Ooh he has been so pleased with himself after his hat-trick against sorry Villa this week; Robin van Persie knows how to celebrate himself.
There are many pundits and fans who believe that Van Persie is world class. There is no doubt in my mind that Van Persie is a very good striker, with beautiful technique, clever positioning and fine composure. He was the top-scorer last season when he was still a Gunner and it looks like he will do so again this year; mainly, because Suarez could once again not control himself, which is costing him dearly now.
But doing well in the Premier League does not necessarily make you world class, and especially not this season. In order to be regarded as world class you have to deliver at the highest level, and that is in the CL, the Euros and the WC.
As a Dutchman I can tell you that Van Persie never did more than ok in the Euros or the WC. Some will say he did not get great service from fellow ego-trippers like Robben and Sneijder, but I don’t buy that.
In the big games, when it really matters, van Persie fluffs his lines: he lacks composure and cool-bloodedness, and that’s all that is to it.
Van Persie did well against Dortmund last season, but when we played one of the most established European forces, Milan, his nerves got the better of him and he fluffed his lines on more than one occasion, in both our home and away games.
The same happened this season whilst playing for MU. He messed up his changes against RM on a number of occasions and did not manage to score in a top European encounter once again.
He also did not manage to get on the score-sheet against the Chavs for the FA-cup, but he did manage to score one goal in each game against MC (away), Chelsea (away) and Arsenal (home). So in the six domestic encounters with the best of the PL – Arsenal, Chelsea and MC – vP managed to score three goals (Arsenal away and Chelsea at home still to come). This is okay, but can hardly be called world-class.
I guess I need to state at this stage that I detest Van Persie now, after what he did to our club last summer. I have written a few posts about him in recent months, so will just leave it at that.
However, I must stress that I will not let this influence my judgement on Van Persie’s skills and abilities, and whether he is worthy of the classification of ‘world class’.
In my view, Van Persie is a great PL striker, but not world class.
And today, against Dortmund, Ronaldo showed once again what world class really means, despite his team losing. The also very self-adoring, former MU player, scored ‘his goal’: normally, a very important away goal. And he did the same against MU in the previous round: scoring in both legs and showing Van Persie how it is done.
Now, that is world class.
But a truly phenomenal display of world class attacking play, is what Lewandowski showed the world today. Four goals: FOUR goals!!!! And all of them were beautiful examples of composure and cool-bloodedness in the heat of the fight and amongst dizzying heights of expectation.
Lewandowski has it, Van Persie hasn’t.
Today, Lewandowski delivered the goods when it really, really mattered, and for ‘footballing reasons’ I would urge Arsene to sign him up! 🙂
Written by: TotalArsenal.