Van Persie fired up for success
I didn’t think that getting into all the transfer speculation was worth it today so I’ve chosen to focus a little bit more closely on the comments made by two of Arsenal’s most important players with regards to the club’s chances of success next season.
Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie has said that the time he has taken to reflect on his life has made him more determined and confident of success with Arsenal next season.
“I had a lot of time to think about things, such as how I see Arsenal, how Arsenal sees me, how I can improve. Those things you can really think about, but when you live day to day there is no time to stop and think about it. I want that feeling back, to celebrate a goal with the fans again. I cannot wait for that, it is my aim now.”
“I am sure that if we keep on playing the way that the boss thinks, the way Arsenal thinks, the way most of the players think, we will be successful. Maybe next year, and certainly within two years, as long as we all stay together.”
For someone who has had a reputation of being something of a hot-headed troublemaker when he joined the club three seasons ago, these intelligent comments suggest that van Persie has matured signicantly under Wenger’s care at Arsenal. It all bodes well for a big year as long as van Persie and Thierry Henry (among others) can get fit and stay fit.
Fabregas urges team to be more aggressive
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has continued his theme of speaking the obvious truths of late by saying that his team need to play with more aggression if they want to compete for English Premier League and UEFA Champions League titles.
“If you are ambitious and really want to win [titles], you have to play with more aggressiveness and do your job properly. We have to really go for it [next season].”
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that what Fabregas is saying is 100% right. Arsenal lacked the aggressive part of their game that was so evident in the teams containing the likes of Adams, Parlour, Keown, Vieira and Bergkamp. Whilst Fabregas suggests that playing with more aggression can solve the problem, I believe it is more down to a select group of players to provide that aggression.
The players with the bigger bodies – and yes, Arsenal do have them (Abou Diaby, Julio Baptista, William Gallas, Gilberto Silva, Emmanuel Adebayor and Thierry Henry just to name a few) – need to start excerting themselves more aggressively on the park. Players like Abou Diaby and Julio Baptista have looked distinctively lightweight at times and I believe that this sort of toughness we so desperately require needs to become a more featured part of their game.
Again, this is something that Wenger needs to address in the off-season.