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Morning Kickoff: Van Persie cools new deal talk, Rooney out “more than a week” and more

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Is Robin Van Persie the next big-name finding its way out of the Emirates?

Despite voicing that, for now, he's happy with his current situation, he refused to give any insight as to what he will do once his contract expires in 18 months.

"We will have to look," said Van Persie.  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said last week that he wanted to get around to getting the Dutch striker a new deal.  

The player didn't rule out a new contract by any means, insisting that he'd rather focus on the play of the team and getting the results the club needs.  

Until then, it seems, the future of Van Persie is unclear to everyone but maybe the player himself. Shockingly, Manchester City is said to be interested in securing his signature.

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Manchester United will have to continue its Champions League quest this Tuesday home to Basle without its talismanic striker, Wayne Rooney.

Withheld from the club's 1-1 draw with Stoke City over the weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson has already deemed Rooney unfit for the Champions League clash on the horizon at Old Trafford.

Ferguson said that the striker might not even feature for next weekend's EPL match with Norwich City, insisting, "it will be more than a week out."

With United's 100% start to the season come to an end when, for the first time this year, Rooney did not even make the bench.  Combine that news with the injuries to Javier Hernandez and it looks as if Ferguson will give Berbatov and Welbeck the call tomorrow night.


Valencia's newly-signed midfielder Daniel Parejo could yet find himself another club as soon as January as Arsenal looks to bolster its ranks with the 22-year-old Spaniard.

Arsenal is said to have sent representatives to Spain last Thursday and Friday to try and hammer out a deal for the player, who looks to play a prominent role of the Spanish national team in the future.

A relative journeyman for his age, Parejo came up through the Real Madrid academy, underwent a short stint for Queens Park Rangers in 2008 before spending two successful seasons at Getafe and eventually signing for Valencia last summer.  He still has not made an appearance for the club.


Current West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce revealed today that he would "walk over coals for the England job" and has a plan to secure the position.

Allardyce believes that his success at West Ham and its promotion back into the Premier League in order for him to be taken into serious consideration for managerial job.

Current England boss Fabio Capello has made it well known that he intends to resign as the manager after next summer's Euro 2012 campaign.  But with Tottenham's Harry Redknapp the current frontrunner for the job, it looks like an uphill battle for Allardyce.

Allardyce took over West Ham this summer after the club was relegated, but, if all goes according to plan, Allardyce could guide the London club back into the Premier League and be managing England next Fall.


If you're an Arsenal fan, does the Van Persie news worry you?  Think Parejo would be a good pick up for the club?  How crucial is Rooney's absence going to be for United?

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  1. they have VP for one or two more years. if they stick to their financial guns, then they sell him next summer and keep doing what they do: signing up and comers, training them in the beautiful version of the beautiful game, and selling them for a profit; all the while maintaining a spot in the top four, and champions league, and staying in the black financially. Pisses some fans off, endears them to others, but it’s admirable that they can do it again and again w/o a sugar daddy or bankrupting themselves like so many other teams… granted, if they get to the point where they lose all their superstars at once (fab and nasri were 2/3 of them) before they groom another (fab and nasri became what they are at arsenal) then yes… they’re in trouble. Groom another while vp is still there? Players keep wanting to join and everything’s kosher.

  2. Rooney has come up with a long term injury. Wait, there must be an England match coming up. Too bad this long term injury will have him miss these crucial encounters with top sides Basle and Norwich.

  3. Two years ago I found that I couldn’t help but root for Arsenal. Now I fond that I can’t help but root against them. Who hails a 4-0 result againt a team that’s down a man as a triumph? I hope van Persie leaves…


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