Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie says he’s never felt better ahead of Sunderland’s visit to the Grove and has warned his teammates to be alert to the threat of former Gunner Seb Larsson.
The Dutchman has had his injury woes down the years (metatarsal, knee, ankle ligaments, dislocated uvula, prolapsed urethra) but has had a relatively injury free period in the last 18 months. And he says he’s feeling good.
“I feel so fit these days, I recover well, don’t have any pain, and feel really good. I’m enjoying it, playing all the games, doing all the training sessions. A couple of years ago, I had periods where I struggled to play two 90 minutes in a few days, but now I can do it, recover well, and for me it’s the best feeling for years”.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that by talking about it he hasn’t jinxed himself but even if he does get injured people should realise that superstition is merely a crutch and stemmed from olden, uneducated times when folk had an excessively credulous belief in supernatural events. There simply is no such thing as jinxing. Only coincidence. And sorry, your lucky shirt isn’t lucky at all.
I mean, how is that some people can eschew belief in God, dismissing it as a ludicrous concept*, yet believe that wearing a tattered 1971 Cup Final shirt will somehow influence the result of a football match over which they have no control at all? Football fans, eh?
I digress. Robin went on to talk about Seb Larsson who, unlike Major Tom, never quite made the grade. He left Arsenal for Birmingham, enjoying Carling Cup triumph along the way, before joining up with his old boss, Mrs Doubtfire, at Sunderland this summer.
He’s become a really good player, I like him”, he said. “His shot is one of the best in the Premier League in my opinion, and he’s a really good crosser too – he’s a major asset for Sunderland”.
The captain is confident of a good result though, saying, “It will be a really big test against them, but I’m confident we can do it at home”.
Arseblog News isn’t confident but is pretty sure once we get our lucky underpants on everything will be juuussst fine.
* the beliefs of some people are not representative of Arseblog News who remain firmly unreligious except in matters of football.
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