Dutch ace Robin Van Persie has told his team mates at arsenal to forget about playing pretty football as it appears that it’s getting the Gunners nowhere. With teams like Catalan giants Barcelona, who are “pass crazy” and are all for giving a spectacle to the paying crowd, a message like this must come as a shock to them!
Robin Van Persie has ordered Arsenal to forget about pretty football.
The Gunners have not won a trophy since 2005 while often being accused of putting style above substance.
And, ahead of their visit to Aston Villa tonight, striker Van Persie said: “Nobody can play beautiful football all the time.
“When that happens I tell our lads ‘If it’s not happening for you, just try to kill off the game so we can move on’.
“I am still a lover of the beautiful game and always will be but I have become more realistic.
“It is too romantic to think that you can win matches by playing beautiful football alone.
“Barcelona are the exception — and I have to admit they and Arsenal are the only teams that I often watch on TV.”
And Van Persie applies his ‘ugly’ rule to his own goals too.
He added: “I have felt more like a centre-forward recently.
“In the beginning I had to get accustomed to the idea, I was not convinced that I could play in this position.
“Since then I have become clear in my mind, and grown into the role. I enjoy scoring more now these days.
“You can see it from my goals — some come about from willpower pure and simple.
“You can see it in my face, ‘OK, the ball’s got to go in no matter how’.
“I used to think about other options when faced with the goal — looking to find team-mates with a clever pass, going for a hook shot or blasting it. More here at The Sun.
With that off Van Persie’s chest, maybe Arsenal can get on and keep up the good record. Who knows, the Dutch scoring machine may have a point and we’ll certainly see if it produces the goods in the coming games!