Van Persie Set For Arsenal Stay As Gunners Look To Sell In January

By on July 26, 2012

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal are set to keep Van Persie until January.

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Arsenal are set to force want-away striker Robin van Persie to stay at the club until January, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that officials at the Emirates are becoming increasingly aware they need to make a stand to show the club wont be pushed around, following the sale of several key players in recent years, and refusing to sell their captain would send a strong message to the fans that they have had enough.

As has been widely reported in recent months, Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus are all hoping to land van Persie this summer, after the Dutchman revealed he wont be signing a new contract with the Gunners.

The Star claim Arsenal want around £30m to make it worth their while selling RVP this summer, but none of the pursuing clubs are willing to match that valuation, with United’s opening bid believed to be below £10m.

This has lead the hierarchy at Arsenal into thinking they will now keep hold of their captain for the first 6 months of the season, and sell him in January if needs be when they will still be able to command a decent fee for him when clubs may be desperate for a top striker due to injuries, etc.

Chairman Peter Hill-Wood confirmed to the Star that they wont be selling Van Persie on the cheap, before questioning why the player wants to leave the Gunners:

“He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away,” said Hill-Wood.

“If he is determined to leave that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.

“To be honest I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that.

“But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.”

Hill-Wood is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

The north Londoners are determined not to be pushed around this time and forcing van Persie into staying for another 6 months would represent a victory of sorts for the club, and it may also buy Arsene Wenger more time to persuade the Dutchman that Arsenal are in a position to be challenging for trophies in the near future, opening the door for a potential u-turn.

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20 Comments

  1. Rob V.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

    It would be disrespectful for Arsenal to do so. Robin has better reasons to leave than all of his predecessors, including Fabregas.

    • wambam

      July 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

      couldn’t disagree more. Cesc wanted to leave to play in the best club side in the world, which also happens to be his hometown club.

      Robin wants trophies? So does Arsene, but no club is guaranteed that – ask utd who won nothing last year too.

      Robin wants the guaranteed £200k a week though, so we’ll make him wait and show him that signing a contract means something.

      • GB101

        July 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        I don’t think that Robin has ever come out and said he wouldn’t fulfill his contract and I’m sure if Arsenal decide not to sell he will give 100% next season. The only thing he has stated is that he is not prepared to sign a new contract. You can’t critise a player just because they don’t want to sign a new contract for your team when there is more chance of winning trophies elswhere and more money on offer. Anybody would do the same!!

    • mystic

      July 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      What? Do I assume you are not an Arenal fan? Why should the feelings of a player be considered greater than what is best for the cub?

    • david

      July 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      how can you sat that,rvp has been with arsenal 8 years… in the first 7 he played only 42% of the time averagin 8 goals a season… last year he played 98% of the time scoring 38 goals, we gave him his last contract when he was out for a full season, put it this way if he was not injuryed all the time arsenal defo wuda won a throphy by now, he sez we lack ambition ha how should arsenal respond by making him see out his contract an show him we have plenty of ambition

    • Stanley

      July 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Dat is a gud one mr rvp u ar going nowere ,enof of dat 4 our players,jan he can go anywere he want

  2. shellykeen

    July 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Vp ,as u can feel it arsenal is going to sign more,dat make us more ambitious,pls try and wait fabulous vp

  3. Mike Gunner

    July 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This is with reference to Rob. In the first place,RVP has not submitted a transfer request officially.I know he doesn’t want to extend his contract.
    Furthermore if the intersted club doesn’t meet Arsenal’s valuation,they are not obliged sell him.
    Sometimes as the selling club,Arsenal have to make a stand to show they cannot be easily rolled over.
    Yeah if they can’ t challenge for the epl or win a trophy,more of their top players will want to go.
    PHW,you have been warned.

  4. chris

    July 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    why will he a word like that, that he didn’t understand him, to me i blame vp for even listening to that old man

  5. Miguel

    July 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Wenger pls sell R V P now nd take the money nd buy ROBORT LENDOWSKI nd M VILLA

  6. Boycie

    July 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Just sell him if he wants to go as he appears to have made his mind up. Absolutely pointless keeping an unhappy player.

  7. Tino

    July 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t think this story has any truth in it. Waiting until January means he is cup tied and can’t play in the Champions League for whatever team he is sold to. This drops his price and lowers any interest for would be buyers. Those that can afford him, if they desperately need a player due to injuries, then they will want someone who can play in the CL.
    The other option is we keep him but don’t play him in the CL perhaps. But still, there is less of a buying market in january and that just puts would be buyers more in control of setting the price. Getting a bidding war going until this window closes is the only option for Arsenal

  8. Miguel

    July 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Sell vp to juventus not to manchester club

  9. Victor cosmos

    July 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I do not van persie to go anywere even by january please dont sell him

  10. Promise ugbogu

    July 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I won,t van parise to stay and also for the gunners to buy carzola,mvila,llironete,julio caeser and niang

  11. Odu

    July 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Yes, sell if the price is right. Otherwise, he should see out his contract,

  12. Baba

    July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Rvp should go nd leave us alone

  13. Chekwas36

    July 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Sell Rvp now n buy m’villa,cazorla n posibly a goalkeeper…period.

  14. Odunayo

    July 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Pls i like rvp 2 stay at emirates an wenger shud sign lewandoski and cazorla,it we be a great season

  15. ayeni

    July 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Wenger is wonderful,i like the way he cage rvp,let him wait till January maybe does buyer will still come,after one season without injury now is gamble,i wonder why we human being is like dis

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