Keeping star striker and captain Robin van Persie was always going to be a difficult task for Arsenal over the summer transfer window, but according to manager Arsene Wenger, they might just have done enough to keep the Dutch international at the club for the upcoming English Premier League season.
According to The Daily Mirror, Wenger believes the club's summer spending spree is enough to RVP to stay on at the Emirates for this season—which gives the club another year to work on negotiations for a new contract with the striker.
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's summer spending spree can persuade Robin van Persie to stay. The club's spending spree—which will top £40 million when Santi Cazorla is confirmed alongside Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud—may yet see van Persie stay.
Arsenal will sell if the right offer comes in because they cannot risk him leaving for free next summer but the chances of the Dutch striker at least starting the campaign at the Emirates are increasing.
The 28-year-old striker had indicated previously in the transfer window that he would not be resigning a new contract with the club—citing a difference of opinion and vision as the reasons behind his decision—on his personal website (via BBC Sport).
I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.
I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days...
But with two guaranteed new additions as well as a likely third signing, Arsene Wenger might just have done enough in the summer transfer window to convince the striker to stay at the club for another season before making a final decision on his future.
The Gunners have added Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to their attack next season—both excellent signings—and are believed to have agreed on a deal with Spanish international midfielder Santi Cazorla.
It is believed that the £40 million spending spree can convince the 28-year-old that his ambitions and desires are in line with that of the club and that he should remain with the London club at least until his contract expires.
With Manchester City and Juventus both pulling out of the race to sign Van Persie, and Manchester United pouring their efforts into signing Lucas Moura (via The Daily Mirror), it is looking more and more likely that the Dutch international will remain at the club.
Has Arsene Wenger done enough to keep Robin van Persie?
The answer, for now anyway, seems like yes.
Has Arsenal done enough to keep Robin van Persie?
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