July 27, 2012 by thegoonerreport
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep Robin van Persie, but wants the captain’s future sorted one way or the other by the start of the new Barclays Premier League season. (The Independent)
Has Arsene finally learned his lesson? After last years’ disaster involving the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri it seems that Mr Wenger has decided not to put the fans through the same torture again this year, Arsenals’ summer 2011 left many Arsenal fans calling for Wenger’s head after the loss of 3 first team players resulting in the panic buys of Park Chu Young, Per Mertesaker and Mikel Arteta, even though the latter has become a fan favourite it still didn’t do much to ease the pressure of Arsene’s shoulders after 6 trophy-less years.
This summer however seems to be a different story, with the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud finalised weeks ahead of the new Premier League campaign it appears that Arsene is integrating the squad and getting all deals out-of-the-way so concentration on the new campaign can take priority, this includes resolving Robin Van Persie’s short-term future.
The 28-year-old Netherlands striker announced after the European Championship that he would not be renewing his current contract with the club, which expires at the end of next term, and questioned if the club’s ambitions could meet his own. Some may question Arsenal’s ambition, including the captain, however in terms of running the club within its means you have to say that Arsenal are ambitious to qualify for the Champions League year in year out, Arsene is proud of this achievement, even if Robin is not.
Wenger said at a press conference: “We are very, very ambitious. You know that. Not only very ambitious, but also very proud of the way we run our club.
“Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him. I have supported him through his whole career. He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him.
“However, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head you can decode that.”
Of course Arsenal’s desire is to keep him, as Arsene stated he is one of the best strikers in the world, Arsene will do what is best for the club, if Robin wants to go then Arsene will let him go, he is too intelligent to let a sobbing footballer stay at a club he doesn’t want to be at, what is best for the club is to bring in a replacement, a player who wants to play for the club, because surely then even if they are not up to Van Persie’s standard they would still be of more use than player that doesn’t want to pull of the red and white anymore.
What matters though is believing in Arsene, it seems this year will be a lot more stress free for the Arsenal faithful even though the prospect of losing their captain looms, that alone shows how much Arsene has learned from last years fiasco. Onward.
Words by Michael Dickens – @GoonerReporter