Backpage Roundup: Wenger Warns Against Complacency, Wilshere Wants Walcott to ‘Sign Da Ting’, Gunners’ Huntelaar Hopes Dashed, Arshavin Reading-Bound and More

Wenger Tells His Players to Stay Grounded

Arsene Wenger has told his players not to let complacency enter their game after some recent improvement in their performances lifted Arsenal FC back among the top four on the league table.

A blip in form last month had seen the Gunners slip down to 10th position on the league table. But they have put together a run of three consecutive wins since then and currently sit fourth behind only the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.

Now that they are back where they belong, Wenger wants his players to keep up their level of play instead of relaxing.

The Arsenal boss said: “Suddenly, there are a lot of good things to talk about, but let’s not go overboard. As much as we had not to be depressed after what happened, we must keep our feet on the ground and focus.”

He further added: “I always said the group is good mentally and it will come out in the end and, hopefully, we can show that now. Our game is based on movement, technical quality and fluency, and that demands confidence, so it is vital we have that. We have rebuilt the team and how far we go will be decided from now on.”

 

Wilshere Wants Walcott to ‘Sign Da Ting’

Jack Wilshere has once again urged his Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott to sign a contract extension with the club just like he recently did.

The 20-year-old midfielder and four more of his fellow Gunners put pen to paper on new long-term deals last week and now Wilshere wants Walcott to do the same.

Everybody at the club wants Theo to re-sign. I’m always winding him up, saying ‘C’mon Theo, sign’. But that is something he has got to sort out. It is up to him and the club to reach an agreement and I hope they do. Theo’s been great for us and he knows what he means to us and the fans. Five of us British boys have just signed so hopefully he can be the sixth and cap it off,” Wilshere said

We’re all great friends, the British boys. We all go out together, have meals together and we all sit together when we’re on the road,” he added.

 

Arsenal Miss Out on Signing Huntelaar

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the January transfer window have been dashed after the Dutch striker decided to sign a new three-year contract with his current club FC Schalke.

The 29-year-old hitman’s original deal was scheduled to expire next summer and it was thought that his German employers would sell him in January in order to prevent losing him for free. But with just a week before the reopening of European transfer window, Huntelaar has announced that he has decided to stay put.

Schalke04.de have quoted Huntelaar as saying: “I have thought long and hard about this decision and I am very grateful to my managers of FC Schalke have given this time. But now I have made the decision in which I have the best feeling. I’ve always felt comfortable at Schalke, the club and it’s fans.”

 

Failure to Qualify For Champions League Will Affect Arsenal’s Sponsorship Earnings

Arsenal FC’s main sponsor Emirates will deduct millions of pounds from their sponsorship payments if the Gunners fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League during the tenure of their partnership.

Earlier in the summer, the North Londoners penned a lucrative, new deal with the Middle Eastern airline that would net the former a generous sum of £30 million on yearly basis. However, Emirates’ senior vice-president, Boutros Boutros-Ghali has revealed that Arsenal’s league position and their presence in Europe’s elite club competition will directly affect the payments handed out to them as part of their new agreement.

There are certain clauses, from 2015, that we pay them a percentage less if they don’t perform. The Champions League is part of the new contract. It’s just to keep them on their toes. It’s fair to us and fair to them,” Boutros-Ghali said in a recent interview.

 

Arshavin Reading-Bound

Arsenal are on the verge of selling Andrey Arshavin to Reading FC for £4 million, according to a report published by Goal.com.

The Gunners have all but finalised the transfer fee with the Royals and told the Russian that he is free to discuss personal terms with his prospective employers.

The publication also claim that Arshavin has already made his final appearance for Arsenal and his move to Reading is expected to go through as soon as the January transfer window opens up.

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