THERE’S LIFE AFTER ROBIN Henry backs Gunners to fire without Van’s driving force
TIM FANCIES QUICK EVERTON RETURN
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.”