Emirates Stadium boss says something he probably instantly regretted.
“He will stay at Arsenal,” Wenger told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “There is no reason why a top player, a big champion would want a move to Serie A – in terms of the prestige of the league, the level of play or financial considerations.
“If he moves there, I will buy you a caramello,” Wenger concluded.
Now we like chocolate bars, even discontinued ones that were big in the 70s as a cursory glance of Wikipedia tells us, but to promise one to a reporter who asks too many questions about Robin Van Persie’s future is just asking for trouble.
There appears to be a debate about whether the caramello he refers to is a chocolate bar or an ice cream, but we think the statement is as potentially problematic either way.
If Arsene Wenger fails to prevent the Dutchman from leaving to join Juventus then he may well end up with egg on his face, one can see the T-shirts being printed by Tottenham fans as I type, it would probably best to avoid entering discussions on this matter, something the Frenchman is famous for.
The Gunners boss usually remains tight-lipped in relation to speculation but perhaps the constant speculation finally got to Wenger, which of course tells its own story. The fact that the Arsenal manager didn’t offer a caramello bet in relation to Van Persie moving to..say Barcelona or Man City?