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Modern Day Footballers Are All About Excuses
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
Here’s what I like about Antonio Di Natale: He’s been the best goal scorer in Italy for the past three seasons, he’s unlikely to get much interest from bigger clubs because of his age and, significantly, he doesn’t believe that his exploits in front of goal give him some divine right to trophies. Sure he’s pulling more than his share of the weight for Udinese, but his humility allows him to recognise that maybe he himself could have done more - certainly earlier in his career. However he seems to be ok with that. His offer to look after the sister of Piermario Morosini, the player who collapsed and died back in April, is one of the better and kinder stories to come from those in much more fortuitous positions.

Isn’t that more or less what Arsenal are getting with Robin van Persie? There’s got to be some belief that the club would have added at least one trophy over the last seven years had Van Persie stayed fit and firing throughout a full season. Instead, his one year of good form—heavily influential above any other Arsenal player—has now given him the right to trophies. Ok, it’s great for the best players in the world to accentuate their careers with the finest trophies on offer; it’s still a great shame that players like Ronaldo or Dennis Bergkamp, among many others, never lifted the Champions League. But maybe Van Persie’s level of thinking should be on how he can contribute more to his club, rather than his reaction which resembles one fleeing the scene of a bank robbery.

He might be after that significant pay rise, although I can’t imagine why anyone would need more than £90,000 a week. Or there is a genuine feeling from him that he needs to win trophies—as he says. But his actions are far from a shock, but rather what we’ve come to expect from modern footballers. No loyalty, but rather ruthless in their quest for the gold at the end of the rainbow.

Emmanuel Adebayor left Arsenal because he felt he deserved more money. As did Mathieu Flamini. Again, one great season and they have this right to whatever their goal is in their career. Where’s the hard work of pushing through four, five or six years until you eventually reach the top? Some young players are lucky, they’re afforded spectacular playing ability and the right environment to succeed at an early age. Eden Hazard, Mario Gotze and even those at Barcelona. But you do get a sense that they’ve contributed significantly beyond just one standout season. The modern day footballer—at least in most cases—do not have that same level of thinking. Their careers are short and often magnificent, but it would be nice to have them look at their lives with a bit of realism.

Like with Di Natale, there’s an acceptance that the gift of playing professionally and being set for life (barring something serious) is the pinnacle of his playing career. But it’s as if Arsenal and their fans, for example, are being punished for Van Persie’s injuries over the years. Yes he’s also approaching the tail-end of his career and yes there is the very real chance of creating a very comfortable life for him and his family with his final contract. But if his ambition really is to win trophies, then pull up your socks and make up for the last seven years of wasted time and opportunities.

The line about the club lacking similar ambitions is rubbish. In fact it smacks a little of him feeding off the same trick that got Cesc Fabregas out the Emirates door 12-months ago. Many might disagree with the way Arsenal run a football club—profit before trophies—but it would be great if van Persie could have led the rebellion against such greed and nonsense on the pitch.

Arsene Wenger has begun the process of upgrading the squad, but evidently a German international—a nation who are on far better footing on the national stage than the Dutch—and one of the most exciting and lethal finishers in France last season are not deemed satisfactory for the man who has only done it once in his career. And if there is questions to be raised about Olivier Giroud’s contribution only really coming in one season, well his age of 25 certainly leaves opportunity for a lot more to come.

But like Van Persie, the modern footballer is all about excuses. It’s never their fault that things have gone wrong in the past and they’re happy to go to clubs where the responsibility is shared. If they’re as good as they and the personal accolades claim them to be, then put that ability to good use for the clubs that gave you that opportunity.

It’s a sickening state of football at the moment. He might not be able to string a sentence together, but give me Paul Merson in an Arsenal shirt over all this modern football nonsense.

Written by Thomas Hallett

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BeefCurtains (Limerick) 4 years ago
^This piece = misguided waffle.

"Modern Day Footballers Are All About Excuses. "

Wrong. Footballers over the last 50 years have always been about excuses. Be it excuses for poor performances, failing drug tests, drugs themselves, theft, gambling, adultery, rape, manslaughter, etc, etc.

Tell us something we don't know.

(.... And with that in mind, I'm sure the irony of your 'Merson' reference will not be lost on you.)

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