Arsene Wenger must admit he has made a mistake about his vision for Arsenal to convince Robin Van Persie to stay with the Gunners. Reports today suggest Ivan Gazidis has told our Dutch ace that he is going nowhere in the summer even if he doesn’t extend his contract which has just one year remaining at the Emirates. Gazidis is supposed to have "personally intervened" in the club's negotiations with the captain.
Van Persie will be 29 by the start of the next season, and 30 when his contract ends which could mean that would-be suitors such Real Madrid and Manchester City would only pay around £20 million for his services and it is said that Arsenal won’t consider selling at such a price.
Now Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn reckons AW must own up to his plans being flawed given that we look poised to end a seventh season without a trophy. Fourth spot in the Premier League looks like the only realistic goal we can achieve after disastrous results against AC Milan in the Champions League and Sunderland in the FA Cup.
And Winterburn says if AW can be big enough to concede he got it massively wrong with his recruitment for this campaign, he could yet get RVP to stay. He said: "I can see there has been frustration over the last few weeks. When you look at van Persie it's as if he's looking and saying 'oh no, not again - we've thrown another game away'.
"I think what Arsene Wenger is do is he'll sit down with Robin van Persie at the end of the season. He will want him to sign and he may talk to him about his vision for the football club and possibly say, 'I've made a mistake, I've backed the team but it hasn't produced as I expected it to. I'm now going to change it with three or four new players'.
"That will then make us significantly stronger and I believe then we can come back next season and at least challenge for the title again."
CARL ELDRIDGE - Twittering from (not far from) West Wittering @eldomedia