Backpage Roundup: Wenger Urges Gunners to ‘Stay Solid,’ Arsenal Target Eyes Valencia Stay, New ‘Nicklas Bendtner’ Dreams of PL Move, Afobe’s Injury and More

 

Wenger Urges Gunners to ‘Stay Solid’

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal players to ‘stay solid’ and not lose their heads due to poor results of late.

The mood in the Gunners’ camp is reportedly very sombre these days due to recent defeats to Blackburn Rovers, Bayern Munich and arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Moreover, they are five points adrift of fourth position on the league ladder and need to raise their game significantly in the final 10 games to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

In order to prevent his charges from further disappointments, Wenger has told them to man up and finish the season strongly like they always do.

In an interview with Eurosport, the Frenchman said: “Of course, you are not feeling great if you can’t win, but we can stay solid or crack under the pressure. If you want to know, I am still solid, but I can’t tell you that I feel great right now because my job is about winning games and when you lose you will not find a single coach in this world who feels good.

“I am not worried about us potentially coming back against Bayern, I am more worried about consequences that could manifest in the heads of our players. You will never know how they can absorb those blows and how the team responds to disappointment. This is the most worrying aspect for me. But from the experience of how to handle the end of the season, we know how to deal with that. We have had lots of experience.”

 

Arsenal Target Eyes Valencia Stay

Rumoured Arsenal FC transfer target Adil Rami has hinted that he will shun lucrative offers from England and Russia and extend his contract with his current club Valencia.

The 27-year-old Frenchman, who has impressed with his displays at the heart of Los Che defence this season, is attracting interest from the Gunners and Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala. However, instead of edging for a move, he says he wants to stay at Mestalla Stadium, as he is an established part of the club’s first-team squad.

In an interview with Canal+, Rami said: “There’s an offer from Valencia to extend my contract, and I feel good here. The most important thing for me is to be a first-team regular, which is not the case for all my rivals for a place in the French national team.”

Gunners Tracking Auxerre’s Sanogo

Auxerre starlet Yaya Sanogo is a potential summer transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports emerging from French media. (Metro)

The 20-year-old striker has been in scintillating form of late in Ligue 2, and has bagged seven goals in just two matches for AJA. His form has already earned him admiring glances from Italy, Germany and France, and it seems that coach Arsene Wenger is also interested in bringing him to Emirates Stadium.

Sanogo is six feet three inches tall but is known for possessing great technical ability on the ball.

 

Afobe’s Injury Ends Millwall Loan Spell

Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe’s loan deal with Championship outfit Millwall has prematurely ended due to a serious knee injury.

Afobe, 20, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this week and has now returned back to Arsenal for surgery.

He joined the Lions last month and played five games for them during his short stay.

Everybody at Millwall FC would like to wish Benik a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action as soon as possible,” a statement on millwallfc.co.uk read.

 

Cornelius Dreaming of PL Move

FC Copenhagen forward Andreas Cornelius, who is a purported transfer target for Arsenal, has admitted that he would like to play in the Premier League.

The 19-year-old striker, who has been dubbed the new ‘Nicklas Bendtner’ by the Danish press due to their identical height and similar playing styles, has long been on the radar of coach Arsene Wenger.

Serie A giants Inter Milan and Juventus are also believed to be interested in acquiring him but the player says he dreams of playing in the PL, giving the Gunners a major advantage in this three-way transfer battle.

In an interview taken earlier this week, Cornelius said: “The Premier League is the best league in the world, and I would love to play in it. That is my dream.”

 

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