Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Robin Van Persie Drawn in by Other Clubs

Simon EdmondsCorrespondent IJune 5, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on May 13, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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The Telegraph is reporting that Arsenal captain, Robin Van Persie, has been thrown out of sync by all the interest he is receiving this transfer window.

Van Persie is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Premier League at this current moment in time, and as such, that kind of profile has led to several big name rival clubs of Arsenal being interested in his talents.

Both Manchester clubs are amongst the sides vying to sign the Dutchman, as well as the current Italian champions, Juventus.

Van Persie's Arsenal team-mate, defender, Andre Santos, has revealed that the striker is finding it hard to focus on his future at this current moment in time.

Santos stated:

He has been at the club eight years and this was his best season.

Sometimes, a player is interested in getting to know other teams and, of course, playing well, he has attracted interest from many other teams.

Of course, your mind is affected. He is focused on the Euros and then he can talk about whether he wants to stay with Arsenal.

The news may set off alarm bells for some Arsenal fans, who experienced similar statements a few months prior to the eventual departure of Cesc Fabregas.

There is no doubt that Van Persie is a man with a lot of love in his heart for the Gunners.

However, after such a long period at the club and with no silverware to show for his efforts, it is only natural that offers from other sides in Europe, of the same pedigree as Arsenal, might seem tempting.

Van Persie has already sat down with Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, and made it very apparent that he does not want his contract extended when it expires—the end of next season.

This is alarming news not only for Arsenal but also for the Dutch national side, whose star player will now have his mind set on other things going into the European Championship, which starts this Friday.

If Van Persie does end up leaving the Emirates this summer, one would like to think that Arsenal fans will show him the respect he deserves.

RVP has stayed loyal to the Gunners through thick and thin, and, if he does decide to pursue a career elsewhere, I would like to hope they would respect that decision.

For now, though, Robin is still an Arsenal player.

For the sake of Arsenal fans across the globe, let's just hope it stays that way come the start of August.