Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood has revealed the North London side aren’t able to compete with £250k wages other clubs can offer, but is confident Arsenal will bring in more players in a bid to challenge for the title next year and retain captain Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman was in scintillating form last season netting 30 Premier League goals in Arsenal’s late surge up the table after a woeful start to the season. And with the newly crowned PFA and FWA Player of the Year’s contract set to expire next summer, reports are suggesting the Gunners talisman is on the way out as he searches to add medals to his mantlepiece.
Hill-Wood knows of RvP’s importance to the club but insists they can’t compete with wages offered by the likes of Manchester ‘Moneybags’ City, he told the Sun:
He is vital to us and has been an extremely good captain
But if somebody comes along and offers Robin £250,000 a week then I am afraid we cannot compete with that.
With players, you never know what they are going to do.
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Some players say they want silverware but when they have the chance to earn extraordinary money that has been pumped into the game, then you just have to hope they will stay because they are happy and loyal where they are.
There are players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United who have been loyal to one club but players like that are few and far between.
Hopefully we can reach agreement with Robin and ideally he will extend his contract.
We have already brought in one new player in Lukas Podolski and I believe we will bring in more. I am confident we will, in fact.
I just hope that Robin will be with us next season because I genuinely feel we can make a real challenge for the Premier League title.
We had an atrocious start to last season but we recovered to finish third which was a marvellous achievement when you look at the problems that we had with injuries.
The signs are encouraging for Van Persie to stay especially with Hill-Wood admitting that they will bring in more players. This is essential for Arsenal to challenge for trophies next season as they have shown depth is required as key players continually suffer injuries which has been detrimental to their silverware hopes in the past.
Van Persie senior also admitted the other day that a move to another Premier league club for his son would be ‘impossible’, and with his wife wanting to remain in London with their settled family, his family ties are hopefully enough in itself for the prolific forward to remain at least for next season.
What are your thoughts? Hill-Wood admitting that there will be more acquisitions this summer is certainly starting to settle my nerves over Arsenal’s immediate future as it’s clear the Gunners need a few additions to retain Van Persie to fight on all fronts next season. Will we win a trophy next season? I think yes! Feel free to comment below or on RVP’s thread in the allArsenal Forum.