Wednesday, 18 July 2012

RVP talks today* -Fee agreed for teenage striker -Duo miss Asia tour (* or tomorrow)

Morning Gooners.

The Robin van P€r$i€ situation rumbles on. He returned to full training with majority of the players who were involved in Euro 2012 after having a medical assessment on Monday. He's been all smiles in front of the cameras but the gallery of images on the official site paints a very different picture etched on the face of Arsene Wenger.

The manager certainly has something on his mind. Just how does he resolve the future of our captain? It'll start with a meeting, which according to the Daily Mail will be either today or tomorrow. From there the manager must decide whether to take Robin on the Asia tour.

For me, it's a no brainer. If the club has yet to receive a bid which matches his valuation he'll be on the plane to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. He won't be forced to go, as the Daily Mirror put it. He's a professional footballer. He's paid by Arsenal Football Club and until such time as he is no longer remunerated by the club, he will carry out all tasks asked of him.

There will be no bad atmosphere created by having Robin around.  As you can see from the pictures, he's happy and a well liked member of the squad. He won't cause any disruption. But there is no point Arsenal leaving a player back in London training without the rest of  the team when there is still a strong possibility that he'll be wearing red and white this season.

And after yesterday's Independent piece about Robin preferring to go to Italy and play for Juventus, I can't get my head around this piece in the Daily Star which  says he'll turn down £300k a week to sign for Manchester City. Personally I believe the Juventus thing is a side show. As much as we'd all like him to move abroad, he'll end up in Manchester... if they are prepared to pay the fee Arsenal want for last season's top Premier League goal scorer.

But according to The Times, Arsenal are preparing to tell Robin he won't be allowed to leave this summer and must see out the remaining year of his contract, even if that means the club losing out on a transfer fee for the player. It would be great if this did happen but money talks...

Wenger will face the media on Sunday and there will no doubt be questions about Robin. But there were always going to be. His situation cannot dominate the tour, as some might like to think it will. We've got more things going on than one player's future to be concerned with.

Theo Walcott's future is another prime example. He'll return to the club for his medical assessment on Thursday and will be on the plane to Asia. But his future won't be resolved before then. The Guardian say the manager will speak with Theo before his people sit down with Dick Law to thrash out a new deal.

To me it's a no brainer. Sign Theo up. He's undeniably a frustrating player who can be a match winner when he's on top form. But also a player who you would have hoped would have developed more in the years he's been under Arsene Wenger's tutelage.

However he is just 23-years-old and will grow stronger in my opinion in the next few years. And I think we're a stronger team with him in the side.

Elsewhere, Sky Sports are reporting that Arsenal have had a bid excepted for Caen teenager M'Baye Niang. If Manchester City are indeed interested, it's good to see that we've moved quickly to attempt to secure the 17-year-old.

Meanwhile the club has announced Carlos Vela is in talks with Real Sociedad about a permanent move to the La Liga side.

Finally for today, some expected news from the Daily Telegraph who say both Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna won't be on the plane to Asia this weekend.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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