An Open Letter to Everyone Involved in the Robin van Persie Transfer Saga

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterAugust 15, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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On July 4, Robin van Persie announced on his official website that he would not sign a new contract with Arsenal. As his current contract runs through the 2012-13 season, the announcement intensified the already rampant speculation that RvP might leave Arsenal this summer.

But as of Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, Van Persie was still an Arsenal player. The rumors have been flying for months, though, and by mid-August, most fans had grown sick of the saga weeks ago.

With that in mind, B/R world football lead blogger Michael Cummings wrote an open letter to everyone involved in the interminable saga. The letter appears below.

Dear Everyone,

Enough already. Git 'er done.

I come to you today neither as a Gooner (though that is what I am and will be for all my days) nor a footie fan (likewise), but as a reasonable, thoughtful, logical human being (well, hopefully at least).

As a hopefully reasonable, thoughtful, logical human being, I have a simple message for you today.

This has got to stop.

You're driving all of us—Gooners, United supporters, City fans and everyone else who has no stake in all this—absolutely nuts.

Stop it. Now. Actually, go back in time and stop it three weeks ago.

As this has gone on way too long, and as I have no interest in being like you, I'll keep this as short as possible.

To RvP: Show some gratitude. Whether or not you leave the club, thank Arsene Wenger and Arsenal in a grand, over-the-top gesture. You owe them. That is all.

(Oh, and Gooners are totally over you, dude).

To Arsene Wenger: Quit whining. If you don't want to sell your best player, grow a pair and tell the board that it's not happening. You've already let this happen too many times before, and the victim act is wearing thin. Can you see Sir Alex Ferguson in this situation, bent over a barrel by an injury-prone striker and a bunch of board-room suits? Didn't think so.

To Arsenal's board: Make up your mind. Are you selling or not? What's your price? Decide and then do your business, one way or the other.

To Manchester United: Why are you going after another striker anyway? You already have Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov, and Berbatov barely played at all last season. This reeks of a vanity signing, pure and simple, and you know who makes vanity signings, don't you?

To David Gill: So you think you're going to make the difference in the negotiations, do you? Raise your price by a few million, then. Boom. Deal done. And don't say you can't afford it. Your club isn't exactly the model of fiscal prudence right now.

To the tabloids: One story per day is enough, thank you. Thirty-seven breathless stories per day is overkill.

And finally, to the fans of all the clubs involved: Keep on keeping on, brothers.


This will end, eventually.

We can hope so, at least.

Just remember: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Let's just hope this saga dies soon.

Best regards,



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