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Anelka still considering move
Arsenal striker blames English press for his feelings
Posted: Tuesday May 18, 1999 10:06 AM
PARIS (Reuters) -- Arsenal's French striker Nicolas Anelka appears set to leave the London club, suggesting in an interview published on Tuesday the English media was to blame.
"I'm certainly going to leave one day. Today, my decision to leave or stay has been taken," Anelka told France Football magazine, but he did not elaborate.
"The only thing I can tell you is that I can't stand the English press, which causes me, on a personal level, enormous problems," the 20-year-old France striker said.
"They're always inventing things. If they carry on, I'm going to leave. And as they're not going to stop, things seem to be heading that way," said Anelka, linked last week with Real Madrid.
But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who will discuss the future with his young compatriot in the coming days as he plans for next season, warned Anelka that he would be making a big mistake.
"Nicolas is not arrogant, he's timid which is different," Wenger said, to explain why Anelka rarely gives interviews and tends to shun British reporters.
"His English is not perfect. He prefers, logically, to protect himself from the English media. I also try to protect him because I want to avoid for him what's happening today to Ronaldo," he said.Wenger added: "For me, it's clear, I want him to stay. I'm giving him nine chances out of 10 of staying. It would be a huge strategic error to leave Arsenal."
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