Two years living and working with Theo Walcott taught Tim Sparv two things: Don't leave him one-on-one with the full-back and don't give him the remote control.
Finland's U21 captain Sparv knows England pair Walcott and Martin Cranie from their time together at Southampton's Academy when the trio lived together in an old hotel, renovated to house the club's scholars.
'I know them both well,' said 22-year-old Sparv as he prepared for a reunion in the opening game of the European U21 Championships.
'You could always tell Theo was special with his pace and technique but I've watched him a lot in the Champions League and the Premier League and I'm amazed how well he has done.
'As a housemate, he might have watched a bit too much EastEnders for my liking but he was quite tidy.
'He was always down to earth, despite his success. That's what makes him a good friend.'
They were all involved in the Southampton team beaten by Ipswich in the 2005 Youth Cup final but Walcott joined Arsenal in January 2006.
Everybody knows what Walcott can do in the field. He's so talented and has the brightest future in the arena of English football. So Arsene should know how to use this fella into the eyes of the world. Go Theo!! All the Gooners always stand at your back. No Doubt!!
Robin van Persie is wanted by Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.
The Italian champions are preparing a £25million bid for the Arsenal striker who is currently away on World Cup duty with Holland.
Inter boss Mourinho wants to transform the club that has won four consecutive Serie A titles into champions of Europe.
He sees Van Persie, 25, as a key recruit.
Van Persie is currently negotiating a new contract with the Gunners.
He has two years remaining on his current deal, but the Arsenal hierarchy are keen to seal a new deal now rather than allow time to go by and face the threat of him leaving as a free agent in 2011.
It looks like being a crunch summer for the Dutchman as he attempts to resolve his long term future.
Inter know that they will face a massive challenge in prising van Persie out of the Emirates. His wife Bouchra is expecting their second child and the family are settled in London.”
This transfer news will bring pros and cons for Arsenal's fans. The good is,we sell van Persie and buy another powerful striker who are in the same market level with him like David Villa, Samuel Eto'o and Ibrahimovic. But the bad thing would come if we sell Van Persie because he's the only striker that can score goal for Gunners despite of Adebayor and Bendtner. If Wenger can't get replacement for him,Arsenal will suffer another unsharp-forward season like last season.