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

A gutted inner-city apartment in this iconic high-rise is a golden opportunity

first_imgA brown door was the only ‘splash of colour’ in this stark interiorThe home was held in the same family since 1969 — the summer of love and the year Neil Armstrong stepped upon the moon.The property is being sold as part of a deceased estate, and the late owner has been only the second proprietor since it was built.Mr Croft said savvy potential buyers have already seen the lack of fitout as a plus.“Buyers like the idea that they’re not paying for someone else’s renovation,” Mr Croft said. Might need some work perhaps“The fact that this hasn’t been touched — I don’t think the apartment’s ever even been repainted inside. It’s got the original shade of green on the walls, all the original tiles and fittings and fixtures,” he said. The stove is all that remainsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThat’s right — no kitchen, no floor coverings and limited cabinetry. It’s effectively a concrete shell according to Ray White South Brisbane principal, Luke Croft.“It was in totally original condition, so all the carpet and everything was removed. The kitchen was pulled out because it was in such bad disrepair,” Mr Croft said.“It’s a great blank canvass and the building is always really sought after,” he added. Enjoy this view, but bring your hammer tooLocated in Brisbane’s original residential high rise, Torbreck, the ninth-floor, two-bedroom unit is asking for offers over $499,000.But unit 9E has offered something a little different to buyers — it’s stripped bare.center_img The sellers have stripped bare this inner-city apartment in one of Brisbane’s most recognised residential buildingsOUR city is full of interesting structures and extraordinary opportunities, and the recent listing of 9E/182 Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill is sure to inspire creative renovators. This is actually one of the unit’s most complete rooms!The apartment includes a living space, internal laundry and two balconies as well, and at 113sq m in total it’s more spacious than most new units.There are even views through to Border Ranges, the Brisbane River and Mt Coot-tha.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Newcastle considering offers for Christian Atsu

first_imgGhana international winger, Christian Atsu’s time at Premier League side, Newcastle United seems to be coming to an end.The 28 year old has been surplus to requirements for Steve Bruce’s side this season, and has been limited to just 8 starts all season.According to media powerhouse, The Athletic, Newcastle are willing to listen to offers for the Ghanaian, who is valued at £4 million.Atsu is said to be keen on a move away from Saint James’ Park, and has been linked with a number of clubs in Spain and Germany.The former FC Porto and Chelsea man has made 120 appearances for Newcastle since joining in 2017, scoring 8 and providing 10 assists.last_img read more

Terry wants Chelsea stay despite lack of contract talks

first_imgJohn Terry admits he’s desperate to stay at Chelsea – but claims no talks have begun about a new deal.The Blues’ policy for players over 30 is to offer one-year contract extensions and the skipper is entering the final few months of his present deal.The 34-year-old captain wants to play as much as possible and continue a Chelsea career which began as a teenager and hopes, now Eden Hazard has been given a contract extension until 2021, the club will begin negotiations with him.“No talks have happened yet between myself and the club,” Terry said. “The club know my position. Hopefully I know theirs and it will get done.“I think we both respect the position – there are a lot more important players.“Hazard has just been done and for me, that’s the most important for the club.“Without them even telling me, I know that’s the first priority for them. Hopefully, they will be knocking on the door soon.”Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were allowed to leave last summer at the end of their contracts, but Terry signed a new deal hours after the season – Jose Mourinho’s first of his second spell as boss – closed.Terry was anxious last term, but will be less so if Chelsea wait over his deal again this season, particularly as Mourinho wants him to stay.He added: “I was maybe a little bit nervous. I was edgy. (But) we have had a good chat. I know their position, they know mine.“I want to stay. Hopefully my performances are showing that and they can keep me.“I will be happy to get one more year and then see how it goes. I am taking it year by year – I haven’t got much choice.”Terry does not just want to stay at Chelsea, but play, insisting he does not need a rest despite playing nearly every game for the Blues this term.“I don’t want it (a rest),” he said.“I am coming toward the end of my career so it’s important I’m playing as much as I can and stay fit.”Another of Chelsea’s distinguished players of the last decade could depart this summer.Since Thibaut Courtois returned from his three-year loan at Atletico Madrid as number one, there has been speculation Petr Cech will leave Stamford Bridge.And Chelsea could be forced to sell the 32-year-old, signed from Rennes in 2004, in the summer, when he will enter the final 12 months of his current contract.“He is good enough to play for anyone,” Terry added.“He’s been worth 10, 12 points to us every season. I have not spoken to him about it (what Cech will do in the summer).“He still has a lot to give and is fighting for his place, which is great. He’s not just given up and said, ‘The place is yours, Thibaut’.“When he’s come in he’s been brilliant and given the manager food for thought.” 1last_img read more


first_imgGeraldine McLaughlin: Perhaps the greatest Ladies player of our generation in the countyDONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL: IT’S an exciting time for Donegal Ladies Football.Three clubs are in Ulster action on this weekend – all aiming for finals.Whilst the development of the ladies game in the county has been under-resourced in recent years, there are enough hard-working coaches and people working at development level that one day it will all come to the fore for our county team. Davy McLaughlin’s radical new approach to the senior county manager’s job has already shown great promise.And underage managers across all clubs are working week in, week out, for the game, without any recognition or reward.So it’s great to see three of our clubs flying the Donegal flag for Ladies Football in Ulster this weekend.Events throw-in in Carn at 2pm today when the growing squad of Carndonagh Ladies take on Aghnamullen from Monaghan. Home advantage has worked so far – so hopefully it can work again and the Inishowen club will be in the Ulster Junior Final in two weeks’ time. Four Masters, who have a very talented bunch of girls – many of them still minors – travel to the historic club of Ballinsacreen for a 2pm throw-in on Sunday in the Intermediate Semi-Final.The Derry girls have a great reputation; but there is nothing to fear for the Donegal Town girls and if they keep up the pride shown so far, there’s nothing stopping them going on to the Final too.Termon meanwhile have been the dominant force in Donegal ladies football at senior level for several years now, thanks to an excellent underage system, good coaches and a bunch of girls that includes some of the most talented ladies footballers of this generation.Geraldine McLaughlin would be the envy of some of our men’s teams in this county.But it isn’t just about her. This is a team bursting with talent and belief. Termon travel to Castlewellan in Co Down on Sunday for a 2pm throw-in, having been put through their paces on Friday by Adam Speer.Francie Friel’s side lost out in last year’s final to Donaghmoyne after a replay; they should have won the first game, and this bunch of girls know that.The final is for another day and it will probably be against Donaghmoyne again. For now they need to show Castlewellan what they’re made of.Best wishes to all three teams; how great would it be to have all three in Ulster finals. Adh mór libh.DONEGAL LGFA: TERMON, FOUR MASTERS AND CARN BID FOR ULSTER GLORY was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CarndonaghDonegal LGFAfour mastersLadies FootballLGFASemi-FinalsTermonlast_img read more