Emirates Stadium duo set to leave this summer.
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Dutch auction: Arsenal finally admit they will sell Robin van Persie… for £30 million
Theo Walcott could follow him out the door as contract negotiations stall
Arsenal have slapped a £30 million price tag on striker Robin van Persie.
The Dutch striker has so far failed to agree an extension to his current deal which has just one season left.
The club are willing to make Van Persie the highest earner in the club’s history with an offer close to £130,000-a-week.
But Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood admitted that if another club offers Van Persie £250,000 a week, then Arsenal would not be able to compete.
But there is also a question mark about the future of Theo Walcott. The England winger also has one-year left on his contract but talks about a new deal have reached deadlock.
The two parties are still some distance from agreement and Walcott could be on the move in the summer.
SOURCE: Sunday Mirror
This source appears to suggest that Arsenal are resigned to losing two of their prized assets as contract talks for both stall, leading to speculation that offers for Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott will be considered ahead of their Emirates Stadium departures.
Clearly if Van Persie is looking to garner as high a wage packet as possible then Arsenal can not challenge the likes of Man City and given that in footballing terms the North London side have failed to land any silverware in seven seasons the chances of the Dutch striker staying are growing slimmer by the day.
Last term proved to be the Gunners skipper’s most prolific to date, with the 28 year old netting 37 goals in all competitions. Man City appear the most likely to make a significant offer for the former Feyenoord man and clearly the Premier League title holders have successfully snapped up Arsenal players in the past so a move to the Etihad Stadium is by no means impossible.
Theo Walcott has had an up and down time of it over the past 18 months, showing touches of brilliance but failing to put together a consistent run of form. Perhaps Wenger is willing to lose the England international given that the he has youngsters Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi to call upon as well as the most experienced wide-men Gervinho and Andrei Arshavin.