It now seems clear that Robin van Persie has played his last game for Arsenal.
News that the Dutchman will not be involved in the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East leaves little room for doubt that he is on his way out of The Emirates.
It is being reported that Arsenal have turned down an offer from Manchester United and will only entertain bids in excess of £20 million although, they are hoping to hold out for between £25 and £30 million.
There had been talk of the club holding van Persie to the final year of his contract but, probably at the behest of Stan Kroenke, the decision has been taken to cash in on the players excellent scoring record over the last year and get as much as possible for him.
Several clubs are regularly linked with van Persie but speculation about which he will go to is futile, I just hope that it will not be an English Premier league side.
Much has been written about the possible reason for him wanting to leave Arsenal, he has said in a statement on his personal website that money was not an issue and I suppose we must believe that, though I suspect that he will insist on a considerably higher wage than he is currently earning.
I am less than impressed by the lack of loyalty shown to the club by a player who has been nurtured by Arsene Wenger and nursed by the Arsenal medical staff for the past eight years. After just one very good season and all the “badge kissing,” declarations of “love” for the club, the manager and the fans van Persie has decided the grass is greener elsewhere and is ready to move on.
No one person is bigger than our club, be he player, manager or major shareholder New players have been signed, maybe more will follow, one thing for certain Arsenal Football Club will carry on and prosper.