By Sir Hardly Anyone.
There is a very fanciful story in the Telegraph from Robin van Persie who is about to become a BT Sport pundit. In the piece he talks about how he preferred being in Manchester with Utd to being in London. He says how nice the people were in Manchester, how everyone is so polite, and how he was just having fun there, and not bothered about what people said.
Certainly that is how he came across to me as an Arsenal supporter – he forced his way out of Arsenal, when Arsenal did not want to sell him, and went to Man U, where I guess inevitably people would have welcomed him.
However being happy is only part of the story, as the decline of his form showed. And we should recall his move to Man U did not signify the end of his career – he had another five years playing after that spell, and indeed has only just finished playing, this last season. So his figures at Man U can be compared with Arsenal’s.
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The Arsenal record shows a player being nurtured and developed, raising his performance year on year until in is final two years he reached a goals to game ratio of 67% and 77%.
Once he reached Man U, he never got to that level again and quickly slumped back to a level way below anything he ever reached at Arsenal. It just goes to show what a story he can tell, and why it might not be worth listening to anything he has to say when he joins BT Sport as a Manchester facing pundit this coming season.
But what particularly made this tale news once again, apart from RVP’s move to BT Sprout, is that the Daily Express has a really funny tale about the other big name forward who has gone north to Man U from Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez.
The Express says that “while the expectations were that the 30-year-old would be an Old Trafford hit, he has found the net just five times in the time since.
“Manchester United were hoping to offload Sanchez this summer but have failed to find a buyer, with the player’s huge salary of £500,000-a-week deterring potential suitors.
It is said that United found out from Arsenal that Sanchez was characterised as a loner during his time in north London. He was even described as ‘downright sullen at times’.
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“But, by the time United found out the information, it was too late with Sanchez already signing on the dotted line.”
Now of course Manchester United may be staffed with a bunch of second hand drongos and digit weavers, but even so, isn’t it likely that the club would have done a bit of research among what the media love to call “insiders” into the personality of the player?
Indeed it shouldn’t have been too hard to pick up information. One only had to watch him on the pitch at Arsenal Stadium when he was off form or the game was going against Arsenal to see exactly what was going on. The wave of the hand, the turning of the back… it was all there to be seen.
What Arsenal did at the start was to manage Alexis in such a way that these personality defects could be overcome so he could become a team player. That was by and large down to the genius of Mr Wenger as a man manager – although of course one is never going to get the Express to admit that.
Anyway, here’s the rest of the tittle tattle that been traipsing around the internet of late…
“Daniele Rugani to Arsenal: Juventus chief ‘travels to London’ as Emery makes transfer admission”
That is in It would appear that Juve have no plans to let go of Rugani this summer. Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport report the Old Lady have rejected an offer from Arsenal as they regard the defender as an important squad member despite de Ligt’s arrival from Ajax Furthermore, Giorgio Chiellini also nursing a calf injury which has harming the Gunners’ chances of agreeing a deal.”
So what we now know is that when FoLo puts something in inverted commas it is not true.
“Arsenal news and transfers live: Juventus transfer chief ‘to arrive in London’, Coutinho update”
According to Alfredo Pedulla, Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici is expected to arrive in London in the next few days to negotiate with Arsenal for defender Daniele Rugani. The report claims Juve will sell if the offer is adequate.”But of course this is Arsenal, and Arsenal can screw up a transfer in ways other sides can only marvel at. I know that because I read it in the papers. Hence Sportslens has,
“Report: Wolves ready to pip Arsenal to signing of four-time league winner.”
It’s Rugani again, in case you didn’t guess.
Moving on we have “How Arsenal could stun the Premier League” from “some might argue the best way to cover for a leaky backline is to simply score more goals. The arrivals of Pépé and Dani Ceballos certainly suggest this is the mindset adopted by those at the Emirates. Arsenal were only out-scored by Manchester City and Liverpool last season. Their 73 goals in the Premier League saw them finish six clear of the fourth-most prolific team in the English top-flight, Spurs.”
Apart from never using the word ***** I could have written that myself. In fact I think I possibly did.
And there is more.
“Unai Emery has denied that Arsenal made a surprise bid to take Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona” says the Independent.
While keeping up with the tradition of knocking Arsenal this summer that has so eloquently been established by AST, Arseblog, Black Scarf, The Gooner, Le Grove, Redaction, She Wore…, and 7am kickoff, through claiming that Arsenal had a transfer budget so small that Barnsley could out bid them (or something like that) the Transfer Tavern runs, “‘Get rid of this clown’ – Some Arsenal fans tear into 27-year-old.” Good to know the solidity is holding, well, solid…
So there we have it. And it’s all true. Just like the £45m transfer budget.