Gunners striker and talisman Robin van Persie has revealed what all Gooners were hoping he wouldn’t – he will not be extending his contract at Arsenal.
The Dutchman has posted on his official website a letter explaining his decision:
This is an update for the fans about my current situation. I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr. Gazidis and Mr. Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what’s really going on at the moment.
As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the Boss and Mr. Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.
I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.
I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.
I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC. Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last 8 years. As soon as Mr. Gazidis is back from his 2-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.
Robin van Persie
In response to the prolific forward’s statement, Arsenal have revealed they are confident that he will be wearing red and white next season:
We have to respect Robin’s decision not to renew his contract. Robin has one year to run on his current contract and we are confident that he will fulfil his commitments to the Club.
We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal’s best interests in mind.
While Arsenal’s response may have the best intentions, it’s clear that the Netherlands striker is unhappy with the direction of the club and that in itself is worrying. The Gunners have splashed some cash bringing in Podolski and Giroud, yet this hasn’t been enough to convince Van Persie they can challenge for titles.
Another worrying part is the lack of commitment Van Persie has shown in regards to next season, and he failed to mention whether he will see out his contract or not. If he does he will remain a fan favorite, but if he leaves this summer it will be difficult for many of the Arsenal faithful to wish him luck.
Wenger recently admitted he hoped Van Persie would stay after all the years of faith Arsenal and Wenger put in the injury prone forward, and it will be a shame for the highly rated striker to leave after only giving Arsenal one full season. It was quite a sensational season at that, with Van Persie instrumental in their revival.
What do you guys think? Do you think a RvP will play out his contract with Arsenal? Or do you think he should be sold this summer as they work towards a new revolution of fresh striking talent? Feel free to comment below or in RvP’s thread in the allArsenal forum