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Van Persie can do anything says Wenger

In a full interview given to the BBC`s Football Focus programme Wenger has given his views on the Euro tournament so far feeling that the international mobility of players has helped to create a more positive contest at a higher standard than previous competitions.

Asked about the impact that his players could have on the remaining contest Arsene said I had a big doubt about Van Persie before this tournament because to me he looked like he hadn`t played for a long time. For him in a full 90 minutes he could have been a handicap. But he is such a top class player and such an intelligent player that he is improving from game to game. he continued Van Persie can do anything he is a super player, top class. His first touch is absolutely unbelievable and his finishing is top class as well. He has power, he is quick, a short back lift and he can finish from anywhere.

Of Fabregas Wenger says that as a young player who was fit coming into the tournament he fully expected him to be one of the players to make an impact.

Asked whether he had his chequebook with him Arsene smiled in reply I brought my chequebook with me but I notice from looking at the prices in the paper that it isn`t big enough! he said I`ll use my chequebook to keep my players

The full interview can be seen here on the BBC website.





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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 21 2008

Time: 9:27AM

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Robin Van Persie! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) Robin Van Persie!
Goofle
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21/06/2008 10:46:00

Robin Van Persie! (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) Robin Van Persie!
Goofle
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21/06/2008 10:46:00

I keep thinking that guy in Nike's "next level" advert is RvP! Only that he won't face Portugal but quite possibly Spain now. I'm still waiting for that magical free kick! :D
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 12:02:00

I keep thinking that guy in Nike's "next level" advert is RvP! Only that he won't face Portugal but quite possibly Spain now. I'm still waiting for that magical free kick! :D
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 12:02:00

Apart form the fact that van persie is left footed and was not playing for a lower league english team and he does not have nike boots and that he signed for us years ago. But other than that, it could be him ;-)
Goofle
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21/06/2008 12:17:00

Apart form the fact that van persie is left footed and was not playing for a lower league english team and he does not have nike boots and that he signed for us years ago. But other than that, it could be him ;-)
Goofle
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21/06/2008 12:17:00

Yeah basically the similarity ends at the facts that he's a Dutch free kick master playing for Arsenal lol
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 12:31:00

Yeah basically the similarity ends at the facts that he's a Dutch free kick master playing for Arsenal lol
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 12:31:00

He'd be able to do alot more if he played more than 10 games a season.Like the poll guys.Good sense of humour in that one.I see your also top of the table too.We're 17th.Nothing new there then.LOL.
cockaduddle
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21/06/2008 12:31:00

He'd be able to do alot more if he played more than 10 games a season.Like the poll guys.Good sense of humour in that one.I see your also top of the table too.We're 17th.Nothing new there then.LOL.
cockaduddle
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21/06/2008 12:31:00

Yeah I saw that too, love this league table lol
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 12:50:00

Yeah I saw that too, love this league table lol
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 12:50:00

The boss also mentioned a point about players' mobility now. It's the fact that everyone is playing everyone else in all the big leagues that makes tournaments like the Euros fascinating. e.g. the Spanish were criticised for a lack of mental strength before, but now players like Cesc, Alonso, Reina, etc. play abroad in England and also against the biggest clubs in Europe and are no longer afraid of some of their opponents. e.g. Had Ronaldo and Cesc stayed in their home countries, they wouldn't have played with/against the likes of RvN, RvP, Ballack, Henry, Buffon. As the boss has always argued for quality and against artificial quotas, he says sport brings people together and this people mobility improves understanding as well as quality, as shown in this year's Euros. Tell that to FIFA/UEFA...
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 14:47:00

The boss also mentioned a point about players' mobility now. It's the fact that everyone is playing everyone else in all the big leagues that makes tournaments like the Euros fascinating. e.g. the Spanish were criticised for a lack of mental strength before, but now players like Cesc, Alonso, Reina, etc. play abroad in England and also against the biggest clubs in Europe and are no longer afraid of some of their opponents. e.g. Had Ronaldo and Cesc stayed in their home countries, they wouldn't have played with/against the likes of RvN, RvP, Ballack, Henry, Buffon. As the boss has always argued for quality and against artificial quotas, he says sport brings people together and this people mobility improves understanding as well as quality, as shown in this year's Euros. Tell that to FIFA/UEFA...
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 14:47:00

Looks like he rates Arshavin quite highly. He seemed somewhat twitchy when he spoke of him. Another reassuring well-known fact: the Chequebook is small. Humm...silly me. i thought the Grove was going to sort out all our money issues and that we would be going head to head with all the other big teams. We are certainly well ahead of the competition in terms of ticket prices. SHame it doesn't show on the transfer market. Anyway, that was my daily moan.
Gael-Force
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21/06/2008 16:38:00

Looks like he rates Arshavin quite highly. He seemed somewhat twitchy when he spoke of him. Another reassuring well-known fact: the Chequebook is small. Humm...silly me. i thought the Grove was going to sort out all our money issues and that we would be going head to head with all the other big teams. We are certainly well ahead of the competition in terms of ticket prices. SHame it doesn't show on the transfer market. Anyway, that was my daily moan.
Gael-Force
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21/06/2008 16:38:00

Yeah Gael you feel the same too? I thought Arsene looked a bit strange and didn't want to talk too much about Arshavin! Maybe I was reading too much into it. But he said he wanted to use his chequebook to FIRST keep his players. He didn't say the chequebook's 100% closed to new signings! And this year is the soonest we could possibly see "the Grove effect" on Arsene's warchest. Interesting times ahead.
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 17:05:00

Yeah Gael you feel the same too? I thought Arsene looked a bit strange and didn't want to talk too much about Arshavin! Maybe I was reading too much into it. But he said he wanted to use his chequebook to FIRST keep his players. He didn't say the chequebook's 100% closed to new signings! And this year is the soonest we could possibly see "the Grove effect" on Arsene's warchest. Interesting times ahead.
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 17:05:00

test
Passenal
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21/06/2008 20:00:00

test
Passenal
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21/06/2008 20:00:00

Arsene's too excited about RvP's comeback when he's interviewed, it's wrong, RvP can't "do anything"..
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 22:31:00

Arsene's too excited about RvP's comeback when he's interviewed, it's wrong, RvP can't "do anything"..
Lou the Gunneress
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21/06/2008 22:31:00

He couldn't do anything tonight, Russia were just too good. What about Arshavin?? What a player!!!
MrArsenal
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21/06/2008 22:37:00

He couldn't do anything tonight, Russia were just too good. What about Arshavin?? What a player!!!
MrArsenal
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21/06/2008 22:37:00

wow the dutch got totally owned. dont look to much in the performance of RVP tonite, he isn't as effective when he plays wide rather then up front. but Arshavin looks like the real deal.
Youngest in Charge
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21/06/2008 23:09:00

wow the dutch got totally owned. dont look to much in the performance of RVP tonite, he isn't as effective when he plays wide rather then up front. but Arshavin looks like the real deal.
Youngest in Charge
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21/06/2008 23:09:00

I thought that Wenger just felt obliged to find something nice to say about Arshavin in his interview. As for RvP it was a mistake putting him out wide. RvN did little in the middle and struggled to bring people into play. That's where Robin should have played against a muscular, but not vey bright, Russian defence. They just looked physically stronger than the Dutch - especially in midfield.
Amos.
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21/06/2008 23:14:00

I thought that Wenger just felt obliged to find something nice to say about Arshavin in his interview. As for RvP it was a mistake putting him out wide. RvN did little in the middle and struggled to bring people into play. That's where Robin should have played against a muscular, but not vey bright, Russian defence. They just looked physically stronger than the Dutch - especially in midfield.
Amos.
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21/06/2008 23:14:00

Arsene talks to the UEFA Euros online magazine about France and what it takes to build a successful national team: "I believe that the success of every national team is a good generation and one exceptional player." e.g. Cruyff for Holland, Platini and Zidane for France, Beckenbauer for Germany. "When things don't go well, you have to have a player who says "My friends, I'll show you the way. You keep the ball, okay, we give it to Zidane. You have a little breather, and then you come out again... Somebody who can find the key to open defences... Yesterday it was Sweden against Russia. On one side it was Arshavin. On the other side it was Ibrahimovich. Ibrahimovich had an average day, Arshavin had a great day. Russia won the game. It's not enough... You need good quality, and then you need that exceptional player who can create you something special and - as the first goal is very important - who can turn the game." He also highlighted Marco van Basten's guts: "From courageous to crazy, it's only a small step to make... If you lose a game where you have been brave, people say you're crazy. If you win the game, people say you've been very brave. We have all to understand that sometimes you have to give credit to coaches who take a big gamble, even if they lose." Those words have just proven prophetic with Holland bowing out... http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/magazine/index.html -> 21.6.2008 edition -> last video clip at the end
Lou the Gunneress
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22/06/2008 00:52:00

Arsene talks to the UEFA Euros online magazine about France and what it takes to build a successful national team: "I believe that the success of every national team is a good generation and one exceptional player." e.g. Cruyff for Holland, Platini and Zidane for France, Beckenbauer for Germany. "When things don't go well, you have to have a player who says "My friends, I'll show you the way. You keep the ball, okay, we give it to Zidane. You have a little breather, and then you come out again... Somebody who can find the key to open defences... Yesterday it was Sweden against Russia. On one side it was Arshavin. On the other side it was Ibrahimovich. Ibrahimovich had an average day, Arshavin had a great day. Russia won the game. It's not enough... You need good quality, and then you need that exceptional player who can create you something special and - as the first goal is very important - who can turn the game." He also highlighted Marco van Basten's guts: "From courageous to crazy, it's only a small step to make... If you lose a game where you have been brave, people say you're crazy. If you win the game, people say you've been very brave. We have all to understand that sometimes you have to give credit to coaches who take a big gamble, even if they lose." Those words have just proven prophetic with Holland bowing out... http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/magazine/index.html -> 21.6.2008 edition -> last video clip at the end
Lou the Gunneress
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22/06/2008 00:52:00

looks like fab will go all the way for you guys though with spain........
ernshaw
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24/06/2008 13:45:00

looks like fab will go all the way for you guys though with spain........
ernshaw
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24/06/2008 13:45:00

 

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