Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Credit to Man Utd and RVP





As a die-hard Arsenal supporter this is tough to say but it must be said: Congratulations Manchester United for winning a 13th Premier League title and a 20th league title.

I must also admit that I am happy for Robin van Persie. I think Arsenal fans who condemn him for moving to "the enemy" are directing their frustration at the wrong person. RVP is such a top class player, one of the best in the world.

Even though Arsenal kept him through long spells of injury, it doesn't mean that he should stay in a club whose biggest ambition for the last eight years has been to finish in the league's top four. RVP deserves to have numerous medals of honour hanging in his closet and it's almost a shame that someone of his calibre is winning the Premier League trophy for the first time.

I believe his career "was written" on some age-old stone somewhere. Not only has he won his first Premier League title, he scored a hat-trick in the game that won it for Man United. How could such a feat not have been "written" in some book somewhere.

Arsenal did not look like challenging for the title at the beginning of this season and RVP is not young enough to be patiently waiting for Wenger and his miserly bosses to invest in a winning side. I am not happy that Man United won the league but I am happy that Van Persie did.

I'm not sure that makes sense but it's how I feel. Had he gone to Chelsea or Man City and won it there I would have been equally happy for him, although I think those going to Man City aren't necessarily chasing titles but money.

There are many great footballers in this world and it's sad that many of them end up not winning major titles because of their club or country's limitations. So where a player can influence his destiny, so be it.

Many mega superstars, like Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o, are unlikely to win the World Cup in their careers (although a major shake-up could change that for Argentina) but when you can move to a club that matches your personal ambition, why not do it.

I might sound remotely like a Red Devil here but it's a fact that the ambition of the some-what unpopular Glazers, Sir Alex Ferguson and Robin van Persie are much more similar than that of Ivan Gazidis, Stan Kroenke, Arsene Wenger and RVP on the other side.

I believe it was last season that Wenger made it clear he was satisfied with just qualifying The Gunners for every Champions League since he joined the club. Had I been in Van Persie's shoes then, I too would have questioned whether the manager's ambition suited mine.

Someone sent me a message on Monday night, after United won the title, that said: "Had Van Persie stayed with Arsenal he would be chasing fourth position." Funny if you aren't a Gunner! My reply: "Had he stayed at Arsenal, then we would be lifting the trophy.”

Unfortunately, as much as I remain a Gunner for "life", I'm not so sure that I believed myself.

That aside, congratulations Manchester United and well done RVP. I will forever be one of your greatest fans because talent like yours doesn't come around every day. You deserve every accolade that you earn in your football lifetime.


Recent columns


All Columns


Print

Comments

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Ready for the Big Whistle-Off?
They say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself. For footy followers the start of the 2015/16...

Carol Radull
Fitting curtain raiser for the EPL
Arsene Wenger’s attempts to beat Jose Mourinho have finally born fruit with a thrilling curtain...

John Dykes
Londoners to capitalise on pre-season
On Sunday, Wembley Stadium will once again host a game of football that isn’t all we think it is.

Segun Odegbami
Predicting the EPL winners
We are moments away from the start of the European football season. So, let’s look at the teams...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Premier League preview - part 1
Maybe it is a sign of my age, or an indication of how the last two seasons have been for the club I...

Sunday Oliseh
Super Eagles job: an uphill task worth taking
It is definitely the most delicate football job on the African continent and the most demanding.