Robin van Persie has had a fantastic 18 months for Arsenal after finally seeming to have overcome an injury-ravaged career. There was never any doubt that he had the talent required to be a top-class player, but a frequency of injuries prevented him from displaying his skills on a permanent basis.
When he was given the Arsenal captain's armband last summer, I feared he would go the way of the previous three holders of that honour. With only two years left on his contract, he chose not to sign another one, but he also chose to accept the honour of becoming captain.
His contract now has only one year left to run, and still there is no real news on whether he will extend his contract or ply his trade elsewhere.
There were talks between RVP and the club at the end of the season, but both sides have agreed to keep the outcome of those talks a secret. There are a few ways to look at the secrecy, but nobody knows for sure what has been agreed or not.
For my part, I think RVP has decided to see if Arsenal can strengthen the squad enough during the summer to make them competitive at the top again. He has a desire to win trophies and would love to win them with Arsenal, but if the club doesn't match his ambition, he may choose to chase his dreams elsewhere.
If such a scenario were to come about, Arsenal would surely have to go out and buy a striker to try to fill RVP's boots. Lukas Podolski has already arrived at the club, but Arsenal's striking options were too limited last season and Podolski is needed in addition to RVP.
If the worst does happen and RVP packs his bags, I've tried to come up with a few alternatives for Arsenal to consider.