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Wenger Banned RVP From Asia Tour As Vermaelen Made Captain

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger forced want-away striker Robin van Persie to stay in London and miss the clubs pre-season tour of Asia, according to the Mirror.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger forced want-away striker Robin van Persie to stay in London and miss the clubs pre-season tour of Asia, according to the Mirror.

The Dutchman’s future is up in the air after declaring his intention not to sign a new contract at the Emirates, and it seems Wenger felt this uncertainty may be an unwanted distraction to the clubs pre-season preparations.

The Mirror report that van Persie was keen to make the trip to Asia with his Arsenal team mates but following a meeting with Wenger on Thursday, the Frenchman decided it was best to leave him at home.

A ‘squad member’ apparently told the Mirror:

“Everyone was surprised that the boss ­decided on Thursday that Robin was not allowed to come with us.”

In his absence, defender Thomas Vermaelen has been named as Arsenal’s captain for the pre-season tour and is likely to be named as permanent skipper if van Persie finally leaves this summer.

The Mirror claim that Manchester United are now firm favourites to land the Holland striker, but Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to be drawn in to a bidding war with City and Juventus.

Rivals Manchester City are believed to have tabled the highest bid so far – around £15m – but Arsenal are holding out for nearer £30m, a figure that Fergie is unlikely to sanction for the striker, who turns 29 in August.

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  1. LOL

    July 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    LOL ‘a squad member’, does that squad member have a name ? You are a moron.

    • Football Talk

      July 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      @LOL @Jules @Fall River Gooner

      Did you not read the post or something?! The Daily Mirror is the original source for this story and claim a ‘squad member’ told them the quote, as we clearly state in our post.

      Please read more carefully next time before commenting.


  2. Jules

    July 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    A moron he is

  3. Apiku

    July 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Rvp can leave

  4. Fall River Gooner

    July 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    How much effort did you expend making up this shiite? I mean, a ‘squad member’?

  5. Omoba

    July 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Just make verminator my captain..GTID

  6. akokat

    July 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    U ppl dnt kwn hw 2 coment if u tink u cn write beter den write ur own blog if nt den apriciate wat dey r doin. Like ur blog man let wenger teach him a leson booooooooooooooo rvp

    • MJB

      July 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      you can’t even write English! Learn to spell before commenting on others.

  7. neillfcl

    July 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    yes!A true Captain for us at last !he’s good but sometimes attack too much and put us in difficult position. being a captain will make him more stable and aware of his responsibilities !he’ll be the best captain after viera !

  8. okolocha david

    July 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The idea of Wenger leaving RVP frm the pre-season tour of Asia and given d captain band to Vermalean is a welcome development,consederng d fact that he may not b playing in Arsenal jersey next season.

  9. MJB

    July 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    RVP is leaving, so he wasn’t ‘banned’ as you put it. He’s getting his personal effects in order before riding off into the sunset. He wouldn’t be able to do this in Asia would he?

    • mystic

      July 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      MJB please get your facts correct – RvP is quite probably leaving, it is up to Arsenal until next summer to make that decision.

  10. Don

    July 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

    So, the article last week that it was Robin that didn’t want to travel with the team was utter tosh? Of course, we’re talking about the Arsenal, a club that has lost its way.

    Get rid of wenger/kronke, bring in usmanov.

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