The Gunners have placed a ban on their talisman Robin van Persie during the Euro 2012 championships to prevent him speaking to the media as they look to secure their captain with a new contract this summer.
Arsene Wenger had made it clear that he would have the contract situation sorted before RVP left for the Poland and Ukraine, but lo and behold he departed on Thursday to link up with the Dutch team as they prepare to take down Europe’s best. Now Arsenal have taken action to prevent further unsettling reports and unneccesary pressure on Van Persie by preventing him from speaking to journalists during the summer competition.
A Netherlands spokesman has since confirmed the ban:
We made a deal with Arsenal and he won’t talk to the press.
Van Persie met with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday, according to the reports it was at Wenger’s estate as they tried to come to a conclusion. But with such a short window of opportunity before the Duchman was due to leave England, it seems there hasn’t been a concrete solution, but what can you expect? These things do take time, and Van Persie is highly likely waiting to see some sort of assurances that his manager will in fact indulge in the transfer market and strengthen accordingly.
The last thing Van Persie wants to do is sign away the rest of his career and have Arsenal consistently fight for a third or fourth placed finish because they do not have the ability to challenge for the top honours. The ban is a wise move from the Gunners hierarchy as it will prevent further stories from circulating and let Captain Vantastic do his thang with the Netherlands squad.
It is a tricky situation for Wenger at the moment as naturally he will want to reinforce the squad but he has so many promising young stars that he will not want to hinder their development and overstack the squad. But there is still room for improvement and this is where Wenger must act. Arsenal’s midfield needs at least one or two additions, one being an attacking midfielder to compete with Ramsey and Rosicky and the other M’Vila who is clearly a rising star and could be a great asset for the Gunners to shore up the midfield defensively.
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Personally I believe that the potential acquisition of M’Vila is not necessarily a bad thing for the development of Coquelin and Frimpong as they both will still get their part to play in Arsenal’s season, but they have more to fight for so they will train harder and will consequently improve. Frimpong should probably go out on loan once he is fully fit again as he needs some regular game time to improve and with Arsenal’s injury woes constantly blighting our seasons for as long as I can remember more depth is certainly a good move.
Would one to two transfers be enough to retain Van Persie? Definitely. He wants to see some more improvement to the squad to make it world class again, you could see his delight at Podolski’s arrival, that has been a great coup and hopefully is the beginning of a busy summer transfer window that will see some exciting players coming in when the likes of Bendtner, Vela and Arshavin are sold.
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