Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has echoed the thoughts of many Gooners as he hailed finishing above local rival Sp*rs yet again.
Whatever the complaints we have about this season – and let’s not be blind to the fact that we made mistakes which cannot be repeated – you need to have a cold, cold heart not to have enjoyed overturning a 10 point deficit to finish above Redknapps’ rotters.
Arsenal knew that a win on the final day would be necessary and with Sp*s beating Fulham that was indeed the case, but the captain was pleased that his team dug in and ground out the result (with the help of former Sp*rs player Marton Fulop, haha).
“We knew what was at stake and that made the game a bit tense,” he told the official site. “I didn’t really expect a proper game of football but it doesn’t matter, sometimes you have to dig in hard, work for each other and play for the team. I think everyone did that here.
“The main thing was that we had to qualify, everyone is very pleased and everyone is enjoying this moment. It is just a fantastic feeling again to be ahead of Spurs. I heard that they won but it didn’t really matter because we won our game and that is just the best feeling of all.”
Perhaps it would be fairer to say it’s the best feeling of all under the circumstances, actually winning the league would be miles better, and the skipper will meet with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday to discuss his future.
Despite monstrous money on offer from elsewhere (and we all know where), the captain’s decision will rest on Arsenal’s competitiveness next season, so let’s hope the club act accordingly. It would be in everyone’s interests to do so.
Robin also paid tribute to the Arsenal fans at home, and particularly the ones who followed the team up and down the country, in good times and bad and some really bad, saying, “The away fans, they are always here, always singing, always cheering us up even when we are having a bad game, they are always behind us. A big thank you to all of them because they have been unbelievable.”