The Gunners talisman and captain threw a spanner in the works recently after declaring that he will not sign a new contract that is set to expire next summer, leading to intense speculation that the Dutchman will leave the Emirates this summer.
The golden boot striker, who often singlehandedly carried the Gunners up the table last season has been heavily linked to the likes of Manchester City, United and Juventus, and with just one year left on his current deal RvP may have to be sold otherwise the club looks set to miss out on a final payout for their prized asset next year.
But the Arsenal chairman will not allow the Netherlands international to leave on the cheap, and is feeling a spot of dismay over RvP’s decision to leave
Hill-Wood was quoted as saying in the Daily Star:
He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away. If he is determined to leave that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.
To be honest I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that. But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.
A big factor for RvP’s decision to leave is his age as he naturally wants to win trophies. But the Gunners will have a real shot at winning something this season as they have a strong squad that can contend with the best.
What remains to be seen is whether the our beloved board can hold firm as they said the would, but based on similar scenarios in the past you would be inclined to say that the Gunners will cash-in on the Dutchman.
What do you guys think? It has been tossed around for a while now, but is it worth keeping a player who wants to leave? Have any opinions on Hill-Wood’s statement? Feel free to leave a comment below!