If Robin Van Persie Stays, Arsenal Can Win the Premier League Next Season

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If Robin Van Persie Stays, Arsenal Can Win the Premier League Next Season
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Just days ago, Arsenal fans were hit by the dreaded news that captain, key goalscorer and all-around good guy Robin van Persie would not be renewing his contract.  This undoubtedly sent shockwaves throughout the Arsenal fan base—but one overarching fear that was realised was that Arsenal, in not being able to lock up the Dutchman for a long-term future, had seemingly lost all ambition and had become a "selling club".

Married with van Persie's public "statement to the fans", in which he indistinctly lambasted both manager Arsene Wenger and the club's chief executive Ivan Gazidis, this created a nasty news day for Gunners' fans across the globe.

Yet within the last 24 hours, hope was perhaps reinstated, courtesy of this report from GiveMeFootball.com, which stated:

"However, according to Sky Sports News, Van Persie's contract situation is far from certain - despite his previous comments - and the Dutchman could yet pen an extension when Arsenal chief-executive Ivan Gazidis returns from holiday."

With this news potentially giving Arsenal fans hope, let's analyse the ways in which van Persie's alleged contract U-turn can spark a Premier League title challenge this season.

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