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."


The last time Robin Van Persie featured in the Holland International team was back in October 2015 during the Euro 2016 qualifier. Since then, two years has almost gone by and Van Persie has not featured for the team again.

However, that all ended with Holland recalling the ex-Manchester United star to the national team for their two key World Cup qualifiers, with the Oanje gathering up all their attacking arsenal to try and ensure victory.

Robin van Persie provides update on his knee injury

Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has denied suggestions that his career is over after he appeared to sustain a knee injury on international duty.

The Fenerbahce marksman returned to the Netherlands fold after a two-year absence, but he could not make much of an impression as they succumbed to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to France.


Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie is in line for a recall to the Netherlands national side following a near two-year absence from international football. The 34-year-old was a surprise inclusion in the preliminary squad for the two key World Cup qualifier later next month.

Manager Dick Advocaat had initially pondered retirement following his managerial stint with Fenerbahce, but he was surprisingly offered the Holland job in May in order to salvage their World Cup hopes. The 69-year-old has now named an initial squad of 32 players for qualifiers next month, and he will gauge the performances of Van Persie over the next fortnight.


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