It seems Robin van Persie isn't the only member of his family that Arsenal are trying to get a commitment from. According to Robin, his awesomely named five-year-old son Shaqueel has attracted the attention of Arsene Wenger's interest in young talent. But like Robin with Arsenal's attempts to resign their leading scorer and captain, young Shaqueel has shied away from the club's advances.
From the Guardian:
Shaqueel, who has shown great promise in both football and golf — he sometimes beats his father at the latter — plays for a team close to the Van Persie family home. Van Persie has been so impressed with the team's coach that he has been happy for Shaqueel to remain with him and ignore Arsenal's calls.
Yes, just because Robin van Persie can score against the world's greatest goalkeepers at will doesn't mean he can beat a five year old at golf. That s*** is hard.
"I honestly have to say that he [Shaqueel] has got a lot of talent for football," said Van Persie, the Arsenal captain. "I recognise a lot of stuff of myself in him. His coach is really great. Arsenal has invited him a couple of times to come and play there but he likes it at his club. He's sensitive for a good atmosphere. Just like me."
So Robin hasn't though to assure his son that there's a good atmosphere at Arsenal? OK then. Also, I'm guessing he winked and nudged whoever is in charge of giving him more money at Arsenal after saying "just like me."
"He loves to play golf. You've got some great golf courses here. He's taking lessons and we regularly play a round. Sometimes he beats me! He's got a great gift for where the ball has to go. My shots sometimes end up in the bush; his always go straight. He says: 'Dad, I'm going to chip now, gimme my this or that club.' He can do that perfectly as well."
Apparently Robin van Persie plays golf the way (choose: Fernando Torres/Andy Carroll/Emile Heskey/all three) plays football.