New Fulham signing Bjorn Helge Riise has revealed he believes his club and international team-mate Brede Hangeland will leave the club for Arsenal if the Gunners make their move. The 6ft 5in stopper has made 52 league appearances for Roy Hodgson's side since arriving in January 2008, with the 28-year-old's rock-solid form last season helping the Cottagers seal a Europa League place, 12 months after avoiding relegation on the final day of the campaign. As a result, the Norwegian international - who has featured 53 times for his country - has been linked with moves to Aston Villa, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Despite Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger admitting that the stopper is on his shortlist, the defender insisted earlier this week that he has no desire to leave Craven Cottage. However, Riise - brother of former Liverpool full-back John Arne - who arrived from Lillestrom this summer, believes the quality of his compatriot means a move to a bigger club is inevitable. "It's very good for him, he's done something right when clubs like Arsenal are interested," he told Sky Sports News. "For myself, as his friend I hope he stays at Fulham and also for the team as well. I think he is in full control of the defence and I hope he stays. "I think he will take it if it is a good offer for him and the club. But I hope he stays." NEWS: Hangeland in no rush to go anywhere NEWS: Wenger - I have had a look at Hangeland NEWS: Hodgson - No bids for Hangeland NEWS: Hangeland in no hurry over new deal NEWS: Hangeland happy to stay at Fulham NEWS: Hangeland agent quiet on Arsenal interest
11 August 2009
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