Backpage Roundup: Bayern Wanted Giroud, Swans Demand £10Million For Williams, Song’s Advice, Szczesny’s Spurs Taunt and More

Bayern Wanted Giroud

Olivier Giroud has claimed that UEFA Champions League finalists Bayern Munich wanted to sign him last summer before he joined Arsenal.

The former Montpellier man says he was on the Bavarians’ shortlist but in the end they chose to go for Mario Mandzukic, whose Euro 2012 showings impressed them. However, he has no regrets over the failed move and insists that he is happy with life in London.

When asked if Bayern were in contact with him back then, Giroud told The Sun: “Not directly but my agent was and it was validated by Bayern. They wanted time to watch the Euros and Mandzukic had a good tournament. The fact I was wooed by Arsenal is good. I’m very happy here. English football is what I hoped for. The people live, eat and sleep football here.”

 

Arsenal Told to Cough Up £10Million for Ashley Williams

Arsenal would have to stump up £10million if they want to sign Swansea centre-half Ashley Williams. (Sky Sports)

The Wales international captain has had an excellent season playing for the Swans and is therefore being lined up as a potential replacement for the Gunners captain Thomas Vermaelen, who is widely expected to be sold this summer.

Williams’ signature won’t come for cheap though, as Swansea are purportedly unwilling to do business for anything less than an eight figure offer.

Even if Arsenal decide to match the Swans’ demands, they would have to fend off competition from Liverpool, who are also in the market for a new central defender due to the impending retirement of Jamie Carragher.

Song Advises Gunners Not to Replace Wenger

Barcelona midfielder Alexandre Song believes that his former club Arsenal shouldn’t replace their manager Arsene Wenger because he is still the best man for the job.

After yet another trophy-less season, some fans are finally out of patience and want Wenger to be replaced with a new trainer at the end of the season. But Song, who spent seven years at Arsenal before leaving them for Barca last summer, says it would be a mistake to let the Frenchman go.

Talking to Sky Sports program Special Report, the Cameroonian said: “He’s the right man. I spent eight years with him and he’s just unbelievable. I still keep in touch with him and the last time I met him he was very happy. Hopefully he’ll stay longer at Arsenal because if they lose him today then they won’t be the same.”

Szczesny Tips Spurs to Lose Top-Four Battle

Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsenal’s archrivals Tottenham Hotspur aren’t really that good and has tipped them to lose the top-four battle.

A win over Chelsea on Wednesday night would enable Spurs to take the Gunners’ fourth spot on the league table, but Szczesny doesn’t think they have the quality to pull off such a feat.

In an interview with Arsenal Player, the 23-year-old Pole said: “If we win our next two games it will be enough because either Chelsea or Spurs will drop points because they play each other. If you look at Chelsea’s fixtures, they have Tottenham and Everton left and they won’t be easy games. And Tottenham do not have enough quality, so there you go…

“I would settle for another two 1-0 wins in the rest of the season and a place in the top three. Even if we have games like the QPR one, it might have been boring at times, but we couldn’t care less at this time. We just got the three points. Hopefully it will be back to the old days and hopefully we will get back to winning trophies as well.”

Ebecilio to Leave Arsenal for Twente

Young Arsenal midfielder Kyle Ebecilio will leave the club in the summer for Dutch outfit FC Twente.

The 19-year-old Gunner arrived at Emirates Stadium three years ago but failed to break into Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad during his stay. He was still offered an extension by the club, but he decided to return back to his home country and pen a four-year deal with Twente.

Ebecilio said: “I directly had the right feeling with FC Twente and felt at ease. I want to play as much as possible, gain experience and become better. Therefore I have to work hard and show what I am capable of.”

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