Any reason for Emirates Stadium supporters to panic?
Van Persie cools off after Arsenal woe with late-night visit to Barcelona team hotel
After losing his temper against Wigan, Robin van Persie decided to cool off with a visit to the Barcelona team hotel on Monday night.
The Arsenal striker – who refused to shake Gary Caldwell’s hand at the end of their shock 2-1 home defeat to lowly Wigan – was pictured leaving the Marriott hotel on Park Lane.
The Dutchman was spotted chatting with fellow countryman Ibrahim Afellay, who is part of the Barca party in the capital.
Van Persie may have also used the trip to catch up with his old Gunners pal Cesc Fabregas, who left the Emirates to rejoin his boyhood club last summer.
However, Arsenal fans will fear that his friendliness with the Barcelona team will only increase his chances of moving to the Nou Camp at the end of the season.
Van Persie has just one year remaining on his deal and has yet to commit his future to the Barclays Premier League side as they attempt to persuade him not to follow big names such as Fabregas and Samir Nasri out of the club.
Although Barcelona have a string of top-quality attackers, they would be interested in Van Persie if he was up for grabs.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
So do Arsenal fans have need to worry? Well probably not. Clearly if Robin Van Persie was attempting to force a ‘secret’ move to Barcelona he wouldn’t pop to the team’s hotel in Park Lane so that he could be snapped by the awaiting press throng. In all likelihood he was probably just looking to say hello to some of his ex-colleagues and national team-mates.
Arsenal’s recent run of good form, prior to their surprise defeat against Wigan, had extinguished the mass speculation about the Arsenal skippers future. However so long as a new contract has not been signed then there will continue to be talk of a possible Emirates Stadium departure.
With there being much talk of prospective talent on it’s way to the North London club this summer it seems that Arsenal are ready to show Van Persie they are ambitious and looking to bring an end to a lengthy barren spell.
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