A friend of mine once wrote on his facebook timeline: “For every goal Van Pierse scores for United, Wenger and the board need 2 dirty slaps each.” Another wrote that “Arsenal just gifted the Red Devils their 20th League Title with the sale of RVP”
I had overlooked these comments months ago but seeing RVP score a hattrick in 33 first half minutes made me ruminate over the comments. The Dutch striker and former Arsenal talisman scored after 90 seconds before completing one of the fastest hattrick in 33 minutes since the days of Yakubu Aiyegbeni in Portsmouth as United beat Aston Villa 3-0.
The decision of RVP not to extend his contract sparked rows amongst supporters and his eventual £24 million sale to Manchester United just before 2012/13 season kick-off angered virtually all gooners. We were smiling and amusing at the new acquisition of Podolski, Cazorla and Giroud only to see the kingpins of the previous season (RVP and Song) leave unexpectedly.
In as much as many term RVP as ungrateful following his injury record with the gunners, I vehemently hold the board and Wenger for their foolishness to let him go. Blames have been sent against Wenger, the board, Ivan Gazidis and Stan Kroenke but would it change anything? I have controlled my emotions because I have followed RVP even better than the Legendary Thierry Henry. I had backed the Dutch to surpass the French but they (RVP and board) had different ways of seeing the club return to the glory days.
Seeing RVP ecstatically celebrating his success with United less than 365 days after his move to Old Trafford, you could only agree that the little boy was correct. Doesn’t that make Wenger and Arsenal less correct? I wonder how Wenger feels seeing RVP banging goals for United. You can’t just continue to sell your best players and expect the greatest of miracles and be satisfied with just qualifying for Champions League.
As Fergie’s risks paid off, Wenger’s Army had to hold on at Craven Cottage to secure an undeserving 3 points from Martin Jol and Fulham thanks Metersacker. Ramsey worked tirelessly to get my MOTM but Giroud could not convert. Szczesny saved Arsenal and we could only heave a sigh of relief with the blast of the whistle while we eagerly wait for RVP United FC.
Luiz Suarez added bite to the Top4 chase as his last minutes goal denied Chelsea of 3 points at Anfield as the game ended 2-2 with Liverpool. Man City were shit as Spurs came from a goal down to fire 3 past Hart in 8 minutes to add gasoline to the Champions League Qualifying inferno. Arsenal remains third but Blues and Spurs have a game in hand each.
While players who exited the club in the last 8 years have garnered innumerable laurels, medals and trophies, Arsenal continue to wallow in mediocrity and scramble for crumbs and leftovers that would fall off from the Manchester table. Don’t we have the right to sit at the table too? Are we Samaritans as they are Jews?
Enough is enough; the coffers and cheque books have to be pulled out else the black widow spider in the cabinet would extend her webs further. You got to risk it to get the biscuit.
Meanwhile, let’s gear up for a win over United on Sunday for champions League sake and for Pride. I wouldn’t mind an 8-2 revenge.
we shall see