There’s only one place to start today and that’s with the very good news that Robin van Persie has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. While the news is hardly a surprise, it’s certainly good to have it confirmed in order to calm the English tabloids.
There’s an excellent interview on with van Persie on Arsenal TV about his reasons for signing and some clever chap has managed to get it up on YouTube. I’ve included it in today’s post just below (link here):
I have to say that at a time when everything seems to be about money it’s nice to hear van Persie cite his love for Arsenal as the main reason he has signed on. Of course money was an important factor in the contract, but when you hear comments about the importance he places on his son being happy at school it really highlights the human factor that still exists and will always exist in the game of football.
Astronomical sums of money might be thrown around in various parts of the world (*cough* Madrid *cough*) but at the end of the day the players are real people with real lives and sometimes supporters do forget that. The fact that van Persie has enough perspective to recognise the need to repay the faith put in him during his injury-prone periods again shows what a genuine guy he appears to be and another reminder as to why he is such a popular player at Arsenal.
Aside from that there’s not too much going on. There’s been another twist in the Felipe Melo saga (*yawn*) while Lionel Messi has said he would love to play alongside Cesc Fabregas next year. There’s an easy solution to that Leo; sign for Arsenal.
Anyway, that’s it. Have a lovely Thursday and I’ll speak to you tomorrow.
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