Should the Emirates Stadium star stay or should he go? Here are the reasons for and against.
Speculation continues to surround Robin Van Persie’s Arsenal future and will continue to do so until the end of the month or up until the date he either signs a new deal or indeed secures a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Discussions on the subject of whether the Dutch international should remain at the North London club or whether he should continue to stick by his initial decision to refuse to sign a new contract are bountiful in the press, on message boards and pubs and terraces alike.
If the Gunners star just happens to stumble upon this article here are some helpful salient words of advice as to which decision he should make.
It’s all to easy to forget during Robin Van Persie’s heyday of the past 18 months to two years that the Arsenal striker did spend an inordinate amount of time out injured during which time the club stood by the former Feyenoord man when they could perhaps have opted to offload the striker.
12, 13, 17, 13, 24, 14, 19, 37; no this isn’t the sequence of numbers straight out of LOST these are the amount of Premier League starts Van Persie made in each of the last eight seasons and as you can see the Arsenal man has been unavailable, injured, or recovering from injury for nigh on half his Gunners career.
Perhaps the loyalty shown by Arsenal should be repaid by the striker in the form of another signed contract?
Having skimped on additions in recent seasons Arsenal have decided this summer to go for broke, well relatively speaking anyway, by signing three top level signings in the form of Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.
Some are of the belief that Wenger’s willingness to sign a new pair of strikers is an implicit admission that he doesn’t expect Robin Van Persie to remain at the club but even if this was the case he isn’t going to complain if the 29 year old opts to stick around and cause the French boss the kind of headache any manager would like to suffer.
Seeing it through
Robin Van Persie has been critical of the manner in which Arsenal football club is run but appears to have no gripe with Arsene Wenger. He may therefore feel that he, as one of the club’s senior players, has a duty to complete the transitional path the Gunners boss has taken.
Having been handed the captaincy he is clearly not only a focal point in terms of his residual impact on the field of play but also in the dressing room, a player his younger team-mates can look up to, to learn from.
The Arsenal striker is apparently very settled in the area and the upheaval of a move away from the club could also be a factor and there may well be a sense of unfinished business, this theory is of course predicated on whether Van Persie feels that any unfinished business can be achieved.