Thursday, 17 May 2012

RVP's "tense and tetchy" contract talks end without agreement but he'll stay


Morning Gooners.

The long awaited talks between Robin van Persie and Arsenal took place yesterday and as expected nothing has been announced about the captain's future.

It was unlikely that everything the club and Robin had to talk about would be agreed in one day. When he's spent all season thinking over his future, I'm sure there were lots of issues he wanted to discuss with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis.

The Daily Mirror say the major sticking point was over whether Arsenal are going to be competitive next season and win trophies. Arsene Wenger has already gone out and signed Lukasz Podolski and also has Yann M'Vila on his shopping list. But his planned summer transfer business cannot be concluded over night.

The Sun say the talks were "tense and tetchy".  I'd be surprised if they weren't. It's clear for everyone who watches Robin on the pitch that he can be a spiky character. He's negotiating the final big contract of his career, why wouldn't he want to ensure the best deal for himself both in terms of getting the best financial package and also the chance to win silverware?

I don't believe anything was ever going to have been agreed yesterday. I'm sure that Robin wants to see how the summer goes in terms of players coming and going before putting pen to paper. After last summer who can blame him really.

We can't offerer him the riches of Manchester City, but I don't believe it's all down to money with the Dutchman. He appears to have a genuine affection for the club and the fans. If we can get several players through the door before pre-season training is due to start in July, I'm sure he'll sign an extension.

If he doesn't put pen to paper, I think the club would be mad to sell him unless an amazing offer came in for him. Where are you going to find a world class striker for £25m?

Robin will join up with the Holland squad today for their training camp, so no new talks with Arsenal will take place any time soon. I've always believed Robin will be an Arsenal player next season and he'll sign a new deal. I've seen and heard nothing in the last few weeks to alter that view.

Now we'll just have to wait and see.

Elsewhere, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has been selected for the England squad for Euro 2012. Theo Walcott will be going along as well. Congratulations to them both.

That's it for today. Until tomorrow.


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