THERE’S LIFE AF­TER ROBIN Henry backs Gun­ners to fire with­out Van’s driv­ing force

TIM FAN­CIES QUICK EVER­TON RE­TURN

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 - By JON WEST By IAN WIN­ROW

THIERRY HENRY is con­vinced Ar­se­nal will still do well with­out Robin van Per­sie.

Gun­ners fans are pray­ing the want­away Dutch­man does not join Manch­ester United or Manch­ester City.

Ital­ian giants Ju­ven­tus are hope­ful they can land the striker with a £20mil­lion bid and a huge af­ter-tax wedge.

But Henry, the club’s record goalscorer, is cling­ing on to the hope that Van Per­sie might stay for an­other year and then leave on a free.

Ei­ther way, life will go on un­der Arsene Wenger.

Henry said: “Robin will do what he will do and we’ll see. When I left ev­ery­body cried, but then the year af­ter they went on a run of be­ing eight points ahead. Ev­ery­one comes and goes.

“As an Ar­se­nal fan I want Van Per­sie to stay. He is still an Ar­se­nal player and the boss has to deal with it.”

Henry also hopes mid­fielder Jack Wil­shere can fi­nally shrug off his in­jury prob­lems.

The French­man said: “Jack re­minds me of when I first ar­rived when the old guard was there.

“He’s an Ar­se­nal fan in the first place and you need this type of player around in the dress­ing room.

“It’s not only that he’s an Ar­se­nal fan, and not only an English­man, but he’s a good player, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“What a shame that he stopped a bit be­cause he was on his way.

“I just wish him all the best that he can come back quick and wear the shirt he loves so much.”

Wenger is con­fi­dent of land­ing winger Santi Ca­zorla from Malaga.

And Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin has been lined up for a sea­son-long loan.

Wo­j­ciech Szczesny reck­ons Ar­se­nal are bet­ter placed to win sil­ver­ware fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Lukas Podol­ski and Olivier Giroud.

“We have a cou­ple of qual­ity sign­ings and we’re con­fi­dent we can fight for the tro­phies more than we did last year,” said the Gun­ners goal­keeper.

“We have more play­ers who can score goals. Podol­ski’s goal record speaks for it­self.

“It all makes me be­lieve we’ll be that lit­tle bit stronger.” TIM CAHILL has r efused to r ule out a Januar y loan move back to Ever­ton.

The Aussie mid­fielder ended his eight-year spell with the Tof­fees when he re­cently made a £1.5mil­lion switch to New York Red Bulls.

Cahill in­sists his num­ber one pri­or­ity is now to es­tab­lish him­self at his new club – but he has left the door open to stage a r eturn to Good­i­son Park dur­ing the MLS close sea­son.

“It de­pends if it can work and fit to the train­ing regime, be­cause I’ve com­mit­ted my fu­ture to the Red Bulls and go­ing on loan might not be the right thing for the football club,” said Cahill.

“But if it works out that I can find the right happy medium to get the fit­ness and keep train­ing and to play in cer­tain games, then maybe yes.”

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