Backpage Roundup: RVP, Campbell, Giroud and More

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RVP Won’t Stay Unless Arsenal Sign Quality Players

Robin van Persie has reportedly told Arsenal that he will sign a new contract only if they can assure him that the team will end their trophy drought next year. (The Daily Star)

The 28-year-old striker was Arsenal’s best player in the recently concluded season and scored a remarkable 37 goals for the Gunners in all competition. But in spite of all his individual heroics, the team wasn’t able to lift any silverware for the seventh consecutive year.

Van Persie has been offered a lucrative £130,000 per week deal by Arsenal, but a source close to the matter has told the Daily Star that money doesn’t mean much to the Dutchman and he wants the club to show ambition in the upcoming transfer market.

Arsenal know it’s not about money. Even if they offered van Persie what Manchester City can pay it would make no difference if he doesn’t believe the club can challenge for trophies,” the unnamed source said.

Campbell Advises England Fans to Avoid Euro 2012

Sol Campbell has advised English football fans not to attend this summer’s European Championship due to safety concerns. The former Gunner believes that the problems of racism and violence are extremely high in the host countries of Ukraine and Poland and it is not worth risking your life for.

The retired England international also said that UEFA have made a mistake by organising Euro 2012 in a region that is filled with such problems.

In an interview with the BBC’s Panorama, Campbell said: “Stay at home, watch it on TV. Don’t even risk it … because you could end up coming back in a coffin. I think they were wrong (to award Euro 2012 to Poland and Ukraine), because what they should say is that if you want this tournament you sort your problems out.

‘Until we see that you have sorted it out, you are never going to get the tournament. You do not deserve these prestigious tournaments in your country.’

Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott’s families have already decided not to travel, with the former’s father Mark Chamberlain telling Sky Sports:There have been reports of racist taunts and threats so it’s just prudent for myself to keep away from it.


Swiss Boss Advises Djourou to Seek Arsenal Exit

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has told Johan Djourou that in order to keep getting selected for international duty, he must leave his current club Arsenal and find himself a new home where he can play regularly.

In an interview with RTS Sport,the former Bayern Munich manager said: “For Djourou, the question arises of a transfer. If he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.”


Fenerbahce to Scupper Arsenal’s Giroud Plans?

Turkish giants Fenerbahce have expressed their interest in signing Arsenal target Olivier Giroud from Montpellier, meaning the Gunners will need to up their bid in order to sign him. (Metro)

Arsenal’s chief French scout Gilles Grimandi watched Giroud in action on several occasions during the 2011/12 season and reports emerged earlier this week that they have lodged a bid of £6.4 million plus Marouane Chamakh for him. However, the chances of it aren’t too bright as some new reports from Turkey suggest that Fenerbahce are willing to offer £12 million in a straight cash deal for Giroud.

If Arsenal somehow manage to get their bid accepted, then it would be a double boost for them, as they will get rid of the out-of-favour Chamakh and add an in-form replacement for the Moroccan.


Ramsey: RVP Stay Necessary for Title Chances

Aaron Ramsey has said that for Arsenal to emerge as genuine Premiership contenders next season, it is absolutely necessary that the services of captain Robin van Persie are retained.

The Dutch forward is by far the best player on Arsenal’s books these days and therefore, Ramsey is desperate for him to stay at Emirates Stadium.

In an interview with The Sun, Ramsey said: “It’s important we keep Robin if we seriously want to be title contenders. He has proven this season what his value is to the team with the goals he has scored. It’s important to keep those sort of players at the club.

“He was our top goalscorer, won the Golden Boot and the Player of the Year awards, so any team would want to keep him. Arsenal are no different. He hasn’t given any of the other lads any indications on what he is going to do. Nothing has been said. But, hopefully, he will stay.”

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