Arsene Wenger grew tired of the incessant Van Persie questions once again after their 2-0 friendly loss to City, as the Frenchman again iterated the Dutchman is still an Arsenal player and has squashed reports suggesting bids have been launched.
The Gunners were unlucky in their final preseason match of their Asia tour against a defensively solid Manchester City team, and at the post-match conference Wenger was again hampered with questions about captain Van Persie’s future.
The prolific Dutchman enjoyed his first full injury-free season in Arsenal colours last term netting an impressive 37 goals in all competitions, taking home the Golden Boot award in England’s most prestigious league. But Van Persie shocked Arsenal fans last month by stating he will not be signing a new contract which is due to expire next summer.
While reports have constantly linked the talismanic captain to a move to the likes of Manchester United, City and Juventus, Wenger maintains that no clubs have made any formal approaches yet and is he currently regaining fitness with fellow Euro 2012 participants Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.
He told reporters after his sides loss to City at China’s Bird’s Nest stadium;
The Van Persie case doesn’t cross my mind. We have had no offers. He is close to fitness, of course, but we have not had any contact about him at all.
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We will not come back forever on Van Persie, We have many strikers at home. Van Persie is one of them, but we also have [Lukas] Podolski and [Olivier] Giroud.
For now, we must prepare for the season and it is about more than one player.
Reporters then pushed the subject further suggesting that the likes of City, United and Juve have launched bids for his star striker, but Wenger reacted bluntly:
We have talked about Van Persie. We have just played a football game tonight, there are four English people here and there have been four questions about Van Persie.
I have talked about that, I am not talking about that question anymore. Do you understand?
If you understand and respect what I said, then why do you ask me again?
There have been a constant flow of reports suggesting the trio of clubs interested have launched bids, but it seems the teams are bidding their time with City manager Roberto Mancini, backing up his French counterpart’s comments:
No, I don’t think [we have made an offer]. I think it is like this.
If Wenger said this, I think it is true. Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, so it is difficult to buy him.
So there you have it, no bids so far for RvP. It will certainly be interesting if Arsenal’s money-hungry board can swallow the loss of a potential £15-20m profit they can make by selling the Dutchman this summer, as they will loose him for nothing next summer or at a cut-price sum in January.
Personally I’d love to see RvP see out his contract as he will then remain a hero and win a trophy with the Gunners (yes, we will win something next season!) even if he leaves next summer.
Cesc Fabregas said after his departure that his one big regret is his failure to win a trophy with the Gunners, especially while he was captain. It will mean so much for the Dutchman if he remains and he wins some silverware and leave the Emirates on a high, not now after blasting the club’s ambitions and direction.
What are your thoughts? Are you happy to hear that no clubs have made an enquiry yet and there might be a possibility that he may stay this season? Or do you think we should sell the Dutchman and move on? Feel free to comment below or in allArsenal’s forum under Van Persie’s transfer saga thread.