10 Reasons Robin Van Persie Should Stay at Arsenal
His English Premier League totals are impressive with 27 goals and 10 assists with 34 league appearances. When you add his European goal total of seven, his season total jumps to 34 goals and 10 assists.
Van Persie is only one appearance short of his career high of 44 set in the 2008-09 season. He is truly showing to be the player he has always been believed to be.
However, the controversy over whether he will leave the Gunners in the summer transfer window has many fans and neutrals, such as myself, in fear that he will leave the club that he is the embodiment of.
Since joining Arsenal in 2004 from Netherlands club Feyenoord Rotterdam, Van Persie has been fiercely loyal to his club.
During his time, he has seen many greats leave the club, from Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell in the mid-2000s to Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in more recent times. Despite these departures, RVP has remained with his club, and will be entering his eighth season this summer.
When Cesc Fabregas left, many thought that it would be Thomas Vermaelan that stepped up to wear the armband permanently.
However, the only clear choice had to be Van Persie.
Since putting on the armband, the Dutch goalscorer has done nothing but lead by example and has shown that he is the man that can inspire victory from his team when no one else can.
The future of Arsenal is bright if the way they have stormed back to the top of the league proves anything.
Van Persie also has time on his side as he is only 28 and has at least another four or five years at the top of his game.
Even with the trophy drought hanging over their head, RVP is the only one that can truly help them get to the heights to overcome that burden in the coming years.
Lukas Podolski is largely believed to already be heading to Arsenal.
If that is true and all the rumors prove to be sound, Van Persie has a big reason to stay.
German international Podolski has shown how effective he can be when paired with a proven goal scoring threat—he helped Miroslav Klose achieve great success while playing for the German national team.
Van Persie would benefit hugely from a second striker like Podolski who can set up a goal just as easily as he can score one.
Not only would RVP have Podolski to partner with, but he also has a speed demon on the righ side in young Theo Walcott.
The England international is a huge asset to Van Persie as he is another quality player that can draw pressure away from him with his motor skills, which allows the Dutchman more space in front of goal.
Surrounded by Young Talent
Van Persie is by no means old at 28-years-old, but he is surrounded by some of the best young talent in the game.
From teenagers Ryo Miyachi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to early twenties phenoms like Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Song, RVP has a team of talent ready to explode under his leadership.
That young talent coupled with his nose for goal could be the combination that brings silverware back to the Gunners.
He Runs the Show
Why would he want to leave. He is the man at Arsenal.
He scores the goals, he wears the armband and when all is on the line, he steps up.
Van Persie is the spearhead of all that the Gunners are, and there is no way he will be allowed that much freedom or responsibility anywhere else.
Arsenal Love Him
On top of all the faith his manager and teammates have instilled in Van Persie, the Gunners faithful love him.
He is adored like the next Thierry Henry. The fans' love for him has only grown over the years as multiple stars have left while RVP has remained to continue firing the club forward.
Wenger Believes in Him
Van Persie enjoys the unwavering faith of manager Arsene Wenger.
Ask any striker in the world and they will tell you that one of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that your manager believes in you.
Just look at the funk Fernando Torres spiraled even further into with the lackluster display of belief that Andre Villas-Boas showed him during his tenure.
RVP would be hard pressed to see another manager have that much belief in him after having earned eight years of it from Wenger.
Player of the Year Credentials
Lastly as already touched upon, Robin Van Persie should be hands down the PFA Player of the Year for his exemplary performance he has put in this season.
The support from his fans, team, manager and physio staff are what have gotten him there and why would you want to leave a support system like that which has helped to get to that level of success.
If you had your choice, even as a Gunner, a neutral or even not a fan, would you really want RVP to leave Arsenal?
Honestly, as much as I would love to see him not be there to terrorize the Liverpool back line when the Reds play the Gunners, I would hate to see him leave a club that just would not look the same or be the same without him.
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