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Van Persie Wins the League, Arsenal Scraps For Euro Qualification – Reality Check

A bitter pill to swallow

In the tail end of last season, Arsenal exhibited the kind of form that showed what champions were made of. After two horror away outings against AC Milan and Sunderland that saw the Gunners eliminated from those competitions, Arsene Wenger’s men had only the Premier League to fight for.

When Arsenal needed some players to stand up and be counted with qualification for Champions League football the ultimate prize (shamefully), some men proved their mettle for the Red and White Army. Thomas Vermaelen stepped up with some vital match winners against Newcastle and Everton, Alex Song continued to turn on the style with some trademark assists, Tomas Rosicky was on a renaissance and at the top of the pile stood Arsenal’s talismanic perpetual goalscoring machine of the first kind – Robin van Persie.

After shipping in 30 goals in the Premier League, winning the Golden Boot with a plethora of individual awards, Arsenal were faced with their biggest decision in the summer. We all know how everything panned out and I’m certainly in no mood to take you down memory lane.

With a lethal goalscorer gone, many had tipped Wenger to go for the Falcaos, Benzemas and Lewandowskis of world football, but the manager had proactively purchased two players that would fill into the big shoes of the departed goalscoring machine. The earlier purchase was a renowned German superstar that had already notched up a century of appearances for his nation while the latter purchase came into the limelight after his goalscoring exploits helped his team to their maiden Ligue 1 title.

While Lukas Podolski enjoyed a pretty decent start to his Arsenal career with goals against Liverpool, Southampton (damn, what a free kick!) and Montpellier, Olivier Giroud struggled to find his feet but managed to break his duck against Coventry in the Capital One cup. As the season progressed, Podolski popped with a couple of vital goals while Giroud went through his purple patches of goalscoring form as well.

While Robin van Persie scored 37 goals in his final season at Arsenal, the combination of Giroud and Podolski have amassed 31 goals thus far and with the Frenchman bracing himself to serve a three-match ban following his red card against Fulham (Arsenal has appealed to the FA), it’s fair to say that his goalscoring hurl is over for the season, except he intends to repeat his brace against Newcastle on the final day of the campaign. Podolski on the other hand, will be given a chance to spearhead Arsenal’s attack (Wenger believes he can do it) and he’ll be odds on to add to his current tally.

Judging two players that came from relatively different football cultures, I must say that Wenger struck gold with his new forwards and many things will be expected of them next season, as they’ll have no excuses of adapting to the rigors of the Premier League.

Looking away from the goalscoring exploits of Podolski and Giroud, I tend to ask myself what went wrong for Arsenal this season. There was the issue of instability in goal, some atrocious and shambolic defending, individual errors, below-par performances for some players, toothless attacking outings against teams that smothered the Gunners, tactical errors from the boss as well as the regulars – injuries, suspensions and bad officiating from the Premier League’s incompetent referees.

Van Persie on the other hand, joined a team with a wizard of a manager, a vital blend of exuberant youth and experienced old hags, stellar defensive performances, a feared home ground, undoubted favor from the referees, and of course, Shrek. While Arsenal continued to struggle with those perceived weaker Premier League sides, Manchester United dispatched them in ruthless fashion and the fact that the Gunners are currently 22 points behind the table toppers is damn right puzzling to say the least.

While the Gunners remain hopeful for Champions League qualification, they continue to look over their shoulders as Chelsea and Tottenham continue to breath down their necks. If its any solace, both London sides will clash with each other for their game in hand and every hopeful Gooner is in alignment with the assessment that three wins from Arsenal’s remaining four games can guarantee Champions League qualification.

We tend to forget that these four games are against a Manchester United side hell-bent on reaching and probably surpassing Jose Mourinho’s long-standing Premier League points record for Chelsea (95 points). There’s also the potential threat of Queens Park Rangers and Wigan floating on relegation waters and they will be hoping to get the points they need to escape the inevitable drop. With only 37 points in the bag, Newcastle isn’t still assured of their Premier League status so I don’t expect them to roll over and play dead for Arsenal.

Despite the hugely impressive performances of late, Arsenal’s nervy win over Fulham was a major cause for concern as the players failed to capitalize on the numerical advantage provided to them by Steve Sidwell’s aberration of a tackle and it was really awkward to know that Fulham was closer to scoring an equalizer than Arsenal extending their lead.

At this point in time, many people didn’t care how the Gunners played against Fulham because we got all three points but you don’t need any soothsayer to predict the outcome of what will happen if the Gunners replicate such a performance against Manchester United at the Emirates this weekend.

Some football fans like Wilson Dike believe that van Persie deserves a guard of honor at the Emirates, as we couldn’t give him what he wanted and he got it somewhere else, citing that a player of his caliber deserves to win the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson took what seemed like a risk to buy a 29-year-old attacker with an injury record more glaring than the lack of hair on Howard Webb’s head but after taking that risk, he has reaped the rewards.

24 Premier League goals for a striker worth 24 million pounds. 1 mil per goal? HYFR.

While it hurts like hell to see van Persie and Manchester United win the Premier League yet again, Arsenal fans remain optimistic that next season will be better than this campaign. A phrase that has been repeated for the past eight years.

I really hope that Arsenal would do well to qualify for the Champions League, then we wait patiently to see what Monsieur Wenger has in store for us this summer.

Sayonara.

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A Gooner’s Perspective IV: Life after van Persie

What a shame

When I take a peek at my BlackBerry messenger, I see Manchester United fans taunt me and several Gooners out there with pictures of Robin van Persie signing his bumper contract, hanging out with Shrek and of course, unveiling the jersey vacated by OleGunnar Solskjaer.

Solksjaer was heralded as the “baby-faced” assassin because of his predatory instincts in the box but he was vastly remembered for his never-ending injury woes that ultimately cost him his football career. I have a hunch that some Arsenal fans have wished the same for van Persie.

I shared my humble opinions on this van Persie issue countless times on this blog but I felt it was high time I got the opinions of three selected Gunners. May I introduce,

@Dondeonbeke: Gideon is a very wayward barrister that’s a die-hard Arsenal fan. In the past, he was very smart…then school happened. Oh well.

@Alexmustii: Alex can be likened to Nicolas Anelka not for his old age, bald head or celebrations like a retarded vulture….but for his penchant from moving from one location to another. He’s a fun-loving Gooner that loves making friends.

@iChyChy_: ChyChy is the self-acclaimed Chilolo I of Africa. She’s also a cute Goonerette, Twitter celeb *yimu* and you can find her anywhere there’s dodo. -__-

Unlike the last episode were the meeting venue was undisclosed, we agreed to meet in the Food Court at the Palms. After the engagement, Gideon and Alex were discharged and I went to see Batman: Dark Knight Rises with ChyChy (famzing noni!) -__-

*Enigma orders pizza from Pizza Inn*

*ChyChy arrives at Food Court*

Enigma: Hey ChyChy, you look fab! :D *searches for Yeezy* -__-

ChyChy: Thanks Enigma.

Gideon: *pings Enigma* Bros, where you dey na?

Enigma: *looks around* Ogbeni, I’ve seen you.

*Alex steps in*

Enigma: Finally, we’re good to go.

ChyChy: Enigma, I thought @Gingerstiff was supposed to join us?

Enigma: Don’t mind Eli Cohn joor! Baba dey form busy. Make him go look bush -__-

*Waiter arrives with Pepperoni Pizza*

Gideon: Hmmmm…smells good.

Musty: Yeah. Enigma hope you’re not going to do like Nicklas Bendtner and pay for this pizza.

Enigma: Loooooool! I’m a gbo gbo gbigs boy na….I can like to buy the pizzeria if I want to.

ChyChy: *yimu*

Gideon: Bendtner said the same thing and still didn’t pay for the pizza.

Enigma: Guys, let’s dig in. *orders drinks*

Enigma: Today’s episode will be focused on van Persie, that mofo that left us to join Manure United. Before his poorly-timed statement on the 4th of July, what was your take on van Persie?

Alex: I saw a hero who despite setbacks of several years with injuries finally became prominent in his striking role. I could have sworn that he was someone who wouldn’t ditch Arsenal even if his ancestors ask him to do so.

Enigma: *In Pete Edochie’s tone* YOU DON’T MEAN IT.

Gideon: I saw RvP as the kind of captain we’d been missing since Vieira, a man who loves the club and understood what it meant to be not just a player but a Gooner.

Enigma: SuperStory *yawns*

ChyChy: Mehn I loved Van Persie! Always thought he would stay forever but then……. people leave!

Enigma: It can cause painment bah? :(

ChyChy: Yeh! :(

Enigma: How did you feel when he said that he wasn’t going to renew his contract with the club?

Alex: When he said he was not going to renew his contract, I thought he had a good reason on the fact that he wanted Arsenal to strengthen its squad.

ChyChy: I didn’t feel anything actually, just thought maybe it was all a media hype or a way to draw Wenger’s hands so he would buy.

Enigma: Hmmmm, you guys are in the same wavelength. Gideon, did you think that he released that statement for Arsenal to strengthen up?

Gideon: Boy, was I pissed! It wasn’t the fact he didn’t want to sign a new contract that got me angry anyway. He came out and openly questioned and disrespected Arsene Wenger and a club that had stood staunchly by him through everything. I wanted him sold immediately!

Enigma: Ahn ahn, why evils?

Gideon: *shrugs*

*Waiter returns with drinks*

Alex: Finally…Enigma, where’s your Alomo na?

Enigma: Alomo in Shoprite? Make I half -__-

ChyChy: Hehehe

Enigma: What’s your opinion of him after his move to Manchester United?

Gideon: My opinion of him is pretty poor but I also realize it’s a moot point. He’s not an Arsenal player and that’s that. He disrespected the club I love and that is unforgivable.

Enigma: End of story. You can’t fit to shout bah?

Gideon: At all my brother.

Alex: He is just like them Ca$hley, Na$ri, Cli$hy and to an extent, Fabrega$. C*nts and betraying bastards!

Enigma: So much evilry for RvP!

ChyChy: He was one of the ‘rest’…..Betrayers!

Enigma: That was just wrong tho…Moving on, what are your pros and cons of his sale to Manchester United?

ChyChy: Still unsettled to answer.

Enigma: Eiyah…..pele!

Alex: Indifferent.

Gideon: Pros: We get an unhappy player off the books. We got a fantastic deal in offloading a usually injury prone 29-year-old in the final year of his contract. We can now concentrate on the beginning of the league with players who actually want to be here. CONS: We just lost our best player, make no mistake about it. And we strengthened the enemy in the process. That was gutting and still a bit painful. We’ve lost a shed-load of goals in the process as well.

Enigma: *Snores*. Gideon, you sef ehn?

Gideon: wetin?

Enigma: Nothing oh, before you burst for my head like that ISO 9002 Certified Bottle breaker, Yeezy. -__-

Enigma: Who is your ideal replacement for van Persie and why?

Alex: Llorente.

Enigma: Why?

Alex: Llorente -__-

Enigma: Hian…, ChyChy, what about you dearie. Who’s your ideal replacement for RvP?

ChyChy: No one can possibly replace him! He’s in a class of his own! But maybe Llorente or Lewandowski might come near!

Enigma: Lewandowski na net burster sha. I was really impressed with him last season.

Gideon: Ideal replacement? I can get creative and wishful right? The only player that can singularly replace RVP’s goals in Europe for a CF is Falcao. I do love him but I’d say he’s far out of reach. Atletico aren’t mad.

Enigma: Gideon, there’s a big difference between a wish and a miracle. Falcao ko, Super Falcons ni.

Gideon: Guy, park well.

Enigma: Gaan French kiss a cobra.

ChyChy: Can we move on please?

Enigma: *In a soldier’s voice* Ma, yes ma!!!

Alex: Enigi, God is watching you!

Enigma: -__-

Enigma: What’s your take on Arsene Wenger and the Board after they sanctioned his sale to Man Utd, despite fooling us that they were going to keep him?

ChyChy: When I heard it, my first thought was “Oh Gosh not Man U…any club but not them“….. But then it’s obvious we the fans tend to forget that football is also a business and we are the ‘consumers’… We mostly don’t have a say!

Alex: They fooled themselves!

Gideon: I always expected him to be sold as soon as he released that daft, half witted statement. So, my opinion of the board is actually pretty high for getting that much for him considering only Manure were really interested in him. As for Wenger, I actually do feel sorry for him. He sometimes comes across as a naive schoolboy who thinks the high school hottie is in love with him because she smiled at him 3 days ago. I believe he’d almost started to believe RVP could stay for one more season and sign.

ChyChy: “He sometimes comes across as a naive schoolboy who thinks the high school hottie is in love with him because she smiled at him 3 days ago” Looooooooooooooooool

Enigma: What are your hopes for Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski?

ChyChy: As an Arsenal fan I’ve high hopes. I hope they score many goals as well but they have to settle and fit in first! Right?

Alex: Yes ke!

Gideon: Podolski is going to be an instant hit! His shooting ability is unrivalled by any forwards we’ve had at Arsenal in ages. Accuracy and power combined beautifully. As for Giroud, I envisage he’ll take a bit longer to get into the flow of things and then will bang in a boatload from October onwards.

Enigma: Dondeon oh!!! And I thought that Mallam Ramsey was bad enough with his plenty plenty English. -__-

Alex: Poldy and Giroud should hit the ground running so that the club do not miss or feel the absence of van Persie.

Enigma: What does the future hold for Theo Walcott and Alex Song?

Gideon: Theo will sign a new contract. He’s English, knows he won’t get as many opportunities elsewhere. He’s a smart guy. Song, I hope we sell. not because i don’t think he’s a great player but because i think with our midfield dynamic with Cazorla as the offensive point, Song’s forward play becomes redundant and he doesn’t do enough defensively. I’ll miss his physical strength in midfield, but not much else.

Enigma: So much evils on Song, I’m sure that it was you, Gideon, that helped him to clear out his locker.

ChyChy: It’s clear they gonna leave someday too…but hopefully not now!.. Song ain’t all that so no big deal…..Walcott too! So whatever!

Alex: Arsenal should surprise us and hold onto both Song and Walcott long term.

Gideon: Cool story bro.

Enigma: Apparently, two out of three in this gathering want Song out. I guess I’ll join the bandwagon. Song can like to sod off with his freakish hairstyles.

Enigma: Who else do you want out of Arsenal and why?

ChyChy: Squillaci and Djourou! No Reason…I just don’t like their faces, it scares me! LOL.. Not really!…. We don’t need Error prone players at a time like this!

Enigma: Comparing Squillaci with Mikael Silvestre is no different from comparing Homer Simpson with Peter Griffin in terms of stupidity. They even shared the same number with Pascal Cygan, oh well.

Alex: Enigi, heeeeeeevuls!

Gideon: Song, if for nothing else than the fact he’ll be Darren Dein’s last client at the club. For those wondering why that’s important, DD is RVP and Cesc’s agent as well. Put simply, he’s a c*nt!

Enigma: Errrrrrr, I thought that RvP’s agent was Kess Vos or something? Like it matters.

Enigma: We’re almost done guys, two more questions to go.

ChyChy: Yeah, we gotta hurry up. The Batman move will start in a bit.

Enigma: Our Batman movie bah?

ChyChy: -__-

Enigma: *yimu*, Oya name your expected XI for the Premier League curtain raiser against Sunderland.

Gideon:
Szczesny
Jenkinson                    Koscielny                        Vermaelen                   Gibbs

Song (Coquelin if he’s sold before Saturday)
Arteta                    Cazorla
Walcott                                             Podolski                                           Gervinho.

I happen to have a sneaking suspicion the boss will play Nico Yennaris ahead of Jenkinson though; he’s more technically advanced than Jenks. ha! what the fuck do i know eh? lol.

Alex:

Szczesny
Koscielny                    Mertesacker                        Koscielny                   Andre Santos

Song
Arteta                    Cazorla
Walcott                                             Giroud                                           Podolski

ChyChy: Same starting XI with Alex, with the exception of Andre Santos. I’ll pick Gibbs.

Enigma: Finally, what are your expectations for the forthcoming season, with life after van Persie?

Alex: The omen and odds are in our favour this season looking at past trends when Arsenal did win titles, such of these things occurred, therefore i believe in this team and they will surely make us proud and filled with smiles come May 2013.

Enigma: Then in May, we would say that next season will be better than this one bah? *gulps*

Gideon: With the squad depth we have at the moment, I’d consider us dark horses for the title. I expect we’ll take the FA and Capital One cups a bit more serious this season as well seeing that there are other youth tournaments for our youngsters. so, an FA cup win and second in the league I think. I’d much rather we won the league though. and oh, another painful semi final exit in the Champions’ league.

Enigma: I hope it won’t be to Manchester United like the 2008/09 season.

ChyChy: We are stronger and we gonna prove our critics wrong!! Amen!

Enigma: Amen! Thank you so much for sharing your perspectives on life after van Persie.

Gideon: You’re welcome bro. Good job with the blog.

Enigma: ChyChy, shall we?

*Enigma joins the queue for popcorns and soft drinks*

*Enigma walks into the movie theater with ChyChy* Famzing at its peak

*Gideon swims to Warri*

*Alex travels (yet again) to Port Harcourt* Anelka noni!

You can follow Gideon, Alex and ChyChy on Twitter.

Sayonara.

 

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Licking the Wounds Caused by van Persie’s Exit

RVP a fading memory..Song to follow suit?

For those who don’t know, Arsenal has been in this “precarious” situation times without number. Thierry Henry is a name that is echoed with pride due to his exploits in and off the pitch but doomsday was prophesied on Arsenal when he left to Barcelona in 2008.

The season after Henry’s exit turned out to be Arsene Wenger’s best campaign since winning the league impressively in 2004. That unknown lanky forward snapped from Monaco slammed in 30 goals and there were stellar performances from Arsenal’s fantastic quartet in midfield: Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini, Aliaksandr Hleb and Tomas Rosciky. In the aforementioned list, the first name joined his hometown club, the second departed for the greens, the third’s exit what somewhat mysterious but the last name on this list signed a contract extension (despite concrete offers elsewhere) because he felt “indebted” to Arsenal.

Sadly enough, 83 points wasn’t good enough to win the league for Arsene Wenger’s army but they came close to Champions League glory in the 2008/09 campaign with an inch-perfect spotless record at the Emirates before the semifinal thrashing against You-Know-Who.

Galatasaray, FC Porto and Dynamo Kiev failed to score at the Emirates in the group stages. AS Roma and Villarreal couldn’t score as well in subsequent elimination rounds but the memories of Kieran Gibbs slip to allow Park Ji-Sung score are still as fresh as if it was played last week. Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick from Planet Venus was very shameful and the final counter attack was the nail in Arsenal’s Champions League coffin.

If my memory serves me right, Darren Fletcher earned himself a red and a penalty was awarded to Arsenal. Robin van Persie stepped up, sent van der Save the wrong way, grabbed the ball, went to the centre circle and slammed the ball hard to the ground. That act of rage painted a picture vividly revealing how another potential trophy had slipped past Arsenal yet again.

Fast forward two years to February 2011, just before the Carling Cup final against Birmingham City. The stage was set to take that trophy drought monkey off Arsenal’s back as they faced off against a team they had gazumped home and away in the league. Van Persie went on to give emotional speech of how he wanted to win a trophy so badly with Arsenal, acknowledging the fact that he could win it elsewhere, but it won’t be our trophy, his trophy.

We all know how that night at Wembley fared. If I didn’t have a great threshold for concealing pain, a guy in mid-20’s would have been seen shedding tears like a kid whose ice cream just fell to the ground.

Move forward to 4th July, 2012. American Gooners were celebrating the independence of their great nation but their smiles turned upside down with his poorly-timed statement. After a month of countless speculation, van Persie has joined Arsenal’s eternal rivals, Manchester United. Goal.com has revealed his bumper contract details that sums up to a whooping £73m in four years.

“It’s never great to lose players of that quality, but he only had a year on his contract so we do not have a choice,”

These are the words of a man hugely respected for his dedication to the sport but he can’t come out confidently and tell us that “he didn’t have a choice”. There was the option of giving van Persie a better offer than the £130,000 put on the table, there was the option of telling Manchester United to go and f*ck themselves…literally speaking and there was the option of letting van Persie see out his contract.

All these options are irrelevant right now.

Despite the exit of an exemplary leader (on the pitch at least), the Arsenal camp is in high spirits and Thomas Vermaelen is expected to be named as the next Arsenal captain pretty soon.

Defenders are always great choices for the captaincy and I see some Tony Adam-esque traits in the Verminator. Like Adams, he didn’t waste time before writing “xoxo” on the contract he was offered last season. Verm is a coordinated, aggressive and vocal individual that can instill confidence and rub off his influence on his teammates. Let’s not forget that he has a penchant for making forays forward to contribute to his team’s attack.

Vermaelen has stated that he was very disappointed to see van Persie seek greener pastures elsewhere,
 

“I am disappointed because I wanted him to stay at the club, he was fantastic for us in the last year, scored lots of goals and I am disappointed he is going, but we have to focus on the next season with Arsenal.

“We have to fight and I am confident we have a squad to win something.”

Vermaelen also stated that he’s exit will not wreck Arsenal, as those doomsday sayers believe it will.

Like Vermaelen, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been on the news as well, labeling how things are going well with the lads despite van Persie’s exit,

“In training I’m seeing the likes of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, and then we have Gervinho and Theo Walcott too, so it’s looking really good. That brings strong and healthy competition, which can only push us on to do well.

“But we also have a good time and we’re all friends – we’re together as one and looking to achieve the same goal at the end of the season. We all push ourselves to do better and that can only be a good thing.

“We are all fixed on success, everybody is pushing as hard as we can and we all know what our aims and goals are. We have had meetings about how we are going to achieve it and every little detail – physical, psychological – we are looking at. It is looking really positive for us.”

On the bright side, this squad is united and everybody present in the club wants to be at the club, with probably the exception of Alex Song that may soon back his bags and zoom off to Planet Catalonia.

Should Song decide to leave Arsenal, action must be taken swiftly to get a new defensive midfielder, and Arsenal has been linked with a move for Anderlecht’s Lucas Biglia. Not replacing an important midfield engine room cog like Song will be disastrous to Arsenal’s campaign this season.

Amidst all the transfer shenanigans, football will do the talking tomorrow as Arsenal kicks off its Premier League campaign against Sunderland, and a win will go a long way in dousing those van Persie’s backlash flames.

The fans have licked their wounds from van Persie’s exit and the players has follow suit.

Here’s to a great game tomorrow.

Sayonara.

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The Post-van Persie Era begins: Time to Move On

One of my favorite van Persie memories

132 goals in 277 games.

These are the stats of a player who was a legend in the making at Arsenal Football club, the Shoprite of football, as a friend joked.

Despite being a sport loved by many, football is also a business entity, where transactions are done over specific periods in the game’s calendar. Players have left their teams for good, bad and ugly reasons. The curious case of Robin van Persie has dragged on for the best part of one month, and reality has donned on every Gooner that he’s actually going to Barcelona Real Madrid JuventusManchester City Manchester United.

He had stated that he wanted to win trophies, but it became clear to him that he disagreed in many aspects, the way the club was supposed to move forward. The proactive signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud was followed up by the acquisition of Santi Cazorla, but it wasn’t still good enough for Mr. Ambition, Robin van Persie.

The speculation regarding his future was rife, and potential suitors arrived as well. The mega riches of Anzhi, Paris St. Germain and Manchester City, the prestigious and illustrious Juventus and of course, the eternal and fierce rivals, Manchester United. After weighing his options with his agent, Juventus, Manchester City and Manchester United were favorites to sign the forward but the first two names in the aforementioned list fell by the roadside, leaving Sir Alex Ferguson and his hordes sure-fire favorites to land the Dutchman.

The media Vultures did their bit to sell him to Manchester United, but I took every bit of info with a pinch of salt until I mistakenly visited Arsenal’s official website to see,

“Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

Van Persie will travel to Manchester on Thursday in order to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move.

Further updates will feature on Arsenal.com in due course.”

BBC Sport reported that a £24m bid had been agreed by both parties, and the deal may be wrapped up before Manchester United’s curtain raiser against Everton on Sunday. For reasons best known to Chuck Norris, Frankenstein and Lord Voldemort, soon-to-be-captain, Thomas Vermaelen, still remains optimistic that he’s going to stay.

On the bright side, the shrewd Arsene Wenger has struck gold yet again in selling a player who was purchased for £2.75m eight years ago. Hopefully, the money will be re-invested back into the transfer market, as Inside Spanish Football claims that Arsenal has locked its cross hairs on Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente. The Gunners were also heavily linked with a move for Olympiakos’ Kevin Mirallas but he’s set to sign for Everton (via the Metro).

Keeping van Persie against his will would have made him sulk like a baby who needs its mama’s breast milk, and on the business side, there was no point keeping him when there was a potential to sell him for megabucks. The last time I checked, Arsenal has always been all about the profits, but it’s really shameful to know that the club let its prized asset go to its bitter rivals, Manchester United.

The prospect of watching him with Wayne Rooney is worse than seeing Freddy Kreuger and Jason X in the same movie, but reality really bites worse than a hungry canine.

Laurent Koscielny has been a revelation since his move from Lorient, and unlike van Persie, he was quick to put pen to paper when the offer arrived at the table. Bosscielny has tipped his buddie, Giroud, to fill van Persie’s big boots to bang in the goals at the Emirates,

 “I played with him at Tours and he was a great player then. Now he is even more confident and scores lots of goals. I know his qualities and he will give a lot for us. I know he has the physical quality to play in this league. For a striker it is about confidence and I am sure he working hard to start well with Arsenal.

To make Gooners out there change the frowns caused by van Persie’s shenanigans to smiles, Koscielny has declared that he can be better this year and he has everything he needs to be happy at Arsenal.

It’s also worth noting that the great burden of goal scoring won’t be placed on Giroud’s shoulders because there’s a certain German clinical Machine that has waited patiently for the Number 10 jersey. Lukas Podolski has assured the Arsenal faithful to expect many more goals from him this season and he also reiterated his desire to win the Premier League with his new club as well.

Giroud and Podolski may be new to the English game, but with the ammunition the likes of Santi Cazorla, Alex Song (if he stays), Gervinho, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta et al would supply to them, they are sure to smash in the goals. To refresh your memory, here’s a friendly reminder.

In his eight years at the club, van Persie gave his all on the pitch and he put his body in the line several times for Arsenal as well as the Netherlands. However, he has chosen a new chapter in his football career and that’s a decision that has been respected by Arsenal Football Club.

The post-van Persie era has begun.

Let’s move on.

Sayonara.

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My Thoughts on Robin van Persie’s “Attempted” Act of Sacrilege

Let me tell you a word or two about the English Press, or media Vultures, as I prefer to call them. They have their “sources” stationed in probably every club in the world as they continue to publish articles that generate traffic, comments and what have you. There are days when the media Vultures feed us with news that brings elation to football fans while there are other days when they publish articles that makes a few hearts skip a beat or two.

Arsenal has been one of the most favorite media Vulture topics in recent years because there’s always something to say about Arsene Wenger, his team, the Board and sometimes, us the fans.

When that random philosopher made the quote, “let sleeping dogs lie”, the media Vultures heard this with one ear and let it pass through the other.

Every summer seems to come with a player that will drag things on before making that inevitable move out of the Emirates.

2009 had the Emmanuel Adebawhore show on display. I can vividly remember how he likened AC Milan to Beyonce before moving for the petro-greens of the Etihad. After taunting Arsenal with his childish celebration, his career went downhill as he spent good manhours rotting on the bench before securing a loan move to Real Madrid. Tottenham has offered Greedybayor some solace and he has learned to keep his mouth shut on issues concerning Arsenal.

The best part of the 2010 and 2011 summers were dominated by the Fabregate saga but $amir Na$ri stole the show with his shenanigans that has put him on Arsenal’s bad books for years to come.

This summer has seen a new superstar dominate the headlines for all the wrong reasons and to top it all of, it’s a player that was believed to have loved Arsenal through and through. In as much as I’ve grown weary about writing about Robin van Persie, I can’t seem to fathom why the forward, in his right frame of mind, would even consider moving to Arsenal’s eternal rivals, Manure United.

We all thought that he was frolicking and playing with Andre Santos in the German training ground, but yours truly, the media Vultures, have made us to believe that he flew back to England with Harry Potter’s broom to finalize his paperwork for his imminent move to Old Toilet…Trafford. At some point, Juventus seemed to be the team in pole position for his signature but the media Vultures told us that he’s in advanced talks with Man Utd.

To add fuel to an already ravaging inferno, Sir Alex Chewing Gum has been on the news as well,

“We have made a bid and they’ve been trying to negotiate with other clubs. I don’t have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit. We’re not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal. It’s difficult to say why they’re operating this way. I don’t know what their thoughts are because they’re not giving anything away.”

Are you fucking kidding me?

If my memory serves me right, there was never, I mean, never any point in time when Arsene Wenger placed Wayne Rooney on his radar when he tried to force a move out of Old Trafford. Arsenal’s last piece of business (an embarrassing piece as well) was bringing in that wasted bag of muscles, Mikael Silvestre, to the Emirates for a buy one get one free price. It was more shocking to know that Wenger preferred to let Phillippe Senderos go on loan to Milan to accommodate that wasted material with a bean-shaped head.

Arsenal has every God-given right to hold onto van Persie for the last year of his contract. According to those folks at Forbes, we are the third richest football entity in the friggin’ globe with $1.13 B.I.L.L.I.O.N so why in the world are we even considering selling van Persie to the highest bidder?

Yes, he placed himself like an open duck with his poorly-timed statement and he would have gotten everybody’s blessing if the likes of Barcelona and Madrid snooped around but his potential suitors are not as much as he’d have thought his statement would’ve fetched.

It was understandable if he wanted to force a move to win trophies (blah, blah) but questioning the ability of his manager (that stuck with him through the bad times) and the club (that paid his wages and catered for his rehab countless times) that totally unnecessary. Even with the acquisition of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, grumpy ol’ van Persie doesn’t seemed to be satisfied yet.

I could actually understand $amir Na$ri’s flirtation with Manchester United because he was shipped in from France, had spent three years or so with us and it was also glaring that he wanted the greens. Van Persie on the other hand has been at Arsenal for eight freaking years and he has also played epic encounters against the enemy. Van Persie knows about the hatred, contempt and anger Arsenal fans have for Manchester United and it will be an act of sacrilege if he attempts to seal the deal there.

These are the fuckers (yes, I said it!) that ended our immortal 49-match unbeaten run, spanked us with one of our heaviest defeats in the league (6-1), bullied us to sign some players we wanted (Chris Smalling, Phil Jones), dived and cheated countless times when we play in their Old Toilet and to crown it all off, they beat us with seven recognized defenders in their starting lineup.

Wayne Rooney has also backed his club up to get van Persie and he’s relishing the prospect of playing alongside the Flying Dutchman. However, I and many sane Arsenal fans they cannot even think of imagining a strike force spearheaded by Rooney and van Persie. For fuck’s sake, these guys had 57 Premier League goals between them last season.

Keeping van P£R$I€ against his will maybe considered as a crime to football in his lexicon, but I’d rather keep van Persie at Arsenal than to let him to go Manchester United.

That’s enough ranting for one post.

Sayonara.

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