Arsenal striker Robin van Persie believes the Gunners have not been good enough in big games this season and says they must prove that they are capable of winning the title by beating the big teams in the league, Metro has revealed.
Arsene Wenger’s side went from chasing four trophies to one in the space of three weeks. They suffered 2-1 defeat to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final, were eliminated from the Champions League and FA Cup by Barcelona and Manchester United, respectively.
Van Persie believes his side must win the important games to show that they are one of the best teams in Europe and end their six year trophy drought: “On a number of occasions we have been very close but, at the last moment, it’s often not good enough. That’s the reality. It’s very frustrating when you lose, especially as a team when we’re so close. But we have to look forward and now it’s up to us to change all that.”
Gunners shut-up “big mouths”.
Robin van Persie has launched a scathing attack against Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, stating that the clubs have “big mouths” but cannot back up their words, according to The Telegraph.
The Dutch striker criticised both clubs for spending large amounts of money in the summer and defended his own club’s philosophy in the transfer market: “I still strongly believe in my club’s philosophy.
“A club like Manchester City change their philosophy every year and Chelsea spent about €80 million [£70m] this season … two clubs who had a big mouth before the season, thinking that Arsenal wouldn’t play a role in the title race, but we are still ahead of them. And just by playing our own game, through our own philosophy”
Sunderland want Bendtner.
Sunderland are set to make a summer offer for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, The Daily Star has revealed.
The Danish international has struggled to gain first-team football this season and has stated if he does not play regularly for the Gunners then he may have to find another club.
Sunderland are looking for a new striker after the sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa in January and Black Cats boss Steve Bruce sees Bendtner as the ideal candidate to fill the void.
Bruce worked with the 23-year-old at Birmingham and believes he can persuade the striker to join Sunderland.