Backpage Roundup: United To Get Guard of Honour, No Arsenal Bid for Hamburg’s Adler, Wenger Scared of Chelsea, Monreal’s Advice and More

Gunners to Hold Guard of Honour for United

Arsene Wenger has revealed that not holding a guard of honour for Manchester United was never an option for his Arsenal side, and they will show the newly crowned Premier League champions the traditional respect they deserve.

Some Arsenal fans recently threatened to do a ‘Poznan’ if their team formed a guard of honour for United before Sunday’s Premier League clash between the two sides at Emirates Stadium. But the Gunners boss has distanced himself from those views and assured that his side will follow the English traditions.

Wenger said: “When you work somewhere abroad, you have to respect the culture of the country. That is part of the tradition of English football and I want that to be respected.”

 

Gunners Tracking Adler but No Bid Yet

Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen has revealed that Arsenal are interested in signing their goalkeeper Rene Adler but haven’t officially contacted them yet.

After being quoted hefty prices for Premier League custodians Simon Mignolet and Asmir Begovic, the Gunners have decided to look for cheaper options, and the 28-year-old Adler fits the bill.

While Arnesen admits that the Londoners are tracking their gloveman, he says they have yet to be formally approached.

We know Arsenal are looking [at Adler], but no one has contacted us yet,” the former Tottenham and Chelsea recruiter told Bild.

When informed of Arsenal’s interest in his services, Adler himself said: “For any player it is an honor [to be targeted]. It is something that inspires me more, but it is not distracting me.”

 

Wenger Confident Gunners Can Manage Without Giroud

Arsene Wenger has said that losing Olivier Giroud to a three-match ban is a big loss but one that his Arsenal side can overcome in order to secure a top-four finish.

Earlier this week, the Arsenal centre-half lost his appeal to overturn the red card that he was shown in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Fulham. Wenger bemoaned the decision and Giroud’s unavailability but claimed that his team can cope without the France international in the final four games of the season.

In an interview with Arsenal Player, he said: “It is a blow that we cannot have him available. We will have to do without him and we will do it. It is a harsh decision. After the game, I was a little bit less convinced that he didn’t deserve the red card, but having seen it again, I feel it is completely accidental and a very minor incident. That is why I decided to appeal. I am sad that it didn’t work, but we have to cope with it.”

 

There Is More to Manchester United Than Just RVP, Says Monreal

Nacho Monreal believes that it would be a mistake for Arsenal to pay too much attention to striker Robin van Persie this Sunday, as Manchester United have quality pouring out all over the park.

Moreover, the Gunners left-back is hoping that his side can steal the limelight from the returning Dutchman by beating the newly-crowned Premier League champions.

Monreal said: “Teams like Manchester United don’t just have gifted wingers, they have a squad with a lot of depth. Their players are of the highest level, you can’t just focus on one player because their team is full of players who can create and score.

“We must be on our guard and be aware of certain key players, like Robin, who has scored a sack of goals this year and is playing well. He is one of their main threats. They are one of the biggest teams in England and they are having an exceptional season.

“It is one of those games every player wants to be involved in, but there are three points at stake and that is what we are aiming for. They may be a very strong opponent, but we are also a very good team and can win the match.”

 

Wenger Again Demands Respect For RVP

Arsene Wenger has once again urged the Arsenal fans to be respectful to Robin van Persie who is set to visit Emirates Stadium with Manchester United for the first time since leaving last summer.

The Gooners might be hell-bent on giving their former talisman an extremely hostile reception, but Wenger has clarified that it is not his idea to treat returning ex-Gunners with disrespect.

He said: “We respect Robin van Persie like every other player who has left us and came back to the Emirates. I want the player to be respected like everybody else. I always said that for every single player who left, even some of them in much more controversy than Robin van Persie.”

Wenger Afraid of Blues Spending

Arsene Wenger believes that their London rivals Chelsea will splash more crazy money on quality players in the summer transfer window, and it frightens him.

The Blues spent nearly £80 million on new players last summer and are again being linked with big money moves for players such as Radamel Falcao and Andre Schurrle.

Profligacy up front has been Chelsea’s biggest shortcoming this season and the aforementioned strike duo is being lined-up precisely to solve that problem. If these deals go through, Chelsea would instantly turn into genuine title contenders, and Wenger is wary of exactly that.

In an interview with Eurosport, Wenger said: “I’m afraid of what Chelsea can do in the summer. We have to be prepared for them to be one of the biggest movers in terms of investment once the window opens.

“Even though they already have a great base to their squad, notably their young players such as Oscar, Juan Mata, Ramires and Eden Hazard, I think they will be busy during the transfer window.

“We’ve heard a lot of talk about Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Some people say it’s already a done deal, but I’ve heard nothing.”

 

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