Good morning Arsefriends. A nice lie-in on a Saturday morning is always good for recharging the batteries you’ve run down all week long. Mine stand at 34% now. Hurrah.
We’ll start with Arsene Wenger praising Robin van Persie and he reckons there’s nobody playing better in the Premiership bar Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard.
The boss feels a lot of it is down to how he has coped with the time he spent in prison this summer after the rape allegation. He says “It has been a growing-up process mentally. He has become more mature and stronger. He’s got over it. It takes time to get over that when you’re so young.”
Certainly we’re seeing a confident player willing to try things, like the goal against Blackburn, and when you think about the goals he has scored for us most of them are absolutely fantastic. There’s hardly a scruffy tap-in amongst them. With 8 in 8 right now he’ll be looking to carry on against Bolton today and I have no compunction in asserting that Robin van Persie is much better than Jesus at football. Having already converted Thierry Henry from a left winger he has done the same with van Persie who played there for Feynoord. In yesterday’s press conference AW said “What is amazing is that I spoke to Ian Wright one day and he told me he started as a left winger as well. There’s only one secret — take any left winger in the world and put him in the centre and he will score goals!”
Apart from JAR, sadly.
In other news Justin Hoyte will play for Sunderland against Sp*rs today and he’s hoping Mick McCarthy’s men can pull off a shock win against a team he thinks have still got a long way to go to catch us. He says “I’ll certainly try to do my bit on Saturday.”
The club have officially announced the partnership deal with Celta Vigo. Arsene Wenger explains “That means there is an exchange of coaches and scouting. It could also happen that some of their young players spend a little time with us and some of our young players spend a little time with them.”
And that’s it. Enjoy your Saturday.