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MvB: City & Chelsea Can't Buy Arsenal's Class

MvB: City & Chelsea Can't Buy Arsenal's Class

Football legend, Marco van Basten has urged Robin van Persie to sign a new contract for the Gunners, and claims Manchester City and Chelsea do not have the class of the North London outfit.

We`re all acutely aware that Robin van Persie`s contract is winding down, we`re also aware that he`s friggin` awesome, one might go as far as to say he`s the best striker in the world at the moment, many of us are worried at the prospect of losing him.

That`s not to say he can`t be replaced, any player can be replaced as Wenger has proved time after time, but it just makes it all the more easier to keep these world class players.

We all believe Arsenal is the best place for RvP to play, and his fellow Dutchman agrees, sighting our club's class, style of play and even our shirts as reason to stay.

"Robin must not leave Arsenal. You can`t compare my situation at Ajax. The big difference is that Robin is already at a big club.

"Robin has been in London for six years. He can`t help it that Arsenal have won nothing in that time. So much has changed in those six years in the Premier League. Chelsea have become a big club and have massive financial resources."

"Manchester City have become a big force and are richer than any other club."
"Manchester United and Liverpool have American owners. The amount of money which is flowing to these clubs for transfers is unbelievable. Arsenal operate differently. I admire that."

"And I still think Arsenal are the most beautiful club in England. At Man City and Chelsea, they will never have that class and style. Arsenal have the most amazing stadium, they have a style of play, they have a beautiful shirt - in every way I consider Arsenal as the ultimate football club."

"It is the club where Robin belongs.``

Being an Arsenal fan, I might be wearing a Deirdre Barlow sized pair of rose tinted specs, but I`m somewhat inclined to agree. We fit Robin just as much as he fits us.

And you just can`t buy our class.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday November 7 2011
Time: 10:20AM


Great player Van Basten....and a top top bloke. He simply says it as it is.
07/11/2011 10:40:00
he is a prat u would throw all the pretty football out the window for the title and u all know it!
07/11/2011 10:42:00
It's not just the pretty football though. It's the way we're run. I assume you're either City or Chelsea ... lemme ask you, if you could keep you position in the league and be run as you are now, as a billionaires plaything, or be selfsufficient in a beautiful stadium (that we paid for outselves, not some crummy council flat), which would you prefer? It's not just about rich in silverware ... it's about having some pride. Tony Robbins suggests that true victory is not measured by how many points you have on the board, but how you perform. When you're up against the odds, how do you come out? Well we've been artifically been put up against twice now, and whilst we could be in a better position, we're still hanging in there. But what we have built is something truly to be proud of. Can't say the same of City and Chelsea.
07/11/2011 10:49:00
''Man City and Chelsea, they will never have that class and style'' what is he a fortune teller. People have so many tings to say about Chelsea they forget to look at thaw own clubs. And i think this trend has been started by Wenger himself, the man spends so much time talking about other clubs that he doesn't have time to notice all his best players leaving Arsenal. I wonder what will happen if RvB gets injured? Where will all the class and style be.
07/11/2011 10:54:00
RvB? Robin van Basten? Looks as though we've got the succession sorted then. Abramovich sacked Mourinho because he wanted pretty football as well as titles. MVB's right though the club is about more than just the pretty football or the trophies (at least in the short term). The iconic shirts, the cannon, the history (only club to win something in each of the last 9 successive decades), the location, the way we operate. It is indeed the ultimate football club.
07/11/2011 11:01:00
And to be honest, that's just not true. I know there are quite a few gooners out there that think differently, but personally I would much rather see us keep our style of play and finish 4th then I would see us playing route one and winning the league. I'd love us to win a trophy but to be honest it wouldn't mean as much if we sacrificed our footballing integrity. I first supported Arsenal because they're style caught my eye (no, I wasn't around in the George Graham days). Having said all that, our 'pretty football' has won titles before, unlike Stoke's hoof-ball, so making such a decision really isn't necessary - no reason why we can't win and play good football.
07/11/2011 11:10:00
Ops correction. RvP it is, and i must learn to type on my cellphone properly. But now with this history thing you guys are starting to sound like you're from those forgoten lands up north called Liverpool. And i don't have a problem with Arsenal playing good football (win or loose that is) but i don't understand why always Chelsea this and Chelsea that. When i talk of my club i don't say ' ya but we are better than .....' two years ago Chelsea played some great football and we scored plenty of goals but that's not enough style and class.
07/11/2011 11:13:00
And we even won the league while at it. But still not good enough.
07/11/2011 11:16:00
I'm not even sure MvB was referring to the style of football when he spoke about "style and class." Chelsea have columnists on their official site that would make the most one eyed forumite wince. Their Chief Exec talks about "beating the crap out of" other teams, their owner "earned" his fortune by snatching it from his own people, the captain has more indiscretions than Feltham young offenders insititute, the stadium announcer celebrates injuries to opposing players. (Funnily enough I heard him invite the crowd to cheer when Torres had gone off injured for Liverpool in an earlier kickoff). Chelsea are a sovereign ring. Loaded with gold, yes. But tacky, showy and a bit vulgar. Arsenal are a well made swiss watch. We'll never go out of style.
Little Dutch
07/11/2011 11:29:00
But it wasn't anyone connected with Arsenal that said Chelsea have no class! It's just an unfortunate but popular image Chelsea seems to portray to the outside world. Perhaps partly attributable to such icons of style and class personified by folk like John Terry? .... and spending loadsamoney filched off the Russian people? It seems to be about more than just the football.
07/11/2011 11:32:00
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