Robin van Persie reveals who convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him for Arsenal Sean KearnsThursday 14 May 2020 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Van Persie impressed against Ajax (Picture: Getty)‘My dad and a couple of friends were there [at the game] went to get a beer close to the hotel in Amsterdam. In the same hotel, Rowley was staying and he heard about the news – this is 100 per cent true this is not a fairytale – he went to have a beer at the bar and they sat next to each other. ‘They started talking because they knew each other from before. My dad said ‘Listen if you want something, If Arsenal want to buy Robin, you have to be quick because he’s about to sign for PSV in the next few days’. ‘Steve got on the phone to Arsene and Steve made sure he said ‘Listen I know it’s a gamble’ but I wasn’t expensive, I was like 4m Euro back then. ‘Steve told Arsene ‘Listen take the gamble, it’s on me. He’s good, he played in a difficult game and he’s ready for his chance’. ‘The following day I wasn’t on my way to Eindhoven but I booked my trip to London and within a couple of days I signed and everything was done.’MORE: Thierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at Arsenal Robin van Persie signed for Arsenal in a £3.5m deal (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie has revealed Arsenal head scout Steve Rowley convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him for the club within a 24-hour window.The Dutchman was attracting interest from across Europe due to his performances with Feyenoord but there was also question marks over his temperament with scouts noting his fiery temper.Wenger was seeking a long-term replacement for Dennis Bergkamp and head scout Rowley was dispatched to watch van Persie in Feyenoord’s clash against rivals Ajax. Sparks flared in the clash in Amsterdam with Van Persie being the subject of a torrent of abuse from supporters, who threw beer bottles and other objects at him when he took set pieces.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Van Persie refused to react to the supporters and instead scored a vital goal against the Dutch giants which impressed the onwatching Rowley.ADVERTISEMENT Van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The only problem was that Van Persie had already verbally agreed to join PSV Eindhoven and the Dutchman has revealed that a fortunate meeting at a hotel allowed Rowley to convince Wenger to complete a deal for him in the next 24 hours. Asked about when he first heard of Arsenal’s interest, Van Persie told Premier League productions: ‘That was six months prior to when I actually went to Arsenal. In that period I wasn’t playing anymore, I was on the bench, I wasn’t happy. I was playing my games in the reserves, the second team, in that period. ‘Actually we had to play against Ajax and it was a bad experience for me because the fans came to the pitch and it wasn’t very nice but actually from a bad day something really good happened because the chief scout of Arsenal Steve Rowley was there watching the game. ‘I had beer thrown at me, spit at me when I was taking a corner it was a bad day. But I kept my cool and i was mature, scored a goal, played really well but I was about to sign for PSV, I was close to PSV. Advertisement Comment Advertisement
— The Braves rolled to an 8-0 rout of the Phils in the nightcap as Acuna homered twice. Freddie Freeman went deep as Atlanta spoiled Spencer Howard’s big league debut.— Rookie Andrés Giménez had three hits and scored three runs as the Mets doubled up the Marlins, 4-2 in the rubber match of the three-game set. New York received shutout ball from its bullpen after winning pitcher Jacob deGrom survived seven hits over five innings.— The Brewers were 9-3 winners over the Reds as Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) homered, tripled and drew a bases-loaded walk Milwaukee avoided falling to 0-5 at home for the first time since 1970, the franchise’s inaugural season in Wisconsin. — Angels right fielder Jo Adell was charged with a rare four-base error when a fly ball from Nick Solak popped out of the rookie’s glove and sailed over the fence in the Rangers’ 7-3 win. Solak who had two hits and scored three runs to help Texas complete a three-game sweep.— Mitch Moreland’s second home run of the afternoon was a two-run, walk-off blast over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 5-3 win against Blue Jays. Rafael Devers also homered and Boston relievers combined for three hitless innings of shutout relief. August 10, 2020 — The Washington Football Team has activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list. Foster tore an ACL and caused additional damage to his left knee during offseason workouts in May 2019 before missing that season.— Wide receiver Chester Rogers has signed with the Dolphins. Rogers started 22 games over four seasons with the Colts before becoming available. He has 111 career receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns. 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In other NFL news:— New Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson is sidelined indefinitely with a non-football injury. Coach Sean McVay won’t reveal the nature of Robinson’s condition, which isn’t coronavirus-related. Robinson is participating in the Rams’ team meetings, and he doesn’t need surgery or another medical procedure. UNDATED (AP) — The seeding and matchups are set for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs following victories by the Stars, Capitals and Blue Jackets.The Stars rallied in the final minute of regulation before beating the Blues, 2-1 in a shootout. Jake Allen was on the verge of a shutout win until veteran Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period. Denis Gurianov (goor-ee-AH’-nav) provided the lone shootout goal to close out the win.The Stars will take on the Flames and the Blues will square off with the Canucks in the opening round. The other Western Conference series will have the top-seeded Golden Knights versus the Blackhawks and the Avalanche against the Coyotes.The Capitals were 2-1 winners over the Bruins, which means Washington will take on the Islanders in the first round. Goals by T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) and Tom Wilson helped the Caps avoid an 0-2-1 finish in the round-robin tournament. Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots in the victory.The Bruins went 0-3 in the round-robin tourney and will square off against Carolina in the opening round. That means Murray can relinquish the wild-card invitation he received from the U.S. Tennis Association, which now will be given to American Mitchell Krueger.Popyrin is a 21-year-old Australian who is ranked 103rd. He joins Australians Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) as players who are skipping the tournament.LPGA-MARATHON CLASSICKang rallies to winSYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Danielle Kang pulled off a stunning comeback in winning the LPGA’s Marathon Classic in Ohio. 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Dylan Moore slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to put Seattle ahead to stay.— The Dodgers spotted the Giants a 2-0 lead before AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts each hit a three-run homer to give Los Angeles a 6-2 victory. The Dodgers have won nine of 12 and took two out of three from their NL West rivals.— Manny Machado homered twice and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. slammed his eighth home run of the season as the Padres coasted past the Diamondbacks, 9-5. Dinelson Lamet (lah-MEHT’) no-hit Arizona until Kole Calhoun led off the seventh with a homer.— Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. belted a go-ahead, two-run homer while the Braves scored five times in the fifth inning of a 5-2 verdict over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Adam Duvall added a three-run double later in the fifth to put Atlanta ahead, 5-1. Associated Press The Blue Jackets have closed out their qualifying-round series with a 3-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs, knocking Toronto out of the postseason.Zach Werenski opened the scoring 6:29 into the first period. Liam Foudy doubled the lead midway through the third period, and the Jackets held on after blowing a three-goal lead in the last four minutes of regulation in Game 4, a 4-3 loss to the Leafs.Nick Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh) iced the series with an empty-net goal.Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 33 shots in his second shutout of the series.The Blue Jackets will face the Lightning in Round 1. The other East series will have the Flyers taking on the Canadiens. Oakland’s Ramon Laureano got hit by a pitch for the third time in the three-game series. Laureano began exchanging words with animated Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward him. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder reached Cintron, touching off a wild scene in which players streamed out of the stands to join the scrum.Matt Olson hit a three-run homer in the third and Matt Chapman connected the very next pitch, taking the score from 1-0 to 5-0 on consecutive offerings from Astros starter Cristian Javier.Robbie Grossman also homered and Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) contributed an RBI single as the A’s dealt the Astros their fifth consecutive loss.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Rays pulled out a 4-3 win over the Yankees on an RBI single by Michael Perez in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Brosseau and Brandon Lowe both homered in the seventh, when the Rays tied it at 3. — Detroit completed a three-game sweep as Spencer Turnbull pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth to send the Tigers past the Pirates, 2-1. The pitchers’ duel came after the two teams combined for 46 runs in the first two games of the series.— Mike Freeman’s RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Indians a 5-3 lead in a 5-4 triumph over the White Sox. Shane Bieber struck out eight over six innings but gained a no-decision after allowing home runs by Jose Abreu and James McCann.— The Nationals-Orioles game had to be suspended with the Birds leading 5-2 in the top of the sixth. Stephen Strasburg threw scoreless ball in his first start of the season until Hanser Alberto’s two-run double and Anthony Santander’s two-run single in Baltimore’s five-run fifth. The grounds crew had trouble placing the tarp over the infield during a thunderstorm, leading to the suspension.MLB-NEWSPirates-Cardinals series postponed UNDATED (AP) — Another Cardinals series has been postponed while the team continues dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.The upcoming three-game series with the Pirates scheduled to begin Monday has been called off. It’s the Cardinals’ 11th, 12th and 13th games to be derailed by the outbreak. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30. In other MLB news:— The Indians sent Zach Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday in a rental car after the young right-hander violated team rules and Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols. A club official told the Associated Press the 25-year-old Plesac went out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night following his win against the White Sox. The person added that the team got Plesac a car so he wouldn’t be on a plane with teammates and staff in the event he contracted the virus. Update on the latest sports The Grizzlies dropped to 1-5 in the restart and are barely hanging onto eighth place in the West, with Portland, Phoenix and San Antonio close behind. In other NBA action:— Gordon Hayward hit three free throws with 2:29 remaining in overtime to put the Celtics ahead to stay in their third straight win, 122-119 over the Magic. Hayward finished with 31 points and Jayson Tatum scored 29, including the tying basket with 4.2 seconds left in regulation. Nikola Vučević led Orlando with 26 points and 11 rebounds.— Austin Rivers torched the Kings for a career-high 41 points off the bench and the Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away in a 129-112 victory. Houston was up by seven in the third quarter before scoring the next eight points, with 3s from Ben McLemore and Robert Covington. James Harden added 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Rockets won easily despite playing their second straight game without Russell Westbrook.— Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points off the bench in the Thunder’s 121-103 rout of the Wizards. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 as Oklahoma City moved to 3-2 in the seeding games. Washington is 0-6 since the restart. — Pirates utility infielder Phil Evans will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion and fracturing his jaw. Evans was injured when teammate Gregory Polanco’s right elbow hit Evans in the face while the two were chasing down a flyball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Evans briefly lost consciousness on the play, but director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk says he is expected to make a full recovery. — The Yankees have placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Stanton was hurt in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Rays while advancing from first to second base on a wild pitch. — Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) has been placed on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation three starts into his one-year contract with the Mets. Manager Luis Rojas said that Wacha felt pain in his shoulder after allowing four runs in five innings on Friday. NASCAR-MICHIGANHarvick completes weekend of dominance NBA-SCHEDULERaptors take No. 2 seedLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were able to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs while preventing the Memphis Grizzlies from wrapping up a spot in the Western Conference play-in series.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 26 points to help the Raptors beat the Grizzlies, 108-99. Norman Powell chipped in 16 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 as Toronto wrapped up its fifth consecutive season with at least 50 wins. Dillon Brooks scored 25 points, Grayson Allen matched a season high with 20 and Ja (jah) Morant had 17 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future did not amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with comments about Booker, who is the Phoenix Suns’ star guard.Green said Saturday during an appearance as an analyst for TNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career.” MLB-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — The Athletics and Astros ignored social distancing recommendations on Sunday by resorting to some antisocial behavior.Benches cleared and even the stands emptied during Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the Astros. It was the first dust-up between the two teams since A’s pitcher Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) revealed the Astros stole signs during their World Series run while he was with Houston. The 23-year-old closed with a 6-under 64 to win the PGA Championship by two strokes over Paul Casey and third-round leader Dustin Johnson. Morikawa was tied with Casey before an eagle on the par-4 16. He closed with consecutive pars for a 13 under total.Johnson fell behind with a bogey on the par-5 14. He also was second in last year’s PGA Championship, three months after his runner-up finish at the Masters.Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and Scottie Scheffler shared third at minus-10.NHL-SCHEDULEStars, Caps, Jackets win BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has completed a weekend sweep of NASCAR’s Cup races at Michigan International Speedway.Harvick held off Denny Hamlin over the final laps and finished 0.09 ahead to become the first driver to win Cup races on consecutive days since Richard Petty in 1971.Harvick also took the first two stages in Saturday’s victory before earning the second state Sunday.Martin Truex Jr. finished third and Kyle Busch finished fourth. Busch remains winless on the year.NFL-NEWS — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and backup Rudy Gay added 19 as the Spurs outlasted the Pelicans, 122-113. Dejounte (deh-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray scored 18 for San Antonio, which moved into 10th place in the West as the Spurs try to gain a spot in the play-in game. JJ Redick scored 31 points with a season-high eight 3-pointers for New Orleans, which is on the verge of elimination.— Damian Lillard poured in 51 points as the Trail Blazers outlasted the 76ers, 124-121 to pull within a half-game of Memphis for eighth place in the West. Philadelphia played the last three quarters without All-Star center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’), who left with what the team called a left ankle injury. — Caris LeVert had 27 points and 13 assists as the Nets earned a 129-120 win over the Clippers and the seventh seed in the East. The Nets shot 85.7% (18 of 21) from the field in the first quarter, racing to a 21-point lead. Joe Harris delivered 23 of his 25 points by halftime.NBA-GREEN FINEDNBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for Devin Booker comments The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third. Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tires to clear the way for Verstappen to take an unlikely win.
Gary Andersen said it, and I swear we were all listening; it just didn’t sink in right away. The words came during last Monday’s press conference, five days before Wisconsin’s first game of the season against Massachusetts. He was asked about nominating a starting quarterback, which, at that point, had yet to be done and, according to him, was never a significant announcement.“I just really don’t believe the quarterback position needs to be treated any different,” head coach Andersen said, noting the team doesn’t make a momentous announcement for other positions like left guard, cornerback or free safety – other positions of concern and competition during camp.In those words,14 of them during the middle of his press conference, Andersen told us the absolute truth about this Wisconsin team: Choosing a quarterback isn’t that big of a deal.Wisconsin football may be in a transitional phase between head coaches, but as Andersen has said time and again, Wisconsin football will largely remain Wisconsin football. The expression implies game control, running the football, not being penalized and putting it all together for a victory.It’s interesting how the quarterback fits into that mold. They may touch the ball on every play, but more times than not, they’re handing it off to a Wisconsin running back. Also more times than not, that running back is the best running back on the field, and one of the best on any given field on any given Saturday.When they have to throw, it usually isn’t beyond 20 yards, threading the defense because they have to. No, it’s typically closer to 10 yards, finding a tight end or a slashing senior wide receiver like Jared Abbrederis.The form by which Wisconsin handles its quarterbacks – outside of abnormally fantastic seasons and human beings like 2011 and former quarterback Russell Wilson – is the exact reason why sixth-year senior quarterback Curt Phillips was able to keep the Badgers within knockout distance of Stanford in last season’s Rose Bowl.The Cardinal were one of the best teams in the nation, boasting a defense worth trembling over. But Phillips – more heralded for his senior leadership than his throwing ability – did exactly what he had to do to sustain Wisconsin’s fighting chance against one of the best teams in the country.He threw 16 passes, completing 10 of them for just 83 yards. I’ll repeat — 83 yards. He led an offense to convert seven of 15 third downs and threw for a touchdown. Only one pass was completed for more than 20 yards and he handed the ball off to a running back 39 times. Phillips played Wisconsin football and that’s what the 2013 starting quarterback will have to do.It’s rarely sexy, but ask Ohio State if they are jealous of Wisconsin’s three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances (regardless of how those trips out West manifested.) It was good enough to get Bret Bielema his soon woeful shot in the SEC.It’s the way Wisconsin works and it’s how they’ve worked their way to the top of the Big Ten. It’s how the 2012 team, largely forgotten about at 8-5, was a few plays away from beating an 11-2 team in Pasadena. Even though a coaching change ensued, the Wisconsin way is far from fading.So fretting about who will be taking snaps and handing the ball off and making short throws and skillfully leading the offense shouldn’t be fussed about any more than who is blocking for those hand offs or trying to catch those passes. When choosing a quarterback becomes a big deal, skepticism and speculation run like a spring river.Choosing “the right” quarterback is only a big deal if fans and the media decide to hound Andersen, the quarterback, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, etc. after his first overthrown pass or his first interception or his first boneheaded sack. These things are going to happen. Choosing “the right” quarterback is only a big deal if we didn’t have a clue of their capabilities. We know about redshirt sophomore Joel Stave. We know about Phillips. Both are great fits in the Wisconsin system.In selecting one over the other, the program isn’t settling. Many teams across the country would trade in last year’s victories to have Stave or Phillips starting for them in 2013.Choosing “the right” quarterback is only a big deal if he has a slightly rough half and an underperforming offensive line has magnified his errors leading to his being pulled against a better-than-most Utah State team. Andersen knows a thing or two about that game. Maybe that’s why he didn’t want the quarterback announcement to be an ordeal.Nonetheless, it would be unfair to say that it doesn’t matter who runs onto the field for Wisconsin each game, because it definitely does matter. However, regardless of whether it’s Stave or Phillips that ends up being “the right” quarterback for UW, there will still be a Wisconsin quarterback, and we can’t forget what that actually means. Sean is a senior majoring in journalism and communication arts. 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