Backpage Roundup: Bendtner Wouldn’t Mind Spurs Move, Walcott Not Leaving In January, Frimpong Departs On Loan, Ramsey Targets Montpellier Win and More

Bendtner Wouldn’t Mind Playing For Spurs

In a confession that would make him even more unpopular than before among Arsenal fans, Nicklas Bendtner has revealed that he would be open to signing for Tottenham Hotspur if the Gunners decide to sell him next summer.

The Danish striker, who is currently on loan at Juventus from Arsenal, says that despite the fierce nature of rivalry between his parent club and Spurs, he would not mind crossing the North London divide if it suits his career.

Bold.dk have quoted Bendtner as saying: “History is filled with examples of players moving between rival clubs and I can’t rule out clubs due to where I might have been in the past. It might not be the best idea but if the project matches my ambitions I would have to be interested.

“I still have a great relationship with London, which is a city that I adore. I have a lot of friends in London and there are a lot of great clubs in London, so I wouldn’t rule out a return.”

 

Walcott Won’t Be Sold In January – Wenger

Arsene Wenger has revealed that contract rebel Theo Walcott will not be sold in the winter transfer window, meaning that Arsenal have decided to take a gamble on losing him for free next summer.

While the Gunners boss had previously hinted that the 23-year-old winger’s refusal to sign an extension could result in his exit in January, his stance on the subject has changed completely.

After Walcott’s goal scoring performance in the 5-2 win over Spurs on Saturday, Wenger was asked if the player could still be sold in January, to which he simply replied: “No.”

The Frenchman was then asked if the Arsenal board is prepared to let Walcott’s contract run its course without cashing in on him, and he answered: “Yes.”

The reporters then inquired if any real progress has been made in the negotiations between the club and the players’ representative, at which Wenger offered a marginally more revealing answer.

He said: “If I listen to you then every day it gets more expensive. We continue in a positive way. I told you many times we have until the end of December to sort this out.”

 

Frimpong Sent On Loan to Charlton Athletic

Arsenal have loaned Emmanuel Frimpong to Charlton Athletic, where he is set to stay until January.

Frimpong, 20, recently recovered from a serious cruciate knee ligament injury and has now been sent to the Championship club to rebuild his fitness level.

The Addicks boss Chris Powell expressed his delight after securing the temporary capture of the Gunners’ highly-rated midfielder.

Charlton’s official website cafc.co.uk have quoted Powell as saying: “We’re really happy that he’s coming in to join our squad, and we welcome him to the club. We’ve had our eye on him for a while, and with the busy Christmas period to come, I felt it was right to make sure that we are covered in all areas. We hope that does very well for us in the red or black of Charlton.”

 

Walcott Reiterates Desire To Play in Centre

After scoring his ninth goal of the 2012/13 season in the recent win over Tottenham, Arsenal winger Theo Walcott once again repeated his desire to play as a central striker.

The 23-year-old spent a vast majority of the game on the right wing but was given a few minutes in the centre once starting striker Oliver Giroud got substituted. He made full use of those minutes and managed to score Arsenal’s fifth and final goal in injury time after being fed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the right.

When talkSPORT asked Walcott if playing as a centre forward still is high on his agenda, he replied: “Oh, without a doubt. I’ve always believed I’m a striker. The boss gave me five minutes at the end there and I managed to grab a goal, which is great. But when you’ve got someone like Olivier, who’s playing well, there’s no need to change a winning team at the moment.

“I think my time will come. I’ve just got to be a little more patient. But, like I say, I want to play up front. That’s my position.”

 

Ramsey Targets Victory over Montpellier

Aaron Ramsey has urged his Arsenal teammates to pick up all three points in their upcoming Champions League game against Montpellier so that they can be in a strong position to qualify for the tournament’s knockout stage.

While the Gunners currently occupy second position in Group B, their points total is just one more than that of third-placed Olympiacos. Moreover, their final assignment of the group phase will be a difficult away trip to Athens and therefore, Ramsey wants his team to try and secure qualification for the next round by winning Wednesday night’s encounter with Montpellier.

In a recent interview with Arsenal Media, the Welshman said: “The group is pretty tight at the moment, so yes I think you could say that we have to win this game, and we are at home so hopefully we can do that and put ourselves in a strong position to qualify. That is our aim and hopefully we can get the win which puts us in a better position.

“The ideal situation is that we will be qualified before going into the last game. Other matches are completely out of our hands, so we have got to look after our own results, but if Schalke do win, then that would be the preferred choice for us.”

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