Backpage Roundup: Wenger Sure of Top-Four Finish, Gunners to Spend £70 Million on Bundesliga Trio, Gervinho Praised, Szczesny’s Blip and More

 

Wenger Sure of Achieving Top-Four Finish

Arsene Wenger has confidently claimed that his Arsenal side will once again finish in the top four on the Barclays Premier League points table at the end of the season.

The Frenchman’s club currently find themselves fifth in the standings, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but he is sure that his charges will somehow find a way to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.

After Saturday’s 4-1 win over Reading, Wenger said: “We have the experience, we have done it before and what we want is to do again. I am sure we will, but it demands a lot of dedication and nerves until the end.”

Arsenal’s direct rivals Chelsea are scheduled to play three games in the next seven days, something which could give a significant edge to the Gunners in their top-four battle, although Wenger doesn’t believe that playing so many games in such a short time period is necessarily a negative thing for the Blues.

It can be very positive if you are on a good run, and very negative if you are in bad form. But let’s just take care of the way we play, take care of our spirit and give it our all,” he added.

 

Gunners to Spend £70 Million on Bundesliga Trio – Report

Arsenal FC are planning to raid German Bundesliga for three of its biggest stars this summer, according to a report published by The Daily Mirror.

The tabloid claim that the Gunners will try and sign ­Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze, and Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender for a combined sum of £70million.

In addition to the aforementioned trio, coach Arsene Wenger and company are also rumoured to be interested in Olympique Lyonnais’ 24-year-old midfielder Maxime Gonalans.

 

Wenger Readying £10 Million Offer for Eagles Starlet

Arsene Wenger is planning to launch a £10million bid for Championship outfit Crystal Palace’s teenage midfielder Jonathan Williams, according to the Sunday People.

The Arsenal boss lost out to Manchester United in the race to sign Williams’ fellow-Eagles starlet Wilfried Zaha last summer but is determined to come out on top in this one. Therefore, he is planning to lodge a formal bid for the Welshman as early as possible.

One stumbling block could be Wenger’s frosty relationship with Palace manager Ian Holloway, with whom he clashed publicly while trying to sign Zaha.

 

Wenger Praises Gervinho

Arsene Wenger commended Gervinho after his ‘outstanding’ performance helped Arsenal thrash Reading 4-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Ivory Coast international scored the opening goal before creating two more for his teammates in what was his first league start of the year for the Gunners. He did miss several other scoring opportunities in his trademark style but Wenger was still satisfied with what he saw.

In a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Wenger said: “He is what you want from a striker, dangerous, he scored and gave assists. The only regret is that he had a few more chances to score, but you cannot fault his performance today, he was absolutely outstanding.”

 

Wenger Not Worried by Szczesny’s Blip

Arsene Wenger believes that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s poor run of form isn’t anything serious and every player goes through it at some part of his career.

The 22-year-old Pole’s blip forced Wenger into dropping him for his understudy Lukasz Fabianski before the international break, which has since led to suggestions that his days at the club could be numbered.

However, the Arsenal boss says that too much shouldn’t be read into Szczesny’s indifferent form and he is still an integral part of his long-term plans.

In an interview with Arsenal Player, Wenger said: “That (100 appearances) is a huge credit to him, something absolutely fantastic and shows he has a great future. What is happening to him at the moment is just a normal process of any career – we had (Jens) Lehmann, (David) Seaman, they had their blips and their periods where they were less good, even when they were more experienced than Wojciech.”

 

 

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