Robin Van Persie to Stay at Arsenal for a Long Time, Benayoun

H AndelAnalyst IIIApril 30, 2012

No, he's not moving to Chelsea.
No, he's not moving to Chelsea.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Although Robin van Persie is still holding out on contract talks until summer as he says, and although the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus are interested in Arsenal's 28-year-old captain, Yossi Benayoun believes Van Persie will stay at Arsenal.

The Israeli international who has been on season-long loan at Arsenal from Chelsea thinks that as Arsenal's best player, it will be expedient that the club keeps him.

I think everyone knows it's important (that he stays).

Each club wants to keep their best player and of course Robin is our best player and he's proved it this season.

I'm sure he will stay for a long time.

It's no secret that every Arsenal fan is anxious about the situation, even the Arsenal manager himself.

Arsene Wenger has maintained a calm demeanor in the face of the contract delay, but recently, he spoke of the necessity of having the contract talks completed before Van Persie heads to Euro 2012 which kicks off in the middle of June.

The hope is that Benayoun is correct, and Van Persie decides to stay at Arsenal for four more years.

Speaking recently, Tony Woodcock, a former Arsenal player, who played for the team in the 1980s, suggested that staying at Arsenal might be the best option for Van Persie.

With somebody like Robin, it cannot be a financial thing at this stage in his career. Players want to win things and he is not far from winning things [at Arsenal]. He has to balance that up.

A few years ago, Robin had quite a few injuries, and the club stuck by the player.

Now, he has had an excellent season, there is all this speculation about whether he is staying or going.

I imagine he is financially secure, and he will be earning quite a lot of money if he stays with Arsenal. So, for the sake of earning a little bit more money somewhere else, that cannot be the motivation. The grass is not always greener somewhere else.

Anybody who signs for Arsenal during this period is in a fantastic place. If Lukas Podolski comes, I have said to the German press that, for a 26-year-old coming to play for Arsenal and live in London, and all the things that go with it, it is a fantastic opportunity.

I would think Robin will add all of those things together too.

Loyalty and honor are virtues that may be more valuable than money. These are part of "all those things" that Van Persie should add together when he makes his decision in the coming days.

It is not exaggeration to say that the collective body of Arsenal fans is praying that he stays on at Arsenal for a long time.