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Captain Vantastic or Robin Van Perfect? Either way, he’s a legend.

by on September 26, 2011

Arsenal 3-0 Bolton


Highlights

Post-match interviews:

Robin Van Persie (1) | Robin Van Persie (2) | Per Mertesacker

Arsene Wenger (1) | Arsene Wenger (2) | Arsene Wenger (3)

Post-match press conference

Righto then, first things first I haven’t done one of those strange videos because my webcam isn’t working at the moment, I said it was an experiment and I’m not sure how well it’s turned out but oh well. That doesn’t mean I don’t have things to talk about though! Obviously, we beat Bolton 3-0 and you can read a match report right here. As always, Arsenal Report have done a top-notch piece. Read it for analysis on the match, in particular Bolton’s pressing game and a switch back to last season’s 4-2-3-1. Good times. If you’re a bit of a tactical novice, I would heartily recommend them, really a top site.

Goodplaya also gave his opinion on the match, interesting to note the change in the atmosphere that he’s written about. I’m not sure, but if that means that there’s less pressure on the team from the crowd then that could well be a good thing. Obviously, a lot of the reaction after the match was around Robin Van Persie. This piece by Ashburton Grove speaks in more detail about his performance.

RVP squaring up to a few Boltonians, just as Adams would.

There’s loads more about the captain as well, with Arsene Wenger talking about why he chose him to wear the armband. The man himself has spoken about Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp being his inspiration, although he says that the role he plays in the side is slightly different to that of the non-flying Dutchman.

As we all know, Van Persie became the 17th player to join the list of centurions at the club and the Dutchman has been talking about his favourite goals from his 100. The questions now revolve around keeping the Dutchman.

I’m not going to talk at length about this, because there’s not much point. I know the papers have, but you know what they’re like. Obviously the City rumours are idiotic. On the positive side, he loves the club and apparently said to Dutch journalists last time he was in Holland that he wanted to play for the club until he was too old at which point he would return to Excelsior. On the negative side, he’s recently appointed Darren Dein as his agent. Guess who was the agent of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy last summer? He’s also the kind of player who deserves trophies. We’ll have to wait I suppose.

News

Interesting piece of news, the lunchtime before we played Bolton at home it was revealed that we would have that exact tie in the Carling Cup. Although the squad will be somewhat different, let’s hope for a similar result. Naturally while we drew a tough Premier League team, Manchester United drew Aldershot. Some things never change. Two interesting pieces from the Metro. Interesting solely because they’re written by Jamie Sanderson from Young Guns.

Firstly, Sebastian Squillaci appears to be 89th choice at the moment. After nobody wanted him in the summer, it’ll be an interesting return to training for him. Secondly, remember Joan Laporta? Former annoying man at Barca? We’ve only gone and taken his son on trial. How’s that for revenge?

A few rumours as well. Van Der Vaart? A decent player, but I doubt it. There’s the Dani Parejo ones as well. More of an unknown, we scouted him a while back but nothing ever really came off it so a bit of a surprise, especially given that Wilshere, Ramsey, Coquelin and Frimpong are all showing promise. Another young midfielder isn’t really needed.

Youngsters

I’m seriously happy. Young Guns have started their loanees’ reports again! Get in! Henri Lansbury won a penalty for West Ham while Samuel Galindo made his debut. Click the link for more details and the best of the rest.

Closer to home, the U18 side were held to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace with summer signing Serge Gnabry scoring the first goal of the match and Jeffrey Monakana’s penalty dishing out a point apiece. The U16s did better, beating Palace 4-1 with a Tarum Dawkins hat-trick and a single goal from Chuba Akpom.

The reserves are also in action later this evening against what is expected to be a tough Blackburn side. Carl Jenkinson, Ignasi Miquel, Francis Coquelin and Ryo Miyaichi could all feature.

Ladies

Congratulations to Arsenal Ladies team, holders of the domestic treble after beating Birmingham City LFC (who they hadn’t beaten this season) 4-1 in the final of the Continental Cup. Their unbelievable success carries on. An interesting piece I found on the BBC Sport website about the WSL. Worth a read if you’re interested in it.

Right, sorry for going on but there was quite a bit of news today! Almost forgot, Theo is fine, could feature in midweek. As always, you can find me on twitter @SavageGooner or like us on facebook or both. Until tomorrow.

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