Arsenal's Robin Van Persie: Will He Be on the Move in the Summer?

S. GordonCorrespondent IIFebruary 27, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on February 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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It has been a fantastic year for the Arsenal captain and he has made his case as a world-class player. We have seen some unbelievable moments from Van Persie in his Arsenal career but so far injuries had halted his progression.

The North London side hasn’t been in the best of form this season and it looks like it may be their seventh year without a trophy. This means they may start next year without their star man.

Van Persie is the current top goal scorer in England and he doesn’t look like he’s finished yet. In 2011, the Dutch striker managed an amazing 35 Premier League goals just one shy of Alan Shearers' record of 36.

It is no wonder that the European elite are all chasing after him. Which team will he move to? Will a new contract with a substantial increase in wages be enough to keep him at the Emirates for the long-term?

Robin Van Persie isn’t getting any younger and at 28, he has hit peak form. This wont last forever so if he wants to win silverware, he needs to do it soon.

He can’t be judged over the summer if he mulls over an offer from teams like Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan, who all have a great habit of winning trophies.

Even though the media has recently been reporting that Barcelona and AC Milan are the teams courting Van Persie, Real Madrid has now emerged as favourites to sign him.

The Spanish giants have plenty in the striking department with Higuain, Ronaldo and Benzema already at the club. You would have to see one of them leave to make room for Van Persie.

If Arsenal were to lose him, the club would probably like it to be to either Madrid or Milan. They would not want to lose another one of their star players to Barcelona.

Arsenal need to do everything to convince him to stay in hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Then with the war chest we have been told they have, bring in some star players to show him that they have some ambition.

Many fans feel that Van Persie owes it to Arsenal to stay. The Gunners are the team who had faith in him with his temperament issues and injuries. Recent reports are saying Arsenal are ready the blow out their wage structure and offer their front man a whopping 150,000 pounds a week.

Where he will be by the end of summer is a tough one to pick, we will just have to wait and see.