Patrice Evra mocks Arsenal over Robin van Persie sale

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has mocked Arsenal over the signing of Robin van Persie six years ago. The Netherlands international made a shock move to Old Trafford from the Emirates during the summer of 2012 and Evra has spoken about what he said to the Dutchman following his arrival.

Speaking on ITV’s World Cup podcast, he quipped: “I give you an example when Robin van Persie joined Man United. First of all when he came I said ‘welcome to a proper team, a man team, not a baby team’.And he laughed, but he understood straight away because I remember him saying ‘Patrice, to be fair, I just feel like now I’m playing for a big team because all of you win many trophies, many medals, and you still go in the gym before training, going in the gym after training’”.

Robin van Persie to stay at Feyenoord for another season

Dutch outfit Feyenoord have confirmed that Robin van Persie has decided to prolong his stay with the club for another season at the least. The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker re-joined his hometown club during the winter transfer window and managed to contribute impressively with seven goals and one assist in just 14 appearances.

Despite this, Van Persie admitted that he would assess his future at the end of the campaign and Feyenoord have now confirmed that the Netherlands international will remain at the club for another campaign at the least, their statement read: “Robin van Persie has agreed to add one more season to his playing career at De Kuip. The club recently made it known through technical director Martin van Geel, head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst and others that Feyenoord wanted to keep hold of the striker. The 34-year-old has now said that would like to play for one more season.”

Robin Van Persie To Clarify His Feyenoord Future Soon

Netherlands international Robin van Persie has revealed that he could clarify his future with Feyenoord in the next couple of days. The Dutchman is currently contracted to his hometown club until June 2019, but he is unsure whether he can prolong his playing career for a full season in the Eredivisie.

Olivier Giroud Wanted To Join Arsenal In 2012 Even With Robin Van Persie Around

France international Olivier Giroud has revealed that Arsenal were his first preference after deciding to end his association with Montpellier in the summer of 2012. The striker had then rose to fame after guiding Montpellier to the French Ligue 1 title against the odds, and he was seemingly desperate to join the Gunners irrespective on Robin van Persie’s presence.

Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe, Giroud admitted that he had set his mind up on making the move to the Gunners, even if Van Persie stayed at the club. Fortunately, Van Persie decided to pursue a surprise transfer to Manchester United, and this coincided with Giroud’s switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Ronald Koeman Not Ruling Out Robin Van Persie Comeback

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that Robin van Persie could still re-enter the national team fray, provided he can sustain his fitness. The 34-year-old, who is the country’s leading scorer with 50 goals, has not featured since the 4-0 defeat to France in a World Cup qualifier in late August.

Louis Saha backs Alexis Sanchez to emulate ex-Manchester United striker

Former Manchester United star Louis Saha has hailed the arrival of Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford, and believes he can make a similar impact to former Red Devil Robin van Persie, who also signed from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Fenerbahce eye Olivier Giroud as Robin van Persie replacement

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are reportedly looking into a potential deal for Arsenal's Olivier Giroud with Robin van Persie seemingly close to a reunion with Feyenoord. The France international has played second fiddle to Alexandre Lacazette for the first half of the season, and he is currently recuperating from a hamstring injury.

According to Fanatik, the Frenchman has emerged as a potential candidate for Fenerbahce, who are looking to reinforce their backline ahead of a title challenge in the latter stage of the campaign. Giroud has remained tight-lipped over his future in the past few weeks, but the outlet suggests that the Frenchman could replace Van Persie, who is likely to be offloaded in the transfer window.

Arsene Wenger suggests he may not see out his contract

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he will analyse his position with the board during the off-season despite signing a fresh two-year deal in May. The Frenchman head coach guided the Gunners to FA Cup success against Chelsea last term, and this earned him a contract extension amid immense criticism from the fans.

In an interview with BeIN Sport, Wenger admitted that he takes it upon him to discuss his future after every campaign, he said: "I said I will sit down with the board at the end of every season and see where we go from there - so that's not exactly the same."

Persib Bandung chief denies Robin van Persie link

Persib Bandung commissioner Zainuri Hasyim has turned down speculation linking former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie with a move to the club. The Netherlands international had recently emerged as a surprise target for the Indonesian outfit, who have endured a poor season in the first edition of the Liga 1.

Speaking to reporters, Hasyim stressed that the club will have to evaluate their season, while also dismissing talk of Van Persie making the switch to the Far East, he said: "I do not know about [the van Persie] issue, and there is no such news on him here. The media can write about anything they want, but there are no issues on Robin van Persie here. We will gather first to discuss who the coach and local players [which will be maintained] including the evaluation of the competition yesterday [this season]. Then [in the meeting] preparing for next year, we will get together first, the faster the better."

Robin van Persie and OguzhanOzyakup still keep a distance from each other

Besiktas midfielder OguzhanOzyakup reveals he continues to maintain a distance with former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie following the veteran's behaviour in a Turkish Cup game last term.

The 34-year-old bagged the sole goal in the 1-0 win over Besiktas in the round of 16 in February and he shortly after slid in front of Ozyakup to celebrate his goal.

Since then, Van Persie has received plenty of stick from the Besiktas fans including Ozyakup's wife, and the 25-year-old admits that they are yet to patch up, he told Socrates magazine: "We still do not talk, usually players make up after games but this was different. Maybe we will make up one day but it will not be the same as before. I do not really want to talk about this to be honest. I do not think I was in the wrong, if anything I was wrong to show Robin as much respect as I did."


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