Backpage Roundup: Ramsey Blow for Arsenal, Giroud Claims His Record Is Better than RVP’s, Wenger Demands Credit, Walcott Targets Doubles Cup Triumphs and More

 

Ramsey Blow for Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey has injured his calf and is now a major doubt for Arsenal’s upcoming Premier League game against Sunderland.

The 22-year-old Gunner picked up the injury while away on international duty with the Wales squad and could now be unavailable for his club’s visit to Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey has this afternoon withdrawn from the Wales squad to face Austria at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Aaron has a problem with his calf and has returned to his club Arsenal for treatment,” the Football Association of Wales said in a statement.

 

Giroud: My record is better than RVP’s

Olivier Giroud has claimed that the start to his Arsenal career has been better than how Robin van Persie fared in his first season for the London club.

During his debut 2004-5 season in the Premier League, van Persie managed to score just 10 goals, a total that has already been surpassed by Giroud.

While the Frenchman admits that van Persie was a lot younger at that time than he is right now, he is confident that he is every bit as good as the Dutch striker and will bring glory to the Gunners in the next few years.

In a recent interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, Giroud said: “I do not know of an attacker who is not interested in his numbers. Since the beginning of the season, I registered 14 goals and given 11 assists, for the first season. It is better than the start Van Persie had, even though when he arrived at Arsenal, he was younger.”

 

Gunners Facing Big Competition in Amorobieta Battle

Arsenal target Fernando Amorebieta is now being tracked by a bunch of other European clubs, who see the Athletic Bilbao defender as a valuable free agent signing in the summer.

The 27-year-old centre-half came close to leaving the San Mames Stadium for Arsenal on the transfer deadline day last month but eventually decided to see out the remainder of his contract with his current club.

It means that he will become a free agent on July 1 and therefore, clubs such as Liverpool, Everton, AC Milan and Barcelona have also become interested in signing him, lowering the North Londoners’ chances of adding him to their squad.

 

Wenger Demands Credit for Quick Monreal Signing

Arsene Wenger feels that he deserves credit for signing a player of Nacho Monreal’s calibre so soon after losing Kieran Gibbs to injury for six weeks.

The Gunners were dealt Gibbs’ injury blow just a few days before the end of January transfer window but Wenger and company managed to soften that loss by quickly bringing reinforcement in the form of Monreal. And the Arsenal boss says that he should be praised for identifying the right player and wrapping up the deal so quickly.

Wenger said: “We are quite lucky to have found Nacho because [Kieran] Gibbs got injured for four to six weeks. And we found in 48 hours a player of that calibre… you have to give me at least that credit. I know that I don’t get a lot but that is true.”

 

Walcott Confident of Achieving Double Cup Success

Theo Walcott is confident that Arsenal can end their trophy drought this season by winning both the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup.

The Gunners haven’t bagged any silverware since defeating Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final on penalties. They have come close to winning several cup finals in the past seven and a half years but have always failed to clear the last hurdle.

However, Walcott believes that their time has finally come and they are fully capable of going the distance and winning some titles this time around.

He said: “It’s been a long time [since we won anything]; everyone knows that and as players we know it’s not good enough. We need to be achieving what Arsenal did in previous history. I want to be part of that and I’m definitely ready for the battle.

“We’ve got a great chance in the FA Cup and, although we’ve got a very tough game against Bayern [Munich in the Champions League], I believe we can win that as well. The next step will come once we win that first medal. Hopefully once we do that we can win more and that’s my goal.”

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