Backpage Roundup: Parlour Blasts ‘Joke’ Santos, Tony Adams Dismisses Arsenal’s Title Chances, Wenger Unhappy With Vermaelen’s Error, Bender Not For Sale and More

Arsenal Can’t Win With Current Transfer Policy – Tony Adams

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has said that the club’s policy of selling their best players is why they cannot win the Premier League title anymore.

Adams, who played 672 games for Arsenal during his professional career, also criticised the club’s habit of letting contract renewal talks with key players drag on for a long time.

In an interview with BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek show, he said: “I never got anywhere near the last year of my contract. You don’t let them go into their last year and run their contract down. It’s about winning, and how do you win? You have the best players, and if you keep selling your best players you’re not going to win. If you sell your best players you’re not going to challenge for titles. You need to keep your best players and in recent years we’ve let them go a bit easy.”

The former Gunner then said that Champions League qualification and not winning the league title should be the club’s realistic target.

If Wenger gets them into the top four he’s done brilliantly,” he added.

 

Giroud Urges Gunners to Stay Positive

Ahead of Arsenal’s upcoming Champions League clash with Schalke, Olivier Giroud has said that the Gunners shouldn’t pay any attention to their critics and must remain positive.

Coach Arsene Wenger’s men have delivered several offensively flat performances in the past few weeks, which is surprising since creativity was never a problem for them before. They were once again clueless going forward in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday but Giroud believes that they should continue to try and find their rhythm instead of settling for alternative strategies.

In an interview with Arsenal Player, the France international said: “We have to continue to play through the lines, to find the solutions and to keep confident about our qualities. That is what the boss has his finger on and wants us to do, to keep playing our football.

“Schalke may defend strongly and it might be difficult for us to break them down, but we must keep going and going, keep playing football and keep confident – we have to go forward. We are a team that always likes to play football, with quality passing and movement, so to just defend and not play is not Arsenal.”

 

Parlour Blasts Santos for Exchanging Shirts with RVP

Ray Parlour has criticised Arsenal defender Andre Santos for exchanging shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Man United.

Despite the fact that he had an extremely poor first-half against the Red Devils’ wing players, Santos was seen heading for the dressing room in a very casual manner. He infuriated the fans even more by asking van Persie for his shirt at half-time, something which is normally done at the end of the match.

Parlour believes that the Brazilian should have been concentrating on the game instead of renewing friendships with the Dutch striker.

The Sun have quoted Parlour as saying: “That’s a joke. I wouldn’t have that. At half-time? He should be concentrating on his game and he was having a nightmare.”

He then questioned Santos’ defensive game and suggested that he should be pushed up the field to save him from being humiliated at the back.

He can’t play in a back four as he gets caught out of position all the time,” Parlour added.

 

Vermaelen Criticised After Old Trafford Error

Arsene Wenger criticised Thomas Vermaelen after the Arsenal captain’s uncharacteristically poor clearance of a cross allowed Manchester United striker Robin van Persie to open the scoring on Saturday at Old Trafford.

The Gunners boss was clearly unhappy with the Belgian’s error as he told Canal+: The error of Vermaelen is unwelcome. The big defenders don’t make this kind of errors. When you give the ball to Van Persie in this situation, there are two chances on three [66%] there there is a goal.”

 

Arsenal Target Not for Sale

Reported Arsenal target Lars Bender’s current employers Bayer Leverkusen have made it clear that they are not looking to sell him.

The German midfielder, who is rated at around £20 million, has been linked with a January move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United being his rumoured destinations.

However, Leverkusen director Wolfgang Holzhauser, whose club successfully resisted multiple Chelsea bids for striker Andre Schurrle in the summer, has revealed that Bender will not be sold.

We won’t sell anyone,” Holzhauser is quoted as saying by The Sun.

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