Get ready for a confidence boost!
Robin van Persie’s goal to win the Emirates Cup on the weekend was something absolutely special, but it was his comments after the game that have filled me with confidence about Arsenal’s chances going into the new season:
“Football is not about age. It is not about money. It is not about those things. Football is about if you want to run for each other, if you want to fight for each other, if you want to really play some ball. Chelsea and Manchester did a great job last year. It is hard to fight with them, but I know we can do it. Liverpool have spent lots of money, Chelsea have been doing that the last few years. I respect that. This is their way of winning things – but we can win things as well.”
“We are young. So what? Age does not matter. It is about the way we play football and the way we like to play together. If you win the title with this team it would be great. I really believe we can do that. I really believe that in my heart.”
“I think the manager is thinking the same. I started pre-season training on June 18 and I am with these boys every day, I see their ability. Yes they are young and young people make mistakes, but that does not really matter – like in love, age does not matter. Everyone was really happy to play in this game against Inter. If we play the same way or even less, we will have a big chance to at least fight for the title.”
The spirit of 2001/02 and 2003/04?
If that doesn’t get the heart going, I don’t know what will. It is clear in my mind that the current side have a great team spirit and that is, after all, what makes watching team sports so thrilling. I remember watching the Arsenal sides of 2001/02 and 2003/04 and for me, the most enjoyable aspect of those sides was not necessarily the amazing football they played, but the fact that the played such amazing football with such a great team mentality.
Comments like the ones made by van Persie just make me so proud to be an Arsenal supporter. I’ve said time and time again that it is so much more satisfying to watch a young, talented team grow into a great team over a period of years than to watch a team consistently bring in new players to achieve success every year. Van Persie knows and smart Arsenal supporters know that manager Arsene Wenger is building something special and I just can’t wait to watch it unfold.
What do you think?
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