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|Taken from Zimbio|
The recent will-he won’t-he speculation surrounding the future of Robin Van Persie has become something of déjà vu scenario for Arsenal fans. Yet again a player has an excellent season and the vultures begin to circle overhead. The striker has been with the London club for several seasons, but a remarkable 2011-12 campaign has put the Dutchman in the same situation as several others have been in recent times.
The striker himself has been with the London club for several seasons, but a remarkable 2011-12 campaign has put the Dutchman in the same situation as several others have been in recent times.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas all spring to mind, but the uncertainty surrounding Van Persie is no different from what happened on a seemingly annual basis with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.
Whether the Dutchman is tempted to leave Arsenal remains to be seen, but many of their fans will be disappointed to know the club has let his contract run down without sorting out an extension by now.
|Fabregas and Nasri… two who’ve left the club in recent times. (Taken from Sportige)|
It seems that every man and his dog has an opinion about his future, but until the player and the club make a formal announcement we are only able to speculate.
Van Persie’s father recently intimated that the player wouldn’t move to another English club, but the riches offered by Manchester City and Chelsea may change that. Personally, I can’t see him wearing either of their shirts, but I know as much as anyone else at the moment.
The most likely scenario at the moment appears to be either a new contract at the Emirates or a move to Juventus, who are reportedly prepared to bid somewhere around £25 million for the Dutchman’s services, but that can all change in an instant.
Although Van Persie has proved something of a talismanic captain as well as a great goal-scorer in recent times, a bid of that size will almost certainly tempt the board into a reluctant acceptance.
The recent signing of Germany’s Lukas Podolski, and the rumoured imminent arrival of Olivier Giroud, may indicate that Arsene Wenger is contemplating a Van Persie-free future, but the club are keen to stress that they expect him to sign a new contract this summer and to be a vital cog in their forward line of the future.
We’ll find out in the coming weeks, no doubt, but for Gooners all over the world the waiting game has become something of an annual occurrence.
David Showell is based in the UK and keeps a close eye on the transfer merry-go-round. He works for www.carrentals.co.uk.
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