Wenger once again praises RVP, Andre Santos gets stick

Despite being knocked out in the group stages, Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger has insisted that Robin Van Persie has been the best striker at Euro 2012.

Van Persie scored just one goal in the tournament as the Netherlands lost all three games and finished bottom of Group B.

The Gunners captain received widespread criticism for squandering a number of chances in the defeats to Denmark, Germany and Portugal after such a phenomenal season with his club.

The Dutchman finished as the Premier League’s top scorer with 30 goals at the end of the campaign and was named as the PFA Player of the Year as well as the Football Writer’s Player of the Year.

However, Wenger, who is determined to keep the striker at the Emirates Stadium, believes that Van Persie was a better option in attack than teammate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and even went as far as saying that he has been the best forward at Euro 2012.

“Robin van Persie deserves more credit in Holland than he gets. I think he was still the best striker at the European championship,” Wenger told De Telegraaf.

“I watched all his games. If you look at the runs he made, his passing, everything really, was very good.

“He did not take some of his chances but that was down to tiredness. Robin is a class above other strikers. A class above [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar.

“Robin is not just a great striker or a great player, he is an exceptional player.

“He did not have to prove himself here. I can understand he wanted to prove he can score goals for Holland. That is an obvious ambition because he is so intense, he loves the game so much.” 

While Wenger might possibly be kidding himself a bit, one man who isn’t is the Brazil coach Mano Menezes.

The Samba boss has revealed to the world what all Arsenal fans have known for some time, and that is that Andre Santos is incapable of defending.

And having managed the player for one season at Corinthians, Menezes knows all too well about Santos’ desire to attack.

“The issue surrounding Andre Santos is a tactical one,” Menezes told ESPN Brazil.

“He made my remaining hair become grey when we were at Corinthians. Why? Because he is tactically irresponsible.

“We can’t afford that kind of tactical risk in the national team.”

The 29-year-old has not represented his country since last summer’s Copa America and his absence shows no sign of abating.

Matt Cotton


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5 Responses to Wenger once again praises RVP, Andre Santos gets stick

  1. June 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Pffft Right now I am celebrating the greatness of the Arsenal squad. p.s I love Santos. Entertainment value = 10 out of 10

  2. June 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Then u must be a very bad coach. No wonder Messi and his argentine team disgrazed u guys few weeks ago. Santos is tactically fit and good to play in any team in d world and we Arsenal Fans Luvs him very Much. So u Can go F**k urself.

  3. max June 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    @ Keme: +1

    Brazil national team sucks ass nowadays, they dont deserve santos.

    He managed him for one season and that is 4 years ago. What's the fuzz all about?

  4. Kyle June 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Have you guys reallly watched Santos play? he goes on a glory run, gets caught and our CBs have to come in to save the day. Im not saying the guy is terrible but like the coach said irresponsible. Yeah its fine to do those runs and help the attack but he needs to be more cultured about it. Also, have you watched Brazil lately?? They are monsters and by the time the WC comes around they'll be a tough opponent. They have so many young prospects and they hardly have any older players except for Maicon, Lucio, Kaka (didnt get too much play time at madrid but is still a good player, its hard to start over a younger, in form, and extremely techinical Ozil) and Thiago SIlva but those four are incredible players already. Add Hulk, Marcelo, Neymar, Ganso, the Da Silva twins (who should be much better by then), Lucas and Lucas Leiva and thats a strong squad. Cheers.

  5. June 27, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Scoolboys are taught that when one of the fullbacks joins the attack, then one of the back four OR the midfield moves to cover the gap.
    Even schoolGIRLS know this. It's on page one of the football training manual.

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