Tuesday, 17 July 2012

RVP wants Juve -Walcott sits down for talks -£9m Paulinho bid made?

Morning Gooners.

So Robin van Persie rocked up at London Colney yesterday for his medical assessment. It's the first time he's been on Arsenal property since releasing the statement on his future 13 days ago when he told the club publicly he'd not be extending his contract.

You might expect him to be a little sheepish about turning up at his employers after doing something like that. But that wasn't the case. This was purely business after all. Robin is looking for the best deal possible and that isn't on the table at Arsenal.

Of course yesterday wasn't the most interesting part of the week. He was contractually obliged to turn up at the training ground. The more interesting part in how this plays out is whether he'll be on the flight to Asia on Saturday.

It's clear that everyone wants Robin's situation resolved one way or another, sooner rather than later.

An Arsenal spokesman told The Sun:

"Robin returned to training on Monday as expected and made it clear he wants to sit down and resolve the matter of his future, either way, as soon as possible.  
"No date has yet been agreed for that meeting."

The big issue now is whether a big enough offer to tempt Arsenal to sell will be made by the three clubs chasing his signature. If one isn't received then you can expect that Robin will have to eat a piece of humble pie and stay at the club who already pays him very well for the final season of his contract.

It's interesting that The Independent have been briefed that Robin's wish is to leave Arsenal for Juventus. My guess is that his people have started to become impatient with the two Manchester clubs. After all, they released that statement to drum the price down Arsenal could demand for their captain, yet have done very little to reach agreement with Ivan Gazidis over a fee.

What more can they do? Robin has said a lot of nasty things in his statement already. He can't just keep repeating himself. He doesn't want to look silly.

I think the link to Juventus is just a ruse. They are clearly trying to flush Manchester City out because after all that is where they are going to get the best deal for Robin. And of course the champions can offer him the best chance to win trophies... we cannot forget that it's not just about the money.

Elsewhere, the Daily Express report that Theo Walcott is set to sit down with the club to discuss his future this week. This is another situation we need to sort out sooner rather than later and I would expect Theo to sign a new deal.

If he doesn't he'll need to be sold. It's as simple as that. Do we need a replacement? The Ox is coming on strong after an impressive first season but is still very young and inexperienced. The Daily Mirror link us with a move for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby. The German international did a load of interviews earlier in the summer where he talked up his interest in joining us. But I'm not sure it would happen.

There is talk in the Daily Mirror of the club submitting a £6m bid for Caen "wonderboy" M'Baye Niang who was on trial at the club last week.

And finally, The Times are reporting we've submitted a £9m bid for midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians. The Brazil international, who has been linked with a move to Inter this summer, has told the media in his home country that he wants to remain there.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.




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