Robin van Persie: Is he a Traitor, or are the Board to Blame?

Well, well, well. You could say it was inevitable that Robin van Persie would not sign a new contract, however that would imply that the board tried as hard as they can to get him to renew his current deal, and I don’t believe that’s true.

What is true is that every time we look to be in a good position to win trophies the following season, we lose key players. I honestly don’t believe this would’ve happened during the David Dein era because he loved Arsenal, I’ve been quite complimentary of Gazidis in the past, however when it comes to renewing contracts for the top players, it appears that he simply isn’t doing well enough.

There are several parties you can blame, van Persie, his agent, the board or more specifically Gazidis, or you could blame Arsene Wenger. Ultimately it is the Dutchman’s decision as to how he wants to be remembered in years to come. Yes he’ll be remembered by Arsenal fans as a great player, but not a legend as he has only won one trophy during his eight year stint at the greatest club in the world and even that was only the F.A cup, if he leaves for a bigger club is he more likely to win trophies? Probably, yes. But by winning trophies with club like Manchester City or Real Madrid he will not be the stand out player, nor will he play every single game.

At Arsenal he is the captain, a hero, an role model, someone Junior Gunners all over the world look up to and want to play as in the playground. Its just sad it has to end this way as I think he stays then he will win trophies in the next five years as captain.

“As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the Boss and Mr. Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.”

Looking at the statement taken from Robin’s website, it reinforces my point that Gazidis does not care enough about the club. Even if financial terms or a contract were not discussed seeing as ‘that’s not Robin’s priority’, surely they should have been in order to try and keep the player? We supposedly offered Robin somewhere in the region of £130,000 to £140,000 a week, however if this statement is to be taken seriously, then it appears that these rumours were false as well.

Why is it that Tottenham have been able to keep their best players? It really is something I find quite worrying. Do we settle for mediocrity by finishing 3rd or 4th every year? Or do we aim for the top by winning trophies. I’m not suggesting we sacrifice our league position as a Champions League team for the Carling Cup, that would be stupid. However if we are to keep our best players and ultimately be successful, then trophies are a necessity . Its what every player wants to be remembered by when they hang up their boots. As Herbert Chapman once said “I’m going to make this the greatest club in the world.” Arguably he did, whilst also breaking several transfer records. Spending large sums of money isn’t always the answer, it has been successful for Man City, but there have also been several sob stories.

The manner of RVP’s statement was full of arrogance and false pretence’s, something we don’t usually associate with the Dutchman as he’s always appeared loyal through quotes in papers or through his attitude on the pitch. A die-hard attitude complimented perfectly with an exuberance of grace and class. He is a great player. What isn’t great about him is that he thinks one season without injury means that he’s too big for the club. He’s not and I for one think he’s owes us at least another season like the one he’s just had. Of course that would mean he’d be allowed to leave on a free  and I wouldn’t feel comfortable keeping a player who’s contract expires at the end of the season.

We need to sell him as soon as possible whilst his value is still high or at least keep trying to renew his current deal as we still have to remember though that its still not a formality that Robin will leave this summer or even next summer, for all we know he could be ‘doing a Rooney’ by publicly stating his desire to leave the club, its something which would surprise me, but then again I’ve been surprised so many times by football. Despite this the statement on does not reinforce this claim however this could be because they do not want to cause a confrontation and so they are staying neutral.

In the meantime the club need to look at a ‘world class’ replacement for van Persie and once done secure the long term future’s of Theo Walcott and Alex Song. I realise that I’m making this seem like something which is extremely simple, and its not. But I’m sure Gonzalo Higuain would be more than happy with a move to The Emirates if it meant that he would be the main man.

Arsenal need to deal with the matter as soon as possible, if he definitely want to leave then sell van Persie, replace him, and ‘hey presto’, everybody’s happy again.

In some ways the whole thing seems surreal , when I saw the statement at first I didn’t want to believe that the man who had carried our hopes for the past season as captain, who had grown up supporting Arsenal, idolising players like Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry and ultimately playing alongside them would leave us in this fashion. Especially when he said last year “I know I can win trophies with other clubs, but I only want to do it with Arsenal.” The reaction after the statement was released was incredible, he had spent 8 years at the club building his relationship with the fans and in 5 minutes it was gone, possibly forever.

A excerpt of what Arsene said after Robin stated his desire to join the dark side:


Its a massive dilemma for Arsene and the board. If they sell Robin this summer then we will once again be labelled a ‘selling club’. Hypothetically speaking if we keep him for another season and let him go on a free after a season in which he scores ten goals then it will possibly be the worst piece of business from the club of all time.

I say sell the traitor. What say you?

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  1. Rana Dutta

     /  July 5, 2012

    RVP is not a traitor. He will be 29 in August. Time is running out for him. I don’t blame him at all for leaving Arsenal and going to a club that is more ambitious. The board has to be blamed squarely. They had enough warning by our top players over the last few years.

    It looks like they have settled to be just a top 4 club. It’s a too little, too late syndrome even this year. Where is enforcement for our leaky defense. Sagna is wounded, Song and Vermalen might leave. They should have made a move for Vertonghen from Ajax.



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