WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

02/11/2012 10:56

Papers: Step forward, Robin

Robbie Savage writes in The Mirror

Gunners fans want their Arsenal back – and van Persie will show just why
Sorry, this is going to go down like a lead balloon with some Arsenal fans – but it needs to be said. Wonderful as the Gunners' comeback was at Reading in the Capital One Cup, it only papered over the cracks. If they go 4-0 down inside half an hour against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, there will be no coming back from the dead. When they come up against old boy Robin van Persie, there will be no room for passengers who go missing when the chips are down, as too many Arsenal players did for an hour at Reading. I'm afraid it's almost inevitable that van Persie will have a big influence at his reunion with Arsenal, just as Emmanuel Adebayor came back to haunt them when he moved to Manchester City from the Emirates. The bottom line is that van Persie left Arsenal in the summer to join a bigger and better club, and I don't blame him. He is playing with Wayne Rooney every week where he could have been partnering Giroud or Gervinho. No offence, but it's no contest. I think there will be goals – not as many as in last year's 8-2 annihilation, or the 6-1 thrashing back in 2001 – and that usually spells bad news for the Gunners at Old Trafford.

The Daily Express quotes Arsene Wenger in which the Arsenal boss says he thinks van Persie "will get the reception I hope for" from Gunners fans on Saturday.

The same paper continues the speculation linking Nani with a move away from United.

The Guardian and the Daily Star carry Ryan Giggs’ positive comments on United’s youngsters, while the Sun relays the same player’s praise of van Persie.

And The Telegraph reports United have donated eight tracksuit tops commemorating the Hillsborough disaster, which the players wore before the game at Anfield last month, to fund-raising groups linked to the 1989 tragedy.

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