Desperate times call for desperate measures at the Emirates Stadium club.
Robin van Persie has revealed that Arsenal want his five-year-old son to enter their youth training ranks. Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has built a reputation for unearthing young gems but following the blood line of a star player would appear to be a fresh tactic. More seriously, the gesture could be construed as a part of the ongoing attempt to bind Van Persie to the club for the long term.
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 at the team’s coach that he has been happy for Shaqueel to remain with him and ignore Arsenal’s calls.
“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.
It is not entirely unusual for Premier League clubs to seek to accommodate the young sons of players. Damian, the son of Rafael van der Vaart, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and Van Persie’s international team-mate with Holland, trains every week with the Tottenham under-sixes.
The Arsenal striker, who is in prolific goal-scoring form, has postponed new contract talks until the summer, when he will have 12 months to run on his deal. A host of clubs are monitoring the situation, chief among them Manchester City and, in an interview with NUsport magazine, Van Persie spoke of his admiration for Barcelona.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Apparently Shaqueel is great at golf as well and Robin claims his son often beats him in a game. Now this either means that Robin Van Persie is using the wrong end of his golf club of his son is one of those born sportsman that can basically turn pro across the board in any sport they put their mind to.
On the face of it this is a fairly innocuous story but perhaps there is a deeper meaning to Arsenal’s interest in Robin’s five year old son. Either they are keen on enrolling the youngster because they see obvious talent that the child possesses, and that is not that unusual in this day and age and is a path that both Ajax and Barcelona (among others) follow or the North London side are looking to tempt Van Persie senior to put some roots into the club.
The 28 year old striker is in the form of his life and after seven years at Arsenal, and with little tangible to show for that period, now stands at a crossroads. The Gunners skipper has less than 18 months to run on his current contract and if he still hasn’t put pen to paper by the summer then expect a myriad of clubs to come calling and then Arsene Wenger will find himself in the same position he was with Samir Nasri.
Arsenal will not want to see a top performer with just a year left to run on his deal because this leads them vulnerable to clubs looking to poach the Dutch international and his value will then decrease by the day leading a player open to potential big money offers so as to avoid the selling club being done up like kippers.