Arsenal Release Official Statement After van Persie Confirms Contract Snub

By on July 4, 2012

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Arsenal have released an official statement in response to Robin van Persie’s revelation that he has decided not to renew his contract with the Gunners.

Following weeks of speculation van Persie announced earlier on Wednesday what many Arsenal fans feared, but most had already realised, that he had decided not to renew his contract with the club.

The 28-year-old confirmed that talks between himself, manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the end of last season had left him feeling that the club could not match his ambitions. Van Persie also confirmed that details over a new contract had not even been discussed at the meeting, as finances were not a priority in his decision.

Here is the full statement released by the Dutchman:

“As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss [Arsène Wenger] and Mr [Ivan] Gazidis after the season.

“This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.

“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.

“I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal. Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch.

“I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last eight years. As soon as Mr Gazidis is back from his two-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.”

Van Persie is quoted as saying in the Telegraph

Put simply, RVP doesn’t believe he will be able to win trophies at Arsenal. In response to this, Arsenal released a statement on Arsenal.com this evening saying that they respect RVP’s decision but expect him to fulfil the final year of his contract at the Emirates. The full statement said:

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We have to respect Robin’s decision not to renew his contract. Robin has one year to run on his current contract and we are confident that he will fulfil his commitments to the Club.

“We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal’s best interests in mind.”

The second part of the statement is likely a retort at van Persie’s hint that the club are not able to match his ambitions. It’s interesting as Arsenal have been extremely busy in the transfer market this summer and have already signed two new strikers. Were they trying to show van Persie how ambitious they are? Or are Podolski and Giroud simply replacements for the Dutchman and he will now be sold? The fact the clubs statement imply’s they expect van Persie to see out the final year of his contract suggests the former.

So now we know for sure that RVP won’t be signing a new contract, we should expect the rumour mill to go in to overdrive. Links with Manchester City and Juventus will fill the back pages for the next few weeks.

Will Arsenal sell to Man City? Will RVP risk losing his legendary status at the Emirates and move to Man City? Will he go abroad? Will any club pay the required amount for a player with only 12 months to run on his contract and who turns 29 next month?

We’ll find the answers to these questions in the coming weeks. What do you think? Leave your opinions in the comments section.

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48 Comments

  1. gav

    July 5, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Isn’t everyone missing the point?! Why is Gazidis allowing our best players to run their contracts down to 12 months when we have little or no bargaining power. He is supposed to be the financial brains yet every year we find some of our most valuable assets slashed in price as their contracts are not being dealt with efficiently.

    RVP may go but Gazidis must go with him he is failing at his job

  2. Royalman

    July 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Lets see if Arsenal ll not win anythin till Jesus comes. It is now clear dat trophy n money are more important than showing appreciation. Arsenal was their for him in his injury time but he is not their for d club now dat is needed. Let c wat happens to Arsenal n Himself later in d day. Goodluck both. To Arsenal board, dont sell him lets use him next season for his last season.

    • Jay zArsenal

      July 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

      The problem now is his age and considering that he is injury prone. i think we should jus let him go and try his luck elsewhere. Look at what thierry henry did. He stayed 8years and when he was 29 he left. we respected his decision and ofcz he wanted to win Champs lge, i mean who doesnt. i feel the same and so does RVP. come on Guys we got 2 world cluss strikers coming in and possibly Andrian too. So now we jus need to get our backs off the wall and move on. Robin has made the Decision for his life, if it goes wrong he has nothing to regret cz he did well for us. IMAGINE WHERE WE WILL BE ON THE LOG LAST SEASON IF IT WASNT FOR HIM AND HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS. I respect that man

    • shevyiddo

      July 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Do you actually talk like that? If so I would imagine that you get punched quite often.

      • shevyiddo

        July 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

        ‘d’comment was 4 ‘d’ royalman by the way.

  3. Sammy

    July 5, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I dnt think rvp will leave arsenal.i belive he’ll stay.

    • Jay zArsenal

      July 5, 2012 at 2:18 am

      Why do u think he should stay, our club has lost its ambitions long time ago. its now about making money. making stars and sell them. i do respect the way they run arsenal. Yes its the Arsenal way but that will never bring any major tournament to the emirates. I believe things will change one day when wenger leaves and the club become ambitious once more. as of now its about making money. RVP shld go and win else where jus like what Thierry henry did. Way to Go robin. We will miss yu tho but this is yo life and yu deserve to win

      • shevyiddo

        July 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

        I agree with about half what you said but I remember what you were before Wenger.They say that no one person is bigger than the club but Uncle Arsene almost is.Apart from your stint with George Graham Arsenal were basically were a upper mid table team.You aint won nothing for seven years this time but some of that has been down to bad luck to be fair and some proper dodgy decisions ie:Van Persie getting sent off at the Nou Camp and the like.As a yid I thought it was great but as a neutral I’d go as far as to say the ref had been bought.Fact is that Van Persie carried your team last year and without him you’d be like fifth or sixth at best.I can’t think of another striker who I ‘ve seen convert the long and through balls from Song like he does.The ones at Anfield and Goodison were sublime.The way some gooners are saying “Arsenal stuck with him while he was injured” is a f***ing joke.He is a class act and he is under contract and Arsenal had no choice,fact is that even if he is unfit 1 year out of 4 he is worth fighting to keep hold of.He’s proven that point already giving you the most reliable all round consistent performance as a striker that you could have possibly wished for.This is me talking as a football fan and not a yid but after losing Fabregas and Nasri and the like,the truth is that Arsenal were a very average team and RVP saved you lot last year.Remember you only gained the Champions league by a solitary point.He has paid whatever debts any gooners think he had outstanding and deserves to go to a club that wants to win things and not one that just seems to want to benefit from the T.V rights.I could understand any of you not wanting to see him sold elsewhere in the prem’ that’s how we feel with Modder(to be honest as a yid I would love to see him scoring against you lot)Arsenal should give him the respect he deserves and let him go While he is still peaking and cash in on him.A player of his class will still fetch a handsome fee with only 12 months left on contract.Either that or lose him for free next year,You just bought two new strikers anyhow.Anyways COYS!…..RVP to Shitty! lol

    • shevyiddo

      July 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

      and I believe in Santa,fairies,Americas plans for world peace and Tottenham doing the Quadruple next season!

  4. sedeji sessi samuel

    July 5, 2012 at 6:20 am

    †ђε guy has tried ℓ̊ think this ȋ̝̊̅§ ‎​D̶̲̥̅̊ best time Ƒσя him τ̅☺ move on with his life. Missing Ɣou van persie.

  5. solomon

    July 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Good luck to RVP where ever hes going. He has layed his part at AFC and is time for im to move on. He might not be able to witness what happened last season again in hs football career.AFC will continue to produce great soccer ambassadors. When Henry left, many people said that as the end for AFC but RVP came up. Now that RVP is leaving, someone else will spring up. The only concern is what the board will do with the proceed from the sale of these players. We need one more striker, a creative midfielder, a good goal keeper and probably a solid defensive midfielder.We will have the funds to buy the required players after selling Bendtner, Ashavin, Chamack, Squillacy and RVP. If we can get Papi Cissie, we will forget about what RVP achieved in 2011/2012 football seasson easily.Everyone at the club is replaceable.

  6. Waxxy

    July 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Here is a man i respect so much!the club should let him go because there is no point in keeping a player who has expressd his desire to leave!good luck robin vantastic!giroud all wud succed u m sure of dat he s gat deadly skills!

  7. Feni Gard

    July 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    we doesnt believe rvp would leave?he did wot he could just appreciete and its matter of time to get some one like him or better afterall we have new guys who only need time to study EPL

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