Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has revealed the club held ‘good’ talks with striker Robin van Persie but insists they won’t be making any announcement on the players future until after the European championships.
Van Persie has only one year remaining on his contract and held talks about his future with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the end of last season.
No announcement over the Dutchman’s future was made following the meeting, despite Arsene Wenger previously insisting he wanted his captain’s contract situation sorted before the Euro’s began.
However, Gazidis has described the discussion with RVP as ‘good’ and hinted that a decision over his future has already been reached, after saying they will make an announcement at the right time.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Gazidis said:
“Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion. What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time. We have to respect the fact we have agreed to keep that among ourselves. Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements. But at the moment we are not saying anything.”
The question many Arsenal fans will be asking themselves is; why delay making an announcement if it’s positive news?
If the talks were ‘good’ as Gazidis claims and van Persie was going to extend his stay at the Emirates, why would anyone want to wait until after the Euro’s before letting people know? Surely the fact they are waiting suggests that Van Persie has decided not to sign a new contract?
Perhaps we’re reading too much into his comments, but you get the feeling it’s going to be another loooooong summer for Arsenal fans.
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