Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Juventus Possibly Abandoning RVP Is Bad News for Gunner

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIJuly 27, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on May 13, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger and Arsenal may be facing the possibility of losing star striker Robin van Persie and receiving nothing in exchange for his departure.

According to The Daily Mirror, Juventus may abandon the prospect of acquiring the Dutch international and turn their attention to other endeavors in the form of bringing in Manchester City's Edin Dzeko if the Gunners don't put forth a timely response.

Juventus previously offered a lowly £8 million for Van Persie, in what was definitely an attempt to low ball Arsenal. It obvious wasn't what they thought Van Persie could be had for, but business is business nonetheless.

Now, according to the above Mirror report, the Italian club is willing to pay Arsenal £20 million and RVP £190,000 a week after tax.

If something goes awry, and the Arsenal front office finds itself unable to swap their disgruntled star for some cash, they would be left with nothing.

It is already crushing enough that they will likely lose the best player they had last season after next season's campaign, but to get nothing in return would be adding insult to injury.

Who knows whether Juventus is bluffing in their attempt to obtain Dzeko, but if they aren't, Wenger and the Gunners better make a quick call.

Surely, Arsenal cannot expect much more than £20 million for Van Persie. He put on a masterful show for all of last season, but his previous campaigns don't increase his worth to much more.

Arsenal should be okay without Van Persie, though. The club reportedly brought in Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Van Persie. That is one of the smartest backup plans that we saw throughout this transfer process, as Wenger and company were wise to account for Van Persie's unpredictability.

Lukas Podolski was signed perhaps to convince RVP that the organization was indeed serious about bringing in enough quality players to bring home some silverware, and management is looking rather intelligent for doing so even though it clearly did not appease Van Persie.

The Gunners are far from amateurs in dealing with situations like this, so the organization should make the right decision for the future.

Hope for financial compensation is far from lost, but it looks like it will dwindle if the Gunners dawdle for an excessive amount of time.