As it stands, the club doesn't know whether it will be able to extend their star striker past 2013. Though they've offered him a contract worth about £130,000 per week, ESPN.com reports that their talks with Van Persie ended in a "deadlock" on Wednesday and no resolution was reached.
Van Persie could be holding out for more money. He could be holding out for a four-year deal that will offer him more security, rather than the three years Arsenal is offering. Quite simply, he could decide to sign with a team that offers him a better chance of winning.
Arsenal is already in a bad place because it might not have the money to compete with other teams like Manchester City, but after finishing in third place behind both City and Manchester United, they're having trouble luring in their star based on their competitiveness as well. What's to stop Van Persie from going to a team that finished first in the league this year and that is willing to offer him almost double what Arsenal is?
ESPN.com reports that during his negotiations with Arsene Wenger on Thursday, Van Persie expressed concern over the fact that Arsenal has been unable to truly compete with other Premier League clubs for major trophies. Understandably, he wouldn't want to tie himself down to a team that would offer him no chance of winning as his career ticks down.
However, maybe one more year can change all that.
According to The Sun, Arsenal very well might make Van Persie see out the remainder of his contract if he declines their current offer. Maybe that's for the best. It seems like Van Persie is interested in staying with his current club, as long as they can become more competitive. Perhaps one more year will give Arsenal a chance to prove that they can win. If they get one more year to try to keep him, that is one more chance to sign him long-term before he walks free at the end of next season.
Either they let him go now, or they get one more chance to prove to him why he should stay.
Of course, there's enormous risk in letting him walk without getting at least the comfort of a little bit of cash in exchange. However, it seems like Van Persie is the type of player worth gambling on.