Arsenal Transfer News: Wenger Must Be Patient as Clubs Drop Van Persie Chase

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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If a three-year deal worth £130,000 per week plus a £5 million signing-on fee is all Arsene Wenger plans to offer captain Robin van Persie, then he needs to be patient.

The Dutchman and Arsenal superstar has already told his North London club that he's not ready to sign an extension, according to the Daily Mail, as he looks to sort out his future.

If Wenger keeps pushing, he could push his captain.

His future appears to be in the Premier League, as La Liga giants Barcelona have rejected the opportunity to bid for the 28-year-old, according to The Daily Mail reports Italian power Juventus have pulled out now as well.

Real Madrid have been conspicuously silent on the star and only Manchester City, the Premier League champions, have made it known that they're legitimately interested in bagging the Premier League's top scorer.

Last season, City signed Gael Clichy away from Wenger's club and then poached rising star Samir Nasri as well.

The latter move didn't sit well with Arsenal faithful and they'll be damned if they're going to see their talismanic captain move to Eastlands only a year later.

It appears nothing will be resolved before Van Persie heads to the Euro 2012 competition on international duty, but we know Wenger has adamantly denied any possible sale of the goal scorer.

That has never stopped City before and we know they're willing to pay any price when it comes to the players they want. Unlike other interested squads, the Citizens are actually clearing the way for a big move up top. 

Controversial former captain Carlos Tevez is expected to leave the Etihad this summer and Bosnian goal-scorer Edin Dzeko is keen on a move as well.

Clubs like Barca love to focus on younger players, but City has absolutely no problem moving on a 28-year-old who just turned in a career campaign.

Arsenal is not out of the picture at all, but they need to be patient and focused while Van Persie works things out—unless, of course, they want to offer more money.

Wenger waited until nearly the end of the transfer window last summer with the Cesc Fabregas and Nasri deals, so don't be shocked if this draws out beyond Euro. 


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