Robin Van Persie has seen his name dragged through the mud by the Arsenal faithful in the last month, ever since his intention to leave the club was public announced. However, say all you want, the current captain of Arsenal has shown that he is still the consummate professional as he continues to train hard with the team in their preparations for the new season.
The Arsenal team is in Cologne, Germany for a training camp ahead of the last pre-season friendly against the local side tomorrow. The Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger is very impressed with the attitude of the striker in training and could well feature in the match tomorrow. So far, RVP has not played any of the pre-season matches as he was not with the team that travelled to Asia. Besides RVP, Wenger is expected to unleash his new acquisitions like Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla against Cologne even if it is not for the entire match.
Van Persie’s attitude is commendable especially seeing how our neighbours Tottenham Hotspurs are facing a torrid time with their want-away midfielder Luka Modric. The sale of the Croatian to Real Madrid is still dragging on and the player is fast becoming an outcast at White Hart Lane. This is understandable given his utter lack of professionalism in managing this transfer drama. The non-appearance at training sessions and on the trip to US are clear signs of a player lacking in professional and football ethics.
In another report, it seems that Sir Alex Ferguson is under pressure to deliver a marquee signing to appease the Old Trafford fans after missing out on most of his transfer targets this summer. So far, Sir Alex has failed to sign Eden Hazard (Chelsea) and Lucas Moura (PSG) two players whom we know that the Scotsman clearly wanted at Old Trafford. However, he is still in with a very good chance of landing his remaining target in RVP but it will have to come with a substantial increase in transfer fees. Given that the Manchester United IPO did not do so well in the US, this might have an effect on what Sir Alex can offer for the Dutch international