Amidst rumours that Robin Van Persie is set to leave Arsenal, one thing Gooners should not do is start to feel resentment towards our captain for the media blowing up speculation over RVP’s words. There’s been headlines such as “Van Persie does not rule out city move”, but he is merely uncertain about Arsenal’s status as a top team at the end of his contract (end of 2012/13 season) and fair enough to.
Van Persie has expressed his desire to prolong contract talks until the end of this season as he wants to focus on the team and getting back on track. If Arsenal aren’t in Champions League contention come next season why would a player of his age (28) who has won little in North London during his seven year stay commit to a fresh contract?
The Gunners hopefully shouldn’t be in such a position, especially with Van Persie in the form of his life, however he briefly discussed his future with The Times:
I do not know what I will do – I cannot predict the future, everybody makes his own history and only afterwards can you see how that went.
[whether he would follow fellow Arsenal stars out the door] I do not know, for one thing, as an indication, when I came to Arsenal we immediately beat City. But in recent years much has happened in England.
Nevertheless, I think the Premiership is still the best league in the world, it gives me everything I want.
[on Wenger’s transfer policy]I’m not a technical director and coach, I have no input in to it.
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Young French midfielder Francis Coquelin, however puts the Gunners’ slump in form down to not having had time for new signings to gel with the rest of the team.
We have not yet synced with the new ones, so it’s difficult.
We cannot lose two or three of the best players and get away unscathed.
There is a lack of confidence but there are still a lot of games. Everyone is talking about the 8-2 defeat against Manchester United but we moved on.