Throughout this whole Robin van Persie process, Arsene Wenger has said some things that appear excessively desperate.
It doesn't always look good for a coach to relentlessly make public comments about how badly he wants a player back and how much he would hate to see him go, but Wenger is playing this as well as any manager possibly could.
We want to keep Robin van Persie at all costs, because we depend on him offensively. I have always supported him even in the hardest times, and I hope he will end his career at Arsenal.
There aren't many coaches to look back on who managed so volatile of a situation so carefully and effectively as Wenger.
Who knows why van Persie is doing what he's doing? Is it even about the silverware anymore or is it just about keeping this charade going? The latter is unlikely, but a possibility.
Arsenal has done plenty this offseason to convince van Persie that they have the necessary pieces to win a championship. Most notably, they have brought in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, but the saga continues.
Of course there's no way to know for sure, but there could be an underlying issue with van Persie and the Gunners. The European Championship has ended. This was supposed to be the time when van Persie would talk about his future with the club, yet no progress has been made.
Wenger has put forth a great effort to make sure van Persie knows that they have not forgotten about him at the Emirates. Sometimes what star players need is a little reassurance that they are still star players.
Why? There isn't a concrete answer, but it's just something that seems to fuel their personalities and public image.
The longest-tenured Arsenal boss knows how to coddle his superstars after 16 years of experience, and he's doing a great job with this RVP situation. It isn't easy for a coach to say the right things all the time, but Wenger has said pretty much said exactly what he should have.
The only thing left for Wenger to do is shine van Persie's shoes the next time he enters the building.