RVP is the true captain now; Fab’s time is over

Ready or not, we’re getting an almost entirely new team next year: a substantial influx of new players and a new identity. But no matter what happens, this team next year will be RVP’s, not Fab’s. With Fab’s flirtatious, if not obsessive, eyes cast south, RVP is taking the chance to stamp his identity on the Club and solidify his status as an Arsenal Legend in a way Fab never will be able to after this summer.

We all learned a lot last summer when we lost Toure and he who shall not be named. Team chemistry increased threefold. People were so giddy they couldn’t even hide the fact that team was actually speaking to each other. Gallas, previously not speaking to half the team, now is only ignored by a select few -five according to Nasri. But just when things started to settle, the chaos began again this summer.

With Fab’s amorous glances back home, Gunner Nation has gone through an identity crisis of sorts. We gave him his opportunity, our support, the captain band, more money…but it just wasn’t enough. Fab wants to leave. Our courageous captain rejected us; so it’s no surprise Gunner Nation is living in a roller-coaster of a summer transfer window.

Then along came a voice. It was understated, but assured. Clear and calm, RVP sent out a call, not just to his fellow players, but to Gunner Nation and the world. RVP staked his claim as the team leader next year. More importantly, he’s giving us a new identity built on loyalty, commitment and quality. With a World Cup anticipating his explosion onto the scene with full fitness and rest, RVP provides not just hope, but a hint at what’s to come.

RVP announced his loyalty to the Club and Manager that have stood behind him, nurtured him and offered him an enjoyable career. He did what Fab refused to do: he claimed us.  He appreciated that legendary status is often a once in a lifetime shot and he’s going to take it.

Now, even if Fab should per chance stay next year, he will never be the true captain again, even if wears the armband; at least, he won’t in the hearts of the team and fans. Just like Gallas lost the players with his break down. Fab lost the fans with his refusal to return the loyalty he received. And don’t think he didn’t lose the players as well. He also lost the chance to be a true legend should he stay. Sure, it’s possible he can become one at barca, but good luck competing for that status against the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, and oh yeah, Messi.

We knew that we missed RVP last term after his injury, but Gunner Nation is accustomed to his injuries and didn’t even blink. As the season wore on though, we realized that we missed his clinical finishing. But more importantly, watching him on the field, we missed his leadership. Fab did a fantastic job, but this summer’s chaos has proven who leads us: Robin Van Persie. I’m following and so should you.


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