Backpage roundup: Gazidis on RVP, Biglia, M'Vila and more

No Rushing RVP, Says Gazidis
Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has said that the club is not putting any pressure on Robin van Persie to resolve his contract situation as soon as possible and insisted that the club understands that their talisman needs to concentrate on the upcoming European Championship. (The Telegraph)
Van Persie, who was outstanding in the recently concluded season, still has a year left on his current Arsenal deal but speculation is rife that if he fails to sign an extension with the club this summer, he could be sold.
The matter is of great importance to the club as the Dutch striker is clearly the best player on Arsenal’s books and losing him would be a tremendous blow. Moreover, he is on the radar of several big spending clubs such as Manchester City and Juventus, the latter of whom was described as a “great team” by the player himself yesterday.
But despite the importance of the issue, Gazidis says that the club won’t rush van Persie into making any decision due to his international commitments.
Gazidis said: “Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion. What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time.
“We have to respect the fact we have agreed to keep that among ourselves. Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements.”
M’Vila to Decide On Club Future after Euro 2012
Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila has told his potential suitors, including Arsenal, to wait until the end of the European Championship to sign him. (The Daily Mail)
The Gunners are widely considered to be in pole position to recruit the 21-year-old, but the player himself is determined not to let speculation about his club career distract him at the Euros and therefore, he has decided to postpone all the transfer talks until the end of the tournament.
My present at the moment is France. After the Euros we will see what happens with my future. There are many options open and I still don’t know what will happen. We will have to talk about everything in a relaxed way but I don’t think my signing for another club will depend on what happens in the Euros,” M’Vila said.
Lucas Biglia: Arsenal and Real Madrid Want Me
Belgian club Anderlecht’s skipper Lucas Biglia has claimed that Arsenal and Real Madrid are interested in signing him this summer. (
The Argentine is widely expected to depart the Jupiler Pro League in the upcoming transfer window and he says that big clubs such as Arsenal and Real Madrid are chasing his signature.
In a quick word with The Sun, Biglia said: “Real Madrid and Arsenal have both been in contact. I am still under contract with Anderlecht until 2015 but they know that I plan to leave. If a club offers the right price, Anderlecht will let me go.”
Zenit CEO’s Jibe at Arsenal
Amidst reports that FC Zenit Saint Petersburg are preparing a bid for Andrei Arshavin, their chief executive Maxim Mitrofanov has taken a dig at Arsenal.
In an interview with Izvestia, Mitrofanov said: “We took Andrei on loan, and we believe that we’ve shown Arsenal how to deal with players as they train. Now everything depends on Arshavin. If Andrei is ready to stay in the team and go on the field as a player, we are ready to discuss it.
“Arshavin is part of our club, but with all due respect to him, he’ll only stay in the event that he proves himself useful as an active player, not as a man making up the numbers.”
Gazidis Reiterates Desire To Win Major Trophies
Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal FC CEO has assured the club’s disgruntled fans that they are doing everything in their power to make sure that the Gunners challenge for major trophies next season. (The Guardian)
Ahead of his face-off with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust that is scheduled to take place later today, Gazidis said: “We want to win major competitions. We want to win the Premier League. We want to compete to win the Champions League. That is our ambition. My message to our fans is that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that Arsenal can challenge for trophies next year.
“That is what this summer is about and that is what we are focused on for next year. We have a good team, we have a good young core of players and we need everybody involved to have belief so that we can push forward into next year and make a run at the Premier League trophy and for the Champions League. We believe we can do that.”

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