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Van Persie warning: Arsenal have left it too late to re-sign Robin – Vieira
Patrick Vieira has taunted Arsene Wenger by claiming Arsenal have left it too late to keep Robin Van Persie, report Mike Walters and John Cross..
City are favourites to land him, and after Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas quit the Emirates last summer, Vieira risked his old mentor Wenger’s wrath by claiming: “I think losing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last year was a big shock for Arsenal – and if they lose Robin this year, it will be a trauma.
Vieira added: “I’m quite surprised they have waited until he has only a year left on his contract to talk to him. It’s difficult to find players of Robin’s quality anywhere in the world with only a year left – especially strikers who can score 34 goals in a season. It’s difficult to understand.
Vieira, promoting ITV’s Euro 2012 coverage in London, admitted: “I’m not the right person to tell him what he should do but, knowing Robin, I don’t think it will be only City who would like this kind of player.
“I don’t think you have many talents like Robin who have just one year left on their contracts – I think there will be a lot of teams who want a signing like him.”
“Of course, it is going to be difficult to keep him or convince him to stay, but I don’t know what is the plan for them.
“From Arsenal’s point of view, I think this is something they should have closed a long time ago”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
One wonders why Patrick Vieira has decided to pipe up on this matter and whether his decision to do so has anything to do with the fact that the former Arsenal legend is now Football Development Executive at Man City.
There are no doubt a great many Arsenal fans greatly worried by the fact that Robin Van Persie is still to put pen to paper on a new Gunners contract and now that the 28 year old is moving towards the last year of his current deal there is a fear that his position at the club becomes more and more vulnerable by the day.
The signing of Lukas Podolski should at least prove that the North London club has the ambition, and spending power, to bring in top class additions and it may take another signing or two to help make up the striker’s mind as after eight seasons at Arsenal the skipper surely has the loyalty to consider any big money offer Arsene Wenger can make to keep the captain at the Emirates Stadium.
Man City are apparently the front-runners to sign Van Persie according to this source but they also state that Juventus continue to track the Premier League goal machine, who’s value may well increase if he puts in a good shift at the Euro 2012 finals.
Van Persie would do well to remember that Arsenal stuck by him during his very regular bouts of long term injury as he thinks long and hard about the next contract he signs, be it with his current club or any other.