Ex-Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has recently had lots to say about his time in North London and his reasons for leaving. Sadly, Arsenal fans aren’t really interested in his views or the whys and wherefores of his exit to rivals Manchester United.
Robin van Persie on BT Sport this week: "The fact is Arsenal never offered me a new deal."
RVP's open letter to fans in 2012: "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."
— Goal (@goal) August 18, 2019
Even after all this time, the Dutchman still fails to understand why he is loathed by Gooners across the globe for his act of complete treachery.
Van Persie, by general consensus, had one good season for Arsenal in 2011/12 which clocked up 30 goals and during that season, he suddenly announced that he would not be extending his contract. On hearing the news, Sir Alex Ferguson came calling to take the Dutchman to Wenger’s bitter rivals Manchester United.
Yet, this was the committed and loyal Robin Van Persie who, in the 2009/10 season, said:
“My heart is with Arsenal and I just can’t picture myself in a different shirt.”
That didn’t last long because he then started listening to his inner child and obviously, the child began wondering if a move would pay significantly more. Kids and money huh! Once he left, Van Persie said of his move to United:
“I always listen to the little boy inside of me in these situations – when you have to make the harder decisions in life. What does he want?”
“That boy was screaming for Man United.”
and the money surely!
The dust may have settled since then but the mere mention of Van Persie, can raise the hackles of anyone in an Arsenal shirt and his latest act of tomfoolery has managed to pick at old wounds.
Robin Van Persie on Arsenal: “It’s difficult to say because if you look at the teams under Wenger, Wenger’s teams always used to play from his philosophy. You see the same happening with Klopp & Guardiola at Liverpool & Man City, but with Emery I don’t really see his philosophy.” pic.twitter.com/Lii4QVbHYe
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 17, 2019
Van Persie is now trying his hand at punditry and gave his views on Arsenal’s game against Burnley, but his comments were less than favourable about Gunners coach Unai Emery. Van Persie said that Emery didn’t have a philosophy like his predecessor Arsene Wenger or Jurgen Klopp.
“I don’t really see his philosophy, What is his philosophy? He’s changing a lot. He’s changing his tactics a lot and changing his playing style based on the opponent. You need to form a basis from your own strengths.”
Or until one of your star players decides to quit for an obscenely wealthy rival team perhaps.
Having a philosophy didn’t really work for Arsene Wenger in his latter stages of his career and his ‘philosophy’ wasn’t that well received by a certain Robin Van Persie, who went in search of a philosophy that included an increased salary and a hefty bonus.
But apparently Arsenal fans are agreeing with the former striker in their droves, which I suspect is probably a collection of hand picked and bewildered football followers on social media. One said: “Van Persie is spot on, what is Emery’s philosophy?”
To which I reply “winning”. Playing out from the back, competing, showing energy, desire and style, whilst striving to entertain the paying fans.
Perhaps a philosophy means something else in Dutch and, by the looks of it, English too, but I thought Emery had been involved in enough press conferences by now to impress his philosophy on us all. Robin must have missed that one.
Robin Van Persie criticising Emery for his touchline antics just rubs me the wrong way, Emery is passionate about the club unlike RVP who was just a fucking mercenary.
— Allan (@allxnwils0n) August 17, 2019
Seriously, Van Persie is entitled to his opinion but please don’t start dishing the dirt on Wenger and then trying to undermine the new emerging Arsenal under Emery. One only hopes he listens to his inner child who tells him to shut up, even if his opinions are for sale instead of his goalscoring ability.