Robin Van Persie’s statement – It’s a sad day for the Arsenal Football Club…
A ramble on how Robin Van Persie’s statement ruined my day…
Ramble – Talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way. (so yes if you don’t understand what is going on while reading this, neither do i.)
So I woke up today, on the 5th of july 2012, in an already confused mood. As i am an Australian, and a New South Welshmen, I had just witnessed NSW losing to Queensland the night before (4th july) in the Rugby league State of Origin decider by 1 point, meaning we have lost the series 7 times in a row, the specifics of this game are not very important, but losing by 1 point in a decider is tough to face in any sport. Then after the game I felt even stranger, as I found out German Striker Lukas Podolski, has been officially signed, and added onto the arsenal.com website. So basically I went to bed happy and sad…yeah not a good thing to do.
The next day, I woke up, and checked my twitter on my phone for news on arsenal as I normally do. Someone tweeted that RvP was a traitor and that he hated him forever…not a good start, Then I scrolled a bit more and realised it wasn’t the only one… So I went on his official twitter account and saw:
“Robin van Persie @Persie_official Update for the fans http://robinvanpersie.com/2012/07/04/update-for-the-fans/”
At first I thought, “Wait, why is everyone complaining? All he said is that he wasn’t going to sign a contract extension”. You see this is one of those situations, where the more you think about it, the worse it gets, this was certainly the case.
Gutted, distraught, angry, let down, astonished, sad…to sum up I felt pretty confused, and for no real reason at all. Robin hasn’t actually left, he just said he wasn’t going to sign. But it was basically a “come and get me plea” wasn’t it? I was so certain throughout the Summer (well technically winter for me) that Robin would resign, I thought that he was a different player than the likes of Samir Nasri (who left for money) and Cesc Fabregas (who left for his boyhood club) both were young, naive, and did not spend as many years at Arsenal as Robin did, but maybe I was wrong.
I decided to gather some opinions on what rival fans thought about the statement, specifically from a united fan, Liverpool Fan and a Spurs fan(yes, really!), who all shall remain nameless. So what did I gather?
I asked the Liverpool fan first, or should I say rather, he tweeted his opinions on the situation. He blamed RvP and the questioning of Loyalty, saying where are players like Terry, Gerrard and Giggs now? Liverpool fans probably have some sympathy for us, as they went through a similar situation with Fernando Torres, leaving the club to a rival club in Chelsea for a hefty price and wage increase, Robin looks like he’s about to do the same…
The United fan blamed Wenger, he said why did Wenger buy players to specifically accommodate for 1 player (in Giroud and Podolski) when we needed reinforcements in the midfield and Defense to be considered title challengers? It was a fair point I thought. M’vila has been in the rumour mill for months now, and even now reports are still saying he is close to signing and others that say the deal is off. I think united fans too, would understand to an extent what we are going through, with Wayne Rooney only recently requesting a transfer request, and then doing a u-turn on it later only to renew his contract. How would i feel if robin did that with Arsenal? I don’t know…
The Tottenham fan, was an interesting one, because unlike 99.5% of them, he was actually sincere and sympathetic (I know right?), saying that if/when Modric leaves, he thinks he will feel the same way, and that no player is bigger than the club.
So what did I gather from all this? More questions. Will he do a Torres? Will he do a Rooney? How would I feel if he stayed now? I don’t know. I even considered changing clubs! Yes I know! But when I hear RvP talk about Gazadis’ and Arsene Wenger’s ambitions like that it has to make me wonder, am I supporting the right club? I have only been supporting the club for a few years (and only last season was I truly devoted to the club) and haven’t witnessed the club win any trophies yet. I’m just fed up with the club going back to square one after all the improvements from last season.
“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 FC should move forward.”
Who knows, maybe this will mean Walcott can finally play in the middle where he was signed to play for in the first place? what will become of Robin? Will he still be captain? Will he be stripped of his captaincy but let go at the end of the year for a free transfer? Will he go in 2 weeks or before this transfer window closes? Is the Self-sustaining model we pride ourselves in really the only option or should we give in and get the board to break their banks and let Wenger spend big? We will have to wait and see…
The only thing I can confirm is: once a gooner, always a gooner. Just because a player leaves, even if it was the captain and best player, there is no one higher than the football club itself, whether a player, captain, manager or even board member. You should always support your club, no matter what. Tomorrow, im even planning to go to out in my Arsenal Jersey, just because it seems right and I hope many join me in doing this. Arsenal till I die.