Former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas has urged Robin van Persie to stay at Arsenal in order to help his ex-team mates win some silverware, although the Spaniard himself deserted North London last summer.
The attacking midfielder moved to Barcelona last year after an ongoing transfer tug-of-war between the Catalan giants and Arsenal came to an end, however the Spain international maintains he is still a Gunner at heart and wishes to see the prolific striker remain at the Emirates next season.
Fabregas told a Catalan newspaper (interpreted by The Mirror):
As an Arsenal fan I would be happy if he stayed in London to help Arsenal win titles.
Robin van Persie is attracting a lot of attention from other clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus who are ready to fork out major money, with City the favourites at this stage.
The Gunners are believed to have offered the Dutchman, who is on international duty now ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament, a club record £130,000-a-week plus a £5m signing-on fee. Regardless of whether he re-signs or not Wenger is adamant that he will not loose his star striker this summer even if that means risking loosing him for free next summer.
I am still a firm believer that RVP will extend his terms with the club as he is settled and happy at the club, he is captain and the main man on and off the pitch, while also being an Arsenal supporter since he was a child. He also needs to repay the faith that Wenger and the Arsenal board have shown him when he’s been out injured for months at a time.
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So will he be an Arsenal player next season? I say yes, what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below or discuss it in the new allArsenal.com forum here. Remember to sign-up and comment to go into WIN a 2012/13 Arsenal home shirt!
And cheers for your input Cesc, however it would have been preferred if you had stayed too, then Arsenal would have had a sensational side! His departure and this season’s over-reliance on RVP has clearly shown Arsenal lack a consistent attacking midfielder, however Rosicky’s return to form helped after the New Year.