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Arsene Wenger ‘Confident’ Robin van Persie Will Sign New Deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he’s confident that Robin van Persie will be at the Emirates next season, despite intense speculation over his future

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Arsenal  manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is confident that Robin van Persie will be an Arsenal player next season.

As most will know by now, the Dutchman will enter the final year of his contract this summer and the Gunners hierarchy are keen on tying him down to a new deal in order to avoid a similar situation to that of Samir Nasri last summer.

Van Persie decided to delay contract negotiations until the end of the season, leading to increased speculation over his future, but Wenger is keen to get discussions finalised before this summers European Championships, which start on June 8th.

The Frenchman told today that he is confident he will be able to convince the newly-crowned PFA & FWA Player of the Year to extend his contract, but also reminded everybody that the 28-year-old still has another year to run on his current deal, so is not free to leave at the end of the season.

When asked if he wants to tie the Dutchman down quickly when the season ends, Wenger told

“That’s what I will try to achieve,” said Wenger. “I am confident [he will stay] for two reasons. First of all I want to convince him to stay here and to extend his contract. Secondly he is not free at the end of this season, he has one year of his contract left anyway.”

I’m confident van Persie will sign an extension. He just doesn’t seem like a man who wants to leave. I think he just wants Arsene to tell him he’s going to sign a couple of proven players this summer and he’ll sign.

He’s settled in London and whenever you hear him talk, he seems very calm over the whole situation. It’s nothing like the Nasri saga, we could all tell he was simply after a big pay-day, but money isn’t the motivation for van Persie. He’s a family man who will put their happiness over anything else.

Anyway, there have been suggestions that the club would hold him to his final year if he does decide not to extend. This is a risky strategy but given RVP’s age and the fact he’ll have one year left on his contract, the potential fee we’d get for him this summer isn’t enough to warrant selling. He’s worth keeping for another year and losing for nothing next year, if it comes down to it. It would also send an important message that we’re not a ‘selling club’ and won’t be pushed around.

What do you think, will RVP extend his contract? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Dr Z

    April 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Yeah. That’s exactly what he said about Cesc and Nasri.
    Arsene must say the right things now for the teams sake and reduce fans fury at his policy of selling the best and buying the worst !
    No quality world class player should be forced to stay at arsenal when he sees better class, quality, silver wear and salaries away with some other more serious clubs !!
    It’s all about money now.
    Youth crap and buying the best for peanuts is long dead.
    RVP must leave and play with quality players than tolerate the likes of Ramsy and others of similar shameful standards !!
    Flops that no club wants.

    Arsene must resign and board must change.

    5th richest club should not be 7 years empty and a joke to the world.
    4th place is a trophy and we compare ourselves to spurs.
    So shameful and low expectations.

    5th richest means we should be achieving what the richest clubs are expected to achieve!

    Board only wants to make money at the expense of blind stubborn loyal fans that have and want low achievements.


    • pistolpete

      April 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Dr Z,
      I do not agree with much you said but i am convinced Arsenal will win much silver ware next season, with the very good young talent we have in there now and 2 or 3 top players to come and we will be as strong as any side in the Prem and with added bonus of one of the best managers, Cheer Up!!!!.


    April 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    There are two sides of the coin, Wenger and RVP. Let Wenger bring in proven players so that Arsenal will be in a position to challenge for trophies and RVP will not find it difficult to take a decision to stay. If on the other hand, Wenger still believes in this present team which is not good enough and does not do anything to improve it, we should not blame RVP if he decides to go somewhere else.

  3. mystic

    April 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    @Dr Z – in some ways I agree with you that Arsenal should be looking at much more, but 7yrs without a throphy for a club celebrating its 125th year is absolutely nothing. The biggest point is more about whether Arsenal are going forwards or backwards.

    Certainly if they let RvP go – which is what you are suggestng – then they are taking another step backwards, is that what you really want?

    It is ridiculus to suggest that players such as Ramsey as a ‘Flop’ than no club want – funny becaase I could have sworn that Arsenal beat off Manure!

    Youth is ‘Crap’ – guess this as applying to Wilshire / Frimpong / Chamberlain? Clearly you and me have been watching different players.

    If Arsenal manage to buy players such as Podolski, it should be to add to the team, NOT to replace ones who have left.

  4. mahunde lenny

    April 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    arsenal should focus on the replacement of Wenger after the 5 coming seasons

  5. Pablo

    April 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Arsenal are at fault for leaving top players to enter the final year of their contract before insisting on contract negotiations. It transfers the power to the player and the club have little leverage.

  6. zakariyau jelýll

    April 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Lets 4get abot d past & pray 4 our survival in top 4 Arsene has really try 4 our darling club
    RVP is going nowhere l can assure u Van Pepe is not after money but Intergrety & Name just like Henry

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  8. philip otoboh

    May 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    rvp is watching situation and if wenger failed to sign skillfull players rvp will walk away up g00ner

  9. Engkai

    May 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    The Gunners have not yet officially begun ntiatioegons with Van Persie Very contradictory there!I just checked the story again, they’ve changed the headline to Arsenal expect to re-sign Robin van Persie . Very different kettle of fish I’m afraid. Hope he does sign though. Seriously, just pay him the going rate of a3200,000 a week to keep him, he’s worth it, and I’d rather have him then 3 players mediocre players. 7 0

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