has been revealed Arsenal have such a huge sum sitting in the bank but Hill-Wood says it is not true that the club is unwilling to spend.

He added: “Let me be quite clear that our intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to make us stronger. Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave the club, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to new long-term contracts.

“During this financial period we also invested £40.9million in the acquisition of new players, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other player contracts. More recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from Malaga.”

 

Betis Seeking Loan Extension for Campbell

Real Betis manager Pep Mel has expressed his desire to get an extension on Arsenal striker Joel Campbell’s loan stay at his club.

The young Gunner, whose loan deal with the Seville-based outfit is set to expire this summer, has impressed for the Verdiblancos this season. He has scored two league goals and provided one assist in 20 Primera Division outings and Mel says that his club would like to keep the Costa Rican attacker beyond the current campaign.

In an interview with Estadio Deportivo, Mel said: “We are advancing the negotiations to reach an agreement. This won’t be easy, but we want to speak in London with clarity and to agree a new loan. I believe that it will be positive for all parties.”

 

Wilshere Staying Positive

Jack Wilshere doesn’t think that the season is over for Arsenal and has urged his fellow Gunners to be at their best when they face bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.

Shortly after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers, the North London giants were bested 3-1 at home in the Champions League first leg by Bayern Munich. If they fail to overturn that deficit in the second leg in Germany, their trophy drought will extend to eight years. In such a scenario, their season will effectively be dead but Wilshere doesn’t agree with that viewpoint.

In an interview with The Sun, he said: “Our season is definitely not over. We’ve got a big chance against Tottenham. We’ve got another big game at Bayern. It will be tough but if we show no fear, anything can happen.”

Talking about his side’s 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa, Wilshere added: “It was a massive win, especially after the midweek disappointment. We take the pressure. I think the manager takes it as well. He stands up for us the whole time. But we as players have to take the pressure on and relieve the pressure like we did (on Saturday).

 

Adebayor: Finishing above Arsenal Will Prove ‘I Was Right to Leave’

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor says he will prove that he was right to leave Arsenal by helping his current club finish higher than the Gunners on the Premier League standings.

The Togo international was an Arsenal player between 2006 and 2009 but has become one of the most hated players among the Gooners since leaving them for Manchester City four years ago. He frequently talks against his former club and once again did the same in a latest interview of his.

The Sun have quoted Adebayor as saying: “For me, it’s a big opportunity to show people I was right to leave Arsenal, which means finishing on top of them. If that’s with Tottenham then it’s even better. Everybody knows there is a big rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham.

“When I was at Arsenal, my job was to score goals for them. Now I’m at Tottenham and I have to help the team finish in the top four. We have a big chance this season to finish on top of them and we have to take it.”

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