Backpage Roundup: Monreal’s Advice for Gunners, Sanchez Wants Barca Stay, Vela Rejects Arsenal Return, Jovetic’s Affinity and More

Monreal’s Advice for Gunners

Nacho Monreal believes that he and his Arsenal teammates should pay no attention to their critics and instead spend all their energies on achieving a top four finish this season.

It has been another disappointing season for the Gunners as their trophy-drought is set to cross the eight-year mark at the end of this season. As a result, they have been deservedly criticised but their Spanish left-back says now is not the time to pay any mind to negative activities.

In a recent interview with the official Arsenal magazine, Monreal said: “We still have matches left to fix the situation and to try to meet our objectives. It is logical that people talk because the situation has not been as it should be, but the players and club in general have to ensure that doesn’t affect us.

“We have to use our energy for the matches. If you are thinking of what people are saying, you are wasting that energy. You have to concentrate on the next match. Every fixture now is a final we have to win. That has to be our mentality. I am sure we will put it right.”

Arsenal Target Sanchez Not Looking to Leave

Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez has rubbished media reports linking him with a summer move away from Camp Nou and made it clear that he is very happy at his current club.

The 24-year-old Chilean, who is a reported transfer target for Arsenal FC, joined Barca from Udinese in a €35 million deal in 2011 but has failed to find his best form in Spain.

His lacklustre showings in the Blaugrana shirt have led to suggestion that he may be sold in the summer to either the Gunners or Italian giants like Inter Milan or Juventus. However, the player himself has made it clear that he is very content with life in Catalonia and has no intention of leaving them anytime soon.

In a recent interview, Sanchez said: “I am very happy at Barcelona. I know the player I am, I know I am a great player, I know I can win games for you. I feel important with the national team and also with Barcelona.”

Vela Not Keen On Arsenal Return

Former Arsenal winger Carlos Vela has said that he feels very settled at his current club Real Sociedad and does not want to re-sign for the Gunners.

The 24-year-old Mexican ended his seven-year affiliation with Arsenal last summer by signing on permanent basis for the San Sebastian club. He has since established himself as one of the key players for Sociedad, leading to suggestions that coach Arsene Wenger might trigger the buy-back clause which was inserted into his sale agreement last summer.

The player, however, says that he has no intentions of heading back to London at the end of the season, although he did say some good things about Arsenal.

Spanish news agency EFE have quoted Vela as saying: “Arsenal are a big team who gave me the opportunity to play in Europe. I will always remember that, but I didn’t have the opportunities that I felt I deserved. I am here (at Real Sociedad) and would like to stay here.”

Graham Believes Spurs Will Lose Top Four Battle

Former Arsenal and Tottenham manager George Graham has tipped the Gunners to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition at the expense of Spurs.

The fourth-placed Tottenham hold a four-point advantage over Arsenal but Graham believes that the latter would still finish in top four at the end of the season.

In an interview with The Mirror, the 68-year-old Scot said: “Tottenham will be the ones to lose out. They have a difficult run-in and they have played a game more than the others.”

Jovetic Welcomes Arsenal Interest

Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic has talked about his affinity for Arsenal and admitted that it would be hard to resist a move to the Premier League in future.

The 23-year-old Montenegrin has been linked with a summer move to Emirates Stadium and the player has welcomed the Gunners’ interest in his services.

The Sun have quoted Jovetic as saying: “I’ve heard about Arsenal’s interest. It’s a big pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I am happy about that. I’ve always had an affinity with Arsenal. It’s a major club with a big tradition, one of the biggest in Europe.

“It’s not easy to replace [Robin] van Persie, who scored a lot of goals. Arsenal have plenty of players who don’t score like Van Persie, but are also very good. They are still very strong.

“I often watch Premier League games on TV. It’s one of the best leagues in the world and looks tempting for me. Maybe one day I will play there but I have a contract with Fiorentina and battling for a Champions League place in Serie A is the only thing I’m thinking about now.”

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