With the transfer saga surrounding current Arsenal captain Robin van Persie still very much uncertain, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney heaped praise on the Dutchman following Ferguson’s recent admission they are trying to keep in the hunt for the PFA Player of the Year.
As everyone is aware, Van Persie revealed in July that he would not be signing a contract extension at the Emirates issuing a public statement that cited displeasure with the way Arsenal would progress forward.
At the present stage, Arsenal have made three major signings that have signaled a much higher level of intent than in summers gone by, but whether this has been a move to try and persuade Van Persie to stay or rather to simply prepare for life after his departure still remains unclear.
While Van Persie trains with Arsenal at their week-long training camp in Germany, Rooney was still happy to speak on a potential move for the Dutchman to Old Trafford.
Rooney is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail on Van Persie:
Of course he’s a player that I admire.
He’s a fantastic player, he’s been amazing for Arsenal over many years. Last season was probably his best season of all, he scored a lot of goals.
If he does come here he would be a great addition to the squad.
I’d like to think so [playing alongside Van Persie] – but you’d have to ask the manager about that.
There’s a lot of forwards here already with myself, [Danny] Welbeck, Chicharito and [Dimitar] Berbatov, who’s still here.
So there’s a lot of forwards fighting for a place.
With the new season fast approaching, do you think Van Persie will stay or go? At present it seems that United are the closest to being actual contenders to get his signature, but things are still far from certain.
Would you welcome Van Persie back following his public statement? Was it too far out of line? Feel free to leave a comment below or comment on the Van Persie transfer saga here.