July 4 is a time for celebration here in America, but across the pond, turmoil struck the Arsenal faithful.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to meet with van Persie in the next few days to discuss the contract.
In the meantime, Arsenal will be looking to add more talent to keep the team afloat. Here is who they are pursuing.
He is worth about the same amount of money as van Persie, so there would be little transition monetarily.
Jovetic is one of the best young players in the world and would be a solid addition for an Arsenal club looking for an answer. He was Fiorentina's leading scorer and is a star in the making. This is one young player that Arsenal doesn't want to lose out on.
In 34 games in 2011-2012, Lewandowski scored 22 goals and had eight assists for Borussia Dortmund. It was a successful year for the young forward, and that catapulted him into consideration for an Arsenal transfer.
No one is going to match van Persie's goalscoring prowess, but Lewandowski can prove that goalscoring is just one of many tools a player needs to excel.
Joselu is also one of the best young players in the world, and that is exactly the type of player Arsenal are looking for to possibly replace van Persie.
It won't be easy to replace the star striker, but Joselu could soften the blow of the possible loss of van Persie.
Wenger is searching for the right guy, and the young and talented Joselu might be it.