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

Kershaw’s postseason frustration continues in Game 1 of NLDS

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before Baez took over, the only difference between the two teams was a fourth-inning home run by Daniel Murphy that landed on the grass of the Mets’ bullpen. “My first at-bat he chewed me up and spit me out,” Murphy said of Kershaw. “That’s kind of what it looked like. I got a lot of sliders that I didn’t see well and he put me away with them fairly easy. The next at-bat I was able to get my foot down just a little earlier, got a 2-0 heater in the middle of the plate, and I was fortunate to put a good swing on it.”Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and Curtis Granderson all drew walks in the fateful seventh inning, interspersed between a pair of ground-ball outs. When A.J. Ellis caught Kershaw’s 113th and final pitch a couple inches outside to Granderson, Kershaw could only look to the heavens and droop his shoulders.It was Baez who relieved Kershaw last October, too, after Matt Adams hit a three-run home run on Kershaw’s final pitch in St. Louis. Whether he faced one batter too many or one batter too few, Kershaw’s final inning ensured he would be dogged by the same questions about not rising to the occasion of the postseason.But he could not, and did not, argue with Mattingly when he was removed from this game.“I put myself in that spot,” Kershaw said. “Not much room for arguing after you put yourself in that situation.”More than Kershaw, the Dodgers’ offense failed to rise to the occasion Friday. DeGrom’s 98-mph fastball and 91-mph slider were too much for the Dodgers’ lineup. Their big hits against the shaggy-haired right-hander — a double by Justin Turner off left fielder Michael Cuddyer’s glove and a double by Corey Seager, also off Cuddyer’s glove — stood in isolation.The Dodgers’ only run came in the eighth inning, when Adrian Gonzalez punched an opposite-field single off right-hander Tyler Clippard to score Howie Kendrick. They finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.“We didn’t do much when we had guys out there,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve got to do a better job (Saturday) and put the ball in play.”DeGrom allowed five hits and walked one batter in addition to his 13 strikeouts. Closer Jeurys Familia relieved Clippard in the eighth inning and recorded a four-out save, retiring Joc Pederson on a weak ground ball back to the mound to end the game himself.Zack Greinke will start opposite the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard in Game 2, a game scheduled to begin at 6:07 p.m. Saturday.“Not that (Game 2) is a must-win, but it’s a game that we definitely need to compete in, and play well in, and do everything we can to get to New York with a split,” Ellis said. The outcome of the game, and the Dodgers’ 1-0 deficit in the series, are consistent with Kershaw’s October trajectory. The ace is winless in his last five October starts. He’s allowed at least three runs in his last four.But this game was its own animal — the very thing Mets manager Terry Collins compared Kershaw to before the series began. And much like the last time he pitched in the playoffs (a Game 4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in last year’s NL Division Series), Kershaw appeared to have tamed the October beast for six innings.So did Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who did not allow a run in seven innings in his first playoff start.“I got out-pitched,” Kershaw said. “That’s basically the moral of the story. Jacob pitched an amazing game. We battled, got even in some counts, got his pitch count up there, but he out-pitched me plain and simple.”DeGrom (13 strikeouts) and Kershaw (11) became the first postseason opponents to strike out 11 batters in the same game. The Mets collected only four hits and, until the seventh inning, only one walk — a masterful 12-pitch at-bat by Wright in the first — against Kershaw. center_img While the announced crowd of 54,428 at Dodger Stadium shifted in its seats Friday night, Clayton Kershaw sat and watched. He had walked three batters to load the bases for the Mets’ David Wright in the seventh inning, putting Don Mattingly in a precarious position that the Dodgers’ manager has been in before.This time, Mattingly pulled Kershaw in favor of right-handed reliever Pedro Baez. Kershaw calmly took a seat on the bench. He leaned his elbow on his leg and his cheek in his hand. He shifted his arms as Baez fell behind 2-0, then 3-1, then served up a 99 mph fastball down the middle of the plate.Wright smoked a line drive back up the middle of the diamond for a two-run single, the decisive hit in the Mets’ 3-1 win in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday.• PHOTOS: Mets take Game 1 advantagelast_img read more

Džeko might become Borussia Dortmund’s replacement for Lewandowski

first_imgAfter a frustrating time at Manchester City, Edin Džeko might finally cut his losses and seal a move to German giants Borussia Dortmud. While Džeko has been scoring plenty of goals this season, he has not been starting a lot of games.With Dortmund’s main striker Robert Lewandowski likely to seal a move to Bayern Munich or Manchester United in the summer, Džeko would be the perfect replacement. While he may not be as quick as Lewandowski, he is certainly a deadly finisher both in the air and with his feet.Despite being well off the pace in the league this season, Dortmund have been on an upward trajectory under manager Jurgen Klopp. They will not want to see Lewandowski‘s departure derail this good work. Signing Džeko would be the perfect move for them.The only snag to the move would be Džeko’s wages. If he is to get a move to Germany and get the first team football he wants, he will have to take a pay cut on his huge £120,000 a week salary. The transfer could cost Dortmund between 15 to 20 million EUR.last_img read more

The Ashes: England taunt Australia with huge Ben Stokes billboard at Manchester

first_imgAdvertisement 282NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg7uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3je( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7mnWould you ever consider trying this?😱ky4Can your students do this? 🌚9iRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Australian cricket team have been trolled ahead of their Fourth Ashes Test with a giant billboard saying ‘Welcome to Manchester’ outside their hotel. The image features the famous spread-armed celebration by Ben Stokes after he hit the winning four runs for England to seal a comeback in the Third Test. The all-rounder with his unbeaten 135 not only turned the table for his side in the test but also rescued England in the series, after they were buried with a first-innings total of just 67.Advertisement While his effort is being described by some as the greatest ever Test innings by an Englishman, Bookies Ladbrokes, a British agency took the feat to a new level. They put up this cheeky signboard outside the Malmaison Hotel, where the Aussies are lodging.Advertisement “Ben Stokes’ final innings at Headingley was the stuff of legend, so we thought it was only right to honour it ahead of the fourth test,” Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said.“Thankfully we found a spot just yards away from the Australian team’s hotel to give them a timely reminder. Hopefully our little sledge will help get England over the line and on the road to victory.”Advertisement The sign though, has been inspired from the infamous banner which was erected in the city when Manchester City football club signed Carlos Tevez from their trophy-laden rivals United.  Advertisementlast_img read more