Wenger To Do Pardew 'Stokes Favour'?
Even after everything that has gone on between Arsene Wenger & Alan Pardew, it seems the Arsenal boss may still be willing to do his new 'friend' a favor.
Anthony Stokes has revealed that his loan with Falkirk has not been renewed, even though after scoring 14 goals in 18 games in the SPL the club would certainly like to keep him on.
Wenger has since revealed the possibility of loaning the young striker to Charlton, which is probably a move to see how he can perform in the Premiership rather than doing Pardew a favor.
However, Wenger also claims he will not stand in the way should Stokes wish to stay in Scotland.
'I would not be against Stokes at Charlton but it depends on him," said Wenger. I have had no request from Charlton until now.'
'I certainly won't force him to come back [from Falkirk]. He will benefit from one year in the SPL in the first team. Then he will be in a stronger position to come back and say he wants to play in the first team. It is like Nicklas Bendtner at Birmingham City. Go out for a year then let's see how good you are."
So maybe Pardew's offer of a handshake has nothing to with a truce, more of what he can gain :P