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

Start the new year with a bang

More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago There are five bedrooms including a master suite, four bathrooms, and space for four vehicles.Caesar stone benches, marble flooring, extensive timber cabinetry, a breakfast bar and a full range of top grade appliances can be found in the kitchen.Residents only amenities include a heated pool, sauna, spa, BBQ facilities and onsite manager. The agency hosted the launch party for the property on Sunsuper Riverfire night on September 29, and the campaign photographs have some serious wow factor. The view from the penthouse during RiverfirePlace Kangaroo Point agent Michael Bacon is marketing 701/21 Pixley St — a luxurious two-level penthouse in the Watermark Residences building. “This is probably the crown jewel of city apartments,” he said.“It is the perfect house alternative and at 686sq m is substantially bigger than the average family home.“And the location … I think it could be the best view in Brisbane.” Not a bad spot to get over a hangover“It goes to auction on October 25 and the new owner could easily be in by Christmas and the New Year,” Mr Bacon said. Mr Bacon said the penthouse has 220sq m of terrace space, and had hosted numerous parties for special events like Riverfire and New Year’s Eve.The penthouse has an open plan, two level design with multiple living spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows providing exceptional views of the river and city. How’s that view?WANT to say goodbye to 2018 with a bang? This penthouse at Kangaroo Point could have one of the best vantage points in Brisbane.Today marks 80 days until New Year’s Eve, and a penthouse with arguably the best vantage point recently hit the market. read more

Dacotah Speedway hosts March 11-12 safety and officials training session

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – Dacotah Speedway will host a safety and officials training Saturday and Sun­day, March 11-12 at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Mandan, N.D.This two-day training session will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with a full day of fire and safety train­ing presented by Jay Masur of Med Star Dirt Track Rescue. This fire and safety training will be an in-depth presentation on dirt track safety, rescue, extraction, fire suppression, medical manage­ment, pre-race event planning, crew performance during races and post-race analysis.Purpose of this presentation is so attendees will leave with baseline knowledge of the compo­nents necessary to save a racecar driver’s life. This presentation is extremely knowledgeable to all track officials, fire, EMS teams, promoters, board of directors and even drivers. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.The safety and officials training will continue Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. with track scoring and officiating. Josh Holt, co-founder of My Race Pass, will be on hand to present the new My Race Pass race management system and answer any questions or concerns area race tracks may have.Learn how the online-system will run from the people who built the software. Also presenting is John Gartner with a revamped official training covering, “You Make the Call” and other scenarios officials may face at the track. This is valuable information for any track with experienced and inexperi­enced officials working together for the first time.To make this event possible, Dacotah Speedway needs at least 75 committed people to attend. Thank you to Destiny Motorsports for donating financially to bring Jay Masur and his Med Star Dirt Track Rescue presentation.Cost of the weekend is $25 per person. Please RSVP yourself or multiple people by going online at or by emailing Speedway has reserved a block of rooms for those traveling from out of town.For additional information, contact Beau Simmons at 701 240-2976.last_img read more

Top golfers shine at Global Spare Parts and Auto Sales tourney

first_imgFORMER Club Captain, the veteran Patrick Prashad, pulled out all the stops to edge out Lusignan Golf Club president, Aleem Hussain, in their ‘Championship (0-9) Flight’ finishing tie in an exciting day of golf under fine weather, at the Global Spare Parts and Auto Sales tournament, on Saturday.Of the other two Flights, the experienced Maxim Mangra easily took the lead in the ‘C’ (19-28) Flight, while Ayube Subhan produced a superb performance to lead the extremely keen competition in the ‘B’ (10-18) Flight.CEO of Global Spare Parts– Hardeo ‘Curry’ Ganpat – himself now an enthusiastic golfer, was on hand to congratulate the winners and express his pleasure for being involved with the LGC and the vision of LGC president, Aleem Hussain.In the ‘A’ Flight, Patrick Prashad (72/8) was first, with Hussain (72/9) placing second. Former Guyana Open Champion, Mike Mangal, was third on their heels with a fine 74/8. Maxim Mangra’s 68/20 was without contention as he led 2nd placed Gavin Todd (77/19) by some nine strokes.Rookie Ganpat (the sponsor), who has been having great improvement in his play, produced a commendable 82/28. Best Gross for the day (77) was produced by veteran golfer Ramesh Amrud.The day’s tournament was graced with the lovely presence and participation of Ms. Doreen De Caires, who has been a member of the club for some 50 years and was the Women’s Captain for many years.De Caires delivered a great net 100 off of her play. Reigning Guyana Open Ladies Champion, Christine Sukhram, also added her charm and participation to the occasion.The competition in the ‘B’ Flight was a taste of how stiff the COPA Airlines competition is likely to get come Saturday, January 25, 2020. The keen jostling obvious by a spread of only four strokes between the top seven scores in the Flight, indicates that golfers will be going all out to emerge as champions in their Flights.Subhan’s 68/14, followed by Shanella London’s 69/15 was the tip of the iceberg. Patanjalee ‘Pur’ Persaud (70/14); Lekhnarine Shivraj (70/16); Sukhram (71/12); Mike Gayadin (72/12) and Mahindranauth Tewari (72/12) sent clear signals that no one will win without a good fight.President Hussain expressed gratitude to the Ganpat family for their willing support of the Lusignan Golf Club and the ongoing vision. He thanked the golfers for their participation, and the ground staff for their commendable work.last_img read more