Robin Van Persie, Captain Vantastic, the man who “scores when he wants”. Arguably our most important player, has one year left on his contract. In the world of football, this is a critical time for both player and club. Van Persie is currently holidaying and will resume talks on his future when he returns, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to gather my own thoughts on this saga.
I’d just like to reiterate that he is indeed on holidays in the Caribbean, therefore any reports you’ve seen recently or are seeing now with regards to Van Persie have little or no truth to them. They are pure speculation/rumour. Sightings in Manchester and/or Barcelona or wherever else the media feels like are not only wrong, but utterly embarrassing and facepalm-worthy. I mean seriously, how stupid do they think we are?
Here are a few reasons why I think Van Persie is more likely to stay than not:
He loves the club and wants them to do well
The reason I believe he loves the club and wants us to do well is that he made it clear that he will sign a contract extension if he is convinced of the club’s ambition. He’s also stated that he could never imagine playing for another English club other than Arsenal. Ideally wants to win with Arsenal and Arsenal only. If he didn’t love the club, he would have handed in a formal transfer request by now.
He isn’t like Cesc or Nasri
Van Persie’s heart isn’t in Catalunya, and he doesn’t have a bunch of mates tapping him up to join Barcelona. He isn’t a money hungry c*nt like Samir Na$ri. He isn’t like Cesc who refused to play in pre-season and forced us to sell to Barcelona. He isn’t like Na$ri who made inappropriate comments in the media during his transfer saga. Van Persie hasn’t uttered a word to the media and hasn’t got the bad vibes of the players from last year, so he’s less likely to leave in this sense.
Transfer policy appears to have changed this year
The signings of Podolski and Giroud and a couple of other class signings will sway Captain Vantastic and convince him of the club’s ambition. I know its early, but we can certainly see something different about Wenger’s transfer dealings this time. Two marquee signings early in the window, as opposed to a bunch of panic buys on August 31. No sign of teenagers with “potential” this time either (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the big signings are the priority obviously). We’ve been linked with Yann M’Vila and the likes of EURO 2012 hero, Alan Dzagoev. If these are the sort of players Wenger is chasing we’ll be more competitive next season.
The positive vibes seem more legitimate
I know I’m an Arsenal fan, and you may think I’m thinking with my heart, but honestly, the positive statements seem more legitimate than the negative.
When Giroud signed he stated “I haven’t come to take the place of Van Persie”. He appears convinced that our captain will stay, and has signed on that basis.
This is what Van Persie’s wife Bouchra had to say:
“We have been in London for eight years now. As a family, we love it here. Robin is captain of Arsenal and, as many people claim, the leader of the Arsenal team. Arsenal believed in Robin when he was young and when he was considered as a bit of a rebel. We don’t want to upset things at home either. Our kids, Shaqueel and Dina, go to school here in London. And they are just as happy as we are. We still expect to sit down after this season is over and have a look at the future. We have to make some decisions at some point. But it is not just about Robin. He also thinks about us, his children and me.”
Behind every successful man is a woman.
Finally, reputable BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein had this to say on his Twitter:
“Van Persie to resume talks with Arsenal when back from Caribbean break. He’s keen to stay, with or without new contract. Ball in Arsenal court”
The negative vibes seem to be just speculation
There have been millions of things said about Manchester City, but not a single quote. Nothing of substance. There has been no offer. Nothing. Articles just full of assumptions. Each article follows this sort of a template:
Van Persie is sick of not winning trophies, not signing a contract……an inside source (which is never named, nor is there ever any quote) states that Wenger is willing to sell for £30 million……Man City will offer wages of £250,000 and better chance to win titles…..the sky is also blue…..grass is also green….a football is round
Its all basically hearsay, all sh*t we already know and the rest is just baseless assumptions. Let’s think about it rationally. This team already has a bunch of world class strikers in Tevez, Balotelli and Aguero. Let’s not forget Adebayor and Dzeko. Is Van Persie going to go to Man City to sit on the bench? City also need to be ready for the UEFA fair play regulations in a couple of seasons, they can’t just spend lavishly as they have done in recent years. Given these regulations, why would they spend money on a striker when they already have five perfectly good strikers?
No other big club has shown any interest, many ruling out making a bid, apart from Juventus. No official approach made though, so it remains to be seen.
We aren’t going to let our captain go on the cheap, the offer coming in has to be a substantial one, or else Wenger will probably let him run down his contract for the final year.
I wish I knew more, but unfortunately apart from the man himself, Wenger, and a few other people inside the club, very few of us know what Van Persie is likely to do. Given the information at hand at the moment as discussed above there’s more chance of him staying than not. Personally I’d say its a 60/40 chance. Let’s not forget that this will be his last big contract and a world class player like him will want to win things, and that will play on his mind in the coming days. He’s given seven years to the club, and if he does leave, I hope its to a different league. I’d absolutely hate for it to be one of our Premier League rivals, but I am confident this will not be the case. I’m optimistic though that with one or two more class signings in addition to Giroud and Podolski, Van Persie will be persuaded to sign on the dotted line.