The Ivory Coast forward, who is now away with his national side in the Africa Cup of Nations, has labelled his captain as a “dream” to play with and has noted his importance to the side claiming that it is a “psychological blow” when sides face the talismanic Dutch striker.
Van Persie only has 18 months left on his contract and he will most likely be the most talked about name this summer transfer window while the Gunners hierarchy try to tie the Dutchman down with another contract.
I don’t want the sale of Robin van Persie. Arsenal is a team that needs good footballers and leaders on the field.
Robin is a player who pushes companions to work harder and give more effort during matches. He is a dream to play with.
Van Persie is the captain and the boss in the group, without doubt. I saw that from my first day at the club.
For me, when opponents see Robin on the other side, it is a huge psychological blow. I am always happy playing with him.
[On his ANC departure this month] I am sorry I can’t help my team-mates but the Ivory Coast needs my collaboration. My country is very important and our challenge is to reach the final.
It is positive to hear team mates speak out about their desire for Van Persie to remain at the Emirates, but I think his mind is pretty much made up.
A few weeks back Van Persie highlighted his desire to remain in London due to family reasons and he isn’t going to leave to Chelsea or Spurs. He is just being cautious and making sure there isn’t another mass exodus of first team players at the end of this season, and also will require a decent pay increase which should be honored by the Arsenal board.