A Gooner’s Perspective IV: Life after van Persie
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! 😀 *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.
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?
*Waiter returns with drinks*
Alex: Finally…Enigma, where’s your Alomo na?
Enigma: Alomo in Shoprite? Make I half -__-
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.
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?
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: 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: 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?
Enigma: *yimu*, Oya name your expected XI for the Premier League curtain raiser against Sunderland.
Jenkinson Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs
Song (Coquelin if he’s sold before Saturday)
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.
Koscielny Mertesacker Koscielny Andre Santos
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!
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