We have yet another development in the Robin van Persie situation.
Arsenal is making the right decision.
Similar to what Arsenal did with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, if van Persie forces the issue, Arsenal will move the Dutchman.
If a player is visibly unhappy and not performing on the pitch, there is no sense keeping him.
But if he can perform at the level he is expected to, holding onto him another year makes sense. He was the only player scoring at a consistent clip—30 goals in the English Premier League. Theo Walcott was second with eight.
The disparity between the two is monumental. Despite adding Lukas Podolski this summer, Arsenal still need more players capable of scoring goals at a consistent pace.
Keeping van Persie another year allows more time to find youthful star strikers on the market while still competing for the English Premier League title or at least UEFA Champions League position in 2012-13.
Imagine Arsenal with Podolski up front instead of van Persie. Would they have finished where they did this season?
Arsenal would have been lost if not for van Persie and his goal scoring ability. He bailed Arsenal out constantly early in the campaign when the team needed it most.
The Gunners maintaining the upper hand in this situation is the right thing to do. A contract was signed, and van Persie should live up to it.
Stay turned, however, because this story will only continue to develop in the following months.