Robin van Persie reveals the moment he realised Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira was a ‘true leader’

first_imgRobin van Persie reveals the moment he realised Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira was a ‘true leader’ Comment Vieira was a key part of the Invincibles team (Picture: Getty Images)Despite coming close on multiple occasions, Van Persie never won a league title during his eight-year spell at Arsenal, but still has overwhelmingly positive memories of his time in north London.He added: ‘When I look at Arsenal i actually have a good feeling about that period because it was a crucial period for me.‘Arsene [Wenger] was crucial, the players I played with were crucial. Ok we didn’t win a lot of trophies.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yes I think so we should but with the whole new stadium coming in financially Arsenal wasn’t at the top.‘So there were a lot of reasons we didn’t compete most of those years but I’m still proud of my time there.‘Arsenal is a fantastic club, I played two years at Highbury which I loved.‘I played with top players and in my development over those years I took huge steps. I started as a kid and playing as Arsenal, playing with other great players really helped me over the years.’MORE: Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal bossMORE: Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Van Persie was bought as Dennis Bergkamp’s long-term replacement (Picture: Getty Images)Robin van Persie has revealed he learnt a valuable lesson in leadership when Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira offered to run himself into the ground to help take the pressure off his new teammate.The Dutch forward moved from Feyenoord to the Gunners in May 2004, just days after Arsene Wenger’s side became the first team in Premier League history to go a whole campaign without losing a single game.Arsenal carried their unbeaten run into the following season, putting additional strain on a young Van Persie to deliver instantly.With the nerves beginning to settle in before his first league start against Portsmouth in December 2004, club captain Vieira helped put the striker’s mind at ease.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was a very difficult, mature group to come into but at the same time it was a new world to me,’ Van Persie told DAZN.‘These guys made their mark as footballers, financially they were wealthy, they had won trophies.‘These guys could be arrogant if they wanted to but they were the opposite.‘Vieira was a gentleman, a natural leader.‘My first start away at Portsmouth, I was so nervous. Vieira comes to me and says, “Robin, how are you? Listen Robin, play like you train, you are showing all of us you are a great footballer. It is your time to take over from Dennis [Bergkamp]. I am behind you, I will run for you, I will give you the ball”.‘I was like, “Wow, I just lost ten kilos [of pressure]”. That’s the sign of a true leader.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 May 2020 9:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Police investigating death in Osgood

first_imgOSGOOD, Ind. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department along with the Osgood Police, the Indiana State Police, and the Ripley County Corner’s Officer are investigating a death in Osgood.According to Police on Sunday, police responded to a 911 call regarding a male who was possibly deceased.When personnel arrived, they found Scott Manis Sr., 50, and declared him deceased on the scene.An autopsy was performed on Monday, but the results have not been released.last_img

Simmons urges ‘complete game’ as Windies target ODI whitewash

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Having already wrapped up the series following a dramatic win in last Thursday’s second One-Day International in Barbados, head coach Phil Simmons said it was important West Indies should now focus on putting together the “complete game” in order to achieve a series whitewash of Ireland.West Indies won the opening game last Tuesday by five wickets at Kensington Oval before pulling off a nerve-wracking one-wicket victory with a ball to spare, to wrap up their first series win on home soil in six years.However, neither victory was particularly convincing, and Simmons said he now wanted the home side to click in all departments in today’s final ODI here.“The message is for us to play a complete game and not just bowl well or bat well or field well but play a complete game and finish the series three-nil,” Simmons said yesterday.“Because I think that two-nil or three-nil is always better than three-one and two-one so I think that’s the crux of the matter here. We need to finish properly and play a full complete 100 overs in the way that we want to play cricket.”The first ODI was a lack-lustre affair where Ireland scraped 180 and West Indies then lost five wickets before overhauling the paltry target, with opener Evin Lewis getting an unbeaten 99 but no other batsman passing 20.Asked to chase 238 in the second ODI, West Indies batsmen again struggled, and the hosts required last-over heroics from Hayden Walsh Jr (46 not out) and last-man Sheldon Cottrell (seven not out) to win the game.After an admirable performance on last month’s India tour, Simmons said the batting group needed to return to those high standards.“The batsmen need to go back to what we were doing in India and how we were putting scores together,” he pointed out, “where we had proper partnerships up at the top and creating the platform for the big hitters down at the bottom, and we need to make sure we do that in this coming game.”Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has been the standout player for West Indies both games, snatching four-wicket hauls on each occasion to claim Man-of-the-Match honours.And Simmons believes the 23-year-old’s success has been as a result of his enhanced preparation and maturity.“(I am happy with what I’m seeing), not just on the pitch but in the way he prepares and the way he talks about cricket and about bowling,” Simmons noted.“He seems to be maturing very quickly and it showed in the two games with the way he bowled. I think it has just been his consistency. I think he has hit the areas he’s wanted to hit more often than the other bowlers in the team and he’s come up with success.“But I think it’s been the consistency of doing what he wants to do with every ball.”Selectors yesterday named an unchanged 14-man squad for the contest at the Grenada National Stadium.SQUADS:WEST INDIES – Kieron Pollard (captain), Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.IRELAND – Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.last_img read more