first_imgSteven Gerrard prevented Luis Suarez from joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly,’ Suarez told Otro.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t be better off at Arsenal’.‘This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying.‘His words convinced me in that moment. They came from a person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during training and saw me sad.‘They were words from a true captain that had an impact in that moment and helped me a lot.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Luis Suarez came close to joining Arsenal in the summer of 2013 (Picture: Getty)Luis Suarez was persuaded to snub a transfer to Arsenal after an impassioned plea from his former captain Steven Gerrard.The Uruguay international had his heart set on a move to north London after Arsene Wenger sanctioned an audacious £40,000,001 offer which prompted Liverpool owner John W. Henry to infamously tweet ‘What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?’Suarez threatened to go on strike but was talked down by Gerrard before enjoying a prolific campaign, spearhead a Liverpool strike-force that came within a whisker of winning a first Premier League title.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 8:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link760Shares Comment Luis Suarez reveals how Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard blocked Arsenal transfer Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgCan Son Heung-Min fire Spurs past Brighton? (AFP/Getty Images)Spurs have won all three games played at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium without conceding a goal and I expect them to continue that sequence against Brighton even though the Seagulls picked up a terrific point at Molineux on Saturday.Chris Hughton’s side have failed to score in their last five league games and they look sure to defend deep, and in numbers, against the Champions League semi-finalists.I expect Spurs to eventually break down the Brighton defence although they may have to be patient as they look to cement their place in the top four.Michael’s prediction: Tottenham 3-0 BrightonWATFORD VS SOUTHAMPTON Advertisement Arsenal need Alexandre Lacazette to be firing as they face Wolves (Getty Images)Wolves have never beaten Arsenal in the Premier League (drawn two, lost seven) and the visitors need to bounce back after their home reverse to Crystal Palace on Sunday.Wolves were left frustrated by Brighton at the weekend, but the Gunners will play a more expansive game midweek.It is well documented that the hosts have a better record against the top six than the bottom six so far this term and they have kept a clean sheet in three of their last five home games.I don’t expect to see many goals, but if there is to be a winner at Molineux I feel the hosts will edge it.Michael’s prediction: Wolves 1-0 ArsenalMANCHESTER UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY Michael Owen returns with his latest Premier League picks (Getty/PA)The race for the Premier League title continues at a frantic pace and Manchester City have the chance to overtake Liverpool as they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Wednesday evening.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in a race of their own as they are aiming to secure a top-four finish but their hopes were dented on Sunday after they were beaten 4-0 by Everton.Arsenal are also in the mix for a top-four spot as they travel to Wolves, while Tottenham host Brighton on Tuesday night.Once again our Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts ahead of the action with BetVictor.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTOTTENHAM VS BRIGHTON Michael OwenTuesday 23 Apr 2019 4:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Michael Owen’s midweek Premier League predictions including Manchester United v Manchester City and Wolves v Arsenalcenter_img Gerard Deulofeu is in excellent form for Watford (Getty Images)Southampton have only lost one of their last 11 games against Watford, but if there is to be a winner at Vicarage Road I feel it will be the Hornets.The hosts have conceded in their last eight Premier League games and I would expect to see goals again midweek with in-form Gerard Deulofeu – 8 goals and 2 assists in his last 9 games – likely to be to the fore again.Michael’s prediction: Watford 2-1 SouthamptonWOLVES 1-0 ARSENAL Can Paul Pogba and Manchester United bounce back at Old Trafford? (AFP/Getty Images)City have only lost one of their last seven league visits to Old Trafford but United badly need to bounce back after their abject display at Goodison Park on Sunday.All at the club will be hurting after their 4-0 defeat at Everton but they have the ideal opportunity on Wednesday to put the record straight – they certainly cannot play as badly again.AdvertisementAdvertisementCity must do without Kevin De Bruyne – injured against Spurs at the weekend – which is a huge loss for the champions, but I expect to see opportunities and goals at both ends.United are unbeaten in their last 14 home league games but have kept just the two clean sheets in the league this season.This is a massive game for both teams and one which, I feel, could be pivotal in the destiny of the 2018/19 Premier League title.Michael’s prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Manchester CityMichael Owen is a brand ambassador for BetVictor. For more tips from Michael read his column here.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgArsenal are looking at candidates to replace Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have identified Massimiliano Allegri and Mikel Arteta as possible candidates to take over at the Emirates if Unai Emery is sacked.Much was expected of Emery when the former PSG and Sevilla boss arrived at Arsenal last year but he is already fighting to save his job.Emery’s Arsenal suffered a costly dip towards the end of last season to drop out of the top-four and are currently fifth in the Premier League with just one win from their last five games. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Nov 2019 4:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kSharescenter_img Max Allegri is a figure of interest for the Premier League club (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell understands Arsenal’s interest in Allegri and Arteta and also thinks his former club should look at Luis Enrique and Patrick Vieira.Speaking to AFTV, he said: ‘What has Unai Emery done to make us better?‘I used to back managers, but I don’t back managers anymore because it’s wrong. When you back managers, you get stuck with that manager. And I don’t want to be stuck to any managers.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I want Arsenal to progress and to be able to go and challenge. I don’t see it! So, I am calling out Unai Emery, right now because I am not seeing that.‘I think we’re regressing. In my opinion, Unai Emery, thanks for trying, but we’re going to go a different direction.‘The board should be getting him out and getting in someone like an Allegri or someone of that ilk. Luis Enrique, I like Enrique – people even mentioned Arteta. What about Vieira?’MORE: Ed Woodward wanted Verratti and Varane transfers but failed to convince Mourinho Emery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:06FullscreenEmery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homehttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-speaks-press-arsenal-draw-1-1-wolves-home-2040884/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.It has been a shocking month for Emery, who saw his Arsenal side succumb to defeat at Sheffield United before dropping points at home to Crystal Palace and Wolves.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA large section of fans have turned against Emery due to the club’s worrying run of form and Arsenal have identified possible candidates to replace the Spaniard.While the Arsenal board are committed to giving Emery time to turn things around, Mirror Sport say the Gunners have expressed interest in Allegri and Arteta.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityRecent reports have linked Arsenal with former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho but he is not thought to be in the running at this stage.Instead, Arsenal are looking at former Gunners midfielder Arteta, who was strongly linked with the job in north London before Emery’s appointment, and Juventus hero Allegri.Allegri won five Serie A titles and four Coppa Italias during his spell in Turin before leaving the Italian giants earlier in the year. Arsenal identify Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta as top two candidates to replace Unai Emerylast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 1:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Unai Emery believes mitigating factors have hampered Arsenal this season (Getty Images)Unai Emery believes multiple issues away from the pitch have been responsible for Arsenal’s poor performances this season.The Spaniard is under huge pressure having guided the Gunners to just one win in their last five Premier League games.Arsenal are already six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and fans are calling on the club to sack Emery just 18 months after he replaced Arsene Wenger as manager.Emery, however, feels incidents at the club including the attempted robbery involving Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny’s decision to go on strike in order to force through a transfer before the season had begun, and Granit Xhaka’s clash with supporters have had an impact on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny went on strike to leave Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.‘The circumstances with Ozil, Kolasinac, Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem.‘Then Xhaka’s circumstances.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery also conceded that his Arsenal players had failed to follow his game plan.‘We are not playing really with a good performance to impose our idea, impose our capacity on each match,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I said to them we rarely lost at home but we didn’t impose as I want and will want in the next matches in our process.‘It’s a process we need to do with the players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery explains reasons why Arsenal have struggled this seasonlast_img read more

first_imgKolasinac made his way off the field before Saka could come on (Picture: Getty)Saka was criticised for not being ready but Ljungberg says the cold weather meant he had a number of clothing items to take off. Instead, the Swede says Kolasinac should have stayed down longer in order to give his side more time to make a change.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Sead went down and our player tried to get ready,’ said Ljungberg.‘With the weather, he had a lot of clothes on. That’s something we need to learn, [ok] get ready quicker but to stay down when you are injured so players can get ready.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Swede was questioned further on the issue later on his press conference when it was put to him that the situation summed up the lack of organisation at the club.However, Ljungberg rejected the claim and repeated his belief that Kolasinac should have done more to help Saka.‘I think that’s a bit harsh. A player can’t get ready quicker. Of course you can say he shouldn’t have so many clothes on but we were in the first half when he probably didn’t think there would be a substitution.‘In my opinion we need to stay down.’MORE: Ben Stokes wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year after World Cup and Headingley heroics Freddie Ljungberg pins blame on Sead Kolasinac as Manchester City punish 10-man Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 9:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Freddie Ljungberg was unhappy with Sead Kolasinac (Picture: Getty)Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg blamed Sead Kolasinac for Manchester City’s third goal in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s men.De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling gave City a two-goal advantage after just 15 minutes at the Emirates but Arsenal were reduced to 10-men when Kolasinac went down with an ankle injury shortly before half-time.The Bosnian was unable to continue and made his way off the field. However, the timing of his injury just before the half-time whistle meant Arsenal had not prepared a replacement.Bukayo Saka eventually stripped down to his kit but the ball was already back in play, meaning he was unable to enter the action. City took full advantage of their numerical advantage with De Bruyne punishing Arsenal by scoring an all-important third goal.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Comment Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 30 Jan 2020 10:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.9kShares Soares is set to become Arteta’s second signing (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hope to complete the transfer of Cedric Soares on Thursday, according to reports.The full-back is set to join Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s second signing and has been given permission by Southampton to agree personal terms and undergo a medical with the Gunners.Soares, 28, is in the final six months of his contract at Southampton and the Saints have decided to cash in on the defender.The Evening Standard claim that after a fee was agreed on Wednesday night, Soares is expected in London to have his medical.ADVERTISEMENTSoares will join Arsenal on a loan deal and Southampton will receive around £1million from the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe deal could rise to £3m with add-ons and Arsenal will cover the entirety of Soares’ £65,000-a-week wages. Arsenal looked at Kurzawa before deciding on Soares (Picture: Getty)Arsenal decided to sign Soares over Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa due to his experience in the Premier League and his lower wage demands.Arteta was not keen on Kurzawa and reportedly vetoed Arsenal’s transfer move for the Frenchman.There is an expectation Soares will join Arsenal on a permanent deal in the summer and will offer competition to Hector Bellerin.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySoares can play on either side of defence but is predominately a right-back.If Arsenal can register Soares by noon on Friday, transfer deadline day, he will be eligible to make his debut against Burnley on Sunday.After Arteta demanded reinforcements this month, Arsenal have had a busy end to the January window.Pablo Mari became Arteta’s first signing as manager on Wednesday after completing his loan switch from Flamengo.MORE: Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira sends message to Bruno Fernandes after Manchester United confirm dealcenter_img Arsenal aim to complete Cedric Soares transfer on Thursday Arteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA CupTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:22FullscreenArteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA Cuphttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-pleased-arsenal-progress-past-bournemouth-fa-cup-2097240/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Arsenal closing in on £5m Cedric Soares as Southampton contract expires in the summer Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDixon is backing Wenger’s first title winners against the 2004 side (Picture: Allsport)Asked how previous Arsenal sides compared to the 2004 title winners, Dixon told Premier League Productions: ‘Look I didn’t play in that team- It was a brilliant teamAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I watched them throughout that season and I wanted them to go undefeated because they deserved to but I honestly think the best team I played in was the 1998 team.‘If we played the ‘Invincibles’ ten times and there were no draws, we’d win 6-4.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsLiverpool’s defeat was certainly celebrated wildly in the red half of north London.Arsenal ended their unbeaten season on 90 points but Liverpool are on course to smash that total.Jurgen Klopp’s side already have 79 points and have ten matches to surpass the record tally set by Manchester City in 2018 with 100 points.MORE: Romelu Lukaku snubs Paul Pogba as he names Kevin De Bruyne as the best midfielder he’s played with Lee Dixon has had his say on Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ (Picture: DAZN)Arsenal legend Lee Dixon insists Arsene Wenger’s 1998 title-winning team would beat the Gunners’ famous ‘Invincibles’ side.Liverpool’s defeat to Watford last Sunday brought the Reds’ 44-match unbeaten run to an end and ensured Arsenal remain the only side to go through a single season undefeated.Arsenal’s 03/04 side is often pitted against the likes of Manchester United 98/99, Chelsea 04/05 and Manchester City 17/18 in the argument for the greatest side in Premier League history. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 2:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Comment Lee Dixon claims Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ are NOT the best team in Premier League history Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTurnbull showeredFormer Chelsea shot-stopper Ross Turnbull, currently Hartlepool’s goalkeeping coach, heaped praise on Young after the teenager was called up to an England training camp earlier on this term.‘At the moment, it’s all potential with Brad,’ Turnbull said.‘Whenever anyone asks me about him I always say that if his work ethic and willingness to learn continues as it is then he will give himself the best opportunity to go and have a career as a professional footballer.‘That’s got to be his goal. He’s on the right path at the moment but it’s still early days and this is just some good recognition for the work he’s been doing.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I have spoken to him and told him this is a reward for the effort he puts in every day because I have worked with him for more than 16 months now and he’s been great.‘This is an added incentive for him now. He’s got in a training camp so he can go there and do himself justice and push himself towards getting in a squad, playing friendlies and competitive international games.‘It’s one step at a time, of course, but I will be there pushing him every step of the way. I’m not happy with a training camp – can he go and get in a squad? I won’t be settling for anything less.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jude Bellingham urged to ignore transfer interest from Manchester United and ChelseaMORE: Manchester United to offer Dean Henderson huge new contract amid Chelsea interest Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Mar 2020 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares Comment Chelsea agree deal to sign Manchester United and Arsenal target Brad Young Young could be managed by Frank Lampard in the near future (Picture: Getty)The Sun claims Young has been on trial with with Chelsea over the last two weeks and a provisional fee has been agreed ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTYoung has bounced back impressively after being released by Sunderland when he was younger.center_img Chelsea have agreed a fee for Hartlepool wonderkid Brad YoungChelsea are on the cusp of signing Brad Young from Hartlepool, according to reports.Young’s outstanding performances for Hartlepool’s academy sides have caught the attention of Premier League giants Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea and he was rewarded with an England youth call-up earlier this season.The 17-year-old goalkeeper, who stands at 6ft 4in, signed his first professional contract with Hartlepool last summer but the National League outfit are now prepared to part with him for a six-figure fee. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgArsene Wenger reveals why he blocked Robin van Persie’s request to rejoin Arsenal from Man Utd Arsene Wenger reluctantly sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer of 2012 (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has revealed he rejected Robin van Persie’s request to rejoin Arsenal from Manchester United.The former Netherlands international scored over a century of goals for the Gunners during his eight years in north London but infamously defected to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012.Van Persie had grown tired of seeing many of his former teammates depart and enjoy success elsewhere, without seeing Arsenal reinvest the money they earned from the sales of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in high calibre replacements. Under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance, Van Persie’s goals helped fire United to the Premier League title in his first season, but his form declined following the legendary Scotsman’s sudden departure.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNeither David Moyes or Louis van Gaal were able to help Van Persie hit the heights he did while Ferguson was at the helm, and he was eventually sold to Fenerbahce at the end of his compatriot’s first season in charge. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 14 Oct 2020 11:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link625Shares Advertisement Robin van Persie’s goals helped Man Utd win their last Premier League title in 2013 (Picture: Getty)In his new book ‘Arsene Wenger, My Life in Red and White’, Arsenal’s former manager revealed Van Persie had contacted him to discuss the possibility of a return to the Emirates Stadium but the Frenchman felt any comeback would be ‘impossible’ to facilitate. He wrote: ‘In 2012, he announced his intention not to extend his contract. All the big clubs were courting him. I sold him to Manchester United.‘The supporters were angry with me for this but we could not match the offer. I managed to negotiate his departure for £24million, which was a huge amount at the time for a player with a year left on his contract. I had only the interest of the club in mind. More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘My relationship with Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had improved by then, but every transfer is a polite game of poker where you attempt to give not anything away. ‘Van Persie had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford: he put the team on track for the Premiership title and made it even more difficult for us. But after three years of the four that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson (sic) sold him to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.‘He called me because he wanted to come back, but it was impossible: he was at the end of his career and we were investing in young players.’MORE: Martin Keown speaks out on William Saliba ‘mystery’ as Arsenal make U-turn over loan dealMORE: Thomas Partey names five Arsenal legends he idolised – including Patrick Vieira and Thierry HenryFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

first_imgSee Governor Wolf’s Hanukkah Proclamation here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter VIDEO: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Happy Hanukkah Holidays,  Statement,  Videos Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf delivered the following Hanukkah message:“Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, an eight-day celebration commemorating the Jewish people’s successful rebellion against the Greek siege of ancient Jerusalem, said Governor Tom Wolf.“It is a time to both reflect on Jewish heritage with traditional fare, songs, and games and an opportunity to recommit to building a bright future.“The commonwealth is proud to reaffirm William Penn’s principles of religious freedom by honoring the Jewish people’s struggle for religious freedom as we celebrate the Festival of Lights.“Happy Hanukkah to all Pennsylvanians who are celebrating.” December 06, 2015last_img read more