Frank Isola: Winning trophies away from Arsenal won’t be the same for Robin van Persie

18 07 2012

Robin van Persie arrived at Arsenal’s training camp this week with a few more grey hairs and without a new contract. Of course, one could have something to do with the other.

The club is hoping to resolve Van Persie’s future before the Gunners begin their preseason tour in Malaysia this weekend. All the big clubs are hot for the Dutch striker, including Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Premier League rival Manchester City.

The fact that Van Persie is in camp and apparently in good spirits and good shape has Arsenal optimistic that the captain will re-consider his position, sign a contract extension and continue to call Emirates Stadium home. Van Persie, 28, is in the prime of his career and belongs at Arsenal where he led the Premier League with 30 goals last season.

If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.

It’s not as if the north London side is that far from being a legitimate contender. Arsenal finished third in the EPL and its manager, Arsene Wenger, is one of the best in the business at adding young talent.

Van Persie has every right to be concerned with Arsenal losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer. But Wenger has always been a proactive manager. He is looking to sign 17-year-old French forward M’baye Niang, who is being courted by both Tottenham and Man City. Arsenal is also trying to sign Theo Walcott to a long-term deal.

Locking up Van Persie, however, is the crucial move for Arsenal. Nearly two weeks ago, Van Persie released a statement after meeting with Wenger and Ivan Gazidis and sounded resigned to leaving before his contract expires in 12 months.

“This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy,” Van Persie said in the statement. “Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.

“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.”

Van Persie sounded sincere but don’t discount the fact that he could be a shrewd negotiator as well. Van Persie understands his value the team and could be looking for more money, more affection or both. I’ll go with the latter.

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Arsenal is built around the Van Persie the way it was once built around his good friend Thierry Henry. And yes, Henry left for Barcelona when he was 27 but not before becoming the Gunners all-time leading scorer with 228 goals while helping Arsenal to two league titles and three FA Cups. It wasn’t until Henry arrived in Spain before he raised a Champions League trophy.

He and Van Persie were teammates when Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League Final. Van Persie never stepped on the pitch that night and that loss still stings.

Stay at Arsenal and perhaps Van Persie will get that chance again. Winning one as Messi’s sidekick just won’t mean as much.

Frank Isola – Goal.com

Normally I place no stock in pretty anything that comes from the direction of Goal.com.  Usually it is just the same story that everywhere else is running hacked to death by a 5th or 6th rate journo.

On the rare occasion when it isn’t just churning someone else’s story they normally present made up transfer rumours as if they were gospel.

On this occasion however I find myself in the odd predicament of actually agreeing with something they have published. strange or what!

Mr. Isola hits the nail firmly on the head for me with this particular statement

“If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.”

Good question, why exactly can’t Van Persie win trophies with Arsenal? He says that the club lacks ambition but let us face facts here this is a team which reeling from the loss of two very good players last year plummeted as low as it’s possible to go before bouncing back to finish third.

Agreed the squad lacks some depth in places but it would seem that Wenger and Gazidis have been working to correct that situation this Summer.

Giroud and Podolski have come in and if the papers are to be  believed will be joined by at least two more signings. Add to that Lansbury and Bartley who have been promoted to the first team and the return of Jack Wilshere from injury and we look a bit better set up to maybe go the distance this year.

If they squad hadn’t of  been so thin last year we would have been better equipped to compete across all fronts without having to throw everything into securing champions league football and personally I believe we would have picked up a trophy, even if it were “just” a Carling cup or FA cup.

If Robin Van Persie is so driven and ambitious, then he should prove it.  He is under contract for one more year, fair enough choose not to renew but see the remaining year out and show everyone that it really isn’t about the petro dollars.

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Kagawa to Man Utd

5 06 2012

 You’re there to sell shirts, you’re there to sell shirts.. Shinji Kagawa, you’re there to sell shirts…

Well at least that is out of my system now.

So yeah moving on Man Utd have officially signed some bloke called Kagawa from some small German club, Borussia Dortmund or something.

Whilst it sticks in my throat to say this, but Fergie might well have just pulled off one of his best transfer deals in recent years.

Not only is he Utd’s first ever Japanese player and as such a valuable marketing tool but he knows what to do with a football as well

Kagawa Bundesliga stats

  • Games : 49
  • Goals : 21
  • Shots : 87
  • On target : 54
  • Assists : 9
  • Chances created : 78
  • Pass completion : 82%
  • Yellow cards : 3
  • Red cards : 0
Not too shabby at all for a 23 year old who made a 300k move from from second division Cerezo Osaka in August 2010.
Kudos Fergie, you whiskey soaked old prick.

 

 





Joel Campbell rejects Arsenal

20 07 2011

Joel Campbell scanning the horizon for cash

Depending on how much of an alcoholic you are (says the man who reviews beer!) you may or may not remember the weekend.

If you are somehow able to recall what happened a few days /pints ago you might remember the assured tone taken by many “respected” sources as regards the “signing” of Costa Rican international striker Joel Campbell.

We were told that a fee had been agreed and that there was even an agreement in principle between Arsenal and the player, his own father/agent/twat, Humberto Campbell, told us that they were thrilled and everything would be signed, sealed and delivered within the next 24 hours.

Magically the next morning everything had changed, quelle fucking surprise, now we were hearing how other offers had arrived from a host of European clubs and that whilst Arsenal were in “pole position” nothing was in the bag just yet.

Fast forward a few days and we are now told by Campbell senior that his son will be staying with current club Deporivo Saprissa for the foreseeable future in order to focus on the Under 20 World Cup in Colombia.

Apparently there are offers on the table that need to be analyzed and that they will negotiate after the world cup, in his own words “We hope to go to the World Cup and that Joel plays well without pressure. We’ll see what happens.”

Now whilst this is an admirable line for his father/agent to take it does rather fly in the face of his prior dealings and comments….

In fact reading between the lines one might be inclined to believe that what he is really hoping for is that his little darling has an impressive World Cup and that all of a sudden clubs cheque books fly open like a whores legs.

Juan Carlos Rojas the president of his son’s current club had this to say on the matter:

“It’s disappointing for football, for Saprissa that these people have not taken Arsenal’s offer seriously,” explained Rojas.

“I assume the father thinks things will get better after the decision, but there’s always a risk.”

Hmmm… seems I’m not the only person who hears the pitter patter of greedy feet. Personally I hope the whole venture backfires terribly for him, if there is one thing Arsenal doesn’t need it is more money grabbing cunts/agents and their sneaky tricks.








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