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

Child calls 911 to report drunk school bus driver

first_imgAuthorities in Longview, Washington are reporting that they received a call from a terrified student who claimed his bus driver was drunk as she dropped students off.The incident was reported sometime last week.Officials say the child told the dispatcher that while he was on the bus, the driver seemed to be disoriented, smelled of alcohol, and ran at least three stoplights.“She’s like wobbling, and then her eyes — you can tell she was drunk,” the student told the dispatcher.The boy told police that he was able to get off of the bus but he was concerned for the other students who have yet to be dropped off.Officials were able to track down the driver who was later identified as Catherine Maccarone. Authorities say Maccarone smelled intoxicants during her arrest.She is now facing DUI and reckless endangerment charges, however, authorities are continuing to investigate the incident and have reported that more charges may be filed.last_img read more

FACEIT to host first CS:GO Major in London, $1 million on the line

first_imgLondon is finally going to be home to a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major for the first time on September 20th-23rd. FACEIT will host the prestigious event at the SSE Arena, Wembley.10,000 fans will get the opportunity to see the best players and teams in the esport compete for a colossal prize pool of $1,000,000 (£716,180). Not only that, they will face off for the title of Major champions, which carries serious weight considering there have only been twelve Majors thus far.As well as hosting the top 24 teams in London, FACEIT will include new – and currently unannounced – features for the live broadcast to improve the viewing experience for fans who can’t be at the arena. Tickets for the FACEIT London Major will be available for purchase from April 2nd.Michele Attisani, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder of FACEIT said the following about London’s first CS:GO Major: “The community has been at the heart of everything we do at FACEIT, and we’re so grateful for the support of the players on our platform and those who’ve attended and watched ECS. We’re excited to create an amazing celebration of CS:GO to honor that commitment. We look forward to seeing everyone there in September.”Esports Insider says: It’s incredible to see FACEIT go from hosting small, monthly competitions to a Major event in the capital of England. Hopefully the venue proves to be a great host so it won’t be the only time London hosts a huge CS:GO event such as this.last_img read more