RvP, Arshavin & More Cesc Rumours
Andy Gray noted that Robin van Persie was the player that Arsene could least afford to lose. van Persie has the aspirations which match his abilities:
Arsene Wenger said at the end of this season, once I’d come back into the team, that people would have been talking about me like Lionel Messi if I had not been injured. I can see what the manager meant when he said those things. But I still think I am not in the same class until I have gone a long period without an injury.
And I want to go through next season where I score 30 goals and have 20 assists. Only then I will turn around to the manager and say, ‘Yes boss, you are right’. But I admit that I have a massive desire to get to the level of Messi, Rooney and Ronaldo. And I’d rather do it today than tomorrow.
Last season, Arsenal played 55 competitive matches. van Persie was available for 20 of those, 10 goals and 8 assists were his ‘vital statistics’. The season before 20 and 13 respectively in 44 games. His target of 30 goals and 20 assists is more or less spot on, thought through rather than a ‘finger in the air’ estimate with no basis in realism.
Crucial to this though is fitness. The niggles which blighted his early years at the club are disappearing but the contact injury suffered against Italy is hard to avoid. As a ‘star’ player, he is targeted, the one to stop and as such is subjected to ‘robust’ challenges, frequently fouled. In those situations, he has to have the nous to avoid the tackle and the luck to avoid injury. The latter has certainly evaded him.
He has the desire to win:
I’m 26 and have won three trophies; the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup and the Charity Shield. Yes, I class that as a trophy too. It’s a one-off game with 80,000 people watching and a lot of pressure.
But it is not at any cost. He has principles and a style in which he wants to win:
I’ve always said that I want to win as many trophies as possible in my career, but not at any price. What I am trying to say is that I will work my socks off to get the maximum out of my career, but I won’t move to a club which does not play my style of football.
Of course I love silverware in my football career. But sometimes you can’t rush from A to Z.’’
Wise words. Too often, players move clubs to win trophies, only for it to backfire, the grass not always greener on the other side. One place van Persie will not be going is Real Madrid. He has tried hard to persuade Arsene to sign Rafael Van der Vaart. It would be a popular signing for Wenger to make but he has so far resisted the temptation:
Van der Vaart has said that, if Arsenal don’t sign him, I’ll have to join him in Madrid! But I don’t think that is for me. Real is a fantastic club but the speed of managers and players coming and going is frightening. It must give them neck ache, looking who is coming in and going out. They have this philosophy: You did not win anything this year. There is the door and here is a couple of million to buy you off. Ready for the next purchase. I prefer the philosophy of Arsenal and Barcelona.
The last sentence will win van Persie few friends. They are a strictly no-go zone for any Arsenal player at the moment and no doubt those who criticise Arshavin and Bendtner will jump down the throat of the Dutchman for daring to allow the media the opportunity to portray him as an admirer of the Catalan club.
Arshavin is frequently chastised for his boyhood allegiance. However, people forget that this was Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team‘, the side everyone in Europe was talking of, managed by possibly the best player of his generation, playing the best football of their generation. They won the European Cup at Wembley and when Koeman scored, most of the crowd applauded and cheered. A lad in Russia would have been no different to those of us at the match.
Arshavin’s response to the question posed on his website was straightforward:
As a child I supported Barcelona, I do not deny that. Actually I continue to root for “Barca” in the Spanish Championship. As for the English Championship, I’ve always liked Arsenal, so when I had an opportunity to join this club, I happily agreed. So I’ve never seen myself as a player of any other English club. Again, I am a Gunner, and I am satisfied with everything.
I am not sure what more Arshavin could say. He has put to bed the recent stories of dissatisfaction, re-affirmed his loyalty once more to Arsenal. What more do people want?
Talking of Them, He is once more in the picture – roll on the World Cup when the football will actually knock this off the media radar. Apparently Arsenal will accept £60m despite not talking to anyone. Wait, no, it’s only £50m but They only want to pay £35m! Yesterday it was £42m. His price rises and crashes like a night on Viagra. Well, at least rising and falling like one anyway. Not that I’m any sort of expert, no.
Let’s go to our Spanish correspondent. What does he say? None of the above but They reckon that everything is Little Stevie Wondered and to be Signed, Sealed, Delivered in the next 48 hours so that Cesc can be presented as one of Their players before Spain depart for South Africa on June 10th.
Posted on June 6, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip, World Cup 2010 and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Robin van Persie, Soccer, Transfer Rumours. Bookmark the permalink. 89 Comments.