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Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen reveals how he reacted when Robin van Persie joined Manchester United

first_img Comment Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen reveals how he reacted when Robin van Persie joined Manchester United Advertisement Thomas Vermaelen was shocked by Robin van Persie’s move to Manchester United (Pictures: Getty)Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen admits he was shocked by Robin van Persie’s move to Premier League rivals Manchester United.Van Persie had scored 132 goals in 278 appearances for the Gunners and helped Arsene Wenger’s side reach the Champions League final and win the FA Cup.The Netherlands hero completed a controversial move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012, however, and went on to help Sir Alex Ferguson win the Premier League title in his final season as manager.Asked about Van Persie’s departure, former Arsenal defender Vermaelen said: ‘It was a surprise he left.ADVERTISEMENT‘I knew he was going to go eventually but to hear that he’d all of a sudden left for Manchester United was a big surprise.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I wanted him to stay at Arsenal of course, because in his last season with us he was the PFA Player of the Year. He had a great season, the best season of his career, so I wanted him to stay and be a legend.‘Of course, he’s strong in his character so he couldn’t change his mind. I think that’s a good thing because that makes him the person and player he is. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Jun 2020 10:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Van Persie helped the Red Devils win the Premier League (Picture: Getty)‘You couldn’t change his mind, he’d made it up that he was going to go.’Last month, Van Persie revealed why he chose to join Manchester United rather than Manchester City when he decided to leave Arsenal.He said: ‘Alex Ferguson made the difference for me in my choice to choose Manchester United.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Because of the way he manages, the stories I heard, because of the players that were there.‘I really wanted to win and when I look at that team of Giggs, Carrick, Scholes, Vidic, Ferdinand they were all winners, they won it all.‘I was like, “I want to be part of that”. I was in that period of my life where I felt like a winner but I wasn’t so I had to win. I needed to go to a team that knew how to win.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restartMORE: Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos drops hint over Real Madrid exit Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool skipper Henderson ruled out for season — Klopp

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of the rest of the English Premier League champions’ 2019/2020 campaign, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.Klopp said the development was as a result of the midfielder sustaining a knee injury in their midweek win at Brighton & Hove Albion. He was forced to withdraw Henderson 10 minutes from full-time in the 3-1 win after a collision with Yves Bissouma, but the German said the 30-year-old does not require surgery.“It is the best possible of the bad news. He does not need surgery,” Klopp told reporters in a virtual news conference.“He will not play again this season. I’m pretty positive he will be with us for the new season, he is a quick healer.“We all felt for him, awful moment. We knew immediately. Hendo is an animal. He fights for everything.“He deals well with pain but in this moment, he knew something had happened. It was a complete mood-killer. “The boys were happy with the result but then the boys realised Hendo was hurt. No surgery needed is the good news. He will lift the trophy, he deserves to lift the trophy.”Liverpool, who are on 92 points with four games remaining, are on course to break Manchester City’s record haul of 100 points and face Burnley on Saturday.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionJordan HendersonJurgen KloppPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Schneiderlin happy at Saints

first_img Fresh from representing France at the World Cup, the midfielder made no secret of his desire to leave St Mary’s but the club dug their heels in and managed to retain his services amidst interest from the likes of Tottenham. Some supporters have said keeping hold of Schneiderlin is the best bit of business Saints did this summer – the kind of support he is determined to repay. “It was just fantastic,” he said. “It’s like I said before, for me, I never wanted to disrespect anyone and it’s just sometimes in life that you need to make choices. “I think everyone – I think you, I think the fans, I think everyone – was a bit worried when we lost so many players at the start and, of course, you ask yourself the question. “For me, I had a big step in the World Cup, so I didn’t want to struggle in this year. “But the club showed by buying players that they still have ambitions and that’s just what I was asking for. “The fans, they’re very good with me for six years, for seven years now and I’m very happy and I just want to give them back something.” Schneiderlin says the situation is now resolved and he is relishing the chance to keep improving under Ronald Koeman. This has been a tumultuous few months for all those connected with Saints, with a best-ever Barclays Premier League campaign swiftly followed by the exit of manager Mauricio Pochettino and a host of key players. Those exits, as well as the January departure of divisive executive chairman Nicola Cortese, led to widespread talk of a meltdown at St Mary’s, which Schneiderlin got caught up in during what he called an “unbelievable summer” collectively and individually. The 24-year-old has started the season fantastically, following up a brace in the win at West Ham with a fine curling effort at the end of Saturday’s 4-0 defeat of Newcastle – against whom six of Saints’ eight summer signings started. “They have a very good scouting department and they took some very good players and players who will integrate into the philosophy of the club,” Schneiderlin said. “Nice people who want to work hard and everything, and that’s all well done to them. “Losing players like Luke Shaw, like Rickie Lambert, like Adam Lallana, like Dejan Lovren, it’s something that’s very hard to replace and after four games we are happy. “But we need to make a judgement at the end of the season, or in six months. We have to stay with our feet on the ground, keep working and then doing our best, but it’s at the end of the year that everyone’s going to judge us.” For Saturday’s opponents Newcastle, however, many have already made their judgement. The fans called for manager Alan Pardew to leave throughout the match at St Mary’s after a tepid and, at times, embarrassing display. Schneiderlin played under Pardew during his time at Saints but it is his friends in the Newcastle team he feels particular sympathy for. “Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko, everyone, they’re good friends of mine and, of course, it’s difficult for them,” he said, holding Cabella’s shirt. “They are very good players and, the mix, it takes time for all of them. “It takes longer for some than others, but they are good players, I’m sure they will bounce back and they will have a good season. “I’m not really worried, because I know their quality, and they are hard workers as well and they’re going to bounce back.” Press Association Morgan Schneiderlin says he has been impressed by the ambition shown by Southampton to replace some of their departing stars after appearing set for the exit himself in the summer.last_img read more

ONE AND DONE: Syracuse loses first game of Big East Tournament, falls to Georgetown

first_imgThe number one applied to Syracuse’s seed entering the Big East Tournament. Now, it applies to how many games the top-seeded Orange lasted inside Madison Square Garden.            No. 8 Georgetown shocked No. 1 Syracuse, 91-84, in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament Thursday afternoon at MSG. Syracuse became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the tournament since the Orange upset No. 1 Connecticut in 2006. Syracuse is now 0-6 in its tries to win the tournament as the No. 1 seed, and is 2-1 on the season against Georgetown.            Perhaps more disturbing for Syracuse fans, senior center Arinze Onuaku was helped off the court after landing awkwardly while fouling Georgetown center Greg Monroe with 5:07 left in the game. The injury was diagnosed as a right knee straing and Onuaku was on crutches after the game.            After Georgetown cut Syracuse’s lead to 45-44 to open the second half, Syracuse went on a 12-4 run to take a 57-48 lead. The Hoyas stayed calm, though, going on a 22-4 run to make it 70-61 with 7:20 left in the game.            Syracuse responded with an 11-4 run to cut the lead to 74-72, but Rick Jackson fouled Monroe while he scored on a lay-up and Monroe hit the free throw to make it 77-72. Georgetown bolstered the lead to 85-76, but Syracuse caused two turnovers and scored on a lay-up and a 3 to slice the lead to four with 51.5 seconds left. Georgetown closed the game on a 6-3 run to score the upset.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text            Syracuse took a 40-37 lead into the half by putting up blistering shooting numbers. Syracuse shot 16-of-27 from the field (59.3 percent) and 6-of-11 from 3.            Chris Wright led all scorers with 27 points, while Monroe had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Wes Johnson scored 24 for the Orange, while Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine combined for 37 points off the benh.             Comments Published on March 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more