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Redknapp: Arsenal May Have To Sell Van Persie In January

Former Tottenham and Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes Arsenal may have to sell club captain Robin van Persie in January.

The Dutch magician has been in majestic form this season scoring 10 league goals so far this term, including a superb hat-trick during Saturday’s 5-3 win over Chelsea.

The striker has just over 18 months to run on his current deal and van Persie and refused to discuss a contract extension until the end of the season. Now Redknapp feels it’s time for the Arsenal board to either make him the highest paid player in the clubs history, or sell the 28-year-old this January when his stoke is at it’s highest.

Redknapp also feels should the Gunners decide to sell, both Man Utd and Man City will be waiting in the wings. He explained in his column for the Daily Mail:

“After being forced to sell Samir Nasri and losing Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal’s board must decide if they want to make Van Persie the highest-paid player in their history, or sell up when he is at the peak of his powers. Wait until the summer and his value will decrease because his contract will be running down – or sell THIS January for maximum price? That is the power of the Bosman rule, where players hold all the aces.

“Arsenal have suffered from a number of will-he, won’t-he transfer sagas over the years and the chance of Van Persie, 28, ending his career at Arsenal must be unlikely, especially if they are unable to compete for the big trophies.

“At his age, this is the biggest contract of his life and Arsenal fans, who have had to become used to their star names leaving the club in recent times, will know this is a pivotal moment. I hope he stays.

“The Premier League needs its star players, its poster boys. He is the form player and could be the next Dutchman to be the Footballer of the Year at the end of this season, although Spain’s David Silva might have something to say about that.

“The leading English clubs, such as Manchester United and Manchester City, will be licking their lips at the prospect of causing more trouble for Arsenal.

“He would be worth around £30million this January and, because of the way he plays the game with that sweet left foot, would fit in at both clubs.”



  1. tails

    November 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Redknapp (either one) is a tosser.

    Anyone who disagrees is a dipper or a spud.

  2. karis

    November 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    and van d fart has the guts to say spurs are better than A.F.C!who is playing somewhere in Europa on thusdays? who is playing in the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?

    • can you read?

      November 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Lets see what competition Arsenal are playing in next year before you get too smug. And if I remember rightly, when Spurs were in the competition, they progressed further than Arsenal did?

    • can you read?

      November 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      And considering we have beaten you in 4 of our last 5 league meetings (the other being a draw) and we are ahead of you in the league & we kept our star players in the summer & strengthened & you lost yours & panic bought, I’d say he is well within his right to make that comment!!!!

      • Rookie

        November 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        lmao your a dillusional spud. Beat us 4 times, great, how many times have u finished on top of us (no puns intended) , lets see what happens in may.

        • Guzz

          November 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm

          So true of these spuds, one season in the champions league and they think they’re the best team in the world, did they face Barca? No! Arsenal have a dip in form which is obviously temporary and the spuds know it is so they’re just trying to make the most of it, a bit like the high one achieves by snorting a certain substance. Highly delusional fools indeed.

  3. Robson Chihota

    November 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    There is a conspiracy to weaken Arsenal at all costs, that’s why the spin doctors are always writing negative articles about the club. Why is it that the spin doctors don’t write about Man U having to lose Hernandez or Tottenham losing Van der Vat? Why Arsenal?

    • Roooooney

      November 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Cause WHY would Hernandez want to leave, and WHY would Van der Vaart want to leave. I’m so taking Spurs side here, they Are on their way up, while it’s so obvious to everyone other than Arsenal fans that Arsenal Are on their way down. But keep the faith, thats What true fans Are about.. But open your eyesplease…

      • james

        November 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

        how many leagues have spurs won in the last 40 years and how many champions leagues have they qualified for answers 0 and 1 all you have to sing about is a carling cup so dont get so high and mighty quite yet because they higher you TRY to jump the more it hurts when you fall flat on your face

        • james

          November 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

          also the spurs on the way up comment what are you talking about relegation from the champions league one season to the europa league the next if thats what you call improvement you want to take a long hard look at yourself

  4. Mart e

    November 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Worth 30 mill ha of Torres is worth 50 then rvp is worth at least 65-70 mill

  5. Guzz

    November 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    So typical of someone linked to the spuds, Would just love to see Van Persie leave Arsenal so they’re already dreaming of it happening by writing up a load of bull even though neither the player nor the club have so much as uttered a word about him leaving, stick to your “we’re gonna take Arsenal’s place this season” dreams and get off our c*!?@!

  6. UAE

    November 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I don’t think Arsenal are crazy to sell their best player again. They already did with Cesc…But If They sell RVP… Let them forget to play in europe from now!

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