Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Robin van Persie Reportedly Won't Be Sold by Gunners
Despite the desire of star forward Robin van Persie to leave Arsenal, the Gunners appear prepared to keep him and risk losing him for nothing following the upcoming season rather than selling him off elsewhere in a transfer, according to Wayne Veysey of Goal.com.
The van Persie situation has been followed closely by soccer fans across the world, as the result has the potential to affect several different teams across several different leagues. The Gunners appeared to be posturing to make a possible move with RvP as they acquired Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski as offensive threats this offseason.
If the Gunners were to transfer van Persie, there is no question that they would receive a hefty sum of money that could help toward bringing in other stars this season and next. At the same time, though, RvP scored 36 goals for Arsenal last season, so allowing him to leave would damage their chances of winning an EPL title this year.
What should Arsenal do with Robin van Persie?
According to Veysey, van Persie recently expressed his desire to leave due to disagreements with manager Arsene Wenger. With that said, though, the Arsenal club apparently hopes that it can change van Persie's mind over the next 11 months and possibly work out a long-term contract extension once he becomes 30 years old.
While it doesn't seem like van Persie is going to budge, you never know what might happen. Arsenal could possibly have a great season, win the EPL and convince RvP that the Gunners are the best fit for him over the long haul. At the same time, all signs would seem to point to van Persie leaving at the end of his contract and joining a rival like Manchester City.
Dealing with a disgruntled athlete is never easy in any sport and it is hard to say how he might act during the upcoming season. It is certainly possible that van Persie will be a model citizen and continue to play at a high level while being committed to his teammates. However, he could pout and fail to put in proper effort.
This entire saga has been an intriguing one, and if Veysey's report is correct, then it may not be coming to an end for quite some time.
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