Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Van Persie: CL trophy is London bound

Robin Van Persie believes London's three teams in the Champions League can go all the way, who knows? Maybe Arsenal will become the first team in London to win the coveted trophy.

The flying Dutchman couldn't resist the temptation to slam Tottenham and Harry Redknapp.Van Persie maintained Arsenal are still superior to Tottenham despite losing at White Hart Lane in a match that coincided with his return from an injury that sidelined him for five-months.

Wenger's side beat Fulham convincingly at the Emirates, while Redknapp's side surrendered a two goal lead to crash 4-2 at relegated Burnley: "It was very, very important for us and the fans to finish above them," The striker enthused. "They had a great run but we still wanted to be above them like usual. That was playing in our minds as well.

"I can understand that after the run they have had. But after 38 games the place that you finish in is the place you deserve to finish in."

Although, Van Persie congratulated his neighbours for their achievement, he calmly added that they are not as impressive as they look on paper and inconsistency might creep in next season.

"They have had an amazing run, taking nine points from a possible 12 against the big teams, but it's over the whole season, not about four games.

"We will have to wait and see, but they didn't really do that. This is the first time in years they have got up a top four place, which is good for them but it's not enough for me to say they will be challenging year after year.

The striker reiterated his desire to win the Champions League with Arsenal, and believes the trophy will not elude a team from London next season.
The Gunners and their counterpart (Chelsea) have being whiskers away from winning the trophy in the past, but due to some circumstances beyond their control both teams failed to achieve the feat.

"It's been very close, but never happened. It's good for London (to have three teams in the competition), but hopefully we are the ones that win it."