‘Arsenal suffered when Van Persie joined Man Utd’

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong says the club were dealt a huge blow when Robin van Persie left to join Manchester United.Van Persie spent eight years with the Gunners, during which time they won the FA Cup and reached a Champions League final.The Dutch attacker was the Premier League’s top scorer and was named PFA Player of the Year in his final season with Arsenal, but the top-flight crown continued to elude Arsene Wenger’s team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Van Persie was lured to Old Trafford in 2012 and helped fire United to the league title in his first year, again finishing as the division’s top scorer. His former side, meanwhile, had to settle for fourth place.And Frimpong believes Van Persie’s departure came as a huge disappointment and exposed the club’s weakness when it comes to keeping their strongest performers.”I think the problem for Arsenal has always been how do they keep hold of their best players? It’s a problem with Arsenal,” Frimpong told MetaRatings .”I hope that trend has finished with Arsenal, because when Robin left, he was probably the best player in the Premier League at that time, and it took a lot of quality out of the team and Arsenal suffered again.”That was the problem with Arsenal at that time; that we kept losing our best players and it was disappointing.”When Robin was at Arsenal that year, he was fantastic – he was the captain, he was the top goalscorer, he was the best player in the Premier League. And for him to go to Man Utd was quite disappointing.”The club knew better, and I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but I think there was a bit of a problem.”I listened to an interview with Robin a couple of weeks ago, and he spoke about the situation at the time, you just have to respect the man in his decision.”Sometimes these things work like that. You just have to wish him well because he served Arsenal very well when he was there.”Most creative seasons | Cesc Fabregas ArsenalA year before Van Persie’s move, Arsenal saw another star player leave as Cesc Fabregas joined Barcelona.Although the Spanish midfielder had been the captain for three seasons, Frimpong believes Van Persie’s exit had a bigger impact on the north London outfit.”I think I was more disappointed when Robin went to Man Utd because at that time he was the captain and he was the best player in the Premier League,” he added.”And losing Robin was much more of a blow than losing Cesc because Robin was bringing goals to the game, he was winning us games.”He was playing really well for us at the time so I feel like he was a big blow at the time, and more than when Cesc left. These things happen in football, and you can’t control it. It’s something that is difficult for the club when you have players who are on less than a year’s contract, they want to leave and you want to make money; it makes sense.”However, the 27-year-old doubts that Wenger’s team would have been able to win the Premier League title had they held on to Van Persie.”To be honest, and as an Arsenal fan, I don’t think so, because the players we had at the time were not good enough to win the Premier League,” he said.”Man Utd had the squad; they had the players. You can’t win the league on Robin van Persie alone. They had Rio Ferdinand, [Wayne] Rooney was there at the time, and they had quality players to win the Premier League. Even as an Arsenal fan, we didn’t have that quality.”We had good players, but they had great players, and even if Robin had stayed I don’t think we could have won the Premier League.”last_img read more

Basketball journey continues for Seton Catholic’s Morgan

first_imgBasketball journey continues for Seton Catholic’s Morgan Senior worked his way back from broken ankle Once school began, his busiest days began with an alarm at 6 a.m., followed by the gym, school, practice, and physical therapy.“I’ve seen my game develop into more of an outside perimeter player,” Morgan said. “I’m able to dribble the ball better, shoot better, that’s why I’m more on the outside.”This season, Morgan is part of a group of as many as eight players who play every morning before school. They refer to themselves as “the breakfast club,” a nod to a morning workout Michael Jordan led as the foundation for his six NBA championships.The hard work caught the eye of first-year coach Kris Small.“No one has worked harder than he has, even to be able to contribute at the level he has this year,” Small said. Morgan made his debut in the sixth game of the season, a Dec. 14 matchup against R.A. Long. Since then, he’s worked to overcome the fears of putting too much pressure on his ankle. That’s where his perimeter game has flourished.Small called it a “blessing in disguise.”Lately, Morgan has hit his stride. He’s emerged as one of the Cougars’ top 3-point shooters and is playing his best basketball of the season, Small said. And it intersects with the team’s postseason run, which continues in a loser-out game at Hoquiam on Monday, weather pending. The Cougars lost their first 1A district tournament game against Montesano at W.F. West High School on Thursday.When Seton Catholic had its senior night, it all started to sink in. The journey, the recovery and just how much he cherished playing the game he’d long professed his love for.He walked out to mid-court with his parents for the pregame ceremony to honor the team’s five seniors before the Cougars played their final regular season game against Trico League opponent Stevenson. The moment wasn’t lost on Morgan once he stepped onto the court. Follow The Columbian on Instagram GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. [email protected] Share: “I realized it was the last night on the home court as a senior,” Morgan said. “I felt like all the confidence in the world walking out with my mom, my dad.”He gave his mom a rose. The three posed for pictures. Then Morgan went out and scored a career-high 23 points in just over two quarters to lead Seton to a rout.The screws were still in his ankle, but his worries were a thing of the past.When Small took Morgan out for the last time early in the third quarter, he turned to his captain. @AndyBuhler Of all the thoughts that passed through Delano Morgan’s head during his yearlong recovery, one recurred.He was back on the court. It was a Seton Catholic home game. The game was on the line. Morgan got the ball with the shot clock winding down, and hits the game-winner. The crowd went wild.Daydreams like that were the fuel that drove Morgan, a senior captain and four-year varsity player for Seton Catholic’s boys basketball team, through each step of his rehab from a broken ankle he suffered during his junior football season.“It’s something that helps me wake up every day, gives me motivation,” Morgan said. “Without basketball I don’t know what I would do.” “I was like, wow, something’s up, something’s wrong with my ankle,” Morgan said.A doctor’s visit and X-ray later determined it was a fractured fibula. Not long after, he had surgery. A metal plate was placed in, along with three screws.That road to recovery was filled with doctor’s visits, physical therapy and a lot of time on the couch, unable to do anything.“That was tough for me, because I’m active and so used to doing sports like basketball and football,” Morgan said, “but yeah I just had to sit on the couch, watch TV, elevate, ice, take pain pills and antibiotics.” Share:center_img (360) 735-4557 Two months since returning to the court, Morgan is confident as ever as the Cougars’ enter the preseason amid their best season in program history.But there were times throughout his recovery, and once he returned to the court when confidence was hard to come by. Confidence in his game, and confidence in the strength of his ankle, have been a back-and-forth battle.During his junior football season, Morgan went to tackle an opponent, who when he fell, landed on Morgan’s foot. He heard a pop in his ankle and was confused — he’d never broken a bone before. And after he was helped to the sideline, the pain registered his foot sprained, or badly rolled.But Morgan stepped off the trainer’s table and couldn’t put any pressure on it. Tags Once summer of 2018 hit, he was able to walk on it again. By summer’s end, determined to come back stronger, he began waking up early and going to 24 Hour Fitness. Not only was he going to come back, he thought, he was going to come back a more polished player.After all, his biggest goal beyond high school was to play college basketball — a dream he still works toward.For Morgan, improving his game meant becoming a better shooter. A near-double-double threat and inside presence for Seton Catholic as a sophomore, the 6-foot-2 Morgan wanted to become a bigger outside threat.He studied his favorite NBA player, Golden State’s Klay Thompson. Morgan focused on the mechanics of his shot — the quick release, the robot-like efficiency– and applied it to his own shot in the gym. Buy this Photo Seton’s Delano Morgan (24) shoots during Friday night’s game at King’s Way High School in Vancouver on Jan. 25, 2019. King’s Way won 75-66. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) Andy Buhler Columbian Staff Writer “I told him, ‘we gotta take you out before you set the building on fire,’ ” Small said.Hearing the crowd go wild with each basket was more than enough for Morgan. Follow By Andy Buhler, Columbian Staff Writer Published: February 10, 2019, 10:33pm Seton Catholic Cougars Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more