Backpage Roundup: Dzagoev, Kalou, van Persie and More

Wenger Keen to Recruit Dzagoev
Coach Arsene Wenger is keen to sign Russia’s in-form attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who is lightening up the European Championship these days with his goal scoring exploits. He has so far netted three times in just two matches at Euro 2012 and such fine form has caught the eye of Arsenal manager. (The Daily Mail)
Dzagoev’s contract with his club CSKA Moscow only has six more months to go, which means that he could be recruited for a modest transfer fee, although it is understood that the Russian club values him at around £13 million.
The Gunners are expected to lose Andrei Arshavin this summer and the 21-year-old Dzagoev could be the perfect man to replace him at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal Move Responsible For Podolski’s Euro Trouble, Says Magath
Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has blamed Lukas Podolski’s Arsenal move as the primary reason behind the striker’s dip in form for Germany in the ongoing European Championship. (
The 58-year-old trainer claims that Podolski hasn’t been able to get going at Euro 2012 due to his recent transfer to Emirates Stadium and seemed to suggest that the striker should be benched in Germany’s last league match against Denmark.
In his article for Welt, Magath wrote: “I am worried about the form of Lukas Podolski. Just like his performance against Portugal, against Netherlands, too, he was barely involved. His good Bundesliga form is a distant memory.
“I have the feeling that his transfer to Arsenal in July is more on his mind than he likes to admit. Leaving his beloved Koln for Bayern Munich already caused him a lot of problems years ago and the move abroad now is a considerable challenge for him.
“He is aware of his form and that is probably why he has seemingly lost his confidence and unable to perform at his usual level. As things stand it does not look as if Podolski can help the team. I am curious if Germany coach Joachim Low will continue to put his trust in him against the Danes. Other alternatives are very much available.”
Dembele Not Interested In Summer Move
Arsenal and Manchester United target Moussa Dembele has said that he is prepared to stay at his current club Fulham even though he is aware that several big clubs are interested in him.
In an interview with the Fulham Chronicle, Dembele said: “I’m very happy to stay at Fulham, especially because of the boss (Martin Jol). I think it’s very important to have the backing of the manager and he’s a coach who gives me a lot of confidence – that’s why I feel I owe it to the gaffer as well.
“I think every player needs that and I’m no different. I go to training every day and work with joy. It’s a fantastic club and I’m not in a hurry to move anywhere. Next year, everybody wants to do even better. I’m not sure what will be our target next season, because in a way it’s the club and manager who decide.”
More Individual Glory for RVP
Robin van Persie has been declared the winner of the 2011/12 Professional Football Association’s fans’ player of the year. The Arsenal captain’s haul of 37 goals in 48 matches last season has seen him clean up all the major individual trophies in England, including the PFA players’ and writers’ awards too.
The PFA CEO Gordon Taylor said: “Robin had an exceptional season and has established himself in the mould of previous top quality Dutch strikers such as Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Marco van Basten. He’s very much in demand and Arsenal fans will be worrying whether Arsenal can get him to stay or whether he will move on to the likes of Manchester City.
“Many of his goals were the best of not just this season, but any season when you think of the quality of some of his volleys. He really has been a talisman for Arsenal and as captain has lifted them into qualifying for the Champions League again when all looked lost.”
Kalou Back on Wenger’s Radar
Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou is once again being linked with a move to Arsenal. (The Daily Mirror)
The Ivory Coast international will become a free agent at the end of June, as Chelsea have decided not to renew his contract. Arsenal boss has been tracking Kalou for a number of years and it seems that he would finally be able to get his man this summer.
However, the 26-year-old’s demand of £70,000 per week could be a potential problem, which means that Wenger would have to free up some space on the club’s wage bill before making a move for him.