Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Why Robin Van Persie Should Stay with Gunners
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Why the wait, Van Persie?
Arsenal supporters will be praying that their best player doesn't leave them high and dry.
Here are several reasons why he must stay with Arsenal.
4. Robin Van Persie’s Family Want to Stay in London
Robin van Persie’s wife, Bouchra, told The Sun (via Soccernet): “Our home life and our children are happy in London.”
Let’s say he leaves Arsenal for Manchester City—what if Bouchra doesn’t want to move to Eastlands?
Van Persie’s time at City could mirror that of Paul Merson’s experience with Middlesbrough.
The Englishman stated: “I found it hard being a long way from my family.”
He didn’t even play two seasons for Boro before being sold to Aston Villa.
3. The Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side
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Kaká went from a FIFA World Player of the Year at AC Milan to just a role player at Real Madrid.
If Robin van Persie is flirting with a move to Manchester City, he needs know that the grass isn't always greener on the other side—just ask Carlos Tévez, Edin Džeko, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mario Balotelli and Roque Santa Cruz.
2. Robin Van Persie Is Arsenal’s Main Man
Robin van Persie scored 37 goals and provided 15 assists in 47 games this season. He shot 174 times in the Premier League because he is No. 1 in the eyes of his teammates.
If he arrives at Manchester City, it's not his team. It's Sergio Agüero's team. Mario Balotelli will continue to shoot on sight. Whenever John Guidetti comes off the bench, he'll be City's answer to Daniel Sturridge.
This is assuming Roberto Mancini ships off the unhappy duo of Carlos Tévez and Edin Džeko in the summer transfer window.
Throughout the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Van Persie played as a right attacking midfielder whilst Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the centre-forward.
Huntelaar was the top scorer of the qualifying campaign with 12 goals. Van Persie scored four of his six goals against San Marino.
How about his inept performances during the 2010 FIFA World Cup? Wesley Sneijder, who should have won the Golden Ball, took over the Dutch team.
When Van Persie doesn't have the team built around him, he isn't world class.
Right now, he's in the best form of his life with Arsenal. Why jeopardise that?
He only needs to look at the sad state of Fernando Torres, Kaká and Michael Owen to understand that being burnt is a high possibility when changing clubs.
1. Show Some Loyalty to Arsenal
Back in 2004, Robin van Persie could be described as an inconsistent talent who was uncoachable.
Bert van Marwijk was so infuriated with Van Persie's attitude that the youngster was sent home prior to facing Real Madrid in the 2002 UEFA Super Cup (Feyenoord lost 3-1).
Guus Hiddink reflected on Van Persie's career at Feyenoord:
Robin used to be a right rascal. He used to clash in his early days in Holland with the big stars. Big Pierre, who really was the star in the team, had his hands full with a young talent with a really strong mind and a strong head. At times Robin was really in his way. You just know in football that those sort of young talents can be misguided at times.
There was only one club willing to pay Feyenoord a paltry £2.5 million for Van Persie—Arsenal.
When he suffered a fractured metatarsal, a knee ligament tear and ruptured ankle ligaments, which club financially and psychologically supported him? Arsenal.
When he needed Arsenal, they were there for him.
Now Arsenal need him—will he be there for them?
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