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. the board and wenger are to blame

    • Gunners

       /  July 5, 2012

      No. The Board and RVP are to blame. Everytime rvp got a hair touched on his head his was injured for seasons at a time while racking in the money, the club and wenger stood by him. Every season hes been good but last he was amazing and now wants out? Thats disrespect, not as bad but following with nasri.

    • Dennis10

       /  July 5, 2012

      NO,you are wrong, and it just goes to show when most of these modern day footballers throws a tantrum, idiots are quick to blame the clubs and board, but in reality what experience does a player like rvp have in managing a football club and how its supposed to be run,? absolutely none, wenger and the board have achieved a massive amount to move us from highbury to ashburton grove and the club is now in the worlds eyes, so he should shut his mouth and get sold on, no one player is bigger than arsenal football club. GOONER4LIFE

  2. denver

     /  July 5, 2012

    Let him leave he can even go to madrid or mansity,two players that would be perfect for Arsenal, Edison_gavani and m’villa i knw he would be a big risk to sighn bt perfect fit 4 Arsenal

  3. ajmills

     /  July 5, 2012

    RVP is a traitor. Arsenal stood by him when he was injured. He has one good season after struggling for seven years and he suddenly thinks that he is Messi. A one season wonder! Sell him and let him rot on the Man City bench with Nasri

  4. Mathias christian

     /  July 5, 2012

    Its better we sell the traitor now, he is a bad example of a leeder. RVP (RIP)

  5. Paul

     /  July 5, 2012

    RVP will soon be forgotten……. if he jokes around; just like Cesc Fabregas

  6. The board are to be blame,because for someone to be in the club without a trophy,top players and not enjoying weekly salary like others is painful.

  7. A billlionaire rich club without any trophy is useless in any sport.

     /  July 5, 2012

    A billlionaire rich club without any trophy is useless in any sport.

    Is gazidis protecting kroenke? why if he did? Dont trust americans involvement is british epl. Remember the problems at liverpool, man utd, and now arsenal.

  8. kevoh..oderah

     /  July 5, 2012

    even thiery henry went en arsenal still stands.f****ck……hem.i wonder hw he wud cope at the $heiks having in mind how he used to have those bad tempers some years back(baloteli no 2)hahahahaha…….am sad though

  9. Johnnie Thaksin

     /  July 5, 2012

    Come on i wont brand him a traitor. He served us well the past 8 years. Good luck robin on your career an thanks for all that you have done for us.

  10. Fredrik

     /  July 7, 2012

    I’m sorry to say this, but Thierry Henry, a legend also left the club for Barcelona to win the Champions League. It ‘s impossible to understand how you can leave the club that made you. True heroes are Scholes and Giggs. Would never ever ever ever leave for another club. One club men. Heroes. I’m an Arsenal fan saying this.

    • Yeah that’s true, although Giggs and Scholes are both British and therefore they’re more likely to stay loyal to a British club. Just my opinion.

  11. Stu

     /  July 8, 2012

    Arsenal stood by him through all his injuries and lean periods. He has a great season and decides to cash in on it. Traitor is a strong word but he definitely shows he is disloyal. Please sell him now Arsenal and only play players that want to play for our great club. Fabregas gave many great years and will always be loved at Arsenal. RVP – forget it, go now and NEVER come back.

  12. His decision to leave is a shame, but i believe that we will benefit from him staying at the club, if only to take some of the pressure off of the new boys podolski and Giroud

  13. Fredrik

     /  July 21, 2012

    …and now Man Utd have made a bid. This is unreal. Imagine the traitor joining Man Utd. That would be something wouldn’t it? How could Arsenal let this happen? What’s the matter with Wenger? It seems Arsenal these days are just a stepping stone team, no? Maybe Wenger should step down and let somebody with a little more balls go into the board room and say: Give me the money to win the league or give me the money to finish 4th. I believe it’s not enough with Podolski and Giroud. They are budget options, no? I like them but maybe we need somebody world class to replace the traitor. If a world class player leaves you have to replace him wih a world class player and then, as we’ve won anything in ages, we need to bring in let’s say 3 or 4 world class players more to have a chance of winning anything ths year. But nooo, Wenger brings in 2 good strikers, not world class, but good. And then…? I think he have bought us a 4th or a 5th place again. Why isn’t he buying us a 1st place. Bring in 4 world class players and let 4 good players go and maybe we can win the League Cup at least? Oh, that’s right, there we’re playing the youngsters.. I think Arsenal Football Club need to go with the flow here and bring in some serious investers otherwise we’ll be eaten for breakfast the coming years. I mean, now a game like Arsenal-Man City at the Emirates.. it seems Man City are clear favourites.. how the hell did that happen? Arsenal are on a downwards spiral and it’s not looking healthy.. welll, maybe the finaces, but not the winning mentality.


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