Arsenal Dutch striker Robin van Persie has blasted Premier League competitors Chelsea and Manchester City branding the two big spending clubs as big mouths.
Van Persie went on to speak highly of his club's philosophy while criticizing the cultures of Barcelona and Chelsea, labeling them serial complainers.
As the Premier League title race winds into an exciting climax, Arsenal, who were written off by many before the start of the season, remain in second place and in the best position to outrace leaders Manchester United to the title. Van Persie, currently on International duty for Netherlands, considers Arsenal's second position, above the free-spenders Manchester City and Chelsea, as proof enough of his side's competitiveness while going on to aim a few jibes at the Premier League rich kids .
I still strongly believe in my club's philosophy, Van Persie said. A club like Manchester City change their philosophy every year and Chelsea spent about €80million this season, two clubs who had a big mouth before the season, thinking that Arsenal wouldn't play a role in the title race but we are still ahead of them, and just by playing our own game, through our own philosophy.
However, the striker does realize the need to improve as his team could end the season trophy-less after crashing out of Carling Cup, the FA Cup and the Champions League within a fortnight. He urged his teammates to find the spark and embark on an end-of-the-season surge which, if they win the Premiership, could be their best season in seven years.
He said, We always do our best at Arsenal and always want to win. On a number of occasions we have been very close but, at the last moment, it's often not good enough. That's the reality. It's very frustrating when you lose, especially as a team when we're so close. But we have to look forward and now it's up to us to change all that. I firmly believe in the team, Arsenal and myself and I'm positive we will win prizes.